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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 28, 2014

Tonight at 5:30 protesters calling for the release of Marine Corps sergeant in Mexican prison will rally at the San Ysidro border crossing for his release. Andrew Tahmooressi was arrested while crossing into Mexico with a shotgun, a rifle, a handgun and ammunition in his car.

Guns are extremely illegal in Mexico. The American consulate in Tijuana on its web site says “Don’t bring firearms or ammunition across the border into Mexico. Don’t carry a knife, even a small pocketknife, on your person in Mexico. You may become one of dozens of U.S. Citizens who are arrested each month for unintentionally violating Mexico’s strict weapons laws.”

However Tahmooressi says he crossed the border by mistake. Today Tahmooressi is having a hearing in Tijuana about his case. The Mexican legal system is very different than the American, and the process can be long.

Last night San Diego Unified District Board of Education approved a new early retirement program. 471 teachers are eligible for it and the Board says it’ll save nearly $30 million over the next five years. Of the 471 teachers eligible about a quarter have signed up for it. Most have until Friday to decide if they want the early retirement, however summer school teachers have until their last summer workday to decide. Teachers that have been with the district for 5-years and are 55-years-old with 5-years of credit in the state teachers retirement system, or those 50 to 54 with 30-years retirement credits are eligible.

Proposition 13 is on topic at the San Diego County Taxpayers Association early morning forum this morning at 7:30. Prop 13 keeps property taxes low by setting the tax rate on the value of property at the time the property was purchased. Many blame prop. 13 on the state’s education funding problems, because schools get much their funding from property taxes.

At 9:00 AM at the County Administration Center Room 358 fracking is taking center stage at a public forum. Fracking or “induced hydraulic fracturing” is when thousands of gallons of fluid-chemicals are injected into geological structures at pressures high enough to break or fracture the geology and release the oil deposited there. It’s an extremely controversial method. The public is welcome, however no placards or signs are allowed in.

At 10:00 AM Balboa Park’s centennial celebration is the topic of a press conference at Balboa Park’s reflecting pool. They boast that it’ll be a “major announcement”.

This morning at 10:00 the Chief Patrol Agent for the San Diego sector Border patrol is honoring the 90th anniversary of the U.S. Border Patrol by reading the names of agents killed in the line of duty.

Embattled Sweetwater Union High School District is on topic tonight at 6:00 at Chula Vista’s City Hall. Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox is hosting the forum.

And finally tonight at 6:30 the candidates for District Attorney are talking to the National Latina Business Women Association of San Diego and the La Raza Lawyers at the University of San Diego’s Shiley Theatre.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 7, 2014

Eight Marine recruits are diagnosed with meningitis. They are all at Naval Medical Center, San Diego for treatment and testing. The tests will determine if it is bacterial or viral. Regardless, all are being isolated.

San Diego Sheriff’s Deputies arrest an 18-year-old accused of over 300 graffiti crimes totaling nearly $90,000 worth of damage. Bladimir Alexis Lopez was caught at his house in the north county city of Vista. He was booked into Vista’s jail.

Several San Diego City Council candidates file their nominating papers.

David Alvarez, Myrtle Cole and Lorie Zapf all got the 100 required signatures needed to nominate themselves for re-election.

Alvarez will run for reelection in Distract 8 and so far he only has one opponent, retired iron worker Valley Coleman III

In District 4, Cole is up against Lemon Grove School District Trustee Blanca Lopez Brown, real estate agent Tony Villafranca and former district policy adviser Bruce Williams.

Zapf is hoping to move from District 6 to District 2 … taking over the seat left vacant by Kevin Faulconer after he won the Mayor’s seat. Sarah Boot a federal prosecutor, community activist Jim Morrison and organic fertilizer marketer Mark Schwatz are all hoping to beat Zapf.

And the seat left vacant by Zapf’s district move is up for grabs. Taxpayers Association Vice President Chris Cate, special education assistant Jane Glasson, education consultant Carol Kim, community and veterans activist De Le, and ex-San Diego Unified School District Trustee Mitz Lee are all going to slug it out for the District 6 seat.

Our new Mayor, Kevin Faulconer, has a lot going on today: the last day of his first week. First at 9:30 this morning Faulconer is going to Tijuana for his first official visit with Tijuana’s Mayor Jorge Astiazaran. They are talking trade and border infrastructure. Then at 1:30 Faulconer is back in San Diego talking with the press about his trip to Tijuana for those reporters unable to go with him.

