Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 - Evening Edition

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>> JOANNE: Coming up next on KPBS Evening Edition, why medical marijuana patients may
feel the biggest impact from stayed wise raids. >> DWANE: Also the head of SDSU sports explains
why moving football has a big impact. >> JOANNE: And we put Ben Hueso on the record.
>> DWANE: KPBS Evening Edition starts now. >> JOANNE: Hello thanks for joining us I'm
Joanne Faryon. >> DWANE: And I'm Dwane brown, San Diego county's
narcotics task force says the number of legal seizures is down two years in a row.
It recovered more than $1.2 million from raids this year but the biggest impact will likely
be on patients of medical marijuana dispensaries. Drug enforcement agents along with county
sheriff's deputies have raided more than 80 sites this year and shutdown more than 60
indoor operations where they say much of the medical marijuana comes from.
>>> About 70% of our dispensaries have closed and that is going to have a significant impact
on the number of indoor growths that we find. Most of those were fueling the dispensaries
here in San Diego. >> JOANNE: Agent Sherman says illegal cultivation
continues to be a problem in areas like Palomar mountain.
>>> Did you screen for marijuana plants. >>> This is where we find it grows year in
and year out. >>> It's a danger to our kids.
>> DWANE: This mother lives in Pacific Beach and she says shutting down the illegal growers
makes a difference. >>> If you reduce the supply it's going to
reduce the amount that gets into the hands of our kids.
It's simple math. >> DWANE: The narcotics task force made 107
arrests this year and recovered 71 weapons. The agents say the growers are being driven
out of San Diego county and moving farther north
>> JOANNE: The weather service has issued a frost advisory for the San Diego county
coast and the valleys, the blue shaded area on this map shows where the advisory is in
affect. Temperatures are expected to drop into the
20s. Managers of San Diego's temporary homes shelter
expects to house more than 200 people tonight and they're still asking for blankets.
>> DWANE: The state has find Scripps Hospital in La Jolla $100,000 for leaving an object
inside a patient, doctors say a small pen was left in a woman who suffered discomfort
and difficulty breathing. The state says the problem may have been an
incorrect reading of an x‑ray or a miscommunication error, Scripps says it's taken steps to prevent
incidents from happening again. San Diego chargers won't be on television
this weekend, they fell 5,000 short of a blackout, the chargers have one more home game after
this Sunday on December 18th. San Diego state's athletic department is it
gearing up for more money thanks for a big change, Joanne is talking about it with her
guest at the KPBS Evening Edition round table. >> JOANNE: San Diego state's athletic department
is set to collect a lot of cash making a switch from the mountain west conference to the Big
East. This affects only the football team and SDSU
could collect more than $6 million more than it's getting from its current conference but
Mr. Hirshman said yesterday there is more to it than money.
>>> We think this is an opportunity for our football team to compete at the highest level
and it's also an opportunity for us to be involved with some of the top universities
in the country. So all in all it's a tremendous, tremendous
opportunity for us, we're thrilled. >> JOANNE: Joining me now is Jim Sterk, SDSU
athletic director thanks for being here. >>> Thanks for having me on.
>> JOANNE: How is it possible that a team on the west coast joins the Big East conference.
>>> It is crazy when you first look at it, and obviously with the name of the Big East
allot of the teams have been there, but they're creating a western division and it's not different
than what our schedule had this year, we had two games in the eastern time zone, two in
the mountain time zone and none in California of our five away games so it doesn't change
much and football is a sport you can do that with because it's one game a week, usually
on a Saturday and it's only 12 games. It works, and wits an exciting move for us.
>> JOANNE: Let's talk about the money. Why is it that now you can collect millions
more a year in revenue? >> Well, the Big East, the footprint of the
Big East with the schools that they added will be 28 million households, the largest
number of households in the conferences, BCS, any conference.
They will be going to bid with their contract in the fall of 2012, before we join the league
so they feel, our consultants feel that it's a good time to come, there is competition
and they're the last BCS conference to go into the bidding of their rights fee.
