Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011

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>> JOANNE: Coming up next on KPBS Evening Edition.
San Diego schools got a downgrade in their credit rating today and one trustee says he
has a plan to keep all schools open. >> DWANE: Also, Occupy San Diego is now three
weeks old, will it stay or go? We will talk to a college graduate who says
he is not leaving. >> JOANNE: KPBS Evening Edition starts now.
>> JOANNE: Hello thanks for joining us I'm Joanne Faryon.
>> DWANE: And I'm Dwane brown. A lawsuit filed over the crack down on medical
marijuana dispensaries >> JOANNE: A San Diego democratic leads the
bills filed to help San Diego individuals. >> DWANE: The investment firm moodies has
downgraded the San Diego school district, that means it will cost more for the school
to borrow money. The school district heard a proposal to help
with a $118 million budget gap, today Scott barn net said he is working on keeping the
school district solvent but his colleagues aren't make it go easy.
>>> We have to make tough decisions and if they're not being made at the state or federal
level or the county level and the city level and they're not being made at the school level.
We are heading down. >> DWANE: Barnett says he will unveil details
of his plan next week. >> JOANNE: Governor Jerry brown unveiled a
pension reform plan today that goes beyond state employees.
He wants to see it adopted across California. San Diegans are wait to go see if they will
vote on their own controversy plan this spring. Katie, what does the governor's plan entail?
>> As you said Joanne, he wants to see it adopted by state, local and school pensions,
and it primarily involves new hires and calls for things like creating a 401(K) pension
system and raising the retirement age. Brown says there is not much you can do with
existing employees beyond increasing their Chicagosing levels existing levels beyond
having issues legally. >>> We will see what can be done regarding
current employees, I went as far as I believe we can be confident of validity from the courts.
So I went as far as I thought the courts would allow us.
>>> Some say not touching current employee benefits means little will change for 25 years.
>> JOANNE: Katie, how does what the governor wants to do compare with what San Diego may
vote on next spring. >>> San Diegans may get to vote on a pension
reform bill that would eliminate the current pension system and replace it with a 401(K)
system, and current employee benefits would be recalculated and physicaled implement a
base pay freeze for current employees. >> JOANNE: Katiorr.
>> DWANE: The lawsuit against the federal government splice that there should be an
injunction to keep the Department of Justice from interfering with dispensaries that meet
state and local rules. >> JOANNE: A new report says San Diego Congressman
Bob Filner leads the house in sponsoring private bills.
These are bills that help individuals face uncommon hard ships and focus on immigration.
Reporter Roxana Popescu has been looking into these private bills, she joins us now.
Roxana what does someone have to do to get a private bill sponsored on their behalf?
>> Hi Joanne, well these are last resorts so the first criteria would be to be in a
complicated legal situation or immigration situation, now you can pick up the phone and
call his office, that's what happened in some cases with Congressman Bob Filner, however,
before that it helps to have a public campaign, for example, some of these cases the individuals
for whom the bills were initiated, they were in the media, they had friends contacting
the Congressman, they're part of a broader movement so by the time they got to his attention
he's aware of these individuals and the causes they represent.
>> JOANNE: Bob Filner sponsored 20 of these more than anybody else in the house, what
does that say about him as a ledges late tore? >> For the people involved in the causes related
to these bills it shows that he's making an impact and taking a stand to help them out.
I would suggest that he's willing to blast through the inefficiencies of Washington,
they're a unique approach to solving problems. >> JOANNE: We have to leave it there, your
full report can be seen on our web site. That's Roxana Popescu of investigative news
source. >> DWANE: In these difficult economic times
the transition from faster care can be difficulty when they come out of the system, today I
met two such foster kids. >>> One, two, three!
[APPLAUSE] >> DWANE: It's a statistic of about 33% of
teenagers who leaves the foster care system at 18 end up homes within the first year and
a half, today 11 of them have a new place to call home here in
Chula Vista. >>> She spent 11 years in foster care and
she shows us around her new apartment and she says it has done wonders for her son,
junior. >>> He can go to sleep whenever he wants,
bedtime, having a home, dinner at a certain time and breakfast and it's nice.
