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Stories by Joanne Faryon

New Initiative Launches In San Diego To Reclaim Science's Role In Policy Decisions

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A new initiative from the Union of Concerned Scientists launched today in San Diego. It aims to build a Center for Science and Democracy to counter what it calls a "troubling trend": "understanding of science and respect for its role in decision making have declined."

Superior Court Judge Candidate Has 'Sincere' Doubts About Obama's Citizenship

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After President Barack Obama's inauguration, Kreep took on a so-called "birther" lawsuit demanding proof of Obama's birth certificate. He is also currently suing the California Secretary of State, demanding she verify citizenship of all candidates before they appear on the November ballot.

San Diego Still Has Housing Woes And Upside-Down Homeowners

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In a tough economy, the rebound in the housing market is taking its toll. Many homeowners in San Diego County find themselves upside down, owing more on their home than it's worth. We look at options and policy initiatives in place.

Roundtable: Election Aftermath

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The 2012 primary is history, which means voters will talk about it and shout about it. We help figure out what it means ... before we have to do it all again in November.

Impacts of California's 'Cap And Trade'

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California’s cap-and-trade program will begin Jan. 1, 2013. Jim Waring, head of CleanTECH San Diego, told KPBS the program will cap the amount of carbon dioxide a business can omit.

City Heights Elementary School Could Lose All But Two Teachers

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At Fay Elementary School, 27 out of 29 teachers received layoff notices this year. This means the elementary school in the Colina Del Sol neighborhood could start the year with almost all new teachers.

What's Next For Pension Reform After Passage Of Proposition B?

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San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said the "Comprehensive Pension Reform" initiative, Proposition B, which was overwhelmingly approved yesterday by voters, is legal and that the city has an obligation to implement it.

Bob Filner Says He Will Ask For Nathan Fletcher's Endorsement

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Congressman Bob Filner, who will advance to the November general election against City Councilman Carl DeMaio, told KPBS today he will ask for the endorsement of the third place finisher, state Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher.

Local Election Results Analyzed

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We look at who won, who lost, who surprised us, who didn't -- and what it all means. And we ask why, time after time, we can't seem to get meaningful results before midnight.

Breastfeeding Moms Silenced By The Military

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Breastfeeding in public, while serving in the military. We look at the controversy surrounding photos used for National Breastfeeding Awareness Month.

Tuna Was A Way of Life In San Diego

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As the San Diego History Center celebrates what the tuna industry once meant to this city, we look at those who were instrumental in making tuna the city's second largest industry and examine the reasons for its decline.

Grading San Diego Mayoral Ads On Civility

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This election, some San Diego political ads have been accurate and fair. Others, not so much.

San Diego Unified's District E Seat

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We look at the District E open seat on the San Diego Unified School Board.

Medical Marijuana Case Dismissal Is Victory For Advocates

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The case against a medical marijuana co-op was dismissed by a San Diego judge. Advocates say this decision has broader implications for medical marijuana patients and dispensary owners.

Are TV Ads About Proposition 29 To Increase Cigarette Taxes Accurate?

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Proposition 29 on the June 5th ballot would increase the state tax on cigarettes by a dollar per pack. The state says the tax will generate about $735 million a year, the bulk of which would be dedicated to fund cancer research.

Mark Kersey: A City Council Winner Before Votes Are Cast

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One of the only sure winners on this year's primary ballot is Mark Kersey, the unopposed candidate for San Diego City Council District 5.

Police Review Board Responds To Grand Jury Criticism

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The Citizens Review Board on Police Practices has responded to a San Diego County Grand Jury report which said the board is rife with cronyism, prejudice, intimidation and conflicts of interest. Incoming board chair Jim Kaese says the report contains errors, but the board is already addressing the issues.

52nd Congressional Race: Bilbray, Peters, Saldaña On The Issues

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In separate interviews, Brian Bilbray, Scott Peters and Lori Saldaña talk about the issues that are driving the race for the 52nd Congressional District seat, what each hopes to accomplish there and how they will do it, given the current Washington atmosphere.

San Diego's Veterans Museum Provides Honorable Burials

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Twelve years ago, some retired veterans learned that not all veterans were being buried with dignity. Some remains were being shipped to Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in FedEx boxes. San Diego's Veterans Museum and Memorial Center is now offering free honorable burials for homeless veterans.

Households Could Pay Extra $36 A Year For Water, SDCWA Says

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The San Diego County Water Authority wants to raise water rates by nearly 10 percent. The water authority blames the higher cost of water from its main supplier, the Metropolitan Water District, as one of the reasons for the proposed increase.

Complications Persist For Plaza De Panama Project

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A letter to the city of San Diego from the National Park Service says the plan to remove cars from the center of Balboa Park could put the park's designation as a national historical landmark at risk. But supporters of the Plaza de Panama plan say the letter is nothing more than a scare tactic.

District 3 San Diego County Supervisor Race Heats Up

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For the first time in 16 years, there is an open seat on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. We hear from the top three candidates vying for the District 3 seat.

San Miguel Fire To Outsource Fire Protection

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How can a fire district with some 80-plus employees outsource the very job it was formed to do? San Miguel Consolidated Fire District in the East County is in negotiations with CAL FIRE to do just that.

Bob Filner Says Fletcher's Shift To Independent Was 'Hail Mary' Pass

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Congressman Bob Filner says he's not concerned by the latest mayoral polls, although they show him tied for second place. He also explains why he thinks Proposition B is unfair to city employees.

