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Encinitas To Spend $10 Million To Keep Coastal Property Public

This looks very much like a win-win situation to me. School or city, it's public money going from one pocket to another to be spent for the public's benefit. The schools could certainly use the money and the city and region can use an ocean view site that's open to the public. What's not to like about that?

April 3, 2014 at 1 p.m. ( | suggest removal )


I very much enjoyed episode 1 and am looking forward to the rest of this series! Glad it's on the schedule

January 14, 2013 at 10:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

A Look At Measures On November's Ballot

Peggy, I was very confused when I heard you say "organic food CAN BE genetically engineered." Is that really true? And is it at all common? If it is, I have a LOT of questions, starting with which local organic food suppliers are supplying organically engineered food in San Diego? And which national ones? Actually, this is beyond confusing to me. It's shocking.

September 14, 2012 at 12:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

New Mobile Food Truck Serves San Diego's Homeless Downtown

This is a beautiful program. I'm proud of San Diego and all the people here who are making this happen. Kudos all around.

July 30, 2012 at 7:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Roundtable: Mexican Election, Welfare Cuts, Fireworks Fail

Re: Budget cuts for poorest. I keep hearing lots of stories about the details of struggles over parceling out shrinking state financial resources to more and more (& increasingly desperate) people across the civic and social spectrum. What I don't hear enough stories about is where the revenues of yesteryear have gone? It seems to me that large corporate "people" have managed to avoid paying state taxes in particular, even as they support and finance political agendas that shrink spending on social programs across the board. Not to mention recent Wall Street shenanigans that have helped pour the wealth of the country into a very few private pockets. It's not that I haven't heard those stories too, but couldn't they be linked a bit more often to the whose pittance has been slashed stories?

July 6, 2012 at 12:56 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

YMCA Offers Women-Only Swim Hours For Muslim Women

I think it's kind and generous of the Y - and altogether in the spirit of what's best about America - to accommodate these women and their children in the pool. I notice lots of arguing and sweeping statements in this commentary thread (not that I've read them all - too much ranting), but I keep coming back to the simple human fact of happy people enjoying splashing around in the water, hurting no-one. I vote yes to that.

July 2, 2012 at 11:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Roundtable: Battle Over Birth Control

I just finished listening to the contraception talk and was a bit taken aback that no-one brought up the issue of medical decisions being made for individuals by their employers. (My boss is not my doctor!) Standard medical practices should be set by medical professionals and medical choices should be made by individuals. How are these principles getting lost in this discussion? If the government supplies funds for &/or regulates medical insurance practices, its actions should be based on standard medical best practices and current law. What if I worked for an organization that believed people should avoid doctors altogether and pray their way back to health? There are institutions in this country that support that position. Should their employees therefore be denied medical insurance and care?

March 9, 2012 at 1:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

How Many Gnats Are A Nuisance?

Sounds to me as if there's been an eye gnat controversy going on in Jacumba for awhile now. But the show segment was about Escondido, wasn't it? Not seeing much here from people in that community.

I sincerely hope that solutions to eye gnat infestation problems can be resolved in both communities, in ways that work out optimally for everyone involved, including bugged residents, farmers AND their customers. In the case of the Escondido CSA (community supported agriculture) farm, that includes a fairly large number of families (2600, I hear) who depend on their affordable produce.

November 10, 2011 at 2:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

How Many Gnats Are A Nuisance?

I was struck in this story by the discrepancy between when the gnats became problematic in Escondido (a few years ago, according to Cindy Morris) and when Mr Brammer began farming there (1995). It seems to me that the dramatic increase in this insect's population is being unfairly laid at Mr Brammer's door, as is the responsibility for solving it as a problem. Could the increase, by any chance, have something to do with recent changes in our weather patterns? The large fires that destroyed gnatcatcher habitat in large areas of the county? The long drought followed by cool, wet years? I've lived in San Diego since 1972 and the changes in weather here since 2000 have been notable. Unprecedented, even.

Framing this story and issue as a win/lose contest between farmer and residents is a lose/lose proposition for the greater San Diego community. Local organic farms are an invaluable resource to many people in this county who depend on its produce. And bug-free living is an important part of the San Diego lifestyle we've all come to boast about and love.

We're going to come up with much better solutions to this recent gnat-explosion problem in Escondido if we pose it as a mutual concern instead of going the adversarial route that has caused so much dissatisfaction and upset in Jacumba.

I hope rational leaders and approaches prevail in seeking a satisfactory way out of this dilemma that doesn't unduly and unfairly punish an unlucky few.

November 8, 2011 at 8:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KPBS Strengthens News Service

My 2 late 2 cents: I'll really miss The World at lunchtime, my one week-day daily KPBS habit (otherwise I hear snatches in the car at various times, usually Marketplace) - and I'll miss classical music in the evening when I'm reading, which offered more variety than XLNC1 does. Guess I'll have to try the streaming thing, with a little help from geek child. Very relieved to see Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me in its usual time slots! Love that show.

Agree with previous posts yearning for more balance, less hammering away at the news. While I prefer PBS as a news source, the accumulated (& repeated) stories do eventually make a person weary. Hope your news coverage goes into more local depth than other sources, well beyond the crimes du jour.

May 20, 2011 at 12:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )