California Going Gas-Free
A Kentucky grand jury brought no charges against Louisville police for the killing of Breonna Taylor during a drug raid gone wrong.
Prosecutors said Wednesday that two officers who fired their weapons at the Black woman were justified in using force to protect themselves after they were shot at.
The only charges brought by the grand jury were three counts of wanton endangerment against fired Officer Brett Hankison for shooting into Taylor’s neighbors’ homes during the raid back in March.
Protesters across the country took to the streets after the announcement was made.
Here in San Diego, protests were planned downtown, organizers asking people to show up to continue demanding justice for Taylor and other Black people killed by police in recent months.
California is aiming to phase out gas-powered vehicles in an effort to cut carbon emissions and slow climate change.
Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Wednesday that would ban sales of new cars with combustible engines by 2035.
Of all the simultaneous crises that we face as a state, I would argue as a nation — and for that matter, from a global perspective — none is more impactful, none if more forceful than the issue of the climate crisis. That's exactly what we're advancing here today, is a strategy to address that crisis head-on."
The order would still allow Californians to own and buy *used* gas-fueled cars after the phase-out.
278 more people tested positive for coronavirus in San Diego County — that pushes the region's tally past 45,400. And another two people died for a total of 767.
If it seems like this rising death toll, locally AND nationally, is becoming normalized,
the county's Dr. Eric McDonald put it into perspective. COVID-19 is now the sixth-leading cause of death in San Diego county, and McDonald expects that trend to continue.
That's really quite concerning, it's actually rapidly rising on accidents and I would not be surprised if it comes into the top four by the end of the year."
More people are doing drugs during the pandemic.
That’s according to a study released yesterday. It was co-authored by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and San Diego-based Millennium Health.
They found that drug test positivity rates for cocaine, fentanyl, heroin and methamphetamine have increased nationwide during the COVID-19 pandemic
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On Wednesday, the mayor's office announced it's opening up an auction for utilities to bid for a multi-decade energy franchise agreement with the city of San Diego.
Deputy Chief Operating Officer Erik Caldwell says this new deal offers more oversight over the winning utility.
The franchise agreement that's proposed as infinitely more enforcement capabilities than the existing franchise agreement. The old franchise agreement did not have an audit provision, we now have one proposed every 2 years.
Still, some community members say those audits will not have any teeth. KPBS science and technology reporter Shalina Chatlani has more.
On two separate occasions, city councilmembers could not agree on how to set the terms of the franchise deal. But Mayor Kevin Faulconer said he would go ahead. In a press release, the city is asking a utility to minimally bid $80 million dollars for this multi-billion dollar contract.
That's an increase from the previous number, but the agreement doesn't include some provisions councilmembers and advocates asked for… like the option for the city to branch off from a poorly performing utility and form city-owned power, said Matthew Vasilakas of the Climate Action Campaign.
VASILAKAS: The mayor's heading out of office and he's crafted a sweetheart deal for his friends at SDG&E, a deal that puts SDG&E interests ahead of taxpayers.
Though city leaders say the process was fair and San Diego always has the right to sue a utility and take over its infrastructure. Still, Climate activists and some community members will try to block any agreement with a bidding utility when it comes up for a vote at city council.
The Padres development team that put together Petco Park has been chosen to revitalize Tailgate Park. The construction would cover a four block area in San Diego's East Village.
Simon Andrews is the Vice President of the East Village Association. He says the new development is expected to bolster the economy there. But he is also concerned about the many homeless people who use resources in the surrounding area.
"I'm hoping that some of the initiatives that are happening now, currently, within the county and the city to house homeless will really address a lot of that.
KPBS reporter Jacob Aere has more.
The Padres plan is to transform a parking lot into a destination with housing, public plazas, and both retail and office space.
Erik Gruepner is the Padres President of Business Operations, he says the new space will also include green rooftops, additional parking, and capacity for Padres watch parties and live performances.
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"As part of our overall vision for the site, we're actually going to add 600 parking spaces beyond the 1000 that are here right now, in a new state-of-the-art parking structure."
The next step is to take the Selection Committee's recommendation to the City Council. If approved, a final agreement with the Padres development team is expected to happen by mid-2021.
The top Navy SEAL is moving on.
KPBS military Reporter Steve Walsh says Rear Admiral Collin Green seems to have survived his run-in with President Trump last year.
Last fall, many thought Green's career might be over when he tried to remove Edward Gallagher from the Navy SEALs. Gallagher was convicted of a single count during his war crimes trial. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer actually resigned after President Trump ordered him to stop the process. David Maxwell is a former special forces colonel.
"If Admiral Green had resigned, or been forced to resign. I think it would have sent a wrong message to the force and it might not have recovered from that."
Instead, Green is moving on to become chief of staff for US Special Operations Command. In his final email to the SEALs- obtained by KPBS - Green says he is
"Proud of how our team has overcome adversity and faced challenges that we could not anticipate.'
Green is replaced by Rear Adml H.W. Howard III as head of Naval Special Warfare.
The University of California and a San Diego doctor are going to court over a $10 million research donation.
Our partner inewsource investigated the doctor's activities earlier this year. Now inewsource reporter Jill Castellano has the latest.
CASTELLANO: Last week, the U-C system sued Dr. Kevin Murphy, a former vice chair at U-C San Diego, claiming he misspent the $10 million to enrich himself and his private businesses.
CASTELLANO: The next day, Murphy sued the U-C system, claiming administrators blocked him from doing research and retaliated against him when he filed complaints.
CASTELLANO: Murphy was supposed to use the money to study an experimental brain treatment he developed. Almost $7 million has been spent and no research has been performed.
For more on Dr. Murphy and the research money, go to inewsource dot org.
After many San Diego County farmers were initially left out of federal COVID-19 relief programs, that's now changing.
In another story from our partners at Inewsource…. reporter Camille von Kaenel (cah-MEE von kah-NELL) explains.
VON KAENEL: Flowers and nursery plants are the region's most valuable crops. But when the government offered aid earlier this year to farmers for coronavirus-related losses, these kinds of crops weren't covered.
Now they are. Starting this week, growers of flowers and specialty fruit can apply to get some of the 14 billion dollars in new federal funds.
Michael Mellano heads a flower company with fields near Camp Pendleton that saw sales plummet this year. He worries he may not recapture the part of his business that has moved abroad.
MELLANO: Certainly it's going to significantly change and really the coming months will dictate our ability to remain open.
The federal aid will help, and he's applying for it.
And those last two stories are from inewsource.. an independently funded nonprofit partner of KPBS.
An urban farm in City Heights is becoming an anchor for the community amid the pandemic, letting people pay what they can for fresh food.
In this audio postcard from our Speak City Heights Partner, Media Arts Center San Diego, A La Vuelta Farm co-founder Adriana Barraza, tells us more about how they're keeping City Heights fed.
IN: A La vuelta farm is a partnership…
OUT: It's not all about profits, it's about sustainability, and how do we keep not just ourselves in a safe place that feels stable but our communities.
And that audio postcard from La Vuelta Farm co-founder Adriana Barraza
Puppets can be used for far more than just child’s play.
How local creatives are using puppets as tools for social commentary and entertainment.
That story after a quick break.