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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for June 17, 2014

At 54-years-old San Diego Padres Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn died yesterday. Known as Mr. Padre, Gwynn played 20-seasons with the Padres before retiring. After leaving Major League Baseball Gwynn went on to become the head baseball coach at his Alma Mater, San Diego State University. Gwynn died from cancer that he blamed on a long time chewing tobacco addiction. A public memorial is being planned.

The USS Peleliu and its one thousand fifty sailors are leaving San Diego this morning. They are going to take part in what the Navy calls the “world’s largest naval exercise” RIMPAC. The Rim of the Pacific drill will have 23 countries, 47 ships, 6 submarines, over 200 aircraft and more than 25,000 service members participating in massive exercise in and around the Hawaiian Islands. This morning at 9:00 the San Diego County Board of Supervisors is reviewing reports about last month’s wildfires and talking about what can be improved. Last month there were as many as 12 wildfires burning at one time.

At 10:00 AM San Diego City Council is talking about a proposed $1.25 per night fee for parking over-sized vehicles on city streets. They’re also expected to approve $250,000 in attorney’s fees for a lawsuit about city permitting policies.

At 11:00 AM the Metropolitan Transit System will be calling on all of San Diego to take public transportation this Thursday for “Dump the Pump Day”.

At 2:00 this afternoon Chula Vista City Council is meeting and on the agenda is next year’s budget.

And finally at 11:00 AM the East San Diego County city of El Cajon is honoring El Cajon native and race car driver Jimmie Johnson for his community work. His foundation has given over 6.5 million dollars to help schools.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for June 11, 2014

Escondido SWAT officers thought they had a teen suspect wanted for assault with a deadly weapon hold up in an apartment, only to learn the young-man escaped. Officers saw the teen run into an apartment on the 900 block of East Mission Avenue in Escondido at around 6:30 last night. Authorities became convinced their suspect was hold up and called a SWAT team and evacuated 11 surrounding apartments at around 7:45. Just after midnight officers went into the apartment and leaned it was empty. Escondido PD thinks the teen suspect escaped before the stand-off started.

At 9:00 AM in El Cajon’s courthouse opening statements start in the trial of a man accused of raping two women, one of which he allegedly met through the Christian dating web site ChristianMingle.com. 38-year-old Sean Patrick Banks is accused of forcible rape, rape of an unconscious person, sex with a foreign object and burglary. He’s looking at up to 44-years in prison.

San Diego City Council is in committee meetings all day today. First at 9:00 the Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee is talking about a possibly raising the minimum wage to over $13 an hour. Currently its $8 per hour and its set to go up to $9 next month then $10 in 2016. However many, including City Council President Todd Gloria, don’t think that’s enough. Gloria wants to raise it to $13.09 and require employers to give workers five sick days every year.

Then at 2:00 this afternoon the council’s Smart Growth and Land Use Committee is talking about a report that shows a connection between crime and liquor licenses.

Civic San Diego Board of Directors is meeting at 9:00 AM and the big thing on the agenda is an approval of $4 million more dollars to finish construction on a new park at Horton Plaza. The Northern end of Horton Plaza was demolished and there was supposed to be a park built on the now vacant lot, however it has yet to be built and its gone way over budget. The vacant lot is at Broadway and 4th in downtown San Diego and it’s even visible on Google Maps.

Nice Guys of San Diego is honoring their “Nice Guy of the Year” at 10:00 this morning at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse. T. Denny Sanford will be recognized for all of his philanthropic work.

This afternoon at 1:00 San Diego Humane Society and the Society for the Protection and Care of Animals is bringing pets down from Los Angeles overcrowded shelter and hoping to adopt them out. About 20 dogs are going to take the ride south to us for the hope of a new home.

And finally tonight at 6:30 the diversity and experience of our veterans is the topic of a panel discussion at the San Diego Central Library.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for June 6, 2014

Two more San Diego Police officers are under arrest. This time they are accused of drug crimes. San Diego Sheriff’s Deputies arrested husband and wife officers late yesterday morning. 32-year-old Bryce Charpentier and his wife 41-year-old Jennifer were arrested for and are being accused of conspiring to sell and transport a controlled substance. Sheriff’s department says that San Diego Police Department is fully cooperating with the investigation. This is the latest in a long run of officers being accused of criminal behavior.

