Thursday, June 14, 2012 - Evening Edition

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>> >>DWANE: Tonight on KPBS Evening Edition, with San Onofre of line for the summer how
will the power grid handle the demand for electricity.
We've got answers tonight. >> >>JOANNE: San Diego city officials are
looking for a temporary shelter for the homeless again.
This time because of construction delays. And an Escondido soap maker is arrested after
locking himself in a metal cage in front of the white house.
He's out of the cage and out of jail and he'll be at the round table later in the show.
>> >>DWANE: And San Diego's getting a new state of the art cancer center, we'll get
a look inside. KPBS Evening Edition starts now.
Captions provided by ecaptions. >> >>DWANE: Good evening, San Diego's utility
company says it will be able to keep the lights on this summer even though one o the county's
most reliable power sources will be off line during the hottest months of July and August.
KPBS business and environment reporter Erik Anderson joins us.
There's been worries about the summer energy supply since the San Onofre nuclear plant
shut down. >> >>: A couple of things have changed. The
sun rise power link is expected to bring additional power into the region over the summer and
a sprawling power line project could come online as early as this weekend.
That goes to help the strain on the power grid.
State officials are un retiring a couple power plants in the LA BASIN.
And they've up graded the transmission from Orange County.
All of those things together give them an adequate power supply cushion.
>> >>DWANE: That is the supply, is there anything customers can do?
>> >>ERIK: The utility power grid are counting on customers.
They think customers can cut back the demand for power somewhere between 5 and 10Êpercent.
SDG&E is also offering customer credits on bills if a customer signs up for a program
and reduce how much power they use on those peek usage days.
>> >>DWANE: Will this keep blackouts from happening?
>> >>ERIK: Utility officials say the chance for blackouts is very small but they can't
control everything. The power supply cushion here in San Diego
not as big as the rest of the state and that makes the local system vulnerable.
They say an unexpected plant break down, wild fire or long heat wave could create a situation
where blackouts are possible. >> >>DWANE: KPBS business and environment
reporter, Erik Anderson. City council in Encinitas is taking closer
look at safety concerns at San Onofre f.examine possible nuclear fall out and the size of
evacuation zone. Formal discussions haven't been scheduled
yet. And law makers in Sacramento have until tomorrow
to pass a new state budget or lose pay today they held hearings on the spending plan but
only Democrats took part in the discussion. Republicans say negotiations were goa being
held in secret. GOP votes are not needed to pass the plan.
The democratic plan will cut welfare but not as deep whrea as governor Jerry brown proposes.
Scott Peters claimed victory over Lorie Salda„a. He held a slim lead over Salda„a in the
ballot count. Here are the latest numbers from the registrar
of voters. Peters will face Republican Brian Bilbray
in the November run off. There are about 7,000 ballots left to count
and as of tonight Gary kreep leads garland peed.
This had been a close one earlier in the week with peed holding a very narrow lead.
Kreep pulled ahead in the late count and he hold as lead of 24 votes.
Voters in Escondido will decide whether to split their city into separate council districts.
City council members are elected at large the winners being the top vote getters last
night council agreed to put up a proposal for district elections on the November ballot.
Supports say it will make it easier for ethnic minorities to elect candidates from their
communities. A permanent shelter for San Diego's homeless
may not be finished until the end of the year. Joanne Faryon is at the round table >> >> JOANNE:
the city was hoping to avoid last minute scrambling for temporary winter shelters by building
the connection's housing project. The city council's land use committee met
this week to look at a contingency plan. City council member Todd Gloria, member of
the committee and Peter Callstrom with the San Diego county regional task force on the
homeless. Todd Gloria, let's start with what is the
hold up right now with connections? >> >>TODD GLORIA: There's really no hold up.
What they have is a year long construction plan to adapt a prehistoric building and turn
it into a homeless facility, started construction on December first last year claiming opening
on December first this year. As we know shelters open the week of Thanksgiving.
It may be because of construction is so uncertain that we might bleed over.
We want to have a plan in place to make sure we don't miss a beat and serve our most vulnerable
citizens. >> >>JOANNE: Didn't city council know this
that you'd have to come up with a back tup plan?
>> >>TODD GLORIA: You may have seen the committee action yesterday, but we've been working on
this for some time to identify the funding, take all the necessary documents and notifications.
We have been aware of this for some time and have been working on it.
The first step is what you saw yesterday in terms of the public hearing.
