Friday, March 30, 2012 - Evening Edition


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>> COMING UP NEXT ON KPBS
"EVENING EDITION", THE CITY OF
ESCONDIDO HAS TAKEN A LOT OF
HEAT ABOUT THE DUI CHECKPOINTS.
NOW THERE ARE QUESTIONS ABOUT
THE TOWING COMPANY INVOLVED.
>>> AND WORRIES ABOUT BACTERIA
HAVE CLOSED DOWN A SCHOOL.
>>> AND THE MEGA-MILLIONS
JACKPOT IS IN THE NEWS NEWS.
>> KPBS "EVENING EDITION" STARTS
NOW.
.
>> GOOD EVENING.
I'M DWANE BROWN.
>> AND I'M AMITA SHARMAN, IN FOR
JOANNE FARYON.
>> FOR YEARS, THE CITY OF
ESCONDIDO HAS HAD CONTROVERSIAL
DUI CHECKPOINTS.
ADRIAN FLORIDO HAS THE STORY.
>> Reporter: THE CITY NEEDS TOW
TRUCKS TO SEIZE THE CARS OF
DRUNK AND UNLICENSED DRIVERS.
THE CITY ISN'T SUPPOSED TO BE
PROFITING FROM THE CHECKPOINTS,
BUT IT HAS BEEN INCREASING THE
FEES FROM $25,000 IN 2004 TO
$75,000 THIS YEAR.
BUT THE CITY HAS BEEN TOWING
FEWER CARS.
IF IT'S DOING THAT, WHERE IS THE
EXTRA MONEY ACTUALLY GOING.
>> SO THE CITY'S FINANCE
DIRECTOR SAYS THEY SHOULD
REASSESS THOSE CONTRACTS?
WHY NOT?
>> Reporter: THE CITY HAS COME
UNDER PRESSURE BY ACLU, WHICH
HAS BEEN OPPOSED TO THESE
CHECKPOINTS FOR A WHILE BECAUSE
THEY THINK THEY TARGET
UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS.
BUT NOW THERE ARE QUESTIONS
ABOUT WHETHER THE CITY HAS BEEN
LYING ABOUT WHAT IT COSTS TO RUN
THESE CHECKPOINTS.
THE ACLU WANTS AN INDEPENDENT
AUDIT BECAUSE IT DOESN'T TRUST
THAT THE CITY CAN BE HONEST
ABOUT HOW MUCH IT'S CHARGING.
>> FRONTERAS REPORTER ADRIAN
FLORIDO.
>>> A CALIFORNIA CAMPAIGN
TREASURER, KINDE DURKEE, HAS
PLEADED GUILTY TO FIVE COUNTS OF
MAIL FRAUD IN U.S. DISTRICT
COURT.
PROSECUTORS SAY MORE THAN $7
MILLION WERE TAKEN TO PAY HER
MORTGAGES, BUSINESS EXPENSES,
AND EVEN BILLS FOR DISNEYLAND
AND THE LOS ANGELES DODGERS.
SHE FACES UP TO 14 YEARS IN
PRISON.
CONGRESSMAN DAVIS SAYS HE LOST
$75,000 TO DURKEE.
DIANNE FEINSTEIN SAYS SHE LOST
$5 MILLION.
>>> LEON PANETTA VISITED CAMP
PENDLETON TODAY, SPEAKING OUT
AGAINST MILITARY BUDGET CUTS.
HE HAD LUNCH WITH TROOPS AND
SAID CONGRESS WILL BE PUTTING A
GUN TO AMERICA'S HEAD IF IT
ALLOWS MILITARY BUDGET CUTS.
>>> THIS MORNING BORDER PATROLS
ARRESTED MORE THAN A DOZEN
ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.
A BOAT IN TROUBLE WAS REPORTED.
NO VESSEL WAS FOUND, BUT 15
PEOPLE WERE ON THE BEACH.
.
