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Stories by Amita Sharma

San Diego Writer Shares Her Experience With Depression

San Diego Writer Shares Her Experience With Depression

Nov. 4
By Amita Sharma, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

This week in her long-running San Diego Reader column, Diary of a Diva, Barbarella Fokos decided to write about something she never has before. She described what it's like for her to live with depression.

Drought Taking Heavy Toll On San Diego Trees

Drought Taking Heavy Toll On San Diego Trees

Nov. 4
By Amita Sharma, Maureen Cavanaugh, Neiko Will

California has lost an astounding number of trees to the ongoing drought. Among them, many of San Diego's beloved Torrey pines.

University Of San Diego Forum Examines Global Refugee Crisis

University Of San Diego Forum Examines Global Refugee Crisis

Nov. 4
By Amita Sharma, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The situation in Syria and Europe is considered the biggest refugee crisis since World War II. A public forum asks whether the world should be more prepared for the population upheavals that come with war.

Edison Never Told Federal Regulators Of San Onofre Equipment Design...

Edison Never Told Federal Regulators Of San Onofre Equipment Design Flaw

Oct. 30
By Amita Sharma

Records show Southern California Edison knew in 2005 about a flaw in the San Onofre nuclear power plant's new steam generator design but omitted that detail in a meeting with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Critics say the omission deserves legal scrutiny.

San Diego Scientists Turn Ocean Pink To Study Pollution

San Diego Scientists Turn Ocean Pink To Study Pollution

Oct. 16
By Amita Sharma, Marissa Cabrera

The study is part of a binational effort to examine how pollution travels across the U.S.-Mexico border.

YMCA Corporate Board Refuses To Release Investigation Results To Br...

YMCA Corporate Board Refuses To Release Investigation Results To Branch Leaders

Oct. 12
By Amita Sharma

A June resolution shows, however, that board members intended to turn over inquiry findings "to any branch board member who wishes to receive a copy."

Proposal To Ban Styrofoam Food Containers In Encinitas Heats Up

Proposal To Ban Styrofoam Food Containers In Encinitas Heats Up

Oct. 2
By Amita Sharma, Megan Burke

The City of Encinitas has extended the public comment period on a proposal to restaurants and other businesses from using styrofoam containers for take-out food and drinks.

Inventors Show Off Their Wares At Maker Faire San Diego

Inventors Show Off Their Wares At Maker Faire San Diego

Oct. 2
By Amita Sharma, Marissa Cabrera

The inaugural Maker Faire gets underway this weekend in Balboa Park. San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has named it the Fall Centennial Event of 2015.

YMCA Investigation Finds No Evidence Of Wrongdoing, Says Board Chai...

YMCA Investigation Finds No Evidence Of Wrongdoing, Says Board Chairman

Oct. 1
By Amita Sharma

The YMCA is mum on whether the findings will be revealed.

Details Emerge In Investigation Of YMCA Of San Diego County Management

Details Emerge In Investigation Of YMCA Of San Diego County Management

Sept. 30
By Amita Sharma

The YMCA of San Diego County is facing turmoil at the top. KPBS previously reported that the YMCA’s corporate board had hired a consultant to oversee an investigation into mismanagement allegations. Here are edited excerpts from an interview with KPBS Investigative reporter Amita Sharma.

Federal 'Good Neighbors' Meeting Scrutinizes Climate Change Impact ...

Federal 'Good Neighbors' Meeting Scrutinizes Climate Change Impact On San Diego Border

Sept. 21
By Amita Sharma, Neiko Will

The Good Neighbor Environmental Board collected input from local and state agencies and other stakeholders this week, for its annual report to the President.

Roundtable: The Marne Foster Mess, Women Marines, New CPUC Head, Nu...

Roundtable: The Marne Foster Mess, Women Marines, New CPUC Head, Nuclear Waste

Sept. 18
By Amita Sharma, Pat Finn

The San Diego Unified School Board President is in some hot water. Women Marines fighting for combat-readiness. The California Public Utilities Commission has a new chair, if that makes a difference. San Diego County Supervisors want nuclear waste out of San Onofre — now.

