Friday, Feb. 23, 2012 - Evening Edition


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>> COMING UP NEXT ON KPBS
"EVENING EDITION", ANOTHER DAY,
ANOTHER LAWSUIT IN THE CITY OF
SAN DIEGO.
THIS TIME IT'S A PROPOSED NEW
TAX.
>>> THE PUBLIC WILL GET IN A
CHANCE TO WEIGH IN ON AN ISSUE.
.
>> HELLO, THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I'M JOANNE FARYON.
>> I'M DWANE BROWN.
>> A SAN DIEGO UNION TODAY FILED
A LAWSUIT OVER THE CONVENTION
CENTER EXPANSION PLAN.
RIGHT HERE, LOCAL 30 REPRESENTS
HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM WORKERS
IN THE COUNTY.
KATIE ORR JOINS US WITH DETAILS
ON THE SUIT.
WHAT IS THE UNION OPPOSED TO.
>> Reporter: THE UNION SAYS THE
WAY SAN DIEGO WANTS TO PAY FOR
THE CONVENTION CENTER EXPANSION
IS ILLEGAL.
THE CITY IS ASKING HOTEL OWNERS
TO VOTE ON WHETHER OR NOT THEY
WANT TO RAISE THEIR ROOM TAXES,
AND THEN THAT REVENUE WOULD BE
USED TO FUND THE MAJORITY OF THE
CONVENTION CENTER EXPANSION.
BUT THE UNION SAYS THE ENTIRE
CITY SHOULD VOTE ON THE TAX
INCREASE.
>> WHAT HAS THE CITY'S RESPONSE
BEEN?
>> THE CITY ATTORNEY IS
PERPLEXED.
HE SAYS HE IS GOING TO FILE A
VALIDATION LAWSUIT ASKING A
JUDGE TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR
NOT THE FUNDING MECHANISM IS
LEGAL, BUT HE'S WAITING UNTIL
THE HOTEL OWNERS COMPLETE THEIR
VOTE BECAUSE IF THEY REJECT THE
PLAN, THE WHOLE THING IS MOOT
ANYWAY, AND THAT VOTE IS
EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETE IN
APRIL.
>> KATIE ORR, THANK YOU.
>>> HUNDREDS OF UNION JANITORS,
SECURITY OFFICERS, AND AIRPORT
SERVICE WORKERS STAGED A MARCH
AND RALLY FOR BETTER WAGES FROM
SAN DIEGO TO SACRAMENTO THIS
AFTERNOON.
THEY SAID THEY MADE STRIDES IN
MAKING THEIR JOBS DIGNIFIED, BUT
THE CORPORATIONS THEY SERVE HAVE
BECOME TOO GREEDY.
>> THERE IS A LOT OF CIVIL
UNREST.
WE DON'T NEED THAT TO HAPPEN.
>> Reporter: HE SAYS SAN DIEGO
IS STRONG ENOUGH AND BIG ENOUGH
TO TAKE CARE OF ITS OWN WORKERS.
>> AND TO DO THAT, YOU HAVE TO
START WITH SMALL GEARS BECAUSE
SMALL GEARS MAKE THE BIG GEARS
RUN.
>> Reporter: THESE ARE SOME OF
SAN DIEGO'S MIDDLE CLASS WORKING
FAMILIES.
ALL OF SERVICE EMPLOYEE
INTERNATIONAL UNION, S.E.I.U.
THERE ARE ABOUT 2,800 IN SAN
DIEGO.
MANY OF THEM ARE CONTRACTED TO
CLEAN OFFICE BUILDINGS, THE
AIRPORT, OR PROVIDE SECURITY
SERVICES.
JESSICA LOPEZ REPRESENTS THE
UNION AND SAYS THE DAYS OF
UNIONS SHARING THE WEALTH WITH
CORPORATIONS IS OVER.
>> C.E.O.s GOT GREEDY SINCE THE
1970s.
