Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012 - Evening Edition

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>> DWANE: Coming up on KPBS Evening Edition, life after redevelopment tomorrow, those agencies
will be extinct in California. >> AMITA: One man's journey from combat to
hopelessness, KPBS Evening Edition starts now.
>> DWANE: Good evening thanks for joining us, I'm Dwane brown.
>> AMITA: And I'm Amita Sharma, in for Joanne Faryon.
>> DWANE: San Diego unified are looking at a proposal to layoff 12 schools next year,
are expecting an unexpected budget shortfall. >> DWANE: And dangerous.
>>> Last year poise son control centers saw the number of calls on bath salts go from
300 to more than 6,000. The San Diego county medical examiner saw
an increase last year. >> DWANE: Both drugs have saw an uptick in
emergency room visits. >>> People who hallucinate get violent, we
have seen mutilating with these drugs, we see people commit suicide, and homicide with
these drugs. Up until now the tragedy of the whole thing
is that it was legal, now thank goodness with everybody behind us it's not and we're doing
something about it. >> DWANE: The D.A. and county sheriff are
getting support from other agencies after sending out nearly 100 warning letters to
businesses in the county who sell the products. Mark ARobo is president of the neighborhood
markets association. >>> If you see a store or smoke shop that
sells this garbage let us know. We are going to do everything in our power
to make sure that this is off the shelves and never in California again.
>> DWANE: A bill authored by assemblyman and signed into law last year makes it illegal
to sell those. California has joined other states in banning
the sale of these. >> AMITA: San Diego's economy is showing improvement
in several areas from help in wanted add $to multifamily homes.
Economyist Alan Jenn says the outlook is good for this year and that latest report does
not include home sales, standard and poors studies homes and says the prices fell again
in November, prices were down nearly 5.5% from the year before.
>> DWANE: Healthcare workers at Kaiser in San Diego and throughout California begun
a 24 hour strike today, Peggy Pico is following this story and joins us with an update.
Peggy, the strike began at 6 this morning, who was on the picture line?
>> Dwane 200 of 8,000 employees from Kaiser were holding sign and chanting from about
6 to 10 this morning, most of the picturers were behavioral and mental health employees,
no nurses were there. >> DWANE: What seems to be the issue?
>> This is a contract dispute that's been ongoing for two years between Kaiser and the
national union of healthcare workers, both sides admit the sticking points are employees
having to pay for their own health insurance and cuts to their retirement benefits.
>> DWANE: Any reaction from patients about this today?
>> While I was there it didn't seem to make any difference except for parking and Kaiser's
directors and administrators said they got a 10 day strike notice so they were prepared.
>>> It doesn't impact patient care, the hospital is fullily open the emergency department all
of our medical offices throughout the county are open, seeing patients, appointments are
being taken, urgent care, emergent care, so businesses as we do day to day.
>>> And she mentioned you could get another appointment if you didn't want to cross the
strike line and a few did that. Kaiser has had plenty of practice with this
this is the 4 time in two years that the union has issued a strike.
>> DWANE: Peggy Pico. Redevelopment agencies met for the last time
today, they are no more because of a budget cut by governor Jerry brown.
Amita is talking to our guest. >> AMITA: The state wants the money for redevelopment agencies
to be used for schools and public safety, Attorney General general worked on redevelopment
projects for several years and he's to talk about post redevelopment.
Mike, today the state Senate passed a bill that would allow cities in the state collectively
who intended to spend about $1.4 billion on affordable housing to use the money for that
purpose anyway even though redevelopment is gone, that bill is headed to the assembly,
how big of a bone will the state throw to cities if this gets passed?
>> Well I'm pleased that this has passed the Senate and I hope the governor signs it, I
think affordable housing is a terribly important part of redevelopment.
Unfortunately, it's not the biggest part of redevelopment and I'm not sure it can be accomplished
because the affordable housing part is really subsidized by the success of the other projects
that redevelopment engages in. So if there are not the other projects that
have an increase in tax increment then I don't know if there will be these affordable houses
to be paid for. >> AMITA: These agencies have existed since
1945. How do you go about shutting these agencies
down? Who inherits the assets?
>> Under the law the cities have the responsibility of taking on the completion of the projects
that are going to be allowed to be completed and to fulfill all of the other obligations
that are required under that law. A few cities have opted not to take on that
responsibility so the state will be authorizeded to set up its own board to handle that close
out so it's going to be in San Diego's case the city of San Diego that's taking on that
job. >> AMITA: So the city of San Diego has opted
to do that. >>> They have.
>> AMITA: And they have $4 billion in projects that they would like to see get built.
They say these were in the pipeline before redevelopment got cancelled.
Some of these projects aren't slated to start being built until another fifty years.
How likely is the state to go for that? >> Well I think it's questionable.
Certainly the city made a calculated decision to try to put all of its projects into a contract
and say that that contract protects the obligation for all of those projects to be completed
but the law that was adopted and approved by the California Supreme Court basically
says that any projects that were approved after JanuaryƊ1st of 2011, the state can
look at those and find out whether they were really an obligation that was adopted.
So I think projects that were adopted prior to that JanuaryƊ1st of 2011 date, those projects
are solid and that includes a lot of affordable housing projects and paying off bonds and
so forth but projects after that I'm not so sure.
>> AMITA: When governor brown started talking about getting rid of redevelopment he said
there would be a replacement tool, some other kind of funding available.
How likely is that? >> I think a lot of ledges late tors are interested
in revitalization, and there are a lot of good ideas out there.
