Stories for June 9, 2008
Students at Lincoln High School in South San Diego are learning to fight fires. Its part of a new career-tech program designed to groom the next generation of emergency responders. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
The San Diego City Council has approved a $3.2 billion budget. It draws on downtown redevelopment money to help reinstate many of the job cuts proposed by Mayor Jerry Sanders. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
A new study says same-sex weddings will provide California's economy with a substantial boost. The report comes from the Williams Institute at UCLA. Study co-author Lee Badgett says same-sex marriage will create thousands of jobs and much needed revenue.
Next week, same-sex couples will be allowed to marry in California. But the future remains unsure. California voters could pass a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marrige in the fall. Also, same-sex couples who are already in registered domestic partnerships may have to get those partnerships annulled before they can marry. The California State Supreme Court's decision to throw out the statutory ban on same-sex marriage has raised a lot of questions of how the law will treat same-sex couples in the immediate and extended future. Joining us to try to answer some of those questions is family law attorney Charlie Kim.
The redevelopment of San Diego's downtown core has been a shining example for the country. But it's still a downtown that people expect to navigate by car, even as the city core continues to grow in population. The threat of a lawsuit by an environmental advocacy group has caused the city of San Diego to hire internationally-renowned transit expert George Hazel to study downtown and come up with some better alternatives for moving people and traffic. Mr. Hazel joins us to talk about finding the right balance between creating space for people and space for cars.
Lawyers representing San Diego County will once again try to overturn California's medical marijuana law. County attorneys will argue before the 4th District Court of Appeal tomorrow that the federal law making marijuana illegal should prevail. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.
San Diego city council woman Donna Frye plans a bipartisan Initiative to get the public engaged in improving how the city council does business. Frye has teamed up with Carl Demaio, who won the District 5 seat, and will join the Council in December. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
What's normal and what's not when it comes to how kids act? And how can parents know the difference? We'll talk with a child and adolescent psychologist about kids and mental health and what parents can do to help their children.
A new report from the National Wildlife Federation raises concerns about the lack of time children spend outdoors. Less time with nature also appears to be shortening life expectancy too. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.
Legendary sports commentator Jim Nantz described some of the most important sports moments in American history. He tells us about what a sportscaster does, how he thinks golfers will fare at this year's U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, and why he thinks the Chargers might go to the Super Bowl this year.
It was political squabbling that killed a landmark climate-change bill in Congress last week. The measure would have created a cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas emissions, similar to the system in California. Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer was a major sponsor of the bill. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps asked her what's next, and exactly what a cap-and-trade system is.
A high turnout of voters is expected in the November general election, when people will be casting ballots to decide who's President. That means an expensive campaign season ahead for proponents of ballot measures. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.
OK, we know you just finished voting in the June primary, but the controversial ballot measures for November are already stacking up. Nine have qualified for the ballot and it's not over yet. Marianne Russ has a rundown.
A week ago, the Padres couldn't win a game, Big Brown couldn't lose the Triple Crown, and we couldn't wait for the US Open. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.
The Port of San Diego is trying to clear the air around two terminals it operates in the county. The port wants to reduce harmful emissions from diesel trucks. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.