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Refugee Teens Learn San Diego Culture By Playing Outdoors

“A day at the beach is a standard San Diego outing, but not for this group of 80 teenagers from El Cajon Valley High School. These are survivors. All of them are refugee immigrants who came to San Diego County less than three years ago. Most are from Iraq. Many can’t even swim.

El Cajon Valley High School teamed up with the nonprofit Outdoor Outreach to give these teens a chance to play in the water. On this day they were learning how to kayak and paddle board. The secret to success, according to 15-year-old Mustafa Mustafa, is to, “keep doing it and keep falling — you’re going to learn.”

Read more here http://www.kpbs.org/news/2014/jul/09/san-diego-iraqi-teens-bringing-new-life-san-diegos

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 29, 2014

The afternoon docket is busy today with two sentencings and two arraignments of note all at 1:30 this afternoon.

In Vista’s courthouse 19-year-old Judd Liulamaga pleaded guilty to being one of five men that robbed several people outside a San Marcos house party. Liulamaga is looking at up to 13-years in prison. Of the four men reported to be his accomplices two have been convicted. 20-year-old Mautofu Maiava got 75-years in prison … he got the extra time because of prior robbery conviction. 19-year-old Johnnie Edward got 32-years for robbery, assault, gang and gun charges. The two other alleged accomplices go to trial in August.

In Chula Vista’s courthouse Thomas Paciornik is being sentenced after pleading guilty to attempted kidnapping. He tried to abduct a 29-year-old woman from the 7-11 parking lot at Hilltop Drive and Orange Avenue back in mid-July. He grabbed her, punctured her car tire and tried to force her into his car. She fought him off and he drove away. Authorities arrested him the next day at the Viejas Casino on an unrelated charge and were able to link him to the assault because of surveillance video.

Also in Chula Vista’s courthouse Zachariah Joseph Dow is being arraigned on charges related to his 14-year-old son bringing a loaded hand gun to Hilltop High School. Dow turned himself in the same day his son brought the gun to school saying the gun is his. Dow is a felon and not allowed to own a gun. When detectives searched the Dow home they also found a 22-cliber pistol under a mattress.

In San Diego’s court Ryan Churchill and Duran Caldwell are being arraigned and accused of being the “Backdoor Bandits”. Authorities accuse the pair of over a dozen armed robberies in Claremont and La Jolla.

San Diego County Supervisors Dave Roberts and Bill Horn with District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, Sheriff Bill Gore and Palomar Health officials are all talking to the press at 11:00 AM at the County Administration Center. They are announcing plans to fund a hospital unit that helps victims of sex crimes and child abuse. Escondido’s Palomar Health Forensic Health Center is in danger of closing. The hospital unit helps to collect evidence as well as caring for the victims of sex crime and child abuse. The Golden Door Foundation is announcing it’s giving $75,000 to help the center but more is needed.

Also this morning at 11:00 San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Councilwoman Lorie Zapf are declaring today “Tony Hawk Day” at Robb Field Skate Park. The San Diego skater is being honored for his prowess on the half pipe as well as his charity work. Hawk’s foundation has raided over $5 million and helped to fund 5-hundred-44 skate parks across the country.

This afternoon at 2:00 on campus at Point Loma Nazarene University’s Golden Gym the 50th anniversary of a speech by Martin Luther King Jr will be commemorated. Dr. King gave the famous speech in 1964 inside the gym on the campus that eventually became Point Loma Nazarene University.

San Diego Unified School District is hosting its annual Salute to Excellence this afternoon at 3:30. The special ceremony recognizes students that are in the top 1% of their class.

And finally in Balboa Park’s San Diego History Center at 6:00 former San Diego City Council Tom Hom is having a book launch party for his new memoir. Hom was the first Asian member of the city council and in the book he talks about his fight for the American dream.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for Memorial Day May 26, 2014

San Diego is remembering its veterans at several events today.

First at 7:00 AM the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Warrior Foundation 5-K run starts over at Naval Training Center Park.

In Lakeside at 9:00 AM the 68th annual Memorial Day Reading of the Names at the Carter-Smith Veterans of Foreign Wars post.

At 10:00 AM there is the dramatic looking Memorial Day service at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.

In Oceanside also at 10:00 the Veterans Association of North County is hosting its service at their headquarters at 1617 Mission Avenue.

On board the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum at 10:00 AM radio stations 100 point 7 Jack FM and KFMB are hosting an all-day blood drive.

At 10:30 the Kensington Social and Athletic Club is hosting the annual Kensington Holiday at Home Parade in the historic San Diego neighborhood.

And in Encinitas at 11:00 AM the American Legion Post 416 is hosting its Memorial Day remembrance.

Those are just a few of the events from all over San Diego County. The beaches are sure to be filled and almost all government offices are closed.

And finally this afternoon at 4:00 the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is looking for your opinion on some new exhibitions ideas. They are hosting some focus groups. Today’s group is for adults without children.

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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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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 16, 2014

Last night Escondido Police announced the arrest of two people for arson. A 17-year-old boy whose name is being withheld and 19-year-old Isaiah Silva are in custody for allegedly setting at least two fires. A witness called police reportedly while watching two people matching the suspect’s description in the south Escondido Boulevard area start a fire at around 6:30 PM last night. The witness put the fire out.

Then at around 7:30 another person called saying they were watching the two people matching the suspect’s description trying to start a fire near Kit Carson Park. That witness chased the suspects. Police caught the two suspects a short time later.

Wild fire still burn in San Diego County this morning. At one point there were nine active fires. This morning the firefighters are gaining the upper hand. The National Weather Service lifted its Red Flag Warning. While it is still hot the winds are much weaker today.

This morning the Cocos Fire in San Marcos is still burning and is only 5 percent contained. According to Cal Fire it has scorched 1200 acres and three homes were lost. But this fire too is weakening. Some of the evacuation orders have been lifted and I expect that the fire’s containment number will go up after sunrise when firefighters are able to make a new assessment. For info on the evacuations go to http://www.sdcountyemergency.com .

The Poinsettia fire in Carlsbad is 85 percent contained. This fire destroyed many homes including on 18-unit complex. Damage at this time is estimated at $22.5 million.
Authorities are still looking into the cause and have set up a hot line for tips. Call (760) 602-7599 if you have any info into how the Poinsettia fire was started.

Almost all the schools in North County are closed today. Go to the San Diego County Office of Education’s web site for more info.

Other things happening today besides fire. San Diego County Courts are still open. There are three sentencings of note

First in San Diego’s courthouse at 9:00 am Kevin Kelso a former Westin San Diego executive is being sentenced for embezzling over $500-thousand dollars.

Tim Lambesis the Christian rock singer who pleaded guilty to trying to hire a hit man to kill his estranged wife will hear his fate at 10:30 AM in vista’s courthouse.

And at 1:30 this afternoon Garrett Sparks is being sentenced for gross negligence because he caused a head-on collision and killed a 74-year-old man.

And finally this morning at 9:00 graduation ceremonies begin at San Diego State University for about 9,300 students.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 12, 2014

The National Weather Service says the hot, dry and windy conditions put Eastern San Diego County’s valleys and mountains in danger should a fire break out. A Red Flag Warning is in effect until 8:00 Tuesday night. The National Weather Service says that temperatures could approach 100 degrees and winds will be gusting at 45 miles-per-hour.

Early this morning a small fire broke out in Spring Valley. That’s east San Diego County. Cal Fire is fighting and at this time no structures are threatened.

San Diego’s City Council Audit Committee is meeting at 9:00 this morning. They’re talking about how the facilities districts and residential real estate leases are performing. Then at 2:00 this afternoon the whole council is meeting with the Police Officers Association about holiday pay and how to retain SDPD employees.

At 10:30 AM San Diego County officials are introducing a new mobile app that give current water pollution levels for county beaches. More than 80 beaches across the county are being monitored with the app.

Tonight at 6:30 San Diego Public Library are continuing a series on Muslim perspective with a panel of four women talking about their American experience.

And finally tonight at the La Jolla Playhouse at 7:00 David Bryan the former keyboardist of Bon Jovi turned Tony Award-winning composer is talking about how he transitioned from rock-n-roll to Broadway.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 9, 2014

The USS Vandergrift and about 200 sailors are leaving San Diego this morning after 7:45. The four-hundred-53-foot-long guided-missile frigate is going to fight drug trafficking along the Central American coast.

In court today two sentencings of note, both in San Diego’s courthouse.

First at 9:30 this morning Ramon Heredia will be sentenced for smashing a beer bottle over the head of another man while tailgating at Chargers versus Cowboys game. It was all caught on video and uploaded to YouTube.

Then at 1:30 this afternoon Johnnie Edwards and Mautofu Maiava will hear their fates for using a gun to rob several people outside a house party.

This morning at 9:00 San Diego Sheriff’s officials are talking to the press about an undercover sting they did that went after people who sold drugs over the internet.

Also at 9:00 San Diego Police, Coast Guard personnel, Urban Corps members and City workers are helping World War Two veteran Jess Busco clean up his home in City Heights.

The Board of Directors from the San Diego Association of Governments or SANDAG is talking about the trolley expansion projects at 10:00 AM.

Then at 1:00 this afternoon SANDAG is presenting a new mobile app that’ll give commuters real-time traffic cameras, toll price along with a bunch of other commuter friendly info.

It’s the first of its kind in the nation.

Starting at 10:00 AM Payless ShoeSource is giving about 200 kids new free summer shoes. The first 50 kids are clients of the child abuse prevention agency. The kids will be able to pick them out at Payless’s all over San Diego County.

Tonight at 6:00 the Surfrider Foundation of San Diego County is having its 14th annual art gala. It’s their biggest fundraiser of the year.

And finally at 6:30 the charity Mama’s Kitchen is hosting its 23rd annual Mother’s Day benefit dinner at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla.
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