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UC San Diego Annual Halloween Pumpkin Drop Breaks Record

For the past 40 years a massive Halloween pumpkin has been dropped of the 11th floor of U-C San Diego’s Tioga Hall. This year’s pumpkin weighed 500 pound and had 100 pounds of candy stuffed in side.

Hundreds of UC San Diego students came out to watch the traditional Halloween pumpkin drop. The drop broke a 15-year splat radius record.

The previous record holding drop was in 1995. Students dropped a 398-pound pumpkin that sent its bits and candy flying just over 100 feet.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 21, 2014

The 684-foot USS Summerset is coming home to San Diego this afternoon around 1:30. It’s the third of three ships for the Navy named in honor of the 9/11 attacks. The Summerset is named after Summerset County which is the county wear United Airlines Flight 93 crashed near Shanksville Pennsylvania. The amphibious transport dock ship was commissioned on March 1st. It has a crew of about 400, can transport 1,200 Marines, carry helicopters and deliver cargo.

Three U.S. Coast Guard mariners are being honored this afternoon at 3:00. Last May they rescue a father and his two adult sons from their capsized boast off coast near La Jolla.

In court today three sentencing’s of note..

In San Diego’s courthouse at 9:30 Phillip and Roselia Kubeck along with Earl Allen are being sentenced for bringing people into the United States through a hole in border fence then flying them in a small private plane all over the country.

Still in San Diego but at 1:30 Shawn Moore is being sentenced. Moore was caught during a robbery, tried to run away, tripped, fell and was hit by a car.

Also at 1:30 but in Vista’s courthouse Robert James Lynch is being sentenced for after pleading guilty to charges he related to a carjacking.

At 10:00 AM Earth Week at University of California San Diego starts today and to kick it off students are going to sort 1,000 pounds of trash. In the annual demo the refuse is dumped along UC San Diego’s International House Walk and is supposed to show how much of our trash can be recycled.

At 11:00 AM the non-profit the Equinox Center is releasing its annual Quality of Life Dashboard. It shows a bunch of environmental info for San Diego like water quality and consumption, transportation and land use.

At noon Supervisor Greg Cox is starting this year’s mosquito eradication campaign with the unveiling of a new app for your smartphone devoted to tracking the West Nile virus.

And finally at 7:00 tonight San Diego Unified School District is giving a talk about how to support our kids so they can successes at school.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for January 22, 2014

A self-styled “Campaign Guru” is accused of funneling half a million dollars into local campaigns and plotting to fire San Diego’s current Police Chief then pick the new one. 41-year-old Ravneet Singh owner ElectionMall Inc. was arrested on Friday by the FBI and was in a San Diego’s federal court yesterday. Former San Diego Police Detective Ernesto Encinas is also named in the complaint and accused of working with Signh. The government says that Encinas oversaw the security of the person referred to as the “the foreign national” in the complaint. The government alleges that from 2011 to 2013 Signh and Encinas helped the foreigner donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to a string of candidates. Including the San Diego’s 2012 mayoral election and the 2013 special election for mayor. While Singh was officially accused in court it’s not yet known if Encinas’s will be accused as well.

The FBI says

“Foreign nationals are prohibited from making any contributions or expenditures in connection with any American electoral campaign—whether at the federal, state or local level.”

In an attempt to limit the spread of this season’s flu Scripps Health hospitals are adding restrictions to visitors. Now all visitors will be screened and if they’ve got flu-like symptoms they won’t be allowed in and Kids under 14 are not allowed in … unless they or their parents have an appointment.

Scripps Chief Medical Officer Dr. James LaBelle says

“We ask that visitors follow these new guidelines so that we can maintain the safest possible environment for everyone.”

It’s the first day of class for San Diego State University’s spring semester and a bunch of events celebrating the brand new 206,000 square foot Aztec Center start today at 9:00 AM. The building cost $104 million to build. It has restaurants, a bowling alley, theater, ballroom, meeting rooms, and student government offices.

At 6:40 AM Tiger Woods is scheduled to tee off at the Zurich Pro-AM. This is part of the festivities leading up to the Farmers Insurance Open at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla.

This morning at around 7:00 hundreds of people will officially become citizens at San Diego’s Golden Hall.

At 10:30 San Diego’s interim Mayor Todd Gloria is launching a multi-million dollar tourism marketing campaign.

And at 3:00 this afternoon petitions in opposition to the linkage fee will be turned in. The linkage fee is a fee charged to all non-residential construction. The fee originally was 1 point 5 percent then in the mid 90’s it was lowered to point 75 percent and now some city leaders want to raise it back to the original rate. The money raised helps to fund affordable housing. Opponents say if the fee is increased it will hurt business expansion.

Kenneth Hamilton will be in Vista’s courthouse this afternoon at 1:30 and he wants to change a guilty plea. Originally Hamilton pleaded guilty to manslaughter for his part in the murders of two teens at Oceanside’s Libby Lake Park.

And finally tonight at 6:00 in the University of California San Diego’s Great Hall the good life and being happy are the topic for a series of lectures. Tonight’s is called “Ben Franklin and the American Dream”

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for September 6, 2013

Today marks the start of the nominating period for mayoral candidates. They have to pick up the nominating papers, gather 200 signatures, and return the papers to the City Clerk’s office by September 20th. Out of the 23 candidates that have expressed interest the top two at this time are Nathan Fletcher and Kevin Faulconer. However former City Attorney Mike Aguirre and City Councilman David Alverez also say they intend to run. Among the 20 or so other lesser known candidates are Artist, Educator, Consultant and Community Organize Matthew “Eyeball” Islom, gun rights advocate Lincoln Pickard, and cab driver David Tasem.

This morning at 9:00 the University of California, San Diego is hosting the County’s annual flu summit. The County’s public health officer Dr.Wilma Wooten is a featured speaker along with other regional and national health experts.

It’s going to be HOT in San Diego today. The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for San Diego County’s valley arias, like El Cajon. Temperatures are expected to be over 100 degrees.

Today there are a lot of fun things to do.

First at 2:00 this afternoon the San Diego Triathlon Classic’s sports and fitness expo will begin at Moment Cycle Sport.

Then at 6:00 tonight a special reception for the Woman in Mariachi exhibit at the Women’s Museum of California. They’ll even have woman mariachi performers. It’s all in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month

And finally at 7:30 tonight the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe will be read by performers from Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges. The two nights of creepy poetry can be heard in Room 220 at Grossmont College.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for July 16, 2013

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Bob Filner is still San Diego’s Mayor despite angry cries for his resignation. Yesterday former San Diego Councilwoman Donna Frye was yelling her sexual harassment allegations from the steps of city hall. Frye says that the Mayor aggressively kissed and groped women.

Filner did respond to the allegation with interviews for a few select stations. No one knows what the criteria were for getting the sit-down with the mayor.

Are they friendlier to the administration?

Did they submit question lists before hand?

Did the Mayor choose the reporter for personal reasons?

Was there some other kind of “arrangement”?

However it is worth noting that they were all male reporters And the first station to get the interview is the former employer of the Mayor’s Media Relation person.

In court today two sentencing’s of note. Both in Chula Vista’s courthouse at 1:30.

Former elementary school tutor Carlos Ojeda is scheduled to be sentenced for molesting a young relative.

Then Manuel Cadena, Oswoldo Mariscal, and Paul Mariscal are being sentenced for a gang shooting that injured two men.

The county’s politicos have more than just Bob Filner to deal with today

First at 9:00 AM San Diego’s County Board of Supervisors is meeting about a comprehensive energy plan, early prisoner release because of overcrowding, and the 75th anniversary of the County Administration Building. That’s the building at 1600 Pacific Coast Highway if you would like to go and check it out.

This afternoon at 1:00 the Port of San Diego Board of Commissioners is meeting about their budget and the shipyards seafloor sediment removal.

At 2:00 PM San Diego’s City Council is meeting about updating their annual district assessments.

Law enforcement around the county has a few extra things on their plates today.

In National City Police is hosting some German detectives who are here as part of a bi-national officer-exchange programmed.

Sheriff’s Deputies in El Cajon are conducting an “Active Shooter” drill at Grossmont College starting at 2:00 this afternoon. The eight hours drill will simulate a shooter on a rampage and give Deputies a chance go over the techniques used when confronting that kind of suspect.

And Rex Picket the author of “Sideways” announced his donation to the University of California at San Diego’s library. Picket graduated from UCSD in 1976 and is giving several of his personal papers for the libraries special collection.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 21, 2013

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This morning at 6:00 University of California hospital health care workers are hitting the picket line in San Diego and all across California. Members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299 want a new contract. Union officials say that all non-essential surgeries have been canceled and staff will shift around so as not to endanger patient care. Hospital officials say the strike could cost upwards of $20 million. At 10:30 AM hospital representatives will respond to the strikers in a press conference at the UC San Diego Medical Center Hillcrest on 200 West Arbor Drive.

Polls open in a hotly contested special election for two important races. First the District 4 seat on the San Diego City Council. Former police officer Myrtle Cole is up against activist Dwayne Crenshaw. And the 80th California State Assembly seat will be decided too. Labor activist Lorena Gonzalez is up against Chula Vista Councilman Steve Castaneda. The polls open at 7:00 AM

San Diego City Council is meeting this morning at 10:00. Two items on of note the agenda. First a more than $187,000 settlement on a San Diego Police officer’s excessive force suit. Second money to make an assessment of what repairs Balboa Park’s Starlight Bowl may need.

County Supervisor Dianne Jacob will join fire officials at 11:00 AM in a press conference to talk about protecting homes against wildfires.

This evening at 5:00 San Diego Unified School District is honoring its “Classified Employees of the Year”. The School District describes Classified employees as being “the non-teaching, support personal that include Special Education Assistants, Library Technicians, custodians, office staff and other key employees.”

And finally at 9:00 AM a two-day symposium starts about the validity and challenges of building interstellar space ships and long term space travel on campus at the University of California at San Diego’s Qualcomm Institute, in Atkinson Hall at 9500 Gilman Drive.

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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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