Stories for May 25, 2011
California lawmakers and business leaders are pushing legislation that’s often known as “the Amazon bill.” It’s actually a series of three measures that would force many out-of-state retailers to collect sales tax from California online customers.
The U.S. Senate considers making "Complete Streets" a nationwide policy and England finds a use for people being cremated.
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted today to oppose legislation that would allow heavier trucks on America's roadways.
Even if K-12 education get a funding bump in California in the next budget year, San Diego Unified School District staff said it should go toward easing the crush of rising salaries and benefits costs.
Steven Martinez was convicted of rape in San Diego in 1998 and has since become a quadriplegic in state prison. Martinez requires daily medical care that is estimated to cost the state $625,000 a year. Martinez is the first inmate to have his request for medical parole heard by the State Board of Parole Hearings. The state board ruled that Martinez still poses a threat to public safety and denied his request. We discuss the case with Martinez's attorney, Ken Karan, and Nina Salarno Ashford from Crime Victims United of California.
The multi award-winning event, broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, will be co-hosted for the sixth year by Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise and Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna, two acclaimed actors who have dedicated themselves to veteran’s causes and supporting our troops in active service. Joining co-hosts Sinise and Mantegna will be an all-star line-up of dignitaries, actors and musical artists in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.
Critics say DUI and drivers license checkpoints are being used to impound cars and target undocumented immigrants. A California Assembly member has proposed to ban the practice.
San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore said he expects an influx of inmates into his jails over the next two years, but it will be a "disaster" unless they come with additional funds. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday California must reduce its state prison population by more than 30,000.