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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 30, 2014

A sketch of a man suspected of trying to sexually assault an Escondido gym employee is making the rounds. Escondido police say the man hid inside the gym past closing then jumped out and attacked the female gym employee closing up for the night. The woman was able to fight off her attacker. Police describe the suspect as a Hispanic man, 35 – 45 years old, five foot five inches tall, shaved head, tattoo across his left ring finger and a teardrop tattoo on his left eye. He was wearing a white tank top, black shorts, black high top tennis shoes and white knee high socks. Anyone with any info is asked to contact Escondido police by calling 760-743-8477 or online at Police.Escondido.org.

San Diego County Jails will no longer hold suspected undocumented immigrants past there release dates unless Immigration and Customs Enforcement has a warrant for the suspects arrest. Before it was practice to hold county jail inmates after their release date if they were suspected of being undocumented, giving I.C.E. time to detain them. Now San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore says unless his department is presented with an arrest warrant he is going to release them. Gore did not give an explanation for the new policy however the American Civil Liberties Union says they think it has to do with a recent federal court decision. The courts said holding someone in local jails without a warrant in a violation of the Fourth Amendment.

The whale carcass that washed ashore near the Mexican border is being cut apart and disposed of this weekend. The 50-foot long dead fin whale has been lying on the beach near Border Field State Park for about a week now. Researchers from the National Marine Fisheries Service are taking samples for the lab then the rest will be hauled to a landfill.

Today is Bike to Work Day. Originally it was supposed to two weeks ago but was postponed because of more than a dozen wild fires that broke out. San Diego Association of Governments organizes the event. SANDAG expects 8,000 riders and they have over 100 pit stops.

All the fun around San Diego’s world famous Rock N Roll Marathon kicks off this morning at 10:45 at the San Diego Convention Center. Boston Marathon winner and San Diegan Meb Keflezighi is leading the official start for the events.

Today the health and fitness expo opens. The marathon is this Sunday and starts at Sixth Avenue and Quince Street near Balboa Park and the finish line is at 13th and K streets near PETCO Park in Downtown.

60-years of Bring Your Own Booze is over for the San Diego traditional summertime Over The Line Tournament along with some other rule changes. The Old Mission Beach Athletic Club or OMBAC says on its web site that the new rules are being forced upon them by the city.

Notable changes are

1: No more BYOB

2: Alcohol will be sold inside the tournament playing area.

3: The tournament playing area will be a fenced and a controlled 21 years old and up area only.

OMBAC says the rule changes are because the voters banned drinking on the beaches without special permits and a group that was denied a permit last year sued the city crying foul.

And finally this afternoon at 1:00 environmentalists are protesting at Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins office at 1350 Front Street. They are upset that Atkins supports Assembly Bill 2145. According to the group the bill will make it imposable for communities to pursue clean energy.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 8, 2014

President Obama is visiting San Diego today. Air Force One is scheduled to arrive at 11:50 AM at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Then he’s going over to Qualcomm co-founders house Irwin Jacobs for a fundraiser. Joining Obama at the $10,000 a plate lunch is House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Obama is scheduled to leave at 2:30 this afternoon.

Two groups of protesters will try and get their message heard near the fundraiser. One group wants to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement because they say it’ll kill jobs in California. And another group wants to stop the Keystone Pipeline because they say it’ll “greatly increase greenhouse gas emissions and worsen the impacts of climate change”. Both the groups will be at the corner of Torrey Pines Road and Dunaway Drive starting at around 10:00 am.

The future of proposition 13 is what the San Diego County Taxpayers Association is talking about at their breakfast forum this morning at 7:30. Prop 13 is a property tax initiative passed in the late 70’s that basses your property tax on the value of the property at the time you bought it. For example if you bought your home in the 1883 for $100,000 and your house is now valued at $700,000 you pay your taxes on the $100,000 price. Also this means that if you owned an apartment complex the same rule applies. So if you own a building with 10 apartments and you got it in the 80’s for $500,000 and its now valued at $9 million you pay at the lower rate. Prop 13 is blamed for California schools funding problems, since education funding comes out of the property taxes.

At 10:00 AM the Port of San Diego is breaking ground at a $130,000,000 Lane Field hotel. It’ll be a Marriot hotel with 253 along with a Residence Inn with 147-rooms along with 27,000 square-feet or retail space along with parking for 400.

At 11:00 AM the San Diego City Council is continuing its examination of the coming years budget. Today they’re looking at the Housing Commission, Convention Center, Civic San Diego, and the city auditor.

