Friday, May 18, 2012 - Evening Edition


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>> TONIGHT ON KPBS "EVENING
EDITION", WE ASK THE SAN DIEGO
COUNTY WATER AUTHORITY WHY IT
WANTS TO RAISE RATES BY 10%.
>>> AND THERE ARE SERIOUS
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PENSION
REFORM MEASURE.
KPBS "EVENING EDITION" STARTS
NOW.
.
>> HELLO, THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I'M JOANNE FARYON.
>> AND I'M DWANE BROWN.
SAN DIEGO COUNTY'S UNEMPLOYMENT
RATE DROPPED LAST MONTH TO ITS
LOWEST RATE IN THREE YEARS.
IT WAS 8.7% IN APRIL, DOWN
NEARLY A FULL PERCENTAGE POINT
FROM THE MONTH BEFORE.
THE GRAPH SHOWS TRENDS DATING
BACK TO MAY 2010.
THE EMPLOYMENT DEVELOPMENT
DEPARTMENT SAYS SAN DIEGO'S
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HASN'T BEEN
THIS LOW SINCE FEBRUARY 2009.
>>> SAN DIEGO'S CITY AUDITOR
SAYS IT'S NOT CLEAR WHETHER
PENSION REFORM WILL SAVE THE
CITY ANY MONEY.
EDUARDO LUNA SAYS THERE IS JUST
TOO MUCH UNCERTAINTY TO KNOW
WHAT EFFECT PROPOSITION B WILL
HAVE.
THE MEASURE WOULD SWITCH MOST
NEW HIRES TO A 401(K) STYLE
SYSTEM AND WOULD FREEZE THE PAY
OF CURRENT EMPLOYEES FOR FIVE
YEARS.
LUNA SAYS THERE MAY BE A COST TO
THAT, INCLUDING A NEED TO
INCREASE NONPENSIONABLE
COMPENSATION AND EMPLOYEE
TURNOVER.
HE REFUSED TO SIGN OFF ON THE
CITY'S FINANCIAL ANALYSIS OF THE
MEASURE.
>>> AN INDEPENDENT SUPER PAC IS
JUMPING INTO THE SAN DIEGO
MAYOR'S RACE WITH A NEW TV
CAMPAIGN.
>> BLUE IS BETTER!
>> RED IS BETTER!
>> THE GROUP "I-C PURPLE"
DEBUTTED THIS COMMERCIAL ON
BEHALF OF NATHAN FLETCHER, WHO
LEFT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY TO
BECOME AN INDEPENDENT.
HE IS ONE OF SEVERAL INDEPENDENT
CANDIDATES THE GROUP IS
SUPPORTING THROUGH CALIFORNIA.
>>> CALIFORNIA'S NONPARTISAN
LEGISLATIVE ANALYST HAS TAKEN A
LOOK AT GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN'S
REVISED BUDGET PLAN, AND HE SAYS
IT'S REASONABLE, WITH A COUPLE
OF ISSUES.
HE SAYS CLOSING REDEVELOPMENT
AGENCIES PROBABLY WON'T SAVE AS
MUCH AS THE GOVERNOR THINKS, AND
ANALYST MAC TAYLOR SAYS BROWN'S
PROPOSED TAX INITIATIVE WILL
LIKELY RAISE LESS MONEY THAN
EXPECTED.
>>> THE SAN DIEGO COUNTY MEDICAL
EXAMINER IS TRYING TO DETERMINE
WHY A STUDENT COLLAPSED AND DIED
AT SAN MARCOS HIGH SCHOOL
YESTERDAY.
18-YEAR-OLD ANTHONY VAEAO WAS
PLAYING A PICKUP BASKETBALL GAME
WHEN HE COLLAPSED.
HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT A
HOSPITAL A SHORT TIME LATER.
THEY'RE AWAITING THE RESULTS OF
TOXICOLOGY TESTS.
>>> TODAY A CAMP PENDLETON
MARINE WAS AWARDED THE NATION'S
SECOND HIGHEST MEDAL, FOR COMBAT
VALOR.
SERGEANT CHRISTOPHER FARIA WAS
HONORED FOR WHAT HE DID DURING
AN HOUR-LONG FIGHT IN
AFGHANISTAN'S HELMAND PROVINCE.
THE PENTAGON SAYS HIS ACTIONS
ALLOWED WOUNDED MARINES TO BE
EVACUATED AND KEPT THEIR PATROL
BASE FROM BEING OVERRUN.
>>> TOMORROW MORNING THE NAVY
WILL COMMISSION THE NEW USS SAN
DIEGO.
