Stories for December 17, 2010
Our founding fathers rejected the notion of having a monarchy but America, and especially Hollywood, adores tales of royalty. So prepare for the latest: "The King's Speech" (opening December 17 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas and AMC La Jolla Village Theaters). You can read my review or listen to our KPBS Film Club of the Air discussion.
San Diego is besieged by claims and lawsuits against the city. They range from accidents involving city sidewalks to floods from broken water pipes. According to the Watchdog Institute at San Diego State University, the number of cases has dropped, yet the cost of dealing with them has tripled, And you, the taxpayer, are paying. Reporter Kelly Thornton gives us the details.
The California Fish and Game Commission voted Wednesday to adopt a network of marine protected areas, or MPA's, from Santa Barbara to the Mexican border. Areas off San Diego County's coast will now be part of a statewide system of underwater parks. Eric Brickenstein, spokesperson for San Diego Coastkeeper explains the changes.
Deportations of undocumented immigrants have increased this year - in some cases separating families. Some mothers risk dangerous illegal crossings to get back to their children left in the U.S. KPBS reporter Ruxandra Guidi went to a shelter in Tijuana and spoke to some recently deported mothers and has details.
Looming budget cuts to the state’s university system could mean fewer doctors in California. This comes as the state already struggles with too few doctors.
The money is big and the stakes are high. The question is: How should San Diego spend $110 billion over the next 40 years to make it easier to get from here to there?
Three cities in San Diego County were awarded state grants of nearly $370,000 each to continue gang violence prevention programs, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced Friday.
Unified Port of San Diego officials today showed off its $28 million Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, which will serve as an auxiliary terminal for cruise ships and a venue for public events.
The unemployment rate was up just slightly in San Diego County last month, 10.4 percent, compared to 10.3 percent in October, according to figures released today by the state Employment Development Department.
Several days worth of wet and gloomy weather was expected to begin today in San Diego County.
Governor-elect Jerry Brown wants a budget agreement in place by March. Brown says the state budget is much worse than he thought. The governor-elect told state education officials to "fasten your seat belt. It's going to be a rough ride, but we'll get through it." We talk about what Jerry Brown might bring to the State Capital, and his first-year challenges.
The UT's Watchdog team reports that the former head of the San Diego YMCA had a pay package worth nearly $1 million -- twice as much as YMCA leaders in Los Angeles and Chicago. The newspaper also investigated rich medical benefits for board members at local water agencies. We discuss the growing anger over executive compensation.
Chargers CEO Dean Spanos told Mayor Jerry Sanders the team won't leave San Diego in 2011. Spanos wouldn't commit to staying after next season, as rumors have the team moving to Los Angeles in 2012. What are the chances the Bolts could bolt? What's the latest details on a Chargers' stadium in downtown San Diego?
The phone at the other end of the line rang and rang as I waited for someone to answer. I was calling Kenneth Necochea of Poway, the father of Kenneth Necochea Jr. who was killed Sunday in a car-bomb attack in Afghanistan.