San Diego Group Says U.S. Needs To Do More To Help Syrian Refugees

San Diego Group Says U.S. Needs To Do More To Help Syrian Refugees

Sept. 11
By Amita Sharma, Marissa Cabrera

The White House announced the United States will now take 10,000 Syrian refugees. But the Syrian American Council of San Diego calls that a "drop in an ocean."

San Diego Chargers Gear Up For Season Opener As Team Eyes Los Angel...

San Diego Chargers Gear Up For Season Opener As Team Eyes Los Angeles Move

Sept. 11
By Amita Sharma, Associated Press, City News Service, Patty Lane

The team and city of San Diego failed to meet their Friday deadline for a stadium agreement. "The Chargers are unwilling to go along with the city's ill-conceived strategies," Chargers special counsel Mark Fabiani told the Associated Press.

Rep. Susan Davis Discusses Iran Nuclear Deal

Rep. Susan Davis Discusses Iran Nuclear Deal

Sept. 7
By Amita Sharma, Marissa Cabrera, Tom Fudge

One of the issues up for debate when Congress returns from its August recess on Tuesday will be the U.S. nuclear deal with Iran.

PUC Continues To Flout Legislator's Demand For Documents On San Ono...

PUC Continues To Flout Legislator's Demand For Documents On San Onofre Pact

Sept. 7
By Amita Sharma

Despite repeated demands over the last six months for documents related to how the San Onofre settlement agreement was reached, regulators have steadfastly refused to turn them over to a state lawmaker.

Historic Jewish Artifacts Donation Helps Support Diversity At SDSU

Historic Jewish Artifacts Donation Helps Support Diversity At SDSU

Sept. 4
By Amita Sharma, Patty Lane

A San Diego man donated his Torah collection to the university, which turned out to be worth nearly $500,000.

San Diego YMCA Board Authorizes Probe Into Mismanagement Allegation...

San Diego YMCA Board Authorizes Probe Into Mismanagement Allegations Against CEO

Sept. 2
By Amita Sharma

The investigation comes several months after two Encinitas board members were ousted following their complaints to the corporate board about San Diego County YMCA President and Chief Executive Officer Baron Herdelin-Doherty.

San Diegans Reflect On 10-Year Anniversary Of Hurricane Katrina

San Diegans Reflect On 10-Year Anniversary Of Hurricane Katrina

Aug. 27
By Amita Sharma, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

The 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina brings up painful memories for some San Diegans. We hear from a woman who relocated after losing everything to the storm and how San Diegans helped out in the aftermath.

San Diego Experts Talk Violence In The Workplace

San Diego Experts Talk Violence In The Workplace

Aug. 27
By Amita Sharma, Maureen Cavanaugh, Neiko Will

The deadly shooting of two journalists in Virginia by a disgruntled former coworker highlights that fact that homicide is currently the fourth leading cause of death at work, according to OSHA.

Records Challenge Edison's $7.6B Demand Of Mitsubishi Over San Onof...

Records Challenge Edison's $7.6B Demand Of Mitsubishi Over San Onofre Equipment

Aug. 14
By Amita Sharma

Documents indicate Southern California Edison's arbitration claim against Mitsubishi may not be clear-cut.

Counting Customer Costs For San Onofre Closure: $10.4 Billion

Counting Customer Costs For San Onofre Closure: $10.4 Billion

Aug. 3
By Amita Sharma

The $3.3 billion ratepayer tab contained within the controversial settlement over the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station is but a fraction of the decades-long bill customers are left to cover because of the shutdown.

Lightsabers, Han Solo Dazzle Comic-Con San Diego Fans

Lightsabers, Han Solo Dazzle Comic-Con San Diego Fans

July 13
By Amita Sharma, Beth Accomando, Maureen Cavanaugh, Neiko Will

The parties are over, the celebrities have cleared out, and the superheroes have packed up their capes. Another Comic-Con has come to a close.

San Diego Stand Down Prepares To Help Hundreds of Homeless Veterans

San Diego Stand Down Prepares To Help Hundreds of Homeless Veterans

July 13
By Amita Sharma, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Veterans Village of San Diego is hosting Stand Down for the 28th year beginning on Friday at the San Diego High School campus.