This afternoon at 1:30 in San Diego’s courthouse Duane Herrmann is being arraigned and accused of burglarizing 11-homes. Reportedly during one of the burglaries a 12-year-old was in the home.

And finally tonight at 7:00 Mark Christopher Lawrence is headlining the Salvation Army’s “Heroes of Comedy Night”. It’s a scholarship fundraiser. You know Lawrence from the NBC show Chuck.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 18, 2014

This morning at 10:00 San Diego City Council is issuing a proclamation honoring SeaWorld for its 50th anniversary. Mayor Faulconer and Councilwoman Lorie Zapf are making the announcement declaring March “SeaWorld San Diego Month”. But before the council honors the aquatic park the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals will rally and protest outside council chambers at 9:00 AM. PETA spokesperson Katie Arth says “Mayor Faulconer should be condemning SeaWorld for its cruel treatment of orcas and other animals, not celebrating its greed”.

Another protest today this one at 10:00 AM in front of the McDonald’s at 2796 Main St. is about over worker’s rights. Protesters are angry over accusations that McDonald’s has cheated employees out of pay.

California State Attorney General Kamala Harris is talking with the press as she tours the San Ysidro Port of Entry this morning at 10:30.

Mayor Faulconer is leading a press conference at 12:30 PM with representatives from the U.S. Golf Association about the city council approving the contract bringing the 2021 US Open to Torrey Pines Golf Course.

Then this afternoon at 1:30 Council members David Alvarez and Mari Emerald are making proposals about San Diego’s open government policy.

San Diego’s Salary Setting Commission is meeting at 3:30 this afternoon about changing the way the City Council and Mayor’s salary are determined.

At 4:00 PM the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education is getting together. On the docket …charter school facilities.

Then at 5:00 the San Diego Community College District is joining in and they’re talking about coordinating some classes.

And finally at 6:30 tonight the city of El Cajon Veterans Commission is announcing their efforts to prevent veteran suicide.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for December 5, 2013

Fast Food workers are protesting today in over 100 cities across the country for higher wages. Organizers say they want the workers to earn at least $15 an hour. In San Diego they will be in front of the Wendy’s on Broadway and first at noon.

Educators are packing the San Diego Convention Center today kicking off the three-day California School Boards Association’s Education Conference and Trade Show. The conference hopes to help school board members, school administrators, and educators reach their education goals. However, if you preregistered it cost you $455 to attend and on-site today it’ll run you $555 … It begs the question … what school district in California has the money to pay for that?

This morning at 10:00 AM San Diego’s Interim Mayor Todd Gloria is holding his weekly media briefing. He’s open to talk about anything concerning city government

At 10:00 AM San Diego City Councilwoman Lorie Zapf, the Burn Institute, and San Diego’s Fire Department kick off their fire safety campaign. Over the winter the risk of a house fire increases and senior citizens are particularly in danger. If your over 65 your twice as likely to die in house fire and if your over 75 that jumps to four times as likely.

150 San Diego County foster families are getting refurbished computers from the county of San Diego at 11:00 AM. Also at 11:00 AM the Deputy Sheriffs Association of San Diego County is getting info on a ballot initiative to reform California’s death penalty. Proponents want to change the lethal injection formula. The company that made a key drug in the old formula stopped making it. Other states have tried using propofol (that’s the drug Michael Jackson overdosed on) but the German company that makes that drug is not allowed to export it for use in state executions. It’s because of a European Union rule. After the Deputies are done with their briefing on the ballot initiative they’re talking to the press at about 12:30.

Two big cases are in the hands of the jury today. The Mexican kidnap gang Los Palillos is awaiting their verdict for kidnapping and murder. They could get the death penalty.

And Richard Tuite whose conviction for killing 12-year-old Stephanie Crowe was overturned on appeal awaits the jury on the new charge of voluntary manslaughter.

There are two arraignment of note in San Diego’s downtown courthouse this afternoon at 1:30.

Todd Francis is accused of being responsible for a hand gun that two children got ahold of, played with, leaving one of them dead … And Marciano Flores Jr is accused of killing his 60-year-old father in a drunk driving accident.

And finally tonight at 5:30 Legoland in Carlsbad is having its 11th annual tree lighting.

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We Could All (or most of us) Be Wrong Still Votes To Count in San Diego

Mayoral Can OTS

With 34500 mail-in and provisional ballots left to be counted many are calling the mayoral election a victory for David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer.
The mail-in ballots that are left to be counted are ones that voters dropped off at the polling place and the provisional ones are usually from people that voted at the worn polling place.

