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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 19, 2014

Life is returning to normal as firefighters finish off the still burning blazes that scorched San Diego. Last week a dozen separate fires blacked San Diego County.

Three fires on base at Camp Pendleton burned 21,900 acres. Two of the fires still burn. The Las Pulgas Fire is 75% contained and the San Mateo Fire is 97% contained.

Off base in the North San Diego County city of San Marcos the Cocos fire is 87% contained and all evacuations have been lifted. According to Cal Fire 39-homes are lost but thankfully no injuries.

In Carlsbad 8-homes single family homes, two multiple unit apparent buildings, two commercial buildings, and a trailer were lost in the Poinsettia Fire. Fortunately this fire is 100% contained, has been since Saturday.

The city is accepting donations to help those affected on their web site at http://www.readycarlsbad.org .

San Diego’s wounded and endangered opera company is holding a press conference today at 10:00 AM. The 50-year-old opera company is suffering with financial difficulties and controversies around its former artistic director haunt the cultural institution. Their closure was thought emanate but there are optimistic rumors around today’s press conference.

San Diego City Council is meeting this afternoon at 2:00. They’re talking about what the City Charter says about removing elected officials from office. Then at 6:00 PM in a special evening public hearing the council is meeting about next year’s $2.97 billion budget. The new budget extends library house, allocates pay for more police and fire recruits, helps fund a temporary fire station in Skyline and more.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 12, 2014

The National Weather Service says the hot, dry and windy conditions put Eastern San Diego County’s valleys and mountains in danger should a fire break out. A Red Flag Warning is in effect until 8:00 Tuesday night. The National Weather Service says that temperatures could approach 100 degrees and winds will be gusting at 45 miles-per-hour.

Early this morning a small fire broke out in Spring Valley. That’s east San Diego County. Cal Fire is fighting and at this time no structures are threatened.

San Diego’s City Council Audit Committee is meeting at 9:00 this morning. They’re talking about how the facilities districts and residential real estate leases are performing. Then at 2:00 this afternoon the whole council is meeting with the Police Officers Association about holiday pay and how to retain SDPD employees.

At 10:30 AM San Diego County officials are introducing a new mobile app that give current water pollution levels for county beaches. More than 80 beaches across the county are being monitored with the app.

Tonight at 6:30 San Diego Public Library are continuing a series on Muslim perspective with a panel of four women talking about their American experience.

And finally tonight at the La Jolla Playhouse at 7:00 David Bryan the former keyboardist of Bon Jovi turned Tony Award-winning composer is talking about how he transitioned from rock-n-roll to Broadway.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 5, 2014

Boston Marathon winner and San Diegan Meb Keflezighi is home and will be surprising some high school students at 11:45 AM. Meb is going to help give a $20,000 scholarship from Foot Locker to Claremont High senior Lillie Meakim. Meakim is one of 20 student athletes from across the county to win the scholarship.

San Diego City Council is starting a week of budget reviews. Over the next five days they are looking at each and every department budget in the proposed budget for this coming fiscal year. This morning at 9:00 they are looking at the overall spending plan followed by a look into the police and fire departments budgets. This afternoon at 2:00 they are reviewing the pensions, City Attorney budget and how much is spent of special events. The proposal gives SDPD over $417 million and SDFD nearly $218. However critics say the budget proposal doesn’t include enough to deal with the $1 billion, that’s Billion with a B, needed for infrastructure maintenance.

Tonight at 6:15 at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park San Diego State University music and dance students are giving a free Cinco de Mayo concert. Featuring SDSU’s Jazz Ensemble, Concert Chorus and the University’s new Mariachi Ensemble. The Mariachi Ensemble was started in 2012

And finally at 6:30 tonight at the San Diego Central Library the Muslim American experience is being presented by a panel of Muslim men.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 23, 2014

San Diego’s minimum wage is the topic on the tips of many tongues today.

First at 12:00 PM City Council President Todd Gloria is releasing the details of a ballot measure that would increase San Diego’s minimum wage. Gloria hasn’t before specified the amount he would like to be San Diego’s lowest pay. However he has said that he wants a quote “meaningful” increase. Some research says that in order to live on a very basic budget a single person in San Diegan needs to earn $13.09 an hour. While others say that raising the minimum wage would hurt small businesses and the economy of San Diego.

Supporters of raising the minimum wage are also rallying tonight at 6:30. The San Diego Organizing Project and supporters are set to gather at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Parish in Barrio Logan.

This afternoon at 2:00 the San Diego City Council Environment Committee is meeting about the group that was supposed to plan the Balboa Park centennial party and a proposal to decide if they should declare a drought watch in San Diego.

Before the committee meets councilmen David Alvarez and Ed Harris are talking to the press about the possible drought watch at 1:30.

The controversial Barrio Logan zoning plan is what nurses and healthcare advocate are endorsing this morning at 10:00. They want the community to vote yes on Propositions B & C in support of the new zoning rules; they say the new zoning regulation will protect children’s health. They’ll be with representatives from the Environmental Health Coalition outside the front entrance of the UCSD Medical Center.

