Thursday, June 7, 2012 - Evening Edition

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>> >>DWANE: Tonight on KPBS evening edition, the San Onofre nuclear power plant won't be
restarted any time soon. There was a passionate debate before the planning
commission today over a controversial propose tool remove cars from the heart of Balboa
park. >> >>JOANNE: Nearly every teacher at one San
Diego elementary school got a lay off notice last month.
Find out why the school's principal believes her school was hit harder than by others.
Evening edition starts now. Captions provided by ecaptions.
>> >>DWANE: Good evening, thank you for joining us, I'm Dwane Brown.
The San Onofre nuclear power plant may not go back on until the end of August.
It's been shut down because of problems with tubes carrying radioactive water wearing down
sooner than expected. Southern California Edison needs approval
from regulatory commission. Warn offed possible rotating blackouts if
there's a heat wave while the plant is off line.
Computer experts are looking into a possible hacking attempt on the county's election website
Tuesday night t.didn't affect any vote counts but did keep people from accessing results,
and other websites for more than an hour. Direct feed on election night now, the county
is trying to track down who's responsible for the breech to insure it doesn't happen
again. San Diego city leaders say it's time to take action on the voter approved pension
reform mesh expr are urging union members to meet them at the negotiating table.
Katie Orr, what are city leaders proposing? >> >>KATIE ORR: City attorney gran jan Goldsmith
is putting towards the a five point plan to implement prop B.
Petitioning court pending against the measure into one case beginning July or August when
the measure is sur certified the city needs to freeze hiring until it comes up with a
401k plan for union employees. The unions must agree on the plan.
Goa Goldsmith is asking for the unions to come negotiate with the city and talk about
a global settlement that would deal with all the issues surrounding pensions.
>> >>DWANE: There's been talk of a law suit. How likely will prop B get implemented quickly?
>> >>KATIE ORR: The unions have said they did not campaign against prop B because they
were saving their money for a legal fight. That might tell you something about how willing
they with to negotiate. They think the measure is illegal, the Mayor
acting illegally by approving it, and ultimately their new members won't get a pension.
I imagine they'll fight this pretty hard in court.
>> >>DWANE: KPBS metro reporter, Katie Orr. It may be weeks before we actually have final
tally in some of Tuesday's races. The county registrar says there are still
135,000 ballots uncounted. The absentee and provisional ballots must
be verified. Statewide, about 8,000 ballots haven't been
counted. That could make a vote for the prop 29 cigarette
tax prop. Scott Peters and Lorie SaldaÑa are just a
few tenths of a point apart as well. The San Diego planning commission has recommended
approval of a controversial plan to remove cars from the heart of Balboa park.
The commission heard hours of testimony from folks both o poised and in favor of the plaza
de Panama project. It would remove cars and parking lots from
the area of the prado. Irwin Jacobs who is a supporter of KPBS, more
than $40 million in donations but its designer says it's worth it.
>> >>: Well, if is a significant project. There's a significant problem in the park.
You can't really fix a problem the scale we have with tiny solutions.
>> >>DWANE: The plan's components include conservationists, & a bypass bridge connected
to Cabrillo bridge, and crosses route 163. >> >>: This is something I think we'll regret
for the rest of our lives and future generations when they ask what were we think ug about?
>> >>DWANE: The plaza de Panama also includes an under ground parking garage housing nearly
800 cars. The plan now goes to the full city council.
Monday, we may find out whether the US Supreme Court will hear arguments over the cross on
Mt. Soledad. Their decision won't be announced until next
week. An appeals kowrlt ruled the cross unconstitutional
last year. Proponents of the cross say it's a military
mem ear yl. Reducing carbon emissions, that's the goal
of California's cap and trade program. Joanne Faryon takes a look at what it could
mean for San Diego. >> >>JOANNE: By forcing businesses in California
to pay for the carbon emissions they produce, the state hopes to reduce green house gases
in the long run, but in the short tim term the program is also expected to bring in about
a billion dollars. Where will that money go.
Joining me to help answer that company is Jim Waring, CEO and president oft clean tech
San Diego explain the organization you represent. >> >>JIM WARING: Clean tech San Diego is a
non profit trade organization. We were trying to development in our region,
the business development behind clean technology and sustainability.
>> >>JOANNE: When with y say cap and trade, and hear cap and trade y think what are they
talking about. I try to explain a little bit in my introduction,
but clarify what the program is. >> >>JIM WARING: I'll try and do it in a way
that I understand it. The cap is the amount in this case the amount
of CO2 that a covered business mayo mit. That's the cap.