Those ballots need to be counted by hand.

Now the question remains are these voters like the rest of the voters that were counted or are they different somehow.

Personally I bet the numbers are going to stay roughly the same … but you never know.

Follow the San Diego Registrar of Voters for the up to the minute results.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for November 20, 2013

The first election for San Diego Mayor is over.

The results are …

Nathan Fletcher got 49,645 votes and that amounted to 24.30%.

David Alvarez got 52,283 votes or 25.59 percent

And Kevin Faulconer walked away with 89,043 votes or 43.58%.

Because no single candidate was able to get more than 51 percent of the votes Kevin Faulconer and David Alvarez face each other in a run-off election early next year.

It was a hard fought but mostly collegiate campaign. Now if Alvarez is able to take in Fletchers voters he could win and be the next mayor. However if Faulconer is able to convert some of Fletcher’s Democratic voters to cross the isle then he could win.

It going to be an exciting next few months.

Health care workers at the many University of California hospitals and clinics are holding a one-day picket all across California. Picketers accuse the U.C. system of unfair labor practices and furthermore they say that patient care is being used a “bargaining chip” by management. Employees are represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299. The University of California and the union have been in negotiations for nearly 18-months now. Here in San Diego they’ll be at the University of California San Diego campus just off of 9500 Gilman Drive at 8:30 AM. Then at 9:30 AM they’ll be at the UC San Diego Medical Center Thornton Hospital at 9300 Campus Point Drive. And at 10:00 this morning then again at noon picketers will be making their point in front of the UC San Diego Medical Center Hillcrest at 200 West Arbor Drive.

Growing San Diego’s biotech industry is what Interim Mayor Todd Gloria is talking about at 10:00 this morning at the San Diego Convent5ion Center. He’s also going to announce the return of the Bio International Convention to San Diego next year.

At 1:00 this afternoon the Civic San Diego Board of Directors is meeting to talk about how to renovate the public space at the Lyceum Theatre.

Jose Luis Sanchez the Navy Commander accused of accepting cash, hookers, and other things form defense contractors in exchange for classified info is in San Diego’s Federal Court this morning at 10:30

Marcian Flores Jr. is being arraigned for a crash that killed his 60-year-old father at 1:30 this afternoon in San Diego’s downtown courthouse.

Also at 1:30 in Chula Vista’s courthouse the arraignment of Alberto Figueroa Jr. who will be accused of killing his brother with a samurai sword and barbecue fork.

And finally at 6:30 tonight the Central Library is hosting a talk from Professor Rick Kennedy about the One Book One San Diego featured book “Caleb’s Crossing”

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for November 1, 2013

Three people are under arrest and accused of using an elaborate smuggling tunnel along the San Diego / Tijuana border to run drugs. The tunnel ran from one non-descript warehouse in Tijuana across the American/Mexican border to another non-descript warehouse in the community of Otay Mesa. It is about 20 meters underground and runs about 200 meters long and was equipped with a rail system and ventilation. Along with the three arrests authorities also seized 325 pounds of cocaine and eight tons of marijuana.

This morning at 8:30 in El Cajon’s courthouse 23-year-old April Carole Thompson will be sentenced for gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Thompson was drunk when she drove the wrong way on highway 52 slamming head on into another car killing 25-year-old Jayme Alan Midlam. Thompson is facing 10-years in prison.

Today at 1:30 PM in San Diego’s downtown courthouse Daryl Ray Cody will be arraigned and accused of obstructing a peace officer and possessing a controlled substance. A Sheriff’s Deputy was trying to evict Cody from a downtown apartment. Authorities say Cody refused to follow orders then the Deputy says he saw what he thought was a gun barrel and fired at Cody, shooting Cody in the leg. Turned out to be a three foot long plastic tube.

Another immigration reform protest is set to happen at Representative Darrell Issa’s Vista office today at 11:00 AM. Yesterday’s was anti-immigration reform and today is pro-immigration reform. San Diego Faith Leaders and dream act atavists will give Issa’s office new polling data that they say shows that Americans want immigration reform.

At the San Diego Naval Base at 9:15 this morning the U.S.S. Thach will be decommissioned after 30 years of service. Commander Hans Lynch proudly says that the Thach and her crew accomplished a lot in her long career “From conducting counter-narcotics operations to maintaining freedom on the high seas, the ship has been through a lot”.

And finally today at 12:30 this afternoon Veterans are replacing 50 worn out flags at the Avenue of Flags at the Miramar National Cemetery.

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