Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012 - Evening Edition

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>> JOANNE: Coming up next on KPBS Evening Edition an anonymous donor saves San Diego's
new downtown library promising $15 million to finish construction.
>> DWANE: And we will get a look at a dream home to families facing medical emergencies,
could be yourself for $150. KPBS Evening Edition starts now.
>> JOANNE: Hello thanks for joining us I'm Joanne Faryon
>> DUANE: I'm Dwane brown. >> JOANNE: Four protesters are facing conspiracy
charges tonight during an outbust of the mayor's address, the conspiracy charge carries a 1
year jail sentence along with a $10,000 fine. >> DWANE: Former San Diego city councilman
Harry Mathis is recovering tonight after being pistol whipped with his own gun.
One robber took the gun and hit him with the gun.
Mathis and his wife and a neighbor were locked in the couple's bathroom while the suspect
ises ran sacked the home. He is the chairman of the board of the metropolitan
transit system. >> JOANNE: New headaches at the Sweetwater
school district, this time cafeteria workers are accused of stealing food.
Officials said the investigation has been underway since last summer and last week charges
were filed against 5 people in the district for taking bribes for construction contracts.
>> DWANE: That same case also involved Southwestern College.
There were two contract is companies what were invest gated in the arraignments.
>> A follow up to a story we told YOU yesterday regarding roadside call boxes, the city council
has cancelled the contract with Berkman strategic was the keeper of the web site and an arm
that overseas the call boxes is putting marketing out to bid and turned down the supervised
visitation a cookbook campaign. Construction is finished on the last four
miles of express lanes on interstate 15. The leans are open to car pools, buss, and
fasttrak users. The $1 billion project was completed on time
and under budget. >> DWANE: State regulators have passed new
rules, utilities will have to prevent power line fires during high wind dangers.
The state public utilities commission wants power companies to increase efforts to clear
brush around the power lines. >> JOANNE: Student costs may be rising at
the University of California schools but a record number applied to the system for next
fall, UC San Diego received 76,000 applications, more than 14% over last year.
U.C. campuses will be tobacco free zones, in 2013, and tobacco sales and advertising
won't be allowed at university buildings. >> DWANE: Major league owners have put off
approving the sale of the San Diego praise, commissioner bud Selig says the owners want
more clarity and technical information, buyer Jeff Morad says he will work quickly to get
that resolved. The Ronald McDonald house has been a home
to families in medical crisis for more than 38 years, this year they launched the dream
house raffle to keep the program running for needy families.
Imagine win this gone grand prize for $150 raffle ticket.
Chuck Day is with the Ronald MacDonald house charities.
>>> $2.2 million, sitting on two and a half acres, 4500 square feet, five bedroom and
baths. >> DWANE: All the proceeds will benefit the
Ronald McDonald house, a place where this couple called a home away from home.
Staying here allowed them to see their premature baby who tipped the scales at 2 pounds at
birth. >>> I see my son and, wow, he was really small.
>> DWANE: That was three months ago and his baby boy is hospitalized.
>>> Today he's pretty big, a small little man trapped in a baby's body but he's doing
pretty good. >>> Typically the families we serve have children
who are quite ill or seriously injured. >> DWANE: The average stay at the house is
10 days but families have stayed up to 7 months almost free of charge.
The house provides lodging for almost $20,000 a year that's why the raffle is important.
>>> We have a San Diego community that believes deeply in the San Diego Ronald McDonald house
and this last year we raised just over $2 million in net proceeds for the house, and
every one of those dollars stays here so we can do what we can to make sure that we have
all that we need for the families to stay with us.
>> DWANE: There are more than 100 other prizes up for grabs with the grand prize drawing
on Mayハ19th. To register go to
San Diego is another step close to her a central library, Joanne has the latest on the project
at the evening edition round table. >> JOANNE: The new downtown library fell short
about $15 million in private donations but an anonymous donor has agreed to fill in the
gap. Mayor Jerry sanders listed the project among
his accomplishments yesterday in his state of the city address.
>>> We will be told in the summer is of 2013 when we open the doors to our new central
library. [APPLAUSE]
>>> This project is on time, and under budget and fully funded without a nickel of general
fund money. [APPLAUSE]
>> JOANNE: Joining me now to talk about the new library and fund raising efforts is Mel
Katz fund raising chair. Thank you for being here
>>> Thank you for having me back. >> JOANNE: What did the foundation have to
do in order for this project to go through? >>
>>> This project is a project that the city council approved, we're on the 9th floor of
10 floors already and phase 2 is $32.5 million and we need to do raise that last amount to
finish the project. All of this money, $185 million total where
38% of it is coming from private sources is going to be spent by Januaryハof 2013, so
one year from now. We were out raise this gone money.
>> JOANNE: You were here a couple of months ago, weren't you $24 million short?
>> We were, and it was in Novemberハand you said you're so optimistic, what if it doesn't
happen? What if you don't raise the money?
We did. >> JOANNE: Did you raise the money or did
somebody come in and help you out of a $15 million bind?
>> Same thing, we're 100% funded, all the money being spent by Januaryハ2013 and this
project won't stop and there won't be any money coming out of the city for this project.