Governor brown talked about neighborhoods and communities to vote on issuing bonds that
would require less than a normal two thirds vote but I haven't seen a bill introduced
to that affect. I do think that cities have options on their
own, we have relied on redevelopment because it's a powerful tool but cities have other
tools that they can look at as well such as lease revenue bonds, facilities financing
bonds, they can look at special taxing districts and so forth so I think they have options.
>> AMITA: You've been a redevelopment lawyer for a long time.
What are the local success stories of redevelopment that you would say exist?
>> Certainly downtown and southeast have both then remarkably successful, I know we have
had scandals but that she had not cloud the fact that they have been success stories,
I would say both areas have been a model. There are other areas that are moving along
but they're not there yet. >> AMITA: Thank you so much for coming in.
>>> Thank you. >> DWANE: A court system intended to protect
abused children can be difficult, we'll meet two women that make sure kids have a voice
in the courtroom and we will meet a veteran who has become a local food entrepreneur.
This is KPBS Evening Edition. >> DWANE: Health officials in Mexico are reporting
a big increase in the number of flu cases most of them caused by swine or H1N1 virus,
there were more than 1600 reported flu cases in January, and 90% from H 1N 1, there were
only about a thousand cases in Mexico last year, but this month's number is within the
normal range. Hundreds of foster children in San Diego are
looking for someone to speak on their behalf. We have more on that story at the evening
edition round table. >> AMITA: When an abuse and had neglected
child is removed from a troubled home and placed into foster care it is traumatic, but
who do they turn to for help in a system which is often on overload and can be impersonal,
voices for children a nonprofit group wants to make sure each of these children has a
court appointed special advocate, Sharon Lawrence and volunteer Christie Ranney are here to
talk about this. Sharon how do CASA advocates help children?
>> They are trained by voices for children staff and their job is to get to know the
child and the parents involved in that child's life and make reports back to the judge.
Whether it's educational services, medical services, whether that child needs a different
kind of foster family so recommendations about the entire child to the judge.
>> AMITA: What is life like for these foster children who don't have an advocate?
>> It's very traumatic to come into foster care, something awful has happened to the
child usually physical physical and emotional and theory moved from their home, school,
teacher and friends and they're put into an institution and an emergency shelter, where
they're taken care of by strangers so it's hard for these children and they move oftentimes
from foster home to foster home, when they have a CASA they have a volunteer if their
life that they can rely on that will be there at school to watch that musical production
or help them acclimate, someone they can see on a regular basis and the CASA helps them
get we go to with their brothers and sisters, because often times they are not placed together.
They are oftentimes alone and they don't understand the Court process and they don't see their
brothers and sisters as often as those children with CASAs.
>> AMITA: How many don't have CASAs in the county?
>> 3500 children that we need to help. >> AMITA: What is your goal?
>> Our goal in the next couple of months is to find volunteers for 360 children and those
are currently on our waiting lists who have been urgently needing a CASA.
>> AMITA: Christie you work as an advocate, these kids have been through horrific experiences,
beaten by parents, sexual abused, what do you find as their greatest need from a CASA?
>> Virtually all of my case kids have asked is do you really not get paid for this?
Are you really a volunteer? They need to be able to find an adult that
is going to be there that they can trust. For me the second most critical thing that
these kids need is advocacy in education. Because without a high school diploma and
many of them do not leave the system with a high school diploma there is virtually no
chance for them for a better life than the one they left behind.
>> AMITA: How many of these kids get reunited with a responsible family member?
>> Well, the children can be placed with a relative and a relative can take that role
and that frequently is the solution to the problem as long as there is a responsible
relative available. But the largest percentage of them do not
get reunited with their parents, they actually end up in foster care in group homes, ultimately,
and potentially some are adopted. >> AMITA: Experts say the longest a child
should spend in foster care is 18 months. >>> The reality is that does not occur with
many of the children in the system. >> AMITA: Sharon for anyone who wants to be
a CASA, quickly, what qualities should they have and how can they become one?
>> The qualities for a good CASA would be someone who loves children and wants to help
them, someone who is a good team player and has good judgment.
We're going to train a CASA so I don't want them to worry about that.
Also every volunteer has a paid professional staff member to help them but to go to our
web site at www.speakupnow.org you can learn more about it.
>> AMITA: We'll leave it there, thank you. >> DWANE: Archie's acres, is designed to help
veterans transition into life, and we're introduce to do a vet who is launching into his own
business based on his survival training. >>> There is a story behind this shelf, the
story of marine combat veteran Mike Cain. >>> Hanes has a passion for the outdoors.
>>> It started for me at a school where you learn how to be a procedure of war, SERE,
survive and how to he is escape if you're captured. >>> This is the paddle that he was given when
he left the Marine Corp, it has his phrases that he was known for.
>>> There is natural food around us let's pick a salad.
I would say that quite a bit. >>> He is on the look outfor he had edible
foods. >>> This is a picture of my team in recon,
I'm on the far right there. >>> That's you here?
>> Yes, that's a tough group right there. >>> When he got back from Iraq in 2004 he
did not have an easy time. >>> The combat experience is a totally different
scenario and coming back and letting that go is difficult at times, you just don't come
back and it's all gone. Turning the "on" switch that's been triggered,
turning it off is a difficult process and it takes time.
In getting out I had tremendous trust issues and some very serious anger issues as well.
>>> Hanes tried to hold down a job but it didn't last long, for two years he was homes
living in canyons at Balboa Park downtown. >>> I would go to the library and when they
closed I would find a place to crash. >>> This is where his training came in handy.
>>> This looks like a well worn trail. We would patrol all night long and then during
the day we would harbor under a bush. I was safe in
test test test test >> DWANE: KPBS Evening Edition, thanks so
much for joining us, you have a great night, we leave with you
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