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Stories for May 21, 2007

Former Reporter Writes Book on Mental Health Treatment Crisis

May 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Mental illness can strike anyone, but contemporary asylums too-often come in the form of jails and prisons that are not properly equipped to help people with complicated mental disorders, according to journalist and author Pete Earley. His book, “Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness,” is about his personal experience with his son's mental illness, as well as his investigation into the mental health system -- or lack thereof.

Senate Nods at Sycuan Casino Compact, But Assembly Yet to Mull

May 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting

More slot machines at the Sycuan Casino in El Cajon. The possibility of building a second casino. More revenue going to the state. These were all part of a compact negotiated by the governor with Sycuan, a KPBS underwriter. The State Senate has voted to approve, but the measure must also get a thumbs-up from the Assembly before it becomes law -- and some questions about the legislation have surfaced.

Federal Immigration Debate Hosts Praise, Lament From Both Sides

May 21
By Heather Hill and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The White House-backed immigration bill will go before the full Senate for debate today. Full Focus reporter Heather Hill has local reaction to the proposed bill from affected voices in San Diego.

Council Considers Selling-Off 19 City-Owned Properties

May 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego City Council this afternoon considers a plan from the mayor's office to sell 19 pieces of property the city owns.

400k Nurses Join AFL-CIO to Back Push for Single-Payer Healthcare

May 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The issue of health care reform is sending ripples through American politics and through the labor movement today. The 75,000 member California Nurses' Association and the 325,000-member National Nurses Organizing Committee announced today that they've joined the AFL-CIO.

Eminent Domain Reforms to Protect Residents May Get Ballot Spot

May 21
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A California lawmaker is backing an effort to protect homeowners and small businesses from eminent domain actions. A 2005 Supreme Court ruling made it legal for a local government to take possession of private property and turn it over to a private company redeveloping an area.

S.D. to Use Portion of Gambling Revenue for Addiction Treatment

May 21
By Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Gambling is a $10 billion a year industry in California. Some researchers estimate the state has more than a million problem gamblers -- but isn't doing nearly enough to help. KPBS reporter Alan Ray says San Diego county will step in with a program of its own.

California's Efforts to Cut Emissions Slowed by Federal Government

May 21
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California and other states want to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from new cars. But they've been delayed by the federal government. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce tells us why.

Israeli Contemporary String Quartet Performs in Studio

May 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The members of the Israel Contemporary String Quartet share their music and stories of their collaborations with painters, actors and an Israeli death metal band.

Debate Continues Over Seals at La Jolla Children's Pool

May 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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An animal rights group wants a permanent rope barrier to separate seals and people at the La Jolla Children's Pool. But does this infringe on the rights of visitors to use the beach? We speak with the managing editor of the La Jolla Light who gives us the latest news from the cove.

Psychiatrist Discusses Intervention Alternatives for Treating Addicts

May 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Getting an addict into a therapy program can be difficult. Interventions and so-called "tough love" approaches often backfire. We speak with a psychiatrist and author, who is an advocate of what he calls "Creative Engagement" and "Constructive Coercion," a way for family and friends to stay engaged with an addict until they can convince or possibly coerce that person into treatment.

City Council Update on Budget Proposal, Real Estate and Lobbying

May 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego City Council President Scott Peters returns from Sacramento after lobbying state officials about our local open space and infrastructure needs. We talk to the District One representative about his trip to the state capital. Also, we talk about Mayor Sanders' new budget proposal, the city's plan to sell off real estate, and the role of community planning groups.

State Vows to Address Staff Shortages at Mental Facilities

May 21
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

There are more than 1,800 vacant staff positions at state mental health facilities in California. State officials have submitted a plan they hope will help improve the situation. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.