>>> A PRIVATE SCHOOL IN CARMEL
VALLEY WAS CLOSED AND SCRUBBED
DOWN TODAY BECAUSE OF CONCERNS
ABOUT A DRUG-RESISTANT BACTERIA.
OFFICIALS AT CATHEDRAL HIGH SAY
A STUDENT MAY HAVE MRSA.
THE CAMPUS WILL BE SANITIZED.
SCHOOL IS SCHEDULED TO RESUME ON
MONDAY.
>>> THE JAGUAR WAS INTRODUCED AS
A KINDER, GENTLER SIDEKICK AS AN
ALTERNATIVE TO THE AZTEC WARRIOR
MASCOT.
BUT IT BECAME CONFUSING.
NOW THE JAGUAR HAS BEEN ZAPPED,
AND THE SCHOOL IS BACK TO JUST
ONE MASCOT.
>>> MEGA-MILLIONS FEVER STRIKING
SAN DIEGO.
IN JUST A SHORT TIME TONIGHT WE
MAY HAVE THE $640 MILLION
WINNER, BUT MORE THAN LIKELY
THERE WILL BE A FEW WINNERS
BECAUSE OF THE HUGE NUMBERS OF
TICKETS SOLD.
WE TALKED TO A FEW SAN DIEGANS
WHO ARE HOPING TO BEAT THE ODDS.
>> IF I DON'T PLAY, I WON'T WIN,
AND THEY KEEP TELLING US THE
ODDS ON WINNING, BUT SOMEBODY'S
GOING TO WIN.
I COULD BE THAT 100 MILLIONTH
PERSON.
>> I THINK IT'S FUN.
IT GIVES PEOPLE HOPE, I GUESS.
>> FIVE NUMBERS, AND YOUR MEGA-,
AND THAT'S THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN
WIN.
>> I WENT TO DINNER WITH MY
FRIENDS LAST NIGHT, AND WE ALL
DECIDED WE WOULD PUT A DOLLAR
IN, TWO DOLLARS, AND WE'LL TRY
OUR LUCK AT THE MEGA-.
PROBABLY NOT GOING TO WIN, BUT
IT SURE IS FUN THINKING ABOUT
IT.
>> STRATEGY IS QUICK PICK AND
ONE FOR EACH AND MAYBE THEY'LL
WIN.
>> WITH THAT MUCH MONEY,
WHATEVER THEY WANT.
THEY'D BE SET FOR LIFE.
AND MY GRANDDAUGHTERS.
>> GOOD LUCK, EVERYBODY!
>> THE MEGA-LOTTO IS BEING
PLAYED IN 42 STATES TONIGHT.
IF THE WINNING TICKET IS SOLD IN
CALIFORNIA, THAT MEANS MORE THAN
$100 MILLION FOR EDUCATION.
WE HAVE MORE ABOUT YOUR ODDS OF
WINNING ON KPBS.ORG.
>>> DID NATHAN FLETCHER GAMBLE
AWAY HIS CHANCE AT BEING MAYOR
BY DROPPING OUT OF THE
REPUBLICAN PARTY THAT'S ONE OF
THE TOPICS AMITA IS DISCUSSING
AT THE ROUND TABLE.
>> HEALTHCARE REFORM MAY BE
PRONOUNCED DEAD, OVER WHETHER
AMERICANS CAN BE REQUIRED TO GET
INSURANCE.
ABOUT 600,000 SAN DIEGANS ARE
WITHOUT MEDICAL INSURANCE, AND
UP TO 46 MILLION AMERICANS.
WE'LL TALK ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS TO
THEM IF THE JUSTICES STRIKE DOWN
THE LAW.
>> HE WAS A ROCK STAR IN THE
CALIFORNIA REPUBLICAN PARTY, BUT
THIS WEEK SAN DIEGO MAYORAL
CANDIDATE NATHAN FLETCHER FILED
FOR DIVORCE FROM THE G.O.P.
IS IT A GENUINE MOVE OR A PLOY
TO GET MORE VOTES?