At 10:30 in front of Rady Children’s Hospital supporters of the Medi-Cal Funding and Accountability Act of 2014 are talking to the press. The ballot measure locks in federal funding for Medi-Cal. Its supporters are submitting over 1.3 million signatures to qualify it for the November ballot.

In court today two things of note

First at 9:00 AM in San Diego’s courthouse the preliminary hearing for former San Diego Police Officer Christopher Hays continues. However we are hearing rumors that the case may settle today.

Then at 1:30 in Vista’s courthouse Samuel Ruiz is being sentenced for sending threatening text messages to a high school student just after the double murder of two other teens.

And finally tonight at 6:30 William Shakespeare’s birthday is being celebrated at San Diego’s Central Library.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 19, 2014

San Diego County Sheriff’s Department puts 43-people in custody yesterday in a daylong sweep targeting offenders released from prison because of over-crowding. During the sweep deputies went to 24-homes, riverbeds, even a trolley station in the East San Diego County cities of Santee, Lakeside and unincorporated El Cajon. Most of those arrested were released from prison because of overcrowding and supposed to be under supervision.

This morning at 9:00 San Diego City Council’s Budget Committee is meeting and getting an update on how often people are renting the new central library’s facilities. Library Director Deborah Barrow is going to tell the committee that since the library opened they’ve had and booked tons of events. Ranging from weddings, luncheons, concerts, bar and bat mitzvahs, and of course even author talks. She says they’ve made $41,000 so far and she’s anticipating $100,000 by the end of the year.

Then at 2:00 this afternoon the council’s Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee is meeting about possibly giving San Diego Police Officers cameras to record them on duty.

San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation is hosting a special Meet the Mayor luncheon for business and community leaders. All the big wigs will be rubbing elbows at the Sheraton San Diego on Harbor Island Drive at 11:30 AM.

Some of San Diego Counties Mayors are volunteering for Meals on Wheels in the annual Mayors-for-Meals-Day. At 12:30 Chula Vista’s Mayor Cheryl Cox will be at the Norman Park Senior Center.

Two charitable events today

First the San Diego County Employees Charitable Organization is distributing money to 93 nonprofits at their annual awards breakfast this morning at 7:30 in the Central Library.

And at 11:00 AM San Diego Gas and Electric is starting its annual Environmental Champions initiative. They’re giving away $1,000,000 to several San Diego nonprofits that encourage young people to take care of the environment.

At 10:00 AM San Diego Mesa College is opening its new $109 million dollar 206,000-square-foot math and science complex. It’s got new labs, a greenhouse, and space for biology, chemistry, science, and math programs.

In court at 1:30 Abel Martinez is being arraigned in El Cajon’s courthouse. He’s accused of sneaking into a house his ex-girlfriend was staying at and killing her current boyfriend and shooting her.

And finally tonight at 6:00 San Diego police Chief Shelley Zimmerman and San Diego Fire Chief Javier Mainar are talking at the welcoming reception for the American Society of Industrial Security International’s regional meeting. ASIS International is a security training and certification company.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for February 5, 2014

A California Highway Patrol officer handcuffs and detains a Chula Vista Firefighter at the scene of a freeway accident last night at around 9:30. Kudos to KFMB for being on the scene and getting the video. According to their report … Firefighters were at the scene of an overturned car in the center-divide of the 805 freeway near Telegraph Canyon Road. CHP officers asked the firefighters to move their truck. We don’t what happened next but … The fireman was handcuffed and put in the back of the CHP cruiser for about 30 minutes then released. Reportedly both agencies are going to meet today to discuss the incident.

San Diego’s best student athletes officially declare the college their going to this morning at 8 AM. Athletes form soccer, track, cross county, water polo, and football are signing their National Letters of Intent at a ceremony inside Balboa Park’s Hall of Champions. It’s open and free to the public if you want to rush over and cheer.

San Diego City Council’s Infrastructure Committee is hearing a presentation on San Diego’s bridges this morning at 9:00. Then at 2:00 this afternoon the Council’s Environment Committee is talking about the city’s water conservation report and a sustainable energy program

Rules about foreign students taking flying lessons is what the San Diego County Board of Supervisors is talking about this morning at 9:00

This morning at 11:00 Homeland Security Infrastructure Security Compliance Division Inspector Paul Sanders is talking about chemical usage and terrorism at the Pesticide Stewardship Alliance Conference at the Catamaran Resort.

And finally at 5:00 tonight the Oceanside Public Library is holding its annual “Big Read” event. The Dashiell Hammett classic “The Maltese Falcon” is top of the reading list.

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We Could All (or most of us) Be Wrong Still Votes To Count in San Diego

Mayoral Can OTS

With 34500 mail-in and provisional ballots left to be counted many are calling the mayoral election a victory for David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer.
The mail-in ballots that are left to be counted are ones that voters dropped off at the polling place and the provisional ones are usually from people that voted at the worn polling place.

Those ballots need to be counted by hand.

Now the question remains are these voters like the rest of the voters that were counted or are they different somehow.

Personally I bet the numbers are going to stay roughly the same … but you never know.

Follow the San Diego Registrar of Voters for the up to the minute results.

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