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Stories by Amita Sharma

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.

Will More Indictments Come In San Diego Campaign Scandal?

Will More Indictments Come In San Diego Campaign Scandal?

Jan. 21
By Amita Sharma

One year after federal prosecutors accused a Mexican tycoon and others of campaign finance crimes, a question remains: Is there enough evidence to charge the politicians who benefited from the money?

San Diego Professor Discusses New Book On Impact Of Drone Strikes

San Diego Professor Discusses New Book On Impact Of Drone Strikes

Jan. 19
By Amita Sharma, Marissa Cabrera, Tom Fudge

In her new book, "Drones and Targeted Killing," Thomas Jefferson School of Law Professor Marjorie Cohn includes a collection of writings that examine the "legal, moral and geopolitical" issues surrounding U.S. drone strikes overseas.

A Discussion On The Motivations Behind The Paris Terror Attacks

A Discussion On The Motivations Behind The Paris Terror Attacks

Jan. 12
By Amita Sharma, Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The shootings in Paris last week renewed questions about the challenges nations face in identifying terrorist threats and preventing attacks.

Ex-San Diego Cleric And Al-Qaida Leader Tied to Paris Terrorists

Ex-San Diego Cleric And Al-Qaida Leader Tied to Paris Terrorists

Jan. 9
By Amita Sharma

Three years after Anwar al-Awlaki's death in a U.S. drone strike, his legacy lives on in the terror world.

California Regulator Michael Peevey's Legacy Debated

California Regulator Michael Peevey's Legacy Debated

Dec. 26
By Amita Sharma

Allies insist state Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey leaves an unsurpassable legacy, but critics say he had chummy ties with the power companies he oversaw.

Scripps CEO Discusses New Book On Leadership

Scripps CEO Discusses New Book On Leadership

Dec. 23
By Amita Sharma, Marissa Cabrera, Tom Fudge

Chris Van Gorder has been president and CEO of Scripps Health since 2000. His first book is titled "The Front-line Leader: Building a High-Performance Organization from the Ground Up."

San Diego's Independent Booksellers Thrive In Shadow Of Online Reta...

San Diego's Independent Booksellers Thrive In Shadow Of Online Retailers

Dec. 22
By Amita Sharma, Patty Lane, Tom Fudge

San Diego's independent booksellers are thriving, while larger brick-and-mortar book stores and retailers are losing out to online competitors.

Affordable Care Act: Deadlines And 2015 Changes

Affordable Care Act: Deadlines And 2015 Changes

Dec. 5
By Amita Sharma, Patty Lane

There are some open enrollment deadlines approaching for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act. We have information on deadlines and changes you should be aware of for 2015.

San Diego's Convention Center Due For Repairs, Safety Upgrade

San Diego's Convention Center Due For Repairs, Safety Upgrade

Dec. 3
By Amita Sharma

Critics charge some of the delayed fixes have risked public safety and raise questions over how to maintain the current building in addition to expanding.

FDA: Calorie Count To Help Americans Make Better Food Choices

FDA: Calorie Count To Help Americans Make Better Food Choices

Nov. 28
By Amita Sharma, Patty Lane

People in the U.S. spend more than 50 percent of their paychecks on dining out. New rules announced by the FDA could make it easier to track those calories.

'Small Business Saturday' Keeps Money In The Local Economy

'Small Business Saturday' Keeps Money In The Local Economy

Nov. 28
By Amita Sharma, Patty Lane

The Saturday after Thanksgiving is celebrated as the day to buy local with pro-small-business campaign underway around the county.

Ventura Man To Go Free After Judge Overturns 1978 Murder Conviction

Ventura Man To Go Free After Judge Overturns 1978 Murder Conviction

Nov. 20
By Amita Sharma

California Western School of Law's Innocence Project says discovery of DNA evidence, fabricated testimony and sealed police reports helped reverse conviction.

4 Donors Fined $35K For Violating San Diego Campaign Finance Laws

4 Donors Fined $35K For Violating San Diego Campaign Finance Laws

Nov. 14
By Amita Sharma, City News Service

The cases involved people who made $500 donations to District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis' failed 2012 mayoral run and then were reimbursed for the expense.

