Thursday, July 5, 2012 - Evening Edition


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>> >>DWANE: THE BIG BAY BOOK FIRE WORKS SHOW GOES BUST, THE REASON FOR THE FOURTH OF JULY
FAILURE TONIGHT ON KPBS EVENING EDITION. >> >>PEGGY: AND I'M PEGGY PICO.
TONIGHT AT THE ROUND TABLE, WE'LL FIND OUT IF THE LIVING WAGE IS REALLY HELPING SAN DIEGO
WORKERS. PLUS DETAILS ON THE ROCKS INSTEAD OF ROPES
PLAN TO SEPARATE SEALS FROM SUN BATHERS AT THE CHILDREN'S POOL.
>> >>DWANE: WHERE MOST OF US MIGHT SEE OLD BUILDINGS, SOME YOUNG ARCHITECTS ARE SEEING
A NEW FUTURE FOR SAN DIEGO. KPBS EVENING EDITION STARTS NOW.
CAPTIONS PROVIDED BY ECAPTIONS. >> >>DWANE: IT'S THE DAY AFTER A DISASTROUS
FOURTH OF JULY FIRE WORKS DISPLAY. TENS OF THOUSANDS OF FOLKS WERE DOWNTOWN TO
SEE AN EXCITING ELEGANT SHOW, INSTEAD THEY SAW ALL THE FIRE WORKS EXPLODE IN A FIRE BALL
WITHIN SECONDS OF GOING OFF. WE'VE GOT ANSWERS TO WHAT WENT WRONG.
KPBS REPORTER TOM FUDGE IS FOLLOWING THE STORY. WHAT CAN YOU TELL US, TOM?
>> >>TOM: TODAY WE'VE GOT SOME ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS THAT EVERYBODY HAD LAST NIGHT.
OF COURSE, EVERYBODY WAS WONDERING WHAT'S GOING ON, WHY AREN'T WE SEEING THE FIRE WORKS
AND WHY DID THEY ALL EXPLODE IN THE FIRST 30 SECONDS.
TODAY WE HEARD FROM A GENTLEMAN WHOSE NAME IS AUGUST SANTONI.
HE'S CO OWNER OF GARDEN STATE FIRE WORKS ANEW JERSEY COMPANY THE OPERATOR OF THE FIRE WORKS
SHOW LAST NIGHT THAT WENT U RYE. HE SAID THE PROBLEM WAS NOT HUMAN ERROR. THE
PROBLEM WAS NOT THE FIRE WORKS THEMSELVES, THE PROBLEM WAS A COMPUTER GLITCH.
IT WAS A PROBLEM WITH COMPUTER PROGRAMMING. LET'S HEAR FROM WHAT HE HAD TO SAY.
>> >>: ANYONE WHO'S EVER HAD A COMPUTER SITUATION OR OTHER WISE IT'S NOT PERFECT.
>> >>TOM: IT'S NOT PERFECT AND LAST NIGHT IT DEFINITELY WAS NOT PERFECT.
BUT DWANE, NO MATTER WHAT THE PROBLEM WAS, THE EXPLANATION, THE FACT IS THIS COMPANY
SCREWED UP BIG TIME AND MADE A LOT OF PEOPLE VERY UNHAPPY.
>> >>DWANE: HOW IS THIS GOING TO BE RESOLVED? >> >>TOM: THERE ARE REALLY TWO QUESTIONS.
HOW DO YOU MAKE IT RIGHT FOR THE MANY ANGRY PATRONS, THE MANY ANGRY SAN DIEGANS WHO WENT
OUT THERE TO SEE FIRE WORKS AND WEREN'T ABLE, AND NUMBER TWO, HOW DO YOU MAKE IT RIGHT FOR
THE SPONSORS WHO PUT UP HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN.
