Stories by Pat Finn
Tijuana has become the first Mexican city on border to ban plastic bags. The ban was inspired by the success of California's ban, but it goes much farther.
Tariq Khamisa, a San Diego college student, was killed by Tony Hicks, a 14-year old gang member, in 1995. Hicks' first parole hearing is scheduled for November. The Tariq Khamisa Foundation is supporting his release on parole.
- Sept. 12
- By Pat Finn
In "The Browns of California," Miriam Pawel explores the family dynasty which produced two governors. During their terms in office, both father and son transformed the state and left an enduring legacy.
The Del Mar Fairgrounds board of directors has voted to postpone gun shows after this year.
A team from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission arrives Monday to begin an inspection and evaluation of procedures at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station following a mishap on August 3 when a cask of spent nuclear fuel became hung up during transfer to dry storage. The cask could have dropped some 18 feet, but it did not.
A young boy keeps a list of all the things his mother has to live for. And then one day, he finds he needs his own list in "Every Brilliant Thing," presented by Cygnet Theatre.
Martin Luther King III honored the 55th anniversary of his father's "I Have A Dream" speech with his own speech at Border Field State Park Tuesday. The idea came from his 10-year-old daughter.
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner resigned five years ago today, felled by accusations of sexual harassment from several women. Since then, combating sexually inappropriate behavior in the workplace has become a cause celebre. Does the training most workers now receive really work?
Leaders of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego's La Jolla campus planned to renovate the building to make enough room for the permanent collection and a more obvious entryway. Then some very famous architects and critics heard about it.
It's not often that a senior at Francis Parker High School can add "published poet" to her resume. But Megan Alice is no ordinary 17-year-old. "A Bouquet of Daisies," her debut collection published by Green Writers Press, goes on sale this week.
The San Diego Housing Federation declined to place its affordable housing bond on the November 2018 ballot, a move some believe resulted from pressure from convention center advocates pushing their own ballot measure. The federation said it was a purely strategic decision to move it to 2020.
Thirty-five years ago this week, a woman in Manhattan Beach, California reported a case of suspected child abuse at the McMartin Preschool setting off a frenzied swirl of allegations that became the longest and most expensive criminal case in U.S. history. A new book reveals the missteps and hysteria surrounding the trial.
When San Diego County Supervisors approved the addition of hundreds of new homes in North County last month, the main concern at the hearing was wildfires. But fire officials now believe that they could evacuate homes or advise people to "shelter in place."
A change to San Diego's city charter strengthening the Community Review Board on Police Practices was in the works, and then it wasn't. The proposed measure ran afoul of some procedural potholes and eventually ran out of time to be placed on the November ballot.
On Tuesday the San Diego City Council voted to send a measure that will eventually double their salaries — and that of the mayor — to the November ballot, along with a few other important measures.
There has been no shortage of litigation against the long-stalled Plaza de Panama project to remake the central mesa of Balboa Park. This week a lawsuit filed by attorney Cory Briggs asserting the city should have asked for voter approval before seeking bonds to pay for the project, has made it into court.
Joshua Stewart, who covered politics at The San Diego Union-Tribune, is "helping out any way I can" at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, which lost five staffers in a mass shooting last month.
Shankar Vedantam reveals how our thoughts and actions are governed by our hidden brain, including our reactions to news stories and social trends such as the #MeToo movement.
Losing 30 psychiatric beds may not seem like a catastrophe, but the impending closure of two psychiatric units at Tri-City Hospital in Oceanside is just the latest in a string of such losses in the county and statewide.
An explosive story of San Diego County's years-long failure to stop child sexual abuse in a foster home was published on Sunday. The reaction from candidates running for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors has been intense.
Thirty-two homes and roughly two dozen other structures were destroyed in the 504-acre West Fire in Alpine this month. And yet the fire had the potential to be much worse than it was. How did firefighters get it contained so fast, given the heat and the terrain?
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an injunction halting a California law restricting the size of gun magazines. And a federal judge who ordered the Los Angeles Times to remove information from a published article changed his mind.
The saga of the USS Indianapolis is wild enough to stoke the imagination of any World War II buff. So how did Sara Vladic, a young college student at Pepperdine, become interested enough to spend more than a decade telling the story?
The price of water and the lack of land are big problems for San Diego County farmers. Even worse: an acute labor shortage.
San Diego County opened a one-stop center in the Alpine Library to start fire victims on the road to recovery.
The federal government will replace the nearly 58 million Medicare cards in circulation. In an effort to combat fraud and identity theft, the new cards do not display Social Security numbers.
