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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 April 4, 2014

Reports of a possible border tunnel are coming into the news room. At this point they are unconfirmed by federal authorities. I expect more info to come out later in morning, though it will be at a trickle. Check back for more info.

San Diego Zoo’s 5-day old hippopotamus died yesterday. Zoo workers found the calf during a normal morning check in. Zoo spokesperson Christina Simmons told the press that the mother hippo, named Funani, kept her baby so close they couldn’t figure out if it was a male or female.

Yesterday teachers from the San Ysidro Education Association voted to authorize a call to strike if negotiations with the San Ysidro School District fall through. Out of the 232 members 224 voted and 220 voted to strike. Teachers say they want a reduction in class size and a one percent raise. However the district says they don’t have the money and that they have a 2 point 6 million dollar deficit.

The controversial Barrio Logan zoning plan is back in court today at 11:00 AM. Executives from the maritime industry say that the new zoning plan could hurt their business. So they went out and got enough signatures to put it on the ballot.

However activists from the Environmental Health Coalition say that they need to separate industrial and residential property and that the new plan is a compromise that the businesses helped to create. Also they say that signatures were gathered by misleading people about what the new zoning plan is.

The maritime industry says that the new plan will cost 46,000 jobs.

Two sentencings today.

The first is at 9:30 this morning in Chula Vista’s courthouse. 36-year-old Kenneth Dwight Hamilton pleaded guilty to being one of four men that participated in the murder of two teenagers at an Oceanside Park. Prosecution says that the killings were over gang turf.

At 1:30 this afternoon Treviyon Rew will hear hit fate for shooting at two men while he was trying to carjack one of them.

Viejas Indian Reservation is hosting the San Diego County Fire Chiefs Association and 750 firefighters for three-days of training. Today media day at the training starting at 9:00 am. I bet you’ll lots of local stations with stories on it tonight.

And finally tonight at 5:30 still at the Viejas Indian Reservation a new bingo hall slash shopping mall is opening up with a ribbon cutting.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 4, 2014

San Diego Sheriff’s Deputies spot then lose a wanted felon. Christopher Doneski is wanted on a felony warrant and for auto theft, possession of stolen property, evading arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia. Initially the Deputies spotted a man they thought could be Doneski driving along Ramona Street in the North Eastern San Diego County of city Ramona. The Deputies tried to pull him over but he didn’t stop. He parked in a driveway and jumped out and ran away. The Sheriff’s helicopter was called and along with Deputies on the ground they searched for Doneski but to no avail. Anyone with any info about his whereabouts is asked to please call San Diego Sheriff’s at 858-565-5200. If your tip pans out you could get a $1000 reward.

San Diego City Council is meeting at 10:00 AM and the two major things on the agenda are…

First approving Mayor Faulconer’s appointment of Shelly Zimmerman as Chief of Police.

Second whether or not to raise the linkage fee back up to its original rate. The linkage fee was originally a 1.5 % fee on construction downtown that was lowered by half. The money is used to pay for affordable housing. There is a push to put the fee back up to its normal rate but opponents say it could cost jobs. Proponents of the fee say that in 2010 the linkage fee collected about $250,000 and that not enough to help with San Diego’s affordable housing crisis.

This afternoon at 1:00 the Port of San Diego Board of Commissioners is meeting and two items are top of their agenda. First a new hotel on Harbor Island and second honoring former San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne.

At 2:30 the nonprofit Get Safe USA is training first-responders at the San Diego Zoo.

Today is Fat Tuesday and there’s a lot to do all over town all day today.

My top three are

First go over to any San Diego i-Hop and get some free pancakes. Starting at 7:00 AM and running all the way to 10:00 tonight they are serving free short stacks of buttermilk pancakes. Now they are asking for donations for the pancakes and all the money goes to Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. Last year they raised $52,000

Then at 11:00 AM the Helen Woodward Animal Center is throwing its second annual Doggie Gras and Fat Cat Tuesday Celebration. It’s free and open to the public.

And finally tonight in downtown San Diego the 20th annual San Diego Mardi Gras party and parade. Over 30,000 people are expected to show up and party along 5th avenue between Broadway and Harbor drive.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for October 24, 2013

Early this morning at 6:30 members of the Avocado Court Community Garden are expanding. The Escondido garden is a place for renters to grow and share their own food. Now it has the capacity to serve 18 families and after the expansion they’ll be able to serve 100.

This morning at 8:00 the San Diego Zoo is unveiling four new Tasmanian devils. They are part of the Zoo’s new Conrad Prebys Australian Outback exhibit.

At 10:15 AM Interim Mayor Todd Gloria is talking to the press about the projects he wants the city to fund out of a $120 million dollar bond. The bond is will be looked at by the council in January. Council members Marti Emerald and Mark Kersey will are joining Gloria. This press conference is replacing Gloria’s weekly open discussion with the media so he’ll take questions on other issues too.

