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San Diego Unified, Union Declare Contract Negotiation Impasse

After 10 months of labor negotiations, San Diego Unified School District and its teachers union declared an impasse.

In a statement, Superintendent Cindy Martin said they have “reached tentative agreements on nearly all issues including adding more counselors, nurses and special education support; increasing time for teacher preparation; maintaining benefits; and supporting consistent Visiting Teacher coverage. There are still a few areas where we have been unable to reach agreement.”

Lower class size and pay are the two sticking points — two of the most expensive issues.

The district can’t afford to pay teachers what they are asking for, Martin said.

“It does come down to money when you’re at the very end of the negotiations,” Martin said. ”We have mutually declared an impasse, which is simply another step in the bargaining process.“

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One San Diego Mother’s Battle For Her Dyslexic Son

“Dyslexia was identified as a disorder in 1881 by Oswald Berkhan. Yet San Diego County parents are still fighting with school districts over how to help students with the world’s most common learning disability.

Here’s how the challenge played out for one San Diego mother and her son.

Ten year-old Zachary White is in the fifth grade. He sits in his tutor’s classroom and reads aloud from “Charlotte’s Web.”

“One of the pigs is a runt. It’s very small and weak and will never amount to anything,” he reads.

Today, Zachary can read at his grade level, but that took years of work. Zachary is dyslexic.”

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Good morning this is the AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for June 6, 2014

Last night at around 10:00 two men were shot and police say it appears to be random. The two men were walking down Villa Terrace near University with two other men when a red Toyota pull up near them and someone in the car fired at least six times. One man was shot in the hand the other in the ankle. Police say that at this time it seems like a random shooting, however the investigating is ongoing and that could change.

This afternoon at 1:30 in San Diego’s courthouse Josh Thomas Churchill, owner of a Poway karate studio, will be arraigned and accused of have sex with girl over the course of three years. Sheriff’s deputies arrested Churchill and are accusing him of more than 500 charges. He is being help on $25 million dollars bail.

Tonight at 4:00 at the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center the California Public Utilities Commission is talking about the $3 point 3 billion dollars it’s going to cost to shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear power plant. The deal makes customers of Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas and Electric responsible for the bill. Originally the state commission wanted $4 point 7 billion from customers but that went down a billion because of a faulty steam generator.

Early this morning at 7:30 the San Diego and Tijuana Urban Land Institute is hosting a panel about how to be ready for the next economic downturn. They’ll be at the University Club in downtown San Diego.

This morning at 10:00 San Diego City Council is meeting and expected to approve a $3 point 9 million dollar contract with TASER International. They are the contractor San Diego Police picked to supply there new wearable cameras. 300 cameras are being given to SDPD officers to wear for evidence gathering purposes. Officials also think they’ll help with officer accountability. The cameras are going to be given to officers working in San Diego’s more urban areas, like downtown and City Heights.

At noon outside of San Diego’s City Hall in Civic Center Plaza there will be a rally to raise San Diego’s minimum wage.

The Port of San Diego Board of Commissioners is meeting at 1:00 this afternoon about the coming fiscal year’s budget.

Chula Vista City Council is meeting at 2:00 this afternoon and they are talking about the regulations for what they call “sexually oriented businesses”.

Drones are on topic for the California Unmanned Aircraft Systems Summit this afternoon at 2:30 in Point Loma’s Liberty Station.

And finally tonight at 5:00 San Diego Unified School District Board of Education is meeting about a three year budget proposal that will reportedly “align” the districts expenses and revenues and they are expected to approve next year’s budget.

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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 April 21, 2014

The 684-foot USS Summerset is coming home to San Diego this afternoon around 1:30. It’s the third of three ships for the Navy named in honor of the 9/11 attacks. The Summerset is named after Summerset County which is the county wear United Airlines Flight 93 crashed near Shanksville Pennsylvania. The amphibious transport dock ship was commissioned on March 1st. It has a crew of about 400, can transport 1,200 Marines, carry helicopters and deliver cargo.

Three U.S. Coast Guard mariners are being honored this afternoon at 3:00. Last May they rescue a father and his two adult sons from their capsized boast off coast near La Jolla.

In court today three sentencing’s of note..

In San Diego’s courthouse at 9:30 Phillip and Roselia Kubeck along with Earl Allen are being sentenced for bringing people into the United States through a hole in border fence then flying them in a small private plane all over the country.

Still in San Diego but at 1:30 Shawn Moore is being sentenced. Moore was caught during a robbery, tried to run away, tripped, fell and was hit by a car.

Also at 1:30 but in Vista’s courthouse Robert James Lynch is being sentenced for after pleading guilty to charges he related to a carjacking.

