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Temporary Fire Station Coming To San Diego’s Skyline Area

A temporary fire station will soon open in the Skyline area of San Diego, which suffers from slow response times.

The $400,000 station, which is slated to open in April, will serve as a placeholder until a permanent facility can be built for the neighborhood. Construction for the temporary station began on Monday.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 3, 2014

San Diego Sheriff’s Homicide is investigating the mysterious death of a man found in an auto shop over the weekend. Several news reports I.D.’d the dead man as Ruben Bodden. Bodden is thought to be linked to the 2013 murder of two teens at Oceanside’s Libby Lake Park. One of the suspects under arrest for the double murder is named Brian Bodden, and is believed to be Ruben’s son. The search for the suspect involved in the elder Bodden’s death is on-going and anyone with any info should contact the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

Today at 10:00 AM Kevin Faulconer will be inaugurated as San Diego’s new mayor. Faulconer beat out David Alvarez for the seat in a 53% to 47%. After today’s inauguration San Diego City Council will declare Faulconer’s seat on the council vacant and begin the process of appointing someone to fill it. One catch is that the council does not want to appoint anyone that is planning on running for the seat after this term is up. Faulconer gave the Chief of Staff job to his Campaign Manager Stephen Puetz, and will be naming other appointments soon.

At 2:00 this afternoon San Diego City Council is meeting and the big thing on the agenda are new regulations for food trucks.

Then at 7:00 tonight San Diego Unified School District trustee John Lee Evans is hosting a community forum on the district’s plan for the future called “Vision 2020”.

Two sentencing’s of note today at 1:30.

In El Cajon’s courthouse Sunny Hall will hear her fate for driving drunk and killing two people in a crash on Interstate 8 near Alpine.

And in Chula Vista’s courthouse Robbie Gillespie is being sentenced for crashing into a Poway Fire Department car killing a 19-year-old aspiring model.

The San Diego Trolley is getting another vintage trolley car to put into service today. The 1946 Presidents Conference Committee trolley car is arriving at the 12th and Imperial trolley yard at 1:30 for restoration. The Municipal Transit System traded two of its modern decommissioned trolley cars for the antique.

And finally tonight at 6:00 the Oceanside Public Library is hosting a Dr. Seuss birthday party with a reading of “Cat in the Hat”.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for February 21, 2014

Early last night an ice cream truck was reportedly robbed by three armed boys between 10 and 12 years old. San Diego Police say at around 6:45 last night the three boys walked up to the truck and one of the boys showed a handgun and demanded cash from the ice cream truck driver. The boys then ran away.

Interim Mayor Todd Gloria says that the proposed audit of the San Diego Police Department could take over a year to do and should be broad reaching in its scope. This all comes on the heels of two officers being accused of sexually inappropriate contact with female suspects. Christopher Hays is facing charges and Donald Moncrief has been accused and is under investigation. Interim Mayor Todd Gloria says “This audit will be thorough, it will be substantial, and it will be transparent”

Mexican millionaire Jose Azano Matsura pleaded not guilty to illegally donating $600,000 into San Diego political campaigns. Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Perry wanted to detain the millionaire, telling the judge that Azano is a flight risk. The prosecutor went on to say that Azano is the center of a massive fraud that could be the largest in San Diego County history. But Azano’s lawyer Knut Johnson told the judge that his client would never leave his family. The federal magistrate released Azano on $5 million bond.

At 10:00 AM in San Diego courthouse the San Diego City Employees Retirement System and the City of San Diego are in court again today over the pension program. A hearing that’s supposed to clear up a section of the charter requiring the city and employees to make what’s called “Substantially equal retirement contributions”. Now what “equal” means with the voter approved pension reform initiative is what’s in questions. The City Attorney says San Diego can’t contribute more that the employees union because of the reform initiative. While several councilmen say they don’t want to be forced to increase the burden on city employees.

Also at 10:00 this morning San Diego State University his hosting a grand opening for the new Nasatir and Storm Hall complex.

And finally tonight at 7:00 a benefit honoring my former coworker and anchor Loren Nancarrow will be in the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in the guitar exhibit.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for February 12, 2014

San Diego elected a new mayor yesterday. With all precincts reporting Kevin Faulconer won with 137,296 or 54.5 percent of the votes. And David Alvarez lost with 114,478 or 45.8 percent of the votes. Both the candidates are city councilmen.

Faulconer has 3-years left on his term and while the city council is technically non-partisan both parties support their members over others on the council. Faulconer’s replacement will be chosen by the council and its Democratic majority grows from 5/4 to 5/3 with Faulconer winning the Mayor’s office. Now there is talk that a Democrat will be chosen to fill the empty seat creating a city council with a veto proof 6 to 3 Democratic majority.

On the heels of the mayoral election this afternoon at 1:15 Amy Redding is officially starting her campaign for San Diego Unified School District Board of Education. She’s signature gathering to get on the ballot.

This afternoon at 2:00 San Diego City Council’s Smart Growth and Land Use Committee is meeting and they’re talking about the municipal codes for food trucks and reducing San Diego’s homeless population.