You'll see city council hearings if necessary. >> >>DWANE3: Peter, every year you're involved
in the homeless count. Tell us this past year you learned in that
count. >> >>PETER CALLSTROM: Every year in late January
we conduct an annual point in time count, assessed shelters and sheltered homelessness
in the county. In january's count we assessed 9,641 people
between both unsheltered and sheltered with 55% being on the street t.doesn't account
for everybody but is the best barometer for how many people we have homeless.
Downtown it's approximately 1,000 people who are living on the street.
>> >>JOANNE: Council member Gloria, we know that when connection is built, it's 134 beds
for interim housing, 73 for permanent housing, what do you do for everybody else?
>> >>TODD GLORIA: The difference is that it's a year round presence.
My concern is with the system we seemingly only care for the homeless 16 weeks in the
winter time. We're going to have a 52 week a year operation
that is admittedly fewer beds but open 365 day as year.
You bring people in, give them a place to sleep and out of the cycle of homelessness
to free up that bed for the next person. It's a whole new strategy and approach.
It's cutting edge and something I think will work successfully and we'll replicate it throughout
the community in other places other than downtown. This is a first step, but I think it will
be successful. >> >>JOANNE: Peter, we've talked about project
25, another multidisciplinary project to get people off the street.
>> >>PETER CALLSTROM: Folk whose are the most chronically homeless.
>> >>JOANNE: Yeah. >> >>PETER CALLSTROM: There's more people
they're serving. They are people who are costing the system
the most because of high medical costs and other service issues.
>> >>JOANNE: Part of the struggle was convincing people to get off the street, to sort of say
no, we can help you and establish that trust. Do you think with connections this is sort
of the same idea? Are you going to run into that too?
>> >>PETER CALLSTROM: That's a great point. I think the it's not so much convincing as
providing the holistic support necessary to help help people who have complex issues getting
them to where they are because it could be mental health, addiction, and then rampant
medical issues. We found in our point in time process we found
up to a thousand people living on the street or in cars or a hand built structure, where
do you want to be? We get at that a very small percentage say they want to be on the street.
You look at that population and mental illness is quite high.
I think the evidence has proven people don't want to live on the street, but when you're
stuck there, you don't see any hope. The great thing about connections housing
and models like this is it provides the full one stop shop, dealing with employment issues
and health issues and identification and getting people back up on their feet, to bed, and
providing the support there after too so they can literally end homelessness.
This isn't about treat tg for a period of time, cleaning somebody up.
It's about getting people on the supports necessary to end homelessness.
This is happening. >> >>TODD GLORIA: The consistency I think
is key in this. For the 16 weeks we have the winter tent,
it serves about 200 people a night. Over that course of the 16 weeks we see over
a thousand people which shows that when you have a consistent presence with service and
amenities you can get people off the street. >> >>PETER CALLSTROM: Permanently.
>> >>TODD GLORIA: Think about what we can do for a year long.
I think it will be truly helpful. When the San Diego river valley where we have
many people who stay, up town communities and beach communities we can replicate this.
>> >>JOANNE: We don't have a lot of time left, but this year unlike past years, there is
not going to be a fight over where this tent goes.
>> >>TODD GLORIA: I think we have seen this works.
When it's placed in a community you see the benefits for the surrounding community.
I give a lot of credit to councilman David Alvarez, who acknowledges that 16th and newton
which is on the edge of our council districts san appropriate place.
I think every San Diegan should say thank you to him.
Had it saves lot of drama. >> >>JOANNE: Thank you for being here.
>> >>DWANE: Last night we told you about the increase of home sales in San Diego last month.
New figures from data quick shows a jump across the entire state. The real estate tracking
firm says home sales were up 18%. It's the highest in California in six years.
The price of gas is at its lowest point in San Diego.
The average for gallon of regular is 4 dollars 2 cents rr.
Crude oil prices are going up. >> >>DWANE: There's a new weapon against cancer
in the south bay. Sharp celebrated the grand opening of a new
cancer treatment facility in Chula Vista today. Kenny Goldberg says the center has a lot of
distinctive features. >> >>: The lobby has colorful pictures a fire
place and lots of natural light the. The corridors are wide and filled with paintings.
Make no mistake, this is a cancer treatment center with the latest high tech equipment.
Eve b n in the radiation treatment rooms thrrks are floor to ceiling windows with garden views.
Developer says they gave the center's designer as clear message.
