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Stories by Joanne Faryon

Dr. Bronner Takes Hemp Fight To White House

Dr. Bronner Takes Hemp Fight To White House

June 14
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

David Bronner, the CEO of the Escondido-based Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, locked himself in a metal cage outside the White House this week. He did it to protest U.S. laws that make it illegal to grow hemp, one of the "magic" soap's main ingredients.

A Temporary Fix To San Diego's Winter Homeless Shelter

A Temporary Fix To San Diego's Winter Homeless Shelter

June 14
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

A permanent homeless shelter was supposed to be finished by Dec. 1, but this week the City Council's Land Use and Housing Committee approved a backup plan for another temporary homeless shelter in case the permanent one isn't finished on time.

New Initiative Launches In San Diego To Reclaim Science's Role In P...

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

June 13
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

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."

Congresswoman Susan Davis On Military Cuts, Navy Broadway Project

Congresswoman Susan Davis On Military Cuts, Navy Broadway Project

June 13
By Alison St John, Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

Congresswoman Susan Davis made news last week by introducing language to the National Defense Authorization Bill that would give the Navy the option to move their headquarters onto an existing base.

Superior Court Judge Candidate Has 'Sincere' Doubts About Obama's C...

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

June 11
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Megan Burke

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

San Diego Still Has Housing Woes And Upside-Down Homeowners

June 11
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

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

Roundtable: Election Aftermath

June 8
By Gloria Penner, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Pat Finn

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.

City Heights Elementary School Could Lose All But Two Teachers

City Heights Elementary School Could Lose All But Two Teachers

June 7
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

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.

Impacts of California's 'Cap And Trade'

Impacts of California's 'Cap And Trade'

June 7
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

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.

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

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

June 6
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Patty Lane

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

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

June 6
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Patty Lane

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

Local Election Results Analyzed

June 6
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

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.

Tuna Was A Way of Life In San Diego

Tuna Was A Way of Life In San Diego

June 5
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

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.

Breastfeeding Moms Silenced By The Military

Breastfeeding Moms Silenced By The Military

June 5
By Beth Ford Roth, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Pat Finn, Patty Lane

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

Grading San Diego Mayoral Ads On Civility

Grading San Diego Mayoral Ads On Civility

June 4
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

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

San Diego Unified's District E Seat

San Diego Unified's District E Seat

June 4
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

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

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

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

May 31
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

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.

Medical Marijuana Case Dismissal Is Victory For Advocates

Medical Marijuana Case Dismissal Is Victory For Advocates

May 31
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

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.

Mark Kersey: A City Council Winner Before Votes Are Cast

Mark Kersey: A City Council Winner Before Votes Are Cast

May 30
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

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

Police Review Board Responds To Grand Jury Criticism

May 30
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

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

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

May 29
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

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

San Diego's Veterans Museum Provides Honorable Burials

May 28
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Katie Schoolov

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

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

May 18
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Megan Burke

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

Complications Persist For Plaza De Panama Project

May 17
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Pat Finn

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

District 3 San Diego County Supervisor Race Heats Up

May 16
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

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

San Miguel Fire To Outsource Fire Protection

May 15
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

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

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

May 14
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

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 Ro...

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

May 14
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

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 S...

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

May 14
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

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 Pens...

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

May 14
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

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

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

May 11
By Gloria Penner, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Pat Finn

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

Effects Of Repeat Head Trauma In Sports And Combat

May 10
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

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...

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

May 10
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

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.

A Primer On Your Primary Election Ballot For San Diego County

A Primer On Your Primary Election Ballot For San Diego County

May 9
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

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.

Prop 28: Should We Change Term Limits In Sacramento?

Prop 28: Should We Change Term Limits In Sacramento?

May 9
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

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.

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

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

May 8
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

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

Melanoma Rates Increasing Dramatically In People Under 40

May 8
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

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

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

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

May 7
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

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?

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

May 7
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

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.

Mayor Sanders Issues Final Budget Proposal

Mayor Sanders Issues Final Budget Proposal

April 11
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

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.

Clock Is Ticking Toward Tax Filing Deadline

Clock Is Ticking Toward Tax Filing Deadline

April 11
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

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.

David Alvarez On The Convention Center Kerfuffle

David Alvarez On The Convention Center Kerfuffle

April 11
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

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.

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

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

April 10
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

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.

Does Project 25 Save San Diego Money?

Does Project 25 Save San Diego Money?

April 10
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

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.

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

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

April 9
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

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

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

April 9
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

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.

Occupy San Diego Marks Six Month Anniversary

Occupy San Diego Marks Six Month Anniversary

April 5
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

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.

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

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

April 5
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

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.

Baseball Season Gets Underway In San Diego

Baseball Season Gets Underway In San Diego

April 4
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

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

USD Scientist Getting The Word Out On Global Warming

April 3
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

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.