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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 May 23, 2014

More controversy for San Diego’s Police Department. This time it’s about what happened to a million dollars seized from criminals like drug runners. Jeff McDonald from UT San Diego broke the story. According to McDonald in 2010 SDPD submitted a report showing their closing balance at $1,153,426. Then the next year the beginning balance was $153,426. So what happened to the million dollars? SDPD Lt. Kevin Mayer says “We acknowledge you have noted a discrepancy, we have asked the City Comptroller to do a complete review and audit of the seized asset fund to see if there is an error.”

In the past couple of years SDPD has been marred by sexual misconduct from a few of its officers. Chief Shelly Zimmerman was brought in to ferret out problems in the department, like officers sexually assaulting suspects, however a missing million dollars in a whole different level of problem.

This morning at 9:00 in San Diego’s courthouse 40-year-old Douglas Michael Ellens will hear his fate for robbing three banks all within one week last summer. Ellens pleaded guilty. His lawyer says Ellens has a drug and alcohol problem and should be placed on probation and sent to rehab.

Also at 9:00 AM the San Diego Association of Governments Board of Directors is meeting about their budget plan for the coming year.

Today two of San Diego County’s theme parks have big new openings

First at 9:00 AM the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park is opening its new 19 point 5 million dollar Tull Family Tiger Trail. The tiger exhibit is over 5 acres with all kinds of stuff for the tigers to play with.

Then AT 10:00 Legoland is opening up its new “Legends of Chima” water park. The park has a 250,000-gallon wave pool, an arch that looks like a lion made out of more than a quarter million Lego bricks and more.

And finally at 4:00 this afternoon the San Diego Jazz Festival kicks off its three day run at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa in Del Mar.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 25, 2014

More problems for the SDPD. San Diego strippers are suing the San Diego Police Department. The dancers say that while SDPD Officers were conducting an inspection of an adult club they took pictures of the 25 exotics dancers without a warrant or reason. Lawyer Dan Gilleon says that the officers “had no legitimate safety concerns, nor were the manner of detentions commensurate with any articulable threat.” This all happened as the U.S. Attorney’s Office and FBI announce they are launching a probe into SDPD sexual misconduct.

San Diego City Council is meeting this morning at 10:00 AM. On the agenda is final approval for spending $500,000 to build a 5000-square-foot administration building at the Mission Trails Regional Park Equestrian Center. If approved the new building will have offices, a kitchen, showers, conference room, storage space and shade outside.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari is in San Diego today. Fist at 10:00 AM he’s touring C-A Botana a skin and personal care manufacturer in with some media availability after the tour. Then at noon he’s leading a roundtable at Andre’s Cuban Restaurant on Morena Boulevard about running business in California with more media availability after that.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving is honoring law enforcement for their part in the fight against drunk driving today at 11:30 AM at the Town and Country Resort.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Councilwoman Marti Emerald and talking to the press about how they want to use some of a federal grant to fix things like sidewalks and streetlights. They’ll be at the corner of Orange and Altandena Avenues at 12:30 PM.

Also at 12:30 this afternoon the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve or FOCUS is giving out shoes to underprivileged kids at Joyner Elementary School on Myrtle Ave.

Three sentencings this afternoon at 1:30

Leon Powell will be in San Diego’s courthouse hearing how long he’ll be behind bars for breaking into food writer Jeanne Jones’s La Jolla home.

Also in San Diego’s courthouse Thomas Nelson, who pleaded guilty to being one of the three “Backdoor Bandits”, will be sentenced for the armed-robbery of over a dozen restaurants and businesses.

And in Chula Vista’s courthouse Adam Howe will hear his fate for breaking into a church and mobile home park.

Southern California Edison is giving the media a special preview of equipment from the now closed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station that’s going up for auction starting this Wednesday.

And finally tonight at 7:00 the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission is getting together to talk about what they are going to say in their recommendation to the President in February of 2015.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 24, 2014

The strike of 13,000 hospital workers has been narrowly averted. Over the weekend union and University of California hospitals came to an agreement after marathon negotiations. Picketing was supposed to start this morning at 7:00 AM at hospitals run by the University of California In San Diego that meant hospitals in Hillcrest and La Jolla would be affected. Kathryn Lybarger, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees or AFSCME Local 3299 says the new agreement “reflects compromise on both sides, improves safety in UC hospitals, and honors the important contributions to patient care technical workers” The union’s 22,000 members will vote on the new contract on March 26 & 27 … that’s this Wednesday and Thursday.

The U.S. Justice Department is talking to the press today at 11:00 AM about how they are going to help the San Diego Police Department set up an Office of Community Oriented Policing Services or COPS Office. The COPS office is being set up as a result of several incidents of officer misconduct.

