Stories by Alan Ray
State lawmakers are expected to vote this week on a Democratic plan to fix California's 24 billion-dollar budget deficit. We're joined on Morning Edition by non-partisan Sacramento Political Consultant Leo McElroy.
Scientists are getting closer to predicting when a giant earthquake may strike California. A new NASA radar project will map over 500-miles of the San Andreas fault.
San Diego County officials today are expected to announce the start of a new campaign aimed at methamphetamine users.
The Padres have won two of nine interleague games this month. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times Sports Columnist Jay Paris to discuss the latest in sports.
If there's a bright spot to the housing bubble, it's that many San Diego County homeowners will pay less in property taxes. Joining us on Morning Edition is David Butler, Tax Assessor for the County of San Diego.
The deadline to pass a new budget came and went on Monday. As expected, there isn't a deal. We're joined on Morning Edition by non-partisan Sacramento Political Consultant Leo McElroy.
The Los Angeles Lakers are NBA world champions for the 15th time. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.
We're joined on Morning Edition to discuss oil prices, fuel efficiency and more with Phil Flynn Senior Market Analyst at Alaron Trading in Chicago, and a Fox Business News contributor.
California's $24 billion budget deficit is putting pressure on state lawmakers. We discuss this with Independent Sacramento Political Consultant Leo McElroy.
The Padres lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday in the longest major league game this season.
The San Diego County Grand Jury has issued a report recommending changes in law that would assure the continued existence and independence of the City Ethics Commission. KPBS reporter Alan Ray says the Grand Jury's concern is who controls the money that pays for the Ethics Commission.
Unemployment in San Diego County stands at 9.1 percent, but a new report suggests there are jobs in San Diego for people willing to learn new skills.
Governor Schwarzenegger is expected to call lawmakers into a joint session on Tuesday to outline his latest cuts.
The San Diego State men's baseball team came up a little short this weekend and Sports Columnist Jay Paris joins us to discuss what happened at the NCAA tournament.
The University of California system is out of control because administrators are getting high salaries during the state's budget crisis, according to Democratic Senator Leland Yee.
Governor Schwarzenegger is calling for new cuts instead of borrowing from Wall Street, as he'd originally proposed.
Political Consultant Leo McElroy talks about how lawmakers will fill an expected 24-billion-dollar hole in the state budget.
San Diegans are reminded California's fire season is year 'round. Fire Chief Tracy Jarman gives tips on fire prevention.
North County Sports Columnist Jay Paris discusses the possible trade of Padres pitcher Jake Peavy.
California voters rejection of the ballot measures puts the budget crisis back into the hands of the governor and state lawmakers.
It's spring time. Besides the hot weather and blooming flowers, there's one other certainty: rising gas prices.
A new documentary investigates California's water crisis. The director of the film joins us on Morning Edition.
Independent Sacramento Political Consultant Leo McElroy says voter turnout is likely to be low for today's special election.
North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris gives a recap of the Padres sweep over the Reds.
The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego is one of only 12 in the US participating in a nationwide study on climate change.
Last week, one of Major League Baseball's most recognizable faces was suspended for 50 games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Union-Tribune reporter Mark Zeigler talks about about Manny Ramirez's alleged use of illegal substances.
Independent Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy talks on Morning Edition about more bad fiscal news coming out of Sacramento.
One of the most high-profile players in the National League West has been suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball. And San Diego State Pitcher Stephen Strausberg is making a name for himself in a better way.
The Jesusita wildfire in Santa Barbara County has burned hundreds acres, destroyed dozens of homes and forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate. Dozens of San Diego firefighters are helping battle the flames. Joining us on Morning Edition is Mike Marcotte, a media consultant and the former news director of KPBS Radio who lives in the Santa Barbara area.
The San Diego Padres have a full week of games under their belt... and they're three games over .500! We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.
We've heard how the recession has affected large-scale industries, but what about the mom and pop stores? Today, we have another segment in our KPBS "Rough Water" series. Joining us on Morning Edition is Marc Adam, owner of Encinitas Surfboards in North San Diego County.
A San Diego health organization executive is in Washington, DC this week to discuss hospital safety during disasters. Joining us on Morning Edition is Scripps Health President and CEO Chris Van Gorder.
Taxes or fees? Some Democrats in the California legislature are trying to turn some taxes into fees. But why? We're joined on Morning Edition by independent Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy (MICK-Elroy).
It's baseball season!The San Diego Padres open the regular season tonight at Petco Park. They take on division rival, the LA Dodgers. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.
Unemployment lines are getting longer and sales taxes are increasing, but California is getting billions of dollars from the federal government. Joining us on Morning Edition is Steven Levy, director of the Center for the Continuing Study of the California Economy.
American auto makers are getting another chance to restructure their business models, but the Obama administration has made it clear they won't be getting a blank check from the government. We're joined on Morning Edition by Phil Flynn Senior Market Analyst at Alaron Trading in Chicago, and a Fox Business News contributor.
A major donor of the Republican Party has switched political allegiances. We're joined on Morning Edition by independent Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy (MICK-Elroy).
The SDSU Aztecs men's basketball team are going to the Big Apple for the NIT Final Four. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.
Two years ago, dreadful conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center focused a harsh light on military health care. Major General Keith Meurlin from the office of the Secretary of Defense for personnel and readiness tells us how services have improved.
Two of the nation's most well-known politicians are continuing an interesting alliance. We're joined on Morning Edition by independent Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy (MICK-Elroy).
March Madness is in full-swing and a San Diego high school stand-out is leading an underdog into the Sweet 16. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.
In San Diego one-third of the population falls within the age range of 45 to 65 that defines the boomer generation. Joining us on Morning Edition to talk about the San Diego State University titled "The Baby Boomer Lecture Series" is Doctor Steven Barnes.
The government reports gas prices helped push consumer prices up slightly last month, but a market analyst says they could stay steady through the rest of the year.
It took months of debate, political horse trading and a sleep over at the capital to get Sacramento politicians to pass a budget. But a new report from a legislative analyst says the state is still $8 billion in the hole. We're joined on Morning Edition by independent Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy.
The San Diego State Aztecs men played well in their conference, but not enough to get them into the NCAA tournament. In the end, it came down to one possession on Saturday. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.
San Diego County farmers have had some challenges over the past few years -- threats from pests, a crop freeze, wildfires... and climate change. But water may trump them all. Joining us on Morning Edition is Eric Larson, executive director of the San Diego County Farm Bureau.
Last week, we spoke with California State Senator Christine Kehoe about her opposition to Proposition Eight. We now speak with someone who supports the measure. Joining us on Morning Edition is Charles LiMandri. He is a San Diego attorney and former spokesman for Proposition 8.
An English band with strong underground support is making its San Diego debut Tuesday. The New Master Sounds is heavily influenced by African American soul jazz and funk bands from the late '60's and early 70's. Joining us to talk about their West Coast Tour is guitarist Eddie Roberts.
The Aztecs got a huge win this weekend over UNLV and the two teams will square-off again on Thursday. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.
Attorneys arguing for and against Proposition Eight made their case the state's supreme court yesterday. Democratic State Senator Christine Kehoe was there.