Stories for June 2, 2008
Some people have accused City Attorney Mike Aguirre of playing mayor. He's making decisions he shouldn't be involved in, politicizing the office, while slacking off on his duties to offer timely legal advice to the city's other elected representatives. Mr. Aguirre, on the other hand, refers to himself as the people's representative, and his role as serving more as a check and balance to political power brokers than as filling the role of dispassionate counselor.
San Diego County's Office of Emergency Services is trying to teach school kids how to prepare for a disasters. Its part of a new county-wide program targeting fourth-grade students. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars are pouring into a last minute flurry of spending on candidates before tomorrows Primary. Independent contributions from organizations like the San Diego Republican and Democratic Parties have played a significant role in the city wide campaigns. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
The U.S. Forest Service has rejected a challenge to the agency's management plan for National Forests in Southern California, including the Cleveland. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.
The Commerce Department says it will hold a public hearing in California this summer on a controversial proposal to build a toll road through San Onofre State Park. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.
Voters in the City of San Diego have three initiatives on their ballots. Prop A would exempt police and firemen from privatization. Prop B would put the strong mayor form of government on the ballot in 2010, rather than letting it sunset. Prop C is the city measure that has created the most controversy. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
A former U.S. prosecutor says a Mexican judge's ruling makes it highly unlikely that Mexico will extradite the reputed leader of Tijuana's Arellano Felix drug cartel to the U.S. A Mexican judge has denied the U.S. extradition request saying the drug kingpin cannot be tried for the same crimes in both countries. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.
Who should you vote for, for Mayor of San Diego? The race for Mayor of San Diego has hit crunch time. With the primary election taking place tomorrow, the candidates have only one day to convince voters why they should be the next Mayor. This morning we will bring you a broadcast of KPBS's Mayoral debate. What are the City's biggest current challenges? Who has the best plan to bring San Diego back to financial prosperity? Of the candidates, who had the best one-liners? If you only listen to one mayoral debate this election season, this should be the one.
Several small earthquakes shook two areas of Southern California late Sunday and early Monday, officials said.
Otay Ranch. 4S Ranch. Pacific Highlands Ranch. Home construction in San Diego has taken the shape of many massive developments. That activity has slowed to a near stop today due to the crash of the housing market. But even when home sales rebound, the disappearance of buildable land will force home builders to shift their focus to in-fill development and much smaller projects. How will that effect our economy, our community and the way we live? We'll hear two experts in the housing game give us their best predictions.
There's fierce competition for your vote in the San Diego city attorney's race. Four people are challenging incumbent Mike Aguirre, and they all agree on one thing: They really don't like Mike Aguirre. His controversial interpretation of his role in city government attracted as many enemies as fans. For some insight on the office, KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps traveled back in time.
Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz set out to realize a utopian dream. He abandoned a successful medical practice and took up the nomadic life of a surfer with his wife and nine children. They all lived in a 24-foot camper and became one of the most famous families in surfing.
Utility hook-up problems are delaying the opening of the new 304-bed patient tower at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego's Kearny Mesa area.
The Padres certainly had a chance in San Francisco yesterday, a chance to post their first series sweep of the season.
From paid sick leave to helium filled balloons, it was a banner week last week at the state Capitol for bills. Lawmakers passed a slew of measures ahead of a key deadline. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ has a recap.
Voter registration has hit a milestone in California. Now 70% of those eligible have signed up. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.
Three Republicans and one Democrat are running to represent San Diego's Seventh District. Councilman Jim Maddafer, a Republican, is termed out. District 7 includes San Carlos, Rolando and the College Area. KPBS reporter Nicole Lozare has more on this race.