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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 19, 2014

Life is returning to normal as firefighters finish off the still burning blazes that scorched San Diego. Last week a dozen separate fires blacked San Diego County.

Three fires on base at Camp Pendleton burned 21,900 acres. Two of the fires still burn. The Las Pulgas Fire is 75% contained and the San Mateo Fire is 97% contained.

Off base in the North San Diego County city of San Marcos the Cocos fire is 87% contained and all evacuations have been lifted. According to Cal Fire 39-homes are lost but thankfully no injuries.

In Carlsbad 8-homes single family homes, two multiple unit apparent buildings, two commercial buildings, and a trailer were lost in the Poinsettia Fire. Fortunately this fire is 100% contained, has been since Saturday.

The city is accepting donations to help those affected on their web site at http://www.readycarlsbad.org .

San Diego’s wounded and endangered opera company is holding a press conference today at 10:00 AM. The 50-year-old opera company is suffering with financial difficulties and controversies around its former artistic director haunt the cultural institution. Their closure was thought emanate but there are optimistic rumors around today’s press conference.

San Diego City Council is meeting this afternoon at 2:00. They’re talking about what the City Charter says about removing elected officials from office. Then at 6:00 PM in a special evening public hearing the council is meeting about next year’s $2.97 billion budget. The new budget extends library house, allocates pay for more police and fire recruits, helps fund a temporary fire station in Skyline and more.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 28, 2014

California Highway Patrol issued an Amber Alert for a missing 3-year-old girl. Tanya Ruiz is described as 3-feet-tall, 33-pounds, brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a brown shit with flowers on it, blue jeans shorts and white sandals. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his 30’s wearing a red shirt and red hat. A second suspect is described as having long hair. Anyone with any info is asked to call 559-945-2348. Or if you know where Tanya is call 911

This morning at 9:00 AM the San Diego Opera Board of Directors is going work on keeping the Opera open amidst crippling financial problems. Last month the board said it would have to shutter the 50-year-old institution unless they were able to raise $1 million. Critics of the Opera say board members are paid too much and that a culture of irresponsible financial stewardship is the cause. Last week the Opera set up an escrow account for donations but they have only been able to raise a tenth of what they need. Over 400 people depend on the Opera for work and city officials say it has a $7 million dollar impact on the city’s economy.

Across the country patrons for opera companies have dried up. Companies in New York City, Boston, Cleveland, Baltimore, San Antonio and Orange County have all closed.

Two important things in court today…

First at 9:00 AM a group of defendants that were arrested as part of a massive county wide sweep of suspected gang members are in San Diego Courthouse’s Department 37. Last week over 500 law enforcement officials rounded up 45-members of what U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy called “a particularly volatile and violent” gang.

This afternoon at 1:30 in Chula Vista Courthouse’s Department 16 Pearl Quinones will hear her fate for pleading guilty to felony conspiracy in connection to her job as a Sweetwater Union High School District board member. The 61-year-old is one of 15-people indicted on a “pay for play” scandal between contractors and officials from three different school districts. Many of the other defendants have already pleaded guilty including construction exec Henry Amigable who admitted to trading gifts for influence.

This morning at 9:30 Mayor Kevin Faulconer and San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten are dedicating a new joint-use play field at Theodore Roosevelt Middle School.

At 2:00 this afternoon San Diego City Council is talking about the city’s contract with Rural/Metro Corporation. Rural/Metro Corporation is an ambulance and fire services company. In San Diego the company is contracted for ambulance serviced.

And finally today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. At the San Diego Jewish Academy students are remembering victims by reading the names of 10,000 of the children murdered in the Holocaust. They say that while 1.6 million children were killed there isn’t enough time in the day to read all the names. The kids will be reading from 7:55 through the end of school.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 11, 2014

Hillary Clinton is appearing via satellite at the California Medical Association’s 17th annual Western Health Care Leadership Academy. Originally Clinton was supposed to show up but her representatives say that due to a scheduling conflict she’s unable to. However protesters angry over how the then Secretary of State handled the Benghazi attacks and subsequent congressional hearings, say she’s not showing because of them. Along with the Benghazi protesters people in favor of a single payer health care system are going to be marching at the conference. The conference starts at 8:00 AM. Hillary Clinton’s satellite appearance is at 10:30 AM. Universal health care advocates and the Benghazi protesters are rallying at 9:30 AM, however not together.

This could be the last weekend for Opera in San Diego. The San Diego Opera says that could close after Sunday’s performance of “Don Quixote” unless some money comes through. The Opera’s Director of Education, Nicolas Reveles, says that they have about 50 full time staffers, and contribute about $7 million to San Diego’s economy. He also says that they need about $10 million for one more season.

In court today one sentencing and two arraignments.

First at 8:45 this morning in San Diego’s courthouse Zewoinesh Badasso is hearing her fate for strangling her 7-month-old baby son.

Then at 1:30 this afternoon in El Cajon’s courthouse Leila Farmer is being arraigned and accused of beating up a shop owner during a robbery

Also at 1:30 in El Cajon Kevin Oshea Knight will be arraigned and accused of two home-invasion robberies, two commercial robberies and 4 vehicle thefts during a violent crime spree.

Representatives from 17 of San Diego regional tribal governments are coming together at the Barona Indian Reservation to meet with the San Diego Association of Governments. They’re talking about policy issues.

Two professors from San Diego State University are releasing a report that contradicts the federal finding that Southeast San Diego is a “food desert”. Pascale Joassart-Marcelli and Fernando Bosco have put together a study of their own about the food options for the community in Southeastern San Diego. The official release of the study is at 5:00 tonight at the Educational Cultural Complex on Ocean View Blvd.

And finally tonight at 7:00 “Seussical the Musical” opens at Cal State San Marcos.

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