Stories by Hank Crook
A national fish farming initiative announced in Carlsbad yesterday aims to increase seafood production and create jobs -- but environmentalists are concerned it could affect the ocean's health.
San Diego is short nearly 290,000 trees according to U.S. Forest Service recommendations. We speak to a man who's working to improve our urban forest about the benefits of having an abundant tree population. Plus, we'll discuss the main challenges to planting more trees in San Diego.
What lessons can be learned from the County Medical Examiner's Annual Report? We speak to the Deputy Medical Examiner about the most common causes of death in San Diego County.
What were the early years of HIV/AIDS like in San Diego? How has our view of HIV/AIDS changed over the last 30 years, and what are the greatest current challenges to preventing the spread of the deadly disease? We speak to KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg about his three-part series on the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
The Padres are as hot as local temperatures right now, but will their winning ways last through the summer? We speak to Sports Columnist Jay Paris about the Padres recent success, the NFL Lockout, and how the Aztecs football team is shaping up for next season.
Is the local housing market showing signs of a rebound, or can we expect more home price declines in the next few months? We discuss the latest local real estate numbers, and look ahead to what the rest of the year might hold for the San Diego market.
Why are today's teenagers and young adults more arrogant and conceited than previous generations? We speak to SDSU psychology professor Jean Twenge about her new study that looked at how self-perception among young people has changed over the last 45 years.
Governor Jerry Brown appears ready to sign a majority-vote budget crafted by state Democrats, thus ending his efforts to broker a bipartisan deal in the legislature. We speak to KQED's Sacramento Bureau Chief John Myers about the key elements of the budget plan, and the impact it could have throughout California.
Today, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors is meeting to discuss potential changes to the boundaries of its legislative districts. Every 10 years, redistricting happens in the county and throughout the state. We speak to an attorney from the ACLU and a community member from southeast San Diego who are both concerned about the way the county draws its district maps.
The tragic mauling of a 75-year-old Paradise Hills woman re-ignited a local debate about dog ownership regulations. Emako Mendoza was attacked in her yard by two pit bulls over the weekend, and suffered severe injuries. Doctors had to amputate one of Mendoza's legs, and may need to amputate her other leg and an arm. We discuss what can be done to prevent dog attacks.
How will local Marines be affected by President Barack Obama's plans for a troop drawdown in Afghanistan? We examine the details of the president's plan, and the impact it could have in San Diego's military community.
Will a leadership change fix the Sweetwater Union High School District's problems? Late Tuesday night, the Sweetwater school board terminated the contract of Superintendent Jesus Gandara after a series of San Diego Union-Tribune stories questioned some of his management practices. Sweetwater has appointed an interim superintendent, who has pledged to address the district's problems in his first 30 days. We discuss what has plagued Sweetwater in recent months, and what can be done to get the district back on track.
What will an all-cuts budget mean for the San Diego Unified School District? We speak to school board president Richard Barrera about how the district plans to cut $115 million, and how uncertainty about the state budget influenced the board's decisions.
What can the military do to improve its abilities to identify combat stress, and treat troops returning home from a war zone? We speak to the director of the Naval Center for Combat and Operational Stress Control in San Diego about the challenges servicemembers face when they return home from deployment.
Early this morning, the Sweetwater Union High School District terminated the contract of superintendent Jesus Gandara. Gandara had been under fire for months after the San Diego Union-Tribune revealed he was charging meals to a district credit card, and had engaged in other questionable management practices.
Sweetwater Union High School District Superintendent Jesus Gandara is under fire after questions have been raised about his use of a district credit card and other questionable management practices. The Sweetwater school board will hold a closed-session meeting tonight to discuss how to respond to the superintendent's actions. We speak to the Watchdog Editor for the San Diego Union-Tribune about their ongoing investigation into the district.
It's been a busy week in Sacramento. On Wednesday, state Democrats passed a proposed budget heavy on one-time fixes and budget gimmicks. The next day, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the Democrats' budget because "it continues big deficits for years to come and adds billions of dollars of new debt." In a separate, but related story, lawmakers passed legislation to eliminate state funding for local redevelopment agencies. We discuss the latest news coming out of Sacramento, and explain what these actions will mean for local schools and other state agencies.
What have we learned from the recent arrest and release of former Tijuana Mayor Jorge Hank Rhon? Hank Rhon was arrested on June 4, after Mexican soldiers found a cache of 88 guns, thousands of rounds of ammunition, and a gas grenade at his Tijuana compound. Hank Rhon was released by federal and state judges earlier this week after a 10-day detainment. We discuss the allegations against Hank Rhon, and how his arrest could affect the politics of Baja California.
Redistricting could dramatically change the political landscape in San Diego. We discuss the potential changes in the works for our congressional, county-supervisor, and state-legislative districts. Plus, hear the latest on efforts to create a ninth council district in the City of San Diego.
A budget, on time in California it had to be too good to be true. We'll find out the latest from Sacramento and, what does the redevelopment bill mean for San Diego?
Today is the homecoming for the USS Carl Vinson. The aircraft carrier is returning home after a historic seven-month deployment that included the at-sea burial of Osama bin Laden and air support for the missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. We speak to KPBS Military Blogger Beth Ford Roth about the return of the Vinson.
The California Legislature is closing in on its deadline to pass a state budget. If lawmakers don't pass a budget by Wednesday, they will forfeit their pay. With the deadline looming, Governor Jerry Brown is softening his stance on the budget by saying he'll consider a proposal that includes accounting gimmicks and one-time solutions. We speak to John Myers from "The California Report" about the latest on the budget negotiations in Sacramento.
The race to become the next mayor of San Diego is heating up. Democratic Congressman Bob Filner officially threw his hat in the ring yesterday. Filner joins a field that includes Republicans Bonnie Dumanis, Nathan Fletcher and Carl DeMaio. State Senator Christine Kehoe is also considering running for mayor in 2012. Who else could join party? And, what do each of the official candidates bring to the race? We speak to San Diego Mesa College Political Science Professor Carl Luna about the mayor's race.
The San Diego Unified School District Board wants to postpone raises that were planned for district employees in 2012. We speak to the vice president of the school board about the motivation behind that proposal, and the district's plan to reduce busing over the next five years.
How has San Diego State University changed over the last 15 years? We speak to outgoing SDSU President Stephen Weber about his time at the university. Weber discusses the major challenges he faced when he took the helm in 1996, the accomplishments he's most proud of, and where SDSU is heading in the future.
Former Tijuana Mayor Jorge Hank Rhon is being detained by the Mexican military as they investigate him on suspicion of illegal firearms possession and organized crime ties. We discuss the latest details of Rhon's detainment with San Diego Union-Tribune reporter Sandra Dibble, and a graduate student from UC Irvine who is studying security issues in Tijuana.
The media spotlight has been focused on the San Diego Police Department in recent weeks due to a dozen reports of officer misconduct since October. We speak to KPBS Metro Reporter Katie Orr about the number of officer misconduct complaints SDPD receives each year. And, we speak to the department's first chief psychologist about what SDPD can do to reduce officer misconduct.
One of the world's most renowned marine research institutions is preparing for a major expansion. We speak to the director of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography about how a nearly $250 million expansion will benefit the organization's long-term research goals.
Many questions are still unanswered about the murder-suicide in Skyline that dominated local headlines last week. We may never know why Alfredo Pimienta and his wife Georgina would kill their two daughters and themselves. According to multiple reports, the couple was dealing with financial problems. Family Psychotherapist Dr. David Peters joins us to talk about where families can go for help if they are facing financial difficulties, and to offer advice for people who may be feeling overwhelmed by their own life challenges.
As part of our Memorial Day program, we talk to Francis T. Parker High School junior Carson Scott and history teacher Cherie Redelings about their upcoming trip to Normandy, France. Scott earned a trip to Washington, D.C. and Normandy after writing an essay for the "Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom" program. We discuss the essay Scott wrote, and the California servicemember he chose to profile for the project.
Why are the Padres playing so poorly this season? What impact has outgoing SDSU President Stephen Weber had on the Aztecs' athletic program? And, which team has the best chance of winning the NBA Finals? We speak to North County Times Sports Columnist Jay Paris.
Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died serving our nation. San Diego Veterans for Peace set up an "Arlington West Memorial" in front of the USS Midway Museum to recognize the 67 San Diegans who have died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We speak to the president of San Diego Veterans for Peace about the message behind the memorial.
