Stories for June 22, 2007
Businesses throughout California are reporting steady drops in the amount of toxic chemicals they release into the environment -- except in San Diego. While California companies have cut their toxic pollution by 25% since 2001, businesses in San Diego County have reported a 28 percent increase in pollutants. The increase has been traced to four facilities: Camp Pendleton, NASSCO, a Sony plant in Rancho Bernardo, and GE Osmonics in Vista.
During a recent family dinner the five of us were talking when the conversation veered from what happened on the playground to our familys potential as reality TV contestants.
As lawmakers and the governor continue to hash out details on a healthcare reform package, some groups are pushing them to include something new: A tobacco tax increase. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.
Over the past month, several politicians attempted to exist for a week on $1 per meal, the average for food stamp participants. The stunt was part of the Food Stamp Challenge issued by two House members who want to boost the $33 billion program by $4 billion.
The web has given birth to a proliferation of social-networking sites, including those that proliferate child pornography. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and its Cyber Crimes Group are trying to keep up.
Former Navy Rear Admiral Ronne Froman was Jerry Sanders' second-in-command for a year-and-a-half. She resigned from her position as the city's chief operating officer last week, and City Hall watchers were taken aback by her very early departure.
The city of San Diego has come up with about a half a million dollars to pay for a homeless shelter this winter. Budget cuts had threatened the shelter. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has more.
This week, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders issued a stop work order for the Sunroad office building project near Montgomery Field. Also, Wal-Mart announced it will greatly expand the financial services offered at its stores. And, Mayor Sanders delayed making an announcement about the possibility of upgrading San Diego's main sewage treatment plant.
When it comes to children who have a mental illness, early intervention and evidence-based treatments are essential. That's the word from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The advocacy group is holding its annual meeting in San Diego this week. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.
New research suggests that icebergs may serve as "hotspots" for ocean life. San Diego scientists are part of a team that studied the floating ice islands in the Antarctic. The icebergs may also help fight global warming. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.