IT'S THE THIRD SHIP TO BE NAMED
FOR SAN DIEGO AND WILL BE
STATIONED THERE.
IT'S AN AMPHIBIOUS TRANSPORT
DOCK SHIP ABLE TO CARRY ABOUT
800 MARINES.
>>> GRADUATION CEREMONIES AT
VIEJAS ARENA.
TODAY THE SAN DIEGO STATE
UNIVERSITY BEGAN THREE DAYS OF
COMMENCEMENT ACTIVITIES.
THE NO. 1 DEGREES FOR THE CLASS
OF 2012 IS PSYCHOLOGY, FOLLOWED
BY CRIMINAL JUSTICE, LIBERAL
STUDIES, AND MANAGEMENT, AND
FINANCE ROUNDS OUT THE TOP 5.
COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES ARE
BEING HELD AT THE CSU
SAN MARCUS.
>>> SAN DIEGO COUNTY WATER
AUTHORITY WANTS TO RAISE WATER
RATES BY NEARLY 10%.
>> Reporter: HERE TO EXPLAIN
THE REASONS IS SANDY KERL,
DEPUTY GENERAL MANAGER OF THE
SAN DIEGO COUNTY WATER
AUTHORITY.
>> THANK YOU, JOANNE.
>> LET'S START WITH THE NEARLY
10% INCREASE.
WHAT WILL THAT MEAN FOR THE
AVERAGE FAMILY OF FOUR AT HOME
IN TERMS OF THEIR BILL EVERY
MONTH?
>> IN TERMS OF THE AVERAGE
FAMILY, LOOKING AT THE WHOLESALE
COST OF WATER, WHICH YOU HAVE TO
UNDERSTAND WHOLESALE WATER GOES
TO RETAIL AGENCIES, SO THE COST
OF THE WHOLESALE WATER INCREASES
ABOUT $3 PER YEAR PER FAMILY
HOUSEHOLD.
>> SO THIS INCREASE --
>> $3 PER MONTH.
>> OKAY, SO IT'S ABOUT $36 A
YEAR?
>> YES.
>> AND THAT'S ASSUMING THAT AN
AVERAGE FAMILY IS USING HOW MUCH
WATER?
>> AVERAGE FAMILY IS USING ABOUT
162,000 GALLONS.
>> SO WE MENTIONED THE COST OF
WATER FROM THE SUPPLIER.
LET'S BREAK DOWN THE REASONS FOR
THIS INCREASE, STARTING WITH THE
METROPOLITAN WATER DISTRICT.
>> THERE ARE REALLY THREE
DRIVERS FOR THE RATE INCREASE.
THE FIRST AND SINGLE-HIGHEST
CAUSE OF THE INCREASE IS THE
RATE INCREASE FROM THE
METROPOLITAN WATER DISTRICT.
ON APRIL 10TH, THEY ADOPTED A 5%
INCREASE, WHICH, FOR SAN DIEGO
COUNTY RESIDENTS, TRANSLATES
INTO 8.5% INCREASE BECAUSE OF
THE WAY THEY CHARGE THEIR RATES.
AND I CAN EXPLAIN A LITTLE BIT
MORE ABOUT THAT LATER.
THE SECOND DRIVER FOR THE RATE
INCREASE HAS TO DO WITH OUR
INVESTMENT IN SUPPLY
RELIABILITY.
OVER THE LAST 20 YEARS, WE HAVE
INVESTED ABOUT 3.5 MILLION
DOLLARS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE
HAVE WATER HERE IN SAN DIEGO
COUNTY TO SUPPORT THE $186
BILLION ECONOMY AND 3.1 MILLION
PEOPLE THAT LIVE HERE.
AND THAT INVESTMENT IN
RELIABILITY COMES AT A COST.
WE'RE EXPERIENCING AN INCREASE
IN DEBT SERVICE TO PAY FOR THOSE
FACILITIES THAT WE'VE
IMPLEMENTED.
THE LATEST OF THE PROJECTS WE
HAVE GOING ON IS THE DAM RAISE
AT SAN VICENTE RESERVOIR, AND
THOSE -- IT'S UNDER
CONSTRUCTION, AND THAT'S PART OF
THE COST INCREASE.
THE THIRD COMPONENT HAS TO DO
WITH AN INCREASE OF WATER FROM
THE IMPERIAL IRRIGATION DISTRICT
THROUGH OUR QSA, AND THAT IS AN
ADDITIONAL 10,000 ACRE FEET OF
HIGHLY RELIABLE WATER, AND THE
COST FOR THAT WATER IS GOING UP,
AS PER THE AGREEMENT UNDER THE
QSA.
