Stories for February 2, 2009
In looking at San Diegans' photos from the weekend, it seemed to me fewer photogs were out on the street. & Everyone must have been shopping and preparing for the Super Bowl - and then actually watching it. & Although, if you're like me, you were also watching the Australian Open. & Poor Federer! & Dang, he plays a beautiful game of tennis. Here are a few shots from the cameras of San Diegans taken over the weekend.
The San Diego City Council has asked the city attorney to assess the citys legal liability if it does NOT install fire sprinkler systems at city hall. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
A steady stream of Marines will arrive back at Camp Pendleton from Iraq this month. A few hundred have already returned from a one year deployment. KPBS reporter Alison St John spoke with a Marine Captain who says this deployment was very different from previous tours in Iraq.
Fallen Fruit is an LA -based activist art project that uses the concept of "public fruit" to get people thinking about the vitality of their communities and neighborhoods. They map the public fruit in a neighborhood, organize community fruit foraging and communal jam making sessions. The idea is to distribute the commonly owned resources to the community. We'll talk with the founding members of Fallen Fruit.
New housing going up at Naval Base San Diego is set to give sailors a sort of spa treatment between tough stints at sea.
How can San Diego businesses become more environmentally sustainable? Can local businesses become more sustainable, and cut costs at the same time? What can we learn from the examples set by Wal-Mart and UCSD? What are the biggest hurdles to getting the people to adopt more sustainable lifestyles? Host Maureen Cavanaugh speaks to Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund, and Lisa Shaffer about the importance of sustainability.
Everyone is feeling the pain of the recession. How deep is the recession cutting into San Diego? Conventional wisdom has it that San Diego -- with its relatively diverse economy -- is relatively insulated from a downturn. As the local unemployment figures creep up, we feel increasingly vulnerable. We look at the local situation, what sectors are hurting the most and why, whether there are any bright spots and the outlook for the next year.
What's the role of doctors beyond the technical practice of medicine? Dr. Pauline Chen, author of "Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality," talks about the need for compassion and empathy by doctors when dealing with patients and their families.
Practice rounds begin today for the annual Buick Invitational Golf Tournament at Torrey Pines. Joining us on Morning Edition is Tom Wilson, executive director of the Buick Invitational, to tell us how the recession is impacting the tournament.
California has a new law that requires doctors to discuss end-of-life treatment options with terminally ill patients. The San Diego County Medical Society is trying to educate physicians about the new protocols. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.
Most people try to save money for a rainy day, and a healthy savings account is a blessing in a time like this. Local governments, like people, vary in how well prepared they are for this economic downturn. KPBS reporter Alison St John surveyed all 18 cities in San Diego County to find out how much money in the bank they have to tide them over.
San Diego parents who are struggling to put food on the table might soon get help from the San Diego Unified School District. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.