At 9:00 AM several business owners are talking to the press about why they think the minimum wage should be higher. San Diego City Council takes up the issue in committee next week.

This morning at 10:00 AM San Diego County Regional Airport Authority is briefing the press about its development plans through 2035.

California state senator Toni Atkins is hosting her local swearing-in ceremony for her new job as speaker of the Legislature this morning at 10:00. The San Diego Democrat is already officially the speaker but this celebration is for the San Diego Community. It’s at the Balboa Park Club.

In Encinitas’s Scripps Memorial Hospital at 10:00 AM law enforcement from across the county will train at an “Active Shooter” drill. One of the things they’re doing is practicing some of their life saving techniques of fake gunshot victims.

At UC San Diego at noon today is the annual watermelon drop. Every year a watermelon is dropped from seven stories up for the end of school tradition.

Habitat for Humanity is dedicating three homes their volunteers built in just five-days, at 3:00 this afternoon in Escondido. One of the houses has gone to a wounded veteran.

Tonight at 5:00 one of San Diego’s magnet schools, Green Elementary, is breaking ground on its new track.

And finally tonight at 6:00 the group Save Our Heritage Organization is giving out its annual People in Preservation Awards. The awards recognize people that help maintain San Diego County historic buildings.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for June 4, 2014

San Diego AM Briefing BowersDesk.com 6-4-14 from l. matthew bowler on Vimeo.

The Election is over and some of the notable winners are …

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis avoids a runoff election by defeating her opponents and getting 55 percent of the vote.

Republican Carl DeMaio and Democrat Scott Peters will slug it out in a runoff election this fall.

The Barrio Logan community plan loses dramatically in a 60 / 40 spit.

And Democrat Sarah Boot loses to Lorie Zapf for San Diego City Council.

Now many of those that won are going to try to say or imply that they have the mandate of the people … they do not. Apathy and record low voter turnout plagued this election. For example people that voted no on the changes to Prop B, the Barrio Logan zoning plan, took the election with nearly 60 percent of the vote. But that means they won by 21,898 votes … in a city of 1 point 3 million people that’s not a lot of votes. That means 1 point 6 percent of San Diegans decided that race.

According to the Registrar of Voters there are still about 98,000 provisional ballots to be counted. For all the election results Google San Diego Registrar of Voters they’ve got all the info.

This afternoon at 1:00 San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Councilman David Alvarez are talking to the press about improved emergency response times near the Mexican border after a new ambulance was added to the area. They’ll be at the trolley stop next to the border crossing.

In court this afternoon two sentencings of note, both at 1:30 this afternoon.

In Chula Vista’s courthouse Sweetwater school board President Jim Cartmill is officially being sentenced after his guilty plea for taking gifts that exceed the state’s value limit.

Then in San Diego’s courthouse Anthony Elias Estrada will hear his fate for murdering his girlfriend and then setting their home on fire.

And finally tonight at 6:00 24-people that donated kidneys, saving lives, are being honored by Sharp Memorial Hospital at the Town and Country Resort in Mission Valley. It’s on the heels of the hospitals 14th living kidney transplant. A 31-year-old woman gave a kidney to her mom.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 21, 2014

There isn’t enough evidence to charge 19-year-old Isaiah David Silva with arson, according to the District Attorney. Silva and a 17-year-old were both arrested and suspected of arson during last week’s devastating wild fires. Witnesses say they spotted to people matching their description trying to set two separate fires. The 17-year-old had his detention hearing yesterday but no word on if he is being charged or not.

They were never accused of setting any of the fires that burned 20,000 acres and destroyed several homes. However if new evidence comes to light the DA will vigorously prosecute.

D.A. Bonnie Dumanis and Sheriff Gore are taking part in a summit about prisoner realignment and what that is going to mean for San Diegans. Prisoner realignment means that the state prisons will send nonviolent offenders to the county and the county is going to decide who to keep and who to release. It has the potential to fill up the county jails. They’ll be at the Jacobs Center on Euclid Ave at 9:00 AM.

San Diego City Council is meeting today. First this morning at 9:00 they are talking about some revision for next year’s budget proposal. Then at 2:00 this afternoon the council’s Environment Committee is talking about how to get plastic bags out or watersheds.

Keeping beekeeping in San Diego County is what the Board of Supervisors is talking about this morning at 9:00

Then at 1:00 Civic San Diego Board of Directors is talking about the process of bidding on Horton Plaza projects and the salary of the interim board president.

San Diego Unified School District is showing off some of its students work tonight at 4:00 at Liberty Station’s Conference Center. The students worked with some businesses to create products that solved a problem.

At 8:00 AM the San Diego Zoo is giving the press a sneak peek at the new $19.5 million dollar Tull Family Tiger Trail exhibit. It’s got over five acres filled with rocks, ponds, and trees in three separate spaces for the tigers.

Also at 8:00 Habitat for Humanity is building playhouses to give away to some lucky families.

And finally at 6:00 at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is showing videos from 11 finalists in a student videos contest about water conservation. The winner gets their movie shown before this summer’s movies at the Mission Valley and Plaza Bonita AMC Theaters.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 20, 2014

The two teens arrested for arson in the midst of last week’s brush fires are in court today. Authorities arrested 19-year-old Isaiah David Silva and a 17-year-old for allegedly setting two patched of grass on fire. Witnesses say they spotted the pair lighting a fire near South Escondido Boulevard then another fire at Escondido’s Kit Carson Park. The police arrested them on Thursday night. Escondido Police Lieutenant Neal Griffin says there is no evidence linking the suspects to the brush fires that scorched 20,000 acres destroying several homes. The minor is set to have his detention hearing at 8:00 this morning in juvenile court and Silva will be arraigned at 1:30 this afternoon in Vista’s courthouse.

Ratifying the emergency declaration because of last week’s fire is top of the agenda for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors this morning at 9:00 AM. They are also looking at a proposal to waive permit fees associated with rebuilding for fire victims, a resolution to replace birth certificates and marriage license, and they’ll be reviewing the e-cigarette regulations.

At 10:30 the Port of San Diego and the city of Imperial Beach are celebrating finishing the refurbishment of the I.B. pier. They replaced about 90 percent of the wooden planks on the pier.

San Diego City Council is meeting at 2:00 this afternoon and expected to ratify Mayor Faulconer’s emergency declaration because of last week’s fires. They’ll also be talking about declaring a water emergency and how to get people to conserve water.

Chula Vista’s City Council is meeting at 2:00 PM also. They are listening to a presentation about next year’s budget and changing the local rules for adult businesses.

Tonight at 5:00 the San Diego North Chamber of Commerce is having a party to announce its new name.

And finally tonight at 5:00 San Diego Unified School District is honoring its “Classified Employees of the Year”. According the San Diego Unified’ s web site “classified employees are the non-teaching, support personal that include Special Education Assistants, Library Technicians, custodians, office staff and other key employees.”

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 19, 2014

Life is returning to normal as firefighters finish off the still burning blazes that scorched San Diego. Last week a dozen separate fires blacked San Diego County.

Three fires on base at Camp Pendleton burned 21,900 acres. Two of the fires still burn. The Las Pulgas Fire is 75% contained and the San Mateo Fire is 97% contained.

Off base in the North San Diego County city of San Marcos the Cocos fire is 87% contained and all evacuations have been lifted. According to Cal Fire 39-homes are lost but thankfully no injuries.

In Carlsbad 8-homes single family homes, two multiple unit apparent buildings, two commercial buildings, and a trailer were lost in the Poinsettia Fire. Fortunately this fire is 100% contained, has been since Saturday.

The city is accepting donations to help those affected on their web site at http://www.readycarlsbad.org .

San Diego’s wounded and endangered opera company is holding a press conference today at 10:00 AM. The 50-year-old opera company is suffering with financial difficulties and controversies around its former artistic director haunt the cultural institution. Their closure was thought emanate but there are optimistic rumors around today’s press conference.

San Diego City Council is meeting this afternoon at 2:00. They’re talking about what the City Charter says about removing elected officials from office. Then at 6:00 PM in a special evening public hearing the council is meeting about next year’s $2.97 billion budget. The new budget extends library house, allocates pay for more police and fire recruits, helps fund a temporary fire station in Skyline and more.

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