>> I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE
WATER AUTHORITY LOOKING FOR NEW
SOURCES OF WATER, OF SUPPLY, AND
THE COST TO PEOPLE FOR THAT, BUT
LET'S TALK ABOUT THE
METROPOLITAN WATER AUTHORITY.
WE'VE DONE SEVERAL STORIES ABOUT
LITIGATION, SO THE SAN DIEGO
COUNTY WATER AUTHORITY ALLEGES
THAT METROPOLITAN WATER DISTRICT
CHARGES SAN DIEGO MORE, MORE FOR
THE WATER THAN OTHER DISTRICTS,
AND WE'RE PAYING FOR IT.
BUT WHEN WE LOOK AT THE
INCREASE, METROPOLITAN WATER
SAYS IT'S GOING UP ONLY 5%, YET
THIS PROPOSAL, FOR OTHER
REASONS, IS GOING UP BY 10%.
WHAT IS SAN DIEGO COUNTY DOING
TO KEEP COSTS DOWN?
YOU ALLEGE THE METROPOLITAN
WATER AUTHORITY ISN'T KEEPING
THEIR COSTS DOWN.
>> THAT'S CORRECT.
WE'VE BEEN VERY AGGRESSIVE ABOUT
REDUCING THE SIZE OF THE
ORGANIZATION, REDUCING OUR
EXPENDITURES, WE'VE LAID OFF
EMPLOYEES, WE'VE CUT BACK THE
ORGANIZATION TO BE RESPONSIBLE
FOR THE ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH
WE'RE DEALING IN.
AND THE METROPOLITAN WATER
DISTRICT HAS NOT DONE THAT.
IN ADDITION, THEIR RATE INCREASE
-- IN A TIME WHEN THERE'S SCARCE
WATER, YOU SEE A REDUCTION IN
THE COST OF SUPPLY FOR
METROPOLITAN BUT AN INCREASE IN
TRANSPORTATION COSTS.
AND THE TRANSPORTATION COSTS ARE
ONLY PAID BY SAN DIEGO COUNTY
WATER USERS.
AND THAT'S BECAUSE WE TRANSPORT
WATER THROUGH THE METROPOLITAN
PIPES FROM THE IMPERIAL
IRRIGATION DISTRICT.
>> IS THAT WHY YOU SAID FOR SAN
DIEGO IT'S 8% NOT OF 5%?
>> 8.5% VERSUS 5, THAT'S
CORRECT.
>> SO YOU ALSO MENTIONED YOU'RE
LOOKING FOR OTHER SOURCES OF
WATER.
THIS COMES AT A COST, A
SERVICING COST.
IS THIS WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT
DESALINATION AND OTHER --
>> IT'S REALLY WHEN WE'RE
TALKING ABOUT EMERGENCY STORAGE,
SUPPLY RELIABILITY, INCREASING
THE SIZE OF THE DAM AT
SAN VICENTE WILL ALLOW US TO
STORE MORE WATER, TO HAVE IT
AVAILABLE IN TIMES OF NEED.
IN 2009 WHEN METROPOLITAN CUT
BACK WATER TO THE SAN DIEGO
REGION BY 13%, WE HAD TO TAKE
ONLY AN 8% CUT, BECAUSE WE HAD
LOCAL SUPPLY HERE TO SERVE THE
REGION.
>> NOW, WHEN WE DO THESE
STORIES, I OFTEN GET EMAILS FROM
PEOPLE AT HOME SAYING, "LOOK,
I'VE CUT DOWN MY WATER USE IN
THE PAST 10 YEARS, BUT MY WATER
BILL CONTINUES TO INCREASE."
AND WE WENT TO YOUR WEBSITE AND
SAW THAT SINCE 2007, WATER USE
FOR THE COUNTY HAS GONE DOWN
RATHER DRAMATICALLY, IT'S
LEVELING OFF IN THE LAST COUPLE
OF YEARS, BUT IT WENT DOWN QUITE
A BIT.
DOES THAT COME AT A COST?
WHEN WE CONSERVE WATER, DO WE
PAY HIGHER RATES BECAUSE OF THE
WHOLE SUPPLY/DEMAND RULE?
>> THE COST OF WATER IS MUCH
MORE EXPENSIVE TODAY THAN IT WAS
10 YEARS AGO OR 20 YEARS AGO.
IN ADDITION TO THAT, IN ORDER TO
TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE WATER
COMING TO SAN DIEGO COUNTY, WE
HAD TO MAKE INVESTMENTS IN OUR
INFRASTRUCTURE, TO HAVE THAT
WATER HERE.
AND SO THE COSTS ARE GOING UP.
