Stories for April 13, 2007
Details of the Mayor's proposed $2.8 billion budget were released to the public today and will be presented to City Council on Monday. The mayor says the budget will not cut services, but rely on staff layoffs to cover an $87 million funding gap. He plans to cut about 300 employees and 360 budgeted-but-vacant positions. The budget sets aside $38 million to maintain older city facilities -- $25 million of which must be borrowed.
returns Sunday April 15 to the Museum of Photographic Arts for its sixth annual event. The curated festival showcases short works from high school through grad school students as well as local area filmmakers. Films screen at 6:00 pm followed by a dessert buffet with the filmmakers. One highlight this year is the world premiere of Cathy Alberich's
A major defense contractor's plan for a 700-acre training camp in Southern California is running into opposition from a local Democratic congressman who claims the company won initial approval by cozying up to local officials and keeping its plans from the public.
The SDPD has accepted a contract which offers a nine percent basic pay raise for most officers and a re-formulation of how the city pays for health benefits. City police have not received a pay raise for almost three years. More officers left SDPD in 2006 than in the previous five years combined. 25 left the force in just one month in 2007.
Pink slips are in store for hundreds of city hall workers. But so are smoother roads for San Diego motorists if Mayor Jerry Sanders gets his way. Sanders unveiled a $2.8 billion spending plan today with an eye toward putting the city's troubled finances on more solid ground without, he says -- cutting services or raising taxes. Full Focus reporter Amita Sharma has more.
This week Federal Judge Louise DeCarl Adler ordered attorneys and pastors involved in the San Diego Diocese's bankruptcy to explain why they should not be sanctioned for contempt. The judge stated that the diocese's lead attorney and church officials appeared to have conspired with parishes" to create new bank accounts separate from the diocese. Adler also said that the new Organization of Parishes falsely claimed the judge had authorized moving funds to new accounts.
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case next week that pits the construction industry against environmental groups. And the outcome could affect San Diego's drinking water. Evelyn Lombardo reports from Washington.
A wrongfully convicted man thanked a group of San Diego law students on Friday for helping him get out of prison after 23 years. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders unveiled his $2.9 billion dollar budget today. He says it's a balanced budget that maintains service levels -- while cutting city jobs. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has the details.
Gasoline sales in California have dropped for the first time in 14 years. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.
This week, the Department of Defense announced that all active-duty soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan will have their tours of duty extended to 15 months. Also, the National Association of Realtors is predicting a decline in home prices for the first time since 1968. And, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders released his 2008 budget proposal.
What would it be like to live off the electricity grid? In the next part of our KPBS radio series "A Matter of Degrees: Climate Change in San Diego," we visit Laura Silver. Silver lives in an energy-efficient straw bale house in San Diego's East County and runs her household on electricity from solar panels, supplemented by a small generator in the back yard. KPBS Radio's Alison St John has more.