Carl DeMaio Says His Support For Same-Sex Marriage Separate From Role As Mayor

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City Councilman and mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio answers questions on his stance on same-sex marriage, the Convention Center expansion and his rivalry with the other candidates.

Nathan Fletcher Signed Anti-Tax Pledge In 2007, Says He Would Not Sign It Now

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Five years ago, state Assemblyman and mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher signed Grover Norquist's "Taxpayer Protection Pledge," promising to vote against all efforts to increase taxes. But Fletcher told KPBS that he would no longer sign that pledge today.

Bonnie Dumanis Says She Deserves Pension, Supports Eliminating Pensions For Future Workers

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District Attorney and mayoral candidate Bonnie Dumanis says when she retires, she stands to earn just under a $200,000 pension. But she also supports Proposition B, which would put an end to pensions for new city employees and give them 401(k)-style plans instead.

Roundtable: Same-Sex Marriage, Manchester's Moves, Props A & B

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President Obama caught up with Mayor Jerry Sanders and all four mayoral candidates this week on the issue of same-sex marriage. Doug Manchester is raising eyebrows with political endorsements, development plans and more media purchases. Do Propositions A & B solve or create problems?

Effects Of Repeat Head Trauma In Sports And Combat

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How is repeated head trauma affecting athletes and our military men and women returning from combat? We hear from a local neurologist about Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.

What Difference Will Presidential Support Of Same-Sex Marriage Make To Prop 8?

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California's Proposition 8 legal battle is working its way through the appeal process. But supporters of same-sex marriage say the president's support adds authority to their cause.

Prop 28: Should We Change Term Limits In Sacramento?

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California Proposition 28, called the "Change In Term Limits Initiative," would reduce the number of years a politician can serve in the California legislature from 14 to 12. But, it would increase the time a legislator can serve in either the Assembly or the Senate.

A Primer On Your Primary Election Ballot For San Diego County

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San Diego political races are entering the final stretch -- absentee ballots were mailed out on Monday and the primary vote takes place on June 5th. San Diego Registrar of Voters, Deborah Seiler gives us a primer on what the open primary, also called the top-primary, means for your ballot.

Does Prop B's Pension Reform Save San Diego Money?

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Proponents of Proposition B, the comprehensive pension reform ballot measure, say the initiative will save the city of San Diego close to $1 billion. But some disagree.

Melanoma Rates Increasing Dramatically In People Under 40

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Melanoma detection month begins, but staying out of the sun is not a guarantee against this dangerous skin cancer.

Family

A Mother's Day Gift For 30-Somethings Trying To Get Pregnant

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Just in time for Mother's Day, we'll debunk some myths about pregnancy after age 35. Author and Professor Jean Twenge says it's not as risky as you might think.

Debate Over Prop A: Should City Ban Project Labor Agreements?

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Is it a ban or isn't it? Is it constitutional or isn't it? San Diego Proposition A on the June ballot either bans or doesn't ban the city from engaging in project labor agreements on construction projects.

David Alvarez On The Convention Center Kerfuffle

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Turmoil at the top at the San Diego Convention Center after the San Diego City Council switched sales and marketing duties to the private tourism industry group ConVis.

Clock Is Ticking Toward Tax Filing Deadline

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his weekend is the tax procrastinators' deadline. You may have been meaning to get around to taxes for weeks now, but the crucial date of Tuesday April 17 is fast approaching.

Mayor Sanders Issues Final Budget Proposal

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Mayor Jerry Sanders will issue his final budget proposal today. The fiscal year 2013 budget proposal will be the "first truly-balanced one in a very long time,'' according to the mayor's office.

Does Project 25 Save San Diego Money?

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Organizers say the effort to find permanent housing for the most desperate of San Diego's chronically homeless is working. We hear about the first year of Project 25, what's been learned and how the program might expand.

Report: California's 1% Hurting State's Recovery

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A group has released a new report called "Meet California's 1%" that targets 12 corporations and their CEOs who the group says are stopping economic recovery through their business practices and lobbying efforts.

Science, Tech Building Boom Signals 'Investment In The Future'

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Both public and private construction of several science and biotech facilities is under way in San Diego. We'll examine this welcome news for our economy.

NRC Chair Gets Update At San Onofre As The Plant Sits Idle

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The head of the Nuclear Regulatory Committee visited San Onofre nuclear power plant on Friday. We get an update on work being done to get the plant back online.

Can We Be Civil, Please? Restoring Civility To Public Dialogue

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From squabbling, name calling and attack ads in the presidential race to condescension and mockery at San Diego mayoral debates, it seems clear that politics is becoming less and less civil.

Occupy San Diego Marks Six Month Anniversary

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It's now six months since people started camping out on New York's Wall Street, generating a movement that spread clear across the country to San Diego.

Baseball Season Gets Underway In San Diego

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Are you ready for some baseball? The Padres season opener at Petco Park is Thursday but many questions still remain about the team.

USD Scientist Getting The Word Out On Global Warming

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A USD scientist is leading the effort to educate the public about climate change and global warming, but with a twist: using business and community leaders to educate the public about what affects our region.

Health Care 911: U-T San Diego's In-Depth Look

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U-T San Diego and Center for Health Reporting join forces to take an in-depth look at the strain on San Diego's medical system.

What Happens If The Affordable Health Care Act Is Overturned?

Chris Van Gorder, Scripps' president and CEO, said he is in favor of an individual mandate that each person have health insurance because he believes the system needs everyone to have health insurance.

World Autism Awareness Day: Local Research And Screening

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The Centers for Disease Control released updated statistics on autism, including the estimates that 1 in 88 children has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder.