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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 5, 2014

Jorge Rojas Lopez and Juan Estrada Gonzalez escaped death for the time being at least. The two are convicted leaders of a Mexican kidnapping and murder gang that got caught working in San Diego County. Yesterday the judge in their case was forced to declare a mistrial in the penalty part of their trial. The jury is hopelessly deadlocked on whether or not to recommend the death penalty. Lopez was found guilty of 4 murders and Gonzalez of six first-degree murder counts. The trial of the two 34-year-olds has been going on since January of last year.

In both of the guilty verdicts the jurors did find that the pair kidnapped, tortured, and murders multiple people all while members of a gang. That usually means special circumstances or the death penalty can be applied. Now the District Attorney has to pick if they want to retry parts of the criminal case that are still unresolved or retry the penalty phase.

Big surf will pound San Diego beaches today. The National Weather Service says that the large west-to-northwest swell will being 5 to 8 foot waves with sets as high as 10 feet. The means the face of the wave could be as high at 15-20 feet. Today is NOT a day to learn how to surf… but it is a great day to watch to pros from the beach. It’ll be impressive.

There is an arraignment and two sentencings on the docket for today.

First at 8:30 this morning in Vista’s courthouse David Diaz is being arraigned and accused of stabbing and killing a 24-year-old.

Then this afternoon at 1:30 in San Diego’s court Maria Luisa Garcia will hear her fate for beating her 8-year-old daughter with a broomstick, choking her, and whipping her with a belt.

Also at 1:30 but in Chula Vista’s courthouse Treviyon Rew is being sentenced for shooting a man during one carjacking and then shooting two other men at another.

San Diego City Council committees are meeting today.

First at 9:00 AM the Infrastructure Committee is meeting about spending $500,000 to plan an administrative building at Mission Trails Regional Park.

Then at 2:00 this afternoon the Environment Committee is getting together to talk about how the city’s utility undergrounding program is going and what’s next for the program?

The Coast Guard, Police, and Lifeguards are all training for a mass-rescue today in Mission Bay Channel. Today is the start of a two day boat rescue exercise for the agencies.

What do ShakeSmart, Solo Eyewear, Volcom, Pura Vida, and Oggi’s Pizza all have in common? They are all run by San Diego State University graduates. Today at 10:00 AM SDSU is showing off those and other companies run by Aztec alumni at Entrepreneur Day.

And finally … at 11:00 AM a $175 million dollar medical office building for Scripps Memorial Hospital is breaking ground. It’s all part of the hospital’s Scripps campus renovations.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for January 16, 2014

The National Weather Service extends the high fire danger Red Flag warning to a fourth day. Continuing dry, windy, and warm weather is what prompted the extension. Today it’s going to be in the mid 70’s to low 80’s, humidity is going to be around 5%, and wind gusts are hitting 40 miles per hour. The National Weather Service expects the dangerous conditions to extend through Friday but things are expected to calm down over the weekend.

The trial is over and the jury is back with a verdict for the two men accused being part of a kidnapping gang working in the San Diego County. Jorge Rojas Lopez and Juan Estrada Gonzalez face the death penalty if convicted. They are accused of carrying out kidnappings and murders in the United States for Mexican cartels. In 2007 an unassuming suburban house in Chula Vista is wear authorities say the gang held a wealthy businessman for ransom. In separate murder charges they are accused of shooting some of their victims and asphyxiating others by stuffing using socks stuffed down their throats. The verdict will be read at 9 AM in San Diego downtown courthouse.

In much lighter court news Gian Ericson de los Reyes is being arraigned this morning at 8:00 AM in El Cajon’s courthouse. He’s accused of stealing iPods but leaving the boxes filled with erasers.

In even lighter news at 1:00 this afternoon Cecilia Abadie is in traffic court fighting a ticket for wearing Google glasses while driving.

At 9:00 this morning San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System Board of Directors is taking comments from the community on proposed rapid transit route changes.