JOINING ME TO TALK ABOUT IT,
KENNY GOLDBERG AND KATIE ORR.
KENNY, LET'S START WITH YOU.
THERE ARE 600,000 UNINSURED
PEOPLE IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY.
IF HEALTHCARE REFORM GOES AWAY,
HOW DO THEY GET CARE WHEN THEY
GET SICK, AND WHAT HAPPENS TO
THEM?
WHO PAYS TO IT?
>> WELL, WE'RE ALL PAYING FOR IT
NOW.
IF THEY HAVE MEDI-CAL, ANOTHER
SUBSIDIZED PLAN, WE'RE ALL
PAYING FOR IT THROUGH OUR TAXES.
IF HEALTHCARE REFORM GETS THROWN
OUT, WHAT HAPPENS TO THEM --
THAT'S A HELL OF A QUESTION.
MEDI-CAL WON'T GO AWAY, SO
THEY'LL GET THROUGH THAT OR
THROUGH ONE OF THE OTHER
PROGRAMS.
>> IN TERMS OF COSTS?
>> AND IN TERMS OF BENEFITS ONE
OF THE BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAM
IS TO GET PROACTIVE SERVICES.
>> DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW MANY
PEOPLE ARE ACCESSING THAT?
>> WELL, WE DON'T KNOW YET, BUT
SOME OF THE PEOPLE HAVE TAKEN
ADVANTAGE OF THE HEALTHCARE
PROVISIONS ALREADY, AND THE
MAJOR ONE, A HEALTHCARE
EXCHANGE, WHERE PEOPLE CAN
COMPARE AND SHOP, THAT'S GOING
TO KICK IN, IN 2014.
>> AREN'T PEOPLE REALLY
SUPPORTIVE OF THE IDEA THAT
INSURANCE COMPANIES CAN'T REJECT
PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING
CONDITIONS, THAT EVERYBODY HAS
TO GET SOME KIND OF HEALTHCARE?
>> YES, AND THAT'S IN PLACE NOW,
THANKS FOR HEALTHCARE REFORM FOR
CHILDREN, AND THAT WILL KICK IN
FOR ADULTS IN 2014.
>> ARE THERE SOME BENEFITS THAT
WOMEN IN PARTICULAR ARE REALLY
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF UNDER
HEALTHCARE REFORM?
>> WELL, THEY GET FREE
MAMMOGRAMS NOW, FREE PAP SMEARS,
OTHER PREVENTIVE SERVICES, THAT
EVERYBODY GETS, THANKS TO
HEALTHCARE REFORM.
SO IF YOU SHOW UP TO THE DOCTOR,
YOU'RE GETTING YOUR ANNUAL
CHECKUP, A LOT OF THOSE SERVICES
THAT YOU'LL GET, IT'S NO COST TO
YOU NOW.
>> MOST POLITICAL PUNDITS SEEM
TO THINK, BY THE TONE OF THE
QUESTIONS BY THE SUPREME COURT
JUSTICES THIS WEEK, THAT THIS
HEALTHCARE LAW IS GOING TO GET
STRIKED DOWN.
WHAT'S THE ALTERNATIVE, IF THAT
HAPPENS?
>> IT DEPENDS, FIRST OF ALL, IF
THEY STRIKE IT DOWN, AND IT
DEPENDS HOW THEY STRIKE IT DOWN.
THEY COULD REJECT AND DECLARE
UNCONSTITUTIONAL THE INDIVIDUAL
MANDATE PORTION OF HEALTHCARE
REFORM AND LEFT THE -- AND LEAVE
THE REST OF THE LAW INTACT, OR
REJECT THE WHOLE THING AND TELL
CONGRESS THEY HAVE TO START
OVER.
IF THEY DO THAT, IT'S ANYBODY'S
BET AS TO WHAT HAPPENS.
