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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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Chula Vista Teachers Enter Mediation With District

The Chula Vista Elementary School District and its teacher’s union are attempting to end a contract impasse through mediation.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 28, 2014

Reviving the Balboa Park centennial celebration is what San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Council President Todd Gloria are talking about today at 11:00 AM. The original plan put forth by former and disgraced mayor Bob Filner was canceled and the committee officially disbanded. It cost the city $2.6 million to create the committee and for them to do whatever it was they did. Many want to know where that money went; the council has requested an audit.

That aside … Faulconer and Gloria want to bring back the party but a scaled down version. Now that the city is involved again many think that corporate investment will come and the 100th anniversary of Balboa Park in 2015 will be a success.

Todd Gloria says “You can’t lose sight of the fact that our park institutions have been doing incredible work over a long period of time, with the help of the centennial group, to pull together some blockbuster presentations for 2015”

San Diego Association of Governments has a busy day today.

First at 9:00 AM the Board of Directors is meeting about a draft budget for the coming fiscal year, and buying some land for the Inland Rail Trail Project. The Inland Rail Trail Project is a proposed bike path linking train stations from San Marcos to Vista in San Diego’s North Eastern County.

Then at 12:30 this afternoon 20 elected politicians from Mexico are meeting at the SANDAG offices to talk border infrastructure. Many of the politicos are from Tijuana, Rosarito, and Tecate.

San Diego health care providers are announcing their plan to fight prescription drug abuse at 10:30 this morning at Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers on Genesee Avenue.

Security guards are tossing their hat into the income inequality debate today at 11:00 AM. In a town hall like event at 4001 El Cajon Blvd representatives from Service Employees International Union will make their case for higher pay. SEIU says that paying the guards more will “inject $244 million into the local economy”. San Diego City Councilmembers Sherri Lightner, Todd Gloria, Myrtle Cole and David Alvarez are all slated to be there as well.

One arraignment and two sentencings today all at 1:30 in San Diego’s courthouse.

Joseph Arthur Robinson is being arraigned and accused of shooting a man in the Mountain View neighborhood.

Maria Lusia Garcia, a 35-year-old mother of 10, is being sentenced for child abuse. She was convicted of felony child abuse and pleaded guilty to unlawful corporal punishment. She’s looking at up to six years in prison.

Johnnie Edwards and Mautofu Maiava convicted of robbing several people at a house party in San Marcos will also hear their fate this afternoon.

Tonight at 5:00 the San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame is having its 13th annual induction ceremony. Barrio Logan activist Rachel Ortiz and interim director of the Joan B. Kroc Center Peace and Justice Dianne Lee Aker are among the inductees.

And finally tonight at 9:00 Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15 is screening “Cesar Chavez: An American Hero” Before the movie the night club the Stingaree is hosting a cocktail party at 6:00.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for February 20, 2014

Teachers in the East San Diego County city of Alpine are striking this morning at 6:00 AM. The Alpine Teachers Association says that the Alpine School District is trying to make unacceptable cuts to their salaries. Teachers say up to 60%.

However in a tweet the district says “bargaining teams met again … Unfortunately, we were unable to reach an agreement.” And then they posted a link to their proposal.

Another San Diego Police officer is accused of sexual misconduct. Police Chief William Lansdown says the yet-to-be named officer is under investigation but has not been charged. This all comes on the heels of charges being filed against former SDPD officer Christopher Hays for sexually inappropriate contact with suspects. The latest charges come from a woman that initially accused Hays of groping her then exposing himself. She now says that Hays wasn’t the guy but another officer did it, after arresting her for suspicion of auto theft last year. In a press conference SDPD said that they are going to begin requiring at least two officers be present after woman are arrested.

At 9:00 AM in San Diego’s courthouse Laura Elshire is being sentenced for her involvement in a failed bank heist where one of her accomplices was shot.

Also at 9:00 AM in San Diego’s courthouse closing arguments start in the penalty phase for the Mexican kidnapping and murder gang Los Palillos. Jorge Rojas Lopez and Juan Estrada-Gonzalez were convicted of multiple murders in San Diego between 2004-2007. The prosecution is asking for the death penalty or life in prison.

The 2014 Maritime Economic Development Workshop starts its two-day conference this morning at 8:15. Representatives from Port Authorities from across the country will be at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront for the annual meeting.

Helping people sign up for health coverage by the March 1st federal deadline is what the North County Health Services is doing at 10:00 am in Oceanside’s Public Library.

At 10:30 this morning San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation is giving the Fire Department $20,000 worth of cable cutters. Emergency responders are going to demo the new tools by cutting a fake victim out of a car.

Tonight at 6:00 San Diego Black Police Officers Association is honoring Black History Month with a display of pre-World War II officers at the San Diego Police Museum.

And finally also at 6:00 tonight the granddaughter of Dashiell Hammett is talking about her grandfather’s book and movie “The Maltese Falcon” at the Oceanside Museum of Art.

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Political Podcast with San Diego Police Officers Association President Brian Marvel

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I’m Matthew Bowler from BowlersDesk.com.

This time Ric Epps and I sat down with the President of the San Diego Police Officers Association, Brian Marvel.

We spent about an hour chatting about San Diego Police Department and there roll in our community. Their mayoral endorsement and why they endorsed whom they did. And how the POA see’s itself when compared to other labor organizations, like the Service Employee International Union (SEIU). Also we spent a fair amount of time on pensions.

I have to apologize for a technical issue. My mic died on me just as started recording … I did lots to fix it and I think its OK. Brian and Ric both sound perfect. However I have a bit of an echo. I think its totally listenable but I just wanted to let you know so you wont think there’s something wrong with you.

Brian was great. He’s super friendly and like almost all the cops I’ve met, a great conversationalist.

So San Diego’s POA

You be the judge.

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City unions want 14.5% raises over 5 years

City unions want 14.5% raises over 5 years

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MoneySAN DIEGO – Leaders of five of the six unions that represent city of San Diego employees Wednesday publicly unveiled their offer to accept a five- year labor deal in exchange for a 14.5 percent pay raise over that time period.

Mayor Bob Filner has called for such an agreement since early in his campaign as a cost-saving measure for the city, and the concept has strong support on the City Council. However, at a recent council meeting, some members said details like the size of the salary increases were a hold-up.

“Our negotiations are somewhat stalled,” Mike Zucchet, general manager of the Municipal Employees Association, said at a news conference.

The proposed package includes labor acceptance of a major component of a pension reform initiative passed by voters last year, which limits — to base pay for five years — the compensation that employees can later use to calculate…

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for February 6, 2013

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This morning family members of a man shot and killed by San Diego police will rally and talk to the media. Last June 31-year-old Victor Ortega was shot and killed after a scuffle with an officer. Ortega’s family is claiming that he was handcuffed; however police say he was not. According to a 10-News report an autopsy says Ortega’s writs had impressions consistent with handcuffs however police say that one of the cuffs wasn’t attached. The only witness was a young man that herd the altercation from the other side of a wooden fence. The family will be talking with the media at 9am this morning in front of San Diego’s Hall of Justice.

Today the San Diego County Board of Supervisors will look at a proposed 43-acre solar energy plant. Initially the county approved the construction of the plant but then Laborers International Union of North America Local 89, the Ramona Community Planning Group, and Citizens for a Rural Ramona filed an appeal. A union representative says “There’s no question we need alternative energy, but in the right places and under the right conditions”

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