San Diego Unified Opens Up About Support For Dyslexic Students

San Diego Unified Opens Up About Support For Dyslexic Students

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

A recent KPBS report on the challenges students with dyslexia face, sparked a conversation about the amount of help available to them at San Diego Unified School District.

Court Rules Against San Diego County Climate Action Plan

Court Rules Against San Diego County Climate Action Plan

Oct. 30
By Amita Sharma, Patty Lane, Quinn Owen, Tom Fudge

San Diego County will need to revise its Climate Action Plan after an appellate court ruled in favor of the Sierra Club, stating the plan "does not ensure reductions" of greenhouse gas emissions. We look at what's next.

November Election Spurs Question Of How Voters Should Judge Judges

November Election Spurs Question Of How Voters Should Judge Judges

Oct. 25
By Amita Sharma

Judicial candidates face little vetting even though — if elected — they wield tremendous power over people's lives.

Are California Hospitals Prepared For Ebola?

Are California Hospitals Prepared For Ebola?

Oct. 22
By Amita Sharma, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

Some local nurses are concerned that hospitals aren't prepared for an infectious disease such as Ebola, and Tuesday the state's largest nurses union met with Gov. Jerry Brown to call for better preparation and training.

San Diego Judicial Candidate Omits Law Enforcement Ties On Jury Que...

San Diego Judicial Candidate Omits Law Enforcement Ties On Jury Questionnaire

Oct. 15
By Amita Sharma

Ken Gosselin, a candidate for San Diego Superior Court judge, has been endorsed by police groups, but when called for jury duty said he had no positive or negative experience with law enforcement.

San Diego War Reporter Reflects On Her Time In Iraq

San Diego War Reporter Reflects On Her Time In Iraq

Oct. 7
By Amita Sharma, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A personal history essay published in U-T San Diego is reminding us of the history of the U.S. conflict in Iraq, as witnessed by one journalist.

Mayor Faulconer On Terrorism, Services For Homeless

Mayor Faulconer On Terrorism, Services For Homeless

Sept. 29
By Amita Sharma, Patty Lane, Tom Fudge

In his monthly update on the business of the city, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer tackled a number of topics ranging from terrorism to services for the homeless on KPBS Midday Monday.

Bill Awaiting Governor's Signature Would Help Foster Youth In College

Bill Awaiting Governor's Signature Would Help Foster Youth In College

Sept. 26
By Amita Sharma, Megan Burke

New legislation awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown's signature offers help to foster kids in college by allowing them to live in transitional housing for one additional year.

San Diego County Sees Increase In Number Of Homeless Students

San Diego County Sees Increase In Number Of Homeless Students

Sept. 24
By Amita Sharma, Matthew Bowler, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

San Diego County is in line with national numbers showing the number of homeless students enrolled in public school is on the rise. There are 20,000 homeless students in San Diego County.

Flow Of Unaccompanied Minors Has Decreased But What About The Child...

Flow Of Unaccompanied Minors Has Decreased But What About The Children Already Here?

Sept. 23
By Amita Sharma, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

We no longer see daily headlines about the surge in unaccompanied minors and young families crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, but what is happening to the thousands of young people who did cross the border, surrendered to Border Patrol agents and claimed refugee status?

The Race To Contain The Ebola Outbreak

The Race To Contain The Ebola Outbreak

Sept. 22
By Amita Sharma, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

Sierra Leone's weekend lockdown to contain the Ebola outbreak is being called a success with the discover of 150 new cases. What will it take to stop the spread and treat those infected? Are we any closer to a vaccine?

Report: Poverty Rate In San Diego Increases

Report: Poverty Rate In San Diego Increases

Sept. 18
By Amita Sharma, Patty Lane

New census data highlights some disturbing trends, like how 1 in 5 children in San Diego are living in poverty.

