Stories for June 8, 2009
San Diego City Council voted to appoint attorney Lee Burdick to the seat on the Port Commission vacated by Laurie Black. The 5-to-3 vote came after a two-and-a-half hour public hearing.
A growing number of San Diegans are dying from taking too many prescription painkillers. The county medical examiner says there's been a 30 percent increase in medication-related deaths over the last few years.
A severe drought out West continues to threaten farms, fish, and water supplies to nearly everyone. Tighter water restrictions went into effect this month in much of Southern California, and the federal government issued a directive last week that could cut water delivery to farmers and residents in the state by 7 percent.
The State of California is facing a $24 billion budget deficit, and needs to balance its books by the end of this month. We speak to political consultant Leo McElroy about the ramifications of letting the budget deficit carry over into the new fiscal year, and to find out where cuts are likely to be made.
The North County Fire Protection District will begin billing drivers for responding to automobile accidents. We'll find out why local public agencies are turning to an accident response fee to offset funding from the state.
Governor Schwarzenegger says he's not bluffing about the extent of the painful cuts needed to solve California's budget crisis.
The San Diego City Council is set to vote on the 2010 fiscal year budget today. Officials agree the process hasn’t been contentious, but that doesn’t mean the situation is good.
The Padres lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday in the longest major league game this season.