Stories by Peggy Pico
A new report shows Latinos account for almost half of students at San Diego Unified, but only make up a quarter of the workforce. Now, district leaders are drawing up plans to tackle the student teacher diversity gap.
We're all used to seeing the images of sick and desperate people in the poorest nations of the world. Some of us may be moved to send a donation, many of us will simply be thankful that our lives are better off. Only a few of us see those images and say this must change. Paul Farmer is one of those few.
Infrastructure and the minimum wage increase are just two issues facing San Diego's City Council. This week Ed Harris, retired Marine and career lifeguard, was appointed to fill Mayor Kevin Faulconer's term in District 2. He joined us to discuss what his first week was like on the council and where he stands on the issues.
With San Onofre nuclear power plant shutdown for good -- the attention has turned to decommissioning the plant. But many questions remain about the process, the cost and the security of the radioactive waste onsite. Last night the first public meeting was held to address concerns. The Community Engagement Panel was created by Southern California Edison to advise the public on decommissioning.
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer joins us for the first of his scheduled monthly updates on KPBS. He'll discuss issues surrounding allegations of police misconduct within the San Diego Police Department and today's appointment by the U.S. Justice Department of an officer who will conduct an independent assessment of SDPD in an effort to restore public trust. Other issues include Balboa Park's Centennial and ongoing relations between San Diego and Mexico.
This week, the United Nations officials said Syrians are about to replace Afghans as the world's largest refugee population. The International Rescue Committee is calling on the U.S. to bring 12,000 Syrian refugees to the United States. If that happens, some may come to San Diego.