At 10:00 AM Earth Week at University of California San Diego starts today and to kick it off students are going to sort 1,000 pounds of trash. In the annual demo the refuse is dumped along UC San Diego’s International House Walk and is supposed to show how much of our trash can be recycled.

At 11:00 AM the non-profit the Equinox Center is releasing its annual Quality of Life Dashboard. It shows a bunch of environmental info for San Diego like water quality and consumption, transportation and land use.

At noon Supervisor Greg Cox is starting this year’s mosquito eradication campaign with the unveiling of a new app for your smartphone devoted to tracking the West Nile virus.

And finally at 7:00 tonight San Diego Unified School District is giving a talk about how to support our kids so they can successes at school.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 15, 2014

San Diego politics is busy today. At 10:00 AM San Diego’s City Council is meeting and the top things on their agenda are …. Honoring the San Diego State University men’s basketball team for their stellar season, by declaring today “SDSU Men’s Basketball Day” … Changing committee assignment because of Ed Harris’s appointment to the council to finish off Mayor Faulconer’s term now that he’s mayor. And at 2:00 this afternoon Mayor Faulconer is making the official presentation of his budget proposal.

This morning at 9:00 Veterans Village of San Diego is hosting a town hall about state proposition 41. Speaker John Perez, Speaker-Elect Toni Atkins, Assembly Member Brian Maienschein and Assembly Member Shirley Weber are all slated to attend. Prop 41 authorizes California to sell $600 million dollars in bonds to fund housing for homeless veterans.

At noon the county’s annual report card on child and families will be released. The report talks about things like teen pregnancy, poverty, smoking and obesity.

At 1:00 this afternoon the Port of San Diego Board of Commissioners are meeting and on the agenda is a proposal to raise the Tuna Harbor parking lot meter prices by 50 cents an hour.

Waiving building height limits for a parking lot is top of the agenda for the Chula Vista City Council this afternoon at 2:00.

Two political endorsements today.

1: First at 10:00 AM the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association is endorsing Republican congressional hopeful Carl DeMaio. This group was first formed to help sponsor California’s Proposition 13 in 1978. Many blame prop 13 for many funding problems that California schools have. The group has evolved into an anti-tax group. Among other things the group is trying to suspend is the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.

2: Then at 11:00 AM the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce is endorsing Councilwoman Lorie Zapf’s city council re-election and Chis Cate’s run for the district six council seat. They are both republicans running for a quote “non-partisan” seat.

Opera singers are suing the dying San Diego Opera. The singers have 2-years left on their contract and say that the Opera has to go to arbitration to figure out how much to pay them. So the signers want a federal judge to force arbitration.

In court today two things worth talking about.

1: At 9:00 AM in El Cajon’s courthouse closing arguments begin in the trial of Kassim Alhimidi. He’s accused of beating his wife to death.

2: And at 1:30 Pedro Zurita is being arraigned and accused of killing his estranged wife and leaving her body in the parking lot of wear she worked in Carlsbad.

And finally this morning at 10:40 San Diego Unified School District is announcing a $716,000 thousand-dollar grant from the Defense Department. The grant is supposed to help military kids get into Advanced Placement classes.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 26, 2014

San Diego City Council’s Infrastructure Committee is meeting at 9:00 AM and top of the agenda are the iconic sales at the Convention Center. According to a report by the Convention Center the sails will need to be replaced in 2017 and they want the city to pony up $11 and half million dollars to do it. The report also says that things like the heat and air conditioning system, restrooms, and ice makers are in need of immediate work. The report says it’ll cost $41 million to get up to date on all the back logged work.

Then this afternoon at 1:30 the city council’s Environment Committee is meeting and disbanding the committee created to arrange the Balboa Park centennial celebration. The committee says it wasn’t able to get enough interest from San Diegans or city officials.

Where a tsunami could hit in San Diego is what the San Diego County Office of Emergency Services is talking about today at 10:30 AM. They are going to show the media a mailer and map that every home and business in possible tsunami zones will get showing them how their area could be affected by a tsunami. Eighth graders from the Old Town Academy are also going to show off an evacuation demo they made.

Then this morning at 11:30 Council President Todd Gloria is talking to the press about raising San Diego’s minimum wage. Gloria wants voters to weigh in on it and decide if San Diego workers deserve a higher lowest pay.

In court today two sentencings and two arraignments worth mentioning.

In El Cajon’s courthouse at 2:00 PM Tony Lee Burleson is being sentenced for molesting four teenage boys. The 44-year-old firearms trainer pleaded guilty to molesting the boys one of which is a relative of his.