>> DWANE: She says she saw her own father last week for the first time in 7 years.
>>> It was really emotional. I hadn't seen my dad in so long and him and
my son clicked, my son has energy and so does my dad, it was great.
>> DWANE: This complex will be short lived for Morano because she is 7 months pregnant
and will soon need room for 3. >>> We are going to move to a bigger place.
>> DWANE: This is temporary. >>> Yes.
>> DWANE: This was a collaborative effort among community organizations, each receives
independent living classes and job readiness support.
Occupy San Diego is now three weeks old and the protesters say they are in it for the
long haul, one of those is Joanne's guest at the round table.
>> JOANNE: Protesters of the Occupy San Diego demonstration are appealing to the public
to avoid eviction from their downtown camp. We will have an interview with one of those
protesters in just a moment but I want to show you what happened earlier in Oakland
this week when police confronted protesters there.
Police say they used tear gas and nonlethal bullets, one veteran suffered a skull fracture,
several were arrested. As the autopsy movement goes occupy movement
goes on police and city officials are having to decide whether to let "tent cities" stay.
Here in San Diego Occupy San Diego has been amicable among police and demonstrate tors,
but for one confrontation several weeks ago. Protesters have asked city officials to pass
a resolution allowing them to continue to occupy the civic center plaza downtown and
allowing them to arrest up to 300 tents. So far the council has not put the item on
the agenda. Joining me now is Abel Thomas from Occupy
San Diego, he has been camped downtown for three weeks.
Welcome. >>> Thank you for having me.
>> JOANNE: Tell us about yourself, what were you doing before you began protesting.
>>> I'm Abel, I'm 22 years old, I went to college, last year graduated, studied biomedical
engineering and I was trying to find a job and I realized there are major things that
need to be changed and I jumped on the gun and immediately got involved and I haven't
looked back since. I'm glad I decided to do this.
>> JOANNE: What was it it about the movement that appealed to you an unemployed college
graduate? >> Me personally the welcome being quality
the inequality between the wealthy and the poor.
I can't pay rent, I can't get food every day because I'm struggling to make it by on the
little paychecks that I can get and others are sitting on so much money and I think the
system needs revamping and changes. >> JOANNE: So you've been there for three
weeks, what are police saying to you now in terms of whether you can stay and stay with
tents? >> It's been a negotiation all the way through.
We have been working well with them, they have been more than negotiable on their end
as well, there are people that have tactics to deal with the police and we can't control
all of them but we are willing to work with them so we can stay out here and truly exercise
our firstment rights amendment rights. >> JOANNE: Don't the police have public health
concerns? You have people living in an outdoor space
for that long it wasn't be a pretty sight. >>> Absolutely, our biggest point of contention
with the police is the tent issue. It's a severe issue and we're trying to work
with them but like you mentioned it is a Health and Safety and the a fire hazard not to have
those in place with winter coming around if one person has a cold or if something happens
with the food it can spread quickly so I think that's why people have been fighting for tents,
the cops are saying no and we have been trying to work with them to avoid as little tension
as possible. >> JOANNE: So if the police come and tell
you "pick up your tents, leave" what are you going to do?
>> It's been a negotiation all the way through, they allowed us for the first few days to
keep our tents there, everything was great and they have other events, is the civic center
so they have plenty of other events and we were negotiable, they said there is going
to be an event on this Saturday can you move your tents and from that point on they decided
they were going to enforce the code and that's why we haven't been able to put up our tents
after that and now we're using sleeping bags and exercising our rights to do that, New
York New York does it in the public park we can do that.
