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San Ysidro School District Teachers Strike

“Teachers in the San Ysidro School District went on strike Wednesday after last-minute negotiations with the school district failed to produce a new contract.

“Teachers are being forced to pay for the mistakes that our school board has been making all this time,” said Ray Lozada who was one of 44 teachers striking at Willow Elementary, the largest school in the San Ysidro district. Lozada is a seventh grade history teacher.”

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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 6, 2014

This morning at 8:00 power company executives from across the country are taking about how they quote “operate, plan, build, regulate and invest in electric power transmission systems in Western North America” at the TransForum West conference. At first blush this may sound a bit wonk’ish but think about how much political power Sempra Energy has. Those are the kind of people meeting at the Marriott in the Gaslamp Quarter. These are the people that keep the lights on.

At 9:00 AM the San Diego County Board of Supervisors is meeting about their proposed budgets for the next two-years, regulating e-cigarettes and fighting Alzheimer’s disease.

San Diego City Council is also meeting at 9:00. They’re continuing the hearing on next years proposed budget. Infrastructure and public works are the topics du-jour.

This afternoon at 1:00 the Port of San Diego Board of Commissioners is talking about what they can do the deal with San Diego’s homeless problem and developing Chula Vista’s bay front.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection or CAL FIRE is talking to the press at 11:30 this morning about Wildfire Awareness Week at their San Diego headquarters on Jamacha Road at 11:30 AM.

Tonight at 5:00 the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education is celebrating the district’s Teachers of the Year at the Lewis Middle School auditorium.

And finally tonight at 5:00 San Diego County’s Office of Education is honoring several student filmmakers at the 13th annual Innovative Video in Education Awards gala. My favorite in the Kindergarten to Second grade category is “Eat, Potty, Play”

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San Diego AM Briefing BowersDesk.com 5-6-14:
Electricity and how we get it at the TransFrom West Con.
Cal Fire and wildfire awareness week
Teachers of the year
Student filmmaker awards

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 8, 2014

Chula Vista’s Sweetwater Union High School District and representatives from the Sweetwater Teachers Association are back at the bargaining table today, according to the UTSanDiego.com. The teachers have been locked in a pitch battle over medical benefits and pay with the corruption plagued district for months now. Teachers voted to authorize a strike should negotiations reach a stale-mate.

The ex-superintendent of the Sweetwater Union High School District pleaded guilty last week to one felony count of taking a gift and the misdemeanor of not reporting the gift. He’s one of many district board members with criminal charges filed against them all stemming from a corruption scandal. The negotiations are sure to be tense.

In San Diego the city council was super busy yesterday. They picked Ed Harris to fill Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s now vacant council seat. Harris is a retired Marine, lifeguard, and head of the San Diego lifeguard’s union. He got the support of David Alvarez, Mark Kersey, Sherri Lightner, Scott Sherman and Lorie Zapf. Harris will sit on the council until the winner of this year’s election takes over.

According to a series of studies, San Diego is not doing that good of a job with its $50 million dollar technology upgrade. Oh it gets worse … this is something that was started years ago. The studies are going to be giving to the council today and were done by a Chicago firm Huron Consulting Group. The reports looked at a bunch of things that make the city work along with the I.T. upgrade. Real estate assets, fleet maintenance, purchasing and contracting just to name a few. The I.T. program called a SAP system started way back in 2007 and still isn’t up to speed.

S-A-P stands for System Analysis and Program. A SAP system is a digital system that helps run key parts of an organizations operation. For example Accounts Payable, Travel, Risk Management and the like.

It’s all being presented to the council today at 10:00 AM

Disgraced former San Diego mayor Bob Filner’s pension is cut to $1,800 a year as part of his sentence compliance. Filner pleaded guilty to false imprisonment and battery after three women accused him of sexual harassment. However he does still get about $1600 a month in city pension benefits. Filner just came off of house arrest and had a GPS-monitoring device removed.

And finally today is free cone day at Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. They’ll be asking for donations for the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA while the free ice cream is scooped

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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 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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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 7, 2013

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Three hikers from San Diego County are still missing in the San Bernardino Mountains this morning. David Yoder, Ryan Shankles, and Miguel De La Torre went hiking Saturday from Fish Creek Trail to San Gorgonio Peak. They expected to be back by nightfall and did not have overnight gear with them. San Bernardino Sheriff’s re-starts their search this morning at 6:30.

County government is busy today. San Diego County Board of Supervisors is being giving its budget proposal for the next two years. They plan their budget two years at a time. The 2013-2014 budget is for 4.97 billion dollars. It is a 2.5 percent increase over last year. And the 2014-2015 budget proposal is for 4.81 billion dollars.

At noon County Supervisors Greg Cox and Dave Roberts are talking to the media about their campaign to find adoptive parents for kids in the foster program. They have 400 foster families now but need 45 more homes for kids in need.

And at 1:30 this afternoon Supervisor Ron Roberts is talking about the 14th annual lawn mower exchange program. The program takes gas-powered mowers in exchange for new electric mowers at a special low price.

Finally today at 4:30 PM San Diego Unified School District is celebrating its “Day of the Teacher”. Teachers are being honored at a late afternoon event at Kearny High School.

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