An all-night vigil at San Diego State University in honor of the 234 alumni killed in battle will begin at 5:00 tonight. It’s part of the SDSU series of homecoming events.

And finally tonight at 5:30 the first La Costa Film Festival starts. The first film is a documentary about the seven best golfers in the world called “The Short Game”.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for August 5, 2013

Today San Diego’s Mayor Bob Filner enters a two-week intensive therapy meant to help him change his behavior in the wake of the eight sexual harassment allegations, two lecherous incident allegations, and even one incident of “weird” behavior.

Filner announced he is entering the therapy at a July 26 news conference. He said “I am responsible for my conduct and I must take responsibility”, However Filner still refuses to resign as mayor. All but one city councilperson is calling for his resignation, along with the San Diego Democratic Party, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman, several civic and business groups, and even the former mayor Jerry Sanders thinks he should resign.

Two separate recall efforts have joined forces and hope to gather the 102,000 signatures to force a recall vote.

But Filner says that he’ll receive daily briefings while in therapy and he believes he is still able to run the city.

Former San Diego cafe singer Jewel is back in San Diego today for the Global Business Travel Association’s 2013 convention. She’s talking at a luncheon at 1:15 this afternoon at the Convention Center. Former first lady Laura Bush, and ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are set to speak at the conference as well tomorrow and Wednesday.

The NFL and the San Diego Chargers are talking about new stadium security policies this morning at 10:30. The new policies change the kinds of and sizes of bags that fans can bring with them to games.

And finally this morning at 8:15 the giant panda Yun Zi is celebrating his 4th birthday with a frozen cake. You can watch that live on the San Diego Zoo’s Panda Cam.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for July 29, 2013

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More Filner Fallout. Over the weekend more revelations came to light about San Diego’s Mayor. Christopher Baker an intern in the then congressman sent a declaration to KPBS saying Bob Filner would regularly “berate and belittle woman in the office”. He also says he noticed lots of physical contact between Filner and the women working in his office.

5:00 PM tonight is the deadline from the group called “Recall Bob Filner”. They say if the Mayor doesn’t resign by then they will begin the recall effort. The group will be at the Civic Center Plaza at 4:30 tonight to talk to the media in advance of the deadline.

San Diego’s City Council is set to meet at 2:00 this afternoon. They are going to talk about Mayor Filner’s new group of nominees for the pension system Board of Administration. Also on the agenda is the dissolution of the city’s Data Processing Corporation, and zoning changes that would make construction projects easier for Scripps Memorial Hospital.

Ramiro Espinoza is on the schedule to be arraigned at 8:00 AM in Chula Vista’s courthouse for the eight-hour SWAT stand-off in Imperial Beach

And today the San Diego Zoo is hosting a party for the first birthday of the giant panda cub Xiao Liwu. The birthday boy will get a special cake made of bamboo and fruit.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 26, 2013

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San Diego’s Mayor and City Attorney are at it again. City Attorney Jan Goldsmith is now accusing Mayor Filner of allowing what the City Attorney is calling illegal marijuana dispensaries to proliferate.

In a press conference Goldsmith said “…the mayor has refused to allow case referrals to our office…”

In response the Mayor said “I’ve always enforced the law, that’s my job…”

The San Diego City Council asked Goldsmith to draft new pot shop zoning regulations to replace the current one. That is expected to take about a month.

The District Attorney is expected to file murder charges against the man accused of beating a prominent San Diego architect to death. 31-year-old Higinio Soriano Salgado worked for 56-year-old Grahm Downes and was at Downes’s house for a party and they got into a fight Salgado beat Downes so severely he is now brain dead. Salgado … arrested just after the fight ….will be in court this morning for a status conference when the new more severe charges will be filed.

This morning at 9:30 San Diego’s District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis is talking to the press about charges she’s filing against a couple that she says conned hundreds of senior citizens out of $1.9 Million. The couple will be arraigned this afternoon.

Protesters are marching at San Diego’s Federal Building today at noon. They are protesting the Department of Homeland Security’s employment audits. Protesters say that many of the people being fired for not having the proper papers would qualify as “citizenship path worthy” under a comprehensive immigration bill. They would like the President to stop the audits until the bill is passed.

This morning at 9:00 the San Diego Association of Governments Board of Directors is meeting and they will talk about extending the San Diego Trolley’s Blue line.

Today for Arbor Day there are two big events

First at 9:00 AM on campus at the University of California at San Diego volunteers will plant 23 Coast Live Oaks, 22 Torrey Pines and 19 Canary Island Pines.

Then at 10:30 the Friends of Balboa Park are having a “Tree Celebration” where people from San Diego Gas & Electric are going to talk about how to plant trees so they don’t interfere with underground or overhead electrical lines.

And finally voting to name the new koala born at the San Diego Zoo begins today. To cast your vote go to http://www.sandiegozoo.org/koalafornia . Yes i said KOALA-FORNIA

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