>> JOANNE: We did invite a member of the police department to be on the show, they couldn't
actually come today but they did send us a statement I want to read it for the people
at home this is from Boyd long the chief of the San Diego police department, he says it
is the position of the San Diego police department to allow people the ability to peacefully
assemble and protest. That does not give any protesters the right
to impede others to use the public space. This information has been provided to most
if not all of those assembled at the civic center, we continue to work with the protesters.
Now how long do you plan to stay? >> Until changes are made.
I keep saying it's going to be indefinitely at this point we need to make a statement.
We're not going to make the major changes that we want in a day, it's not going to take
a month or a few months, it will probably take several years and I'm not going to say
we're going to be there the whole time but this is bigger than you, me, or anyone here,
it's a global movement and it's a paradigm shift.
>> JOANNE: And you're willing to move out of your apartment?
>> I'm willing to move out of my apartment, I move out in four days
>> JOANNE: Some people call that homes. >>> In between homes is what I prefer to use
but I will be "homes" I guess in four days. >> JOANNE: Thanks for joining us.
The movement against the so called 1 percent does exist.
We will have an analysis in the show. >> DWANE: Students at San Diego high school
are growing their own food and it's growing and being served at the school's restaurant.
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>> JOANNE: The congressional budget office confirmed yesterday there is a one percent,
an analysis released by the office shows the in connection with of the country's top one
percent tripled in the past 30 years and the numbers are not so good for the other 99%.
Join us to tell us what that means for us here in San Diego is Murtaza Baxamusa.
What did the congressional budget office look at with regard to income?
>> This is a nonpartisan research group that looked at the tax roles of all Americans and
they studied the period between 1979 to 2007, about three decades, and during this long,
30 year period what they found is for the lowest 20%, incomes went up 18%.
18% after taking into consideration inflation. For the middle, 60%, incomes went up 37%,
and for the top 1%, incomes went up 275%, that's almost 3 times what they made three
decades ago. >> JOANNE: What are these people?
What do they do? >> It's primarily corporate executives, across
a lot of industry sectors, and what you see is the compensation which is the labor, paying
a significant amount of the wealth increase that is taking place so the compensation occasion
the executive compensation is a key factor here
>> JOANNE: So they're making more money, executives are so why is everybody else making less money?
>> Well, if you see the compensation across all industries, workers used to make about
workers used to make significant what has happened over the period of 30 years is there
has not been a reasonable increase in the wages that workers are being paid, a significantly
higher increase in the compensation of C.E.O.s. >> JOANNE: Is this more about the Wall Street
phenomenon or would we find this same sort of 99 versus 1% in San Diego county?
>> Well, Wall Street phenomenon is really about not Wall Street per se but about financial
sector and about investment in the financial industry, so there have been a lot of millionaires
and billionaires across the United States, so it is not just concentrated there, they
are quite scattered across the U.S. >> JOANNE: There was a constituted by from
the U.S. census bureau, and they looked at income despairity, and they measured the incomes
there. New York City, Miami, Los Angeles, they're
the top three in terms of having the greatest income despairity, the list looked at San
Diego and we're No. 24 so sort of in the middle of this list of 50 and finally the most equal
city, salt lake we end up with a couple of California cities
>> Sacramento >> JOANNE: Yes, Riverside and Sacramento.
So what does this tell us in terms of San Diego and income despairity?
>> The key problem in San Diego is not is not really a few egregious cases, but is like
the rest of America, what it is is about the high cost of living in San Diego.
If you think about it, if you were a single adult trying to make ends meet just to afford
a basic budget it takes $13.92 an hour to make ends meet in San Diego.
>> JOANNE: So our issue is that you have a lot of people who can't afford to live here?
>> Exactly, that is the key problem. It is that of how much we make in terms of
the cost of living in San Diego. >> JOANNE: Do you see this reaching the critical
mass, we have the "autopsy" movement across the country and both of these studies coming
out. All of this information, is this the tipping
point where it becomes an election issue, perhaps, in terms of we're all talking about
income despairity? >> I think the key issue is what kind of jobs
will lift San Diego up and it's important to understand that 30 years ago an average
worker made enough to make ends meet to live the American dream, the C.E.O. made 40 times
that of the average workers, today a C.E.O. makes 350 times the wage of an average workers
so that crates the despairity. >> JOANNE: Murtaza Baxamusa thank you so much.
