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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 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 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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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 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 May 24, 2013

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This morning at 10:00 AM notorious Mexican cartel leader Eduardo Arellano Felix is expected to plead guilty in San Diego’s federal court. Eduardo is one of the four brothers that ran the Arellano Felix Organization or A-F-O. The 56-year-old is charged with money laundering, racketeering, drug trafficking, and he is believed to be responsible for at least three murders. Benjamin Arellano-Felix and Francisco Javier Arellano-Felix are in American prisons serving time for racketeering, drug trafficking and money laundering. One of the brothers … Francisco Rafael Arellano-Felix … is back in Mexico after he was imprisoned in the United States for six-years on cocaine charges.

This morning is the fifth annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast. San Diego’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Community Center is hosting the event. They will honor Oregon’s former Governor Barbara Roberts and writer Dustin Lance Black.

The Navy is getting 47 new officers today. Members of the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps will get their commissions in a ceremony at the University of San Diego’s Jenny Craig Pavilion at 11 AM.

Two fun things to do tonight…First at 5:00 PM the San Diego Jazz Festival starts its three-day run at the La Costa Resort and Spa.

And finally tonight also at 5:00 the Helen Woodward Animal Center is hosting its Second Annual Puppy Prom. Puppies will compete in a Best Dressed King and Queen competition.

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2 Mexicans charged in death of Coast Guard officer

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[trib_ndn vid=23906854 site_section=dash]LOS ANGELES — Federal prosecutors filed charges against two Mexican citizens Monday in the death of a Coast Guard chief petty officer who died after the boat he was on was rammed by a suspected drug smuggling boat over the weekend.

Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne IIIChief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III suffered a fatal head injury early Sunday morning while he and other Coast Guardsmen were attempting to stop a  Mexican panga  near Santa Cruz Island in the Channel Islands National Park.

A criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court charges Jose Meija-Leyva  and Manuel Beltran-Higuera with killing Horne while he was engaged in official duties. According to the complaint, Meija-Leyva told investigators that he was the captain of the panga.

The two defendants were scheduled to appear in federal court in Los Angeles Monday afternoon.

Horne, 34, of Redondo Beach, was second in command of the Halibut, an 87-foot patrol cutter…

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