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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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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 July 9, 2013

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The Chariot fire continues to burn in East San Diego Counties Mt. Laguna. 4700 acres have burned so far in the fires 4-days. Over 1300 firefighters are on scene battling the flames that began Saturday afternoon. Several campgrounds are evacuated along with some of the people that live in the rural communities. San Diego’s American Red Cross is running an emergency shelter at Joan MacQueen Middle School in Alpine.

This morning at 10:00 the San Diego City Council is getting together to talk about a proposal to ban the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits within city limits, unless the animal comes from a city or county animal shelter. The proposal requires pet shop owners to keep certificates showing the animal’s origin.

Also on the agenda is a resolution from Lorie Zapf to ask the Defense Department to keep the Miramar Air Show going. Because of budget cuts many air show across the country have been canceled and Zapf wants to keep ours going. She says the air show contributes $17 million to the local economy.

San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors is meeting this morning as well, but at 9:00 AM. On their agenda the employment agreements with the union that represents the Public Defenders and Probation Officers.

Tonight at 5:00 the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education will start looking at way to get long serving employees who are not at retirement age to take an early retirement. They hope that getting people to retire early will help the district close a nearly 54 million dollar budget gap.

In court two arraignments and a sentencing of note

First in San Diego’s downtown courthouse the sentencing of Geronimo Polina is scheduled for 8:30 this morning. He’s been convicted of trying to carry out a Mexican Mafia hit inside San Diego County’s Donovan State Prison.

Then at 1:30 in Vista’s courthouse 67-year-old Abdula Rehman Ibrahim will be arraigned. He reportedly walked into the Escondido Police Department and confessed to stabbing his wife of 40-years.

And also at 1:30 in Vista’s courthouse the man accused of driving the car that killed an elderly couple will be arraigned. 20-year-old Earl Smith Jr is accused of driving drunk and killing the couple that was out on their daily walk, a walk that they have taken every day for at least 30-years.

And finally this morning at 8:15 San Diego Unified School District is hosting the eighth annual “Welcome to Middle School Parade” . Hundreds of students will march from Monroe Clark Middle School to Rosa Parks Elementary and back again. It should be very cute.

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