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 15, 2014

San Diego politics is busy today. At 10:00 AM San Diego’s City Council is meeting and the top things on their agenda are …. Honoring the San Diego State University men’s basketball team for their stellar season, by declaring today “SDSU Men’s Basketball Day” … Changing committee assignment because of Ed Harris’s appointment to the council to finish off Mayor Faulconer’s term now that he’s mayor. And at 2:00 this afternoon Mayor Faulconer is making the official presentation of his budget proposal.

This morning at 9:00 Veterans Village of San Diego is hosting a town hall about state proposition 41. Speaker John Perez, Speaker-Elect Toni Atkins, Assembly Member Brian Maienschein and Assembly Member Shirley Weber are all slated to attend. Prop 41 authorizes California to sell $600 million dollars in bonds to fund housing for homeless veterans.

At noon the county’s annual report card on child and families will be released. The report talks about things like teen pregnancy, poverty, smoking and obesity.

At 1:00 this afternoon the Port of San Diego Board of Commissioners are meeting and on the agenda is a proposal to raise the Tuna Harbor parking lot meter prices by 50 cents an hour.

Waiving building height limits for a parking lot is top of the agenda for the Chula Vista City Council this afternoon at 2:00.

Two political endorsements today.

1: First at 10:00 AM the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association is endorsing Republican congressional hopeful Carl DeMaio. This group was first formed to help sponsor California’s Proposition 13 in 1978. Many blame prop 13 for many funding problems that California schools have. The group has evolved into an anti-tax group. Among other things the group is trying to suspend is the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.

2: Then at 11:00 AM the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce is endorsing Councilwoman Lorie Zapf’s city council re-election and Chis Cate’s run for the district six council seat. They are both republicans running for a quote “non-partisan” seat.

Opera singers are suing the dying San Diego Opera. The singers have 2-years left on their contract and say that the Opera has to go to arbitration to figure out how much to pay them. So the signers want a federal judge to force arbitration.

In court today two things worth talking about.

1: At 9:00 AM in El Cajon’s courthouse closing arguments begin in the trial of Kassim Alhimidi. He’s accused of beating his wife to death.

2: And at 1:30 Pedro Zurita is being arraigned and accused of killing his estranged wife and leaving her body in the parking lot of wear she worked in Carlsbad.

And finally this morning at 10:40 San Diego Unified School District is announcing a $716,000 thousand-dollar grant from the Defense Department. The grant is supposed to help military kids get into Advanced Placement classes.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 14, 2014

Early this morning at 12:42 San Diego Fire Dispatchers got several called about several fires in the Grant Hill and Logan Heights neighborhoods. Turns out there were around 7 fires all in fires in trash cans, planters and tree fires all near 28th, 29th and 30th street between the 94 freeway and Commercial St. No one was hurt, no homes were damaged, no arrests have been made yet and investigators are working it.

The National Weather Service says that high winds with gusts up to 60-miles-per-hour are possible near San Diego’s coastal foothills today. They say to watch out for broken tree limbs and other debris falling into the streets.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer is presenting his budget proposal for the coming fiscal year to the city council this afternoon. But before that at 12:30 he’s talking to the press about it.

The nearly three billion dollar budget proposal includes $300 million dollars for quote “capital projects”. That stuff like fixing sidewalks, streetlights, fire stations and storm drains.

The Mayor wants to increase that kind of infrastructure spending by 66 percent. Then the City Council is going to pour over the budget proposal and make the changes they want. They need to approve the budget by June and it’ll take effect on July 1st.

The City Council is meeting about more than just Faulconer’s budget proposal this afternoon. At 2:00 they are also looking at possibly revising the Purchasing and Contracting dollar amounts that require council approval and the city’s undergrounding program. The undergrounding program is about the city moving power, phone and other overhead cables underground.

And finally at 7:00 paleoclimatologist Jeffrey Severinghous is talking about climactic history at the Birch Aquarium. He did his research buy drilling thousands of feet into ice sheets and analyzing the layers. I wonder what he has to say about climate change.

