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Stories by Gloria Penner

Election Analysis: Business vs. Labor

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Political scientist Carl Luna gives an analysis of how the deep divide between labor and business impacted Tuesday's election.

Parcel Tax Fails, How Will City Schools Manage Cuts?

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School Board President Richard Barrera joins us to talk about the cuts city schools can expect following the defeat of Proposition J.

Reconciling San Diego's Budget Deficit

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We talk to San Diego City Councilwoman Donna Frye about what's next for the city now that voters decisively rejected Proposition D. We'll also find out whether elected office is in her future as she prepares to term out of office.

Editors Roundtable

What Is Economic Impact Of Supercenters?

The San Diego City Council voted this week to require companies to conduct an economic impact study if they want to build a supercenter in the city. A supercenter is defined as a big-box store that has dedicated more than 90,000 square feet of floor space to non-taxable items like groceries. We discuss the ongoing debate over supercenters in San Diego.

Editors Roundtable

City Considering Major Cuts To Eliminate $70 Million Budget Deficit

What city departments are facing the most severe cuts for next year? As the council starts to consider where cuts need to be made, we discuss how public safety could be impacted. Can the council find significant savings in its budget without making major cuts to the police and fire departments?

Editors Roundtable

How Does Divide Between Labor And Business Impact Local Politics?

The ongoing battle between labor and business groups in San Diego played a big role in Tuesday's election. From Propositions A, D and J to the city council and county supervisors races, labor and business interests were pitted against each other. We discuss how the debate between labor and business is affecting local politics, and how it could impact the future of our region.

SD Mourns Police Officer Killed In The Line Of Duty

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San Diego police are mourning the first shooting death of an officer in nearly 20 years. It happened early Thursday morning at an apartment complex southeast of downtown. Veteran police officer Christopher Wilson died hours after the confrontation. The police chief says his family was able to spend some precious moments with him at the hospital before he died. KPBS metro reporter Katie Orr gives us some details on the incident.

What Is The Economic Philosophy Behind Increasing A City Sales Tax?

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Outside of the political debate, there are some people who oppose or support Proposition D purely on economic grounds. For some insight into how a bump in San Diego's sales tax may affect our city's economy. KPBS metro reporter Katie Orr speaks to Alan Gin, professor of economics at the University of San Diego, and author of USD's Index of Leading Economic Indicators.

More Revealed About Sex Abuse By San Diego Catholic Priests

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Child molestation is a horrific crime but when the offender is a trusted authority figure like a priest it's nearly incomprehensible. Here in San Diego, a group of abuse victims has been engaged in a decade-long court battle with the Roman Catholic Diocese. Thousands of pages from personnel files of accused priests were released to the public last weekend. KPBS senior editor Mark Sauer explains the significance of these documents.

Analysis Of Supervisors Races And Prop. A

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It's been 12 years since a San Diego county supervisor has faced a run off election. We'll discuss why challenges to incumbent Supervisors Horn and Roberts were strong enough to get past the primaries. What are the issues in these races that will motivate voters to go to the polls? Also, how will that that economic news just days before election affect the vote on Proposition A, the ballot measure to ban project labor agreements?

Crime Rates Increase At SD Schools

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How have school budget cuts affected the number of police officers on campus in recent years? What provisions exist in Proposition J, the parcel tax ballot measure, to pay for public safety in city schools? We'll talk to KPBS education reporter Ana Tintocalis about crime on campus and find out whether there's a connection between the timing this news and the upcoming election.

Editors Roundtable

State Races: Brown vs. Whitman, Propositions 22, 25, 26

How will voters respond to the heated gubernatorial race between Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown? What impact could Propositions 22, 25 and 26 have on the structure of state government? We discuss how the upcoming election could change California.

Editors Roundtable

County Races: Proposition A, County Districts 4 & 5

Will voters support a proposal to ban project labor agreements in the county? Are incumbent candidates Ron Roberts and Bill Horn facing tough competition for their seats on the Board of Supervisors? We talk about how county government could change based on the results of those races.

Editors Roundtable

City Races: Proposition D, Council Districts 6 & 8

What factors will San Diegans weigh as they decide how to vote on Proposition D? How could the races in Districts 6 and 8 change the political makeup of the city council? We discuss the big races taking place in the City of San Diego.