>> KENNY, I GUESS I DON'T
UNDERSTAND: WHAT IS DIFFERENCE
ABOUT THIS MANDATE?
THE GOVERNMENT TELLS US TO DO A
WHOLE BUNCH OF THINGS.
WE HAVE TO WEAR A SEAT BELT IN A
CAR, WE HAVE TO HAVE CAR
INSURANCE, WE HAVE TO GO THROUGH
SCREENING IF WE WANT TO GET ON
AN AIRPLANE.
WHY IS MAKING EVERYONE HAVE
HEALTH INSURANCE DIFFERENT?
>> WELL, PEOPLE THAT ARGUE
AGAINST THE LAW SAY THAT
REQUIRING SOMEBODY TO BUY A
PRODUCT IS WHAT MAKES IT
DIFFERENT, AND THEY SAY THAT'S
UNCONSTITUTIONAL, IT'S
UNCONSTITUTIONAL EXPANSION OF
CONGRESSIONAL POWERS TO FORCE
AMERICANS TO BUY A PARTICULAR
PRODUCT.
NOW, SUPPORTERS OF HEALTHCARE
REFORM, AND SOME OF THE LIBERAL
JUDGES, WOULD SAY, WELL,
HEALTHCARE IS A DIFFERENT KIND
OF COMMODITY.
IT'S A SPECIAL COMMODITY THAT
NEEDS SPECIAL TREATMENT, BECAUSE
EVERYBODY NEEDS HEALTHCARE AT
SOME POINT IN THEIR LIVES, SO
WHY NOT HELP EVERYBODY HAVE SKIN
IN THE GAIN AND PURCHASE HEALTH
INSURANCE SO WE CAN BRING DOWN
COSTS.
>> POLLS SHOW THAT MOST
AMERICANS THINK THERE SHOULD BE
SOME TYPE OF HEALTHCARE REFORM,
BUT THEY'RE DEEPLY DIVIDED ON
WHAT THAT SHOULD LOOK LIKE.
HOW -- WHAT DO YOU THINK THE
REACTION IS GOING TO BE, IF,
AGAIN, IF THIS IS STRUCK DOWN?
>> WELL, THERE'S GOING TO BE A
LOT OF FUROR ON BOTH SIDES, AND
IN A PRESIDENTIAL YEAR, PEOPLE
ARE GOING TO TAKE THIS TO THE
HILT.
YOU SAW SOME OF THE PROTESTS AT
THE SUPREME COURT.
THAT'S NOTHING COMPARED TO WHAT
WILL HAPPEN IF THEY THROW IT
OUT, OR IF THEY UPHOLD IT.
I THINK THINGS ARE GOING TO GO
CRAZY, FRANKLY.
>> YOU'VE DONE AN AMAZING JOB
OVER THE YEARS, YOU'VE TALKED TO
DOCTORS AND REGULAR PEOPLE ABOUT
IT.
WHAT ARE DOCTORS AND NURSES
SAYING ABOUT HEALTHCARE REFORM
AND WHAT PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS
GOTTEN PASSED?
>> WELL, I THINK -- A LOT OF THE
DOCTORS I'VE TALKED TO THINK
THINGS HAVEN'T GONE FAR ENOUGH,
THAT THEY WERE REALLY HOPING FOR
A SINGLE PAYOR SYSTEM.
IT WOULD BE LIKE MEDICARE FOR
EVERYBODY.
WELL, THEY COULDN'T DO THAT
POLITICALLY, SO THAT DIDN'T
HAPPEN, BUT I THINK MOST OF THE
DOCTORS AND PROVIDERS I'VE
TALKED TO, THEY'RE VERY
SUPPORTIVE OF IT, BECAUSE IT
EXPANDS COVERAGE FOR PEOPLE, WE
GET GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIES IN A
FEW YEARS, FREE PREVENTIVE CARE
-- IT'S ALL FOR THE GOOD.
>>> IT'S A BIG BOMBSHELL.