More Emails Surface On Secret Meetings Over San Onofre Settlement

More Emails Surface On Secret Meetings Over San Onofre Settlement

June 26
By Amita Sharma

New information reveals that upon his return from a secret meeting with a Southern California Edison executive in Poland, former California Public Utilities Commissioner Michael Peevey met with fellow Commissioner Mike Florio.

Consumer Group Withdraws Support For San Onofre Settlement

Consumer Group Withdraws Support For San Onofre Settlement

June 24
By Amita Sharma

A San Francisco-based consumer group called on the California Public Utilities Commission to withdraw a $4.7 billion settlement that stuck ratepayers with the majority of the costs to shut down San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

Allegations May Leave Supervisor Dave Roberts Politically Vulnerable

Allegations May Leave Supervisor Dave Roberts Politically Vulnerable

June 12
By Amita Sharma

With San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts engulfed in a scandal, his political survival may rest on a criminal inquiry and public perception.

San Diegans Reflect On The End Of World War II

San Diegans Reflect On The End Of World War II

May 25
By Amita Sharma, Neiko Will, Tom Fudge

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. On this Memorial Day, we take a look back at the war that dramatically changed the country and San Diego.

San Diego County's Unemployment Rate Dips To Nearly 8-Year Low

San Diego County's Unemployment Rate Dips To Nearly 8-Year Low

May 25
By Amita Sharma, Marissa Cabrera, Tom Fudge

San Diego County's unemployment rate dropped to 4.8 percent — the lowest rate the region has seen in almost a decade.

San Diego's Lawsuit Over Leaky Fuel Tanks Revived

San Diego's Lawsuit Over Leaky Fuel Tanks Revived

May 21
By Amita Sharma, City News Service

The city of San Diego's $300 million lawsuit against the owner of a leaky fuel tank farm in Mission Valley was revived by an appellate court, according to the City Attorney's Office.

Two Encinitas YMCA Board Members Forced Out Over Youth Membership D...

Two Encinitas YMCA Board Members Forced Out Over Youth Membership Dispute

May 21
By Amita Sharma

Board members Lizbeth Ecke and Bob Ayers say they were asked to resign from the board at the Ecke YMCA after objecting to a decision to eliminate discounted youth memberships at all of San Diego County's 12 YMCAs.

How California's New Environmental Regulations On Desalination Affe...

How California's New Environmental Regulations On Desalination Affect Carlsbad's Plant

May 12
By Amita Sharma, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

California's water board adopted environmental guidelines for building and operating desalination plants. But critics of the process say the rules are not strict or clear enough to make sure desalination plants are environmentally sound.

Tribune Publishing To Buy U-T San Diego For $85M

Tribune Publishing To Buy U-T San Diego For $85M

May 7
By Amita Sharma, City News Service, Hoa Quach

The San Diego newspaper announced Thursday that it will join the parent company of the Los Angeles Times.

Scientists Investigate Mysterious 'Blob' At UC San Diego

Scientists Investigate Mysterious 'Blob' At UC San Diego

May 6
By Amita Sharma, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Questions about a mysterious mass of warm water in the Pacific Ocean and its effects on marine life bring researchers to the La Jolla campus.

Let's Talk About Sex: San Diego Study Shows Shifting Attitudes On P...

Let's Talk About Sex: San Diego Study Shows Shifting Attitudes On Premarital Sex

May 7
By Amita Sharma, Maureen Cavanaugh, Neiko Will

An SDSU researcher found the Millennial generation is fine with hooking up before marriage, but may have fewer sexual partners than their parents.

San Diego Doctor Raises Stroke Awareness — Especially For Women

San Diego Doctor Raises Stroke Awareness — Especially For Women

May 6
By Amita Sharma, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The month of May is dedicated to stroke awareness and experts like vascular surgeon Dr. William Neil are working to get the word out about stroke risks and symptoms, especially for women.

Balancing Rights In College Sex Assault Cases

Balancing Rights In College Sex Assault Cases

April 15
By Amita Sharma, Maureen Cavanaugh, Neiko Will

As colleges scramble to do a better job dealing with assaults on campus, are they trampling on the rights of the accused?

