Stories by Gloria Penner
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.