WELL, FIRST OF ALL, GUARD ANYONE STATE FIRE WORKS HAS SAID THEY'RE WILLING TO DO A FREE
SHOW FOR MESSING UP THE FIRST SHOW. THE ONLY PROBLEM WITH THAT IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTER
OF THE BIG BAY BOOM, IT WAS RENAMED UNOFFICIALLY THE BIG BAY BUST, HE SAID EVEN IF GARDEN STATE
IS WILLING TO DO A FREE FIRE WORKS SHOW, THAT DOESN'T PAY NEARLY THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT
YOU NEED TO HAVE THE SHOW BECAUSE YOU NEED TO RENT BARGES, YOU NEED TO GET PERMITTING,
YOU NEED TO GET SECURITY, ALL TOLD THEY SPENT ABOUT 350,000 DOLLARS ON THIS PROGRAM AND
IT'S DIFFICULT TO KNOW WHERE THAT MONEY IS GOING TO COME FROM TO GET ANOTHER FIRE WORKS
SHOW. >> >>DWANE: ALL RIGHT, KPBS REPORTER, TOM
FUDGE S.FOURTH OF JULY BEACH CROWDS USUALLY LEAVE MOUNTAINS OF TRASH TO PICK UP, BUT THIS
YEAR THERE WAS A LOT LESS DEBRIS. KENNY GOLDBERG TELLS US CITY CREWS SWEPT UP
EARLY THIS YEAR AND VOLUNTEERS. >> >>: VOLUNTEERS WERE OUT INÊ FORCE IN OCEAN
BEACH, EQUIPPED WITH TRASH PICKER UPPERS, BUCKETS AND BAGS, THE CLEANERS COMBED THE
BEACH IN BY INCH. THE SAN DIEGO CHAPTER OF THE SURF RIDING FOUNDATION ORGANIZED THE CLEAN
UP. THERE'S BEEN A LOT LESS TRASH SINCE THE DRINKING
BAN ON CITY BEACHES TOOK AFFECT IN 2008. >> >>: REWIND A FEW YEARS BACK BEFORE THE
DRINKING BAN, WE SAW IT DAY AND NIGHT, IT WAS A WAR ZONE OUT HERE, AND DEFINITELY SEEING
PEOPLE BE MORE RESPONSIBLE BECAUSE OF THE BAN, BUT THERE IS STILL CIGARETTE BUTTS AND
RAPPERS OF FOOD, AND BOTTLES AND THINGS LIKE THAT.
>> >>: THE NUMBER ONE ITEM OF LITTER WAS MARSH MELLOWS.
AFTER LAST NIGHT'S ANNUAL MARSH MELLOW FIGHT, THE TREATS WERE EVERYWHERE.
>> >>: I HAVE A TON OF THEM UNDER HERE. I'M ABOUT TO START MY OWN BON FIRE.
THEY'RE ALL OVER THE PLACE. IT'S LIKE IT SNOWED BRICKS, WHITE BRICKS OR
SOMETHING. >> >>: BY MID MORNING, THINGS WERE LOOKING
PRETTY GOOD. MELONY ROGERS SAID SHE ENJOYED CLEANING UP.
>> >>: SAN DIEGO IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE, THE BEACH IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE, AND WE WANT TO
KEEP IT THAT WAY. >> >>DWANE: KPBS REPORTER KENNY GOLDBERG.
VOLUNTEERS PICKED UP MORE THAN 13,000 SIG REAT BUTTS TODAY. THE CALIFORNIA SENATE HAS
PASSED WHAT SOME ARE CALLING THE ANTI ARIZONA BILL. THE TRUST ACT WOULD RESTRICT WHO POLICE
COULD HOLD FOR DEPORTATION, ONLY PEOPLE CONVICT OFFED VIOLENT CRIMES. THE THIRD PLACE FINISHER
IN MEXICO'S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, IS JOINING ABOUT Y ALLEGED VOTE BUYING.
THE WIN WENT TO ENRIQUE PE„A NIETO. HIS OPPONENTS ACCUSED THE PRE OF EXCESSIVE
CAMPAIGN SPENDING. THE OTHER SAYS ELECTION LAWS SHOULD BE CHANGED.
SAN DIEGO MAYOR JERRY SANDERS IS ASKING STATE LAW MAKERS TO LEAVE THE CITY'S PENSION REFORM
PLAN ALONE. DEMOCRATIC LEADERS HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT REFORM
ON THE SENATE LEVEL. TALK VZ INCLUDED POSSIBLE PREEMPTION OF LOCAL
MEASURES SUCH AS PROP B, IT WAS PASS BID 2 THIRDS OF SAN DIEGO VOTERS LAST MONTH.
IN A LETTER TO THE ASSEMBLY SPEAKER, MAYOR SANDERS SAYS ANY ATTEMPT TO NULLIFY THEIR
VOTE WOULD BE A SLAP IN THE FACE AND AN OUTRIGHT INSULT TO THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS.
GOVERNOR BROWN ASKED FOR MORE TIME TO WORK ON STATE PENSION REFORM.