THE REDUCED USAGE DOES MEAN
THERE ARE LESS UNITS TO SPREAD
THAT COST OVER, AND THERE IS A
COST TO HAVING RELIABILITY.
BUT WHEN YOU'RE AT THE END OF
THE PIPE, IT'S VERY IMPORTANT
THAT YOU HAVE SOURCES OF SUPPLY
SO THAT YOUR REGION CAN SURVIVE
DURING A DROUGHT SITUATION.
>> SO THIS IS GOING BEFORE THE
PUBLIC.
DO THEY GET A CHANCE TO SAY
SOMETHING, AND TO SPEAK UP ABOUT
THIS?
>> YES.
THE RATE HEARING WILL BE SET AT
THE -- BY THE ADMINISTRATIVE AND
FINANCE COMMITTEE AT OUR BOARD
MEETING ON THURSDAY, MAY 24TH,
AND THEN -- AND THERE WILL BE A
FULL AIRING OF THE RATE
PROPOSAL, AND THEN THERE WILL BE
A PUBLIC RATE HEARING ON JUNE
28TH, AND AT THAT DATE AND TIME
THE BOARD WILL CONSIDER WHETHER
OR NOT TO GO FORWARD WITH THE
RATE RECOMMENDATION.
>> SO I WANT TO THANK YOU SO
MUCH FOR BEING HERE, AND FOR
PEOPLE WHO DIDN'T WRITE DOWN ALL
THAT INFORMATION, WE'LL HAVE IT
ON OUR WEBSITE, AND A LINK TO
YOUR WEBSITE, SO PEOPLE CAN GO
TO KPBS.ORG.
>>> COMING UP IN JUST A MOMENT,
WE'LL TALK ABOUT SAN DIEGO'S
PENSION-REFORM MEASURE WITH A
FINANCIAL ANALYST.
>>> AND WE'LL HAVE A LOOK AT THE
DEBATE OVER AN EAST COUNTY WIND
PROJECT.
THIS IS KPBS "EVENING EDITION".
>> YOU MAY BE TOO BUSY DEALING
WITH YOUR OWN RETIREMENT FUND TO
WORRY ABOUT ANYBODY ELSE, BUT IF
YOU LIVE AND VOTE IN THE CITY OF
SAN DIEGO, YOU'LL HAVE TO DECIDE
WHETHER THE CITY SHOULD OFFER A
401(K) PLAN FOR ITS EMPLOYEES,
OR SWITCH.
KATIE ORR TELLS US WHAT THE
SWITCH COULD MEAN.
.
>> I'M STANDING HERE IN THE KPBS
BREAK ROOM WITH FINANCIAL
PLANNER GABRIEL WISDOM.
HE IS HERE TO HELP ME UNDERSTAND
HOW PROP B WOULD CHANGE SAN
DIEGO'S RETIREMENT SYSTEM.
IT WOULD FREEZE THE BASE PAY FOR
FIVE YEARS, AND SWITCH MOST NEW
CITY EMPLOYEES, EXCLUDING POLICE
OFFICERS, FROM A DEFINED BENEFIT
TO A DEFINED CONTRIBUTION
SYSTEM, AND THIS IS WHAT GABRIEL
AND I ARE GOING TO FOCUS ON TO
DO, AND WE'RE GOING TO DO IT
USING EGGS.
>> THESE BOWLS ARE EGGS
REPRESENT THREE DIFFERENT POTS
OF MONEY.
THIS IS THE GENERAL FUND OVER
HERE, WHICH THE CITY USES TO FIX
THINGS LIKE STREETS AND PROVIDE
CITY SERVICES.
THE BOWL IN THE MIDDLE
REPRESENTS THE CITY'S PENSION
FUND, WHICH IT INVESTS IN THE
STOCK MARKET IN THE HOPE IT WILL
GO UP AND USE THAT MONEY TO GIVE
RETIREES THE BENEFITS THEY'VE
BEEN PROMISED, AND THIS BOWL
HERE IS THE EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT
FUND.
>> WE HAVE THE GENERAL FUND, THE
PENSION FUND, AND THE INDIVIDUAL
ACCOUNTS OF THE RETIRED WORKERS.
>> RIGHT.
>> SO WHAT DOES THE CURRENT
SYSTEM LOOK LIKE RIGHT NOW?
IT'S CALLED THE DEFINED BENEFIT
SYSTEM.
>> RIGHT.
THAT MEANS THE RETIREES ARE
GUARANTEED A CERTAIN BENEFIT
WHICH IS DETERMINED MAINLY BY
THE NUMBER OF YEARS AN EMPLOYEE
WORKED AND THE SALARY THAT THEY
GOT, SO LET'S SAY AN EMPLOYEE IS
PROMISED FOUR EGGS A YEAR FOR
THE REST OF THEIR LIFE.
