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San Diego Political Podcast BowlersDesk.com 4-15-14: Tijuana Tuesday | Political Podcast with Vicente Calderon from TijuanaPress.com

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Tijuana is the elephant in the room for San Diego news. Tijuana is an ignored city in San Diego news circles. Only stories that are sensational make even the back pages here in the states. And they almost always seem to be about violence.

I don’t think it because of a systemic racism. No it’s just about the dollars. The rating companies don’t give San Diego media the viewer numbers for their news product in Tijuana. So there is no way to monetize covering news just across the boarder. If the Nielsen rating company would give Tijuana number with San Diego numbers I’m sure we’d cover the city and people of Tijuana a lot more in San Diego.

However what that has done is opened the door to smaller news producers like the one i talked to for this BowlersDesk.com Political Podcast.

Journalist Vicente Calderon and I have known each other for years. He was an anchor in Los Angeles and left that to start a Tijuana based news website TijuanaPress.com.

He and his team follow all the top stories in Tijuana. He is also the go-to-guy for Tijuana news. He often field produces for American and other international media when they need someone.

He’s covered all of what we think about as stereotypical Tijuana stories … prison riots, drug murders and cartel battles. However he and his team cover the stories that don’t get coverage in American media like political debates and even the odd art opening.

We talk about media freedom and making a living as a journalist in Tijuana.

In the middle of the interview small drone started flying over our heads, file that under weird. But it shows how similar our two countries approaches to gathering news are. I know the TV station I work is defiantly looking at using a drone to gather news, not using it yet but I’m sure its coming.

I think this is a fascinating podcast and I hope you enjoy it.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 3, 2014

State politics is hitting home.

Republican lieutenant governor candidate Ron Nehring is proposing some changes that he thinks will help to stop political corruption.

Nehring is well known in San Diego and very active within the local Republican party.

Four of California’s Democratic politicians are facing civil or criminal charges most notably Democratic state senator Leland Yee who was arrested for being part of a gun-running operation. Nehring is trying to use this in his campaign against his Democratic opponent the current lieutenant governor Gavin Newsom. His proposal, which in my opinion will go no wear past his campaign, is really about trying to get voters to see Democrats as corrupt and unethical.

However Newsom and Governor Brown (who is a Democrat too) are calling on the senators facing charges to all resign.

It is still technically too early to say that Nehring is the official Republican candidate. However many believe he will be. It’ll be interesting to see if voters begin to see things the way Nehring does and how that will shape the future of California politics.
Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom is in San Diego today. At 11:00 AM he’s sitting on a panel at the American Association of Political Consultants annual meeting that’s happening here through tomorrow. The panel is talking about politically active bicycling groups. He’s supposed to talk to the press after the panel and I wonder if anyone is going to ask him about Nehring’s new anti-corruption platform?

Dangerous distracted driving is what San Diego law enforcement is talking about this morning at 10:00. Officers will be demo’ing how dangerous it can be to talk on cell phone while driving at Qualcomm Stadium’s C, D and E parking lots.

This morning at 11:00 Fast-food employees are protesting what they say is “wage theft” out front of a KFC and Taco Bell at 4290 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard.

There are two sentencings worth mentioning both at 1:30 this afternoon. In Vista’s courthouse Abel Hernandez is being put behind bars for molesting a relative for years.

Then in Chula Vista’s courthouse Azteco Frankie Soto is being sentenced for destroying a school cafeteria over last year’s Thanksgiving holiday.

A new playground is being designed by the experts who will use it, the kids. At 3:00 this afternoon the City of El Cajon, Foresters, Stoney’s Kids, the Boys & Girls Clubs of East County and KaBOOM! are all coming together to hear firsthand what kids want in a playground. They’ll be at Wells Park on Madison Ave in El Cajon.

And finally this morning at 8:00 the San Diego Safari Park is giving the media a special preview of the opening of its annual Butterfly Jungle. The enclosure has over 30 species of butterfly all fluttering about.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 1, 2014

Rain and wind are coming into San Diego this morning. The National Weather Service says that winds could gust at speeds up to 65-miles-per-hour in San Diego County’s mountains and deserts. Scattered showers are expected along the cost this morning and a slim chance this afternoon. A second wave of rainy weather is expected Wednesday morning.

Today is opening day for the San Diego Padres. Last Sunday they played their “Opening Night” game and today’s game at 3:40 will be the first “Day-Game”. This is the 10th anniversary of PETCO Park in downtown San Diego and the Padres are facing the Dodgers.

In El Cajon’s courthouse at 9:00 AM opening statements in the trial of 49-year-old Kassim Alhimidi starts. He’s accused of beating his 32-year-old wife Shaima Alawadi to death. The couple are Iraqi immigrants, and when her body was found there was a note that read “This is my country, go back to yours, terrorist.” However the couple’s 18-year-old daughter says that her parents were having problems and Alawadi was trying to get a divorce. Their daughter also says that the night her mother was killed she heard a short squeal and sometime later found her mother’s beaten body on the kitchen floor and called 911.

And finally tonight at 6:00 the American Association of Political Consultants starts its four-day conference.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for February 27, 2014

An agitated and possibly suicidal 62-year-old man raised a rifle at San Diego Police officer forcing them to shoot and kill him. Yesterday morning at around 10:30 police got a call about a man with an AR-15 in an upstairs apartment between 9th and 10th avenues on Broadway in Downtown. Police say “Initial responding officers as well as emergency negotiators tried to communicate with the suspect, to no avail”. Police go on to say that the suspect was agitated and acting despondent when he raised the weapon at the officers. Then the veteran officer of 22-years fired about dozen shots at the suspect, killing him. The officer is on administrative leave pending the investigation.

San Diego’s politicos have a packed morning.

At 9:00 AM Council members from San Diego and Tijuana are meeting for a bi-national conference about our shared political and economic issues.

Interim Mayor Todd Gloria is giving his final press briefing this morning at 10:00. The new mayor, Kevin Faulconer, takes over on Monday.

At 11:00 AM the city of San Diego is celebrating Black History Month at the City Administration Building. Interim Mayor Todd Gloria and Councilwoman Myrtle Cole are leading the party.

And a Campaign for reusable shopping bags is the subject of Councilwoman Sherri Lightner’s 11:30 news conference.

In court there are two sentencings and two arraignments all at 1:30 this afternoon.

In San Diego’s courthouse Jason Arringdale will hear his fate for threatening a woman and baby with a knife in a department store bathroom

Then Ahmad Abassi is also in San Diego’s courthouse being arraigned and accused of threatening someone with a gun on campus at University of California San Diego.

Up north in Vista’s courthouse Michael Young is being arraigned and accused of beating his brother to death, reportedly in a fight over the noise at their father’s house.

And also in Vista … Agustin Garcia Morales is being sentenced for vehicular manslaughter. He was driving a car that hit and killed a toddler in Encinitas.

Tonight at 7:00 the San Diego Democrats for Equality is picking why they’ll endorse for district attorney.

And finally tonight at 5:00 the 125th Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Champions tennis tournament will take to the courts at the La Jolla Beach and tennis Club. Starting the tournament … college doubles.

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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 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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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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