Stories for July 6, 2007
Chula Vista city councilman Steve Castaneda is facing felony charges for lying to a criminal grand jury -- plus misdemeanor charges for failing to disclose all his economic interests. Is he the victim of a witch hunt, or is District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis doing a good job rooting out political corruption? Castaneda was arraigned yesterday.
NCIS agents are looking into allegations that Marines killed as many as eight unarmed civilians during a battle in Fallujah in November, 2004. This makes at least the third instance of possible war crimes committed by Marines from Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Regiment.
Rancho Santa Fe is one of the wealthiest communities in America, but its residents can't agree to spend money on a new school for their kids. Two school bond measures have failed already, and according to Ian Port of the Rancho Santa Fe Review, a third may fail also.
Five California National Guard helicopters will be pressed into service this weekend on the watch for wildfires. Lieutenant Colonel Laura Yeager with the California National Guard says there's an agreement with the state to use the military aircraft. She says there's a particular need right now because state firefighting equipment needs maintenance -- and their crews need some rest.
San Diego's planning department is revising the city's general plan to fight global warming. That blueprint for future development has come under fire. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has the story.
A San Diego-based consumer group says San Diego Gas and Electric customers should get a rate reduction instead of a rate hike. SDG&E wants to boost rates by $1.4 billion over six years.
Lawmakers are calling for changes to the agency in charge of implementing a landmark bill to limit greenhouse gas emissions. That's in the wake of allegations that Governor Schwarzenegger's staffers have been blocking progress. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.
This week, President Bush commuted the 30-month prison sentence of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who was convicted of lying to federal prosecutors about his role in the leak of a CIA agent's identity. Also, the Supreme Court recently decided to restrict the use of race in determining which school a student can attend. And, a massive bayfront development project in Chula Vista is in jeopardy.
The first time I saw the truck with the grisly billboard-sized pictures of so-called "aborted fetuses," I was in Hillcrest with some friends. It was several years ago, shortly after moving to San Diego. The pictures were grotesque and obviously meant to provoke a reaction. I had never seen anything like it before and my initial reaction was "Who's driving?" If that sounds odd, it's only because as a journalist, I've always been fascinated with extremist groups and extremists themselves. So when the issue of abortion resurfaced on the national level after the Supreme Court upheld a ban on "partial-birth abortion," I thought it was time to meet the guy who drove the truck.