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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for June 3, 2014

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Just before 1:00 AM two semi-trucks collide killing one shutting down the 5 north bound in the Northern San Diego County city of Encinitas. CHP is anticipating the freeway to remain shut for much, if not all, of the morning. According to CHP one of the wrecked trucks was loaded with 50,000 pounds of produce that is now strewn accords the freeway. If you are heading North on the 5 find another rout.

Today is Election Day for California. In San Diego candidates are out campaigning their hearts out in a last minute effort to get your vote. San Diego County’s Registrar of Voters Michael Vu is predicting the extremely low voter turnout of 35 percent or less. Some say it could be even lower, possibly breaking records. Polls open at 7:00 AM

Election Central, the San Diego traditional election night event, will be at Golden Hall tonight and open to the public. Also tonight the Republican support club the Lincoln Club is hosting its election night event in the U.S. Grant Hotel’s Palm Room. And the San Diego County Democratic Party is having its election night watch party at Athens Market Taverna on F Street in downtown.

To find your polling place just Google “San Diego County Registrar of Voters” it’s the first link.

This morning at 11:30 Doctors from Rady Children’s Hospital will talk to the press about how to encourage expectant mothers to get vaccinated for pertussis. According to the Center for Disease Control “mothers were responsible for 30-40% of infant infections”.

San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency warns everyone that there have already been 450 pertussis cases reported this year alone. That’s a sharp increase from last year’s total of 63.

At noon the San Diego Association of Governments is hosting its 2014 Bi-national Summit. Both American and Mexican government officials are talking about how to make the San Diego/Tijuana region more competitive on a global scale, among other things.

In court today two arraignments of note on the docket for 1:30.

In San Diego’s courthouse Jason Boone is accused of running a methamphetamine ring from the Mission Bay Sports Center. According to police the 41-year-old was the ringleader of a meth sales operation just feet from where kids played. Boone was arrested with eight suspected accomplices.

Then in El Cajon’s courthouse Mohammed Agab will be arraigned and accused for murdering his mother and stabbing his 14-year-old brother.

Chula Vista’s City Council is meeting this afternoon at 2:00. On the agenda is the budget for this coming year.

And finally tonight at 4:00 San Diego Unified School District Board of Education is meeting and on their agenda … Madison High Cluster of Schools, a $1 million dollar donation to upgrade O’Farrell Charter School’s track and turf and reports on construction bonds.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 29, 2014

Hot temperatures are going to fry San Diego County over the next three days and powerful winds will scour the East County. Today we’re expecting to hit 88 degrees along the coast breaking the last record of 86. Winds are going to gust at over 85-miles-per-hour according to the National Weather Service. At this point there isn’t a high fire danger warning but that could change. San Diego County does have several “Cool Zones” across the county. To check out the list just Google “San Diego County Cool Zones”.

San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors is meeting this morning at 9:00 AM. They are going to talk about raising building permit fees to help pay for fire protection in the unincorporated parts of the county. They want to raise the fee from 47 cents per square foot to 52.

San Diego City Council is meeting at 10:00 AM and on the agenda is the Black Mountain Open Space Park plan.

Also at 10:00 this morning San Diego County Water Authority is launching their water conservation campaign at the San Vicente Dam.

This afternoon at 1:15 Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Councilman Mark Kersey, Councilwoman Sherri Lightner, Councilman Scott Sherman and a pothole Repair Crew are talking to the press about the mayors infrastructure projects funding in the new city budget. Faulconer is calling his budget the “One San Diego” budget and repairing pothole is a big part of it. They’ll be at 30th Street and Date Street filling in some potholes.

Tonight at 5:00 San Diego Unified School District Board of Education is meeting about the 2015-2016 budget. There is a proposal to have that budget drafted when the 2014-2015 budget is adopted. It’s supposed to force the district to plan long term. You know not spend this year at the expense of next.

Two sentencings of note this afternoon both in El Cajon’s courthouse.

In Department 11 James Solak is being sentenced after pleading guilty to stealing copper wire from multiple schools and businesses

Then in Department 2 Blaine Anthony Arellano will hear his fate for assaulting his roommate, forcing her to stab him.

And finally at 10:00 AM 16 finalist are competing for $70,000 at the University of San Diego’s fourth annual Social Innovation Challenge. The contest between San Diego college students is to come up with a solution for one of the world’s economic, environmental or social problems.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 9, 2014

The family rescued at sea off the coast in Baja California is coming into port today aboard the USS Vandergrift. Eric and Charlotte Kaufman their daughters Cora who is 3-year-old and Lyra who is 1 were sailing around the world. The parents even blogged about their trip posting pictures and YouTube videos. Charlotte wrote a series of articles in San Diego Magazine about being pregnant on the trip and giving birth in Mexico. When they were rescued the boat was disabled and their 1-year-old was sick with a fever and rash. The California Air National Guard parachuted into the ocean to treat the baby and the USS Vandergrift came and picked them up. They are expected to make port at Naval Air Station North Island this afternoon around 4:00. According to the Navy the family does not want to talk to the media, but several of the sailors involved in the rescue will.

San Diego Unified School District Board of Education is asking voters to support a raise in California’s minimum wage. They want to raise the lowest paid workers salary form $8 an hour to $10. Many on San Diego City Council support the raise as well. Critics say that raising minimum wage will increase unemployment. While protonates say that it takes about $87,000 a year to raise a family of four and that means that both parents need be working full time and earn $20 an hour.

San Diego City Council’s Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee is meeting this morning at 9:00 AM about a possible development deal with Ballast Point and AleSmith breweries. And the Governor’s office is telling the committee about some new state economic development programs.

Then at 10:00 AM several officials along with the Mayor are officially starting construction on $1.7 million of improvements to 25th street in Golden Hill. Things like fixing the road, widening the sidewalks, and fixing or replacing water mains are all on the list.

At 10:00 this morning doctors are going to demo some new robots that let them evaluate patients by teleconferencing. Now doctors at Rady Children’s Hospital can use their lap tops, tablets, or smart-phones to talk to patients from wear ever they may be.

In court today two things worth mentioning.

First in El Cajon’s courthouse at 1:30 this afternoon Srteve Nakho is being arraigned and accused of attacking someone then barricading himself inside his lakeside home for hours.

And at 2:15 in federal court the detention hearing Glennys Rodriguez who is accused of being in charge of logistics for one of the two recently discovered border drug tunnels.

And finally at 6:00 tonight Palomar Health is offering free and low-cost health classes about weight loss

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 11, 2014

The federal contractor convicted of bribing former congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham has had his request for a new trial denied. 59-year-old Brent Wilkes was originally convicted in November of 2007 and sentenced to 12-years in federal prison. But after serving less than a year he was released pending his appeal. Disgraced Congressman Cunningham pleaded guilty in 2005 and spent eight years in prison. Now 72-year-old Cunningham is free and living in an undisclosed location.

At 1:30 this afternoon in San Diego’s courthouse Loren McDonald will hear his fate for molesting a 4-year-old girl. McDonald, a special education teacher, pleaded guilty and is looking at 18-years in prison.

San Diego County Board of Supervisors has a lot on its plate today. Their meeting officially starts at 9:00 and on the docket Oversight of residential care facilities, E-cigarette policies and Farmer’s market regulations.

Then at noon Supervisor Dianne Jacob and D.A. Bonnie Dumanis are giving a press conference about the residential care facility oversight and the proposed reforms.

Before the noon press conference at 10:00 AM the D.A. is talking to the press about thieves that steal medication from real estate open houses and how to prevent it.

This afternoon at 2:00 San Diego City Council has a busy afternoon ahead of them. On their docket Medical marijuana regulations, Closing the Children’s Pool in La Jolla and a budget increase of 8.75 million dollars to help improve the Torrey Pines Golf Club.

Editorial alert!!

My road is littered with pot holes and the council is seriously looking at increasing the capital projects budget by 8.75 million dollars for a golf course?!?!?!

At 5:00 tonight the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education is meeting about a report that says officials are skeptical the district can meet its financial obligations. The district projects a 2014-2015 budget shortfall of 62.6 million dollars … but they say they have a plan to fix it. One aspect of the plan is an early retirement program … Officials say that could save about 16 million dollars.

San Diego Police Officer’s Association is going to endorse their candidate for city council today at 11:30. A hint Mayor Kevin Faulconer is joining the P.O.A. for this presser. So it’s likely to be a candidate that he likes as well.

And finally today at 8:00 AM the Navy is remembering those lost in the Japanese earthquake and tsunami three years ago today. Rear Admiral Patrick Hall is leading the memorial on board the USS Ronald Reagan. The Reagan participated in the relief effort. 16,000 people died, 2,600 are still missing, and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant had a partial meltdown … all caused by the magnitude 9 earthquake.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for February 25, 2014

Politicos all across San Diego County are super busy today.

