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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for February 26, 2014

On the heels of several misconduct allegations, San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne announces his retirement. Effective Monday March 3rd the 69-year-old law enforcement professional will leave the office he has led for over a decade. Within the past few years several officers have become embroiled in sexual misconduct cases … weather convicted or under investigation. Most notably Anthony Arevalos … convicted of sexually assaulting nine-woman while on duty. He’s serving 9-years in prison.

Reportedly mayor elect Kevin Faulconer met with Lansdowne. Faulconer says “The decision to resign was the chief’s, and the chief’s alone, I told him that I would support his decision.” Faulconer will announce the next step in choosing a new chief over the next couple of days.

Medical Marijuana dispensaries have new rules to follow. Yesterday San Diego’s City Council approved several new zoning regulations in an 8 to 1 vote. The city will now issue a 5-year conditional use permit to all dispensaries and a 1-year renewable public safety permit will come from San Diego Police. They will have to also stay 1,000 feet away from public parks, churches, child care centers, playgrounds, residential care facilities, schools and other dispensaries. They must stay 100-feet away from residential zones, and they are not allowed to have on-site medical professionals that can write pot prescriptions. Also only 4 dispensaries are allowed per council district.

San Diego City Council is busy today.

Starting at 9:00 AM the Budget Committee meets about updated to this year’s budget. Then this afternoon at 2:00 the Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee is getting together to talk about a proposed audit of the San Diego Police Department, e-cig regulations, and sinking a decommissioned Canadian destroyer adding to the scuba diving park off the coast near Mission Beach.
At 9:00 AM San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors is talking about more closely securitizing foreigners who want to learn how to fly.

Immigration reform activists are stopping at Republican Congressman Darrell Issa’s office this morning at 9:30 AM. Then this morning at 10:00 and 11:00, and this afternoon at 3:00 and 4:30 they’re talking to the press.

An arraignment and a sentencing this afternoon at 1:30 worth talking about.

In San Diego’s courthouse Nicholas Gervais is being arraigned for allegedly crashing into another driver and killing him while driving drunk and possibly high, going the wrong way on the 94.

In Chula Vista’s courthouse Salvador Martinez in being sentenced for trying to rob a Taco Bell with a knife. The police say witnesses were instrumental to his arrest.

Making Carlsbad a better city to walk and bike in is the topic of a community forum tonight at 6:00 at the Faraday Center.

And finally … tonight at 7:30 the Shen Yun Chinese music and dance extravaganza starts its five-day run at Escondido’s California Center for the Arts.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for February 25, 2014

Politicos all across San Diego County are super busy today.

First at 9:00 AM the San Diego County Board of Supervisors is meeting and on the agenda are: The way health risk assessments are taken for deputy sheriffs, Buying the Sheriff’s department a new helicopter, Getting the land for a new Lakeside Sheriff’s substation, and making it easier for venders to sell stuff at farmers markets.

San Diego City Council is meeting this morning at 10:00. The big things on the agenda are: Honoring former fire department Public Information Officer Maurice Luque, And medical marijuana dispensary regulations.

The new group Coalition for Local Education through Accountability of Resources, or CLEAR is hosting their first press conference this morning at 10:20. They want more transparency in San Diego County school districts. Support for their group is coming from the American Civil Liberties Union, Barrio Logan College Institute, League of Women Voters, and Urban League.

At noon the San Diego County Taxpayers Association is talking about new state stormwater regulations in a luncheon panel at the San Diego Foundation.

Tonight at 5:00 the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education is meeting about: parental involvement in schools, honoring Interim Mayor Todd Gloria, and financial reports on construction bonds.

Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox is giving her “State of the City” speech at 6:00 PM in Chula Vista’s council chambers.

In court two noteworthy things, both at 1:30 this afternoon.

In San Diego’s courthouse it’s the arraignment for one of the male nurses accused of engaging in sex with another male nurse. All while caring for a 99-year-old incapacitated stroke victim.

And in El Cajon’s courthouse the sentencing for Troy Perott for slashing a friend with a box cutter.

And finally … Tonight at 7:00 the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its 143’d anniversary.
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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for December 9, 2013

San Diego’s infamous former mayor Bob Filner will officially be sentenced this morning at 9:00. 71-year-old Filner pled guilty to grabbing and fondling three women while in office. Reportedly he’s going to be on probation for three years and spend three months in home confinement. Officially he is guilty of one felony count of false imprisonment and two misdemeanor counts of battery. If he violates the terms of his probation Filner could spend six-months in jail. KSWB FOX5 plans to carry the sentencing live.

San Diego’s City Council is busy today. First at 9:00 AM the Infrastructure Committee is meeting about a report on our sidewalks. Then at 2:00 PM the whole council is meeting and on the agenda; San Diego’s five-year financial outlook and the first quarter budget report.

This afternoon at 3:30 salaries for San Diego’s City Council member and Mayor are top of the agenda for the City of San Diego Salary Setting Commission.

San Diego City Councilwoman Sherri Lightner and Lorie Zapf are talking to the press about creating a citywide bicycle network and the 45 recommendations from the Water Policy Implementation Task Force at 10:00 AM.

And finally at 11:00 AM many of San Diego’s law enforcement agencies are coming together to release their annual marijuana eradication campaign results. They focused on indoor grow operations and hash-oil extractions that caused explosions.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for June 7, 2013

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Sheriff’s Deputies discover a marijuana grow and two elderly women are under investigation. The two women aged 83 and 61, were living in tents near a burned down house in the East San Diego County community of Lakeside. The house burned down in the Cedar Fire back in 2003. Over 400 marijuana plants were seized, along with hash oil, and lab equipment.

Two notable things in court today…

First in San Diego’s courthouse at 9:00 AM the sentencing for Christine Padilla. She pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter for killing a nanny pushing a baby in a stroller.