And finally this afternoon at 12:15 Judge Juan Guzman Tapia, the prosecutor of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, is at California Western School of Law. He’s being honored and will give the schools prestigious S. Houston Lay Lecture.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for August 23, 2013

Today at 1:00 the deal between San Diego’s Mayor Bob Filner, city officials, and private attorneys will be presented to the City Council for approval in a closed session meeting. San Diego’s now infamous mayor is neck-deep in sexual harassment allegations and his former Communications Director is suing him. The deal is thought to include Filner’s resignation, and an arrangement regarding both the city’s liability and Filner’s. Everyone expects the city council to approve the deal … the details of which will be made public later in the afternoon.

Assuming Filner steps down the city council will pick a day for a special election within the next 90 days. Several candidates are starting to emerge. Check out the special podcast here on BowlersDesk.com for more on who could be San Diego’s next mayor with the President of the political action group Run Woman Run.

There are two sentencings worth noting today … both in San Diego’s downtown courthouse.

First at 9:00 AM Nancy Mendoza Moreno is being sentenced for helping a Mexican kidnapping gang called Los Palillos. She would lure men to various locations around San Diego to be kidnapped and held for ransom.

Then at 1:30 this afternoon Zachary Tenorio is going to be sentenced for killing his naval officer brother during an alcohol fueled fight.

At 8:00 this morning the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and 2,400 Marines from Camp Pendleton will deploy for the Western Pacific and Middle East.

And finally at 11:00 am about 250 tons af sand will be dumped at the B Street Pier in downtown for Labor Day’s U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Exhibition.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for August 22, 2013

Kidnap victim Hannah Anderson gave her first interview to the today show and it’s set to air on the east coast at 4:00 AM pacific time then re-air at 7:00 am for the west coast’s feed of the show. Last night NBC’s evening news gave a preview of the interview in that Hannah says

“In the beginning I was a victim, but now knowing everyone is out there helping me, I consider myself a survivor instead … My mom raised me to be strong”

On August 3rd James Lee DiMaggio killed Hannah’s mother and younger brother then set their home on fire Dimaggio then kidnapped Hannah taking her to a remote Idaho camp site. DiMaggio was killed there by authorities on August 10th. The reason for the murder and kidnapping is still not clear, however DiMaggio’s family thinks that he may be Hannah’s father and is asking for a paternity test.

San Diego’s Mayor Bob Filner and city officials have reached a tentative agreement after three days of mediation regarding the multiple sexual harassment claims made against him. Filner now has 18 accusers saying he behaved inappropriately with them and his former Communications Director is suing him for sexual harassment.

Details of the agreement are not public yet; however the full city council will have to approve it in a special closed door session on Friday at 1:00 PM. After that the details will be made public in an open session meeting.

At San Diego federal building this morning at 10:30 two Democratic Congress-people … Susan Davis and Scott Peters are holding a joint news conference criticizing the federal governments automatic budget cuts as a result of the budget sequestration.

At Civic Center Plaza at 11:00 AM San Diego city officials are announcing a website for the public to suggest locations for bike-sharing racks.

And finally … the Eastlake Little League All-Stars beat the Westport Little League of Westport, Connecticut last night 6 to 3 advancing to the U.S. Championship game this Saturday.

However Tijuana lost to Tokyo 5-2. The boys from TJ just had an early 2 to 1 lead but Tokyo came back first tying in the fourth then putting Tijuana well in their rear view in the fifth inning with three runs.

There could still be a Tijuana versus Eastlake match up if Tijuana is able to go undefeated today and Saturday. TJ’s muchachos del verano still have a chance.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for August 13, 2013

Brett Anderson the father of kidnap and assault victim Hannah Anderson is asking the media to give his family and in particular his daughter privacy and time to heal. 16-year-old Hannah was rescued from her kidnapper after the murder of her mother and brother sparked a nationwide Amber Alert for her and her abductor James Lee DiMaggio. 40-year-old DiMaggio was shot and killed by authorities at a camp site near Boise Idaho. San Diego’s Sheriff Bill Gore says that Hannah is “a victim in every sense of the word in this horrific crime.”

Authorities are now continuing their investigation however Gore says that “When you get a completely irrational act like we’ve seen here With two murders and a kidnapping, sometimes you’re not going to be able to come up with a rational explanation of what happened.”