>> >>: I said you design the cancer treatment facility not from the doctor's point of view,
not from the hospital's point of vie view or the insurance company, design it from the
patient's point of view. >> >>KENNY: Barnhard is a cancer survivor
himself. >> >>: One of my caught daughters putted it
on Facebook and captioned it with kicking cancer's butt the barnhard way.
>> >>KENNY: The Douglas and Nancy barnhard center should be open in Chula Vista by the
ends of the summer. >> >>DWANE: A low is income San Diego community
is getting stripped of hazardous lead paint. Linda vista still has many homes with lead
paint. Naishz cannot afford to remove it.
Lead opinion poisoning can cause developmental issues and brain damage. Community activists
say we should be concerned about removing it.
>> >>: We really want to dedicate resources to an issue that not only impact nominally,
but impacts society, in general, this is where we should be focusing.
This is an issue we can put our resources into and make sure that our kids are safe.
>> >>DWANE: The federal government gave the San Diego housing commission almost two and
a half million dollars for the clean up. The money will allow for lead testing in 175
more homes. How does the CEO of a San Diego county company
with 50Êmillion in sales end up spending the night in a Washington D.C. jail.
Joanne has the answer. >> >>JOANNE: David Bronner locked himself
in a metal cage in front of the white house. You may have heard of Dr.ÊBronner's magic
soap made from hemp which comes from the marijuana plant which in the United States is illegal
to grow unless under special circumstances. Take a look at brawn pr as police officers
cut him out of the cage ending his protest. >> >>JOANNE: David Bronner joins me now.
Thanks for being here. So they obviously let you out of jail because
here you are. Why were you protesting?
>> >>DAVID BRONNER: You know, for over a decade we have been using hemp seed oil as an ingredient
in our soaps. It's high in the essential Omega 3, essential
fatty acid that the America diet is chronically deficient in. The same time warning people
from eating too much fish and fish oil supplements because of Mercury, and environmental toxins.
Hemp seed is one of the few alternatives of the sources of Omega 3.
Cosmetically and in a soap product o Omega three makes the lather smoother.
>> >>JOANNE: The issue is hemp verse ow marijuana. Are they two different plants the same? What
is the difference? >> >>DAVID BRONNER: They are a very different
variety of the cannabis species. Two different dog breeds can breed but they
are different varieties. They have never been psychoactive in hemp
seed. They are completely separate from medicinal
and recreational strains. Most of the rest of the world has moved on
and re commercialized industrial hemp farming, this has nothing to do with marijuana varieties.
In all countries in Europe, China, Canada, pretty much every industrialized economy and
country has re commercialized hemp farming except for the United States.
>> >>JOANNE: You're saying basically with that variety of marijuana plant you can't
get high? >> >>DAVID BRONNER: You can't.
It's not possible. >> >>JOANNE: Okay.
So if it's illegal here in the United States, where do you get the hemp for you to make
the soap? >> >>DAVID BRONNER: We are forced to sent
send 100,000 dollars a year for hemp seed oil from Canada.
They re commercialized in 1998. Initially we were buying from Europe, and
in 2000, the quality in Canada was higher than the European.
We really felt we were on the cusp of re commercializing in the United States as well.
It's time to get with the program. But, under bush it was a regressive time under
the policy front generally. Industrial hemp, we thought this is such a
non issue, if we could get it out, then with Obama finally here's this guy who touts his
own science rational based approach to policy and he had voted as an Illinois state senator
for hemp cultivation under Illinois state law, we expected finally we'reÊ
>> >>JOANNE: Which was your protest. >> >>DAVID BRONNER: The fourth year the administration
has been blowing us off, and has issued the most bush era typeÊ
>> >>JOANNE: You have some support. Senator Ron widen from Oregon is introduced
whrej slaigz. Here's a clip from him now.
>> >>: The only thing standing in the way of taking advantage of this very profitable
crop is a lingering misunderstanding about its use.
>> >>JOANNE: So now, we also ask the DEA, the drug enforcement agency for a comment
with regard to this story. They say:
>> >>JOANNE: That comes from David levy. You want to change that?
>> >>DAVID BRONNER: Yeah, and it's this kind of a double speak.
Congress clear whrea exempted hemp fiber and products.
It's illegal to import. But we're handling the world's largest hemp
seed from Canada to China. The DEA does this double kind of game where
they say on the one hand you know that we'll give you permits to grow it, but they never
will. They issued one permit to this Hawaiian.