>> JOANNE: Do you have the money in the bank? >> The anonymous entity that came forward
is basically guaranteeing that the money is there.
So we have been having amazing results from generous San Diegans who have been giving
us money but the pledges have come in over three to four years so this anonymous entity
is guaranteeing that all the money is there, that entirely the $32.5 million is there.
>> JOANNE: So they are making that guarantee, obviously they have a good name in the community
because you believe them. What did you have to do in order for the city
to say yes you have met your requirement, didn't they have to approve this pledge?
>> Yes, there is an entire agreement and it's signed off by the city and it's verified by
the controller of the city. So it's iron clad.
>> JOANNE: Who had to sign that agreement? >> I did on behalf of the foundation, I'm
not sure for the city, maybe the mayor, maybe the city attorney and then for sure the city
controller had to verify that all was this was right because before you can go on they
have to make sure the money is there so the good news is our library that that we have
been talking about for 30 year is now 100% funded.
>> JOANNE: Why anonymous? Wouldn't you want people to know?
>> I think they don't want to scare away other donors, because we will still be fund raising,
we have great naming opportunities out there for the capital campaign, we want to do an
endowment campaign, a campaign for special programs, we want toe take this fund raising
into the community and have everyone be part of this library, we have pavers on the courtyard
in the lobby and in the auditorium that we're going to be selling with your name on it for
$25 on up. So we want everyone in the community now to
have ownership of this new library. >> JOANNE: So fund raising is not over.
If you continue to raise money, does that anonymous donor contribute less?
>> That anonymous donor has guaranteed that this $32.5 million is there and then we have
so many donors who have come forward, people like Darlene Shiley and Phyllis and Dan Epstein
and the price chair family fund so all of the different names that you're familiar with
have come forward, given large donations and are happy with us using their names.
>> JOANNE: But to be clear if you raise another $8 million, because tomorrow a number of people
call you up and give you more money does that mean the anonymous entity gives you $8 million
less? >> Yes and it means that we are going to go
after more money than the original $32.5 for the last phase because of what I was talking
b special programming and endowment. We want to keep our library open many more
hours than it currently is and that's what an endowment would do.
>> JOANNE: I read on your web site $80 million coming from the redevelopment, is that in
jeopardy? >> No, that's innocent jeopardy $20 million
for the new charter school that will be on two floors in this library and $20 million
from the state in a bond measure. So it really is an amazing example of a public/private
partnership. It's $120 million from those three entities
we just mentioned and $65 million coming from the private sector.
So really 38% from the private sector, it's a public/private partnership for an asset
to this region that is unbelievable. >> JOANNE: We'll leave it there, Mel Katz
thanks for coming back. >>> Thank you.
>> DWANE: The central library was just one of the issues that mayor sanders talked about
last night, we will talk about others in a moment.
>> This is KPBS Evening Edition. >> DWANE: One of
most difficult decisions facing seniors is where to live in their final years.
KPBS Reporter Alison St John takes us to two senior communities, one upscale and the other
low rent. >>> Hello.
Ina rubenStein lives in La Jolla village. >>> We decided we needed to be in a place
where we could age in place actively and not worry about getting sick later on.
>>> Ina and Irvin moved into this two bedroom apartment on the 7th floor two years ago,
it's a continuing care retirement center that includes skilled nursing care for its residents.
>>> We looked for one where the monthly rate does not change as you move prosecute one
section to the other and when we were looking there were only three in the area.
>>> To qualify to live here they had to be financial and physically healthy.
>>> The idea is when you come in you're healthy and active, and you live with us for the rest
of your life at whatever level of care you should need and if you need to receive higher
levels of care you don't pay any more than what you did in independent living.
>>> Residents pay an is entrance fee and between $3,000 and $6,000 to live here including the
wonderful cafeteria downstairs. >>> We have roasted turkey, fresh fish every
day, upstairs it's more like you're going out to dinner at a nice restaurant downtown.
>>> Until the economic downturn there was a waiting list to get into "V".
>>> As quickly as an apartment came available we would call someone from the wait list and
they would take the next apartment. However in 2008 when things changed a little
bit and it happened to have coincided with our putting up our new tower with 184 additional
apartments, things slowed down a bit. >>> In this economic climate upscale senior
communities have trouble filling their space, meanwhile at the other end of the financial
spectrum, affordable assisted living like this project in city heights often have waiting
lists. .
Josie is 76, she lives at city heights square affordable city housing run by a profit nonprofit,
her husband was in the military and she lives on his pension of $1,000 a month.
>> Rent is still cheap because it's $577 my rent here, this is onlyハ I can't afford
to have the one bedroom, this is only studio. >>> Davis lives alone but surrounded by her
memories. >>> When I was young I didn't have much more
than I have now. >>> Utilities are limited.
>>> Some res doesn'ts play card games and so forth in the lunchroom, and they have movie
every Friday. >>> There is breakfast and lunch every day,
Davis sometimes goes to the food bank to get food she cooks for herself in the evening.
Nurse Carolyn Stephenson keeps an eye on more than 100 seniors living in this complex.