ST PAYING LIVING WAGE TO CONVENTION CENTER WORKERS, KATIE ORR JOINS US FROM THE NEWS
SERNT. WHY DOES THIS LABOR GROUP THING CONGRESS IS
TRYING SKIRT THE LIVING WAGE ORDINANCE? >> >>: THE CITY COUNSELOR HANDED OVER MARKETING
DUTIES FROM THE PUBLIC TO PRIVATE CONVENTION CENTER.
IN THE CONTRACT PROPOSED BETWEEN THE TWO ORGANIZATIONS, WAS A CLAUSE SAYING K KOHNVIS.
IT IT'S STILL A BAD SIGN. >> >>: ON THE VERY FIRST ACTION THEY WERE
PUTTING FORWARD THE FIRST THING THEY TRIED TO DO WAS EXEMPT THEMSELVES FROM THE LIVING
WAGE. THE FACT THEY DIDN'T GET THE LEGALITIES RIGHT,
ITS THEIR INTENTIONS ARE VERY CLEAR. >> >>DWANE: IS IT POSSIBLE THE CONVENTION
CENTER CAN GET AROUND THE LIVING WAGE? >> >>: NOT THROUGH A CONTRACT. THE CITY COUNCIL
WOULD HAVE TO PROVE AN CAN EXEMPTION. THE LIVING WAGE IS SET AT 13.77 PER HOUR.
>> >>DWANE: KPBS METRO REPORTER, KATIE ORR. SAN DIEGO IS AMONG HUNDREDS OF CITIES AROUND
THE COUNTRY WITH A LIVING WAGE ORDINANCE. PEGGY PICO IS LOOKING INTO THE IMPACT OF THE
LAW ON SAN DIEGO WORKERS AND CONTRACTORS. >> >>PEGGY: CALIFORNIA'S MINIMUM WAGE IS 8
DOLLARS AN HOUR. SAN DIEGO PASSED THE LIVING WAGE IN 2005.
JOINING ME TO TALK ABOUT HOW THE LIVING WAGE IS AFFECTING PEOPLE WORKING IN SAN DIEGO IS
CORRINE WILSON, POLICY DIRECTOR FOR THE CENTER ON THE POLICY INITIATIVE.
I HAVE TO ASK YOU, THE LIVING WAGE HAS BEEN IN PLACE FOR 7 YEARS IN SAN DIEGO.
HOW IS THIS ACTUALLY IMPACTING WORKERS HERE? >> >>CORRINE WILSON: IT'S REALLY HELPING WORKERS.
IN 2010, 17.4% OF SAN DIEGO COUNTY RESIDENCE WERE LIVING IN POVERTY. THE MINIMUM WAGE KEEPS
PEOPLE IN POVERTY, IF IT'S A SINGLE PERSON, AND ESPECIALLY WITH A FAMILY.
BUT IF YOU'RE MAKING THE LIVING WAGE, THAT'S ENOUGH TO PULL A FAMILY OF FOUR OUT OF POVERTY.
>> >>PEGGY: HAVE YOU HEARD FROM WORKERS WHO ARE PAID THE LIVING WAGE HERE AND, YOU KNOW,
IT BEGS THE QUESTION CAN YOU REALLY WITH A LIVERING WAGE SUPPORT A FAMILY ON IT?
>> >>CORRINE WILSON: IT'S DIFFICULT BECAUSE OF THE COST OF LIVING IN SAN DIEGO.
IT IS ENOUGH FOR A SINGLE PERSON. WHAT WE'RE HEARING FROM WORKERS IS IT MAKE
AS DIFFERENCE. WHAT I'VE HEARD IS THAT WORKERS ARE ABLE TO
HELP THEIR ELDERLY FAMILY MEMBERS WITH THE COST OF PRESCRIPTION MEDICINES OR THEY'RE
ABLE TO HELP THEIR CHILDREN GO TO COLLEGE, OR THEY THEMSELVES ARE ABLE TO GO BACK TO
SCHOOL AND PERHAPS LOOK FOR A BETTER PAYING CAREER.
