Monday, July 7
A Sheriff's SWAT team fired pepper-spray balls into a motor home in Rancho San Diego, waited for the 59-year-old woman to pass out and then burst in and yanked her out of there. This occurred about four hours after the woman's son told the California Highway Patrol that she was heavily armed-two pistols and two rifles-intoxicated and driving a very large vehicle. CHP officers tried to pull her over earlier, but she refused and drove on to her Rancho San Diego residence.
Tuesday, July 8
The public got its first glimpse at the three maps up for vote by the San Diego City Schools Board of Education, whose members have been tasked with redrawing boundaries for their five districts. During the public comment portion of the meeting, La Jollans said they adored Map D because it keeps coastal communities in one district. Black and Latino community groups said they much prefer map A3 because it offers the best chance for a Black or Latino to be elected to the board. Folks from Clairemont were wild about Map D3 because it puts all Clairemont schools in the same district and the gay community also liked map D3-but gave a figurative finger to map D.
Wednesday, July 9
It wasn't a good day for the Guizar family, as Benoit, Alain and Tandelaya Guizar plead guilty in federal court to charges that their company, G Products Inc., used false statements to illegally bring into the United States avocado products carrying a potentially dangerous bacteria. Back in 2001, the Guizars used the name of a furniture company to import the flawed fruit.
Thursday, July 10
A herd of angry animal-rights groups filed a second legal challenge aimed at keeping 11 African elephants right where they are-Swaziland. Earlier, the federal Fish and Wildlife Service restored permits for the San Diego Zoo and another zoo in Florida to import the pack of pachyderms-despite a challenge by a coalition that includes the La Jolla-based Elephant Alliance, which says the zoos' claims that the animals will be put to death if they stay in Africa are untrue. If the latest attempt to block the relocation is quashed, seven of the beasts will call the San Diego Wild Animal Park home.
Friday, July 11
Union-Tribune reporter Caitlin Rother secured the following golden nugget while reporting a story about that latest wave of witnesses testifying before a grand jury in the City Hall-strip club probe: "I was very proud of the FBI agents who must've, in their undercover capacity, spent hour after hour in the darkness of a sultry room, watching women take off their clothes, and they must have spent dollar after dollar of taxpayer money, in their undercover capacity, getting lap dances. The bravery, the courage and vigilance of these men deserve to be commended." The quote is courtesy of Eugene Iredale, attorney for two of the witnesses called to testify.
Saturday, July 12
A man's decision to knock on doors at a North Park apartment complex in the early morning hours was a bad one. Someone blasted the guy with a shotgun loaded with birdshot, nearly severing the man's arm and forcing a doctor to amputate the limb.
Sunday, July 13
The San Diego Padres lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1, sending the National League's worst team into the All-Star break on a sour note.