AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 24, 2014

The strike of 13,000 hospital workers has been narrowly averted. Over the weekend union and University of California hospitals came to an agreement after marathon negotiations. Picketing was supposed to start this morning at 7:00 AM at hospitals run by the University of California In San Diego that meant hospitals in Hillcrest and La Jolla would be affected. Kathryn Lybarger, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees or AFSCME Local 3299 says the new agreement "reflects compromise on both sides, improves safety in UC hospitals, and honors the important contributions to patient care technical workers" The union's 22,000 members will vote on the new contract on March 26 & 27 ... that’s this Wednesday and Thursday.

The U.S. Justice Department is talking to the press today at 11:00 AM about how they are going to help the San Diego Police Department set up an Office of Community Oriented Policing Services or COPS Office. The COPS office is being set up as a result of several incidents of officer misconduct.

At the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation tonight at 6:00 San Diego's new police Chief Shelley Zimmerman is meeting with several people form the Southeastern San Diego area that say the SDPD is racially profiling them. In this town hall style meeting called "Meet the Chief" Chief Zimmerman says she hopes to instill a "culture of excellence" and that officers not living up to this standard will not be tolerated.

San Diego City Council has a full docket today.

First at 9:00 AM the Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee is getting together and talking about a ballot measure that will raise San Diego's minimum wage and require employers give five sick-days to employees.

Then at 2:00 the full council gets together and they are talking about who get some federal block grants for community development. They're also talking about using a $1,000,000 city budget surplus to keep homeless shelters open three months longer than they are now.

wait … there’s a million dollars budget surplus? I’m going to look into that.

In Vista's courthouse at 1:30 college student Samuel Ruiz is being sentenced for sending threatening messages following the murder of a 13-year-old and 15-year-old at a park. Ruiz and his threats have no relation to the murders; this was some kind of prank, however threatening someone over the phone is a crime.

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