Stories for August 27, 2007
The head of San Diegos largest labor union is asking for a review of the city attorneys spending. Judie Italiano of the Municipal Employees Association has requested a complete record of how taxpayer dollars pay for legal cases, and how many dollars are recovered from those cases.
San Diego's former U.S. attorney is remaining silent on news that her old boss, Alberto Gonzales, is quitting. Critics of the outgoing attorney general say politics forced out Carol Lam and several other prosecutors in February. A San Diego law professor says Lam's firing eventually forced Gonzales to resign. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has the story.
Now that Governor Schwarzenegger has signed the state budget, the Controller's Office is working overtime to get the checks out to those who weren't paid during the two month stalemate. Sacramento reporter Marianne Russ has more.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says he's looking forward to upcoming discussions on healthcare reform with state lawmakers. But the state Assembly leader is planning this week to show the governor his plan won't make it in the legislature. Jenny O'Mara reports.
More than 400 new San Diego school teachers will face their first batch of students this year. However some still don't know where they'll report when class begins. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
Every Monday morning we talk tech with CNet.com Editor-at-Large Brian Cooley. The topic today: Is the U.S. hitting cell phone saturation?
California Senator Dianne Feinstein says the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales signals the beginning of real change. She has been critical of him since his appointment. Sara Sciammacco has more from Washington.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection may add two giant World War II-era seaplanes to its list of standby air tankers. The so-called Martin Mars flying boats have been fighting fires in Canada for decades, and were tested by California officials back in 2000.
A San Diego legislator is sponsoring a bill that would reduce carbon in the gasoline we use. Carbon emissions contribute to greenhouse gases. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.
San Diegan Barry Sandrew was a pioneer in the field of film colorization and continues to revolutionize the process of making old films look new with his company Legend Films.
The customer is always right, or so it used to be. But in today's high-paced, online, profit-is-king world, customer service is often left behind. We'll talk about the role of customer service in today's business world, as well as who's doing it right and who's not.
What kind of a city does San Diego want to be? Out guest says that civic leaders have only been able to suggest that we not be Los Angeles. He says San Diego needs to have a better vision for its future. We'll hear a wide-ranging discussion about urban design and discuss what San Diego has done right and wrong.
SDSU's fall semester starts today. Students are back on campus and parties are in full-swing off campus. How is the new administrative citation program aimed at loud college area residents working? We speak with a police captain from the mid-city division about the effectiveness of the program.
Last Friday, a federal bankruptcy judge ordered 42 lawsuits against San Diego's Catholic Diocese be released for jury trials. The 127 lawsuits brought by people who say they were sexually abused as children were halted after the diocese sought bankruptcy protection in February. The judge said that the victims have a constitutional right to jury trials and that barring a settlement, prompt resolution of the bankruptcy case appears unlikely.
Some California legislators are questioning a multi-billion-dollar plan to restore the Salton Sea. But a San Diego State Senator says the effort benefits the entire state. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.
More than 400 new teachers will take their place in San Diego classrooms this academic year. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has this report.