>> >>PEGGY: SO IT'S AN IMPROVEMENT. WHO'S ACTUALLY ELIGIBLE TO GET A LIVING WAGE
OR QUALIFY FOR THE LIVING WAGE? >> >>CORRINE WILSON: THE WAY IT WORKS IS IS
THAT WHEN THE CITY OF SAN DIEGO CONTRACTS OUT FOR SURT PN TYPICALLY LOW WAGE WORK, SUCH
AS LANDSCAPING, SECURITY GUARD, JANITORS, OR JOBS AT CITY OWNED FACILITIES LIKE PETCO
PARK, QUALCOMM OR THE CONVENTION CENTER, FOOD HANDLERS, PREPARERS, THOSE WORKERS ARE ELIGIBLE
AND GET PAYED THE LIVING WAGE. >> >>PEGGY: SO THE CITY WORKERS THAT AREÊ
BUT THEY'RE CONTRACTED FOR THE CITY. I GET THAT.
COMING BACK TO THE CONVENTION CENTER, I WANT TO BRIEFLY MENTION THE CONVENTION AND VIZ
STARS BUREAU HAS BEEN EXPLORING LOOKING AROUND OR MAYBE TRYING TO SIDE STEP THIS LIVING WAGE.
CAN THEY LEGALLY DO THAT? >> >>CORRINE WILSON: THIS IS THE LAW T.THIS
WAS INTENDED TO MAKE SURE THAT JOBS THAT RECEIVE PUBLIC MONEY DO NOT CREATE POVERTY JOBS.
SO THIS IS THE LAW AND IT NEEDS TO BE UP HELD. SO WE'LL JUST SEE HOW THAT GOES.
>> >>PEGGY: IT'S THE LAW, SO IF THEY ARE TRYING TO AVOID IT, THERE COULD BE SOME LEGAL PRE
PERCUSSIONS ON THAT. HOW ABOUT THE EMPLOYERS? DO THEY SAY IT'S
BENEFICIAL? >> >>CORRINE WILSON: THE CITY PERFORMED A
SURVEY ASKING LIVERING WAGE EMPLOYERS HOW THEY FELT ABOUT THE LIVING WAGE.
THEY REPORTED THAT IN FACT THEY'D SEEN AN INCREASE OR IMPROVEMENT IN THE QUALITY OF
SERVICE THEY'RE ABLE TO PROVIDE, AND ALSO A DECREASE IN ABSENTEEISM, AND TURN OVER WITH
THEIR EMPLOYEES. THEY FELT IT WAS A GOOD BENEFIT FOR THEM.
>> >>PEGGY: CORRINE WILSON, THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE TODAY.
AND FOR ANSWERING OUR QUESTION. >> >>DWANE: THE SANTA YSABEL RESORT AND CASINO
HAS FILED FOR BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION. THEY OWN MORE THAN 3ÊMILLION DOLLARS TO SAN
DIEGO COUNTY. IT'S THREATENING TO FORECLOSE ON THE PROPERTY.
THE CASINO HAS STRUGGLE SINCE IT OPENED 5 YEARS AGO IN LAKE HENSHAW.
IT ALLOWS OPERATIONS TO CONTINUE AS USUAL. STATE PRISON OFFICIALS SAY THEY MISCALCULATED
THE AFFECT OF CHANGING WHERE CONVICTED CRIMINALS SERVED THEIR TIME.
THEY THOUGHT SHIFT TWO CRIMINALS A YEAR FOR WEAPONS POSSESSION AND OTHER CRIMES, NOW THE
NUMBER IS CLOSER TO 250 A YEAR. THEY SAY THEIR RESEARCH MADE AN ERROR.
CALIFORNIA HAS BEEN SHIFTING INMATES TO LOCAL JAILS SINCE OCTOBER BECAUSE OF COURT ORDERS
TO REDUCE PRISON OVER CROWDING. THE HEAD OF CALIFORNIA'S HIGH SPEED RAIL AUTHORITY
SAYS THE PROJECT IS DEAD IF THE LEGISLATURE DOESN'T FUND T.MORE THAN 4ÊMILLION DOLLARS
IN STATE FINANCING. THE PACKAGE HAS BEEN PASSED BY THE ASSEMBLY
BUT ITS SUPPORT IS UNCERTAIN IN THE SENATE. IF THE SENATE SAYS NO, CALIFORNIA W COULD
LOSE FEDERAL FUNDING. A NEW FIELD POLL SAYS HIGH SPEED RAIL COULD
HURT GOVERNOR BROWN IN THE VOTE. THE TAX MEASURE STILL LEADS WITH 54% SUPPORT.
DEMOCRATIC DEMOCRATS WERE MORE LIKELY TO BE IN FAVOR THAN REPUBLICANS.