San Diegans Rally For Change: People's Climate March

San Diegans Rally For Change: People's Climate March

Sept. 18
By Amita Sharma, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

Worldwide demonstrations known as the "People's Climate March" are planned for this weekend ahead of world leaders gathering at the U.N. for a climate summit. The march is based in New York, but an event is planned in San Diego.

Cost Of Doing Nothing At The Salton Sea May Be Higher Than Cost Of ...

Cost Of Doing Nothing At The Salton Sea May Be Higher Than Cost Of Repair

Sept. 18
By Amita Sharma, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A new report on the Salton Sea estimates that the volume of the lake will shrink by more than 50 percent in the next 15 years. If no mitigation or reclamation project is undertaken, the report projects the costs of the shrinking lake will include impacts to Southern California's ecology and public health.

'Life, Animated: A Story Of Sidekicks, Heroes, And Autism'

'Life, Animated: A Story Of Sidekicks, Heroes, And Autism'

Sept. 17
By Amita Sharma, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

A book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Suskind details his family's 20-year struggle with their youngest son's autism — and how his obsession to Disney movies opened his world and is helping others.

San Diego Veterans Can Speak Up About VA Healthcare At Town Hall Me...

San Diego Veterans Can Speak Up About VA Healthcare At Town Hall Meeting Thursday

Sept. 16
By Amita Sharma, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The VA San Diego wants to hear from veterans about their experience with VA health care. Issues over waiting times, access to care and more will be aired at a series of town hall meetings around the county. These town hall events come on the heels of the new VA secretary's visit to San Diego to rehabilitate the group's battered reputation.

Zero Tolerance Policies' Impact On School-To-Prison Pipeline

Zero Tolerance Policies' Impact On School-To-Prison Pipeline

Sept. 16
By Amita Sharma, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

KPBS Midday Edition takes a look at how "zero-tolerance" policies in schools might be contributing to the crowding of juvenile detention facilities.

FBI Chief: U.S. Safer After 9/11 But Al-Qaida Offshoots Pose Threat...

FBI Chief: U.S. Safer After 9/11 But Al-Qaida Offshoots Pose Threats (Video)

Sept. 12
By Amita Sharma

FBI Director James Comey, speaking in San Diego, said counter terrorism remains a top priority for the agency with terrorists from ISIS and al-Shabab posing significant threats.

Controversy Surrounds Future Of East County Performing Arts Center

Sept. 9
By Amita Sharma, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The East County Performing Arts Center might soon lease out much of its calendar to the Rock Church. Critics say that's not what the facility was intended for.

What's Next For San Diego's Convention Center?

What's Next For San Diego's Convention Center?

Aug. 28
By Amita Sharma, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The City Council voted unanimously not to appeal a court ruling against the plan to finance the San Diego Convention Center expansion. City leaders say the search for a new plan begins.

Vietnam Vet Writes Novel 'Raw Man' To Promote PTSD Awareness

Vietnam Vet Writes Novel 'Raw Man' To Promote PTSD Awareness

Aug. 28
By Amita Sharma, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Disabled Vietnam veteran Fred Rivera has turned his struggle with physical and psychic pain into a novel based on his real experiences in Vietnam.

California First State To Pass Cellphone 'Kill Switch' Law

California First State To Pass Cellphone 'Kill Switch' Law

Aug. 27
By Amita Sharma, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane and Associated Press

Smartphone theft is on the rise — many times turning violent — but a new California law will require a "kill switch" be installed rendering the phone inoperable if stolen.

San Diego Convention Center Expansion Plan In Limbo

San Diego Convention Center Expansion Plan In Limbo

Aug. 26
By Amita Sharma, City News Service, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Tarryn Mento

The San Diego City Council voted unanimously Tuesday not to appeal a ruling by a state appeals court that rejected San Diego's plan to finance the project.

Napa Quake Reminds San Diego To Be Prepared

Napa Quake Reminds San Diego To Be Prepared

Aug. 26
By Amita Sharma, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Earthquake researchers predict there's a 99 percent chance Southern California will experience a 6.7-magnitude earthquake in the next 30 years.

