San Diego Week: Friday, Apr. 8, 2011


THIS IS SAN DIEGO WEEK. GOOD EVENING, I’M DUANE BROWN. SAN DIEGO HAS
MORE PEOPLE ON THE FEDERAL PAYROLL THAN ALMOST ANY COUNTY IN THE NATION, HOW WOULD A SHUT
DOWN AFFECT US. PENSION REFORM, WHY THE COUNTY IS TAKING FOSTER KIDS MONEY WITHOUT THEIR
KNOWLEDGE. AND LIFE AFTER A DEVASTATING EARTHQUAKE ONE YEAR AGO AND A RECYCLING EVENT FOR WOUNDED
WARRIORS. FIRST THE HEAD LINES. A NEW REPORT FINDS INVESTING IN LOCAL ARTS
AND CULTURE HELPS SAN DIEGO’S ECONOMY, FIRST A COURT RULING ON TARGET STORES HAVE GAY RIGHTS
ACTIVISTS. A SAN DIEGO RULED THAT A PROGAY GROUP WITH,
THE TARGET CORPORATION DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO SHOW CANVAS FOR A CAUSE VOLUNTEERS
WERE HARASSING CUSTOMERS. THE JUDGE ALSO SAID STORE ENTRANCES ARE CONSIDERED A PUBLIC FORUM
UNDER CALIFORNIA LAW. THE SAN DIEGO SHIP BUILDER NASCO ANNOUNCED IT MAY LOSS 0% OF THE WORK
FORCE.
THE COMPANY BLAMES FEDERAL BUDGET ISSUES AND A SLUMP IN DEMAND FOR SHOE SHIPS. GENERAL
DYNAMICS EMPLOYS ABOUT 3600 PEOPLE IN SAN DIEGO. AND A NEW REPORT FINDS INVESTMENTS
IN ARTS AND CULTURE SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVES FINANCES IN SAN DIEGO. THE CITY’S COMMISSION
FOR THE ARTS AND CULTURE REPORT FOUND A $6 MILLION INVESTMENT IN THE ARTS GENERATED MORE
THAN 173 MILLION FOR THE LOCAL ECONOMY. THAT WAS LAST YEAR. THE REPORT LISTS MORE THAN
4,000 ART RELATED BUSINESSES IN THE COUNTY. YOU CAN SEE ALL OF THE WEEK’S TOP STORIES
ON OUR WEBSITE KPBS.ORG . FROM THE MILITARY TO AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS,
POST OFFICE WORKERS, HOW BIG OF AN IMPACT WOULD A GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN HAVE ON US. DEAN,
WHAT AREAS OF THE LOCAL ECONOMIC WOULD YOU VULNERABLE TO A GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN? RIGHT NOW, THE PEOPLE THAT WOULD PROBABLY
FEEL IT THE MOST ARE PEOPLE WHO DEPEND ON SOCIAL SECURITY OR MEDICARE, THOSE KIND OF
THINGS, BECAUSE THEIR CHECKS MIGHT GET DELAYED, THIS IS ONE OF THE BIG IMPACTS FROM THE LAST
TIME WE HAD A SHUT DOWN. THE CONCENTRATION ON NATIONAL PARK JOBS, THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT
AT THIS TIME WHICH IS ABOUT HALF OF OUR JOBS, FEDERALLY, YOU KNOW, THOSE ARE POSSIBLY PRETTY
SAFE FOR RIGHT NOW, YOU BUT ON THE LONGER TERM THIS DOES SIGNIFY THAT THERE’S GOING
TO BE A BATTLE TO HAVE MORE CUT BACKS. THE PENTAGON, THE MILITARY CONTRACTING BUSINESS
IN SAN DIEGO WAS ALREADY BRACING FOR CUT BACKS, AND I THINK THAT THE SIGNALS THAT THERE WILL
BE MORE COMING DOWN THE PIKE. OF COURSE, WE’RE AT THE POINT WHERE WE HAVE
TO FILE OUR TAXES, THE DEADLINE IS COMING UP. YES. THAT COULD BE AFFECTED? YES, THE RATE AT WHICH YOU GET YOUR RETURNS
BACK FROM THE GOVERNMENT COULD BE AFFECTED. YES, ABSOLUTELY. IF PAYCHECKS TO MILITARY FAMILIES ARE AFFECTED
BY THIS SHUT DOWN, COULD WOULD HE SEE MORE OF THEM SEEKING THOSE EXPENSIVE PAYDAY LOANS? THAT COULD HAPPEN. LIKE I SAY, THAT’S PROBABLY
FURTHER ON DOWN THE PIKE. THAT WON’T BE AN IMMEDIATE AFFECT, BUT YEAH THAT COULD HAPPEN. YOU MENTIONED NASCO. HOW WOULD MILITARY CONTRACTORS
BE DIRECTLY AFFECTED BY THIS? RIGHT NOW THE MILITARY HAS BEEN EYEING WAYS
OF CUTTING BACK WHICH IS WHY NASCO IS ALREADY LAYING OFF HUNDREDS OF EMPLOYEES ON THE WATERFRONT.