.
>> OKAY.
>> SO WE TAKE FOUR EGGS, AND WE
PUT THEM IN THE EMPLOYEE BOWL.
>> OKAY.
>> THE CITY HAS TO GIVE THEM
FOUR EGGS EVERY YEAR.
>> OKAY, BUT WHAT IF SOMETHING
HAPPENS, LIKE IN THE LAST FEW
YEARS, WHEN THE STOCK MARKET
CRASHED?
SO NOW THERE AREN'T ENOUGH EGGS
TO COVER THE REQUIRED
CONTRIBUTIONS, THERE ARE ONLY
THREE, AND THEY NEED FOUR.
>> THAT'S WHERE THE GENERAL
FUNDS FUND COMES IN.
WHEN THERE AREN'T ENOUGH EGGS IN
THE GENERAL FUND -- PENSION
FUND, WE TAKE TWO EGGS FROM THE
GENERAL FUND AND PUT THEM IN THE
PENSION FUND.
>> THAT MEANS THERE ARE FEWER
EGGS LEFT TO COVER CITY SERVICES
RIGHT?
>> RIGHT.
>> SO THIS YEAR THE CITY A'S
PENSION CONTRIBUTION IS $230
MILLION, WHICH IS LOWER THAN
EXPECTED BECAUSE THE STOCK
MARKET SOARED.
>> BUT SWITCHING TO A DEFINED
CONTRIBUTION CITY WOULD MEAN THE
CITY IS NOT SUBJECT TO THE UPS
AND DOWNS OF THE STOCK MARKET.
>> THAT'S WHAT PROP B IS
PROPOSING.
>> RIGHT.
IT WOULD CHANGE IT SO THE CITY
ONLY GUARANTEES A CERTAIN
CONTRIBUTION TO THEIR RETIREMENT
FUND, LIKE A 401(K).
IT DOESN'T GUARANTEE WHAT WILL
HAPPEN TO THAT CONTRIBUTION.
THIS BECOMES THE 401(K).
>> YES, BUT IT GETS A BIT MORE
COMPLICATED.
LET'S SAY THE CITY COMMITS TO
PUTTING TWO EGGS A YEAR INTO THE
EMPLOYEE'S RETIREMENT FUND WHILE
THEY'RE WORKING.
>> OKAY.
TWO EGGS INTO THE 401(K) FUND.
>> AND THE EMPLOYEE PUTS ONE EGG
A YEAR INTO THE 401(K).
>> OKAY.
>> AND NOW THE EMPLOYEE GETS TO
DECIDE HOW TO INVEST THOSE EGGS,
THOSE 401(K) EGGS IN THE STOCK
MARKET.
>> SO THE CITY'S CONTRIBUTION IS
LIMITED, AND THE EMPLOYEE HAS
MORE CONTROL OVER HOW THEIR
MONEY IS INVESTED.
BUT WHAT HAPPENS IF THE STOCK
MARKET CRASHES AND THEY LOSE A
BUNCH OF EGGS?
>> WELL, THAT'S ON THE EMPLOYEE.
>> SO THE CITY WOULDN'T MAKE
THEM WHOLE, THEN?
>> NO.
UNDER THIS NEW SYSTEM, THE CITY
ONLY COMMITS TO MAKING A CERTAIN
CONTRIBUTION.
IT DOESN'T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO
WITH WHAT HAPPENS TO THAT
CONTRIBUTION.
THE EMPLOYEE WOULD HAVE TO DEAL
WITH WHATEVER GAINS OR LOSSES
THEY TAKE ON THE STOCK MARKET,
WHICH MEANS THEY MIGHT HAVE TO
DEAL WITH FEWER EGGS.
>> THIS IS WHAT A LOT OF PEOPLE
IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR WENT
THROUGH DURING THE RECESSION.
>> RIGHT.
>> BUT THERE'S A DIFFERENCE:
MOST PEOPLE IN THE PRIVATE
SECTOR ARE ENROLLED IN SOCIAL
SECURITY, AND CITY EMPLOYEES
CURRENTLY AREN'T.
>> THAT'S RIGHT.
.
>> ANOTHER BOWL.
>> GOT ANOTHER BOWL.
THIS IS THE SOCIAL SECURITY
BOWL.
SO IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, WHEN
THE MARKET TUMBLES AND EGGS
BEGIN TO FALL, SOCIAL SECURITY
ACTS AS A KIND OF SAFETY NET.