Legal Analysis Of Don't Ask Don't Tell Ruling

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We'll discuss the meaning of the court ruling against Don't Ask, Don't Tell and hear reactions to the injunction by San Diegans with military ties.

Envision San Diego

How Would Legalizing Pot Impact Cartel Violence?

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One of the arguments made by supporters of Prop. 19 is that regulating it will reduce drug cartel violence. Officials on both sides of the border doubt whether it would have a significant impact.

Calif. Senate Bill Opens Door For Downtown Chargers Stadium

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How did last-minute state budget maneuvering position state legislators to outflank City of San Diego officials in the push for a downtown Chargers stadium? We'll discuss the senate bill and analyze what is means for San Diego.

Planning Begins For 1 Million More People In San Diego County

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Next week San Diego County Supervisors will begin planning for growth in the county over the next 40 years. KPBS reporter Alison St John reports on how growth may affect the county's unincorporated areas and the people who live there.

Editors Roundtable

How Might Prop. 19 Affect Drug Trafficking From Mexico?

Supporters of Prop. 19 say that Mexican drug cartels will take a major financial hit if marijuana is legalized in California. A recent study by the Rand Corporation calls into question some of the figures that are being cited by Prop. 19 proponents. So, what kind of impact could Prop. 19 have on the cartels, and drug trafficking in the state?

Editors Roundtable

Amid Budget Crisis, Critics Push For Change To School Board

The San Diego Unified School District is facing a $140 million deficit for the next academic year, and the district is asking voters to support a $50 million parcel tax to help offset the debt. In the midst of all this, a group of concerned citizens has proposed a ballot measure to overhaul the structure of the school board. We discuss the latest news on the district's budget problems, and the efforts to change the way the school board operates.

Editors Roundtable

Last-Minute Budget Deal Opens Door For Chargers Stadium Downtown

The Chargers are getting closer to their goal of building a new stadium downtown. A bill removing the cap on downtown redevelopment spending was added to the state budget by local Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher. We discuss why this action removes the need for a public vote on a Chargers stadium. And, we talk about the additional hurdles the team faces in its efforts to get the downtown stadium proposal off the ground.

These Days

Political Analysis: San Diego's Congressional Races

We continue our election coverage on KPBS with a discussion about San Diego's Congressional races. Incumbents seem to have a big lead in all five local races for Congress. We'll focus on the candidates in San Diego's 50-th and 51-st districts.

SD Business Community Split Over Prop. D

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The fight over San Diego's Proposition D grows fiercer with powerful business interests on both sides. We'll discuss the impact of a half-cent sales tax on consumers and find out what San Diego's fire and police officials say would happen if Prop. D fails.

Envision San Diego

Prop 19: Legal Weed In Calif.

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Why will California voters become the deciders on whether recreational marijuana should be legal and taxed? That's Prop 19 on your November ballot. Learn the details of the ballot measure.

November 2010: Latino Voting Power

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Every election in the last ten years has made the case that the Latino vote is crucial. Why do we keep on saying this? And why does it matter in San Diego?

Simple Blood Test Can Determine Artery Blockage

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We'll discuss a medical breakthrough that could save you from an angiogram.

Editors Roundtable

Permanent Homeless Shelter Plan Moving Forward

The idea of building a permanent housing and service center for the homeless downtown is moving closer to reality. We discuss what issues still need to be worked out before the project is officially approved. Plus, why has it taken so long to get this long-discussed idea off the ground?

Editors Roundtable

Is San Diego Finally Addressing Long-Term Debt?

The City Council approved a set of financial reform proposals offered by a group of business leaders earlier this week. We discuss how the financial reform plans could affect the city's budget in the future. And, how will this action impact the business community's support of Proposition D.

Editors Roundtable

State Leaders Reach Budget Agreement

The California legislature finally approved an $87.5 billion spending plan this morning, ending a record-long 100-day budget stalemate. What are the key elements of the budget agreement? And, how does the plan address the state's long-term financial problems?

Route To Asylum By Some Somalis Raises Security Concerns

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When America's system of political asylum works correctly, people who have suffered under repressive regimes can find a safe haven in the U.S. to begin new lives. But when that same system is manipulated, some fear political asylum can be used by dangerous people to enter the U.S. legally.

Analysis Of The Gubernatorial Debates

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Republican Meg Whitman and Democrat Jerry Brown are coming to the voters by way of debates on television and radio.