NATHAN FLETCHER SAYS HE'S
LEAVING THE REPUBLICAN PARTY TO
BECOME AN INDEPENDENT: HE SAYS
HE'S TIRED OF PETTY POLITICS.
WHY IS HE DOING THIS NOW?
>> WELL, THAT'S THE
MILLION-DOLLAR QUESTION.
HE SAYS THAT HE BASICALLY
REACHED A TIPPING POINT, HE
COULDN'T CONTINUE ON IN A PARTY
HE FELT, AS YOU SAID, WAS TOO
PARTISAN, THAT DIDN'T ALLOW HIM
TO FORM COALITIONS WITH MEMBERS
FROM THE OTHER PARTY, BASICALLY
WANTED HIM TO PLAY GAMES.
THE MORE CYNICAL VIEW OF THAT
WOULD BE THAT -- OR PEOPLE WOULD
SAY THE MORE REALISTIC VIEW OF
THAT -- WAS THAT HE WAS TRAILING
IN THE POLLS.
HE WASN'T CATCHING UP TO CARL
DeMAIO, THE FRONTRUNNING
REPUBLICAN, AND HE NEEDED TO DO
SOMETHING DRASTIC.
THE PRIMARIES ARE ONLY TWO
MONTHS AWAY.
IF HE WAS GOING TO DO SOMETHING,
THIS WAS HIS BIG MOVE, TO,
DIVORCE HIMSELF FROM THE
REPUBLICAN PARTY AND STRIKE OUT
ON HIS OWN AND MAYBE PICK UP
SOME OF THOSE VOTERS WHO AREN'T
COMFORTABLE WITH ANY OF THE
OTHER CANDIDATES?
ANY SENSE ON HOW THIS HAS HELPED
HIM SO FAR?
>> WELL, THERE WAS ONE POLL THAT
WAS CONDUCTED.
CHANNEL 10 DID A POLL, AND IT
SHOWED A NET GAIN OF ABOUT 8%
FOR FLETCHER, A BUMP OF 8%.
I HAVE HEARD PEOPLE CRITICIZE
THAT POLL, THE WORDING OF THE
POLL, THEY DIDN'T COMPARE
FLETCHER TO ANY OF THE OTHER
CANDIDATES AT THAT TIME.
THEY SIMPLY ASKED "ARE YOU MORE
LIKELY TO SUPPORT HIM NOW," AND
THE WORD "SUPPORT" IS IMPORTANT.
THEY DIDN'T ASK "ARE YOU MORE
LIKELY TO VOTE FOR HIM" AND SOME
SAY IT'S NOT A REALLY GOOD
INDICATOR.
IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE IF
IT REALLY DOES HAVE AN IMPACT,
IF HIS POLL NUMBERS GO UP, IF
FUNDRAISING GOES UP.
THEY WILL TELL US WHETHER THIS
WILL HAVE AN IMPACT.
>> KATIE, HE'S BEEN ATTACKED BY
SOME REPUBLICANS IN THE POWER
STRUCTURE AS BEING A TURNCOAT
AND ABANDONING THE PARTY, BUT
WHAT DOES HIS MOVE TELL THE
REPUBLICANS ABOUT HIS LACK OF
TOLERANCE FOR SOME OF THEIR
VIEWS?
>> WELL, HE SAYS HE'S NOT
LEAVING THE REPUBLICAN PARTY;
THEY HAVE MOVED TOO FAR RIGHT
FOR HIM.
THAT'S HIS MESSAGE, THAT HE
SHOULD BE ABLE TO BE A MODERATE
REPUBLICAN, BE ABLE TO FORM
ALLIANCES WITH PEOPLE ACROSS THE
AISLE AND STILL BE A REPUBLICAN
AND NOT FEEL LIKE HIS PARTY IS
LOOKING DOWN ON HIM FOR THAT.
WHETHER OR NOT THE REPUBLICAN
PARTY AGREES WITH THAT OR TAKE
IT TO HEART, I DON'T KNOW.