DURING THEIR WORKING LIVES, MOST
PEOPLE IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND
THEIR EMPLOYEES HAVE BEEN PAYING
MONEY INTO SOCIAL SECURITY.
>> SO A COUPLE OF EGGS INTO
SOCIAL SECURITY.
ONCE THEY'RE DONE WORKING, THEY
GET SOME EGGS BACK; RIGHT?
>> THAT'S RIGHT.
SO IF THE MARKET CRASHES AND
THEY LOSE SOME 401(K) EGGS, THEY
CAN AT LEAST COUNT ON THEIR
SOCIAL SECURITY EGGS STILL
COMING IN.
>> SO LET'S SAY ONE EGG GOING
BACK INTO THE EMPLOYEE'S FUND
THERE.
BUT THE CITY AND CITY EMPLOYEES
DON'T CURRENTLY PAY INTO SOCIAL
SECURITY, SO THEY WOULDN'T GET
THOSE EGGS WHEN THEY RETIRE;
RIGHT?
>> RIGHT.
>> ALL THEY I SHOULD SAY
SUPPORTERS OF PROP B COULD VOTE
ON WHETHER THEY WANT TO REJOIN
THE SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM, BUT
THOSE DETAILS HAVE YET TO BE
WORKED OUT.
>> RIGHT.
>> SO THERE YOU HAVE IT,
PLANNING YOUR RETIREMENT NEST
EGG.
IT'S MORE COMPLICATED THAN THIS,
BUT THIS WAS MEANT TO GIVE YOU
AN IDEA OF THE BASIC CHANGES
THAT WILL BE MADE TO THE
RETIREMENT SYSTEM IF SAN DIEGO
SWITCHES FROM A PENSION TO A
401(K).
THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO EXPLAIN
IT.
>> THANK YOU, KATIE.
>> KATIE ORR.
YOU CAN FIND MORE ABOUT
PROPOSITION B ON OUR WEBSITE,
ALONG WITH OUR VOTER GUIDE.
JUST GO TO KPBS.ORG/ELECTIONS.
>>> MONDAY IS THE LAST DAY TO
REGISTER TO VOTE IN THE JUNE
PRIMARY.
VOTER REGISTRATION FORMS ARE
AVAILABLE AT PUBLIC LIBRARIES,
POST OFFICES, AND CITY HALLS, AS
WELL AS THE REGISTRAR OF VOTERS
OFFICE.
YOU CAN ALSO GET A FORM ON-LINE
AT VOTEINFO.NET.
>>> A MEASURE TO REGULATE HEALTH
INSURANCE PREMIUMS COULD END UP
ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT.
A CONSUMER GROUP TURNED IN
800,000 SIGNATURES TODAY TO
QUALIFY THE INITIATIVE.
THEY SAY IT'S THE SAME KIND OF
REGULATION ALREADY IN PLACE FOR
AUTO AND HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE.
DOCTORS GROUPS AND INSURANCE
COMPANIES SAY THE MEASURE WOULD
NOT REDUCE HEALTHCARE COSTS BUT
WOULD CREATE A WINDFALL FOR
TRIAL LAWYERS.
>>> A GROUP OPPOSED TO
HIGH-SPEED RAIL HAS STARTED A
PETITION DRIVE TO STOP PLANS FOR
A BULLET TRAIN IN CALIFORNIA.
THE PROPOSED MEASURE WOULD
DERAIL THE PLAN BY SHUTTING OFF
STATE FUNDING.
CALIFORNIA TAXPAYERS APPROVED
$9.9 BILLION IN BOND FINANCING,
BUT THE TOTAL COST OF THE
PROJECT IS NOW ESTIMATED AT $68
BILLION.
OPPONENTS SAY IT'S TOO MUCH.
IF THE GROUP GATHERS ENOUGH
SIGNATURES, IT COULD BE ON THE
BALLOT IN 2014.
>>> SAN DIEGO COUNTY'S PLANNING
COMMISSION IS CONSIDERING
WHETHER TO ALLOW A DISPUTED
WIND-POWER PROJECT IN THE EAST
COUNTY TO MOVE FORWARD.
A PORTLAND COMPANY WANTS TO PUT
WIND TURBINES IN THE McCAIN
VALLEY NEAR BOULEVARD.
KPBS BUSINESS AND ENVIRONMENT
REPORTER ERIK ANDERSON SAYS BOTH
SUPPORTERS AND DETRACTORS GAVE
THE PANEL AN EARFUL.
>> I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN THE
EAST COUNTY, AND I SPEND MUCH OF
MY FREE TIME HIKING AND BIKING
AND ENJOYING THE BEAUTY OF OUR
EAST COUNTY MOUNTAINS AND
DESERTS.