And at 1:30 this afternoon the man accused of setting his own car on fire because he was being evicted from an Encinitas hotel will be arraigned in Vista’s courthouse.

At the Fashion Valley Mall’s California Pizza Kitchen the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is protesting at 1:00 this afternoon. The group says that the restaurants cheese supplier mistreats its cattle.

Also at 1:00 San Diego’s City Council is honoring the Central Library. The current building will close Sunday after 58-years. The new library will open in September.

And at noon on campus at University of California at San Diego it’s the 49th Annual Watermelon Drop. The pre-finals tradition began in 1965 when Professor Bob Swanson asked “What would be the terminal velocity of a watermelon dropped from the seventh floor of Urey Hall and how far would it splat?”. Today students will attempt to break the 1974 splat record of 167-feet 4-inches

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 26, 2013

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San Diego’s Mayor and City Attorney are at it again. City Attorney Jan Goldsmith is now accusing Mayor Filner of allowing what the City Attorney is calling illegal marijuana dispensaries to proliferate.

In a press conference Goldsmith said “…the mayor has refused to allow case referrals to our office…”

In response the Mayor said “I’ve always enforced the law, that’s my job…”

The San Diego City Council asked Goldsmith to draft new pot shop zoning regulations to replace the current one. That is expected to take about a month.

The District Attorney is expected to file murder charges against the man accused of beating a prominent San Diego architect to death. 31-year-old Higinio Soriano Salgado worked for 56-year-old Grahm Downes and was at Downes’s house for a party and they got into a fight Salgado beat Downes so severely he is now brain dead. Salgado … arrested just after the fight ….will be in court this morning for a status conference when the new more severe charges will be filed.

This morning at 9:30 San Diego’s District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis is talking to the press about charges she’s filing against a couple that she says conned hundreds of senior citizens out of $1.9 Million. The couple will be arraigned this afternoon.

Protesters are marching at San Diego’s Federal Building today at noon. They are protesting the Department of Homeland Security’s employment audits. Protesters say that many of the people being fired for not having the proper papers would qualify as “citizenship path worthy” under a comprehensive immigration bill. They would like the President to stop the audits until the bill is passed.

This morning at 9:00 the San Diego Association of Governments Board of Directors is meeting and they will talk about extending the San Diego Trolley’s Blue line.

Today for Arbor Day there are two big events

First at 9:00 AM on campus at the University of California at San Diego volunteers will plant 23 Coast Live Oaks, 22 Torrey Pines and 19 Canary Island Pines.

Then at 10:30 the Friends of Balboa Park are having a “Tree Celebration” where people from San Diego Gas & Electric are going to talk about how to plant trees so they don’t interfere with underground or overhead electrical lines.

And finally voting to name the new koala born at the San Diego Zoo begins today. To cast your vote go to http://www.sandiegozoo.org/koalafornia . Yes i said KOALA-FORNIA

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Marijuana school reopens

Marijuana school reopens

fox5sandiego.com

SAN DIEGO – The first and only marijuana school in San Diego is back in session.

Del Mar soccer mom Nicole Scott founded Legal Cannabis Institute, San Diego’s first and only marijuana school, four years ago.

When the federal government closed down marijuana businesses in April 2012, Scott said she closed her school, too.  But she said, after a one year hiatus, she’s reopening the Legal Cannabis Institute after Mayor Bob Filner recently expressed his support for medical marijuana.

“There has been an overflowing amount of interest in medical marijuana since Filner has taken office,” said Scott.

With Scott there are no smoke and mirrors, she is candid about the fact that her school is not accredited.

“I really wish we were accredited,” said Scott. “Sadly, California hasn’t caught up in all aspects of marijuana yet.”

Cannabis is the curriculum at the Legal Cannabis Institute.  The school has classes on everything…

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$2.1M in pot found in bus

$2.1M in pot found in bus

PRESS RELEASE FROM CUSTOMS AND BORDER PATROL

San Diego CBP Officers Foil Deep Concealment Smuggling Attempt
Officers Seize More Than $2.1 Million in Marijuana

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Yesterday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro port of entry seized approximately 1,413 pounds of marijuana valued at more than $2.1 million hidden inside a commercial bus.

CBP officers encountered the driver of a 2000 Mercedes Benz MP115 bus at around 5 a.m., as he entered through the bus lane at the port. A CBP canine team conducted a cursory search of the bus and the dog alerted. Officers directed the bus driver for a more thorough inspection.

CBP officers conducted an intensive examination on the bus and vehicle that led them to 247 wrapped packages of marijuana hidden in non-factory compartments within the undercarriage over the rear and front tires of the bus. The weight of the marijuana was about 1,413 pounds with a street value of approximately $2,120,550.

CBP officers turned the driver, a 39-year-old male Mexican national, over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents for questioning. CBP officers seized the marijuana and the bus.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations is responsible for securing our borders at the ports of entry. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers’ primary mission is anti-terrorism; screening all people, vehicles, and goods entering the United States, while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel into and out of the United States. Our mission also includes carrying out traditional border-related responsibilities, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, protecting our nation’s food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.

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SAN YSIDRO, Calif. — Border officers found more than 1,400 pounds of marijuana hidden in a commercial bus, officials said Friday.

The 2000 Mercedes Benz bus tried to cross the border at about 5 a.m. Thursday in the bus lane at the San Ysidro port of entry, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Agents searched the bus with a dog, which alerted to the floor board area of the bus.

CPB officers found 347 plastic-wrapped bundles of marijuana in secret compartments in the undercarriage over the rear and front tires, officials said. The drugs weighed 1,413 pounds with an estimated street value of $2.1 million.

CPB agents seized the bus and drugs and arrested the driver, a 39-year-old Mexican citizen.

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