The chief of staff for San Diego’s Mayor Bob Filner is speaking at a Lion’s Club meeting this afternoon. Lee Burdick is supposed to address the group at 12:30

Expanding Chula Vista’s H street waterfront and Shelter Island’s Kona Kai Resort is on the docket for the Port of San Diego Board of Commissioners this afternoon at 1:00.

And this afternoon at 2:00 Chula Vista’s City Council is meeting about the possible resurrection of a Tourism Marketing District. It was dissolved about a year ago

San Diego’s new airport terminal is officially open today. The new terminal will has a double level road for dropping off and picking up passengers, 10 gates, and even more places to eat and shop. It cost nine hundred fifty-five million dollars. Witch was under budget by about 45-million

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for June 18, 2013

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The 36-year-old man accused of kidnapping at 14-year-old boy and taking him to Florida will face federal prosecution in San Diego. Authorities believe that Tony McLeod got the young teen to meet him through an internet video game. Authorities also say McLeod sent the boy pornographic text messages, he’s accused of meeting the boy and flying with him from Los Angeles to Tampa Bay Florida.

Lots of political news today

First at 9:00 AM the San Diego County Board of Supervisors is going to talk about supporting federal legislation to close a loophole in child sex trafficking laws and to speed up prosecution of the accused. The bill is called The Child Protection Act of 2013 will remove a requirement that suspects know the victims are minors.

At 10:00 this morning San Diego’s City Council is meeting about infrastructure needs, capping political party contributions, and art work to recognize Mission Bay as the birthplace of the triathlon.

More open houses for residents along the proposed trolley extension to La Jolla will be at Caltrans offices on Taylor Street this afternoon at 4:00.

And at 5:00 tonight the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education is meeting about its two point five billion dollar budget for 2013/14 school year. The School Districts are now facing a 100 million dollar shortfall for 14/15 year and a 54 for the year after that.

Sir Richard Branson is speaking at the National Apartment Association Education Conference and Exposition this morning at 9:00 AM. The conference’s five-day run begins today at the San Diego Convention Center.

The proposed program for the Balboa Park centennial celebration will be announced this afternoon at 3:00. Mayor Bob Filner and the events producers will talk to the press about the 2015 party plans.

And finally this morning at 8:00 AM the City of El Cajon is participating in an attempt to stage to world’s largest swim lesson. Last year more than 24,000 people worldwide participated. If you want to join in go to the Fletcher Hills Pool at 2345 Center Place in El Cajon.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 14, 2013

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Police are on the lookout for an armed man that tried to kidnap a San Diego State University student over the weekend. According to authorities the suspect… armed with a black handgun … tried to kidnap a 19-year-old girl but the young woman turned and ran away escaping her attacker. He is described as a white man, 30’s or 40’s, clean shaven, about 6-feet tall, 180-pounds, with short blond hair, blue eyes, wearing rectangular framed glasses, jeans, blue T-shirt, a tan jacket. Anyone with any info should call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

San Diego’s Board of Education is going to take up the Twerking video controversy today. 3 male high school students of color and 28 white female high school students were suspended for making a video in which the young ladies were performing the provocative dance. Today the school board is going to talk about the severity of the sentence and the public can comment as well. Public comment will be held at some time after 2:00 pm at the Eugene Brucker Education Center, Room 2249, 4100 Normal St.

And in other government today both San Diego’s City Council and the County Board of Supervisors are meeting.

The Council is talking about changing some of its rules for outdoor dining and letting microbreweries have restaurants.

The Board is talking about incentive programs for people that put solar panels at their homes.

Sailors and Marines in the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group return from an eight-month deployment today. While on deployment the group worked with many countries including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates. Coming into port are the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu, the amphibious transport dock USS Green Bay, and amphibious dock landing USS Rushmore.

Conversely this afternoon at 1:00 the amphibious landing ship USS Pearl Harbor is deploying for four-months. They are slated to help with humanitarian missions in countries like Papua New Guinea, Samoa, and Tonga.

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