Think of that as the ceiling. The trade portion is that if you save some of that cap, if you
have a surplus, and you may sell that in the market, you may trade it in the market, so
the market  the trade part is what businesses save from their allowances, and what the state
of California has reserved to itself to sell into the market.
>> >>JOANNE: So first of all, when you say covered business, you mean a business that
has to follow the rules under this program? >> >>JIM WARING: And the state intentionally
limited the program soo too what's called large emitters.
Large y emitters limit 25,000 CO2 metric ton equivalency.
The average family of four in their normal year emits 20 metric tons.
Think 20 metric tons versus 25,000 metric tons. The program is intentionally designed
to work on large things. >> >>JOANNE: Cap and trade names on the screen
so people can see. Let's say you're a company and for whatever
reason, you can't get to that cap. You're above that.
I could go to the market place and pay for someone's credit, right?
>> >>JIM WARING: That's correct. You buy the additional credit.
Some people would say you buy the right to pollute.
But what your really doing is buying tons of CO2 emissions allowances, that's correct.
>> >>JOANNE: So from a really wealthy profitable company, doesn't it just mean I could buy
my way out f this. >> >>JIM WARING: First of all, the economic
incentive  as a company, or an organization, you're not going to inter a cost just because
it's easier. You're going to try to not have to buy those
credits. Because it's in your economic desire to do
so. The leadership of these organizations will
do what they can do intermy to reduce their total carbon emissions, because the goal is
to lower your emissions. The way the program is designed each year between 2013 and 2020
the amount of allowance that an organization has goes down.
So the pressure will increase to become more efficient.
>> >>JOANNE: So there is going to be this trading now in the market place.
I mentioned the state could end up netting some money out of this.
How does that work? >> >>JIM WARING: The state, to basically balance
the market  the state is issuing the credits, remember.
So the state is retaining to itself as it should a certain number of allowances to sell.
So the state will sell those, into the market place, and therefore the state will get the
money, and the proceeds. >> >>JOANNE: About a billion dollars, that's
what experts are saying. Where does that money go?
>> >>JIM WARING: There's a big debate about that, obviously.
The cynics will say that the state's using this as a way just to raise money to spend,
but I will say that it will often be a political decision, made by the legislature with the
governor. The discussions to date have been to spend
the money on energy related programs. Remember, cap and trade is part of our AB32
protocol. I'm seeing, and most of the people I'm talking
to are seeing, is the discussion of how to spend it within the goals of AB32, which is
to reduce our state's carbon foots print to 1990 levels by 2020.
Hopefully the political petitioners won't have that money be diverted.
>> >>JOANNE: This has been a great explanation. I want to send people to, because
earlier you spoke with Maurine Cavanaugh, and there's so much more on the website about
this. Thanks, Jim.
>> >>DWANE: Doctors say about 11,000 people a year suffer unintentional injuries in San
Diego county ranging from falls, vehicle accidents, drowning, to something falling on top of you.
Today was the premiere of a home safety video inspired by San Diego families tragedy.
Twenty month old keying n Wallace is doing what most toddlers do at his age, getting
into stuff. He's at a movie the thr in Mission Valley
where scores of people have come to watch a home prevention safety vil video.
It features the Wallace family who tragically lost their three year old daughter in 2005.
>> >>: It was a short three drawer dresser. >> >>: She had hope opened the doors to use
it as a ladder and climb up. In the process it came over on top of her.
>> >>DWANE: Eric and Nicky Wallace say it was a preventible accident.
>> >>: We had what we thought to be all the child safety in place, in the home, and it
was a minor  what we thought to be a minor thing that got to be overlooked which ended
up being the one thing that we missed. >> >>DWANE: UC San Diego health says the missing
link to dealing with unintentional injuries is proper prevention.
He says drowning is a high risk, especially for young children, and falling for the elderly.
>> >>: Skewer furniture, and rugs at home, making sure that the population elderly population
has access to vision and care and to primary care physicians to make sure they can get
out there and walk and drive, et set raw. >> >>DWANE: The home safety making viz yo
is being distributed to hospitals and cable channels to provide the public tip said on
injury prevention. >> >>DWANE: The video is paid for by the trauma
research education foundation, supported by the six trauma centers in San Diego county
and safe kids San Diego. >> >>JOANNE: More than 1500 lay off notices
sent to schools throughout San Diego's largest school district.