Tax Day: Money Experts Examine Proposed California Earned Income Ta...

Tax Day: Money Experts Examine Proposed California Earned Income Tax Credit

April 15
By Amita Sharma, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

On this Tax Day, financial experts talk about a number of proposals aimed at addressing income inequality.

Chula Vista City Council Vote Count Upheld

Chula Vista City Council Vote Count Upheld

April 14
By Amita Sharma, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Patty Lane

A San Diego Superior Court judge upheld the vote count in Chula Vista's City Council race. Dozens of uncounted provisional ballots were not counted last fall in a race won by two votes.

Block Proposes Giving Grants To California Students Who Finish Coll...

Block Proposes Giving Grants To California Students Who Finish College In 4 Years

April 1
By Amita Sharma, Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

State Sen. Marty Block is proposing a bill that would invest millions into the University of California and California State University systems. The plan includes giving students money for finishing school on time.

Ex-SeaWorld Trainer Responds To Video Of Him Using Racial Slurs

Ex-SeaWorld Trainer Responds To Video Of Him Using Racial Slurs

April 1
By Amita Sharma, Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Tarryn Mento

John Hargrove, an ex-SeaWorld trainer who released the book "Beneath the Surface," said the company is attempting to hurt his reputation by releasing a video of him using a racial slur.

Calls To Overturn San Onofre Settlement Intensify Amid PUC Revelations

Calls To Overturn San Onofre Settlement Intensify Amid PUC Revelations

March 31
By Amita Sharma

Consumer advocates say emails and seized notes expose a narrative they have long suspected: The California Public Utilities Commission colludes with the power companies it is supposed to regulate.

State Lawmaker Wants Process of San Onofre Nuclear Plant Settlement...

State Lawmaker Wants Process of San Onofre Nuclear Plant Settlement Reviewed

March 20
By Amita Sharma

Assemblyman Anthony Rendon’s call comes after revelations that the framework for the agreement was developed during a secret meeting in Poland two years ago between former California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey and an executive from San Onofre majority owner Southern California Edison.

PUC'S Process For Hiring Defense Lawyers Amid Probes Challenged

PUC'S Process For Hiring Defense Lawyers Amid Probes Challenged

March 10
By Amita Sharma

Two San Diego attorneys sued the California Public Utilities Commission this week, arguing it was illegal for the agency to hire in secret a law firm to represent the commission in state and federal investigations.

Consumer Advocates Question State Regulator's Role In San Onofre Se...

Consumer Advocates Question State Regulator's Role In San Onofre Settlement

March 4
By Amita Sharma

Mike Florio is the second California Public Utilities commissioner — after former president Michael Peevey — to be implicated in email exchanges with Southern California Edison.

Mexican Millionaire Says Feds Told Him To Flee Amid Political Scandal

Mexican Millionaire Says Feds Told Him To Flee Amid Political Scandal

Feb. 24
By Amita Sharma

Businessman José Susumo Azano Matsura is accused of channeling $600,000 into the campaigns of San Diego mayoral candidates and others.

Travel And Adventure Show Comes To San Diego

Travel And Adventure Show Comes To San Diego

Feb. 12
By Amita Sharma, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

It's never too early to start thinking about vacation. This weekend the San Diego Travel & Adventure Show returns with 1,500 travel experts to help attendees plan their next trip.

State Dept. Official: Heroin Smuggling Up Because U.S. Cocaine Use ...

State Dept. Official: Heroin Smuggling Up Because U.S. Cocaine Use Is Down

Feb. 11
By Amita Sharma

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield made the comments while in San Diego this week to build partnerships with state and municipal law enforcement.

San Diego Gangs Outsourcing Pimping Duties To Women

San Diego Gangs Outsourcing Pimping Duties To Women

Feb. 9
By Amita Sharma

The women serve as enforcers who still turn tricks — but they reap none of the profits and are used to shield pimps from police scrutiny.

Investigators Search Home Of Ex-CPUC Chief Michael Peevey

Investigators Search Home Of Ex-CPUC Chief Michael Peevey

Jan. 30
By Amita Sharma

The search comes one month after Michael Peevey stepped down as president of the powerful California Public Utilities Commission.