Stories for October 21, 2008
Fewer people in San Diego are getting by financially because of the mortgage meltdown, lack of good paying jobs, rising cost of food, gas and rent. In fact, it takes people in San Diego County twice as long as the rest of the country to double their standard of living. Four percent of the people in the county make 20 percent of all the money, the bottom 20 percent make four percent of all the money. KPBS reporter Joanne Faryon has more.
Sean Cox and Christy Yael in Dying City. & Photo Credit: & Randy Rovang
What it boils down to is that I believe continued leadership of the country by the Republican Party, either through the presidency or through having a significant presence in Congress, will only make things worse for the country. & Bigger, more intrusive government. & A national debt that will make drastically higher taxes inevitable for future leaders. & Nanny-statism, if not for individuals than for corporate contributers, and a system of checks, balances, rewards and patronage completely detached from the concept of merit.
On the anniversary of fires that sent half a million San Diegans fleeing from their homes, voters will be asked to consider paying a dollar a week for more fire protection. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders marked the one-year anniversary of the devastating wildfires of 2007 with a trip to Rancho Bernardo where he visited the newly-rebuilt home of Neil and Barbara Levine. They had just finished a two-year remodeling project on their home when the fire destroyed it.
This November California voters are being asked to issue close to ten billion dollars in bonds to build a statewide high-speed rail system. Some believe this is a visionary plan to improve transportation and get people out of their cars. Critics say it's a waste of money we simply can't afford, and the projections for fare costs and ridership are highly suspect. We'll hear from both sides on Prop 1A.
With foreclosures at an all-time high, the unemployment rate increasing and the credit crunch squeezing pocketbooks, its not surprising that Americans are getting stressed out. In fact, mental health professionals in San Diego are seeing an increase in their business because of the troubled economy. SDSU Backpack Journalist Amanda Strouse has the story.
As San Diegans hear negative news about the economy almost daily, investors large and small are wondering how they should best spend and save the money that still is coming into their pockets. SDSU Backpack Journalist Brandon Stone spoke with local economic experts to get some answers.
Although the economy is in a slump, America is still a sanctuary to 30 to 50 thousand of the world's refugees each year, according to the U.S. State Department. To smooth the transition, the International Rescue Committee provides limited financial support to newly arriving refugees and asylees from around the world. But, at a time when many San Diego residents are struggling to make ends meet, how do recent immigrants get by? SDSU Backpack Journalist Steven Bartholow has the story.
Greg Evans is the author of the new musical Luann: Scenes from a Teen's Life based on his nationally syndicated comic strip Luann.
On November 4, Californians will vote on Proposition 2 - Standards for Confining Farm Animals. The measure would regulate the treatment of farm animals in terms of their confinement.
What are the main arguments for and against redrawing the state's legislative districts? Host Tom Fudge speaks to representatives from both sides of the Proposition 11 debate. We learn how California's legislative districts are currently drawn, and how this proposal will change that system.