They made 24 hour lights and dogs and made a hundred thousand dollars of costs to grow
one acre. They make it commercially impact possible
to grow. >> >>JOANNE: We started off with you being
arrested are you facing charges in D. C.? >> >>DAVID BRONNER: Yeah, technically I am
facing possession of marijuana with intent to sell, if it was to distribute it would
have been a felony, they don't want me in front of a jury of my peer.
I'm pretty sure they're going to plead us out with community service.
Law enforcement support what we're doingÊ >> >>JOANNE: We have to leave it there.
We want to send people to, more of the video you saw and also links with more
nmpgz about this story. Thanks for being here.
>> >>DWANE: More than 35 years go the city of San Diego began planning for a new central
library downtown. The building is finally beginning to take
shape. KPBS video journalist Nic McVicker gives us
a peek inside. >> >>KENNY: You may have noticed a 9 story
building being built in downtown San Diego. >> >>: It was very unusual for a local architect
to be award ad building of this significance so that was really special and meant that
this was my library as well. >> >>KENNY: The new library will replace the
current one on E street downtown built in 1954.
The new space will double to 300,000 square feet and house over a million items exph over
400 computers. Balboa park was a major influence for the
library design. >> >>: We were asked to do a building that
I think the exact words were, um, that looks to the future but respects our past.
And so when we asked San Diegans what do you mean by past, they said like the buildings
in Balboa park. >> >>: Quickly was part of the planning team
that looked to the team for input. >> >>: The idea of the dome came from a SEARes
of public work shops we held in 97. It was meant to symbolically tie back to Balboa
park and the buildings that are part of the history of San Diego and we learn from those
buildings in a lot of different ways. One was studying the last house there, the
botanical gardens building. This dome was an out growth inspired directly
by that building. >> >>: At over 50Êpercent complete, the construction
crew is close to finishing the dome. >> >>: We are pretty high up.
From ground floor to top of dome, you're at 255Êfeet.
>> >>: Carmen is project executive with turner construction company.
>> >>: We are sitting right outside of the three story reading room, which is the South
end of the new library. You'll see right behind me is one of our ribs,
the support structure for the dome. >> >>: The dome will have eight sails, with
PERFORATED panels to provide shading. >> >>: As great as this building looks and
how amazing it's going to be as a community gathering place, this is really about the
people it's going to serve. >> >>: Mel cats has served as the chair of
the San Diego library foundation since 2010. The library will also host a charter school.
>> >>: Inside the library will be 500 students in a high school.
They enter right over here, down on 11th street here.
Our children's section is over 10,000 square feet, and our teen center is over 6,000 square
feet. >> >>: Despite the abundance of information
in the digital age, people are still visiting libraries.
In the last year, people visited the county's libraries over 6Êmillion times.
>> >>: It's an ironic phenomenon with Facebook there's instant communication and one would
think libraries would become less important, in fact they've become the opposite.
>> >>: Quigly says they had planned to have every desk wired for internet connectivity
now the building can one big wi fi hot spot. >> >>: This library is more than a wear house
for books. It's so much more than that.
The modern library is really the common ground for all San Diegans.
It's the one place we're all equal, can all go to and you'll have resources that are just
really not available anywhere else in the community.
>> >>: This library will change this community, will change this entire San Diego region,
and more than anything will change the people that use it.
>> >>DWANE: That story from KPBS video journalist Nic McVicker.
Construction should be complete in joule next year.
The budget for the library 185Êmillion dollars. >> >>JOANNE: Tonight in the public square
your response to KPBS education reporter Kyla Calvert's story on the last day of school
at Del Cerro's Hurst elementary. The school year ended with teachers and students
rallying save our schools. As we told you last week the teacher's union
has agreed to limited bargaining to save jobs. The dilemma, protect teacher salaries, or
lose jobs or make concessions and save jobs. That had us questioning what we value as society
and whether we're willing to pay taxiesfor what we care about.
>> >>JOANNE: Well, are you a teacher? Would you like to share you comments? Send me an
e mail,, or post a comment on Twitter or on our Facebook page.
>> >>DWANE: The top speller in town has an offer to become an as tech.
Snigdha Nandipati won the Scripps national spelling be.
Today San Diego State President Elliot Hirshman stopped by Francis parker high school to give
her a university sweatshirt and four year scholarship.
She is in the eighth grade. You can find tonight's stories on our website, Thanks for joining us.
You have a great night.