One school, an elementary school in south east San Diego will be hit especially hard.
Twenty seven out of 29 of its teachers will be layed off.
Joining me is the principal of fai elementary, Eileen moreno.
How is this possible? You need teachers in order to have a school.
How did 27 get lay off notices? >> >>EILEEN MORENO: Well, what happens is
lay offs go by seniority, and I have about 17 teachers who have 8, nine, years of seniority.
We keep thinking every year this time we're safe.
>> >>JOANNE: You think that's enough, right? >> >>EILEEN MORENO: Every year for the past
five years we thought we were safe, but apparently not.
The reason is this core group of teachers, they started their career together eight,
nine, and ten years ago at our school. The remaining teachers, they range anywhere
from first year teachers to six and seven years as well, but this time the layoff wel
went as far back as, you know, all the way back to ten years.
>> >>JOANNE: So they're the first to go. But it doesn't necessarily mean they are going
y.want to put up some numbers to show the people at home what I mean by that.
Last year in 2011 pink slips went out to more than 1300 teachers.
Final layoff notices about 7343, then the school rehires them back, 466, and then later
in the school year October they hire more back.
Same thing this year, now here's where the numbers get really interesting.
Final layoff notices 1500, which speaks to your school because we're going back to eight
or nine years experience. Didn't this hap toon you last year?
>> >>EILEEN MORENO: It did. In fact, it's happened for the last five years.
My teachers get the initial lay off notice in March.
However, last year they were rescinded fairly quickly for a vast majority of them, and then
over the month, over the summer, they were rescinding a little bit more at a time where
I ended up being able to bring back the big core group of teachers and I started with
some new teachers, kind of at the last minute. This is the first time, however, that we get
to the point where they received their final lay off letter.
This has never happened before. >> >>JOANNE: So in theory, you will have all
new teachers, almost all new teachers starting the school year?
>> >>EILEEN MORENO: In theory, yes. >> >>JOANNE: When will you know?
>> >>EILEEN MORENO: That's a very good question. I can tell you that next Monday the district
is supposed to put up what's called the post in [inaudible] they post all available positions
allowing teachers who are not layed off to bid for any positions they want.
So that's supposed to happen next Monday and I believe it closes down on the 20th of June.
After that, for about a week, human resources sifts through all the bids to make sure qualified
people did bid, and then about a week later, they hand us the names and then we get to
start interviewing. >> >>JOANNE: So, fundamentally, what's wrong
with this system that creates this very elaborate game of musical chairs with teachers in terms
of whether they'll be at your school, another school or any school at all.
>> >>EILEEN MORENO: You know, I think that the blame game can just go around in sirk
lz, but fundamentally, I think that we have a problem with equity.
For all the talk about equity, at the local level, state level, national level, when we
see these things happening at schools such as fai and city heights f you were to look
at the whole list and the types of schools that were most impacted this way, there's
a pattern that jumps out at you. Thrz those are low poverty schools, and there's
no equity. I think that's the fundamental problem.
There's too much talk about equity and not enough action.
This is something that can be fixed. >> >>JOANNE: But it's happening in low income
schools? >> >>EILEEN MORENO: That's where the majority.
I'm not saying it's not happening in others, but the majority when you look down the list
is in the low income schools. Because it is more challenging to work in
some of our ploa income schools. A lot of teachers understandably get to a
point where they prefer to move on to something different.
And that's how we end up with a lot of the so called newer teachers.
>> >>JOANNE: In the end Eileen  for the kids who go to the school?
>> >>EILEEN MORENO: In the end, this means that they are going to potentially lose out.
I have a job to do. I'm hoping for the best, but I'm prepared
for the worst. There will be teachers, it's not like the
elementary will have no teachers. The question is will it be all new teachers
and children who have been seeing the same teachers their families have built relationships
over the years, are they going to walk in and none of those smiling faces are going
to be there for them, and how is that going to make the children feel?
>> >>JOANNE: Eileen moreno, thank you so much for being here.
>> >>EILEEN MORENO: Thank you. Captions provided by ecaptions.
>> >>DWANE: A small caught j suspended 100 feet and perm nptly attached to the Jacobs hall
campus building opened to visitors today. The fallen star is the latest edition to UC
San Diego Stewart cleks collection. Explores the notion students feel from home.
