AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 19, 2014

San Diego County Sheriff's Department puts 43-people in custody yesterday in a daylong sweep targeting offenders released from prison because of over-crowding. During the sweep deputies went to 24-homes, riverbeds, even a trolley station in the East San Diego County cities of Santee, Lakeside and unincorporated El Cajon. Most of those arrested were released from prison because of overcrowding and supposed to be under supervision.

This morning at 9:00 San Diego City Council's Budget Committee is meeting and getting an update on how often people are renting the new central library's facilities. Library Director Deborah Barrow is going to tell the committee that since the library opened they've had and booked tons of events. Ranging from weddings, luncheons, concerts, bar and bat mitzvahs, and of course even author talks. She says they've made $41,000 so far and she's anticipating $100,000 by the end of the year.

Then at 2:00 this afternoon the council's Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee is meeting about possibly giving San Diego Police Officers cameras to record them on duty.

San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation is hosting a special Meet the Mayor luncheon for business and community leaders. All the big wigs will be rubbing elbows at the Sheraton San Diego on Harbor Island Drive at 11:30 AM.

Some of San Diego Counties Mayors are volunteering for Meals on Wheels in the annual Mayors-for-Meals-Day. At 12:30 Chula Vista's Mayor Cheryl Cox will be at the Norman Park Senior Center.

Two charitable events today

First the San Diego County Employees Charitable Organization is distributing money to 93 nonprofits at their annual awards breakfast this morning at 7:30 in the Central Library.

And at 11:00 AM San Diego Gas and Electric is starting its annual Environmental Champions initiative. They're giving away $1,000,000 to several San Diego nonprofits that encourage young people to take care of the environment.

At 10:00 AM San Diego Mesa College is opening its new $109 million dollar 206,000-square-foot math and science complex. It's got new labs, a greenhouse, and space for biology, chemistry, science, and math programs.

In court at 1:30 Abel Martinez is being arraigned in El Cajon's courthouse. He's accused of sneaking into a house his ex-girlfriend was staying at and killing her current boyfriend and shooting her.

And finally tonight at 6:00 San Diego police Chief Shelley Zimmerman and San Diego Fire Chief Javier Mainar are talking at the welcoming reception for the American Society of Industrial Security International's regional meeting. ASIS International is a security training and certification company.

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