>> Reporter: THE UNION WAS
INSPIRED BY THE "OCCUPY"
MOVEMENT, WHICH USED CENSUS AND
I.R.S. DATA TO SHOW THE TOP 1%
HAS EFFECTIVELY LOWERED THE
SALARIES OF THE MIDDLE CLASS.
>> FOR WORKING-CLASS FAMILIES,
WE'VE BEEN HELD BACK BY THE 1%
SO MUCH THAT WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN
EARNING $10,900 MORE A YEAR, AND
FOR MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES, WE
FOUND THAT WE SHOULD BE EARNING
$9,200 MORE PER YEAR.
>> Reporter: SHE SAYS THEIR
FIGHT IS FOR MORE THAN JUST
UNION WORKERS.
THEY WANT A WIN FOR PEOPLE GOING
THROUGH FORECLOSURE, THE
UNEMPLOYED, AND ALL MIDDLE-
CLASS WORKERS STRUGGLING TO MAKE
ENDS MEET.
THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING OF
THEIR EFFORT TO IMPROVE THE
PLIGHT OF THE PEOPLE THE STATE.
>>> THE MARINE CORPS SAYS IT MAY
BE WEEKS BEFORE WE KNOW WHY TWO
HELICOPTERS COLLIDED IN ARIZONA
THIS WEEK.
OFFICIALS HAVE IDENTIFIED THE
SEVEN MARINES KILLED IN THE
ACCIDENT ON THURSDAY.
SIX OF THEM WERE FROM CAMP
PENDLETON.
THE SEVENTH WAS ASSIGNED TO THE
AIR STATION YUMA.
THEY WERE ON A NIGHTTIME
TRAINING MISSION WHEN THEY
COLLIDED.
THE MARINE CORPS IS PLANNING TO
WITHDRAW 10,000 TROOPS FROM
AFGHANISTAN IN THE NEXT SIX
MONTHS.
THEY'LL CUT THE NUMBER OF BASES
TO 250 TO 28.
>>> SAN DIEGANS WILL BE ABLE TO
WEIGH IN ON A PROPOSAL TO HAVE
RATE PAYERS PICK UP THE COST FOR
UNINSURED DAMAGES TO WILDFIRES.
IN 2007, 1300 HOMES WERE
DESTROYED, AND PEOPLE WERE
KILLED.
POWER LINES WERE BLAMED.
NOW THE P.U.C. SAYS IT WILL HOLD
A HEARING ON THE REQUEST.
THAT WILL BE AT THE SHRINERS
AUDITORIUM IN KEARNY MESA.
>>> YOU MIGHT WANT TO MAKE SURE
YOUR GAS TANK IS FULL TONIGHT
INSTEAD OF WAITING UNTIL YOU GO
TO WORK ON MONDAY.
ANALYSTS SAY THE PRICE COULD
SURGE BY 20 CENTS OVER THE
WEEKEND.
PRICES ARE SPIKING BECAUSE OF
MAJOR REFINERY IN THE LOS
ANGELES AREA UNEXPECTEDLY SHUT
DOWN.
SEVERAL OTHER REFINERIES WERE
ALREADY OFF LINE.
>>> WHAT DOES BRUNO MARS HAVE TO
DO WITH A SCANDAL AT THE DEL MAR
FAIRGROUND?
JOANNE IS TALKING TO HER GUESTS
AT THE ROUNDTABLE.
>> TROUBLE AT THE FAIR THIS
WEEK, AND SAN DIEGO MAYOR JERRY
SANDERS MAKES A SURPRISING
ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT THE CITY'S
BUDGET.
HE SAYS LIBRARIES WILL STAY OPEN
LONGER, AND HE WILL HIRE MORE
POLICE OFFICERS.
WHERE DID ALL THE MONEY COME
FROM?
TO ANSWER THIS BURNING QUESTION,
VOICEOFSANDIEGO.ORG SCOTT LEWIS,
AND JONATHAN HORN WITH U-T SAN
DIEGO.
WHAT IS A STRUCTURAL DEFICIT?
>> WELL, IT'S THE LAW THAT THE
CITY HAS TO BALANCE THE BUDGET.