>> >>PEGGY: THE CALIFORNIA COASTAL COMMISSION IS EXPECTED TO MEET ABOUT THE CITY'S PLAN
TO USE A YEAR ROUND ROPE TO SEGUE REG ATE HARBOR SEALS AND BEACH GOERS AT THE CHILDREN'S
POOL PIN LA JOLLA. ED HARRIS JOINS US TO TALK ABOUT AN ALTERNATIVE
BOULDER BARRIER. THANKS FOR JOINING US HERE TODAY.
I THINK PROBABLY THE FIRST THING IS WE HAVE TO EXPLAIN WHAT IS THIS BARRIER?
>> >>: IT'S A SEPARATION. THE SALES ENJOY THE BEACH IN THE WINTER TIME, BUT THEY DON'T
LIKE IT WHEN IT'S HOT IN THE SUMMER CHILDREN DON'T USE IT IN THE WINTER, BUT THEY WANT
TO BE DOWN THERE IN THE SUMMER. BOULDER BARRIER SEPARATES DIFFERENT PERCENTAGES
OF THE BEACH AT DIFFERENT TIMES OF THE YEAR, AND THAT WAY THERE'S ACCESS TO ALL.
THE SEALS ARE PROTECTED BETTER, IT'S NOT JUST A ROPE YOU CAN GO UNDER AND OVER.
>> >>PEGGY: MAYBE WE CAN TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT THE MAP IS WE'RE LOOKING AT.
WHAT ARE WE LOOKING AT? THIS IS THE CHILDREN'S POOL IN LA JOLLA.
>> >>: YOU'RE LOOKING AT A SUMMER EDITION OF THAT PLAN.
IT KEEPS ABOUT 25% OF THE BEACH, WHERE THE SEALS TEND TO LIKE THE MOST DOWN BY THE WALL,
AND SURROUNDS THEM WITH A ROCK BARRIER SO THAT WE WON'T HAVE PEOPLE PETTING THEM, THEM
AND GOING UP TO THEM. >> >>PEGGY: THAT'S WHAT THIS IS SUPPOSED TO
DO. PROBLEMS WITH THE ROPE BARRIER RIGHT NOW,
IT SEEMS LIKE OBVIOUSLY THE PEOPLE WE KNOW, THAT'S WHEN YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO STOP.
>> >>: THE ROPE BARRIER, THERE'S NOT A LAW, PEOPLE WALK UP AND SEE A COMPLETELY OPEN BEACH
WITH NO SEALS ON IT, OR THEY WALK OUT OR SEE THE SEALS ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE BEACH OR
AND THEY WALK PAST THE ROPE UP TO THE SEALS. >> >>PEGGY: YOU'VE BEEN OVER AT THE CHILDREN'S
POOL FOR YEARS AND YEARS, WHAT HAVE YOU SEEN AS FAR AS HARASSMENT OR INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR
EITHER BY THE VISITORS OR THE SEALS THEMSELVES? >> >>: HARASSMENT OF THE TOURISTSÊ NOBODY
HAS A RIGHT TO MAKE KIDS CRY. MY LIFEGUARDS HAVE BEEN PUT ON YOUTUBE, THEY'VE
BEEN HARASSED. BUT PEOPLE CONTINUE TO YELL AT KIDS, TO YELL
AT PEOPLE AND TO INTERJECT THEMSELVES AS AN ACTIVIST WHEN THEY DON'T HAVE THE RIGHT TO
DO SO. >> >>PEGGY: THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE TRYING
TO PROTECT THE SEALS OR SEA LIONS THAT ARE THERE YELLING AT EACH OTHER.
HOW ABOUT TOWARDS THE THE ACK ANIMALS? >> >>: I DON'T SEEÊ I SEE INNOCENT NAIVE
PEOPLE TRY TO PET THEM, TRY TO DO OTHER THINGS STUFF LIKE THAT, BUT BOTH GROUPS ARE GUILTY
OF HARASSING. >> >>PEGGY: ALL RIGHT.
HARASSING EACH OTHER WE SHOULD SAY. IS THIS A DANGEROUS SITUATION HERE? I HAVE
PERSONALLY OVER HEARD PEOPLE SAY THEY'RE MORE AFRAID OF US THAN WE ARE THEM AS FAR AS THE
SEALS GO, IS THIS DANGEROUS? >> >>: THE SEALSÊ IN THE WATER AREN'T AFRAID
OF YOU AT ALL. THEY COME UP, SCRATCH YOU, PLAY WITH YOU, AND DO ALL KINDS OF STUFF.
