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Good morning this is the AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for June 6, 2014

Last night at around 10:00 two men were shot and police say it appears to be random. The two men were walking down Villa Terrace near University with two other men when a red Toyota pull up near them and someone in the car fired at least six times. One man was shot in the hand the other in the ankle. Police say that at this time it seems like a random shooting, however the investigating is ongoing and that could change.

This afternoon at 1:30 in San Diego’s courthouse Josh Thomas Churchill, owner of a Poway karate studio, will be arraigned and accused of have sex with girl over the course of three years. Sheriff’s deputies arrested Churchill and are accusing him of more than 500 charges. He is being help on $25 million dollars bail.

Tonight at 4:00 at the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center the California Public Utilities Commission is talking about the $3 point 3 billion dollars it’s going to cost to shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear power plant. The deal makes customers of Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas and Electric responsible for the bill. Originally the state commission wanted $4 point 7 billion from customers but that went down a billion because of a faulty steam generator.

Early this morning at 7:30 the San Diego and Tijuana Urban Land Institute is hosting a panel about how to be ready for the next economic downturn. They’ll be at the University Club in downtown San Diego.

This morning at 10:00 San Diego City Council is meeting and expected to approve a $3 point 9 million dollar contract with TASER International. They are the contractor San Diego Police picked to supply there new wearable cameras. 300 cameras are being given to SDPD officers to wear for evidence gathering purposes. Officials also think they’ll help with officer accountability. The cameras are going to be given to officers working in San Diego’s more urban areas, like downtown and City Heights.

At noon outside of San Diego’s City Hall in Civic Center Plaza there will be a rally to raise San Diego’s minimum wage.

The Port of San Diego Board of Commissioners is meeting at 1:00 this afternoon about the coming fiscal year’s budget.

Chula Vista City Council is meeting at 2:00 this afternoon and they are talking about the regulations for what they call “sexually oriented businesses”.

Drones are on topic for the California Unmanned Aircraft Systems Summit this afternoon at 2:30 in Point Loma’s Liberty Station.

And finally tonight at 5:00 San Diego Unified School District Board of Education is meeting about a three year budget proposal that will reportedly “align” the districts expenses and revenues and they are expected to approve next year’s budget.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for June 2, 2014

An early morning shooting at a popular Pacific Beach bar sent a woman to the hospital. San Diego Police say that just after 2:00 AM a group of men were heard loudly arguing when several shots rang out. A stray bullet struck the woman who was taken to the hospital by paramedics with non-life-threating injuries. Police say that the suspects may have fled in a Chevy Camaro or a Dodge Challenger.

Someone is hiding cash around San Diego then posting clues to its whereabouts on twitter. The would-be philanthropist uses the twitter handle @SDCashStash. Yesterday he tweeted a picture clue of a “cash stash” that was found by man saying he’s going to use the money to buy dinner for some homeless people. This all started in San Francisco when another person was doing the same thing using the twitter handle @HiddenCash. It’s become an internet phenomenon. Reportedly @SDCashStash is going to tweet out another clue today.

Proposition’s B and C on tomorrow’s ballot make changes to the controversial Barrio Logan zoning plan and some supporters are demonstrating outside a Barrio Logan Elementary School at 8:15 this morning. Supporters say the new plan gives business more land, creates a buffer zone between industry and homes, along with keeping pollution away from Barrio Logan’s residents. Opponents say any changes to the current plan could hurt businesses.

And finally tonight at 7:30 the 13th annual Klezmer Summit concert is helping to round out the 21st annual Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival with “My Yidishe Mambo” at the Lyceum Theatre in Horton Plaza.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for January 23, 2014

Many San Diego politicians are returning money donated to them by a Mexican National that is accused of using a straw man proxy to make the illegal donations.