THE STRUCTURAL BUDGET IS THE
IDEA THAT THE CITY ISN'T SET UP
TO TAKE IN THE AMOUNT OF MONEY
THAT IT'S SET UP TO SPEND.
FOR YEARS THEY'VE HAD TO DO
GIMICKS AND ONE-TIME REVENUES
PULLED FROM RESERVES OR STRAIGHT
GAINS, AND DOGS AND PONIES AND
ALL KINDS OF TRICKS TO REALLY
SHOVE IT THROUGH, AND NOW I
GUESS WHAT THEY'RE SAYING IS
THAT NOW REVENUES MATCH UP WITH
EXPENSES, AND THAT'S KIND OF A
BIG DEAL.
AND WHAT'S INTERESTING ABOUT IT,
A FEW THINGS.
THE MAYOR USED TO SAY THERE WAS
NO STRUCTURAL BUDGET DEFICIT, SO
FOR HIM TO SAY THEY'VE FIXED IT,
THERE IS AN ACKNOWLEDGMENT THAT
THERE IS ONE, AND THEY WERE
USING GIMMICKS TO GET THROUGH
THE YEAR.
NOW HE'S SAYING IT'S A PROUD
ACHIEVEMENT NOT TO HAVE TO DO
THAT.
THEY'VE SEEN A DRAMATIC INCREASE
IN REVENUES FROM TAXES, AND THEY
HAVEN'T RELEASED THE FULL
NUMBERS.
>> WE GOT SORT OF A 1-1/2 PAGE
NEWS RELEASE FROM THE MAYOR'S
OFFICE.
I THINK IT SAYS THEY WILL FIN
WISH A $16 MILLION SURPLUS, BUT
VERY LITTLE DETAIL.
THIS IS A BIG DEAL.
YOU WOULD THINK WE WOULD HAVE
HAD MORE FINANCIAL INFORMATION.
>> THE MAYOR'S OFFICE HAS ALWAYS
VACILLATED BETWEEN WANTING TO
HIGHLIGHT HOW BAD THINGS ARE SO
THAT THEY CAN GET SOME IMPORTANT
THINGS DONE, TO WANTING TO
HIGHLIGHT HOW GOOD THINGS ARE
BECAUSE IT SHOWS HOW GOOD THEY
ARE.
THIS IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THAT.
THEY WANT TO REFRAME THE DEBATE
ABOUT HOW GOOD EVERYTHING IS,
WHEN, IN FACT, THEY'RE GOING TO
HAVE TO GRAPPLE NOW WITH THE
FACT THAT THE CITY'S
INFRASTRUCTURE -- ROADS,
FACILITIES -- ARE STILL
CRUMBLING.
THEY'RE NOT EVEN PAYING ENOUGH
TO KEEP THEM IN THE SAME STATE
THEY'RE IN NOW, LET ALONE IN
REPAIRING BACKLOGS.
WE STILL HAVE SERIOUS PROBLEMS,
BUT THEY WANTED TO CHANGE THE
DEBATE.
>> DO YOU THINK WHEN REGULAR
PEOPLE, TAXPAYERS, VOTERS, HEAR
THIS KIND OF THING, LIKE SOLVING
THE STRUCTURAL BUDGET PROBLEM,
DO YOU THINK THEY CARE?
>> I THINK THEY WANT TO KNOW HOW
IT'S GOING TO AFFECT THEIR
LIVES.
IF THE LIBRARY IS GOING TO BE
OPEN, THERE IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY.
IF YOU WANT A PICKUP BASKETBALL
GAME AT A REC CENTER, THAT'S HOW
IT AFFECTS YOUR LIFE.
I DON'T THINK THEY WOULD BE
HARPING ON THE BUREAUCRATIC TONE
OF CITY HALL, BECAUSE THEY HAVE
THEIR OWN LIVES TO WORRY ABOUT.
>> DO YOU THINK THIS WILL AFFECT
THE MAYORAL RATE AT ALL?
