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Odd Rule Excludes Some Voters From San Diego City Council Race

RPLee, thank you for your comment. I have corrected the article.
Katie Orr

January 3, 2013 at 10:13 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Labor Day Marks End Of Summer, Beginning Of Campaign Season

A lot of these debates are for smaller community groups around town and are not televised. We are planning to cover one tomorrow afternoon that we are recording and will post to our website, likely tomorrow night. In addition, KPBS is hosting a debate on October 1st at 8 PM that will air on TV and radio. I believe some of the other broadcast station will be televising debates as well.
Katie Orr

September 4, 2012 at 12:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Breaking Down The Difference Between San Diego's Bars And Breweries

benz72, the permit for tasting rooms falls under the "Small Beer Manufacturers" category. So places like Pizza Port or Karl Strauss (places that brew their own beer on site) would use the same permit. Here's the language:

SMALL BEER MANUFACTURER - (Brew Pub or Micro-brewery) Authorizes the same privileges and restrictions as a Type 01. A brewpub is typically a very small brewery with a restaurant. A micro-brewery is a small-scale brewery operation that typically is dedicated solely to the production of specialty beers, although some do have a restaurant or pub on their manufacturing plant.

As I understand it, there are often more restrictions placed on these kind of places to discourage them from turning into de facto bars.

July 6, 2012 at 3:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Breaking Down The Difference Between San Diego's Bars And Breweries

Thanks for the clarification, jeffhammett. We'll make sure the picture gets changed.

July 6, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Unscrambling The Impact Of Prop B

Thank you for responding to my story, I appreciate your interest. As I mentioned in the piece, this was meant to look at how the basic nature of San Diego's retirement system would change if Prop B passes. As such, it did not address other issues associated with the measure. However, as you can see from the links we provide in the story, KPBS has covered this issue extensively and will continue to cover it until the June election.

dialyn- Please look at this segment on Evening Edition examining the potential costs and savings associated with Prop B. It includes the IBA's analysis.

normadamashek- The ballot language for Prop B states:
"From its effective date until June 30, 2018:
1. Limit a City worker’s base compensation used to calculate the employee’s pension benefits to Fiscal Year 2011 levels.
2. Require that any new job classification be created only after specific findings are made that the new classification “is necessary to achieve efficiencies and/or salary savings” by consolidating job duties or creating a more efficient service delivery method.
3. Define the terms the City must use when it begins negotiations with the City’s labor unions for their contracts, unless the City Council overrides those terms with a two-thirds vote."

If there are any other statements in my story you judge to be misinformation please let me know.

Thank you again for your comments,
Katie Orr

May 14, 2012 at 10:27 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Bob Filner Says San Diego Needs To Make A Clean Sweep At City Hall

HI everyone, thanks for the comments.
Wes- I'm aware Maureen O'Connor is a Democrat. She was elected Mayor in 1985, which is about 30 years ago.
Peking_Duck_SD - I did a story on the number of gay candidates potentially running for mayor last summer. Here's the link:
My editors and I spoke about whether to emphasize the point in this series, but we came to the conclusion that it's simply a part of who these candidates are and not especially relevant to whether they're qualified to be mayor.

March 9, 2012 at 9:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Pension Costs Decreasing For Some Cities In San Diego County

Just thought I'd weigh in. I did a story about a year and a half ago on whether San Diego should opt back into Social Security. Here's the link:

This story is a bit dated now, but it provides some good background information. I agree, we need to do more on this, especially if the pension reform measure passes.

February 29, 2012 at 2:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

DeMaio, Fire Chief Spar Over EMT Pay

Thanks for the comments, everyone. For some more context here's a link to our story on the fire department's role in responding to medical calls:

October 14, 2010 at 10:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Citizen Survey Reveals Spending Priorities

You can read the full results of the survey here:

April 21, 2010 at 1:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Small Amusement Parks Doing Big Business During Recession

Are you planning to visit an amusement park this summer? If so, which one?

April 15, 2010 at 10:17 a.m. ( | suggest removal )