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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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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 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 May 28, 2014

Tonight at 5:30 protesters calling for the release of Marine Corps sergeant in Mexican prison will rally at the San Ysidro border crossing for his release. Andrew Tahmooressi was arrested while crossing into Mexico with a shotgun, a rifle, a handgun and ammunition in his car.

Guns are extremely illegal in Mexico. The American consulate in Tijuana on its web site says “Don’t bring firearms or ammunition across the border into Mexico. Don’t carry a knife, even a small pocketknife, on your person in Mexico. You may become one of dozens of U.S. Citizens who are arrested each month for unintentionally violating Mexico’s strict weapons laws.”

However Tahmooressi says he crossed the border by mistake. Today Tahmooressi is having a hearing in Tijuana about his case. The Mexican legal system is very different than the American, and the process can be long.

Last night San Diego Unified District Board of Education approved a new early retirement program. 471 teachers are eligible for it and the Board says it’ll save nearly $30 million over the next five years. Of the 471 teachers eligible about a quarter have signed up for it. Most have until Friday to decide if they want the early retirement, however summer school teachers have until their last summer workday to decide. Teachers that have been with the district for 5-years and are 55-years-old with 5-years of credit in the state teachers retirement system, or those 50 to 54 with 30-years retirement credits are eligible.

Proposition 13 is on topic at the San Diego County Taxpayers Association early morning forum this morning at 7:30. Prop 13 keeps property taxes low by setting the tax rate on the value of property at the time the property was purchased. Many blame prop. 13 on the state’s education funding problems, because schools get much their funding from property taxes.

At 9:00 AM at the County Administration Center Room 358 fracking is taking center stage at a public forum. Fracking or “induced hydraulic fracturing” is when thousands of gallons of fluid-chemicals are injected into geological structures at pressures high enough to break or fracture the geology and release the oil deposited there. It’s an extremely controversial method. The public is welcome, however no placards or signs are allowed in.

At 10:00 AM Balboa Park’s centennial celebration is the topic of a press conference at Balboa Park’s reflecting pool. They boast that it’ll be a “major announcement”.

This morning at 10:00 the Chief Patrol Agent for the San Diego sector Border patrol is honoring the 90th anniversary of the U.S. Border Patrol by reading the names of agents killed in the line of duty.

Embattled Sweetwater Union High School District is on topic tonight at 6:00 at Chula Vista’s City Hall. Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox is hosting the forum.

And finally tonight at 6:30 the candidates for District Attorney are talking to the National Latina Business Women Association of San Diego and the La Raza Lawyers at the University of San Diego’s Shiley Theatre.

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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 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 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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