ON THE HEELS OF THIS SORT OF
GOOD NEWS, DOES THIS HELP SOME
OF THE CANDIDATES, OR HURT?
>> CARL DeMAIO WAS SAYING THIS
REC CENTER IS CLOSED, I'M GOING
TO DO WHATEVER TO MAKE SURE IT
CHANGES.
THE MORE THAT'S TAKE AN WAY FROM
A CANDIDATE LIKE THAT, THE
HARDER IT'S GOING TO BE.
ON THE OTHER HAND, MAKING THE
CASE THAT THE CITY'S FAR BEHIND
IS NOT THAT DIFFICULT RIGHT NOW.
BONNIE DUMANIS IS THE OTHER ONE
THIS REALLY AFFECTS.
SHE'S MOST CLEARLY ATTACHED HER
OWN CANDIDACY TO THE MAYOR'S
TRACK RECORD AT CITY HALL.
SHE SAYS SHE WILL BE BASICALLY
CONTINUING HIS FOOTSTEPS IN THE
SAND, AND SO, YOU KNOW, NATHAN
FLETCHER WILL SAY NOW WE CAN
LOOK TO THE FUTURE, AND BOB
FILNER IS TALKING ABOUT CHINA OR
SOMETHING.
I DON'T KNOW WHERE HE IS.
>> WE REPORTED ABOUT A LAWSUIT.
WE HAVE BEEN TALKING A LOT
LATELY ABOUT THIS NEW HOTEL TAX
IN ORDER TO RAISE MONEY TO
EXPAND THE CONVENTION CENTER,
AND NOW THE HOTEL WORKERS ARE
SUING, SAYING YOU CAN'T DO THIS.
>> IN 2004 VOTERS TWICE REJECTED
A ROOM TAX.
NOW IT HAS BEEN DONE THROUGH A
SEPARATE MECHANISM.
NOW THEY WANT TO DO IT AGAIN AND
GO UP TO 15% OR MORE, WHERE THAT
MONEY WOULD THEN BE USED TO
BUILD A CONVENTION CENTER.
BUT THEY'RE NOT TAKING IT TO A
VOTE OF THE PEOPLE.
IN ESSENCE, THEY'RE RAISING
THEIR OWN PROPERTY TAXES AND
THEN UNIFORMLY PASSING THAT
ALONG AS A LINE ITEM ON HOTEL
ROOM BILLS, 3% OF THOSE RIGHT
NEXT TO THE CONVENTION CENTER, 2
FOR THOSE AROUND, AND 1 THROUGH
THE REST OF THE CITY.
THE QUESTION IS, IS THAT LEGAL?
CAN YOU RAISE TAXES WITHOUT A
VOTE OF THE PEOPLE?
IN CALIFORNIA, YOU CAN'T.
THE HOTEL WORKERS ARE SUING TO
GAIN LEVERAGE OVER THIS
DISCUSSION OF WHO RUNS THE
CONVENTION CENTER, BECAUSE
THEY'VE BEEN FRUSTRATED THAT THE
HOTELIERS ARE TAKING CONTROL,
WHERE THEY MIGHT LOSE UNION JOBS
THAT GET BUSINESS FROM THE
CONVENTION CENTER.
IT'S A VERY COMPLEX HORSE
TRADING GOING ON, BUT HOTEL
WORKERS WANT LEVERAGE, AND THIS
IS A VERY GOOD ARGUMENT.
>> GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN REPLACED
FIVE MEMBERS OF THE BOARD THAT
OVERSEE THE DEL MAR FAIRGROUNDS.
TOM CHINO NOTED IMPROPER
PAYMENTS TO EMPLOYEES AND OTHER
VIOLATIONS.
HE RESIGNED LAST WEEK.
THE BOARD SETTLED A DISPUTE WITH
THE CALIFORNIA COASTAL
COMMISSION WHICH INVOLVED BIG
FINANCIAL PENALTIES AND GIVING
UP LAND USE FOR OVERFLOW
PARKING.
THIS WAS YOUR STORY, JON.
