BC-SD Budget
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BC-SD Budget

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   SAN DIEGO BUDGET FOR THURSDAY, APRIL 17
   By City News Service

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contacts on individual criminal court cases, Paul Levikow of the District
Attorney's Office can be reached at (619) 531-3536.

    7 a.m. SAN DIEGO - Nearly two dozen college teams from the U.S., Canada
and the United Arab Emirates will take part in the ``International Collegiate
Business Strategy Competition'' sponsored by the University of San Diego. Bahia
Resort Hotel, 998 W. Mission Bay. Contact: Liz Harman, USD, (619) 260-4682;
Robin Murphy, (858) 775-6967.

   /// 8:15 a.m. SAN DIEGO - A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Roger
Jerone McDowell, who allegedly gunned down his pregnant girlfriend after
showing up at her Mission Valley workplace with a bouquet of roses. Dept. 11,
San Diego County Courthouse, 220 W. Broadway. Contact: court clerk, (619) 531-
4005.

   8:30 a.m. SAN DIEGO - A readiness conference is scheduled for John
Garland Pierce, an Oceanside man accused of setting his ex-wife's garage on
fire, causing a minor explosion at her condominium complex in Vista. Dept. 31,
San Diego County Courthouse, 220 W. Broadway. Contact: court clerk, (619) 615-
6899.

   8:30 a.m. SAN DIEGO - A readiness conference is scheduled for Eddie
Lopez Montanez and Steve Lopez Montanez. The brothers are accused in the
robbery, rape and fatal shooting of a Golden Hill woman in Balboa Park nearly
22 years ago. Dept. 31, San Diego County Courthouse, 220 W. Broadway. Contact:
court clerk, (619) 615-6899.

   8:50 a.m. VISTA - A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Cory Byron, a
DUI suspect accused of jumping off the San Diego-Coronado Bridge while carrying
an Oceanside police dog that did not survive the plunge. Dept. 5, North County
Regional Center, 325 S. Melrose Drive. Contact: court clerk, (760) 940-4467.

   9 a.m. EL CAJON - A readiness conference is scheduled for Peter
Battaglia, a Vista man accused of molesting at least two children over several
years at his homes in Vista and Santee. Dept. 2, East County Regional Center,
250 E. Main St. Contact: court clerk, (619) 441-4271.

   9 a.m. EL CAJON - A readiness conference is scheduled for Anthony L.
Taylor, who is accused of slashing his estranged wife twice in the face after
confronting her on an East County trolley. Dept. 2, East County Regional
Center, 250 E. Main St. Contact: court clerk, (619) 441-4271.

   9 a.m. EL CAJON - The defense will begin presenting its case in the
trial of Daniel Cardiola Lopez, an alleged immigrant smuggler charged with
murder for allegedly causing a head-on crash near Ocotillo Wells that killed
two people in his truck. Dept. 17, East County Regional Center, 250 E. Main St.
Contact: court clerk, (619) 441-4801.

   9 a.m. EL CAJON - Testimony will continue in the trial of Joaquin Jose
Ruiz and Joshua Christopher Diaz. The alleged El Cajon gang members are accused
of beating and torturing three acquaintances at a home in Alpine during the
Thanksgiving 2006 weekend. Dept. 12, East County Regional Center, 250 E. Main
St. Contact: court clerk, (619) 441-4627.

   /// 9 a.m. SAN DIEGO - Testimony will conclude, then closing arguments
will be presented in the trial of Steven Castaneda. The Chula Vista city
councilman is accused of lying to a county grand jury investigating whether he
got special treatment in an apartment rental deal. Dept. 55, San Diego County
Courthouse, 220 W. Broadway. Contact: court clerk, (619) 531-3860.

   9 a.m. SAN DIEGO - Utility company executives and elected officials will
hold a news conference in Balboa Park to announce the construction of two
solar power projects in Imperial County, touted as a way to achieve
California's 20 percent renewable energy mandate. Reuben H. Fleet Science
Center Courtyard, near the fountain. Contact: Buz Schott, PR, (619) 884-2066;
David Johnson, (619) 977-3515; Delaney Hunter, (916) 813-1105.

