Stories for April 22, 2010
The California Public Utilities Commission settled claims today that San Diego Gas and Electric's lines ignited three major wildfires in 2007. Under the deal, SDG&E will pay 14 million dollars to the state's general fund but admits no wrongdoing.
The San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton approved a Memorandum of Understanding between the two agencies today to study the feasibility of building a desalination plant on the base.
Developers would receive incentives for making buildings in downtown San Diego more environmentally sustainable under a "Centre City Green" program announced today by Mayor Jerry Sanders.
The Environmental Protection Agency and Earth Day share the same 40th anniversary Thursday. While California has recently been on the leading edge of some stringent environmental regulations, the EPA has not always followed the state's lead.
The thriving capital of Greece sprawls out from the foot of its magnificent Acropolis. In this episode, we'll tour the must-sees of ancient Athens, including the Parthenon, Agora, and amazing National Archaeological Museum. We'll take the fast-paced pulse of the modern city, but waste no time getting to Rick's favorite side trip destinations: the ruins of the mystical oracle at Delphi, and a fast boat to the romantic, traffic-free Isle of Hydra.
The California Assembly has set politics aside and voted to confirm Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's choice for lieutenant governor. The nomination of Republican state Sen. Abel Maldonado now goes to the Senate, but Thursday's vote in the Assembly was his biggest hurdle.
ArtWalk and the Adams Avenue Roots Festival are just two of the events happening in San Diego this weekend. Our culture scouts Keli Dailey and Chris Cantore have some recommendations for our listeners.
A San Diego judge today will consider lifting a gag order in the case of a convicted sex offender who admitted raping and killing 17-year-old Chelsea King and 14-year-old Amber Dubois.
On April 22, 1970 the people of Logan Heights and other Chicano communities in San Diego protested against the construction of a Highway Patrol station under the Coronado bridge and won the right to build a park. Today, 40 years later, Chicano Park is a vibrant symbol of the Chicano movement. We talk with Victor Ochoa, a muralist and founding member of the Chicano Park Steering Committee about the history of the park and Chicano activism.
What can be done to raise awareness about how people become homeless, and the challenges they face living on the streets? We discuss the latest statistics on the local homeless population, and the goals of this weekend's "Sleepless in San Diego" event.
The issue of overpopulation is said to be a disaster in slow motion for our global environment. On this Earth Day, we'll take a different approach to this complex problem. The answer may lie in empowering women to take control of their lives and their bodies. We'll hear from the author of the new book, "The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power and the Future of the World."
The city got its first look Wednesday at what a permanent homeless shelter in San Diego might look like. But a city council committee voted not to forward the issue to the full council yet.