SO THERE ARE ALREADY CUT BACKS GOING ON. AND THIS, AGAIN, THIS SHUT DOWN SIGNIFIES WASHINGTON
IS REALLY GETTING SERIOUS ABOUT CUT BACKS. LET TALK ABOUT THE STICKING POWERPOINTSS IN
WASHINGTON AT THE MOMENT. WHERE HE THEY? WELL, SOME OF THE MAJOR STICKING POINTS HAVE
NOTHING TO DO WITH THE BUDGET, THEY HAVE TO DO WITH THINGS LIKE PLANNED PARENT HOOD, THINGS
LIKE THAT. THESE ARE RIDERS THAT THE REPUBLICANS HAVE ADDED ON, WHICH YOU KNOW THE DEMOCRATS
DON’T NECESSARILY WANT TO PASS. AND WHICH HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE BUDGET BUT THEY
ARE BECOMING PART OF THE FOCUS THERE. INTERESTING THAT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WAS
SEEKING 40 BILLION IN CUT BACKS AND WE’RE TALKING THE 6 MONTH BUDGET, WHAT’S LEFT OF
THE CURRENT FISCAL YEAR, RIGHT. ABSOLUTELY. VERY CLOSE TO A DEAL. HOW IS THEIR DEMAND
HOLDING OUT FOR CUTS TO PLANNED PARENT HOOD GOING TO SOLVE THE BUDGET DEFICIT ISSUE? THE PLANNED PARENT HOOD THING WON’T DO ANYTHING
TO SOLVE THE BUDGET DEFICIT. THE THING IS THE BAR KEEPS GETTING RAISED. THE DEMOCRATS
HAVE ALREADY COMMITTED TO MAKING CUT BACKS BUT EVERY TIME THEY ADD CUT BACKS, THEN THE
REPUBLICANS ASK FOR MORE. SO THE BAR GETS RAISED A LITTLE BIT. REAR RUNNING OUT OF TIME. REPUBLICANS GOT
A POLITICAL BLACK EYE OF SORTS IN LATE 1995 OVER SAME ISSUE SHUTTING DOWN THE GOVERNMENT.