At the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation tonight at 6:00 San Diego’s new police Chief Shelley Zimmerman is meeting with several people from the Southeastern San Diego area that say the SDPD is racially profiling them. In this town hall style meeting called “Meet the Chief” Chief Zimmerman says she hopes to instill a “culture of excellence” and that officers not living up to this standard will not be tolerated.

San Diego City Council has a full docket today.

First at 9:00 AM the Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee is getting together and talking about a ballot measure that will raise San Diego’s minimum wage and require employers give five sick-days to employees.

Then at 2:00 the full council gets together and they are talking about who get some federal block grants for community development. They’re also talking about using a $1,000,000 city budget surplus to keep homeless shelters open three months longer than they are now.

wait … there’s a million dollars budget surplus? I’m going to look into that.

In Vista’s courthouse at 1:30 college student Samuel Ruiz is being sentenced for sending threatening messages following the murder of a 13-year-old and 15-year-old at a park. Ruiz and his threats have no relation to the murders; this was some kind of prank, however threatening someone over the phone is a crime.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for November 4, 2013

High surf and strong rip currents are scouring San Diego’s west facing beaches through noon Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. Surf will be three to five feet with the occasional six footer. The big surf combined with the extra high tides is will combine to create the strong rip currents. Inexperienced swimmers should stay out of the water till this is over.

San Diego City Council is meeting all day today. First at 9:00 AM the Audit Committee is talking about an audit of police patrol performance. Then at 2:00 the full council gets together and top of the agenda is an increase in housing impact fees. This is a fee from non-residential construction that is used to help pay for affordable housing.

At noon San Diego County is releasing its Prescription Drug Abuse Report Card.

This morning at 8:00 AM the crime lab from Chula Vista’s Police Department is showing high school’ers how math is used to fight crime.

And finally at 6:30 tonight in the San Diego Public Library downtown the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg address is being honored with a re-reading of the famous speech by author and columnist Richard Lederer.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for October 28, 2013

A winter storm brings rain and wind across San Diego County today. In San Diego’s East County the storm is expected to bring hazardous winds with gusts of nearly 60 miles per hour through Tuesday at 8:00 AM Along the coast a small craft warning is in effect and temperatures will be 10 to 15 degrees lower than normal. It’s all expected to pass by tomorrow morning.

31-year-old Ignacio Canela will be arraigned at 1:30 this afternoon for shooting a San Diego Police man. Canela had two felony warrants outstanding and officers were attempting to arrest him when he ran into a drainage tunnel at the bottom of a canyon. An officer approached and Canela fired shooting the patrolman in the arm, leg, and chest. While his wounds are serious he is expected to make a full recovery.

This morning at 8:00 AM business in North America’s three nations is top of the agenda at the third annual North American Competitiveness and Innovation Conference. The conference brings together Canada, Mexico, and the United States with the goal of enhancing corporative business combativeness for the region across the world.

Late this afternoon at 4:00 Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is talking about U.S. – China relations at the seventh China Town Hall at the Sanford Consortium Auditorium in La Jolla.

San Diego’s City Council is busy all day today. First at 9:00 AM they’re talking infrastructure and how to improve it. Then this afternoon at 2:00 the filling the large number of city commission vacancies is on the agenda. Along with a proposal is to change the management structure in the mayor’s office.

And finally at 10:00 AM the 20th annual Baja Ha-Ha is scheduled to start. No word yet if the weather will delay the annual 750-mile sail sailing rally. The course starts in San Diego and ends in Cabo San Lucas.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 8, 2013

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It is raining hard in San Diego.

Lots of accidents during the morning commute and everyone is keeping their eyes out for flooding. Around one to two inches of snow will fall at 3000 feet with up to a foot possible at 4000 feet. And there is a wind advisory in the desert. The National Weather Service says that driving could be difficult for high profile vehicles and that blowing sand could damage windshields.

There are two big sentencing’s today.

First 37-year-old Allison Debow, a former District Attorney, convicted of conspiracy to obstruct justice in a traffic ticket fixing scandal will hear her fate this morning at 9 am. Debow was given a ticket for not wearing a seat belt. Prosecutors say that she then called a Sargent at San Diego Police Department’s Traffic Division and within 6-hours the ticket disappeared from the system. Had she just paid the ticket it would have cost her $142 now she is facing up to a year in jail

The second is for three 19-year-old men convicted of killing 18-year-old Garrett Berki. They lured him using a Craigslist ad for a laptop. The three 19-year-olds met with Berki & his girlfriend, who was trying to buy a computer he saw, advertised on Craigslist. They then robbed the couple of their cash and cell phones. After the robbery Berki spotted the three robbers driving someplace and gave chase. The three were able to drive alongside Berki’s car and Rashon Abernathy fired one shot killing Berki. Abernathy is now looking at 60 years to life. While his accomplices Seandell Jones and Shaquille Jordan are looking at 50 years to life

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