Stories for May 11, 2007
On Tuesday, San Diego City Attorney Mike Aguirre was barred by Judge Michael Wellington from prosecuting Sunroad executive Tom Story for violation of the city's lobbying rules. Wellington cited Aguirre's conduct and said his office blurred the lines of the criminal case with the civil lawsuit against Sunroad his office is also managing.
New charges have been filed alleging that the CIA's former No. 3 official used his influence in that role to support a proposed $100 million government contract for his best friend, a defense contractor, in return for lavish vacations, private jet flights and a lucrative job offer.
The attorney general's office announced its findings this week into the officer-involved shootings in Vista. It concluded at least four of the shooting deaths were justified. A fifth shooting is still under review. Joanne Faryon has more on the story.
We're used to bad news about the lack of affordable housing units in San Diego. But we may have to get accustomed to more positive news. Lori Weisberg's lengthy investigation of the state of housing for low and moderate income persons in the downtown area turned up some surprising facts.
The Voice of San Diego compared the crime stats issued by the SDPD against the numbers used by SD Police Chief William Lansdowne in his testimony before a city council committee in February. Voice found that Lansdowne made five misstatements of fact, all of which presented a rosier picture than reality warranted. Statements involved lower overall crime rates and lower property crime rates, as well as information about department response times.
Blue Cross of California has agreed to change its practice of canceling individual health insurance policies. The action comes as the company attempts to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by people who claim their coverage was illegally terminated. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.
A group of San Diego County high school students came together today to talk about the pressures they face in doing the right and wrong things. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
Drug cartels in Baja California have a new tool in their arsenal -- technology. In the last week, cartel members distributed a video and posted another on the internet that allege the state attorney general is tied to narco-trafficking. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.
State corrections officials say they're pulling people from all areas of government to help jumpstart newly-funded prison facilities and programs. The governor's office has announced two new strike teams who will help out with advice and expertise.
San Diego gas prices have retreated a couple of pennies a gallon this week after reaching record levels last weekend. The Utility Consumer's Action Network says the average price of a gallon of regular gas is $3.49. That's down about two cents from last weekend.
Part of Torrey Pines State Beach will take on a resort-like look for the next two summers. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce explains.
This week two films directed by actresses open. In addition to Adrienne Shellys
The man in charge of medical care at California's prisons has unveiled his plan to eliminate what he calls unconscionable human suffering of inmates. And he says it won't be cheap. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.
Adrienne Shelly won acclaim as an actress in Hal Hartleys indie films
This week, a Superior Court judge barred City Attorney Mike Aguirre from proceeding with a criminal case against Sunroad Enterprises Executive Tom Story. Also, the hot weather in Southern California is leading people to ask questions about the status of San Diego's water supply. And, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recently signed legislation to expand the state's prison system.
Iran has been in the news for its continued defiance of the International Atomic Energy Agency. But while the countrys policies stir controversy, one of its top filmmakers works toward diplomacy. Jafar Panahis