First at 9:00 AM the San Diego County Board of Supervisors is meeting and on the agenda are: The way health risk assessments are taken for deputy sheriffs, Buying the Sheriff’s department a new helicopter, Getting the land for a new Lakeside Sheriff’s substation, and making it easier for venders to sell stuff at farmers markets.

San Diego City Council is meeting this morning at 10:00. The big things on the agenda are: Honoring former fire department Public Information Officer Maurice Luque, And medical marijuana dispensary regulations.

The new group Coalition for Local Education through Accountability of Resources, or CLEAR is hosting their first press conference this morning at 10:20. They want more transparency in San Diego County school districts. Support for their group is coming from the American Civil Liberties Union, Barrio Logan College Institute, League of Women Voters, and Urban League.

At noon the San Diego County Taxpayers Association is talking about new state stormwater regulations in a luncheon panel at the San Diego Foundation.

Tonight at 5:00 the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education is meeting about: parental involvement in schools, honoring Interim Mayor Todd Gloria, and financial reports on construction bonds.

Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox is giving her “State of the City” speech at 6:00 PM in Chula Vista’s council chambers.

In court two noteworthy things, both at 1:30 this afternoon.

In San Diego’s courthouse it’s the arraignment for one of the male nurses accused of engaging in sex with another male nurse. All while caring for a 99-year-old incapacitated stroke victim.

And in El Cajon’s courthouse the sentencing for Troy Perott for slashing a friend with a box cutter.

And finally … Tonight at 7:00 the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its 143’d anniversary.
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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for January 7, 2014

Two San Diego based destroyers deploy this morning from Naval Base San Diego. The USS Kidd and USS Pinckney will be the home away from home to over 600 sailors for months to come. While on deployment the ships will be training with some of our allies and what the navy calls “theater security cooperation and maritime presence operations”.

San Diego’s County Board of Supervisors is meeting this morning at 9:00 about some new appointments.

Then at noon the Port of San Diego and the homeless charity Alpha Project are signing an agreement with help with our growing homeless population.

A new senior citizen community is breaking ground this afternoon at 12:30 in Chula Vista. The new 156-room community will be called Saint Paul’s Senior Homes and Services.

In court this afternoon at 130 there are two sentencing and two arraignments on the schedule.

Wanda Podgurski is on the docket in San Diego to be sentenced for a frailer to appear. Podgurski was convicted of insurance and disability fraud when she took off and turned up in Mexico. Podgurski was extradited back to the states after she began taunting San Diego’s District Attorney over twitter.

In Vista’s courthouse Pedro Luis Padilla will be sentenced after pleading guilty to many graffiti crimes. Originally Padilla and his 15-year-old accomplice were arrested for more than 400 separate graffiti crimes.

Carlos K Romero is accused of leading police on a pursuit across San Diego County to the Mexican border will be arraigned in San Diego’s courthouse.

And Azteco Frankie Soto is set to be arraigned in Chula Vista’s courthouse for supposedly trashing a South Bay high school cafeteria over the Thanksgiving holiday.

And finally tonight at 5:00 the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education is meeting about a $320 million bond issue and some charter school business.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for September 4, 2013

At 10:00 Councilman Kevin Faulconer will announce his decision to run or not for San Diego Mayor. Yesterday both congressional candidate Carl DeMaio and councilman slash interim mayor Todd Gloria both bowed out. Everyone expects Faulconer to jump into the race with the support of San Diego’s Republican Party. The other two major names in the race are Nathan Fletcher and Mike Aguirre both Democrats. Aguirre said he will run on the FOX5 Morning News but is going to make his official announcement this afternoon.

It’ll be interesting to see if having two Democrats on the ballot will make it easier for Faulconer a Republican

The election is November 19th and if no single candidate get more that 50 percent of the votes the top two will have a run off.

At 8:00 AM the San Diego County Taxpayers Association is meeting for a breakfast forum and on the agenda California’s controversial Proposition 13. Prop 13 affects property tax rules. It makes it so that your tax burden is based on the value of the property at the time you buy your house. Because schools get their funding from property tax this that means in older neighborhoods the schools get less funding. However it also means that people who have lived in their homes for a long time won’t have to worry about having their taxes raised beyond their ability to pay.

In a related story the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education unanimously approved restoring the concessions that district employees made last year. The concessions were made to help with the district’s budget shortfall. But now the School Board thinks the money will be there and they are giving teachers a retroactive pay raise of 2%.

Today is the last day for this season’s horse races at the Del Mar Racetrack. First post is at 2:00 PM

And finally tonight at 6:00 the San Diego Chargers Girls will unveil this year’s swimsuit calendar. Some of the profits from the sale of the calendar will go to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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