AND DAVID BROOKS MENTIONED
NATHAN FLETCHER IN HIS "NEW YORK
TIMES" COLUMN THIS MORNING,
TALKING ABOUT HOW HE IS A MORE
MODERATE PERSON AND MAYBE
THERE'S NO ROOM FOR HIM IN THE
PARTY ANYMORE, SO IT WILL BE
INTERESTING -- AND DAVID BROOKS
WAS ASKING WHETHER FLETCHER IS A
TEST CASE, ARE PEOPLE GOING TO
VOTE FOR HIM NOW THAT HE IS
DOING THIS, AND BRINGING MORE
NATIONAL ATTENTION TO THE RACE.
>> PARTIES EXIST TO WIN.
IS IT GOING TO CAUSE THE
REPUBLICAN PARTY TO REFLECT MORE
DEEPLY?
SHOULD IT, KENNY?
>> WELL, IF I WAS A REPUBLICAN
IN POWER, I WOULD REFLECT ON IT,
CERTAINLY, BUT FROM WHAT I CAN
TELL, THEY WOULD RATHER ATTACK
THAN REFLECT.
>> WELL, YOU HAVE TO SAY,
THOUGH, TOO, THE POLLS DID NOT
HAVE NATHAN FLETCHER AS A
REPUBLICAN UP THERE.
CARL DENY -- DeMAIO WAS LEADING
THE WAY.
>> HE WAS ENDORSED TWO WEEKS
AGO, AND ONE HAS TO THINK THAT
HIS DECISION TO SWITCH PARTIES,
FLETCHER'S, PLAYED INTO --
>> RIGHT, WELL, FLETCHER TOLD ME
HE DIDN'T WANT, DIDN'T EXPECT TO
GET THE ENDORSEMENT, HOWEVER, HE
WENT TO THEM, HE TRIED TO WIN
IT, IT DIDN'T HAPPEN, I HAD
ASKED THEM "WHY DIDN'T YOU
SWITCH BEFORE THIS ENDORSEMENT
CAME, IF THAT'S REALLY SOMETHING
YOU WEREN'T EXPECTING TO GET,"
BUT HE JUST SAYS THIS HAS BEEN
BUILDING FOR HIM AND PERHAPS
THAT WAS THE FINAL STRAW, I
DON'T KNOW, OR MAYBE IT WAS MORE
CALCULATED.
>> WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO CLOSE
IT THERE.
KENNY GOLDBERG, KATIE ORR, THANK
YOU.
>>> A SAN DIEGO GROUP IS NAMED
THE BEST TEEN BAND IN THE
COUNTRY!
>> \M.
>> WE'LL SIT IN ON A JAM SESSION
WITH JAZZ AVENUE
IN
JUST A
MOMENT.
THIS
IS KPBS "EVENING EDITION".
>> NOT MANY TEENAGERS GET
EXCUSED FROM SCHOOL TO PLAY A
GIG IN GERMANY, BUT FIVE
STUDENTS FROM THE SCHOOL OF
CREATIVE AND PERFORMING ARTS DID
JUST THAT.
>> BETH ACCOMANDO STOPPED BY FOR
AN AFTER-SCHOOL JAM SESSION WITH
"JAZZ AVENUE".
>> Reporter: IF YOU WANT AN
ARGUMENT FOR KEEPING MUSIC IN
SCHOOLS, LOOK NO FURTHER THAN
THIS SCHOOL IN PARADISE HILLS.
THE SCHOOL'S MUSIC PROGRAM
INCLUDES A JAZZ CLASS AND
AFTERAFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM.
THIS PROVIDED THE PERFECT
ENVIRONMENT FOR FIVE STUDENTS
AND ONE ALUMNUS TO CREATE "JAZZ
AVENUE".
OUT OF MORE THAN A HUNDRED BANDS
TO QUALIFY, THEY WERE CROWNED
BEST IN THE COUNTRY.
