Stories for April 2, 2007
We often hear that immigrants take jobs. But what about creating them? On Mondays Full Focus, well talk about the rising number of immigrants who are starting up companies in San Diego. Immigrant entrepreneurs and their contributions to the local economy -- on Mondays Full Focus, at 6:30 and 11 p.m. on KPBS Television, channel 15, cable 11.
Imagine a society where everything is a renewable resource. Sound unlikely? Not in the Zero Waste movement, where the concept of trash is obsolete. San Diego County has a long way to go, however. San Diegans throw away enough recyclables to fill up Petco park fives times each year. Most of that stuff instead goes to Miramar Landfill, which is predicted to fill up by 2012. Some cities, including El Cajon, are trying to streamline by setting a goal of zero waste.
Gas prices in San Diego hit an all-time high last May at $3.43 cents per gallon. Now analysts say current prices are on track to beat that record. Full Focus reporter Heather Hill has more on the trend that has some San Diegans running on empty.
More of us are still working as we get older -- even after the traditional retirement age. That's the upshot of a new study by the non-profit California Budget Project. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ explains.
A sewer line break is releasing raw sewage into the Buena Vista Lagoon. The main break is downstream from the lagoon at a pump station near the Carlsbad-Oceanside city borders. Denise Vedder is with the city of Carlsbad. She says more than one million gallons of sewage has flowed into the lagoon. Vedder says residents of North Carlsbad and South Vista can help by reducing water use.
Governor Schwarzenegger wants to cut funding for Prop 36, the program that allows non-violent drug offenders to get treatment instead of jail. Researchers say that could cripple the program. Voters approved Prop 36 in 2000. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered the federal government to take a new look at regulating carbon dioxide emissions from cars. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce says the ruling may improve California's chances at setting tougher rules on auto emissions.
Palomar College officials appointed a campus investigator to look into whether a veteran administrator illegally changed the grades of a group of students. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
Under a new policy, Marines are no longer allowed to get tattoos on certain visible areas of their bodies, such as the arms and legs. Commandant General James Conway says that "tattoos of an excessive nature do not represent our traditional values," but some Marines wonder what body art has to do with job performance. We talk to a former Marine about the controversy and take calls from the military community.
Host Tom Fudge talks with the director of the School of Art, Design, and Art History at San Diego State University about a photography exhibit currently on view at the University Art Gallery. It's called "Field Work: Documenting California's Migrant Farm Labor Experience 1935 to 2003."
Way before the change in Congress, and way before public opinion changed about the war in Iraq, the Lakeside war walker began his journey to Washington D.C. to end the war. Fifty-seven-year-old Bill McDannel is a Vietnam era-veteran and former Methodist minister. He and his wife vowed to sell their worldly possessions, including their East County home, to fund the nearly 3,000 mile journey. KPBS Anchor Dwane Brown talks to McDannel about his progress.
A major San Diego freeway project opens this week at the infamous I-5 and I-805 merge, which will ease congestion and lower commute times. What other transportation infrastructure projects are underway around the county? We speak with executives for Caltrans and San Diego's transportation planning agency, SANDAG, to find out what you can expect to improve traffic flow.
An environmental mitigation project by Southern California Edison is expected to get the San Dieguito Lagoon back in working order. Years of development, erosion and silt deposits have shut down the natural processes that make lagoons important habitats for fish and fowl. We'll hear about the project, which will involve years of work, moving earth and re-establishing wetland vegetation.
The nuclear powered Aircraft carrier, the USS Nimitz, is scheduled to sail out of San Diego Bay at about 10 a.m. to join two other strike forces already in the Persian Gulf. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.