ON THE LAND, I BELIEVE THEY FEEL VULNERABLE. I THINK THEY NEED A PLACE BEHIND THE BOULDERS
WHERE THEY HAVE A PLACE OF THEIR OWN WHERE THEY CAN RELAX.
>> >>PEGGY: HOW BIG ARE THESE BOULDERS? HOW DO YOU MOVE THEM AND HOW MUCH IS IT GOING
TO COST? >> >>: THAT'S THE NICE PART ABOUT IT.
IT'S CITY EQUIPMENT. WE MOVE THOUSANDS OF POUNDS OF SAND EVERY
YEAR FROM ALL OVER THE BEACHES. IT CAN BE MOVED WITH EXISTING STAFF, THEY
MEED MOO NEED SOME AUGMENTING MONEY TO AUGMENT THE STAFF, BUT IT'S NOT A BIG PROCESS.
TWICE A YEAR, YOU LIFT THE BOULDERS, MOVE THEM OVER, CLEAN UP SOME OF THE SAND CONTAMINATED
WITH FECES. YOU HAVE TO IMAGINE THAT IF NOBODY CLEANED
UP THE DOG PARK YOU GO TO EVER. WE HAVE 300 SEALS AND NO ONE'S CLEANED UP
THE CONTAMINATION. >> >>PEGGY: SO THERE IS CONTAMINATION IN THE
CHILDREN'S POOL, BACTERIA LEVELS, IN THE WATER AND ON THE SAND.
>> >>: THE POOL IS A MAN MADE STRUCTURE. IT'S THE ONLY PLACE I KNOW IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
THAT'S NOT FLUSHED OUT BY THE NORTH, SOUTH, OR WEST SWELL.
YOU HAVEÊ JUST LIKE WE BUILT IT, IT'S ARTIFICIAL, WE HAVE TO CLEAN IT.
>> >>PEGGY: YOU'RE GOING TO BRING THIS TO THE LA JOLLA COMMUNITY PLANNING BOARD TOMORROW
NIGHT. IS THAT ENOUGH TIME TO GET IT BEFORE THE COASTAL
COMMISSION? >> >>: IT WILL ACTUALLY GO TO THEM TONIGHT.
IT'S ALREADY BEEN TO PARKS AND BEACHES. ALREADY THE COMMUNITY GROUPS HAVE VOICED THEIR
OPINION NOT TO SUPPORT THE ROPE. WE'RE CONCERNED THE COASTAL COMMISSION MIGHT
COME IN AND VOTE SOMETHING THAT'S NOT EMBRACED, I GUESS, TBHIE COMMUNITY ITSELF.
>> >>PEGGY: IF THEY SAY NO TO THE ROPE, THEY'RE NOT NECESSARILY SAYING YES TO THE BOULDERS?
>> >>: CORRECT. THAT WHD GIVE US TIME TO GET THE GROUPS TOGETHER,
BOTH SIDES BACK TO THE TABLE AND PRESENT THE PLAN.
IT'S SOMETHING EVERYBODY CAN BE HAPPY WITH. IF THEY BUY INTO IT, THEY'RE LESS LIKELY TO
FIGHT, WHICH IS SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE, SOMEWHERE REASONABLE.
>> >>PEGGY: ED HARRIS, THANKS FOR JOINING US.
>> >>DWANE: THERE'S A NEW BLACKOUT RULE IN THE NFL BUT IT WON'T HAVE ANY IMPACT IN SAN
DIEGO. TRADITIONALLY GAMES THAT DON'T HAVE SELL OUT
HAVE BLACKED OUT ON LOCAL TELEVISION. IT HAPPENED TWICE LAST YEAR IN SAN DIEGO.
THIS YEAR THE NFL IS LETTING TEAMS SET THE BAR LOWER SO THEY CAN LIFT THE BLACKOUT WITH
AS LITTLE AS 85% OF THE SEATS SOLD. TEAMS HAVE TO CHOOSE THE THRESHOLD BY JULYÊ15
AND ARE STUCK WITH THAT NUMBER. WHENEVER A TEAM'S SALES HIT THE THRESHOLD,
THEY HAVE TO SHARE MORE REVENUE WITH THE VISITING TEAM.
ALEX SPAN O WANT A MORE FLEXIBLE RULE ALLOWING CHANGES TO THE THRESHOLD.
A LOT OF PEOPLE WONDER WHAT TO DO WITH QUALCOMM IF THE CHARGERS STOP PLAYING FOOTBALL THERE.