BILL CLINTON ENDED UP WINNING REELECTION THE FOLLOWING YEAR. COULD WE BE HEADING BACK THAT
WAY? I THINK THAT THAT’S WHAT SOME DEMOCRATS ARE
HOPING. I DON’T KNOW. THE POLL NUMBERS SHOW THAT THE PUBLIC HAS MORE ANIMOSITY TOWARDS
THE REPUBLICANS THAN THE DEMOCRATS ON THIS BUT SLIGHTLY LESS THAN THEY HAD BACK THIS
1994. THE POLL NUMBERS ARE SLIGHTLY BETTER FOR THE REPUBLICANS NOW BUT ONLY SLIGHTLY. WE’LL LEAVE IT THERE. THANK, DEAN. CITY OF SAN DIEGO HAS REACHED A POLITICAL
COMPROMISE ON PENSION REFORM FOR CITY WORKERS. SUPPORTERS WILL IT MAKE IT EASIER FOR VOTERS
TO UNDERSTAND. LIFEGUARDS AREN’T HAPPY WITH IT. SO KATIE, WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA BEHIND PENSION
REFORM? WELL PENSIONS HAVE BEEN A HOT TOPIC IN SAN
DIEGO FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS NOW. THE CURRENT PENSION PAYMENT THIS YEAR IS ABOUT $230 MILLION.
IF WE CONTINUE ON THIS PATH AND NOTHING CHANGES, IT’S ESTIMATED THAT PAYMENT COULD GET UP TO
$500 MILLION IN THE COMING YEARS WHICH IS HALF OF THE CITY’S OPERATING BUDGET SO MANY
PEOPLE FEEL THIS IS UNSTAINABLE AND THERE IS A MOVEMENT NOW TO SWITCH MOST OF THE CITY
WORKERS TO A 401 K SYSTEM LIKE SOMEONE IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR MIGHT HAVE. THERE WAS A
CONFERENCE THIS WEEK TO ANNOUNCE A BALLOT INITIATIVE TO DO JUST THAT. THEY’VE BEEN YEARNING FOR REFORM, AS SOON
AS THEY GET AN OPPORTUNITY TO WALK INTO A BALLOT BOX, I BELIEVE THEY HAVE VOTE YES ON
PENDING REFORM. KATIE, WHAT SPECIFICALLY DOES THIS COMPROMISE
DO? IT AS COMPROMISE BETWEEN TWO PROPOSALS. ONE
WAS BEING PROPOSED BY MAYOR AND COUNCIL MAN, SANDERS AND FAULKNER HAVE PROPOSED MOVING
WORKERS TO A 401(K). ANOTHER ONE WANTED TO SEE EVERYONE INCLUDING PUBLIC SAFETY AND SO
WHAT THIS DOES, THE BIGGEST COMPONENT OF IT IS THAT IT LET’S POLICEMEN KEEP THEIR PENSION
BUT IT MOVES FIREFIGHTERS AND LIFEGUARDS OVER TO A 401K SYSTEM. WHY DID THEY AGREE TO THIS CHANGE? WELL, BASICALLY ONE BALLOT MEASURE IS BETTER
THAN TWO. THE REPUBLICAN PARTY FELT THE LINCOLN CLUB AND TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION SORT OF MEDIATED
THIS DISCUSSION, THESE NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN THE TWO DIFFERENT PROPOSALS. AND THEY JUST
WERE AFRAID THAT IF VOTERS GO INTO VOTE AND THEY SEE TWO MEASURES ON THE BALLOT, THEY’D
BE CONFUSED AND JUST VOTE NO ON BOTH OF THEM. THIS ALSO LETS THEM CONCENTRATE THEIR RESOURCES
ON ONE ISSUE AND PRESENT A UNITED FRONT, EVEN THOUGH BEHIND CLOSED DOORS THEY MIGHT NOT
BE THAT UNITED BUT THEY ARE PRESENTING A UNITED FRONT TO VOTERS. TALK ABOUT THE UNION’S POSITION ON ALL OF
