Stories for May 10, 2012
Sixteen members of Congress called today for stricter oversight on Border Patrol personnel in light of new evidence of "appalling behavior'' on the part of agents during an arrest that led to a detainee's death at the U.S.-Mexico line in San Ysidro two years ago.
A new report finds more California high school students are prepared for college, but fewer of them are attending one of the state’s public colleges or universities.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is urging the California legislature to vote in favor of funding for high speed rail in next month’s budget.
As a Holocaust survivor, Ms. Zaks speaks about the atrocities of hate crimes and racial and religious discrimination in the U.S. and the world. Ms. Zaks also speaks to schools and various organizations to help others learn about the Holocaust. She inspires young men and women to make a positive difference in their own and others’ lives. She has been recognized by many organizations including the Board of Education of San Diego City Schools, and she received the Channel 10 Leadership Award-2000.
The California Assembly has approved a bill that would make it harder for parents to opt out of immunizations for their children.
In 1984, Jill Borg Spitzer started at Jewish Family Service when the agency had a staff of 20, an annual budget of $500,000 and it focused primarily on family counseling. But, as CEO for the past 25 years, Ms. Spitzer began focusing on emerging social issues that were impacting the community including domestic violence, mentoring young boys and girls, senior centers and hunger. She holds a Masters degree from Columbia, and is a licensed clinical social worker. She is also a member of the Senior Women’s Basketball Association in San Diego.
Military children with autism will have the opportunity to learn about filmmaking this summer through a free two-week program in San Diego. Joey Travolta, actor and brother of John Travolta, will be the students' guide - with the help of professional filmmakers from Inclusion Films, Travolta's filmmaking workshop for adults with disabilities.
Kawamura was one of five production engineers from the Kyoto Ceramic Company, Ltd. ( now Kyocera Corporation), who left Japan in 1971 for a bold new assignment in California – opening the first manufacturing plant outside of Japan. Mr. Kawamura’s ideas and relentless efforts at Kyocera helped create a new generation of semiconductor packages that paved the way for the mass-commercialization of many important semiconductor technologies. In addition to his work as a chemist, manufacturing engineer and training/education professional, Mike Kawamura is actively involved in promoting intercultural understanding and harmony.
A New Orleans native, Mr. Broussard is the founder of Silk Road productions, an event management and production firm, through which he has created acclaimed special events and raised thousands of dollars for numerous non-profit organizations. He is responsible for bringing several important events to San Diego: the Asian Cultural Festival; the Filipino American Culture and Heritage Festival; and the AMP Music Festival. Mr. Broussard has a reputation for being down to earth, inspirational to others, a leader in the community and willing to take action for the benefit of the San Diego community.