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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 29, 2014

The afternoon docket is busy today with two sentencings and two arraignments of note all at 1:30 this afternoon.

In Vista’s courthouse 19-year-old Judd Liulamaga pleaded guilty to being one of five men that robbed several people outside a San Marcos house party. Liulamaga is looking at up to 13-years in prison. Of the four men reported to be his accomplices two have been convicted. 20-year-old Mautofu Maiava got 75-years in prison … he got the extra time because of prior robbery conviction. 19-year-old Johnnie Edward got 32-years for robbery, assault, gang and gun charges. The two other alleged accomplices go to trial in August.

In Chula Vista’s courthouse Thomas Paciornik is being sentenced after pleading guilty to attempted kidnapping. He tried to abduct a 29-year-old woman from the 7-11 parking lot at Hilltop Drive and Orange Avenue back in mid-July. He grabbed her, punctured her car tire and tried to force her into his car. She fought him off and he drove away. Authorities arrested him the next day at the Viejas Casino on an unrelated charge and were able to link him to the assault because of surveillance video.

Also in Chula Vista’s courthouse Zachariah Joseph Dow is being arraigned on charges related to his 14-year-old son bringing a loaded hand gun to Hilltop High School. Dow turned himself in the same day his son brought the gun to school saying the gun is his. Dow is a felon and not allowed to own a gun. When detectives searched the Dow home they also found a 22-cliber pistol under a mattress.

In San Diego’s court Ryan Churchill and Duran Caldwell are being arraigned and accused of being the “Backdoor Bandits”. Authorities accuse the pair of over a dozen armed robberies in Claremont and La Jolla.

San Diego County Supervisors Dave Roberts and Bill Horn with District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, Sheriff Bill Gore and Palomar Health officials are all talking to the press at 11:00 AM at the County Administration Center. They are announcing plans to fund a hospital unit that helps victims of sex crimes and child abuse. Escondido’s Palomar Health Forensic Health Center is in danger of closing. The hospital unit helps to collect evidence as well as caring for the victims of sex crime and child abuse. The Golden Door Foundation is announcing it’s giving $75,000 to help the center but more is needed.

Also this morning at 11:00 San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Councilwoman Lorie Zapf are declaring today “Tony Hawk Day” at Robb Field Skate Park. The San Diego skater is being honored for his prowess on the half pipe as well as his charity work. Hawk’s foundation has raided over $5 million and helped to fund 5-hundred-44 skate parks across the country.

This afternoon at 2:00 on campus at Point Loma Nazarene University’s Golden Gym the 50th anniversary of a speech by Martin Luther King Jr will be commemorated. Dr. King gave the famous speech in 1964 inside the gym on the campus that eventually became Point Loma Nazarene University.

San Diego Unified School District is hosting its annual Salute to Excellence this afternoon at 3:30. The special ceremony recognizes students that are in the top 1% of their class.

And finally in Balboa Park’s San Diego History Center at 6:00 former San Diego City Council Tom Hom is having a book launch party for his new memoir. Hom was the first Asian member of the city council and in the book he talks about his fight for the American dream.

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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 March 19, 2014

San Diego County Sheriff’s Department puts 43-people in custody yesterday in a daylong sweep targeting offenders released from prison because of over-crowding. During the sweep deputies went to 24-homes, riverbeds, even a trolley station in the East San Diego County cities of Santee, Lakeside and unincorporated El Cajon. Most of those arrested were released from prison because of overcrowding and supposed to be under supervision.

This morning at 9:00 San Diego City Council’s Budget Committee is meeting and getting an update on how often people are renting the new central library’s facilities. Library Director Deborah Barrow is going to tell the committee that since the library opened they’ve had and booked tons of events. Ranging from weddings, luncheons, concerts, bar and bat mitzvahs, and of course even author talks. She says they’ve made $41,000 so far and she’s anticipating $100,000 by the end of the year.

Then at 2:00 this afternoon the council’s Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee is meeting about possibly giving San Diego Police Officers cameras to record them on duty.

San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation is hosting a special Meet the Mayor luncheon for business and community leaders. All the big wigs will be rubbing elbows at the Sheraton San Diego on Harbor Island Drive at 11:30 AM.

Some of San Diego Counties Mayors are volunteering for Meals on Wheels in the annual Mayors-for-Meals-Day. At 12:30 Chula Vista’s Mayor Cheryl Cox will be at the Norman Park Senior Center.

Two charitable events today

First the San Diego County Employees Charitable Organization is distributing money to 93 nonprofits at their annual awards breakfast this morning at 7:30 in the Central Library.

And at 11:00 AM San Diego Gas and Electric is starting its annual Environmental Champions initiative. They’re giving away $1,000,000 to several San Diego nonprofits that encourage young people to take care of the environment.

At 10:00 AM San Diego Mesa College is opening its new $109 million dollar 206,000-square-foot math and science complex. It’s got new labs, a greenhouse, and space for biology, chemistry, science, and math programs.

In court at 1:30 Abel Martinez is being arraigned in El Cajon’s courthouse. He’s accused of sneaking into a house his ex-girlfriend was staying at and killing her current boyfriend and shooting her.