- July 3
- By Pat Finn
Americans are committed to the ideals of democracy, but a majority are concerned about its current and future health, according to a bi-partisan poll from the George W. Bush Foundation, the Penn Biden Institute and Freedom House, a non-profit which tracks attitudes toward democracy worldwide.
- June 27
- By Pat Finn
Immediately after the U.S. Supreme Court validated the Trump Administration's latest travel ban, the Muslim community gathered to express their dismay and to plan what to do next.
Andrés Manuel López Obrador has been running for President of Mexico since 2006. He may succeed on Sunday.
A 44-year-old book looking at how to preserve San Diego’s uniqueness has been re-released. “Temporary Paradise?” is as relevant today as in 1974.
- June 13
- By Pat Finn
The iconic mall, which opened in 1985 as part of a plan to clean up and revitalize downtown, is in escrow and the subject of a lawsuit.
There's a big offer from Broadcom to buy Qualcomm Inc., big financial troubles for the San Ysidro School District and SeaWorld, and a big mess along the San Diego River, where the homeless are migrating.
The San Diego Housing Commission says there's a reason its sitting on $278 million in unspent funds. El Cajon cracks down on the homeless. The FBI cracks down on Americans who travel to Tijuana for sex with children. And a lawsuit on behalf of California sex workers reaches federal court here.
SDG&E keeps asking to bill its customers for the remaining 2007 wildfire costs. The city of San Diego has had 2 1/2 years to create rules for short-term rentals but nothing has been decided yet. And the new homeless campground near downtown San Diego has unexpected tenants: children.
What was it like to cover the destructive 2007 wildfires, to send reporters into danger, to get out critical information amidst crashing websites and without smart phones? Well, there was invention, cooperation and pure determination. And a new thing called Twitter.
John Witherspoon, who helped create the Public Broadcasting Act 50 years ago, was KPBS’s first general manager and the first president of the board of National Public Radio, has died.
- Oct. 13, 2017
- By Pat Finn
President Trump said he wanted to make a deal with Democrats to save DACA and then seemed to make a deal impossible. Dianne Feinstein will keep running. Hepatitis A keeps making people sick. And the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District appoints a novice to fill a vacant seat.
Another mass shooting in America. Same aftermath? The leaker of a confidential memo comes forward. A city law meant to increase transparency gets a boost. A homeless man gets a jury trial for sleeping on the street.
San Diego city and county officials blame each other for the glacial reaction to the hepatitis A outbreak. The shooting of Alfred Olango is having a lasting impact. The proposed Sacramento Delta tunnel is a very big deal.
- Sept. 1, 2017
- By Pat Finn
A California Supreme Court ruling may make it easier to build a football stadium -- or a highway. The Salk Institute is facing a lot of challenges. SDUSD begins a new year with old problems. Ditching remedial math may make sense.
The U.S. Navy looks for answers after a string of accidents. Two judges recommend SDG&E bear the costs for the 2007 wildfires. And Mission Valley sees something different in its future.
On the border: a young man dies from drinking liquid meth; the Tijuana taxi wars are quiet, for now; but "carmageddon" is coming. And finding housing here for refugees is as hard as you might think.
President Donald Trump suddenly tweets a major policy change for transgender troops. There's a housing crisis in San Diego, made possible by, well, all of us. And a website that debunks fake news is in real trouble.
The number of temporary work visas increases, as does the number deportations. Three women scientists have now filed gender discrimination suits against the Salk Institute. And tiny Imperial Beach sues global conglomerates.
There are new and familiar faces vying for County seats. Important bills on housing and SANDAG reform advance in Sacramento. And are the new faces on the Padres helping them advance?
Kevin Faulconer has been mayor of San Diego for just over three years. Is he going anywhere? San Diego teams up with the county and others for a new homeless initiative. And SDG&E works to save power — its own.
City Attorney's SoccerCity strategy memo is leaked. Is Qualcomm Stadium surplus property? SDUSD staffing rises while enrollment shrinks. Looking back at Sweetwater scandal. The Zoo looks ahead -- to Africa.
There will be no special election for the city of San Diego this November. Probably. A plume of toxic contaminants lurks under El Cajon. And how can we tell who is driving while high?
On Monday the San Diego City Council passed the budget without funding a special election this November, potentially dooming SoccerCity and a tax increase for a Convention Center expansion.
The U.S. may have withdrawn from the Paris climate deal, but not California. Raw sewage from Tijuana is fouling San Diego waters. San Diego Mayor Faulconer met privately with SoccerCity investors. California's gang database is flawed.
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