   9:30 a.m. SAN DIEGO - Local high school students will take part in a
mock trial competition sponsored by the Thomas Jefferson School of Law. San
Diego Superior Court Judges Charles Gill, Melinda Lasater and Francis Devaney
will preside over the competition. Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 2121 San
Diego Ave. Contact: Chris Saunders, law school, (619) 297-9700.

   10:45 a.m. SAN DIEGO - Baja California Gov. Jose Guadalupe Osuna Millan
will discuss cross-border relations in conjunction with a UC San Diego-
sponsored event to announce new academic and research agreements between the
U.S. and Mexico. UCSD, Institute of the Americas, 9500 Gilman Drive. Contact:
Barry Jagoda, UCSD, (858) 534-8567.

    12:15 p.m. SAN DIEGO - The American Lung Association and the Tobacco
Free Communities Coalition will honor an East Village bar/eatery that has
implemented a smoke-free outdoor dining policy. The Tilted Kilt, 310 10th Ave.
Contact: Maylin Chavez, Institute for Public Strategies, (619) 977-0293.

   12:30 p.m. ESCONDIDO - County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price will sponsor a
health fair for seniors, featuring fitness demonstrations and medical
screenings. Joslyn Senior Center, 210 Park Ave. Contact: Erica-Holloway, Slater-
Price's office, (619) 531-5857.

   1:15 p.m. SAN DIEGO - A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Charles
Anthony Martinez, a La Mesa man accused of robbing four San Diego-area banks
over a five-day period. Dept. 11, San Diego County Courthouse, 220 W. Broadway.
Contact: court clerk, (619) 531-4005.

   /// 1:30 p.m. SAN DIEGO - Arraignment is scheduled for Ross Shane Ivy,
who is accused of fatally beating a homeless man with the victim's crutch in
downtown San Diego. Dept. 12, San Diego County Courthouse, 220 W. Broadway.
Contact: court clerk, (619) 531-3020.

   /// 1:30 p.m. SAN DIEGO - Pretrial motions are scheduled for Virgil
Gordon, a businessman accused of fatally shooting a man at the end of a
birthday party held at Gordon's Southcrest Cultural Arts Center. Dept. 58, San
Diego County Courthouse, 220 W. Broadway. Contact: court clerk, (619) 531-3854.

   2 p.m. SAN DIEGO - The California Teachers Association will bring its
``Cuts Hurt'' bus tour to a San Diego school to protest protest proposed state
education funding cuts. Oak Park Elementary, 2606 54th St. Contact: Mike
Myslinski, CTA, (408) 921-5769.

   6 p.m. SAN DIEGO - Nine reporters and media representatives from
Turkmenistan will attend an event in San Diego in conjunction with the U.S.
Agency for International Development's Community Connections program. Art
Expressions Gallery, 2645 Financial Court, Suite C. Contact: San Diego Press
Club, (619) 231-4340.

   6:30 p.m. SAN DIEGO - The Centre City Development Corp. will hold a
public workshop on parking strategies for downtown San Diego. San Diego
Concourse, Silver Room, 202 C St. Contact: Derek Danziger, CCDC, (619) 533-
7103.

   7 p.m. SAN MARCOS - Peace activist Cindy Sheehan, whose son was killed
in the war in Iraq, will speak at Cal State San Marcos. Arts Building, Room
240, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road. Contact: George Cagala, CSUSM, (760) 750-
4012.

   7 p.m. SAN DIEGO - Naser Al Belooshi, Bahrain's ambassador to the U.S.,
will give a speech at San Diego State University on relations between the two
countries. SDSU, Hardy Tower 140, 5500 Campanile Drive. Contact: Gina Speciale,
SDSU, (619) 594-4563 or (619) 813-3581.

   7:30 p.m. SAN DIEGO - Assemblywoman Lori Saldana, D-San Diego, will
present a workshop for the public on identity theft. South Clairemont
Recreation Center, 3605 Clairemont Drive. Contact: Joe Kocurek, Saldana's
office, (619) 645-3090.

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