Stories for June 23, 2009
A San Diego policeman acquitted of weapons charges stemming from the off-duty shooting of a woman and her 8-year-old son during a North County traffic dispute 15 months ago will return to duty next week, Chief William Lansdowne confirmed today.
Twenty-seven members of the U.S. Congress have asked the Secretary of Homeland Security to respect all laws along the U.S. Mexico border as they build the border fence. As KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson explains, about 40 miles of fencing are still under construction in environmentally sensitive areas.
State lawmakers are scheduled to vote on the Democrats' budget proposal tomorrow. Even if it passes, Governor Schwarzenegger has promised to veto it.
The San Diego City Council today endorsed legislation that would repeal the federal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy regarding gays in the military. The council voted unanimously for a resolution in support of HR 1283, the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, which would allow gays to openly serve in the armed forces without fear of discrimination.
California lawmakers are scheduled to vote Wednesday on a Democratic proposal designed to close part of the state's $24.3 billion budget deficit. It appears doomed to fail even before it goes to the Assembly and Senate.
A city councilman from Chula Vista who is a lieutenant in the Navy reserves will deploy to Iraq for a year. Councilman John McCann said Monday he will leave next month to serve alongside an Army unit.
People who depend on home care services are demanding Governor Schwarzenegger find funding to save their programs. About 100 home care workers, patients and advocates for the disabled staged a rally outside the governor's office. They're upset because Schwarzenegger has proposed to make deep cuts to home care services.
The military strand of San Diego's DNA has been evident since the region was first inhabited. We look into how the military -- the Army, Navy and Marines in particular -- has shaped San Diego history and its people.
What happens when the "water cops" come to your door? We speak to KPBS Metro Reporter Katie Orr about a recent ride-a-long she took with a field representative from the Water Department's Conservation Program. Katie will tell us how San Diego's recently implemented water-use restrictions will be enforced, and what you can do to avoid a visit from the local "water cops".
State lawmakers are expected to vote this week on a Democratic plan to fix California's 24 billion-dollar budget deficit. We're joined on Morning Edition by non-partisan Sacramento Political Consultant Leo McElroy.
People living in the city of San Diego have been subject to mandatory water conservation since the beginning of June. A major part of the restrictions involves limiting the hours when yards can watered. To make sure people are following the rules, San Diego employs five so-called water cops. KPBS Metro Reporter Katie Orr spent the day with one.
Zombies are all the rage at the moment. Borders even has a whole wall devoted to zombie literature ranging from "The Zombie Survival Guide" to "Zombie Haiku" to "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies." Yesterday I posted Part One of my Zombie Exposé and focused on the Norwegian zombie film "Dead Snow," now I'll be looking to "Pontypool," a film based on a book and serving up a zombie film without zombies. What's that? A zombie film without zombies? But how can that be? Well it can and it works.
The San Diego Unified school board will consider today whether to use school bond money to help the City of San Diego build a downtown main library.