Two groundbreakings today

First at 9:00 AM Mission Bay High is breaking ground on $13 million renovation project

Then at 10:00 AM Kaiser Permanente is breaking ground on a new 565,000-square-foot medical center.

Today at 10:45 San Diego based ship USS Independence is docking at the B Street pear. They are giving tours of the ship starting at 12:30

If you make less that 30,000 a year or are in the military and make less than $58,000 you can get free tax help. Today at 11:00 AM volunteers armed with TurboTax software will be at the Logan Heights library.

And finally tonight at 5:30 leaders from the San Diego 2024 Exploratory Committee are explaining their mission to bring the 2024 Summer Olympics to San Diego.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for February 11, 2014

Today is Election Day in San Diego. Kevin Faulconer and David Alvarez will be out for their final push in the special election for mayor. Polls have the candidates in a statistical dead heat. It’s going to be very interesting to see who is able to bring out the votes. Polls open at 7:00 AM

Candidate Alvarez is voting at Calvary Baptist Church at 7:00 AM then he and his supporters are campaigning and riding bikes around town for the morning.

Candidate Faulconer is voting at the Sixth Church of Christ Scientist at 7:00 AM then he’s meeting with his supporters at campaign headquarters at 1:00 this afternoon.

Tonight at 8:00 both the candidates are watching the numbers come in with their supporters. Faulconer will be at the Grant Hotel’s Palm Court Room in downtown. Alvarez is at the San Diego Public Market on National Avenue.

There is political news besides the mayoral election today believe it or not.

At 1:00 PM the Port of San Diego Board of Commissioners is talking about San Diego’s bids for the 2017 America’s Cup and 2024 Olympics.

This afternoon at 2:00 City Council for the southernmost city in San Diego County, Chula Vista, is meeting. They’re talking about a resolution to move a power substation and putting more power lines underground.

And finally tonight at 5:00 San Diego Unified School District Board of Education is meeting about new kindergarten eligibility rules and summer school programs.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for January 15, 2014

Today is day three for high fire danger in San Diego. Extremely low humidity and high winds have parched and a scoured all of southern California. The National Weather Service is warning San Diegans not only about potential fires but they are also saying to “Watch for broken tree limbs and debris on roadways”. The windy and dry weather is going to last through Friday but it’s on a downswing and we should be out of the woods by Saturday.

In court this afternoon there are two arraignments of note on the docket for 1:30 both in San Diego’s downtown courthouse

Leon Powell arraignment for allegedly breaking into well know food writer Jeanne Jones’s house and stealing jewelry.

Then William Cady who is accused of killing three people in a drunken crash on State Route 52 late last Friday night.

San Diego’s City Council is busy today.

First in the morning at 9:00 the council’s Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee is meeting and on the agenda is the living wage ordinance.

Then this afternoon at 2:00 the Smart Growth and Land Use Committee is meeting. They are talking about some parking issues and making it possible to sell or transfer ownership of card rooms. Who knew? The Smart Growth and Land Use Committee has control over some card room issues.

This afternoon at 1 is the tapping of the first mayoral debate between Kevin Faulconer and David Alvarez. The debate is being co-hosted by 10news, KPBS, and the Society of Professional Journalists. It is going to air tonight at 7:00

And finally tonight at 6:00 interim Mayor Todd Gloria is giving his State of the City speech. Gloria has been soliciting recommendations for songs to play at the event after the speech via twitter. So if you have an idea for the play list tweet “@ToddGloria”

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for December 17, 2013

Today beginning at 10:00 AM it’s a big day for San Diego’s City Council.

First they are setting the date for the runoff election. The runoff is expected to cost around $4 million. One date being batted around is February 11th because Solana Beach already has a special election set for then, and they could share the cost.

Then the other major thing on the council’s plate for today is if they should rescind the newly adopted zoning rules for Barrio Logan or take it to the public for a vote. The new plan separates industrial and residential areas of Barrio Logan and creates a buffer zone between the two. Businesses say the new rules will hurt them, thus hurting employment. Environmentalist say “It’s clear that the greedy executives running these out-of-state corporations don’t care about the folks living and working in Barrio Logan”.

At 2:00 this afternoon in Chula Vista their city council is meeting about a proposed sewer rate hike.

Then tonight at 6:00 El Cajon’s City Council is continuing interviews with people that want to fill the vacant council seats.

Tonight at 6:30 the Environmental Protection Agency is talking to the public about a new power plant proposed for Otay Mesa They are meeting at San Ysidro Middle School.

Immigration activists are making a point today but with a holiday theme. At 6:30 PM they are first dropping of Christmas cards and produce at Congressman Darrell Issa’s office then taking a Nativity themed march to his house.

A lot of holiday philanthropism today.

First this morning at 7:00 Chula Vista Police Chief David Bejarano along with some surprise NFL player are giving away 500 holiday dinners to poor families.

