Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011 – Evening Edition


>>AMITA: Coming up next on KPBS Evening Edition
we talk with Mayor Jerry Sanders about pension reform, San Diego’s broken roads and a lot
more.>>DWANE: Also we will show you how protecting
solders on the battle field is important.>>Thanks for joining us.
I’m Dwane Brown>>And I’m Amita Sharma.
The chargers are taking on the raiders right now.
>>A
new stadium is slated for the downtown village, we will talk with the mayor about the stadium
and other issues regarding the city.>>The trolley service for MTS continued today,
heritage security services is not bargaining in good faith.
The agency says replacement guards were on stand by and took over when the union members
walked out.>>A tide of financial troubles has washed
away
the U.S. open sand castle competition. About 4,000 people went to this year’s event,
organizers say they’re cancelling it because of about $45,000 in grants to pay for security.>>Next year 10 qualified vets will get mailbox
franchises. The company says starting January 1st honorably
discharged vets can apply.>>In combat the armed services want to do
everything in their power to solve the problem of wounded veteranses.
We got a look at a contractor who wants to better protect our troops.
>>DWANE: Human error is often the mistaken of shooting at the wrong target.
The combat rifle scope works with this optic Cal tag imbedded inned a soldier’s helmet
to identify friendly forces or potential targets. It’s all about simplicity, a solder in the
soldier in the field looks through the scope and can identify whether the target is friendly
or unknown.>>>What we’ve got is a built in GPS, we have
elevation sensors inside, we have a lacer for range finding and for communication purposes
and it’s all done with really the simple weapons design.
One touch of the pressure pad gives you all the information from inside the scope.
>>DWANE: It was recently tested with combat soldiers and got rave reviews.
It’s equipped with blue tooth to send back target info to headquarterses.
>>>The A WAC S aircraft was tracking where our troops were on the ground simply by carry
this gone scope.>>DWANE: The final steps to make this gone
all a reality is getting the military to fund it.
Cubic hopes to have it in the field for ground troops within two years.
In a few minutes ago we told you about Mayor Jerry Sanders’ meeting with the NFL.
Amita is talking to him about that at the round table.
>>AMITA: Mayor Jerry Sanders has had pickup lift about publicity about bad financial reviews.
We have a lot of territory to cover.>>>I’ll be brief.
>>AMITA: The idea of guaranteed pension with 401(K) style plans for new city hires except
police officers has now qualified for a ballot measure but as you know is in for a heck of
a fight by labor union and democratic council members.
What is your pitch to voters to pass this?>>My pitch is this was designed, this system
in the 40s and 50s and people were supposed to retire at age 65 and you didn’t live very
long and you had a small benefit. Over the years people retire earlier, they
live longer, they pay less into it and the pension costs have escalated and you have
to cut city services just to pay the benefits and I don’t believe that’s sustainable and
I don’t think voters think that either.>>AMITA: Labor unions say this initiative
may not be legal, the fact that it freezes city workers’ salaries to calculate pension
costs at points and the fact that you didn’t negotiate with them directly these changes
may make it open to a challenge in court. How confident are you that voters aren’t going
to be situated by those arguments?>>This is part of a campaign that’s started
and lane is going to throw out a lot of issues and try to confuse the public.
We followed the law, it’s a voter initiative, which means signatures were gathered which
means you don’t have to negotiate that, that’s state law and I believe the voters will see
throughing this and there will be a public education campaign by the taxpayers’ association
and others.>>AMITA: You are proposing to borrow hundreds
of millions of dollars to make road Lee pairs. But budget analysts say you can’t use that
money to fix pot holes and contraction in the road.
What is the solution?>>The solution is we’re using a couple hundred
million to overlay streets, anytime you can use it for 20 years you can bond it out.
So we will do over 100 miles of roadway with overlay, another with slurry sealing, which
is temporary and it keeps it in place and we’ll be borrowing another 100 million to
continue with the overlays and the other capital improvement projects.
>>AMITA: On to the chargers, you met with the NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell and you
have hired a financial analyst to help pay for a stadium, I think one of the factors
is $38 million in budget money. What do you think the public’s appetite is
given the financial status of our city right now?
>>I think it depends on how you pay for it, and if we can use assets to leverage and that’s
what they will help us figure out, we won’t go out for an increase, because I don’t think
there is an appetite for that. High rise construction will go up around it
it, building new property tax, interat the same time that builds in new sales tax you
can share the benefit to everybody and that’s what we will be doing.
>>AMITA: How was the meeting with the NFL commissioner today?
>>It was great. He likes to see franchises stay in the cities
that they have been in, Dean Spanos wants to stay here, we want the chargers here and
what we have to do is put together a business deal that makes sense to the citizens and
the chargers that’s what we have Lizard working on.