HOW DO YOU GET TO BE ON THIS
BOARD?
>> YOU HAVE TO BE APPOINTED BY
THE GOVERNOR.
IT'S A FOUR-YEAR TERM, AND THESE
PEOPLE ARE
UNPAID.
THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE IS
WEIGHING HUNDREDS OF APPLICANTS,
AND ONE OF THEM IS THE 26TH
DISTRICT AGRICULTURAL
ASSOCIATION, WHICH RUNS THE
FAIRGROUNDS.
THERE IS NO TIME LINE FOR THEM
TO ANNOUNCE IT, CHECK EVERY DAY,
THEN THEY ANNOUNCE TWO, THREE,
AND THEY COULD DO UP TO FIVE,
BECAUSE THERE ARE FIVE SPOTS
OPEN ON THE BOARD.
>> IF IT'S UNPAID, WHY DO YOU
WANT TO BE ON THIS BOARD?
>> YOU GET A LOT OF PERKS.
YOU GET A PARKING SPOT UP FRONT,
YOU GET ACCESS TO THE TURF CLUB,
YOU GET INTO ALL THE EVENTS, AND
YOU GET TICKETS.
AND IF YOU CAN JUSTIFY WHO GETS
THEM, YOU CAN BRING PEOPLE THAT
YOU KNOW, AND THEY'RE ALWAYS
GOOD SEATS.
>> WASN'T THAT PART OF THE
SCANDAL THE U-T REPORTED ON
THIS?
>> THESE FAIR BOARD MEMBERS HAD
BEEN GETTING 154 TICKETS TO THE
FAIR, THEN AT LEAST SIX TICKETS
TO EVERY CONCERT, WHICH IS A BOX
WITH A PRIME SEAT, AND SO THE
LAW IS THAT IF YOU'RE GOING TO
GIVE AWAY THE TICKETS, YOU HAVE
TO JUSTIFY THE BUSINESS PURPOSE.
AND THESE FAIR BOARD MEMBERS
WERE NOT DOING THAT THROUGH
THEIR AGENCY'S DISCLOSURE FORMS.
ADAM DAY HAS FIVE CHILDREN BUT
HE GOT 12 TICKETS TO BRUNO MARS.
THE STATE WANTS TO KNOW WHERE
THOSE TICKETS WENT.
THE FAIRGROUNDS BOARD MEMBERS
DIVULGED WHO GOT THE TICKETS,
AND THEY WERE TOLD TO BE MORE
THOROUGH IN THE FUTURE, AND
THERE WAS NO HARM.
>> YOU TALKED ABOUT THIS BEING
ONE OF THE MOST VALUABLE
PROPERTIES IN THE STATE.
>> THE THING ABOUT WHERE IT'S
AT, RIGHT NEXT TO THE SURF, AND
IT'S OBVIOUSLY IN THAT VALLEY,
IT'S JUST A BEAUTIFUL AND
GIGANTIC PIECE OF LAND.
THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE AROUND IT
HAVE ALWAYS HAD A VERY AWKWARD
RELATIONSHIP WITH IT.
ON ONE HAND, THEY'RE PROUD OF
THE FACILITY AND THIS WONDERFUL
AREA.
ON THE OTHER HAND, THEY'RE
FRUSTRATED WITH ALL THE CROWDS
AND THE MESS AND THE TROUBLE
THAT COME IN WITH THE FAIR, WITH
THE CONCERTS, WITH ALL KINDS OF
THINGS.
THEY'VE ALWAYS -- IN THE LAST
YEAR OR TWO, WANTED TO PURCHASE
AS DEL MAR CITIZENS THAT
FACILITY SO THEY COULD KEEP IT
FROM GETTING BIGGER OR CHANGING.
ON THE OTHER HAND, THERE'S JUST
A VERY HARSH POLITICAL STRUGGLE
GOING ON ABOUT WHO CONTROLS THAT
VERY VALUABLE PROPERTY.