Steven Martinez was convicted of rape in San Diego in 1998 and has since become a quadriplegic in state prison. Martinez requires daily medical care that is estimated to cost the state $625,000 a year. Martinez is the first inmate to have his request for medical parole heard by the State Board of Parole Hearings. The state board ruled that Martinez still poses a threat to public safety and denied his request. We discuss the case with Martinez's attorney, Ken Karan, and Nina Salarno Ashford from Crime Victims United of California.
How should the county's health services and public safety officials prepare for the impact of climate change? We speak to Paula Murray, with the County of San Diego's Division of Public Health Services, about how increases in wildfires, flooding and heatwaves could impact public health in the future.
How will the San Diego Unified School District benefit from an expected $6.6 billion boost in state revenue? We talk to school board president Richard Barrera about the governor's revised budget proposal, and whether the district will change its plan to lay off more than 700 teachers.
In an effort to reduce overcrowding and "needless suffering and death," the Supreme Court ordered California to release thousands of prisoners. We discuss the factors that influenced the high court's decision, and what this ruling could mean for San Diego.
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders joins us to talk about his revised budget proposal, and the recent deal to reform the retiree health care system. Sanders also discusses the push to expand the convention center, and efforts to build a new stadium for the Chargers.
Governor Jerry Brown released his revised budget proposal on Monday, but that story was overshadowed by the news that former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger had a child with a household staffer. We discuss the key elements of the governor's budget proposal. Plus, we'll talk about the legacy of Schwarzenegger.
Over the last four years, more than 35,000 people have been killed in Mexico's drug war. We talk about how the U.S. thirst for illegal drugs is affecting the violence in Mexico. And, we'll discuss the ideas that have been proposed to end the violence.
How will U.S. policies in the Middle East change in response to the recent uprisings in the region and the killing of Osama bin Laden? We analyze the president's recent speech, and discuss the affect the U.S. could have on the long-term future of the Middle East and North Africa.
How many families in San Diego County go to bed hungry every night? We'll discuss the latest stats on hunger in the county, and talk about what Feeding America San Diego is doing to reduce the meal gap in our community. Plus, learn about the unique challenge of reducing hunger in the Imperial County.
What are the main elements of the governor's revised budget proposal? Which state agencies are facing the deepest cuts? And, what could be the main areas of disagreement between state Republicans and Democrats? We speak to John Myers, Sacramento bureau chief for "The California Report."
What role does the United States play in the drug violence that's plagued Mexico in recent years? We speak to Fronteras journalists Peter O'Dowd and Jose Luis Jimenez about their two week-long series "The Drug War at Home."
How could U.S. policy in the Middle East change following the killing of Osama bin Laden? Could reforming immigration policy be the next goal for President Barack Obama? We speak to NPR White House Correspondent Scott Horsley about the big stories coming out of Washington, D.C. this week.
There are currently more than 200 electric only vehicles on local roads, but experts are predicting that number could increase to 2000 by December. We speak to KPBS Business Reporter Erik Anderson about the advances in electric car technology, and what local utilities are doing to prepare for the increase in electric vehicles.
Nine San Diego Police Department officers have been accused of some form of misconduct in recent months. We speak to KPBS Metro Reporter Katie Orr about how the San Diego Police Department is responding to the accusations.
Last month, a news story about the conflict in Libya ended with this short, tragic line. One of the victims of the shelling in Misrata was a 3-year old girl. Too often, children become the casualties in armed conflicts. And sometimes they become unwilling participants.
The legal limit for the national debt is $14.3 trillion, and the federal government could run out of money later in the summer if the limit is not raised. We'll discuss how San Diego will be affected if the debt ceiling is not raised. Plus, hear the main arguments against raising the debt limit.
We've heard about the mayor's budget proposal, and the council's budget recommendations. Now, it's time for San Diego's Independent Budget Analyst to weigh in. How does the city's IBA, Andrea Tevlin, think the mayor and council should eliminate the $57 million deficit?
It's been a busy week for city politics, and KPBS Metro Reporter Katie Orr is here to give us an update on the latest news coming out of City Hall. What are the details of the latest proposal to keep libraries and recreation centers open? Could a public-private partnership save the beach fire pits? And, why are the business fees in San Diego less than other California cities?
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