THEY REALLY ARE LIKE NO PLACE ON
EARTH.
>> Reporter: MAXWELL WAS AMONG
A GROUP OF PEOPLE HOPING TO
INFLUENCE THE PLANNING
COMMISSION.
MANY IN THE ROOM WERE FOR THE
PROJECT, AND MANY, LIKE MAXWELL,
WERE AGAINST.
DONNA TISDALE SEES THIS AS ONE
ASSAULT AMONG MANY ON THE RURAL
CHARACTER OF HER HOME.
SHE SAYS IT'S A BEAUTIFUL REGION
THAT SITS UP ABOVE MUCH OF THE
COUNTY.
>> YOU CAN SEE THE LAGUNAS, YOU
CAN SEE THE INCAPAHS, THE JICAMA
MOUNTAINS, THE SIERRA JUAREZ --
IT'S A 360-DEGREE VIEW, AND IT'S
AS FAR AS YOU CAN SEE.
VIRTUALLY EVERY RIDGELINE IN OUR
COMMUNITY NOW, EVERY ROAD, WILL
BE LINED WITH TURBINES AND NEW
POWER LINES, AND WE WILL HAVE A
NEW SUBSTATION AT EVERY ONE OF
THESE PROJECTS.
AND THIS IS WHERE WE LIVE.
I MEAN, THIS IS IN RESIDENTIAL
AREAS.
>> Reporter: BUT NEIGHBORS ARE
FEW AND FAR BETWEEN IN THE
BOULEVARD AREA.
THE ROLLING HILLS ARE COATED
WITH DRY CHAPARRAL THAT IS
PUNCTUATED BY HUGE BOULDERS.
>> THE VALLEY ITSELF IS KIND OF
A ROLLING TERRAIN, AND THEN
THERE IS A RIDGE LINE THAT RUNS
ALONG THE WESTERN EDGE OF THE
VALLEY THAT'S SEVERAL THOUSAND
FEET ABOVE THE VALLEY, AND THEN
OFF TO THE EASTERN EDGE OF THE
VALLEY IS WHERE YOU DROP OFF
INTO IMPERIAL COUNTY, INTO THE
KARISA GORGE.
>> Reporter: THERE IS A REASON
WHY THEY PICKED THE McCAIN
VALLEY.
IT'S WINDY HERE, IT'S ONE OF THE
BEST WIND RESOURCES IN SAN DIEGO
COUNTY.
THE AREA ALREADY HAS A WORKING
WIND FARM.
THE KUMEYAAY TRIBE BUILT 25 WIND
TURBINES NEARBY, TO GENERATE
ENOUGH POWER TO LIGHT UP 30,000
HOMES.
IBERDROLA RENEWABLES WANTS TO
PUT 66 TO 128 WIND TURBINES
HERE,
SOME ON THAT RIDGE ALONG THE
WESTERN EDGE OF THE VALLEY, THE
REST RUNNING EAST ACROSS THE
VALLEY FLOOR.
McDONALD SAYS THE PROJECT WILL
COST BETWEEN $250 AND $400
MILLION TO BUILD.
>> WE'VE GOT WIND.
WE SIMPLY HAVE TO GO WHERE THE
WIND IS, AND THEN TO RESPONSIBLY
SITE A WIND FARM, YOU'VE GOT TO
MAKE SURE THERE IS LOW
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS, THAT
THERE'S LAND OWNERS THAT WANT TO
PARTICIPATE, THAT YOU'VE GOT
SOME PLACE TO PUT THE POWER, AND
IT'S NEARBY, AND WE'VE GOT ALL
OF THAT HERE.
>> Reporter: McDONALD SAYS THE
PROJECT WILL GENERATE $3.5
MILLION IN TAX REVENUE EVERY
YEAR.
BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, IT WILL
GENERATE ENOUGH ELECTRICITY TO
LIGHT UP 60,000 HOMES.
A KEY PART OF THE PROJECT IS
CONNECTING IT TO THE POWER GRID.
>> IF THE TRANSMISSION LINE,
WHICH IS GOING TO CONNECT THE
ENTIRE PROJECT LOCATED HERE AND
TIE IN TO THE SDG&E BOULEVARD
SUBSTATION HERE.
>> Reporter: THE POWER LINE IS
ONE STICKING POINT BETWEEN THE
COUNTY AND IBERDROLA RENEWABLES.
SAN DIEGO COUNTY OFFICIALS ARE
HOPING TO RUN THE TRANSMISSION
LINE UNDERGROUND.