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1 killed, 1 arrested in Carlsbad homicide

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1 killed, 1 arrested in Carlsbad homicide

Originally posted on FOX5 San Diego – San Diego news, weather, traffic, sports from KSWB:

unnamed C ARLSBAD, Calif. – A woman was found dead in her place of employment’s parking lot in Carlsbad and a 49-year-old man was jailed today in connection with her death.

Someone called police shortly before 8 p.m., Saturday to check on a woman who had been working at a business in the 5700 block of Van Allen Way near Faraday Avenue, according to the Carlsbad Police Department.

Arriving officers found the woman’s body in the parking lot of a business park and determined she had been the victim of a homicide, police officials said.

Pedro Rosalino Zurita was arrested after authorities followed investigative leads and was later booked into the Vista Detention Facility for suspicion of first degree murder, according to police and jail records.

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Meet the 2014-15 Charger Girls

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Meet the 2014-15 #Charger Girls

Originally posted on FOX5 San Diego – San Diego news, weather, traffic, sports from KSWB:

San Diego – The San Diego Chargers unveiled the 2014 Charger Girls today, the 28-member dance squad was selected from among nearly 300 talented hopefuls.

“I was really impressed with the deep pool of talent that auditioned for this year’s team,” Charger Girls Director Lisa Simmons said. “We had to make some tough decisions to select the final 28 girls. That strong competition has ensured we’ll have one of our finest squads ever.”

Dancers from across the nation showed up Sunday for preliminary auditions. From the first round of auditions, 71 finalists were selected to move on to panel interviews and a final dance routine.  The final squad was chosen Thursday night at the end of the five-day audition process.

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The squad is made up of women with a variety of backgrounds and ranged in age from 18 to 31. There are 14 returning veterans and 14 first-time Charger Girls…

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 11, 2014

Hillary Clinton is appearing via satellite at the California Medical Association’s 17th annual Western Health Care Leadership Academy. Originally Clinton was supposed to show up but her representatives say that due to a scheduling conflict she’s unable to. However protesters angry over how the then Secretary of State handled the Benghazi attacks and subsequent congressional hearings, say she’s not showing because of them. Along with the Benghazi protesters people in favor of a single payer health care system are going to be marching at the conference. The conference starts at 8:00 AM. Hillary Clinton’s satellite appearance is at 10:30 AM. Universal health care advocates and the Benghazi protesters are rallying at 9:30 AM, however not together.

This could be the last weekend for Opera in San Diego. The San Diego Opera says that could close after Sunday’s performance of “Don Quixote” unless some money comes through. The Opera’s Director of Education, Nicolas Reveles, says that they have about 50 full time staffers, and contribute about $7 million to San Diego’s economy. He also says that they need about $10 million for one more season.

In court today one sentencing and two arraignments.

First at 8:45 this morning in San Diego’s courthouse Zewoinesh Badasso is hearing her fate for strangling her 7-month-old baby son.

Then at 1:30 this afternoon in El Cajon’s courthouse Leila Farmer is being arraigned and accused of beating up a shop owner during a robbery

Also at 1:30 in El Cajon Kevin Oshea Knight will be arraigned and accused of two home-invasion robberies, two commercial robberies and 4 vehicle thefts during a violent crime spree.

Representatives from 17 of San Diego regional tribal governments are coming together at the Barona Indian Reservation to meet with the San Diego Association of Governments. They’re talking about policy issues.

Two professors from San Diego State University are releasing a report that contradicts the federal finding that Southeast San Diego is a “food desert”. Pascale Joassart-Marcelli and Fernando Bosco have put together a study of their own about the food options for the community in Southeastern San Diego. The official release of the study is at 5:00 tonight at the Educational Cultural Complex on Ocean View Blvd.

And finally tonight at 7:00 “Seussical the Musical” opens at Cal State San Marcos.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 10, 2014

The Princess Cruises line ship Crown Princess is pulling into San Diego with 83 people onboard sick with norovirus. The ship has over 3000 passengers and over 11-hundred crew. In a statement Princess Cruises says …

“Some passengers aboard a cruise ship touring the West Coast are having a rough trip … All individuals who are ill (currently 66 passengers and 17 crew members), have been isolated in their cabins until they are not contagious … none of the passengers elected to leave the ship and that everyone onboard is instructed to frequently wash their hands”

The ship is pulling in between 7:00 and 8:00 AM

This morning after 8:30 the USS McClusky is leaving San Diego this morning for a deployment in Central and South America. The guided-missile frigate and its 215 sailors are going to be working with other countries to stop drug trafficking. Two-years ago in a similar operation the McClusky seized over 10-thousand pounds of cocaine.

This morning at 9:30 San Diego Unified School District is hosting a talk with parents about how autism can evolve over the life of an autistic person.

At noon a new report that compares and contrasts how cities use solar energy systems is being released by the environmental advocacy group Environment California. Reportedly San Diego is one of California’s leading cities.

At 5:30 tonight the Environmental Health Coalition is hosting its annual awards party called 2014 Awards Celebration: Victory for Healthy Communities. The Barrio Logan community plan update is sure to be on the tips of their tongs.

And finally tonight at 5:00 the last 70-finalists are competing for the open 28-Chargers Girls spots. Winners are going to be announced Friday.

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USS Vandegrift sailors talk about rescuing family

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USS Vandegrift sailors talk about rescuing family

Originally posted on FOX5 San Diego – San Diego news, weather, traffic, sports from KSWB:

[trib_ndn vid=25797728]SAN DIEGO — The USS Vandegrift pulled into port Wednesday afternoon carrying a crew pleased with how they carried out their unexpected mission of rescuing a family stranded at sea. USS Vandergrift

“I will say this is not something you train for. The fact my crew was able to turn on a dime — get ready for a real-life rescue mission was amazing,” said U.S. Navy Lt. Cdr. Daryl Robbin.

The USS Vandegrift was off the coast of Southern California Friday when it was re-directed south to help Eric and Charlotte Kaufman and their two daughters — Cora and Lyra, ages 3 and 1.  The family’s 36-foot boat, the Rebel Heart, lost power about 1,000 miles off the coast of Cabo San Lucas and their youngest daughter fell ill.

The day before, the California Air National Guard’s 129th Rescue Wing sent a four-man Guardian Angel team that parachuted into the ocean…

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School officials back minimum wage hike

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School officials back minimum wage hike

Originally posted on FOX5 San Diego – San Diego news, weather, traffic, sports from KSWB:

sdusd sign SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Unified School District Board of Education tonight threw its unanimous backing behind a proposal to ask voters in November to raise the minimum wage and require five paid sick days for all people working in San Diego.

The minimum wage in California is $8 per hour. The state plans an increase to $9 an hour in July and $10 an hour in 2016.

Several San Diego City Council began a push last month to get a measure on the ballot that would increase the minimum wage in the city ahead of the planned state hikes.

On Monday, City Council’s Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee gave Council President Todd Gloria and the City Attorney’s Office the go ahead to draft a ballot measure that would mandate a “meaningful” increase to the minimum wage.

If ultimately approved, the increase could be phased in to give…

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Rescued family to arrive at North Island this morning

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Rescued family to arrive at North Island this morning

Originally posted on FOX5 San Diego – San Diego news, weather, traffic, sports from KSWB:

[trib_ndn vid=25794414]SAN DIEGO — The San Diego family rescued from their sailboat about 1,000 miles west of Cabo San Lucas after their 1-year-old daughter became seriously ill is expected to arrive in port this morning at around 9:30 a.m.
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Eric Kaufman with daughters Cora (l) and Lyra (r)

After rescue swimmers with the California Air National Guard parachuted to the family’s disabled 36-foot boat, where 1-year-old Lyra was given medication for a fever and rash, the family was put aboard the guided missile frigate USS Vandergrift on Sunday.

Eric and Charlotte Kaufman, Lyra and 3-year-old Cora were about two weeks into what they hoped to be an around-the-world sailing odyssey when the sailboat lost its steering and Lyra became seriously ill.

The rescue has sparked a debate over whether such young children should be taken on life-threatening adventures. Some critics have called for the family to cover the costs of…

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