>> JOANNE: You can't really have a conversation these days about colleges without talking
about money and tuition and increases. We know that in the last several years students
have been asked to pay not just more in tuition but also athletic fees, went from $30 in 2004
now it's $350 in athletic fees. Will some of this new revenue be returned
to students? >> Well, the students and it's not just athletics
that receives it, it's club sports and recreation that receive some of that and so with us,
we've kind of gone the way everyone else has in the last few years, we've lost 25 full‑time
employees, 12 part‑time and when I came we had a throe.3 ‑‑ $3.3 million deficit
just under two years ago. We've been trying to fight out of the hole
along with everyone else and moving forward we do have challenges with increased tuition,
our tuition and scholarship fees have gone from $2.5 million eight years ago to over
$6.4 right now and our bills continue to rise and everybody wants us to continue to be competitive
nationally and compete so that's important. Not only this move to the Big East competing
at the highest level and being in a BCS conference but the revenues that it could provide.
>> JOANNE: Do you see some of the money being ‑‑
>> Yeah, well at the end of the day it's the president's decision, so if we have ‑‑
and we go through and we were able to, you know, build our program back up employee wise
and have the support that we need to be successful then at the end of the day, at the end of
a fiscal year we may say there is a million or half a million that may go to the library
or somewhere else on campus and the athletics departments as they're able to do that have
done that in the past and we would like to do that, that would be fun.
>> JOANNE: Do you lose anything by making this switch?
>> You know, the ‑‑ people talk about rivalries and in the mountain west San Diego
state has gone through an evolution, they played in the Pacific coast league and in
the WAC and the mountain west started in 1999 but I don't think there is half of the members
left in the mountain west from when we started, then Boise, a new member that was coming in
this year or came in this year is going for sure, so BYU, Boise, TCU, Utah, all those
schools are gone from the league, so really Boise is probably will be our closest rival
in the future and that will be a fun one to keep.
>> JOANNE: In terms of now the other teams over at SDSU, do you see movement happening
there? >> Yeah, the mountain west ‑‑ they've
considered keeping our programs without football but at the end of the day they're buy laws
require to have all your sports, football especially, so our ‑‑ the rest of our
programs we have a couple of options and we're looking at those and probably will have an
announcement on that within a week on with where those programs are, the options are
the big west or the WAC, and those ‑‑ both of those give us more proximity, less
travel, less missed class time, that opportunity, and they're also both with ESPN, that helps
the kids, they want to play on ESPN, so that helps on the recruiting side.
The travel and the cost I think will be less than what it is with the mountain west right
now. >> JOANNE: Jim Sterk thank you for being here.
>>> Joanne, thanks. >> DWANE: San Diego unified will have to make
tough choices to balance its budget but an inner city school is fighting a plan to split
the campus up, that story coming up. We'll show I a group to keep parolees from
returning to prison, this is KPBS Evening Edition.
>> DWANE: Welcome back to KPBS Evening Edition, thousands of inmate from California's overcrowded
problems are being transferred because of realignment, San Diego is one of few counties
trying to avoid building new jails. Alison St John says it's a tough assignment
because many have nowhere else to go. >>> 35 year old Frederick Recupida arrived
in San Diego. He he has spent two years in Bakersfield.
>>> I was incarcerated for an incident that I had ‑‑ actually it was a violent crime
while I was under the influence, I got out in June of 2009 and started to do pretty
well, but not following through with what I was taught, how to stay clean off of drugs,
I fell back into my addiction again and got in trouble for possession.
>>> He was one of the 70% who don't make it on the outside and end up back in prison.
This time he's determined to make a go of it
>>> It's coming to the point in my life where I'm tired.
I'm physically and mentally and spiritually tired.
>>> He heard about a program in San Diego called "second chance" he wrote to them and
was accepted. When he got out he was given $200 gate money
just enough to get clothes and travel to San Diego.