Sticks out a a 10 degree angle, fully furnished, includes a garden, some visitors describe
a sense of falling when inside. At Spanish landing park just across from Lindbergh
field, you may have noticed wooden beams, it's not a new play ground, but a unique construction
product dating back 500 years. KPBS video journalist Katie Euphrat brings
us the story. >> >>KATIE EUPHRAT: This empty parking lot
on San Diego bay has been trans formed into a 16th century ship yard, resurrecting the
first ship to land on San Diego's shores. You don't need to wait until construction
is complete. Watch volunteers and maritime employees build
an accurate replica of a Spanish gal yn. >> >>: It's a huge under taken.
We're using ten different woods and then having the right thyme team to be able to shape them
and fit all of these pieces. The ship is literally a basket and they all
have to sit and work together, and be strong. >> >>KATIE EUPHRAT: Bruce heyman says many
San Diego's stop by wondering what the rubbing ows rubbing us.
>> >>: I've been here for 35 years but have er never real a paid attention much to any
of the history. >> >>KATIE EUPHRAT: In 1542 Juan Rodriguez
Cabrillo was the first European to discover what is now San Diego.
Cabrillo was look for a quicker route toolt spice islands.
Replicas of the dwellings and canoes met when landed.
Three quarters of the $6.2 million need for the project has been raised thanks to private
donation and a major grand grant from the coastal conservancy commission.
The san Salvador is being built almost exclusively of wood, the way it was built in the 1500s.
The wood is carefully chosen by lead ship right frank townshenned.
Only pieceswith no im perfections are used. >> >>: We ended up using six semi truck loads,
approximately 300,000 pounds of wood. And we probably came out with 10 or 12,000
pounds on the boat. There's a lot of scrap around.
>> >>KATIE EUPHRAT: The only although major difference in how they're building it today
compared to 1542, power tools. >> >>: If Juan Rodriguez had an AC outlet,
he would have plugged a power tool into it and used it.
We also have much more rigorous standards that we have to achieve now.
>> >>KATIE EUPHRAT: That's because once it's finished the san Salvador will take student
groups and paying passengers on historic trips. The replica will have modern up grades, toilets,
refrigerators and two giant diesel engines. For now works carve and sand the wood using
huge tools like this 7,000 pound ship saw. No plansofthe original sal san Salvador exist,
so the builders reached a consensus with historians. >> >>: It's really like a time machine in ways.
Even though we use power tools, we're using the same technology.
Nobody here has built a Spanish scal gal yn, so everybody is relying on each other, figuring
things out as we go along. It's like an adventure.
>> >>KATIE EUPHRAT: In the end, they settled on a 95 foot long body with a mass that will
rise 100 feet off the deck. Retired plumber Roy liby is one of the volunteers
making it happen. >> >>: I'm living my fantasy here.
Ever since I read Robert Lewis steerve nson's treasure island, I wanted to sale away to
treasure island on a sale boat. >> >>: This time lapse shows the construction
progress with a photo taken every day from May 2011 through mid April 2012.
The goal is to be finished by the end of 2013. It took CABRILLO nearly half that time a few
hundred years ago. >> >>: He also had a lot more labor.
Many of the people he had helpling helping to build it, many of them were slaves probably.
>> >>: We don't have that many slaves, we just passed 60 volunteers.
>> >>: The great thing about it is that people here are supplying the expert eeses and the
money to build the ship and all I have to do is what I'm told.
And be diligent. >> >>KATIE EUPHRAT: Volunteers make up more
than half the work force, but even wlt help, heyman estimates the ship will take 90,000
hours of work to reach completion. >> >>: I want to ride on it, and I don't even
mind paying, because I want to continue to support the museum.
It's a wonderful thing for San Diego. >> >>DWANE: That story from KPBS video journalist
Katie Euphrat, the construction site is open to the public daily from 11 to 4:00 p.m.
If a hike in the woods is more to your taste, you can do it for free Saturday at any national
forest. It's national get out doors day, the forest
service is waiving the adventure pass normally required to visit.
You still have to pay for cam grounds and group sites.
>> >>JOANNE: Tonight in the public square, yesterday on KPBS's mid day edition the county
registrar of voters said she saw an unusually high number of so called write in votes, names
like Donald duck were write quote tremendous end quote number of ballots.
Some of you didn't like
the choice of words. >> >>JOANNE: Well have you lost faith in the
system? Write to me, and let me know if I can use your comments on air.
Send me an e mail,, or you can also share your thoughts on Twitter or
Facebook. >> >>DWANE: And you can find tonight's stories
on our website Thanks for joining us.
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