THERE ARE GOING TO BE
INVESTIGATIONS AND ALLEGATIONS,
THEN BOARD CHANGES AND POWER
STRUGGLES, AND THIS IS THE KIND
OF PRODUCT THAT YOU GET FROM
THAT.
>> YOU ALSO REPORTED ON -- THEY
HAD SOME ISSUES, AND ONGOING
STRUGGLE IN TERMS OF LAND USE
AND WHAT THEY WERE DOING.
HOW DID THAT RESOLVE ITSELF?
>> IT MIGHT RESOLVE OVER THE
NEXT MONTH, BUT YOU CAN TRACE IT
BACK TO THE LATE QUARTER OF
2009.
THERE WAS A PLAN FOR EXPANSION
OF A HOTEL.
SOLANA BEACH AND DEL MAR WENT
BALLISTIC.
SOLANA BEACH WAS GOING TO SPEND
$25,000 TO EXAMINE THIS, THEY
TRIPLED THAT TO $75,000.
IT'S THE BASIS OF AWE LAWSUIT OF
THEM NOT INVESTIGATING HOW THESE
NEW DEVELOPMENTS WOULD AFFECT
THE ENVIRONMENT.
SO THEY DROPPED THE HOTEL, AND
THE FAIR BOARD APPROVED SOME
SETTLEMENT POINTS THAT HAVE NOT
YET BEEN RELEASED PUBLICLY, BUT
THEY'RE UP FOR DISCUSSION IN
SOLANA BEACH PROBABLY IN TWO
WEEKS, AND THEN WITH THE OTHER
PUBLIC AGENCIES PROBABLY WITHIN
THE MONTH, AND THEN WE'LL KNOW
WHAT THE LAND-USE FUTURE IS.
BUT THEY WANT TO REPLACE THE
EXHIBIT HALLS BECAUSE THEY'RE
OVER 50 YEARS OLD, AND THEY'RE
LEAKING.
>> WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO FOLLOW
THIS.
THANK YOU SO MUCH, JONATHAN HORN
AND SCOTT LEWIS.
>>> A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE TALKING
ABOUT "ACT OF VALOR" FEATURING
REAL REAL NAVY SEALS.
NO BLANKS HERE; THOSE ARE REAL
BULLETS.
THE STORY FROM OUR CULTURE DESK
IN JUST A MOMENT.
THIS IS
KPBS "EVENING EDITION".
JOHNSTADT.
>> "ACT OF VALOR" IS
A
FICTIONAL
MOVIE USING ACTIVE-DUTY NAVY
SEALS INSTEAD OF ACTORS.
>> BETH ACCOMANDO TELLS US WHAT
MAKES IT DIFFERENT.
>> Reporter: NAVY SEALS ARE A
TIGHT-KNIT COMMUNITY THAT
DOESN'T READILY WELCOME
OUTSIDERS.
BUT MIKE McCOY AND SCOTT WAUGH
GOT IN.
>> THERE IS A COMMON BOND
BETWEEN US AND THE SEAL TEAM.
>> BUT WE'VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING
LIKE THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE SEAL
TEAMS.
WE THOUGHT IT ONLY EXISTED IN
MYTHOLOGY.
>> Reporter: PUTTING THAT BOND
ON SCREEN WAS THE STARTING POINT
FOR THE FILM "ACT OF VALOR" SAYS
CO-DIRECTOR MIKE McCOY.
>> WE SPENT THE BETTER PART OF A
YEAR IMMERSED IN THE COMMUNITY,
AT CORONADO, UNDERSTANDING THE
SACRIFICE THAT HAS GONE ON IN
THE LAST TEN YEARS.
>> Reporter: EARLY ON THEY
REALIZED THE ONLY WAY TO MAKE
THE FILM WORK WAS TO USE
ACTIVE-DUTY NAVY SEALS.
>> WHEN YOU SEE A SEAL IN FULL
ARMOR AND KITTED OUT AND SEE THE
COMFORTABLENESS HE HAS BECAUSE
THAT'S WHAT HE WEARS EVERY DAY.
>> Reporter: IT'S REAL IN A WAY
THAT ACTORS CAN'T IMITATE.
THE FILMMAKERS WANTED TO CREATE
A FICTIONAL NARRATIVE BUT BASED
ON REAL EVENTS.
>> THEY'RE INSPIRING AND TRULY
AMAZING, UNBELIEVABLE, AND
SHOWED THE HEART AND DEPTH OF
THE COMMUNITY.
>> Reporter: THEN THEY HAD TO
CONVINCE THE HIGHER-UPS TO GO
ALONG WITH THE PROJECT.
>> NO ASSETS WERE DIVERTED IN
THE MAKING OF THE FILM.
THAT'S WHY IT TOOK 2-1/2 YEARS
TO MAKE.
>> 3, 2, 1!
>> Reporter: ONCE THE SEALS
WERE ON BOARD, THEY BEGAN TO
TAKE AN ACTIVE PART IN THE
CREATION OF THE FILM.
>> IT WOULD BE NICE IF I COULD
BE HERE WHILE WE'RE DISCUSSING
THIS THREAT.
WE SEE THIS GUY MOVE.
.
>> THEY WOULD WRITE THE OPS
PLANS FOR EVERY MISSION, WE
WOULD BUILD THE CAMERA PLANS,
INTEGRATE, BECOME ONE PLATOON,
AND HIT THE TARGET.
>> Reporter: THE TARGET WAS TO
MAKE IT AS REALISTIC AS
POSSIBLE.
>> THERE IS NO CGI IN THIS FILM,
THERE IS QUITE A BIT OF LIVE
FIRE.
>> GOING HOT.
>> I WAS ACTUALLY VERY SURPRISED
LEARNING IT WAS LIVE FIRE.
>> Reporter: THIS FORMER MARINE
TRAINED AS A COMBAT PHOTOGRAPHER
AND IS A FILMMAKER IN SAN DIEGO.
>> TO THE WAYS THEY STACKED UP
TO PREPARE TO ENTER THE ROOM WAS
JUST SPOT ON.
>> WE REALLY WANTED TO BE
IMMERSED INTO THEIR WORLD,
INSTEAD OF SITTING BACK AND
WATCHING IT, WE WANTED TO PUT
THE AUDIENCE IN THE BOOTS, SO
YOU CAN FEEL WHAT IT'S LIKE TO
BE A NAVY SEAL, FROM THAT POINT
OF VIEW.
>> THE WAY THEY HELD THE SHOT
LONG TO SHOW HOW HE CAME INTO
THE ROOM AND SWEEPS THE ROOM
BEFORE ENGAGING THE TARGET, WHEN
YOU GO IN THERE, TIME SLOWS IN A
WAY, ADRENALINE IS PUMPING, AND
YOU HAVE TO PROCESS A LOT OF
INFORMATION REAL QUICK.
THIS PUTS YOU IN THE SEAL'S HEAD
A LITTLE BIT.
>> Reporter: SOME ARE CALLING
THIS A PROPAGANDA FILM.
>> WE'RE LOOKING AT THIS AS
FILMMAKERS.
WE HAD COMPLETE CREATIVE
CONTROL.
WE WANTED TO SHOWCASE, AND I
THINK THEY DID AS WELL, WANT TO
SHOW THE SACRIFICE AND RISK
INVOLVED IN THIS JOB.
>> I THINK THEY DID BRING SOME
THINGS TO THE TABLE THAT A LOT
OF OTHER FILMS DON'T BRING.
THEY SHOW GUYS GO IN, THEY COME
BACK HURT, THEY COME BACK DEAD.
>> Reporter: BUT THE NAVY DID
PUT THEIR SEAL OF APPROVAL ON
THE FILM, AND THE PORTRAIT IS
ULTIMATELY POSITIVE.
>> IT MIGHT BE THE PATRIOTIC
FILM OF THE DECADE.
I THINK CERTAIN KINDS OF MINDS
GET GRATIFIED IN THE MILITARY.