Census Data Shows San Diego Families In Poverty Increasing

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According to a report from a local think tank released this week, 100,000 more San Diegans fell into economic hardship between 2007 and 2009. These numbers came from the latest census data.

Task Force Proposes Conditions On Prop D

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Voters in the City of San Diego have a proposition on the November ballot which promises to bring in an extra $100 million to the deficit-ridden general fund by raising the city sales tax by half a cent.

False Rape Accusation Furthers Institutionalized Racism

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Last week, a 15-year-old Encinitas girl told her parents and police that she'd been kidnapped and raped by three Latino men. Before she admitted that the entire story was fabricated, the police had conducted an intense manhunt in a community already on high alert after the murders of teenagers Chelsea King and Amber Dubois. The story raises questions of how false accusations like this impact communities of color already vulnerable to institutionalized racism.

Editors Roundtable

Business Group Wants Guaranteed Reforms In Addition To Prop.D

A group of local business leaders released a report this week calling for the city to commit to a number of fiscal reforms to go along with Proposition D. What kind of reforms are the business leaders calling for? And, how important will support from the business community be to the Prop. D campaign?

Editors Roundtable

What Will Break Tie Between Jerry Brown And Meg Whitman?

California gubernatorial candidates Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman are in a virtual tie in the latest polls. What are the strengths and weaknesses of each candidate? And, how might the debates impact the race for governor?

Editors Roundtable

More Local Children, Working Families Living In Poverty

How many local families have been pushed into poverty as a result of the recession? We discuss the latest U.S. Census Bureau statistics on poverty in San Diego, and the measures that can be taken locally to reduce the rate of poverty.

Will Prop. 23 Create Jobs?

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With the November election just five weeks away, people are bombarded with ads telling them how to vote. Figuring out what's accurate and what's not is a difficult task.

Can San Diego Save Money At Miramar?

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Trash is big business in the United States. And the City of San Diego wants to see if it can cash in on some of that trend by outsourcing the operation of the Miramar Landfill. But there's a twist: the outsourcing of the landfill is also tied to a big measure on the November ballot, Prop D, the half cent sales tax.

San Diego Unified Struggles With Budget Cuts

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The state budget crisis is impacting schools all over California. And now, dire warnings of a $140 million deficit in the San Diego Unified School District has spawned a long list of possible cuts.

Housing The Homeless During The Winter

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There are more 4,500 homeless people living on the streets in the City of San Diego. The battle over where to put San Diego's temporary winter homeless shelter ran into refrain this week.

Editors Roundtable

County's Hispanic Population Growing

The ethnic makeup of San Diego is changing. The North County communities of Escondido and Vista have seen a large increase in their Hispanic population in recent years. How will these demographic changes in the county affect local politics, the economy, and our culture in the future?

Editors Roundtable

Mayor Calls For $76 Million In Cuts, Urges Voters To Back Prop. D

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders is asking city departments to identify where budget cuts can be made to close a projected $72 million deficit for next fiscal year. At the same time, the Mayor is urging voters to support Proposition D to prevent against large cuts to public safety.

Editors Roundtable

SD Unified Considering Teacher Layoffs

The San Diego Unified School District is discussing ways to cut $141 million from its budget for next school year. What options are left for the district after four consecutive years of major budget cuts?

These Days

Political Analysis: Politicians Keep One Step Ahead Of Term Limits

Some San Diego politicians are hoping to climb up the electoral ladder this November. They're running for higher office before they get caught in the grip of term limits. KPBS political correspondent Gloria Penner gives us some examples.

How Well Maintained Are SD County Gas Pipelines?

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How common are natural gas leaks? We'll hear from an SDG&E official about how important is it for people to determine where gas pipelines are located in their neighborhoods or near places of business.

Is This The End Of San Diego's Pension Fiasco?

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San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith joins us to talk about the next steps in the city pension case.

FDA Panel Rejects Diet Drug From SD Biotech

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We discuss what this setback will mean for San Diego-based Arena Pharmaceuticals.

Worst Whooping Cough Epidemic In 55 Years

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Officials just confirmed a ninth baby died of complications from whooping cough at the end of August. We'll discuss whether there are any signs that the disease is slowing down.

Liberty Station Development Scrutinized

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We'll find out why the developer Corky McMillan wants to tear down a community meeting space and how much the city has collected from the Liberty Station deal.