>> WE GOT $5,000 FOR THE SCHOOL,
$1,000 FOR OURSELVES, AND A TRIP
TO GERMANY, WHICH -- WE'RE
LEAVING WHEN, GUYS?
>> TOMORROW!
>> YEAH, GERMANY!
>> Reporter: THAT WAS TWO WEEKS
AGO.
THE BOYS RETURNED TO SCHOOL ON
TUESDAY.
TAMARA PAIGE RUNS THE BAND AND
ACCOMPANIED THEM ON THE TRIP.
>> IT WAS MAGICAL.
IT WAS LIKE THE GRAMMYS T. WAS
THAT BIG OF A MOMENT.
>> Reporter: JOHN ADMITS HE WAS
A LITTLE NERVOUS.
>> I HAD TO ANNOUNCE THE GROUP
AND THE SONGS, AND I DIDN'T KNOW
WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN WHEN I
GAVE A BIG SHOUTOUT TO THE
BEAUTIFUL GERMAN WOMAN THERE.
>> WE JUST FINISHED WRITING THAT
SONG THAT WEEK, SO THAT WAS OUR
FIRST TIME PERFORMING IT AS A
WHOLE.
I MEAN, IT WAS DEFINITELY KIND
OF INTIMIDATING BECAUSE WE
DIDN'T GET TO PRACTICE BEFORE.
WE HAD THE CHANCE TO PRACTICE
IT.
>> IT WAS IN A COUNTRY WE'VE
NEVER BEEN IN BEFORE, AND WE
DIDN'T KNOW HOW THEY WERE GOING
TO REACT, BUT BECAUSE WE HAD
ALREADY WON, WE WEREN'T SUPER
WORRIED ABOUT WHAT THE JUDGES
THOUGHT OR ANYTHING BECAUSE WE
WEREN'T COMPETING ANYMORE, WE
WERE JUST OPENING UP FOR THE
OTHER GROUPS TO COMPETE.
>> IT WAS HARD BECAUSE WHEN THEY
PLAY TOGETHER, WE TEND TO PLAY
IN MALL [AUDIO TECHNICAL
DIFFICULTIES].
>> YOU'VE GOT THOSE HUGE TVs,
AND THEN YOU SEE YOUR FACE ON
IT, IT'S LIKE, WHOA!
I'VE GOT THAT MANY PIMPLES!
>> Reporter: VAZQUEZ SAYS THEY
MAY HAVE BEEN PLAYING JAZZ, BUT
THEY ALL FELT LIKE ROCK STARS.
>> THERE WAS A GATE WITH
SECURITY.
IT FELT LIKE A ROCK CONCERT.
IT'S SOMETHING I'VE NOVER FELT
BEFORE.
>> IT FELT GOOD KNOWING THAT WE
COME FROM AMERICA, AND JAZZ
COMES FROM AMERICA, SO WE
BROUGHT JAZZ OVER THERE, AND,
YOU KNOW, SHOWED OUR STUFF.
>> DURING THE SOUND CHECK, A
GERMAN DUDE FROM ANOTHER BAND
CAME OVER AND ASKED HOW OLD WE
WERE, 17 TO 18, AND HE SAID WE
WERE AMAZING.
AND EVEN ONE OF THE PROFESSIONAL
BANDS MENTIONED US IN THEIR SET
WHILE THEY WERE PERFORMING, THEY
SAID, "JAZZ AVENUE WAS
BRILLIANT" IN GERMAN.
>> Reporter: THE BOYS GOT TO BE
TOURISTS DURING THEIR STAY IN
GERMANY.
>> iPHONES, AND IT'S GERMANY,
AND IT SHOWS THE DIFFERENT
LITTLE PLACES.
THAT'S HEIDELBERG.
THAT WAS MY FAVORITE PLACE.
>> AND WE WENT TO BONN TO
BEETHOVEN'S HOME.
THIS IS PROBABLY WHERE HE WAS
STEPPING.