SOME FOUR YEAR ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS WONDER THE SAME THING T.TOM FUDGE TELLS US HOW THEY
IMAGINE THAT. >> >>TOM: YOU MIGHT NOT THINK OF THESE BEING
ANYTHING ELSE, BUT STUDENTS AT SAN DIEGO'S NEW SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN TOOK
THAT LEAP AND USE THOSE PLACES AS LABORATORIES FOR PROGRESSIVE URBAN PLANNING.
>> >>: IT'S PART OF OUR MISSION TO BE HEAVILY ENGAGED IN THE URBAN COMMUNITY.
WE TAKE ON PROJECTS THAT ARE REAL AND TANGIBLE. >> >>: THE FOURTH YEAR STUDENTS TACKLED FOUR
PROJECTS IN ALL. WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THE 166 ACRE QUALCOMM
SITE IF AND WHERE THE CHARGERS ABANDON IT. IT'S SURROUNDED BY ONE OF THE COUNTRY'S LARGEST
PARKING LOTS, PRIME REAL ESTATE LYING ALONG THE SAN DIEGO RIVER.
FRANK WALDON EXAMINED THE QUALCOMM SITE. >> >>: ONE OF THE EARLY DIALOGUES WAS WHAT
DO YOU DO WITH THE EXISTING STADIUM? >> >>TOM: THE VERDICT WAS TO KEEP THE STADIUM,
BUT MAYBE NOT ALL OF IT. THE STUDENTS DID NOT WANT TO LOSE THE STADIUM'S
HISTORIC COMMUNITY. >> >>: WE WANTED TO KEEP IT AS A FORM OF SOMETHING LIKE THE COLISEUM
IN ROME, WHERE WE PRESERVE IT, BUT IT STILL HAS A FUNCTION.
>> >>TOM: THIS IS A MODEL OF THE REIMAGINE QUALCOMM STADIUM SITE.
THIS IS THE LOCATION BUT IT'S BEEN TURNED INTO AN AMPHITHEATER.
PEOPLE WOULD SIT IN FRONT TO WATCH CONCERTS AND OTHER EVENTS YOU MIGHT IMAGINE FROM HERE
LEADING DOWN TO THE RIVER IS A GREEN PARK AND SURROUNDING THE STADIUM IS A FAIRLY DENSE
DEVELOPMENT, APARTMENTS, CONDOS, BUSINESSES AND SOME GREEN SPACES.
THIS NEW DEVELOPMENT WOULD GENERATE REVENUE FOR THE CITY, PROVIDE HOUSING, THE SAN DIEGO
RIVER WOULD BE RECHANNELED, WALDON HOPES IT WILL REFLECT NOD MODERN NATURE.
>> >>: WHEN THE STUDENTS TALK ABOUT THIS, THEY'LL TALK ABOUT THE PAST ORIENTATION, THE
WALKABILITY IN THE COMMUNITY. >> >>TOM: WALKABILITY IS A GOOD SEGUEWAY,
THE UNIVERSITY TOWN CENTER MALL. TODAY UTC MALL WHICH LIES BETWEEN I 5, AND
805 IS PRETTY TYPICAL. IT HAS DEPARTMENT STORES, AND PLENTY F PARKING.
THE STUDENTS WANTED TO COMBINE HOUSING IN A VU VITY OF TRANSPORT MODES TO BRING RESIDENTS
CLOSER TO THE SHOPPING CENTER. >> >>: WHAT DO YOU DO TO ATTRACT PEOPLE HERE,
INCREASE THE CRITICAL MASS OF PEOPLE IN THE AREA SO YOU HAVE MORE CUSTOMERS WITHIN A SHORT
DISTANCE OF THE SHOPS INSTEAD OF YOU DRIVING 15 MILES TO GO TO SEARS.
>> >>: THIS IS A GRAPHIC PRESENTATION OF THE REDEVELOPED UTC MALL SITE.
THIS IS A TROLLEY LINE, THE RED WHICH RUNS ALONG JEN EAS, AND THIS IS THE CENTER OF THE
MALL WHICH THEY'VE BASICALLY TURNED INTO A STREET GRID WITH LOTS OF SHOPS.
THIS IS ALSO SUPPOSED TO BE SOME RESIDENTIAL UNITS MIXED IN WHERE YOU SEE THE YELLOW.
