Stories for June 4, 2008
Meanwhile, expect a flood of same-sex nuptials and that's where Governor Schwarzenegger and the state budget will benefit. Here's an incomplete list of what's involved in weddings:
The community of City Heights will be getting a taste of locally grown farm-fresh produce this weekend. The areas first certified farmers market opens for business this Saturday morning. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.
A federal judge today ordered San Diego to let Blackwater Worldwide open a Navy training facility in Otay Mesa. The private contractor plans to start training sailors at the site as soon as tomorrow. KPBS reporter Amita Sharma has more.
A new report by the Pew Hispanic Center says unemployment among Latinos in The U.S. has jumped during the last year. The study says Mexican immigrants have suffered most. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.
The price of gas is still going up in San Diego. The Utility consumer's Action Network reports the average price for a gallon of regular is $4.33. U-CANs Charles Langley says thats up 42 cents from last month, and a dollar a gallon more than the price a year ago. Langley says the short term outlook is not favorable for motorists.
San Diego school superintendent Terry Grier says teachers should get paid a bonus if they work at struggling schools or if their students do well on state tests. But the local teachers union disagrees. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger proclaimed a statewide drought today. The Governor signed an executive order that could also bring water to San Diego County. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.
Terry Grier stepped into a potentially desperate situation as he agreed to become superintendent of San Diego city schools. Hundreds of layoff notices have already been sent out to San Diego teachers, as major cuts from the state remain a strong possibility. But Grier is ready for the fight, and he'll join us in studio to talk about the challenges he's taken on and they goals he's set as superintendent of San Diego Unified.
Who were the big winners and losers in yesterday's primary election? Host Tom Fudge is joined by KPBS Political Correspondent Gloria Penner, and political science professor Carl Luna to analyze the results of the June 3 primary. We discuss the races for San Diego Mayor, City Attorney and City Council. In the second half of the hour, we open the phones to discuss the latest news on the presidential race.
Only one out of four San Diego City Council seats will not go into a run-off election. District 5 -- which includes Rancho Bernardo and Mira Mesa -- was decided Tuesday night. Republican Carl DeMaio took 66-percent of the vote with all precincts reporting.
A federal judge ordered the city of San Diego Wednesday to allow military contractor Blackwater Worldwide to begin using a new counterterrorism training facility.
City Attorney Mike Aguirre and challenger Jan Goldsmith are headed for a runoff election November. Goldsmith defied polls and conventional wisdom by beating the incumbent in yesterday's primary. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has more on that race.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has proclaimed a statewide drought. The Governor issued an executive order today directing a state agency to supply water to areas with severe shortages. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.
California's highest court on Wednesday refused to stay until after the November election its decision legalizing same-sex marriage in the state.
Voters approved all three San Diego city propositions. Proposition A exempts the police from privatization. B puts the strong mayor form of government on the ballot, with a stronger mayoral veto, in 2010. Even Proposition C, including the disputed issue of how to appoint a truly independent auditor, passed easily with 63 percent of the vote.
San Diegans wont have to wait till November to see who the next mayor is. Incumbent Jerry Sanders topped 53 percent of the vote, leaving his rival, businessman Steve Francis, lagging well behind. Francis earned just 35 percent, in spite of spending well over $4 million on the campaign. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders has won re-election over a wealthy rival and three other challengers.
The City of San Diego's seventh district council seat is poised to go into a runoff election. Republican April Boling and Democrat Marti Emerald will compete to represent District 7 neighborhoods like College Area and San Carlos. KPBS Reporter Nicole Lozare has more on that tight race.
So why doesn't the average San Diegan vote, that's the real question. & For me, it is simply bad timing on a move, but why do most not vote? & Yes, I know the lackluster answers of no time and not knowing where to vote at... & But to be honest I think it really boils down to the fact most San Diegans simply don't care enough to vote.
There will be a brand new face on the San Diego Unified School Board. Richard Barrera -- the only candidate who ran for District D secured his seat on the panel last night.
A couple of San Diego school board incumbents will have to face a runoff election in November if they want to keep their seats. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
Election officials are reporting record low turnouts at polling places throughout the state.