>>> If I was left to my own device with no place to go that little bit of money that
I would have taken would have gotten me under the influence, or aly crill way of thinking
would be to make money on the money I had. >>> His rent here is free for the first 60
days as long as he stays colon and sober ‑‑ clean and sober.
John McCartney has been a probation officer for 14 years, a case load of 51 offenders
who come from state prison. >>> What is different about this new population?
>> Go to prison for a good term you spend six years in prison, and like I said, on probation
come out in 90 days you may be able to continue what you did prior to getting arrest and had
placed in custody. Six years it's hard to come back and reestablish
those connections. As far as those family ties.
>>> He says almost half of his clients have no place to stay and even those with family
only get a temporary roof over their heads. >>> It's kind of a let down to them, they
go strictly to the parents and go "hey, I'm home" and you get the look that it's a temporary
home and we can give you a meal but you can't stay here.
We've reestablished our own ties and we've moved on so it's kind of like an eye opener
for them >>> He knows it will be more challenging for
this population than for someone coming out of county jail.
San Diego county will assume thousands of inmates within the next few months.
Ricupido is looking for a job and he will be able to transition with subsidized rent.
>>> I think housing is very important, a person who comes out and doesn't have a place to
stay is behind the 8 ball. You actually need a residence in order to
get a job and you need a job in order to ‑‑ it's that catch‑22, you have to have one
to get the other. So it's really important for them to have
a place to stay, I think that's crucial for a person to successfully complete probation.
>>> Though he is living with ex‑offenders, he is optimistic.
>>> It's a blessing that I get to turn on the TV and cook food, when I want to, if I
want to walk to the store I can do that. I overlooked those things.
>>> He says procedures are anxious about what realignment will mean for them.
>>> It's like the dog in the backyard is being released and is it going to wreak havoc or
will they be more careful. >>> San Diego hopes to bring the rate of reoffenders
down from 70% to 40% that's the rate that the probation department has reached.
>>> It's still early in the process of realignment so I don't know how they're going to handle
it, it's given me a freedom that's driven me to do better.
>>> Hey, how are you doing. >> DWANE: That's KPBS Reporter Alison St John.
The community is asking for help with second chance to keep offenders out of jail but there
is no guarantee for state money to support them.
Would you be willing to pay more taxes for state services?
Joanne is putting a San Diego ledges late tore on the record at the evening edition
round table. >> JOANNE: Earlier this week governor Jerry
brown filed a ballot initiative that would increase income taxes for the wealthy, the
governor said he was bypassing the legislature and going directly to voters, joining me now
to talk about where he stands on this initiative is assembly member Ben Hueso, he represents
the southwest district of San Diego. >>> Thank you for having me.
>> JOANNE: Where do you stand on this initiative? >> Well, I stand in the position that we need
more revenue for our state. If this initiative qualifies I will probably
support it. We've been finding ways to bring more revenue
to our state and we've ‑‑ we've tried some common sense approaches and we can't
seem to get the support from members so it's ‑‑ our state is in a bad position.
I want to ask you, and I want to ask your viewers and maybe you can do a poll to ask
your viewers how many people know that beginning July 1st of this year taxes went down in California?
I actually meet with alot of people in this state and a lot of groups.
I met with a very large group of 100 people earlier this month and I asked that question
and since taxes went down ‑‑ >> JOANNE: For who?
>> Here goes, I asked how many know that taxes went down in California and nobody raises
their hands. Our sales tax went down 1% beginning July
1st, our VLF, vehicle license fee went down a half a percentage point, and this was part
of an agreement that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the previous legislature agreed to five
years ago, this added $14 billion to our budget so beginning July first we had 14 billion
less to work into funding education, for the past five years we've been funding programs
at the state now the argument is we should see more spending in retail and there hasn't
been an immediate rush to the store. >> JOANNE: We did have a couple of advocacy
groups here both representing taxpayers and the San Diego county taxpayers association
one of the comments was there are no guarantees when you ask people to pay more in taxes,
and for this initiative the money would go to schools, there is no guarantee that spending
more money on schools means you're going to have better educated kids, I think that is
one of the concerns of the taxpayers. Are you spending moneywisely?
>> There is no doubt that we have so many unmet needs in this state.
We're not ‑‑ we don't have enough to fund mass transit with our big cuts in previous
years, does increasing the fee to ride the trolley or the bus, is that going to increase
riderShip as well? We have goals that in order to maintain them
we need to properly fund. Education, there is no doubt, reducing class
size helps educational attainment >> JOANNE: Although studies say not necessarily
class size they say number of school days more of an outcome.
>>> Reducing class size does have an impact, expanding days has an impact, expanding hours
has an impact, all of those cost money. >> JOANNE: What about the fact that the governor
says he doesn't trust the legislature? The public doesn't think the legislature is
doing a good job, what does that say about the job and you and other assembly members
are doing right now? >> We need to address the two‑thirds rule,
bottom line it's hard in any form of government to reach a two‑thirds consensus, 67%, no
council, no board of supervisors, no other government requires that threshold to lead.
It's hard ‑‑ >> JOANNE: You're talking about two‑thirds,
if it's tax reform anything to do with that needs a two‑thirds majority?
>> Right, tax reform, revenue generation, states like ‑‑ Republican states like
Texas and Wyoming and Alaska tax oil, it's impossible to tax oil in California without
legislators doing it, we tried it through the ballot and the amount of money that's
spent misleading voters about what's actually happening on taxing oil with all the fears
that they scare voters with are unfounded. We're seeing it's working in Alaska, you can
reduce sales tax and income tax if you find revenue sources that are constant.
>> JOANNE: Quickly before we go, just a yes or no answer, do you support the occupy movement?
>> I do. I do because I think it's a very American
movement, it's about people expressing their views and their frustration with government.
They're poor people, they don't have money to influence government and they're doing
it the only way they know how by speaking up.
>> JOANNE: Assembly member Ben Hueso thanks for being here.
>>> Thank you. >> JOANNE: Republican member Brian Jones who
represents Santee will be here Monday to talk about where he stands on the governor's tax
proposal. >> DWANE: In a moment we will hear from city
heights members fighting to save their school. "Captions provided by eCaptions"
>> JOANNE: Welcome back to the public square on KPBS Evening Edition.
Tonight a story about an inner city school fighting back.
This summer the San Diego unified school district proposed doing away with Crawford's small
schools model to save money. It's divided into four small campuses, each
with its own specialty. The move could save the district $370,000,
the story from our partners with the speak city heights collaborative, Megan and Brian
at media arts center, San Diego. [Crowd chanting]
>>> I implore the San Diego unified school district to do away with any effort to balance
the budget on the backs of the most poor and at‑risk students.
>>> They have told us we're going to get a reduction, $370,000 taken away from Crawford,
there has to be equality and there has to be equity.
>> Community is wondering is this discrimination? Because it's not happening to any other community,
it's the immigrant, refugee community, all of these folks brand new to the country, may
have come from a country that doesn't have a democratic system, this campaign will not
rest until the Crawford community is treated fairly.
>> JOANNE: The school board makes a decision December 13th.
If you would like to comment on this story you can follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook
or write to me directly, at my email. And now Dwane has a recap of tonight's top
stories. >> DWANE: Narcotics officers seized nearly
200 marijuana plants this year, that's down from last year.
Scripps Hospital has been find $100,000 by the state for a surgical mistake leaving a
metal pen inside a patient. The hospital has taken steps to prevent such
in the future. The weather service has issued another frost
advisory tonight for San Diego's coast and valleys, temperatures could drop into the
20s in some place. You can watch and comment on any of the stories
you saw tonight on our web site,‑edition. Thanks for joining us, have a great night,
we leave you with a look at the forecast. "Captions provided by eCaptions"