THIS BLUE IS SUPPOSED TO BE AN EXTENSION OF UC SAN DIEGO, AND OVER HERE THIS BLUE IS SUPPOSED
TO BE THE RELOCATED PUBLIC LIBRARY. STEPNER SAYS A LOT OF SURFACE PARKING WOULD
BE ELIMINATED AND MUCH OF THE EXISTING MALL WOULD BE TORN DOWN IN ORDER TO CREATE WHAT
LOOKS MORE LIKE A SMALL TOWN CENTER WITH AN EVOLVING COLLECTION OF SMALL BUSINESSES.
>> >>: IT SEEMS LIKE BUSINESSES ARE MOVING ALL THE TIME OR CHANGING LOCATION OR SPREADING
APART. >> >>: THEY ALSO TRIED TO SOLVE THE TRAFFIC
CLOGGED MULTILANE ROADS. >> >>: WE SHRUNK THEM DOWN AND MADE THEM EASIER
TO CROSS. >> >>: COULD THESE IDEAS BECOME REAL? FOR
NOW, IT'S ENOUGH TO DREAM AND GET A DECENT GRADE.
>> >>DWANE: TOM TELLS US AN EXECUTIVE OF WEST FIELD WHICH RUNS THE UTC MALL ATTENDED THE
PRESENTATIONS AND GAVE FEEDBACK. THEIR IDEAS WERE INTRIGUING BUT THEY WOULD
BE QUOTE TOUGH TO IMPLEMENT CONSIDERING THE DIVERSE REQUIREMENTS OF THE STAKE HOLDERS
WITH AN INTEREST IN THE PROPERTY END QUOTE. >> >>DWANE: ANOTHER HAPPY HOMECOMING TODAY
AT NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO. THE U.S.S. STERETT IS BACK AFTER 7 MONTHS
IN THE MIDDLE EAST. THE STERETT TOOK PART IN MILITARY OPERATIONS
AND COUNTER PIRATE OPERATIONS. >> >>PEGGY: IN TONIGHT'S PUBLIC SQUARE WE'RE
TALKING ABOUT BIG BANGS. STARTING WITH WEDNESDAY'S WORLD WIDE ANNOUNCE
NLT OF THE LIKELY DISCOVERY OF A NEW SUB ATOMIC PARTICLE THAT MAY ALTER OUR UNDERSTANDING
OF THE UNIVERSE AND HOW IT WORKS. CARL FLORES CHALLENGED THE DISCOVERY.
HE WROTE: BUT THE BIG BANG MORE SAN DIEGANS WERE TALKING
ABOUT TODAY ON SOCIAL MEDIA WAS THE ENTIRE 40 SECONDS FIRE WORK FIZZLE AT SAN DIEGO'S
BIG BAY BOOM DISPLAY LAST NIGHT. THAT'S IT.
THAT'S PRETTY MUCH IT. CHRIS FRANKO WROTE:
JORDAN SNODGRASS SEEMED TO LIKE THE BREVITY: PATTY O'REILLY PUT THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE WITH
HER COMMENT ON FACEBOOK. BE THANKFUL NO ONE WAS INJURED.
YOU CAN WEIGH IN ON THIS CONVERSATION OR OTHER EVENING EDITION STORIES BY FOLLOWING US ON
TWITTER, LIKING US ON FACEBOOK OR E MAIL US AT PUBLICSQUARE @ KPBS.ORG.
>> >>DWANE: RECAPPING TONIGHT'S TOP STORIES. A COMPUTER GLITCH IS BLAMED FOR THE FIRE WORKS
FLOP. AN ERROR IN THEIR COMPUTER SYSTEM MADE ALL
THE FIRE WORKS ON FOUR BARGES GO OFF SIMULTANEOUSLY, THE COMPANY, GARDEN STATE FIRE WORKS, SAYS
IT WILL TRY TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT AND HAS OFFERED TO PUT ON ANOTHER SHOW FOR FREE.
CALIFORNIA SENATE HAS PASS SAID A BILL LIMITING WHO THE POLICE CAN HOLD FOR DEPORTATION.
ONLY CONVICTED FELONS CAN BE HELD. ITS SUPPORTERS ARE CALLING IT THE ANTI ARIZONA
BILL SAYING IT COUNTERS ARIZONA'S IMMIGRATION LAW.
YOU CAN FIND TONIGHT'S STORIES ON OUR WEBSITE KPBS.ORG/EVENINGEDITION.
THANKS FOR JOINING US. YOU HAVE A GREAT NIGHT.
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