>>AMITA: Let’s talk about occupy San Diego protesters, you know they have been going
on for a month, you know the grievance ises, they are upset about wage stagnation, income
despairity, government bail outs of corporations and staggering student loans.
What do you think about their complaints?>>I agree with some, I disagree with a lot
of them. There is a lot of factions, there, they get
into international issues, other countries, those are things that I have no control over
but I believe everybody has the right to proceed test peacefully.
They have been peaceful protests, the police department has worked with the occupy movement
and I think we’re trying to protect their right protest but on the other hand you can’t
just take over a piece of property and occupy it with tents that deny that use to other
folks and that’s where the basic issue is and I think the police has done a great job
and I think occupy has been responsible.>>AMITA: What are the issues that you agree
with?>>We’re seeing the greatest recession any
of us have seen in our life times and I think people are angry, unconcern, I think people
are frightened, they don’t know about their future, about jobs, student loans are extremely
expensive, having daughters that have been through college I know how expensive that
is and I think people are looking for some answers on that and I’m not sure they’re going
to get them but it’s good to have an outlet to talk about it.
>>AMITA: There is a crowded field of candidates who want to succeed you, you’re in the last
year of office, these big names of candidates include Bonnie Dumanis, and others, what is
your advice to them as they move forward in this campaign season?
>>I guess my advice is you have to work really hard, I think all of them are working hard
but at the end of the day you don’t want to look back and say I missed an event which
could have been pivotal. You can’t take things personally and it’s
hard not to. When you are a candidate you put a target
on your back and people will say things to you that you never dreamed you would hear.
You have to understand that it’s a point of view or it’s a political issue and a lot of
these political things aren’t apparent from the outside but they are from the inside.
>>AMITA: Mayor Jerry Sanders thank you for speaking to us today.
>>>Thank you.>>DWANE: It’s been a busy week aboard the
U.S. S. Carl vincent they are getting ready to host president Obama on the flight deck
for a basketball game. And from our community desk going back to
boot camp after getting out of the military, we will tell you about the reboot program.
This is KPBS Evening Edition>>DWANE: As the military winds down its involvement
in Iraq and Afghanistan, thousands of active duty members are returning home, this year
the White House honoreded a San Diego program as a national model.
Alison St John introduces us to “graduate reboot” which helps their families and themselves
adjust to being outside of the military.>>>Once you’re in the military you have to
follow orders, they are the most important thing.
If there are no orders you just kind of have to ask somebody for what they want you to
do. Being out of the military you don’t have those
orders. You kind of have to figure out what you need
to do. No one is going to tell you what to do.
>>>Security for yourself, for your family, the Navy has provided that to me for 20 years
so I knew I was getting a paycheck, medical care, things of that nature.
Security for my family and myself are a big issue.
>>>One of the biggest father’s is you know your job in the military, even though every
two to three years you’re going to change it and go into an unknown situation, your
basic job structure is known. The biggest father I had was translating,
you know, the jobs that you do in the military, translating that to being a civilian.
>>>It’s a major transition, a cultural shift. Here in this empty classroom 360 people have
gone through a transition and came out more ready to face life in the civilian world.
>>>Good morning!>>>Good morning.
>>>These workshops are run by the national veterans transition services a San Diego nonprofit.
>>>Our goal it to enhance your transition or rehe integration back into civilian life.
>>>The program began over a year ago, classes are booked through Mr. Of last year.
>>>What are your fears?>>Being home.
>>>Being homeless, thank you.>>>The class of $2,500 has been covered by
private donations.>>>What are your strengths as a service member?
>>Adaptability.>>>That’s right, and discipline.
>>>The first week is on controlling thoughts, how to manage those, how to create a new set
of beliefs, how to turn off unwanted images inside their heads and refocus energy on success.
>>>The success is not just about finding a career, reboot graduate Otto De La Cruz
found a job and he encouraged his wife to go through reboot, too.
>>>I started to change the dynamics in my household and everything change starts are
you.>>>Otto and his wife have been married for
11 years but when she knew he was retiring, she felt panicked and depressed.
>>>When he went through reboot there was a lot of stress going on, because of transition
and everything he brought back, every day, everything that he brought home, new information,
his attitude, it came to the house. It came to the house and we started talking
a little bit more.>>>Your confidence changes significantly
as you kind of go back to the person that you were when I first met you.
I understood the struggles of military life took a toll on you, having to raise three
kids, sometimes by yourself and I knew that wasn’t easy and you kind of lost sight of
yourself.>>>For 11 years all my attention was to him,
what he needed, my kids, also, of course. But next deployment we are going to prepare
for, what he going to need, what is he going to do.
Right after graduating, I got a job, at a hospital, and I’m there and it’s very exciting,
we are starting all over again and we are starting together.
