Stories for June 13, 2007
After grappling with the budget throughout May, the San Diego City Council has accepted Mayor Jerry Sanders' $2.88 billion budget proposal. We'll ask independent budget analyst Andrea Tevlin if the budget is sound and good for the city.
City Attorney Mike Aguirre's name is all over San Diego. He's the subject of almost daily news stories, opinion pieces, TV and radio shows, and a great number of blogs. And his frequent press conferences provide fresh material for public absorption. Yesterday's was about Mayor Sanders' role in keeping the 180-foot Sunroad building near Montgomery Field -- 20 feet above the FAA's height limit.
If you've got vacation plans during the busy travel season -- which begins only days from now -- we're going to get the inside track on what's new, what's good, and whats ugly this summer when you head for the clouds.
California ranks 39th in the country in a new report that measures state's levels of health insurance coverage and quality of care. The report uses information from a host of government sources. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.
As many as 65 inmates were involved in a disturbance at an Otay Mesa jail early this morning.
The ACLU in San Diego says poor medical care at an immigration detention center in Otay Mesa has caused detainees to suffer, and, in a few cases, die unnecessarily. The ACLU is now suing federal immigration officials, asking them to fix the problem. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.
Dianne Feinstein is leading an effort in the U.S. Senate to make cars more fuel efficient. Jodi Breisler reports from Capitol Hill.
Southern California home sales were at their lowest rate in a dozen years last month. The Real Estate tracking firm Dataquick reports just under 20,000 homes changed hands in May.
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders signed the nearly $2.9 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year. He included a large amount for fixing up the city. KPBS reporter Nicole Lozare has more.
A Camp Pendleton Marine accused of failing to investigate the murder of 24 Iraqis might not be eligible for prosecution. The attorney representing First Lieutenant Andrew Grayson says Marines must be on active duty to be prosecuted under military law.
Singer-songwriter Cat Power, whose real name is Chan Marshall, is the first woman to win the Shortlist Music Prize. She beat out finalists as legendary as Tom Waits and as quirky as Regina Spektor. We speak with entertainment and music critic AnnaMaria Stephens about Cat Power and the Shortlist Music Prize.
Why is Ronne Froman resigning from the San Diego mayor's office earlier than she had originally planned? We speak to Froman about her decision to resign after 18 months as the city's chief operating officer. We also talk to reporter Andrew Donohue and political science professor Glen Sparrow about how Froman's resignation will impact Mayor Jerry Sanders' leadership team.
The San Diego County grand jury recently issued its final recommendation for the 2006-07 term. What is the obligation of local governments to take action on these comprehensive reports? The current foreman tells us why sparking public discussion is the most important service of any grand jury, while a former foreman vents his frustration about the City of San Diego's response to these citizen watchdog reports. Also, San Diego City Attorney Michael Aguirre weighs in on public officials' duty to adhere to the advice of grand juries.
What responsibility does the insurance industry have to California homeowners who live in high-risk fire areas? We speak with a consumer advocate who says that highly profitable insurance industry should not drop homeowners from coverage because of "unrealistic" requests. An insurance industry spokesperson responds by saying the highly competitive industry benefits consumers, and that insurance companies must constantly monitor risk in order to be successful.
State regulators are investigating a recent $950 million dollar payout from Blue Cross of California to its parent company WellPoint. Regulators suspect the dividend may violate a pre-merger agreement the companies signed in 2004. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.