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Power Fully Restored In San Diego County; Schools Closed

Fail to KPBS for not having a generator to broadcast information for the county. KPBS is the first place I went for information on the radio, only to hear static.

September 9, 2011 at 12:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KPBS Strengthens News Service

The new schedule is not friendly to car listeners. Moving "These Days" to one hour makes sense, but moving it to noon means that those of us who are employed will not be able to listen to the program. I listen to "These Days" in the morning, on the way into the office, and the topic catches me up on local politics, environmental issues, and important events.

Additionally, as we are all aware from '24 hour' news on television, there isn't that much going on every day. Therefore, much of '24 hour' news is repeating stories from earlier and creating weird 'color' stories to fill the gaps.

The addition of enhanced BBC content will be welcome as I find BBC journalists conduct more in depth interviews of their political and financial guests and they cover topics around that World in more depth than PBS reporters traditionally do. However, the timing of these shows guarantees that I will miss most of this content. Do you realize that there will be no Marketplace during commute hours to sum up the day's financial news?!

There will be no reason for me to support your station if I can't listen to important daily content. I support because I consume.


May 16, 2011 at 11:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Defending Prop 8: Someone’s Got To Do It

Stating that the state AG must defend Prop 8 is equivalent to stating that every District Attorney must prosecute every case brought before them, regardless of evidence or circumstances. However, it is quite clear that DAs daily make decisions on whether or not to spend taxpayer money prosecuting cases and frequently decide not to bother.

Making an argument that refusing to defend a voter-approved initiative gives the AG and the governor 'veto' power over the initiative process is a valid argument that has significant ramifications for our states out-of-control initiative process. I'm a 'ends justifies the means' kind of person, but even I think that a de facto 'veto', if an initiative challenge makes it far enough in the courts, is dangerous. Of course, I think something needs to be done to significantly amend our initiative process, especially when it relates to constitutional amendments, but not this way.

It's ludicrous that we can change our state constitution with a majority vote but we require a 2/3 majority to increase taxes. I like that civil rights require a lower threshold than taxes.

Regarding marriage equality and gays, I find it ironic that we are fighting this political battle to marry when the institution has already been so tarnished by straight people. But ultimately, this is about equal protection under the law. I deserve it, even if I'm a supposedly promiscuous, violent, commitment phobic, unnatural sinner. I deserve to be protected and to protect my equally evil wife, by the laws and responsibilities inherent in a state-sanctioned marriage. An initiative should not be able to usurp those rights, even if it is a constitutional amendment.

January 4, 2011 at 1:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

UFW Will Help Jobless Americans Become Farmworkers

Can we afford produce if farm worker wages are $35/hour? No. Will agriculture production go overseas so that we have to import all of our food while we develop tract homes on our farm land? Yes.

Will the US trade deficit soar even more? Yes.

Does the skill required to pick produce merit $35/hour? No.

Let's be practical.

July 13, 2010 at 12:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

How Does The Ocean Affect All Life On Earth?

Maureen poses a false dichotomy at the beginning of this show: "Do you think human activity is damaging the ocean’s ecology or can the earth’s oceans take care of themselves?"

Human activity is damaging the ocean's ecology and the earth's oceans can take care of themselves. That doesn't mean that the earth's ocean will continue to take care of US. We will not destroy the planet, we will destroy ourselves.

July 13, 2010 at 12:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The "Perfect Storm" Of Mexican Immigration Is Coming To An End

CaliforniaDefender, I was relying on anecdotal evidence from friends with respect to legal residency waiting times, as opposed to official averages.

There are 50,000 green cards issued every year. (65000 H1b visas to hi-tech workers) You can't think that number is sufficient to handle all the laborers that want to come to the US legally? There are 1 million hired farm workers in the US.

Finally, while you and I may have the financial wherewithal to pay 2-3 times more for produce, how many other Californians can say the same? Some simple math says that if, per capita, we each 440lbs of produce each year (that's from and produce costs about a dollar a pound, on average, a family of 4 spends 1760 on produce now. You're proposing they spend 3520 - 5280 instead. So, instead of 3% of average income on produce, you're saying people will spend 6-9%.

How many people can absorb that AND similar increases in construction costs, restaurant costs, janitorial costs, landscaping costs, hotel costs, etc?

July 13, 2010 at 12:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The "Perfect Storm" Of Mexican Immigration Is Coming To An End

Even if the guests are correct, and demographic shifts in Mexico will mean less workers crossing the border for jobs, the United States still needs immigration reform. It needs to be easier to legally cross the border. It should not take more than a decade for immigrants to gain citizenship or permanent residency status.

Additionally, there needs to be legitimate, enforceable penalties for business and agencies that hire and support undocumented workers.

These reforms apply to Mexicans, Canadians, and those immigrants beyond our immediate border.

July 8, 2010 at 1:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Yanking Out Lawns Saves Water and Money

I'm not sure MattSd knows what Socialism means, however, I agree that we need to re-visit the protection of the delta smelt. We are in a water emergency.

Nevertheless, even with the delta water, we need to conserve and find other water sources. We need to recycle our water because sending water out to sea is ridiculous; especially considering that the "clean" drinking water we're using to flush our toilets is recycled Las Vegas water. We need to water smarter, less, and preferably with grey water where possible.

As soon as someone comes out with an economical and attractive surface that will stand up to kids and pets, I'll rip out my thirsty lawn (backyard only). Until then... I water.

July 13, 2009 at 2:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )