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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