Stories for February 6, 2008
The comments we get from our talkback questions are all over the map. Sometimes they address the question we ask, sometimes they don't. Sometimes, as in today's "day-after-Super-Tuesday" coverage, they give the KPBS community a chance to vent about all things election. We heard from McCain and Huckabee supporters, we heard from Romney supporters...we heard from Kucinich supporters. We heard from people saying we were being unfair to Obama, to Clinton and for the record, they wanted to know, where's Ron Paul?
While voter rosters were far from perfect, the voters themselves were generally excited to be there and positive about the experience. & I was far from the only person there sporting the Mardi Gras beads, and & witnessed the utter joy on a recently naturalized man's face (he brought his certificate with him) when we gave him his first American ballot to vote.
Several thousand supporters and opponents packed into a meeting hall at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The California Coastal Commission is considering an application for a toll road that would run directly through San Onofre State Park. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.
San Diego County's only residential school for foster teens is expanding. The San Pasqual Academy has broken ground on six new cottages that will house 48 kids. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.
Three local school bond measures in San Diego County passed easily yesterday. Poway, El Cajon and Rancho Santa Fe can now move forward with construction projects. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
San Diego Jewish Film Festival
With the passage of Proposition 96, the Sycuan Indian band in East San Diego County can more than double the number of slot machines at their casino. But Sycuan officials say they have no plans to build a second casino in the immediate future. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
Author Michael Shermer argues that many of the assumptions economists make about how and why we spend money are questionable. We explore the evolution of the human preoccupation with money.
Super-Duper Tuesday came and went. It looks like John McCain is the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination. The race for the democratic nomination, on the other hand, looks like it could go all the way to the convention. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are in a tight competition to secure the delegates needed to win their party's nomination for president. We speak to KPBS political correspondent Gloria Penner, and political science professor Carl Luna about the results from Super Tuesday.
Presidential history can be dry. But language expert Richard Lederer's new book Presidential Trivia: The Feats, Fates, Families, Foibles and Firsts of Our American Presidents takes a whimsical look at the men who've held the most powerful position in the world.
San Diego County election officials say the transition back to paper ballots has been mostly smooth. All precincts are accounted for, but absentee and provisional ballots will still take weeks to count. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps camped out at the Registrar of Voters office overnight. Here is his report.
A public hearing at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is expected to be packed today with opponents of the "trestles toll road" project. The Coastal Commission is considering whether to approve a toll road that runs directly through San Onofre State Park. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.
San Diego County voters joined the rest of California in rejecting a statewide proposition that would have secured more funding for California's community colleges. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.
Arizona Senator John McCain has added California to his win list, but not every Republican is comfortable aboard McCain's "straight-talk express." Republican Party members from around the state gathered at the Westgate Hotel in San Diego last night to watch the results. KPBS reporter Alison St John was there.
San Diego Democrats gathered in Hillcrest to watch election results. Party officials preached unity, but the crowd was clearly divided into two camps. KPBS reporter Joanne Faryon was there.
One California ballot measure remained too close to call until after midnight: Prop. 93. That's the one that would have changed term limits in California. As of this morning, 53 percent of voters have rejected the measure, and its backers have conceded defeat. Marianne Russ reports.
The California Coastal Commission considers a controversial toll road proposal in north San Diego County. Freeway organizers say the 16 mile toll road is necessary to mitigate traffic saturation, but environmentalists claim it will damage the environment and adversely affect sensitive habitats. KPBS environmental reporter Ed Joyce joins us from the meeting.