At 9:30 AM National City Police, Marine Corps Toys for Tots, the National Latino Police Officers Association, and Lowrider car-club members are giving away holiday dinners and gifts at 1200 National City Blvd.

And finally at 10:00 AM volunteers are sorting through the 2,300 toys donated by the Marines Corps from Toys for Tots.

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BowlersDesk.com Political Podcast Barrio Logan Zoned Out

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I asked myself what San Diego political issue is both under talked about and very important to the mayor’s race?

The answer for me is Barrio Logan zoning regulations.

Now before you yawn think about this …

While at first blush zoning regulation don’t seem that exciting, these rules determine what you can do with your land, what business are allowed in a community, even how many people are allowed to live in a neighborhood.
So zoning has a direct and very important impact on your life.

Barrio Logan is a community created when the 5 freeway was built, bisecting Logan Heights. Under much protest and cries the freeway went through. Then the Coronado Bridge was built and sparking loud protests witch eventually lead to the creation of Chicano Park.

Now the community there wants to create some industrial free zones.

There is a lot of industry in Barrio Logan, lots of heavy industry. The most notable is the maritime industries. They pay a lot in tax, employ lots of people, and are very important to the city outside of the barrio.

This issue is making its way into mayoral election politics is some very interesting ways. The issue has a racial component that could be part of the reason the next mayor wins or why his opponent loses.

Barrio Logan was born fighting.

And the people from there don’t back down, they are used to long fights.

This time on the Bowler’s Desk Political Podcast I sat down with Georgette Gomez from the Environmental Health Coalition. She’s a Barrio Logan native. She has a lot of interesting things to say about her almost decade long fight to make changes to the Barrio Logan zoning rules.

Agree or not you’ve got to respect her zeal and commitment.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for November 19, 2013

Today is Election Day in San Diego.

Since Bob Filner was removed from office for sexual harassment San Diego has had interim mayor Todd Gloria at the helm. If no single candidate wins 51 percent of the vote there will be a runoff election in the spring. Most likely that is what will happen.

The top candidates are

First: Councilman David Alvarez. He is a Democrat and has the official party endorsement

Second: Councilman Kevin Faulconer. Faulconer is the official Republican Party enforced candidate.

Third: Nathan Fletcher. Nathan has the Police Officer’s Association and Firefighter Union endorsement.

Forth: Mike Aguirre. Mike is the former City Attorney

In the last poll Faulconer was leading with Fletcher and Alvarez both more or less tied for second.

Polls open at 7:00 AM and first numbers will come from the Registrar of Voters at 8:00 PM when the polls close. According to the Registrar 37% of eligible voters have already voted.

I sat down with each of the top three candidates for about an hour. If you want to learn more about where they are coming from, gain some insight into who they are, what they want to do with the city, and why they want to be mayor check out the Bowler’s Desk Political Podcast. Go to BowlersDesk.com and click on the Political Podcast tab.

There are a few other things of note going on today.

San Diego’s Board of Port Commissioners is meeting this afternoon at 1:00 about the Living Coast Discovery Center’s long term plan and possibly raising the rates for parking meters along the coast.

And finally tonight at 5:00 what to do with a 22 million dollar state grant is on the agenda for the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for November 13, 2013

The East San Diego County city of El Cajon has a new mayor today. Councilman Bill Wells was appointed by the El Cajon City Council yesterday. Wells will now finish out the term of former mayor Mark Lewis. Lewis left office is disgrace after he was recorded in an interview making insensitive comments about El Cajon’s Iraqi committee. El Cajon is home to nearly 50,000 Iraqi immigrants.

Tim Lambesis the lead singer for the Christian heavy metal band As I Lay Dying is back in Vista’s courthouse this morning at 8:30. He’s being arraigned on charges related to the District Attorneys accusation that he tried to hire a hit man to kill his ex-wife.

Chula Vista is breaking ground on an H Street extension this morning at 10:00. It’s going to connect Chula Vista’s water front to the rest of the city on the other side of 5 freeway.

Barrio Logan’s’ water front is top of the political pile today. Mayoral Candidate Kevin Faulconer is trying to keep the maritime industry in Barrio Logan. While some community members want to re-zone the area and make it residential only. Faulconer says that the business is good for the city and he’ll be out at the Albertsons in Allied Gardens gathering signatures to keep the maritime businesses in Barrio Logan.

FYI Barrio Logan is about 10 miles away from Allied Gardens. I wonder if Faulconer could get any signatures if he was at the North Gate Market next to Chicano Park in Barrio Logan.

At 4:30 tonight San Diego’s Interim Mayor Todd Gloria, Councilwoman Myrtle Cole, and Councilman Scott Sherman are talking about city government’s role in our lives with the students at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

San Diego Councilmen Mark Kersy and Kevin Faulconer are meeting with the public tonight at Cadman Elementary School at 6:00. It’s all part of a series of community meetings to get public input on San Diego infrastructure. That means pot holes and the like.

And finally tonight at 6:00 the San Diego Association of Governments is unveiling the design for a new San Ysidro transit center.

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