At 1:30 in San Diego’s courthouse Joann Carter will hear her fate for stabbing a guy she was dating in the neck after she found out he was dating other women.

In El Cajon’s courthouse at 1:30 Blaine Anthony Arellano is being arraigned for assaulting his roommate which ended with Arellano being stabbed by the roommate.

And still in El Cajon at 1:30 Francisco Roblero is being arraigned for running from the cops while riding his motorcycle and slamming into a trolley.

Stopping obesity and diabetes in the Asian and Pacific Islander community is what 13 restaurant owners are talking about this morning at 10:00. They’ll be at Operation Samahan, an immigrant health care focused organization headquarters at 1428 Highland Ave in National City.

Patrick Henry High School is finally breaking ground on a new performing arts center at 3:30 this afternoon. San Diego Unified School District has had the new building on the drawing board for years.

And finally at 6:00 tonight new San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman is hosting another town hall meeting. This time she’s at Cherokee Point Elementary taking questions.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 3, 2014

San Diego Sheriff’s Homicide is investigating the mysterious death of a man found in an auto shop over the weekend. Several news reports I.D.’d the dead man as Ruben Bodden. Bodden is thought to be linked to the 2013 murder of two teens at Oceanside’s Libby Lake Park. One of the suspects under arrest for the double murder is named Brian Bodden, and is believed to be Ruben’s son. The search for the suspect involved in the elder Bodden’s death is on-going and anyone with any info should contact the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

Today at 10:00 AM Kevin Faulconer will be inaugurated as San Diego’s new mayor. Faulconer beat out David Alvarez for the seat in a 53% to 47%. After today’s inauguration San Diego City Council will declare Faulconer’s seat on the council vacant and begin the process of appointing someone to fill it. One catch is that the council does not want to appoint anyone that is planning on running for the seat after this term is up. Faulconer gave the Chief of Staff job to his Campaign Manager Stephen Puetz, and will be naming other appointments soon.

At 2:00 this afternoon San Diego City Council is meeting and the big thing on the agenda are new regulations for food trucks.

Then at 7:00 tonight San Diego Unified School District trustee John Lee Evans is hosting a community forum on the district’s plan for the future called “Vision 2020”.

Two sentencing’s of note today at 1:30.

In El Cajon’s courthouse Sunny Hall will hear her fate for driving drunk and killing two people in a crash on Interstate 8 near Alpine.

And in Chula Vista’s courthouse Robbie Gillespie is being sentenced for crashing into a Poway Fire Department car killing a 19-year-old aspiring model.

The San Diego Trolley is getting another vintage trolley car to put into service today. The 1946 Presidents Conference Committee trolley car is arriving at the 12th and Imperial trolley yard at 1:30 for restoration. The Municipal Transit System traded two of its modern decommissioned trolley cars for the antique.

And finally tonight at 6:00 the Oceanside Public Library is hosting a Dr. Seuss birthday party with a reading of “Cat in the Hat”.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for February 24, 2014

A man is dead and the driver of the truck that hit him is still on the loose. According to police last night at around 7:00 the 35-year-old victim was walking his dog and crossing the 1000 block of University Avenue in Hillcrest when he was struck by black truck. He was declared dead at 7:22 at Scripps Mercy Hospital. Police says the suspects truck is described as being black with “4 x 4” written in red on the rear quarter panel. Police go on to say that there were two people in the truck and ask anyone with any info to call SDPD at 858-495-7900.

San Diego City Council is busy this afternoon at 2:00.

First the great-grandmother who says she was sexually harassed by San Diego’s infamous former mayor Bob Filner is being honored by the council. Peggy Shannon says that Filner grabbed her, kissed her, and repeatedly asked her out. Today she’ll get an official apology and today will be declared “Peggy Shannon Day”.

After that the council is talking about a proposal to close the La Jolla Children’s Pool. The Children’s Pool was created near La Jolla Cove as a safe place for kids to swim in the ocean but seals and sea lions have taken it over. It’s a perennial issue for the council. Some want to block of the beach and leave it for the sea life while other say it is an artificial cove and should be kept clear for children to swim.

This morning at 8:40 The Port of San Diego is opening up its new 4 point 2-5 million dollar power station at the 10th Avenue Marine Terminal. It’s supposed to make it easier for ships to get power and not use their diesel engines as much while docked.

Tonight at 7:00 San Diego Unified School District is taking public input on its plan called “Vision 2020” at Mission Bay High School.

And finally tonight at 7:00 32 performing arts volunteers are being honored by the San Diego Performing Arts League at the 21st Star Awards.

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