THIS. WELL THE UNION’S SAY THEY’VE ALREADY MADE
COME WILLING PROMICES, THEY DON’T HAVE MANY OF THOSE PENSION BENEFITS THAT THEY WERE CRITICIZED
FOR. THE BLUE COLLAR UNION POINTS OUT THEIR AVERAGE PENSION IS $30,000 A YEAR AND THEY
DON’T GET SOCIAL SECURITY. OF COURSE THE FIREFIGHTER UNION IS, YOU KNOW, JUST APPALLED BY THIS
MEASURE AND I SPOKE TO THE HEAD OF THE FIREFIGHTER UNION. I THINK IT’S SHAMEFUL ON THEIR PART THEY WOULD
GO SO FAR AS TO TRY TO DENY A FIREFIGHTER A DECENT –OUR WAGES ARE ALREADY WAY DOWN,
BUT TO TRY AND ATTACK THEM ON THEIR BENEFITS AND THEIR DEATH AND DISABILITY IS SHAMEFUL. SO, KATIE, WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? NOW THEY HAVE TO COLLECT SIGNATURES, MORE
THAN 94,000 SIGNATURES, THEY HAVE SIX MONTHS TO DO THAT. IF THEY ACCOMPLISH THAT THEN THINK
WILL BE ON THE JUNE 2012 BALLOT AND VOTERS CAN DECIDE. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. FOSTER CHILDREN FACE COUNTLESS BARRIERS TO
HAVING A NORMAL CHILDHOOD. THE CHALLENGES DON’T END WHEN THEY TURN 18. THEN THEY HAVE
TO FIND JOBS, HOUSING, NEARLY HALF BECOME HOMELESS BY AGE 24. A NEW REPORT SHOWS SAN
DIEGO COUNTY IS TAKING FOSTER KIDS MONEY WITHOUT THEIR KNOWLEDGE. WE SAT DOWN WITH THE FOSTER
YOUTH ADVOCATE TO FIND OUT WHY. WHAT IS LIFE LIKE FOR A CHILD WHEN HE OR SHE
LEAVES FOSTER CARE IN. THE LIFE OF A CHILD WHEN THEY LEAVE IS FULL
OF UNCERTAINTY. KIDS DON’T HAVE THE FAMILY SUPPORT TO RELY ON, THEY LITERALLY LEAVE THEIR
HOME WITH THE CLOTHES ON THEIR BACK. THEY DON’T KNOW WHERE THEY’RE GOING TO GET THEIR
BED FROM, OR THEIR NEXT MEAL. THEY ARE LEFT TO FEND FOR THEMSELVES WITH VERY LITTLE TRAINING
ON HOW TO SURVIVE IN AN ADULT WORLD. WE DON’T PROVIDE THEM WITH THE SOCIAL AND LIFE SKILLS
THAT THEY NEED TO MANEUVER. AND LIFE FOR THEM IS SCARY AND OFTEN ENDS UP EPISODE OF COUCH
SURFING, HOMELESSNESS, NIGHTS OF GOING HUNGRY OR NOT KNOW WHERE YOU’RE GOING TO SLEEP OR
WHETHER OR NOT YOU’RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO PAY YOUR RENT. IT’S VERY STRESSFUL AND TERRIFYING
FOR MOST FORMER FOSTER YOUTH . GENERALLY, THEIR
PARENTS NOW SPEND AN AVERAGE $50,000 BETWEEN
THE AGES OF 18 AND 24, THESE KIDS HAVE THEIR PARENTS TO HELP THEM COSIGN FOR THEIR FIRST
APARTMENT, THEIR PARENTS HELP THEM FILL OUT COLLEGE APPLICATIONS, THEIR PARENTS PROVIDE
THEM WITH A HOME OVER SCHOOL BREAKS, IF THEIR CAR BREAKS DOWN, MOM AND DAD USUALLY STEP
IN AND PAY THAT BILL FOR THEM. SO KIDS WHO LEAVE HOME AT AGE 18 HAVE A LOT MORE CONFIDENCE
THAN OUR YOUTH BECAUSE THEY HAVE THE LOVE AND SUPPORT AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT THAT THEY
NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL. THE CHILD ADVOCACY INSTITUTE AT USD, RECENTLY
RELEASED A REPORT CALLS THE FLEECING OF FOSTER CHILDREN AND IT DESCRIBES HOW STATES AND COUNTIES
HAVE CONFISCATED THE ASSETS OF FOSTER CHILDREN. WHAT SORT OF ASSET DO THESE KIDS HAVE AND
HOW HAVE THEY BEEN TAKEN AWAY AND WHAT ARE THEY BEING USED FOR. SOME FOSTER CHILDREN ARE DISABLED THEMSELVES
AND THEY RECEIVE SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS FOR THEIR DISABILITY TO HELP SUPPORT THEIR
CARE. OTHER CHILDREN HAVE HAD OTHER FOSTER HAVE HAD THEIR PARENT DIE OR BECOME SO DISABLED
THAT THEY CAN’T CARE FOR THEMSELVES THEN THE CHILDREN RECEIVE FINANCIAL SUPPORT THROUGH
THEIR PARENTS CONTRIBUTIONS TO SOCIAL SECURITY, HELP THEIR CARE. IN BOTH OF THESE CASES, CHILDREN
IN FOSTER CARE OFTEN DON’T EVEN KNOW THAT THEY’RE RECEIVING THESE CHECKS. THE COUNTY
INTERCEPTS THIS MONEY FROM SOCIAL SECURITY AND USES THAT MONEY TO REIMBURSE ITSELF FOR
THE CARE OF THE CHILDREN. AND HOW MUCH MONEY ARE WE TALKING ABOUT? IT DEPENDS, BUT WE’RE TALKING ANYWHERE BETWEEN
600 AND THE HUNDRED DOLLARS –AND $900 A MONTH. THIS MONEY IS THE CHILD’S MONEY THAT BY LAW
NEEDS TO BE USED TO SERVE THEIR BEST NEEDS, THEIR INTERESTS. THIS MONEY NEEDS TO BE SAVED
SO THAT WHEN THESE CHILDREN TURN 18, THEY HAVE A NEST EGG TO GET THEIR FIRST APARTMENT,
THEY HAVE MONEY TO PAY FOR FIRST YEAR OF TUITION. THIS MONEY NEEDS TO BE SAVED FOR THE CHILD. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. ONE YEAR AGO, A 7.2 EARTHQUAKE SHOOK KALEXICO.
THE IMPACT WASN’T AS SEVERE AS THE QUAKE IN JAPAN, BUT DID CAUSE STRUCTURAL DAMAGE IN
THE TOWN. TOM FUDGE AND KATIE HAVE THIS UPDATE ON CALEXICO, ONE YEAR LATER. THE KID AT JEFFERSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ARE
BACK IN SCHOOL AND THEY HAVE BEEN SINCE MAY OF LAST YEAR. BUT THEY’RE STILL GOING TO CLASS
IN MAKE SHIFT BUILDINGS ON THE EDGE OF THE CAMPUS. THAT’S BECAUSE THE SCHOOL’S CLASSROOMS
LOOK LIKE THIS AND THEY HAVE SINCE EASTER OF LAST YEAR. I COULDN’T BELIEVE THE DAMAGE THAT HAD BEEN
DONE. I IMMEDIATELY BEGAN MAKING PHONE CALLS. PRINCIPAL SAYS HE EXPECTING THEY WON’T BE
BACK IN THE SCHOOL BUILDING UNTIL DECEMBER. THE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT SAYS THE QUAKE FORCED
THEM TO CANCEL MANY DAYS OF CLASSES THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT. WELL THE HIGH SCHOOL WAS OUT FOR 20 DAYS AND
JEFFERSON STUDENTS WERE OUT FOR 23 DAYS. ALL THE REST OF THE STUDENTS WERE IN CLASS BY
