Stories for October 18, 2010
Dwight Lomayesva, III , a member of the Hopi tribe of Arizona, has tirelessly served the local San Diego American Indian Community for more than 20 years.
Harry Paul Cuero Jr.’s role as a tribal activist began at the age of 19 as he became involved in many aspects of the governmental process including serving as treasurer of the Campo Band of Kumeyaay Nation, becoming its cultural director in 2001, and in 2004, becoming the chairman and serving for four years. He is currently a member of Campo’s Executive Committee.
The architects behind a controversial state bill that extended the life of downtown San Diego’s redevelopment agency came together today to say they’re sorry for how the deal came about. But they’re not sorry that the deal got done.
The head of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, visited the San Ysidro Port of Entry Monday. The tour was part of the Obama Administration's effort to be seen as tough on border security.
Hospital officials and doctors met in San Diego today to discuss ways to reduce the of number of women who choose to deliver their babies early. Women are increasingly having c-sections before their babies are of optimum age.
Tonight I’ll attend what’s billed as the first and only debate between the major party candidates in San Diego County’s 50th Congressional District. The candidates are incumbent Republican Brian Bilbray and Democrat Francine Busby.
San Diego City Council members voted unanimously Monday to add the city to the list of California municipalities that requires their contractors to offer the same benefits to employee spouses and domestic partners.
"A New Step Every Day," explores the fast and furious 1920s and 1930s, when jazz was hot, credit was loose, and illegal booze flowed freely in underground speakeasies. Between performances, Michael Feinstein illustrates the impact of talking pictures, the dawn of radio, and the fledgling recording industry. Additionally, it introduces viewers to other collectors and musicians who keep the spirit of the Jazz Age alive today.
"Visa Dream" follows a lovable mother and father in Mexico who have been divided from their family over the Mexican-American border. They have not seen one of their daughters for 16 years. They spend a lot of time and money to try to get their tourist visa without knowing if they will be approved or not. Learn more about this divided family situation, as well as challenges that face about 6 million people each year trying to get a USA Tourist Visa.
California could be the first state in the nation to legalize marijuana if Proposition 19 passes this November. The initiative would make recreational use of marijuana legal and allow cities and counties to tax and regulate the sale of the drug. KPBS' documentary about Proposition 19 is called "The Marijuana State."
Opponents of Don't Ask Don't Tell, the 17-year-old military ban on openly gay service members, celebrated a victory last week. California Federal judge Virginia Phillips issued a ruling striking down the law that bans gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the U.S. military. She said it violates due process and freedom of speech. The ruling will be appealed by the justice department. How will this ruling affect former service members who were discharged for being gay?
On the heels of the recent Innovadora, the big conference in Tijuana designed to boost investment in the border city, drug-related violence flared in the city. We discuss these events and their meaning, as well as whether the passage of Proposition 19 will help or hurt the drug cartels.
Last month San Diego Coastkeeper coordinated the 26th annual Coastal Cleanup Day. Volunteers gathered at 80 different sites from Oceanside to Alpine to Tijuana. San Diego Coastkeeper weighed and surveyed the trash and will join us to analyze what was collected this year. We'll hear about the strangest items found (last year this list included an ATM machine), what type of trash is most pervasive and what all this rubbish does to the health of the ocean and bays.
In the last two decades, California's immigrant population has seen its fastest growth ever. A new study is linking this demographic trend with a drastic a drop in crime rates.
San Diego’s police, fire, library and parks departments are taking their warnings of possibly drastic budget cuts to the people. City department heads will appear at a series of town hall meetings beginning Monday in University City.
Oceanside is now tied with Escondido in having the most gang injunctions in San Diego County. Gang injunctions ban gang members from congregating in certain areas of a neighborhood.