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San Diego Political Podcast BowlersDesk.com 4-15-14: Tijuana Tuesday | Political Podcast with Vicente Calderon from TijuanaPress.com

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Tijuana is the elephant in the room for San Diego news. Tijuana is an ignored city in San Diego news circles. Only stories that are sensational make even the back pages here in the states. And they almost always seem to be about violence.

I don’t think it because of a systemic racism. No it’s just about the dollars. The rating companies don’t give San Diego media the viewer numbers for their news product in Tijuana. So there is no way to monetize covering news just across the boarder. If the Nielsen rating company would give Tijuana number with San Diego numbers I’m sure we’d cover the city and people of Tijuana a lot more in San Diego.

However what that has done is opened the door to smaller news producers like the one i talked to for this BowlersDesk.com Political Podcast.

Journalist Vicente Calderon and I have known each other for years. He was an anchor in Los Angeles and left that to start a Tijuana based news website TijuanaPress.com.

He and his team follow all the top stories in Tijuana. He is also the go-to-guy for Tijuana news. He often field produces for American and other international media when they need someone.

He’s covered all of what we think about as stereotypical Tijuana stories … prison riots, drug murders and cartel battles. However he and his team cover the stories that don’t get coverage in American media like political debates and even the odd art opening.

We talk about media freedom and making a living as a journalist in Tijuana.

In the middle of the interview small drone started flying over our heads, file that under weird. But it shows how similar our two countries approaches to gathering news are. I know the TV station I work is defiantly looking at using a drone to gather news, not using it yet but I’m sure its coming.

I think this is a fascinating podcast and I hope you enjoy it.

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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 January 3, 2014

A suspect is in the hospital following a high speed pursuit that ended near the San Diego / Tijuana border. Last night at 6:23 the chase began on southbound Interstate 15 near Mercy Road. Authorities say the suspect hit three patrol cars while driving away in a pickup that was thought to be stolen. The pursuit came to an end near the border after officer fired on the suspect. Authorities shut down the border for over 5 hours. The suspect is expected to recover from his injuries.

A judge will hear public comment on where to put sexually violent predator Douglas Badger this morning at 9:00 in San Diego’s downtown courthouse. Authorities have decided that 70-year-old Badger OK to release. But because he is classified as a sexually violent predator he still needs to be supervised. Badger’s original 1981 conviction is for sexually assaulting men he picked up hitchhiking. Then he picked up extra time for assaulting fellow inmates while in custody. The Department of State Hospitals has proposed placing him in a trailer in far southeastern San Diego County City of Campo. He would be just over 2 miles from an elementary school.

At 1:30 this afternoon in Vista’s courthouse Luis Bolanos is on the schedule to be arraigned for taking a handgun to Palomar College and allegedly calling Sheriff’s deputies and telling them he was going to get into a shootout with them.

And finally at 11:00 AM at Spanish Landing the environmental group Wildcoast is unveiling an app that will show the latest water quality in San Diego County beaches.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for November 1, 2013

Three people are under arrest and accused of using an elaborate smuggling tunnel along the San Diego / Tijuana border to run drugs. The tunnel ran from one non-descript warehouse in Tijuana across the American/Mexican border to another non-descript warehouse in the community of Otay Mesa. It is about 20 meters underground and runs about 200 meters long and was equipped with a rail system and ventilation. Along with the three arrests authorities also seized 325 pounds of cocaine and eight tons of marijuana.

This morning at 8:30 in El Cajon’s courthouse 23-year-old April Carole Thompson will be sentenced for gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Thompson was drunk when she drove the wrong way on highway 52 slamming head on into another car killing 25-year-old Jayme Alan Midlam. Thompson is facing 10-years in prison.

Today at 1:30 PM in San Diego’s downtown courthouse Daryl Ray Cody will be arraigned and accused of obstructing a peace officer and possessing a controlled substance. A Sheriff’s Deputy was trying to evict Cody from a downtown apartment. Authorities say Cody refused to follow orders then the Deputy says he saw what he thought was a gun barrel and fired at Cody, shooting Cody in the leg. Turned out to be a three foot long plastic tube.

Another immigration reform protest is set to happen at Representative Darrell Issa’s Vista office today at 11:00 AM. Yesterday’s was anti-immigration reform and today is pro-immigration reform. San Diego Faith Leaders and dream act atavists will give Issa’s office new polling data that they say shows that Americans want immigration reform.