THE END OF 17 DAYS. THAT’S A MAJOR HIT COST WISE. THAT’S BECAUSE SCHOOL DISTRICTS ARE REIMBURSED
BY THE STATE PER STUDENT PER DAY. ABOUT $11 MILLION OF LOST REVENUE. THE CITY OF CALEXICO
SAW A LOT OF DAMAGE TO IT’S INFRASTRUCTURE. THE CITY’S WATER TREATMENT PLANT ALONE SUFFERED
$28 MILLION IN DAMAGE. NOW WE’RE WAITING FOR THE MONEY THAT WAS PUSHED
BY SENATOR BARBARA BOXER FROM THE U.S. CONGRESS AND IT’S NOW IN THE SACRAMENTO AND THE STATE,
WE’RE WAITING FOR IT TO FUNNEL TO CALEXICO. THE GOOD NEWSES IS THAT CALEXICO IS ALMOST
BACK TO NORMAL. OUR CITY RIGHT NOW IS IS 95%, DOWNTOWN IS
95%. THERE ARE SOME HOUSES THAT STILL NEED TO BE REHABBED, THERE’S SOME FENCES AND STUFF
LIKE THAT, THAT STILL NEED TO BE FIXED. BUT I WOULD SAY OVERALL THE CITY IS ABOUT 95%. ANDERSON APARTMENTS WAS ONE OF THE RESIDENTIAL
BUILDINGS THAT WASES STRUCTURALLY DAMAGED AND CONDEMNED. 16 UNITS WERE LOST, ABOUT 45
PEOPLE WERE DISPLACED, 117 PEOPLE WERE TEMPORARILY DISPLACED FROM THE HOTEL, AND OLD FOLKS HOME
ABOUT THREE BLOCKS AWAY FROM HERE. THEY WERE TAKEN TO OTHER PLACES IN THE COMMUNITY,
HOTELS AND MOTELS THAT WERE AVAILABLE FOR THEM. ANOTHER CALEXICO GROUP THAT HAS TAKEN A WHILE
TO BOUNCE BACK IS THE DOWNTOWN BUSINESS COMMUNITY. SOME BUILDINGS WERE DEEMED UNSAFE AND DEMOLISHED.
THIS BUILDING MAY ULTIMATELY LOSE IT’S CHARACTERIZATIONIC ARCHES. WE’RE KIND OF SHOCKED AT THE AMOUNT OF DAMAGE
AS FAR AS MERCHANDISE BEING ON THE GROUND. IT ACTUALLY, BECAUSE OF BROKEN ITEMS, THEY
CONTAMINATE OTHER ITEMS SO WE HAD TO THROW A LOT AWAY. EARTHED TO CLOSE HIS STORE WHILE INSPECTORS
MADE SURE THE BUILDINGS WERE STABLE. THE EARTHQUAKE COST HIM $70,000. I HAVE NOT COVERED FOR EARTHQUAKE SO BASICALLY
THE STORE AND OURSELVES HAS TO ABSORB THE LOSS OF REVENUE, IN ADDITION TO ALL THE DAMAGES
THAT WERE DONE TO THE STORE. EARTHQUAKES ARE COMMON IN CALEXICO, BUT THE
LOCALS ARE HOPING THEY STAY SMALL, AT LEAST UNTIL EVERYTHING GETS FIXED. LESS IS MORE WHEN IT COMES TO BURNING GASOLINE
AND PRESERVE ISING CALIFORNIA’S ENVIRONMENT. IT COULD ALSO MEAN YOUR MONEY IN YOUR POCKET.
WHAT A GROUP OF RESEARCHERS ARE TRYING TO PROVE. MORE INFORMATION COULD BE THE KEY TO SAVING
A LOT OF MONEY. CARS IN THE STATE DRINK MORE THAN A BILLION GALLONS OF GAS EVERY MONTH
AND WHEN CARS AND TRUCKS BURNING UP FUEL, ALSO PUMPING DANGEROUS POLLUTEANTS INTO THE
AIR. MATT WANTS TO HELP CHANGE THAT EQUATION. HE’S NOTICED HIGH FUEL PRICES IN EUROPE HAVE
DRIVERS THERE FOCUSED ON FUEL SIPPING DRIVING HABITS. THAT’S RIGHT. THERE’S EVEN SOME TRAINING WHEN
PEOPLE GET THEIR DRIVER’S LICENSE, THEY GO THROUGH TRAINING ABOUT HOW TO DRIVE AGENTLY.
