Stories for October 22, 2009
San Diego Unified school officials say they learned their lesson last year and will tell the public about the magnitude of proposed budget cuts before it's too late.
The U.S. Treasury Department has frozen the assets of a Tijuana man who was allegedly a personal assistant to the Arellano Felix drug cartel's former leader.
The federal government is taking public comment on a rule regarding notification when electronic medical records are breached. The rule says consumers should be notified only if substantial harm has occurred. Critics say that's too high a standard.
There are indications that a new drug cartel may be operating in the San Diego-Tijuana border region. A nationwide sweep of arrests also targeted members of the cartel working in San Diego.
Tomatoes are the most frequently bought and the most commonly homegrown vegetable in the United States. With all that popularity we wondered whether consumers can tell the difference between organic and conventionally grown tomatoes, and is one growing method better that the other? KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce put organic, heirloom and conventionally grown tomatoes to the test and tells us what he's found out.
Pioneering chicana muralist Judith Baca has created public art that is truly public - it engages the community and tells their stories. In the 1970s, Baca created and directed one of the largest mural projects in the world, called the Great Wall of Los Angeles. An exhibit of her paintings, drawings, and renderings will be on display at the San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery.
San Diego County residents have responded to the call to conserve water, and local water district now say they'll ease back on water-use restrictions for the winter. How will the water-use restrictions change because of local conservation efforts? And, could local efforts to conserve lead to higher water rates in the future?
The current public health recommendation is that if you've been sick, you can go back to work or school 24 hours after your fever goes away, but a new study published in American Journal of Preventive Medicine says you might still be contagious.
Four men who were once high ranking members of Tijuana's Arellano Felix Drug Cartel have pleaded guilty in federal court in San Diego in the last week. Analysts say the pleas send a strong message.