Stories for May 3, 2010
The San Diego City Council voted 7-1 today to adopt a resolution calling for the repeal of Arizona's recently passed law targeting illegal immigrants.
The U.S. Supreme Court today let stand a lower court's finding that the Boy Scouts cannot lease city-owned parkland in Balboa Park because it is a religious organization.
Republican gubernatorial candidates Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner discuss their qualifications to run California in a statewide debate hosted by the California Report.
My first role at KPBS was as a camera assistant in the documentary film department. There was an overload of projects and a small staff. So when an opportunity to be the cinematographer for a documentary on the Asian Court at the San Diego Museum of Art came up, I convinced (ok, I begged) management to let me be the director of photography.
San Diego researchers have learned what makes stem cells different from mature cells. Stem cells are immature cells that can be engineered to be any cell in the body. But it's never been entirely clear why stem cells are different from mature cells.
Social media is so popular, health insurers are starting to get in on the act. Blue Shield of California has launched an on-line forum that allows members to share their health care experiences.
Escondido has opened a new $60 million building that will serve as the headquarters for its police and fire departments. The decision to build the complex was made before the city’s economy took a dive.
San Diego’s 8th council district is geographically unique. The district is split in half by the cities of Chula Vista and National City. Seven candidates are running to represent the district on the San Diego City Council. KPBS spoke with three of them in different locations in the district.
In response to the first Gulf War in 1991, KPBS Radio shifts to an all news and information format during the day and creates the call-in show "These Days." To this day, "These Days" remains the signature, locally produced program on radio. In 1995 KPBS opens a state-of-the-art facility on the San Diego State University campus to support the TV and radio operations under one roof.
A new transmitter allows KPBS to deliver high quality radio and television programs to a larger San Diego audience. Demand for such programs increases and KPBS delivers with innovative local programs like "Club Date" and "Sing Out" - and debuts national programs like "This Old House," "Nature," "Reading Rainbow" and "the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour."
In October of 1970, the station officially changes the call letters to KPBS and lengthens its daily radio broadcast to eighteen hours. That same year, the first program guide is published in 1970 with Gloria Penner as editor. In 1971 KPBS establishes a membership program and holds its first ever pledge drive - more than 1,500 people join.
Ken Jones, a San Diego State professor, had the vision to create an educational radio station on campus. Seven years later, President Johnson signs the Public Broadcasting Act with KPBS General Manager John Witherspoon at his side and spurs the formation of National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting Service.
It was December 1, 1969 and my younger son was having his third birthday. For both of us, it would be a day of great change. I was stepping back into the media world after a five year hiatus devoted to my role as parent and homemaker. It was a half-time position which worked for my schedule and for the KEBS (now KPBS) budget.
San Diego Assemblyman Marty Block is once again criticizing San Diego State University for changing its admission policy last year. Now he’s proposing a legislative fix.