THERE’S MORE PROGRAMS AVAILABLE FOR THEM TO SORT OF LEARN THESE HABITS, LEARN THESE BEHAVIORS
AND THEN USE THEM IN AN EVERY DAY LIFE. HE HE IS WORKING ON A WAY TO CHANGE HOW PEOPLE
DRIVE AND HE’S HOPING TECHNOLOGY CAN HELP. HE’S OUTFITTED AN ORDINARY NISSAN WITH SOME
EXTRAORDINARY EQUIPMENT, THE ROOF RACK HOSTS SOPHISTICATED DEVICES. COMPUTERRERS IN THE
TRUNK SAY IN CONSTANT CONTACT WITH SERVERS AT HIS LAB. THE NAVIGATION SYSTEM.
AND ON THE DASH, THERE’S A SMALL WHITE ECO
METER.>>AN ENGINEER SITS AT THE WHEEL. THE SCALE ON THE LEFT-HAND SIDE OF THE SCALE,
SHOWING ZERO WITH THE COLOR RED AND THAT IS BECAUSE WE’RE NOT MOVING. NOW, WHEN WE TAKE
OFF, THE SCREEN WILL START TO SHOW DIFFERENT NUMBERS WITH DIFFERENT COLORS OF THE BUT ON
THE REAR TIME — THE IDEA IS SIMPLE. SHOW DRIVERS HOW MUCH
FUEL THEY’RE USING AS THEY DRIVE AND THEY’LL MAKE CHANGES THAT WILL REDUCE CONSUMPTION. WHEN THE GAS PRICE IS HIGH AND PEOPLE ARE
CONCERNED ABOUT THE FUEL COST, THEY MAY PAY MORE ATTENTION. THE INITIAL RESULTS WITH METERS IN CARS ARE
PROMISING. A STUD I HAVE 20 DRIVERS IN THE RIVER SIDE AREA FOUND A FUEL CONSUMPTION GAUGE
HELPED GET BETTER GAS MILEAGE. THAT MEANS A $50 WEEKLY GAS BILL WILL ONLY COST $47 AND
THAT’S A TANK AND A HALF OF GAS OVER THE COURSE OF A YEAR. RESEARCHER MATT SAYS HE THINKS
THERE BE EVEN MORE SAVINGS POSSIBLE. WE THINK WE CAN SQUEEZE OUT MAYBE ANOTHER
10, 15% IF WE DO THESE ADVANCED WILLING ALGORITHMS, THE ONES IS A SAY HEY WE HAVE TRAFFIC AHEAD
OF US OR MAYBE SOMETHING WHERE RATHER THAN ENTERING INTO THE STOP AND GO,S MAYBE TO KEEP
A CONSTANT SPEED. THAT’S A GOOD SAVINGS THERE. WHILE THE TECHNOLOGY IN THE VEHICLE IS DESIGNED
TO HELP SAVE FUEL, THE TECHNOLOGY IS REALLY TRYING TO REACH THE DRIVER, THE PEOPLE WHO
ARE IN THE CARSES MAKING SURE THE CARS WHERE THEY NEED TO GO. SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY
PROFESSOR SAYS CHANGING CONSUMER BEHAVIOR IS DIFFICULT. ANYTHING WE CAN DO TO HELP PEOPLE SAVE FUEL
AND BE MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS IS A GOOD THING. IT’S NOT GOING TO BE AS EASY SAYING
I’M GOING TO PUT THIS ON YOUR CAR NOW AND YOU ARE GOING TO CHANGE YOUR BUYING BEHAVIORS
AND ALSO MAINTAIN THAT CHANGE OVER A LONG PERIOD OF TIME. IT’S JUST NOT THAT SIMPLE. HE SAYS COST IS FREQUENTLY A CATALYST FOR
SHORT TERM BEHAVIOR CHANGE. HE SAW THAT CHANGE THREE YEARS AGO WHEN GAS PRICES CLIMBED ABOUT
4.60 A GALLON, HE SAYS PEOPLE DROVE LESS, BOUGHT MORE FUEL EFFICIENT CARS AND USED PUBLIC