>>>The best way to do this is what we call prevention and intervention, prevention says
get ’em before they get out of the service, reboot their brains and culture so they can
go out and be successful versus after they’ve been out.
You can still do it after they’ve been out but it’s much more effective to reboot them
before they get out of the service.>>DWANE: That was Alison St John reporting.
87% of those who graduate have gone back to school or found a job.
San Diego has the largest number of post 911 veterans in the country.
The president is heading to San Diego, Amita has the story.
>>AMITA: Tomorrow on veterans day president Obama will land at North Island air station
to witness a first of its kind event a college basketball game on the flight deck U.S.S.
Carl Vincent instruction of a full basketball court has been underway since November 1st.
Planners were ready to take the game under the deck in case of rain but the storm is
not expected until Saturday so it should be a spectacular scene on the bay.
Erik Anderson was on the Vincent earlier today and he joins me.
Welcome, Erik. Who are the teams and how big of a rivalry
is it?>>The rivalry is not that huge but they are
skilled teams, North Carolina is ranked preseason No. 1 best team in the land and the Michigan
state Spartans always do well in the march madness tournament so both getting together
on the deck of a U.S.S. Carl Vincent tomorrow.>>AMITA: The U.S.S. Carl Vincent has been
through a lot in the past couple of years. That are the significant things that its been
through?>>The last couple of years have been the
ride for the crew of the Vince sent. I talked to a sailor today and he said once
they came out of a refueling stop that they had that lasted for four years they went on
their first deployment and were sent to Haiti in the wake of that large earthquake there,
they provided relief, flying supplies in and out, bringing those who needed surgery on
board the aircraft, then they sailed around the south American tip of the continent there
and took a couple of months off, went back to the Persian Gulf where they were involved
in a small way with the demise of bin Ladin, he was buried at sea off the deck of the U.S.S.
Carl Vincent and they came back here.>>AMITA: In addition to president Obama who
else gets to attend this event?>>A lot of sailors, about 800 or so of the
crew and other military personnel from camp Pendleton and the surrounding military bases
and he was talking to captain Lindsey today and he said it’s been an amazing transformation
for him as he has washed the deck of his floating airport to be turned into a basketball court.
>>>For an aviator, it’s awesome to see the transformation, I’ve seen airplanes launch
and recover, date, night, stormy weather and to watch this operation build this stadium
is impressive. But it it also goes to show that the Navy
and the military at large knows how to do logistic and operations to pull this off and
this does not affect our operational schedule one by the.
>>>And that, of course, is important because by the end of the year the U.S.S. Carl Vincent
will be back out on deployment.>>AMITA: Entertaining on ships is nothing
new, Elvis Presley performed on the Hancock back in 1956.
Let’s look.>>>It’s down at the end of lonely street
at heart beak hotel.>>>These events reach all the way back when
the U.S.O. Oregon organizations would sponsor interat the same time for our troops and sailors,
and this was a popular place for intertakeners to come down to.
There are a ton of examples, Henry Fonda, the Andrews sisters, marx brothers, that type
of entertainment came down to San Diego, came down to camp Pendleton as well.
>>>This is not that kind of an event but it’s something the Navy wants to highlight
because it involves competition and physical fitness, both things important to the Navy.
>>AMITA: Can we expect another game like this next year in.
>>>There is plans for another game probably not in San Diego, I suspect it might be on
the east coast but UCONN is signed on to do the next year’s event and the University of
Arizona will sign on to play against them. National television broadcast, starts at 4:15.
>>AMITA: Thanks for speaking to us.>>>My pleasure.
>>DWANE: Tomorrow is a day off for a lot of people but some are working more hours
than every before, that’s coming up in our public square in just a moment.
This is KPBS Evening Edition.>>AMITA: Welcome back to
the public square on KPBS Evening Edition, a recent report
says 40% of workers in San Diego are working more than nine hours a day.
It’s a national trend that has workers doing more for the same or even less pay.
You had a lot to say about this subject. Here are your responses.
On Google Mark says he works about 60 hours a week at his own business and he says that
probably means he’s at the low end on Twitter Kyle says he vows not to work more and on
Facebook container a teacher writes manufacture my students work 10 to twelve hours a day,
they clean houses, work in factories, what about you?
Are you working more since the recession? You can weigh in by following us on Twitter,
liking us on Facebook and email us. Now Dwane has a recap of tonight’s top stories.
>>DWANE: San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders met with the NFL commissioner to talk about a
proposal for the chargers, he wants the NFL supports keeping the team in town.
The U.S. open sand castle event has been called off because of rising costs and fund raising
problems, and president Obama comes to San Diego tomorrow and will watch a college basketball
on the deck of the U.S.S. Carl Vincent. You can watch and comment on the stories you
saw tonight on our web site, www.kpbs.org/news/evening edition thanks for joining us.
Have a great night, we leave you with a look at the forecast.
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