>>> Thank you. >> DWANE: A school in south San Diego has
started to grow its own food the new garden at mores high school is part of the culinary
arts program and it's part of a national movement to improve diets and fight obesity.
>>> The hungry tiger restaurant is moving into a new kitchen and the people who will
be working here are high school kids but they cater events and make signature snacks and
some of them have dreams of becoming great cooks.
>>> I have always been interested in cooking. >> DWANE: Why is that?
>> I don't know, all my problems go away when I'm in the kitchen.
>>> I had to make the chicken alfredo myself and people liked it and wanted to buy it.
I felt good about that. >> DWANE: Caterer and high school teacher
Sara Piatt talks about it. >>> The kids didn't think they would like
the basil, they tried it and they really liked it.
>>> Morse high school has something she considered crucial to food and understanding its preparation.
A garden. On a small patch of ground adjacent to the
front gate of morse high workers have installed raised beds and an irrigation system.
The urban core focuses on green environments and Erik wolf the assistant director said
they had planted several trees on the campus when they heard of their vision of growing
their own food. >>> We heard they were building a restaurant
that was going to serve food, be cooked by the students to students that they were going
to run every aspect of the restaurant and they would like to get a source of fresh food.
>>> He says nearly everything they're plant issing edible.
>>> Trees, a lot of herbs for the school, a lot of vegetables, fresh fruit.
>>> Sara Piatt says cultivating is especially important for city kids.
>>> If you say what about chicken soup, they think it comes out of a can, I grew up in
Iowa where you saw it, grew it, harvested it and they have no idea.
>>> Morse surrounds Skyline drive, obesity is a huge problem among kids like these so
the food they eat is a huge issue. One answer is better food and fresh fruits
and vegetables are at the center of the farm to table movement.
It's become popular with schools who see it as a way to address the obesity he Democrat
sick, top chef Alice waters has worked with the Berkeley school district to get more and
better food into their diets. Right here in a San Diego home is a woman
who spent her entire career getting people to lose weight and eat right.
Debra is the owner of a high end spa in Mexico and she says her vision has an important element.
>>> It's the gardens. The key is that they grow is themselves.
No carat tastes as good carrot tastes as good as the one you grow.
>>> She says she would like to get them to if he can can you say on the fifth grade.
>>> Every school should have a community garden and if they don't have a community garden,
enough space they can have trailers and San Diego has now a food bus in one of the schools.
And which I haven't been to see but I'm looking forward to it.
>>> San Diego unified recently hired a farm to school coordinator to work with local farms
to bring fresh produce to school programs. >> DWANE: That's Tom fudge reporting, the
grant came from Cal fire, it says the greening of urban spaces is part of its mission.
This is KPBS Evening Edition >> JOANNE: Welcome back to the public square
on KPBS Evening Edition. Now it's your turn to weigh in on the occupy
movement. The question about whether the San Diego protest
ors should be allowed to stay at the civic center plaza is getting a lot of talk.
One listener says our right to proceed test is fundamental and another listener, no, the
true occupy Wall Street lost that right a few weeks ago.
And finally, "it doesn't matter whether I support it or not their supported by the first
amendment which is all they need" you can weigh in, by following us on Twitter, liking
us on Facebook or email us at or skip the middleman and email me directly.
I would love to hear from you. Now, Dwane has a recap of our top stories.
>> DWANE: San Diego unified school district's credit rating has been downgraded, is slipped
from double A 2 to double A 1. Governor brown has proposed a plan to move
new state workers to a hybrid pension system. It will raise the retirement age for civil
workers from 55 to 67. You can watch and comment on any of the stories
you saw tonight on our web site, edition.
Thanks for joining us, have a great night. We leave you with a look at the forecast.
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