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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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Political Podcast with San Diego Police Officers Association President Brian Marvel

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I’m Matthew Bowler from BowlersDesk.com.

This time Ric Epps and I sat down with the President of the San Diego Police Officers Association, Brian Marvel.

We spent about an hour chatting about San Diego Police Department and there roll in our community. Their mayoral endorsement and why they endorsed whom they did. And how the POA see’s itself when compared to other labor organizations, like the Service Employee International Union (SEIU). Also we spent a fair amount of time on pensions.

I have to apologize for a technical issue. My mic died on me just as started recording … I did lots to fix it and I think its OK. Brian and Ric both sound perfect. However I have a bit of an echo. I think its totally listenable but I just wanted to let you know so you wont think there’s something wrong with you.

Brian was great. He’s super friendly and like almost all the cops I’ve met, a great conversationalist.

So San Diego’s POA

You be the judge.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for January 15, 2013


Unseasonably cold weather continues today along with dangerous winds. The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for San Diego’s mountains and valleys from today till 10 pm Thursday. High profile vehicles need to be very cautious when driving and all of us should keep our eyes out for down trees and power lines.

Tonight at 6 P-M Mayor Bob Filner gives his first State of the City address. Large crowds are expected to come out to hear Filner talk. Two of the major topics are expected to be pension reform and the city’s financial condition.

And finally today repairs will begin at Balboa Park’s 97-year-old Lily Pond. The pond was thrust into the spotlight when a flash mob, organized by then mayoral candidate Carl DeMiao’s life partner, vandalized the pound causing more than $19,000 of damage.

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A-M Briefing for November 26 2012


This is the A-M Briefing form Bowlersdesk.com for November 26 2012

I’m Matthew Bowler

Last night at around 6:30 two men followed two children into their home and then robbed the place. The suspects forced the kids and their mother into a closet threatening them with a handgun then ransacking the home.

Suspect one is described a white or Hispanic male five foot three in his forties with a mustache and a tattoo on his ear. Suspect two is said to be a Hispanic male mid-thirties six feet tall one hundred and ninety pounds. He’s the one with gun.

San Diego Police’s Robbery division is investigating.

On the San Diego’s city council’s agenda this afternoon … Will San Diego have a budget surplus or deficit. Last month outgoing Mayor Jerry Sanders said that the city would have a nearly five million dollar surplus … then … the city’s Independent Budget Analyst said there would be an eighty-four million dollar deficit.

Several things will factor into the city council’s discussion.

City employee pensions … The cost of implementing prop B ( this is the pension reform prop passed this November … it’ll cost about twenty-two million to implement) … and the debt on the ball park and convention center.

Finally today is cyber Monday. Are you shopping at work?

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