At 9:00 AM the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials’ Educational Fund is meeting with 60 members from across the southwest at the Rancho Bernardo Inn. They are talking about education policies for the new accountability system.

At 5:30 tonight Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez is honoring her districts “Woman of the Year” for their work in organized labor, healthcare and education.

There are two sentencings of note today.

First in San Diego’s courthouse at 9:00 AM Michael Tesfa is being sentenced for beating and raping a woman near San Diego’s Old Town.

Then at 1:30 this afternoon in Chula Vista’s court Miranda Mae Gallegos will hear her fate for stabbing and killing her ex-boyfriend.

Over 375 graduate and undergraduate students from San Diego State University are showing off their original research projects at SDSU’s Love Library. Some of the things on display are bacterial growth patterns in public bathrooms and treatment outcomes for minorities with breast cancer.

And finally at 6:00 tonight the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority is hosting a symposium about the role of art and culture in city life.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for December 10, 2013

Marines from the 1st Marine Division are landing on the beach today beginning at 8:30 AM. It’s all part of a large scale training exercise called Exercise Steel Knight 2014.
Marines from multiple Marine Corps bases from Yuma to Twentynine Palms to Camp Pendleton are participating in the live-fire exercise. It includes an amphibious landing on the beach west of Camp Pendleton. So if you’re driving along the 5 freeway between zero eight thirty and thirteen hundred don’t be afraid it’s just training.

At 10:45 officials are going to show how dangerous fire can be over the holiday season. This is the annual demo where they show us how quickly the flames can engulf a Christmas tree and children’s pajamas.

At 10:30 U.S. and Mexican officials are breaking ground on a new leg of freeway expand the 905 freeway and the border. This segment is part of a larger project that hopes to ease border crossings. This part will cost about $112 million dollars.

San Diego City Council is talking about two law suit settlements this morning at 10:00 AM. One of them is from a victim of disgraced San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, and the other is from a victim of former San Diego Police Officer Anthony Arevalos. Also on the council’s agenda is a referendum to overturn the new Barrio Logan zoning regulation.

This afternoon at 1:00 The Port of San Diego Board of Commissioners is talking with the public about a climate action plan and putting a pier on Shelter Island.

San Diego Unified School District Board of Education is meeting at 5:00 tonight about Lincoln High School.

And finally … San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive starts its 23rd year with a breakfast on the USS Midway Museum at 6:00 AM. Escondido Police Department and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department are hosting the drive

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for November 14, 2013

Four Marines were killed yesterday at Camp Pendleton. Authorities are not releasing the names but the Marine Corps confirms the explosive ordnance disposal technicians were killed at 11:00 AM yesterday morning during a routine maintenance operation. General John Bullard said in a statement “Our first priority is to provide the families with the support they need during this difficult time”

The Navy medial ship the USNS Mercy is preparing for possible deployment to the typhoon stricken islands in the Philippines this morning. The Mercy could deploy in the next few days and reach the people in need next month.

This morning at 10:00 San Diego’s Interim Mayor Todd Gloria will release San Diego’s 5-year financial outlook.

Then at 3:30 this afternoon San Diego’s Salary Setting Commission is meeting to swear-in and reappoint several commissioners. They are also going to talk about when they should consider giving raises to the Mayor and City Council

San Diego County is announcing a disaster planning guide for people with disabilities. They are meeting at the Seacrest Village residential care home for people with disabilities in Encinitas at 12:30 this afternoon.

In San Diego’s downtown courthouse at 2:00 this afternoon Marcos Rodriguez-Perez will hear his fate for the murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Robert Rosas Jr.

And finally at 6:30 tonight it’s the Grand opening for the Barrio Logan College Institute’s new facility at the Monarch School.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for September 10, 2013

An East San Diego County fire that blackened 250 acres is still burning as of last reporting. The Lyons Fire named for the Lyons Peak area where it is burning is 10% contained this morning. Cal Fire says it started at around 1:00 PM yesterday and the cause is still under investigation. As of last night at 7:15, San Diego Sheriff’s Office says no structures are being threatened and residents are being allowed back to their homes. However the fire continues to burn in the hilly area east of El Cajon.

22-year-old Patrick Laungrath will is being sentenced today for his part in the 2010 death of San Diego Police Officer Christopher Willson. Laungrath pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and agreed to a 22 year sentence as part of his plea deal.

