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Big Changes, High Hopes For Sweetwater School Board This Election

All five of the Sweetwater Union High School District’s Board of Trustee seats are up for grabs in November and many hope the new candidates will bring a fresh start to a district plagued with corruption scandals.

The scandals involving the Sweetwater board of trustees began to unfold almost three years ago. Jill Galvez is a Chula Vista voter and former city council candidate. She said the entire district is still recovering from the humiliation.

“Our community has a black eye because of our crooked board members,” Galvez said. “It’s been an embarrassment, frankly, for the whole South Bay.”

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San Diego Unified School Board Not Notified About Military-Style Vehicle

Whether you call it an MRAP, a tank or a rescue vehicle, San Diego Unified School District’s new military-style vehicle is causing controversy on the school board.

Since KPBS media partner inewsource first reported on Tuesday that the district’s Police Department had acquired the armored vehicle under a federal program to give away military surplus equipment to law enforcement agencies, the story has gone viral.

On Thursday, San Diego Unified trustee Scott Barnett said he and his fellow school board members should have been told about the plan to acquire a mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle.

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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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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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BowlersDesk.com Political Podcast with Matt Bowler and Ric Epps: Crybaby Commission and the Ukraine vs Crimea

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For this BowlersDesk.com Political Ric Epps and I chatted about some interesting local politics. There is a San Diego commission that is behaving like a child and trying to take there ball and go home.

Then we talked about the Ukraine and Crimea.

Ric had made some prediction that came true and we look into his crystal ball for some more.

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