Stories for August 23, 2007
Another high-level city official involved in the Sunroad scandal is out of a job. Marcela Escobar-Eck was the director of development for San Diego. The mayor's office won't say whether she quit or got fired. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has more.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is threatening to kill the Democrats' plan for health reform. The governor says he'll veto a bill moving through the legislature, if it relies only on employers to foot the bill for expanded health coverage. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.
Five elected officials who favored plans by security firm Blackwater USA to build a training camp in San Diego's back country are headed for a recall. The registrar of voters is scheduled to announce a recall election date for the Potrero Planning Group tomorrow. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.
Fewer San Diego high school sophomores passed the state's exit exam last academic year. Test results also show fewer minority students are making the grade. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
Now that the budget's been approved in the legislature, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is hoping to kick-start his effort to reform healthcare. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders' office has released a draft of a mandatory recycling proposal. The city council asked for an ordinance two years ago to divert waste from Miramar Landfill, which is filling up fast. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
The first thing to go wrong at the funeral that Daniel (Matthew MacFadyen) has been tasked with overseeing is that the wrong body has been delivered. A stranger rather than his father arrives and must be quickly sent back. Then there's Daniel's mum (a still lovely Jane Asher) who's barely maintaining an even keel through her sorrow; his self-absorbed and highly successful brother (Rupert Graves); his rebellious sister (Daisy Donovan); and a mysterious little man (Peter Dinklage) who wants to reveal something about Daniel's father. And just to add a little excitement to the proceedings, sis' boyfriend (Alan Tudyk) was accidentally given a few hallucinogenic drugs that have prompted him to strip down and go au natural at the ceremony, which must strain more and more to maintain the smallest shred of dignity.
There's a lot of music in town this weekend, including The Flaming Lips, Zap Mama, the Southern Comfort Music Experience, Stevie Wonder, Wilco and the Asylum Street Spankers. On this weekend preview, well listen to the diverse music thats coming to town and give you a heads up on where to be this weekend.
In San Diego, the premiere event showcasing short films is Alt.Picture Shows, which will be at the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla. We'll talk with the curator and a music video director whose video for the band The Beauty Shop will be on display.
The San Diego Minutemen say the mission of their organization is to oppose illegal immigration, and to assist the border patrol in securing the U.S.-Mexican border. A recent report by the Southern Poverty Law Center paints a different picture of the organization. The SPLC alleges that the San Diego Minutemen have ties to white supremacist groups, and subject immigrants to verbal and physical intimidation. We speak to a representative from the Southern Poverty Law Center and the founder of the San Diego Minuteman about the controversial organization.
As summer comes to a close, why not make plans for a quick, last-minute getaway? We speak to an author who shares some of her favorite Southern California destinations that you may not know about.
The tires on your car are likely balanced with toxic lead weights. But an environmental group plans legal action to stop the sale of lead-based wheel weights in California. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce tells us the lead may threaten our drinking water.
Republican Rudy Giuliani was in Del Mar last night to build support for his presidential bid. Giuliani attacked three leading Democratic rivals on taxes. And Giuliani spoke about a few issues special to California, at least briefly. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has the story.