San Diego’s City Council is meeting today at 10:00 AM On the agenda in the Prevailing Wage proposal. This proposal would require contractors working for the city’s public works and maintenance projects to pay their employees the prevailing wage. According to Wikipedia a prevailing wage is “the hourly wage, usual benefits and overtime, paid to the majority of workers, laborers, and mechanics within a particular area” Last time this came before the city council it passed 5-4 and the vote was split along party lines. Democrats are in favor and Republicans opposed.

At 9:00 Am San Diego’s County Board of Supervisors is meeting about disaster preparedness. Then at noon Supervisors Dave Roberts and Ron Roberts will be talking to the press to promote disaster readiness. With a particular mind towards San Diego’s rapidly approaching fall fire season.

This afternoon at 1:00 the Port of San Diego Board of Commissioners is getting together to talk about its environmental and equal opportunity programs.

If live near Marin Corps Air Station Miramar you may hear some gunfire and explosions today. They are conducting a full-scare training exercises from noon until 4:30 this afternoon.

And finally the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics is starting the Space 2013 Conference and Exposition this morning at 8:00

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for September 5, 2013

Syria’s civil war will hit home for San Diegans today. San Diego Veterans for Peace have a protest planned for tonight from 4:00 to 6:00. They are going to hang banners off of the 6th Ave Bridge over the I-5 freeway in downtown protest potential American military strikes in Syria. They say “With no UN endorsement, no NATO endorsement, no support from England, no Arab-League or international approval, now (if ever) is not the time for the United States to get involved”

At 9:00 this morning La Mesa Police will announce a $90,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a freeway shooter. Xusha Brown Jr was riding in a car going east on the 8 freeway near the 125 interchange when someone pulled alongside him and shot into the car fatally injuring Brown. La Mesa Police believe that other drivers on the freeway at that time must have seen the incident and they hope the reward will entice them to come forward.

At 10:30 AM San Diego’s interim mayor Todd Gloria along with its former mayor and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce will announce several new parts of the Miramar Air Show. The air show generates about $17 million for local economy and San Diego politicos have been trying to find a way to use some of that to keep the airshow going after part of the funding for the show was cut because of the federal budget sequestration. The air show will go one this October 4th and 5th with some changes. It remains to be seen if the money can be raised to bring any or the cut flight demonstration teams. But there will still be plenty to look at and do. Like nightly concerts, a run/walk, drag racing, and family bike ride.

And finally tonight at 4:30 the Chargers are giving media a special preview of all the new food on offer at Qualcomm Stadium. It’s all in honor of tonight’s first official NFL game between the Denver Broncos and the World Champion Baltimore Ravens. Kickoff is at 5:30 PM

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for July 10, 2013

AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for July 10, 2013

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The National Weather Service says that big waves and rip currents will hit San Diego’s beaches late this afternoon and into tomorrow. Swimmers and surfers need to be very careful and always swim in front of a lifeguard. Personally on days like these unless you’re a strong ocean swimmer and experienced surfer do not go in the water. However if you do go in and end up getting caught in a rip remember to swim parallel to the shore until your free of the current then swim in.

San Diego City Council is meeting today and first thing this morning at 9:00 they are going to talk about connecting the airport to the trolley system. A report by the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority will be presented that proposes a new trolley stop on the north side of the airport on the Pacific Highway. The report says construction would involve building a pedestrian bridge and a parking structure. They are also talking about possible changes to terminal one.

Then at 2:00 this afternoon the San Diego City Council Natural Resource and Culture Committee in meeting about water prices.

At 9:00 this morning officials from the San Diego Association of Governments (or SANDAG) are going to announce some discounts for people that owe toll fines for the South Bay Expressway. For the next 30-days the San Diego Association of Governments is offering special lowering of toll violation fines. Fines could go from $100 to as low as $20. Go to http://www.SBXCleanSlate.com to see if you qualify

SANDAG is also meeting tonight at 6:00 to take public input about possibly remodeling the San Ysidro Transportation Center.

Then this afternoon at 3:00 San Diego County is breaking ground on a new 16,000 square-foot skate park the Lindo Lake County Park in Lakeside.

This morning at 11:00 San Diego State University is recognizing Pride Week with the raising of a rainbow flag in front of its iconic Hepner Hall.

And finally this morning at 7:00 am volunteers from the San Diego nonprofit Embrace are helping to restore the home of a disabled Marine veteran and her husband. They are going to be fixing up the bathroom, adding ramps, and widening doorways.

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