D.A. Bonnie Dumanis returned $700

Interim Mayor Todd Gloria returned $500

Congressional candidate Carl DeMaio gave back $500

California State Representative Juan Vargas says he’s giving back any money illegally donated to him. Reportedly that could be as much as $3500

The UT San Diego identified the Mexican National attempting to make the illegal donations as Jose Susumo Azano Matsura. He’s accused of using a political social media company run by Ravneet Singh. Federal authorities arrested 41-year-old Singh in Washington DC last week and brought him to San Diego. It is alleged that Singh conspired to funnel as much as $500,000 from Azano Matsura into the coffers of San Diego politicians. Ex San Diego Police Detective Ernesto Encinas is accused of conspiring with Singh in the government’s complaint.

And a third man, lobbyist Marco Polo Cortes was charged yesterday with conspiracy to finance campaigns with illegal money. Court papers describe Cortes’s as a business associate and friend of Encinas.

More on this San Diego Political Novella is sure to follow.

A man is in Federal custody and accused of smuggling weapons into Mexico hidden in a motorized wheelchair. The 52-year-old was trying to cross at the Otay Mesa port of entry with parts for assault rifles and 64-box’s of ammo. Firearms are illegal in Mexico and American authorities say they will work hard to prevent smuggling from the states south. In my opinion he’s lucky he got caught in San Diego and not in Mexico.

The National Weather service has two warnings for San Diego. First: dense fog is blanketing our cost and make the morning commute very scary, so slow down.

And second a fire watch is in effect for San Diego’s inland valleys and mountains. High winds and low humidity are creating the dangerous conditions.
This morning at 8:00 the San Diego North Chamber of Commerce is talking about hackers and cyber-attacks at breakfast event at the Bernardo Heights Country Club.

At 10:30 AM it’s the groundbreaking of a brand new 16,000 square foot fire station in Mission Valley.

Also at 10:30 in the North Eastern San Diego County city of Boulevard Cal Fire is also breaking ground on a new fire station.

Early this morning at 7:30 AM the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament kicks off with their opening ceremony. First tee is at 9:00 AM.

And finally tonight at 7:30 the 2014 Mainly Mozart Spotlight Series opens. The McDermott Trio is preforming and after they’re taking questions.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for January 22, 2014

A self-styled “Campaign Guru” is accused of funneling half a million dollars into local campaigns and plotting to fire San Diego’s current Police Chief then pick the new one. 41-year-old Ravneet Singh owner ElectionMall Inc. was arrested on Friday by the FBI and was in a San Diego’s federal court yesterday. Former San Diego Police Detective Ernesto Encinas is also named in the complaint and accused of working with Signh. The government says that Encinas oversaw the security of the person referred to as the “the foreign national” in the complaint. The government alleges that from 2011 to 2013 Signh and Encinas helped the foreigner donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to a string of candidates. Including the San Diego’s 2012 mayoral election and the 2013 special election for mayor. While Singh was officially accused in court it’s not yet known if Encinas’s will be accused as well.

The FBI says

“Foreign nationals are prohibited from making any contributions or expenditures in connection with any American electoral campaign—whether at the federal, state or local level.”

In an attempt to limit the spread of this season’s flu Scripps Health hospitals are adding restrictions to visitors. Now all visitors will be screened and if they’ve got flu-like symptoms they won’t be allowed in and Kids under 14 are not allowed in … unless they or their parents have an appointment.

Scripps Chief Medical Officer Dr. James LaBelle says

“We ask that visitors follow these new guidelines so that we can maintain the safest possible environment for everyone.”

It’s the first day of class for San Diego State University’s spring semester and a bunch of events celebrating the brand new 206,000 square foot Aztec Center start today at 9:00 AM. The building cost $104 million to build. It has restaurants, a bowling alley, theater, ballroom, meeting rooms, and student government offices.

At 6:40 AM Tiger Woods is scheduled to tee off at the Zurich Pro-AM. This is part of the festivities leading up to the Farmers Insurance Open at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla.

This morning at around 7:00 hundreds of people will officially become citizens at San Diego’s Golden Hall.

At 10:30 San Diego’s interim Mayor Todd Gloria is launching a multi-million dollar tourism marketing campaign.

