Stories by Joanne Faryon
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 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.
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."
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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 in public, while serving in the military. We look at the controversy surrounding photos used for National Breastfeeding Awareness Month.
This election, some San Diego political ads have been accurate and fair. Others, not so much.
We look at the District E open seat on the San Diego Unified School Board.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 detection month begins, but staying out of the sun is not a guarantee against this dangerous skin cancer.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are you ready for some baseball? The Padres season opener at Petco Park is Thursday but many questions still remain about the team.
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.