THE COMPANY SAYS THAT WOULD ADD
SIGNIFICANT COST TO THE PROJECT.
EVEN SO, THE ENERGY COMPANY
HOPES TO WIN APPROVAL.
>> WE'VE GOT A VERY GOOD
REPUTATION IN THIS INDUSTRY.
WE ARE KNOWN FOR DOING THE RIGHT
THING, AND FOR BEING A
RESPONSIBLE DEVELOPER.
AND AFTER SEVEN YEARS OF WORKING
ON THIS PROJECT, WE THINK THIS
IS THE RIGHT SPOT.
>> THAT WAS KPBS BUSINESS
REPORTER ERIK ANDERSON.
THE COMMISSIONERS DECIDED TO
CONTINUE THEIR DECISION UNTIL
JUNE 8TH.
THE COMPANY HOPES TO HAVE THE
PROJECT UP AND RUNNING BY THE
END OF THE YEAR.
>>> SOME YOUNG SAN DIEGO
SCIENTISTS ARE BIG WINNERS
TODAY.
THE STORY IN JUST A MOMENT.
>>> PLUS, YOUR RESPONSES TO OUR
STORY ABOUT A YOUNG ATHLETE
FACING PROBLEMS BECAUSE OF HER
IMMIGRATION STATUS.
>> THIS IS
KPBS "EVENING
EDITION".
.
>> WELCOME BACK TO THE PUBLIC
SQUARE ON KPBS "EVENING
EDITION".
THIS WEEK WE PROFILED A
19-YEAR-OLD TRACK STAR FROM
CHULA VISTA WHO IS ALSO AN
UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT.
SHE WAS ALMOST DEPORTED BUT WAS
SAVED BY A NEW OBAMA
ADMINISTRATION POLICY.
NOW SHE REMAINS IN LEGAL LIMBO.
IN RESPONSE TO THE STORY, JAMES
MORKETTER WROTE ON FACEBOOK:
"SHE SHOULD LET HERSELF GET
DEPORTED, TRAIN REALLY HARD IN
HER NATIVE COUNTRY AND WIN GOLD
FOR THAT COUNTRY...SHOUTING
'HOW'S IT FEEL!!?!?' OVER AND
OVER."
THE USER DAVID65 COMMENTED ON
OUR WEBSITE:
"JUST GOES TO SHOW YOU, WHEN IT
COMES TO IMMIGRATION WE HAVE
GOOD REASONS TO DEAL WITH THE
GRAY AREAS.
THINGS AREN'T AS BLACK AND WHITE
AS SOME MAY THINK."
AND THE USER PEKING DUCK SD
RESPONDED:
"IT MAKES MORE SENSE TO ALLOW
THOSE PEOPLE TO BECOME
'LEGITIMATE' SO THEY CAN
ACTUALLY GET WORK AND CONTRIBUTE
TO OUR COUNTRY LEGALLY."
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>>> RECAPPING SOME OF TONIGHT'S
TOP STORIES, SAN DIEGO'S
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DROPPED LAST
MONTH.
IT WAS 8.7% IN APRIL.
OVERALL IN CALIFORNIA WAS 10.9%.
>>> SAN DIEGO'S IMPROVING JOB
PICTURE MAY BE ENCOURAGING FOR
THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS
GRADUATING.
COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES WERE
TODAY.
>>> TOMORROW THE NAVY WILL
DEDICATE THE NEW USS SAN DIEGO.
IT'S AN AMPHIBIOUS TRANSPORT
SHIP THAT CAN CARRY UP TO 800
MARINES.
>>> FINALLY TONIGHT,
CONGRATULATIONS TO FOUR YOUNG
SAN DIEGO SCIENTISTS.
TODAY THEY WON $40,000 FOR THEIR
CUTTING-EDGE SCIENCE PROJECTS.
THEY WERE COMPETING AGAINST
1,500 TEENAGERS FROM 70
COUNTRIES.
AT THE INTEL INTERNATIONAL
SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR IN
PITTSBURGH.
THEIR WINNING RESEARCH PROJECTS
LOOKED AT NEW WAYS TO TREAT
ANTIBIOTIC-RESISTANT INFECTIONS.
THE TEENAGERS PLAN TO SAVE THEIR
PRIZE MONEY FOR COLLEGE.
>>> YOU CAN WATCH AND COMMENT ON
ANY OF THE STORIES YOU SAW
TONIGHT ON OUR WEBSITE,
KPBS.ORG/EVENINGEDITION.
>>> THANKS FOR JOINING US.
YOU HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND.
WE LEAVE YOU WITH A LOOK AT THE
FORECAST.
>> GOOD NIGHT.
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