And at 3:00 this afternoon petitions in opposition to the linkage fee will be turned in. The linkage fee is a fee charged to all non-residential construction. The fee originally was 1 point 5 percent then in the mid 90’s it was lowered to point 75 percent and now some city leaders want to raise it back to the original rate. The money raised helps to fund affordable housing. Opponents say if the fee is increased it will hurt business expansion.

Kenneth Hamilton will be in Vista’s courthouse this afternoon at 1:30 and he wants to change a guilty plea. Originally Hamilton pleaded guilty to manslaughter for his part in the murders of two teens at Oceanside’s Libby Lake Park.

And finally tonight at 6:00 in the University of California San Diego’s Great Hall the good life and being happy are the topic for a series of lectures. Tonight’s is called “Ben Franklin and the American Dream”

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for September 26, 2013

Redevelopment funding and public utilities are on the agenda for the San Diego City Council Infrastructure Committee this morning at 9:00. A report from Civic San Diego says that many former redevelopment projects are still underfunded and the Public Utilities Department has ideas on how to streamline some of its projects.

Todd Gloria, San Diego’s Interim Mayor, is talking to the press this morning at 9:15. It’s his weekly briefing.

This afternoon at 1:30 one sentencing and an arraignment of note … First in El Cajon’s courthouse Lance Wright is being sentenced for lying about getting into a gun fight while working as a security guard. Then in San Diego’s downtown courthouse Americus De Orenday will be arraigned. He’s accused of murdering his wife then driving her body to San Diego Police Headquarters. And third Paul Brinkman is in court at 1:30 this afternoon for his arraignment. Brinkman was shot by an officer after charging him with a pair of scissors according to police.

Tonight in Carlsbad at 6:00 the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will meet with the public about decommissioning the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and how it will affect the surrounding community.

The military’s economic impact on the San Diego region is the subject of a report by the San Diego Military Advisory Council. It will be released this morning at 10:30.

Orphaned pets will be remembered this morning at the first Remember Me Thursday candle lighting in the Aventine Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency in La Jolla at 9:00 AM.

The Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering at the University of San Diego will be officially established this morning at 10:30.

And finally … the Oceanside Public Library and Jazz 88.3 are starting its six-week “American Music” series at 6:00 PM.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 15, 2013

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San Diego Unified School District Board of Education is in the news a lot today.

First remember the 32 students suspended for participating in the now infamous twerking video?

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Parents appealed for leniency and were denied. The School Board is upholding the “Sexual Harassment” suspensions of the 3 male students of color and 28 white girls. For more check out Sharon Chen’s story at fox5sandiego.com.

Second … Disappointing Mayor Bob Filner, the School Board voted 4 to 1 to sell some district land in Mission Beach for 18.5 million to developer McKeller Ashbrook. The Mayor wanted to city to buy the land for 11 million then to share future equity with the district. But the Board thinks they need the cash now.

And finally … The School Board changes its graduation requirements to include computer literacy. Students will now have to take a computer class and pass a test to graduate.

San Diego’s City Council is busy today too.

First they are looking at a proposal to limit political party contribution to local elections

Then they are going to talk about requiring contractors for the city to pay a prevailing wage in order to get city contract with a value over $10 million. Just so you know Wikipedia says a prevailing wage “is defined as the hourly wage, usual benefits and overtime, paid to the majority of workers, laborers, and mechanics within a particular area.”

At noon union janitors are protesting at San Diego’s Federal Building. They say new employment eligibility forms are a threat to their jobs.

Also at noon health care workers at University of California at San Diego Medical Center protesting for one-hour. They are upset about their pay and retirement.

And tonight at 7:00 the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition is holding a silent memorial ride for those bicyclists killed on the road.

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Bowler’s Desk on Politics … Flawed Reasoning for Austerity ?

There is a new section on Bowler’s Desk. It’s called Bowler’s Desk on Politics

Here we will post our ideas/observations on politics locally, nationally, and internationally.

The first post is about how the study used as rationalization for global economic austerity measures is facing serious challenges and some glaringly obvious errors are being pointed out.

Check it out HERE

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