FOR THAT KIND OF PERSON, THIS
WOULD EXCITE THAT PERSON AND
MAYBE EVEN MAKE IT A DECISION
THEY WANT TO DO.
>> Reporter: SCOTT WAUGH SAYS
IT'S JUST ENTERTAINMENT, BUT
THEY HOPE THE FILM MAKE CHANGE
MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT NAVY SEALS.
>> YOU MAY THINK THEY'RE JUST
RAMBO, BUT IT'S A MASSIVE TEAM
EFFORT.
THEIR LIVES ARE NOT VIDEO GAMES.
THERE IS NO RE-SET BUTTONS.
>> Reporter: IT GIVES US A RARE
GLIMPSE INTO THE WORLD OF NAVY
SEALS.
AND WHILE ACTIVE-DUTY SEALS
SURPASS ACTORS IN THEIR ABILITY
TO EXECUTE A MISSION, THEY COME
UP SHORT WHEN THEY HAVE TO
DELIVER LINES.
IN THE END, "ACT OF VALOR" MAKES
US APPRECIATE THE UNIQUE SKILL
SET OF NAVY SEALS.
>> THAT WAS BETH ACCOMANDO.
>> THE FILM OPENS TODAY
THROUGHOUT SAN DIEGO.
THIS IS KPBS "EVENING EDITION".
>> ON THE
PUBLIC SQUARE TONIGHT,
A TWITTER CONVERSATION ABOUT MY
INTERVIEW WITH JAN GOLDSMITH
EARLIER THIS WEEK.
GOLDSMITH WAS HERE TO REPORT ON
WHETHER THERE WAS A VIOLATION OF
A LABOR LAW.
OF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SAN DIEGO
REPUBLICAN PARTY SENT ME THIS
TWEET: OF COURSE WE KNOW SHE'S
HEAD OF THE SAN DIEGO LABOR
COUNCIL.
MY.
>> IF YOU WANT TO WEIGH IN ON
THIS TWITTER CONVERSATION OR
MAYBE YOU WANT TO START YOUR OWN
THREAD, YOU CAN FOLLOW US ON
TWITTER, AND OF COURSE YOU CAN
LIKE US ON FACEBOOK, OR YOU CAN
ALWAYS EMAIL ME.
.
>>> RECAPPING TONIGHT'S TOP
STORIES, THE HOTEL WORKERS UNION
IS CHALLENGING A PROPOSAL FOR
INCREASING ROOM TAXES.
HOTEL OWNERS WILL VOTE ON THE
IDEA, BUT THE UNION SAYS CITY
VOTERS SHOULD HAVE A SAY.
>>> THE MARINE CORPS SAYS IT
COULD BE WEEKS BEFORE
INVESTIGATORS KNOW WHY TWO OF
ITS HELICOPTERS COLLIDED OVER
THE DESERT, KILLING SIX MARINES
FROM CAMP PENDLETON.
>>> AND ANALYSTS ARE EXPECTING
AN INCREASE OF 10 TO 20 CENTS
PER GALLON BY MONDAY BECAUSE A
REFINERY HAS BEEN SHUT DOWN.
>>> WE HAVE AN UPDATE ON THE
KISSING COUPLE STATUE.
IT WILL STAY WHERE IT IS THROUGH
THE MIDDLE OF MAY.
IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE THERE FOR
ONLY A YEAR.
THIS IS THE LAST EXTENSION,
THOUGH.
THE STATUE NEEDS SOME REPAIR
WORK.
>>> YOU CAN WATCH AND COMMENT ON
ANY OF THE STORIES YOU SAW
TONIGHT ON OUR WEBSITE,
KPBS.ORG/EVENINGEDITION.
THE WEATHER SERVICE SAYS A COLD
STORM IS ON THE WAY WITH RAIN
EXPECTED BY SUNDAY NIGHT.
>> AND THE MOUNTAINS WILL GET
SNOW AS WELL.
WE LEAVE YOU WITH A LOOK AT THE
FORECAST.
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND.
>> GOOD NIGHT.
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