And finally tonight at 6:00 San Diego police Chief Shelley Zimmerman and San Diego Fire Chief Javier Mainar are talking at the welcoming reception for the American Society of Industrial Security International’s regional meeting. ASIS International is a security training and certification company.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 10, 2014

A 36-year-old man held off law enforcement in standoff at the San Diego FBI field office Sunday afternoon. According to Special Agent Darrell Foxworth the suspect, William Durant, scaled the complex’s south side gate and tried to get into the building. When he wasn’t able to get inside he walked to the top of the parking garage and climbed onto the roof of the main building. Reportedly Durant was in contact with several news stations in San Diego while he was on the roof. FBI negotiators were able to talk him down after nearly 6-hours.

This morning after 9:00 AM the USS Coronado is coming home to San Diego. The Coronado is a littoral combat ship, that means it is designed to fight in the “littoral zone” which is the zone close to shore. It has a crew of 40 sailors 8 officers & 32 enlisted. Plus it can carry 35 for missions.

This afternoon at 2:00 San Diego City Council is meeting and top of the agenda is the Salary Setting Commission’s decision to freeze pay for the mayor and council-members. The mayor makes $100,000 a year and council-members $75,000. Commission Chairman Bob Ottilie says this is the first time the panel is recommending salaries stay the same. Ottilie says that part of the reason they are recommending no salary change is because of how frustrated his commission is with their recommendations being politicized. He went on to say “We pay so little that the only people who can afford to take a job as a council member or mayor [is] somebody who doesn’t earn $75,000 a year, a young person with very little experience who’s willing to devote their career to low-income, or the wealthy.”

OK here is your editorial alert …

In my opinion the chairman is way out of touch. Of course the salaries of elected officials are going to be politicized. Voters care about that kind of thing. And it’s not just the quote “young with very little experience” who earn less than $75,000 a year. The Average Median Income in San Diego for two adults working full-time with two kids is about $72,000 a year. Ottilie needs to get in touch with what the “middle” is in this city.

OK I’m off my soap box for now.

This afternoon at 1:00 the start of construction of on a new San Diego Central Courthouse kicks off with a ground breaking. Several judges and County Supervisor Greg Cox will lead the ceremony. The hope is that the new building will consolidate several departments like criminal, civil, probate, family and small claims courts under one roof.

In the soon-to-be old courthouse in San Diego this morning one case worth mentioning.

Judy Lynn Hayman is having a review hearing at 8:30 this morning. Hayman escaped from a Michigan prison 36-years ago and has been living in San Diego since. She is fighting her extradition.

Tonight at 7:00 more talk with the committee about San Diego Unified School Districts plan for the future called “Vision 2020” They’re meeting at Crawford High over in the college area if you want to stop by.

And finally at noon retired sheriff’s Captain Leland McPhie is celebrating his 100th birthday. Mcphie was with the Sheriff’s Department for 28-years and is the author of the first department policy manual for deputies working at the jails. He wrote that way back in 1940. Stop by the Sheriff’s Museum at 2384 San Diego Ave and say happy birthday.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 7, 2014

Eight Marine recruits are diagnosed with meningitis. They are all at Naval Medical Center, San Diego for treatment and testing. The tests will determine if it is bacterial or viral. Regardless, all are being isolated.

San Diego Sheriff’s Deputies arrest an 18-year-old accused of over 300 graffiti crimes totaling nearly $90,000 worth of damage. Bladimir Alexis Lopez was caught at his house in the north county city of Vista. He was booked into Vista’s jail.

Several San Diego City Council candidates file their nominating papers.

David Alvarez, Myrtle Cole and Lorie Zapf all got the 100 required signatures needed to nominate themselves for re-election.

Alvarez will run for reelection in Distract 8 and so far he only has one opponent, retired iron worker Valley Coleman III

In District 4, Cole is up against Lemon Grove School District Trustee Blanca Lopez Brown, real estate agent Tony Villafranca and former district policy adviser Bruce Williams.

Zapf is hoping to move from District 6 to District 2 … taking over the seat left vacant by Kevin Faulconer after he won the Mayor’s seat. Sarah Boot a federal prosecutor, community activist Jim Morrison and organic fertilizer marketer Mark Schwatz are all hoping to beat Zapf.

And the seat left vacant by Zapf’s district move is up for grabs. Taxpayers Association Vice President Chris Cate, special education assistant Jane Glasson, education consultant Carol Kim, community and veterans activist De Le, and ex-San Diego Unified School District Trustee Mitz Lee are all going to slug it out for the District 6 seat.

Our new Mayor, Kevin Faulconer, has a lot going on today: the last day of his first week. First at 9:30 this morning Faulconer is going to Tijuana for his first official visit with Tijuana’s Mayor Jorge Astiazaran. They are talking trade and border infrastructure. Then at 1:30 Faulconer is back in San Diego talking with the press about his trip to Tijuana for those reporters unable to go with him.

At 9:00 AM the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials’ Educational Fund is meeting with 60 members from across the southwest at the Rancho Bernardo Inn. They are talking about education policies for the new accountability system.

At 5:30 tonight Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez is honoring her districts “Woman of the Year” for their work in organized labor, healthcare and education.

There are two sentencings of note today.

First in San Diego’s courthouse at 9:00 AM Michael Tesfa is being sentenced for beating and raping a woman near San Diego’s Old Town.

Then at 1:30 this afternoon in Chula Vista’s court Miranda Mae Gallegos will hear her fate for stabbing and killing her ex-boyfriend.

Over 375 graduate and undergraduate students from San Diego State University are showing off their original research projects at SDSU’s Love Library. Some of the things on display are bacterial growth patterns in public bathrooms and treatment outcomes for minorities with breast cancer.

And finally at 6:00 tonight the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority is hosting a symposium about the role of art and culture in city life.

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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 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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