At the San Diego Naval Base at 9:15 this morning the U.S.S. Thach will be decommissioned after 30 years of service. Commander Hans Lynch proudly says that the Thach and her crew accomplished a lot in her long career “From conducting counter-narcotics operations to maintaining freedom on the high seas, the ship has been through a lot”.

And finally today at 12:30 this afternoon Veterans are replacing 50 worn out flags at the Avenue of Flags at the Miramar National Cemetery.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for August 22, 2013

Kidnap victim Hannah Anderson gave her first interview to the today show and it’s set to air on the east coast at 4:00 AM pacific time then re-air at 7:00 am for the west coast’s feed of the show. Last night NBC’s evening news gave a preview of the interview in that Hannah says

“In the beginning I was a victim, but now knowing everyone is out there helping me, I consider myself a survivor instead … My mom raised me to be strong”

On August 3rd James Lee DiMaggio killed Hannah’s mother and younger brother then set their home on fire Dimaggio then kidnapped Hannah taking her to a remote Idaho camp site. DiMaggio was killed there by authorities on August 10th. The reason for the murder and kidnapping is still not clear, however DiMaggio’s family thinks that he may be Hannah’s father and is asking for a paternity test.

San Diego’s Mayor Bob Filner and city officials have reached a tentative agreement after three days of mediation regarding the multiple sexual harassment claims made against him. Filner now has 18 accusers saying he behaved inappropriately with them and his former Communications Director is suing him for sexual harassment.

Details of the agreement are not public yet; however the full city council will have to approve it in a special closed door session on Friday at 1:00 PM. After that the details will be made public in an open session meeting.

At San Diego federal building this morning at 10:30 two Democratic Congress-people … Susan Davis and Scott Peters are holding a joint news conference criticizing the federal governments automatic budget cuts as a result of the budget sequestration.

At Civic Center Plaza at 11:00 AM San Diego city officials are announcing a website for the public to suggest locations for bike-sharing racks.

And finally … the Eastlake Little League All-Stars beat the Westport Little League of Westport, Connecticut last night 6 to 3 advancing to the U.S. Championship game this Saturday.

However Tijuana lost to Tokyo 5-2. The boys from TJ just had an early 2 to 1 lead but Tokyo came back first tying in the fourth then putting Tijuana well in their rear view in the fifth inning with three runs.

There could still be a Tijuana versus Eastlake match up if Tijuana is able to go undefeated today and Saturday. TJ’s muchachos del verano still have a chance.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for August 19, 2013

Today is San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s first day back at work after leaving for “intensive therapy” to deal with his problems with woman. So far 16-woman have come forward and accused Filner of things ranging from sexual harassment, putting them in headlocks and trying to kiss them, to acting bizarrely towards them. Mayor Filner was supposed to be in therapy for two weeks of “intensive therapy” but he left a week early and spent the second week off.

Yesterday marked the beginning of the recall Filner signature drive. They need 102,000 signatures to get the recall on the ballot and they have less than a month to get them

This morning at 9:30 in federal court Eduardo Arellano Felix will be sentenced for money laundering. For over 20-years Eduardo and his brothers ran the infamous Arellano Felix drug cartel in Tijuana. The cartel is controlled drug smuggling into the United States from Tijuana and they made hundreds of millions of dollars for their efforts.

At 8:00 Thousands of students are back at class in San Diego’s community colleges. This marks San Diego City College’s 100th year and Mesa College’s 50th.

And finally today at 11:30 AM Olympian Erin Hamlin from USA luge team is doing some testing in the San Diego Air and Space Museum’s wind tunnel. Hamlin is training for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for August 9, 2013

The Amber Alert for 44-year-old James Lee DiMaggio is expanding today to the entire country.

Missing Kids

DiMaggio is believed to have killed his old friend Christiana Anderson and possibly fled with her teenage daughter and 8-year-old son. Authorities also think DiMaggio may have explosives now as well.

suspect double

DiMaggio is five foot nine inches tall, weighs 150 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes.

He is thought to be driving a 2013 blue Nissan Versa sedan. California license plate 6WCU986. Anyone with any info should call San Diego County Sheriff’s Department at (858) 565-5200.

This morning at 9:00 in San Diego’s downtown courthouse the sentencing of three men in connection to a murder-for-hire plot involving the infamous Arellano Felix drug cartel. The men pleaded guilty to various charges related to the 2011 plot to kill a mother and son who owed Tijuana based cartel money. They are looking at sentences form 15 to 25 years.

At 10:00 the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority is having the official ribbon cutting for Lindbergh Field’s newly remodeled Terminal 2.

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