>>> If we provide an affordable place to live and nutrition and services, people can live
here for the rest of their lives and die here, which actually is a good thing because it
means they aren't dying in an emergency room, hospital or long term care facility.
>>> To qualify to live here they have to be 62 and have an income below $26,000.
Paul Downey says most of them live on less than $twelve,000 a year.
They only pay 6% of their income. >>> When we look at the gaps of seniors who
don't have adequate income in the state of California and San Diego that is of deep concern
and when you multiply that by the demographics that we are going to double the number of
seniors between today and 2030 it's a problem. >>> The elder index suggests more than 40%
of seniors in San Diego struggle to make basic ends meet.
>>> When I have is a place for me to stay, to sleep, to come home to, I have a place
to come home to so I'm thankful that I'm not on the street.
>> DWANE: That was KPBS Reporter Alison St John.
The California elder index shows the high cost of living in San Diego means a senior
single needs income of $23,000 to pay for basic bills while a senior couple needs about
$30,000 to cover those bills. Joanne is at the round table with more of
the mayor's "state of the city" speech. >> JOANNE: It sounded like a victory speech
last night, mayor Jerry sanders gave his state of the city address as he will be turned out
of office this year. Take a look at this entrance into the Balboa
theater last night. [Music playing, hells bells]
>> JOANNE: Joining me to talk about the address and more about this grand entrance is Carl
Luna a lecturer on politics and the international economy at the University of San Diego, thanks
for being here. >>> Nice to be here.
>> JOANNE: Let's talk about hells bells, Trevor Hoffman's closing song, is mayor sanders trying
to be the closer? >> He's trying to be one.
>> JOANNE: He talked about the Chargers' stadium, the library, the expanded convention center,
I mean, this is the end of his term and some of these projects are really an unfunded pipe
dream like the chargers. >>> All of these projects were talked about
before he was in office and it's like the San Diego legacy, it takes us a while to get
things done so he has moved these projects forward like the library, and maybe the chargers
stadium. He reflects that tradition where San Diego
is from harbor drive to I 5, big focus on the downtown meanwhile other areas don't get
quite as much attention for the big projects. >> JOANNE: He talked about making the city
more efficient, cutting costs, managed competition, was that fair?
Should he be taking credit for running the city more efficiently?
>> On the plus side he managed to cut a horrific deficit to something manageable that may disappear
on the other side you sacrificed services, parks, firefighting, so the city is delivering
less than what it used to, roads are not in a good state in you've been riding around
and feeling your suspension disappearing on you lately.
>> JOANNE: He talked about roads because this is something he promised to fix infrastructure,
roads, sewer lines, etハcetera, he did say in his address that they were going to spend
more next year than they had in previous years. Is this something that he is hurrying up to
do before he leaves to full till theハ fulfill the promise?
>> It's kind of like doing the curb appeal before you leave and sell the property.
Balboa still has tens of millions of dollars that needs to be done and 25% of our roads
are subgrade, there are more roads that are in a worse state than when he came in, he
can't catch and it's going to take a decade of more revenue for other mayors to fix.
>> JOANNE: I want to talk about hopelessness, he took credit for endingハ not ending a
problem but creating a comprehensive approach to hopelessness, a model for other cities
grappling with this problem and in 2012 they won't need to open a homes shelter because
beds will be waiting, I contacted someone from the regional task force on hopelessness,
who calls this a bowled effort but it won't be enough to house the 1,000 homes in the
city of San Diego. Was this an area that our mayor was sort of
working on or devoted to? >> The homes situation is better, just as
the mayor was saying, you're looking to be more comprehensive, that being said if you
go down to imperial avenue at night you see people moving around, bad economy, better
climate it's a problem that we try to deal with, you moved hopelessness from in front
of the county supervisors's out to east village, you move in a Chargers' stadium, you will
move it to National City. >> JOANNE: What should his legacy be?
>> He didn't deal with a recall, that's good, structural problems with the pension, too
dependent on markets, stock market it up, we're doing better, you take another market
dive we could be back where we were eight years ago, but there is a lot of variation,
all in all he is probably an above average mayor given the last few that we have had.
>> JOANNE: Carl Luna thanks for being here. >>> Thank you.
>> DWANE: We will hear your thoughts on what the mayor has done in just a moment.
This is KPBS Evening Edition. >> JOANNE: Welcome back to the public square
on KPBS Evening Edition. Tonight we want to hear from you.
What do you think of San Diego mayor sanders performance as mayor, is he a closer?
I want to read a quick comment that comes from frequent contributor, Peking duck, he
says he thinks sanders has been a decent mayor, he asks you to envision Carl Demaio or Bonnie
Dumanis as mayor. You can like us on Twitter or friend us on
Facebook or email me. We will go back to Dwane for top news stories.
>> DWANE: Four people undergo conspiracy charges for disturbing a public assembly.
Former San Diego city councilman was pistol whipped with his own gun, Harry Mathis was
accosted last night. In his home.
The San Diego praise sale has not beenハ padres sale has not been approved, they need
more information according to bud Selig the MLB president.
That's KPBS Evening Edition, we leave you with a look at the forecast.
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