TRANSPORTATION. PRICES CAME BACK DOWN, HE SAYS THE ECONOMIC INCENTIVE DISAPPEARED AND
THOSE OLD FUEL SUCKING HABITS RETURNED. YOU SEE RESEARCHERS ARE TRACKING ABOUT 200
DRIVERS USING THE DEVICES IN THE BAY AREA. AND CYCLE BE EVENT FOR WOUNDED WARRIORS CAME
TO SAN DIEGO RECENTLY. SOLD RIDE GIVES VETERANS HOPE AND DETERMINATION. DAN WAS A STAFF SERGEANT IN THE ARMY THEN
THE NATIONAL GUARD. SIX YEARS AGO HE LOST BOTH HIS LEGS IN IRAQ. I COULD HEAR AND FEEL THE PIECES OF SHRAPNEL
BY MY FACE, AND WHEN I OPENED MY EYES I HAD BEEN EJECTED FROM THE VEHICLE, MY LEGS REMAINED
INSIDE THE VEHICLE. THE FIRST WORDS HE HEARD AT WALTER REED HOSPITAL
WERE YOU’RE GOING TO LOSE BOTH YOUR LEGS. HE THOUGHT HIS LIFE WAS OVER. THEN SOMEONE
FROM THE WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT GAVE HIM A CARE PACKAGE. WHEN YOU HAVE NOTHING, THAT’S THE MOST SIGNIFICANT
I EVER RECEIVED. HAD TODAY HE HAS LEFT THE PAST BEHIND AND
REBUILT HIS LIFE. HE TAKES NOTHING FOR GRANTED. SOLDIER RIDE HAS GIVEN ME A PURPOSE. THERE’S
SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES IN OUR LIFE THAT WE HAVE TO SERVE, YOU KNOW, I UNFORTUNATELY CAN’T
WEAR A UNIFORM ANYMORE. HE IS NOW A PART OF THE CAUSE THAT GAVE HIM
HOPE. HE MOTIVATES FELLOW VETERANS. IT IS A TREMENDOUS MORALE BOOSTER. YOU KNOW, YOU TOOK A GROUP OF WARRIORS AND
NOW THEY FIND THEMSELVES IN A STATE WHERE THEY CAN’T DO THAT ANYMORE. AND THIS IS ONE
OPPORTUNITY THAT THEY CAN STILL DO THAT, THEY CAN FIND THAT SAME CAMARADERIE THEY HAD ON
THE BATTLE FIELD. SOLDIER RIDE RAISED $31,000. THE MONEY WILL
BE USED TO HELP WOUNDED WARRIORS. NOW HERE’S PEGGY WITH AN UPDATE ON WHAT WE’RE WORKING
ON FOR NEXT WEEK. TUNE IN TO THE MORNING EDITION ON MONDAY TO
LEARN ABOUT THE LARGEST EMERGENCY SAFETY DRILL AT THE NUCLEAR PLANT. AND ON THESE DAYS, WE’LL
TELL YOU HOW THE SECURITY BREACH INVOLVING ONLINE MARKETING EPSILON COULD AFFECT YOU. THANK, PEGGY, YOU CAN COMMENT ON ANY OF THE
STORIES YOU SAW TONIGHT BY GOING TO OUR WEBSITE. WE’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU. NOW HERE’S A LOOK
AT YOUR WEEKEND WEATHER FORECAST. THANKS FOR WATCHING. I’LL TALK TO YOU ON THE RADIO.

0 comments on “San Diego Week: Friday, Apr. 8, 2011”

  1. kENT EDWARD says:

    I am Australia where we work hard to put kids through school. I just hope you guys can strongly get keep in touch with as many friends as possible.( but there are always dickeads). In generations we have fight to get by.
    ll & back.

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