Are Earthquakes Linked To Drought?

Are Earthquakes Linked To Drought?

Aug. 25
By Amita Sharma, Patty Lane, Tom Fudge

The 6.0-magnitude quake in Napa, California is causing some to take second look at UC San Diego research that indicates an uplift in the earth's surface — caused by the drought — is causing seismic activity to spring up.

Lawyers Fought Long Odds To Free Woman Who Killed Pimp

Lawyers Fought Long Odds To Free Woman Who Killed Pimp

Aug. 13
By Amita Sharma

Lawyers for Sara Kruzan said they never lost faith despite setbacks.

After Woman Spends 18 Years In Prison For Killing Her Pimp, She Sta...

After Woman Spends 18 Years In Prison For Killing Her Pimp, She Starts Anew

Aug. 12
By Amita Sharma

Sara Kruzan says she's glad society is more knowledgeable about child sex trafficking than it was 20 years ago when she was prosecuted at age 16 for killing her pimp.

Probe Of Illegal Campaign Contributions To San Diego Politicians Ta...

Probe Of Illegal Campaign Contributions To San Diego Politicians Taking Shape

Aug. 4
By Amita Sharma

Prosecutors say Mexican billionaire Jose Susumo Azano Matsura was the source of a scheme to commit campaign finance fraud "on a scale not seen in San Diego history."

Mexican Businessman Blames Sempra For Federal Campaign Finance Probe

Mexican Businessman Blames Sempra For Federal Campaign Finance Probe

July 31
By Amita Sharma

Jose Susumo Azano Matsura, a Mexican billionaire, is accused of illegally contributing more than $600,000 to San Diego campaigns using straw donors. Foreign nationals are not allowed to donate to U.S. political campaigns.

California Ranks As World's 8th Largest Economy, Overtaking Russia ...

California Ranks As World's 8th Largest Economy, Overtaking Russia And Italy

July 8
By Amita Sharma

Economist says the Golden State’s standing is more evidence of its continued recovery. Tourism and the tech industry helped fuel California's comeback, an economist says.

Californians Concerned About Income Inequality

July 2
By Amita Sharma

The state's residents disagree on raising the minimum wage beyond what is planned.

From Linkage Fee To Mt. Soledad, San Diego Mayor Provides Update

From Linkage Fee To Mt. Soledad, San Diego Mayor Provides Update

June 30
By Amita Sharma, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer joined KPBS Midday Edition for his monthly update on the business of the city and it's been a busy four weeks since his last visit.

Weekend Festival Celebrates American Roots In Bluegrass

Weekend Festival Celebrates American Roots In Bluegrass

June 12
By Amita Sharma, Patty Lane, Tom Fudge

Banjo, fiddle and guitar jamming is set to get underway this weekend at the Huck Finn Bluegrass Music Festival in Ontario, California. We have a preview from the band Lonesome Otis.

California Teacher Tenure Law Ruled Unconstitutional

California Teacher Tenure Law Ruled Unconstitutional

June 10
By Amita Sharma, Megan Burke, Tom Fudge and Linda Deutsch / Associated Press

Los Angeles County Superior Court judge Tuesday ruled in favor of nine students who sued the state saying tenure and seniority policies have made it virtually impossible to fire bad teachers.

Young Undocumented Immigrants Begin Renewing Deferred Action Permits

Young Undocumented Immigrants Begin Renewing Deferred Action Permits

June 11
By Amita Sharma, Marissa Cabrera, Tom Fudge

Young undocumented immigrants who received temporary legal status under the Deferred Action Childhood Arrival program in 2012 can now apply to renew their permits.

San Diego Aging Summit Provides Resources, Support For Caregivers

San Diego Aging Summit Provides Resources, Support For Caregivers

June 10
By Amita Sharma, Patty Lane, Tom Fudge

As baby boomers reach their '"golden years" families are finding themselves caregivers. A summit this week in San Diego focuses on personal safety for our seniors, elder abuse and challenges for local families dealing with dementia and Alzheimer's disease.