THE HEARING AIDS HE HAD, AND THE
VIOLA HE PLAYED WITH, I FORGET
WHICH ORCHESTRA, AND I WAS
SITTING THERE THINKING, MAN, HIS
FINGERPRINTS ARE PROBABLY STILL
ON THAT THING.
>> WE LEARNED A LOT ABOUT HIM,
AND THE PIANOS, AND YOU CAN TELL
THE IVORY KEYS, YOU COULD TELL
THAT HE PLAYED IT SO HARD, THERE
WERE GROOVES IN THE KEYS.
>> IT OPENED MY MIND, THAT THERE
IS MORE IN THE WORLD THAN WHERE
WE GREW UP.
>> Reporter: AND IT OPENED UP
THE POSSIBILITIES FOR JAZZ
AVENUE.
>> I WAS TALKING WITH ONE OF THE
BAND MEMBERS AFTER THEY DID THE
PERFORMANCE, AND EVERYTHING WAS
JUST ON THIS NATURAL HIGH AFTER
THAT, AND I SAID, "NOW YOU'RE
GOING TO GO OUT AND CREATE MORE
EXPERIENCES LIKE THIS FOR
YOURSELVES," BECAUSE AS BIG AS
THIS WAS, IT'S ONLY THE
BEGINNING FOR THEM.
>> Reporter: JAZZ AVENUE WILL
ALSO GO ON TOUR IN GERMANY.
>> I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY
TEENAGERS GET ASKED TO GO ON
TOUR EVERY DAY, BUT THAT'S THE
FIRST TIME I WAS ASKED.
I WISH I COULD GO BACK.
>> THAT WAS BETH ACCOMANDO.
>> SHE HAS POSTED MORE ABOUT
JAZZ AVENUE ON OUR WEBSITE,
KPBS.ORG.
>>> THE BIG MEGA-MILLIONS
DRAWING IS ONE HOUR AWAY.
WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WON?
>> WE HAVE SOME OF YOUR ANSWERS
IN THE PUBLIC SQUARE.
THIS IS
KPBS "EVENING EDITION".
>> WELCOME BACK TO THE PUBLIC
SQUARE ON KPBS "EVENING
EDITION".
MEGA-MILLIONS MANIA HAS TAKEN
HOLD.
AMERICANS ARE QUEUING UP TO
SPEND AN EXPECTED $1.4 BILLION
DOLLARS ON LOTTERY TICKETS.
WOULD YOU SOCK IT AWAY OR
COMPULSIVELY SPEND?
WOULD YOU QUIT YOUR JOB?
.
>> YOU CAN WEIGH IN BY FOLLOWING
US ON TWITTER, LIKING US ON
FACEBOOK, AND OF COURSE YOU CAN
EMAIL US.
>>> RECAPPING TONIGHT'S TOP
STORIES, ESCONDIDO'S FINANCE
DIRECTOR SAYS THEY NEED TO
REASSESS WHAT TOWING COMPANIES
ARE GETTING PAID AT DUI
CHECKPOINTS.
>>> DEFENSE SECRETARY LEON
PANETTA VISITED CAMP PENDLETON
TODAY, AND ALSO HAD LUNCH WITH
MARINES AND SAILORS.
HE SPOKE OUT AGAINST MILITARY
BUDGET CUTS.
>>> A PRIVATE SCHOOL IN CARMEL
VALLEY IS GETTING CHECKED OUT.
A STUDENT MAY HAVE MRSA, A
BACTERIA RESISTANT TO
ANTIBIOTICS.
CLASSES WERE CANCELED TODAY BUT
WILL RESUME ON MONDAY.
>>> YOU CAN SEE ANY OF THE
STORIES YOU SAW TONIGHT ON
KPBS.ORG/EVENINGEDITION.
>> WE LEAVE YOU WITH A LOOK AT
THE FORECAST.
HIGH WINDS AND STRONG SURF ARE
FORECAST FOR THE WEEKEND.
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