Tuesday, July 3, 2012 – Evening Edition
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Tuesday, July 3, 2012 – Evening Edition


>>>>DWANE: TONIGHT ON KPBS EVENING EDITION,
CUT BACKS ARE COMING TO SAN DIEGO COURTS AND THE MILITARY APPEALS COURT WILL HEAR THE CASE
OF A CAMP PENDLETON MARINE CONVICTED OF MURDERING AN IRAQI MAN A.SERIOUS WARNING FROM FIRE OFFICIALS
AND THEY REALLY MEAN IT. IT COULD LAND YOU IN SOME SERIOUS TROUBLE.
>>>>PEGGY: AND THE HOME OWNERS BILL OF RIGHTS PASSED THE CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE ON MONDAY.
WHAT IT MEANS TO SAN DIEGO HOME OWNERS AND THE PENALTIES BANKS FACE IF THEY DON’T COMPLY.
PLUS, A MAJOR TRADE AGREEMENT BETWEEN A U.S. AND PACIFIC RIM COUNTRY IS BEING NEGOTIATED
IN SAN DIEGO. I’LL HAVE THE DETAILS AND THE PUSH BACK ON
TONIGHT’S ROUND TABLE.>>>>DWANE: ALSO TONIGHT, WHAT A SQUIRREL’S
TAIL CAN TEACH SCIENTISTS ABOUT RATTLESNAKES.>>>>DWANE: GOOD EVENING, THANKS FOR JOINING
US, I’M DWANE BROWN. TWO MONTHS FROM TODAY, MAJOR CUTS WILL TAKE
EFFECT IN THE SAN DIEGO SUPERIOR COURTS ELIMINATING ABOUT 250 JOBS.
SIX DOWNTOWN CRIMINAL COURTROOMS WILL BE CLOSED ON SEPTEMBERÊ3, ALONG WITH A CIVIL COURTROOM.
THE RAMONA HOUSE WILL ALSO CLOSE, AND SO WILL COURTROOMS HANDLING JUVENILE DEPENDENCY AND
PROBATE IN VISTA. BEGINNING SEPTEMBER THIRD, SUPERIOR COURT
BUSINESS OFFICES WILL CLOSE AT NOON ON FRIDAYS. THE CHANGES ARE DESIGNED TO CLOSE A 14ÊMILLION
DOLLAR BUDGET DEFICIT. A STATE APPEALS COURT SAYS CITIES CANNOT SIMPLY
BAN MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES. THE JUSTICES SAY STATE LAW PREEMPTS COUNTY
ORDINANCES. ADVOCATES FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA SAY IT’S A
LAND MARK DECISION THAT COULD IMPACT THE CASE PENDING BEFORE THE STATE SUPREME COURT.
THEY ARE NOT BANNED, BUT THEY ARE SUBJECT TO ZONING RESTRICTIONS. THE MILITARY’S HIGHEST
COURT WILL HEAR A NEW APPEAL FROM THE LEADER OF THE CAMP PENDLETON 8.
MARINE SARGENT LAWRENCE HUTCHINS WAS SENTENCES TO 11 YEARS AFTER KILLING AN UNARMED IRAQI
MAN IN 2006. HUTCHINS SAYS THE NAVY’S SECRETARY INTERFERED
IN HIS CASE, AND CLAIMS HIS RIGHT WERE VIOLATED WHEN HE WAS MELD IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT WITHOUT
A LAWYER FOR A WEEK. THE COURT APPEALS FOR THE ARMED FORCES EXPECTED TO HEAR THE DAYS
THIS FALL. FORTY FIVE LARGE WILD FIRES CONTINUE TO BURN
ACROSS THE U.S. TONIGHT. C130 CARGO PLANES ARE NOW BACK IN SERVICE
TO FIGHT THE FIRES. THEY WERE GROUNDED AFTER A DEADLY CRASH IN SOUTH DAKOTA.
THERE WILL BE MORE ABOUT THE WILD FIRES AND EXTREME HEAT ACROSS THE COUNTRY COMING UP
ON THE PBS NEWS HOUR AT 7:00ÊP.M. BEWARE FOURTH OF JULY REVELERS, WITHOUT A
PERMIT, IT’S ILLEGAL TO HAVE SO MUCH AS A SPARK LR IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY, INCLUDING HOME
MADE BOTTLE BOMBS FASHIONED FROM PLASTIC SODA BOTTLES.
>>>>: YOU CAN SEE WITH THE WATER SPRAYING, THE FLASH, PLASTIC CAN GO EVERY DIRECTION.
>>>>DWANE: AND CAUSE SERIOUS HARM. CAPTAIN ROB SHERMAN HAS BEEN WITH THE SAN
DIEGO BOMB SQUAD 14 YEARS AND RESPOND TO MORE THAN 50 BOTTLE INCIDENT AS YEAR.
>>>>: GENERALLY IT’S JUVENILES MAKING THEM.>>>>DWANE: THESE TYPES OF EXPLOSIONS HAPPEN
IN CYCLES.>>>>: IT’S USUALLY THE SAME GROUP DOING IT
OR SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS AND THEN IT MOVES TO A DIFFERENT AREA.
>>>>DWANE: HE’S SEEN PEOPLE WHO INNOCENTLY COLLECT PLASTIC GET HURT BY WHAT’S LEFT OF
THESE ACID BOMBS.>>>>: THIS PERSON HAPPENED TO PICK UP PLASTIC
FOR RECYCLING PURPOSES AND YOU KNOW SUFFERED THE AFFECTS OF THE SUBSTANCE WHICH THIS DEVICE
WAS MADE FROM.>>>>DWANE: TO POSSESS, SELL, OR PURCHASE
FIRE WORKS IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY, YOU HAVE TO BE A PROFESSIONAL, SUCH AS THOSE WHO PUT ON
DISPLAYS FOR CITIES OR AMUSEMENT PARKS. MANY PEOPLE THINK BOTTLE ROCKETS ARE HARMLESS
UNTIL IT LANDS AND SPARK AS FIRE. ALL CONSUMER FIRE WORKS ARE ILLEGAL, INCLUDING
SPARKLERS. THE COUNTY SHERIFF’S BOMB SQUAD DISPOSED OF
100 POUNDS OF ILLEGAL IN 2000 TENT.>>>>: THE NUMBER ONE THING IS IT’S DANGEROUS
AND THE SECOND THING IT’S ILLEGAL.>>>>DWANE: NOW THE BEST ADVICE FOR THOSE
WHO WANT TO SEE FIRE WORKS IS TO GO TO A PUBLIC EVENT IN YOUR COMMUNITY.
GO TO OUR LIST KPBS.ORG FOR A LIST. THE PRICE AT THE GAS PUMP KEEPS FALLING. THE
AVERAGE FOR A GALLON OF REGULAR IS NOW $3.71, THE LOWEST PRICE SINCE EARLY JANUARY.
TRIPLE A SAYS DEMAND IS LOWER BECAUSE OF A SLOW DOWN IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY.
GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN WANTS MORE TIME TO WORK WITH LAW MAKERS ON PENSION REFORM.
HE’S POSED PO SEVERAL CHANGES INCLUDING 4O1K PLANS FOR NEW EMPLOYEES, ALONG WITH SOME GOVERNOR
JERRY BROWN MORE TOWARDS THE THEIR REQUIREMENTS.
DEMOCRATIC LEADERS SENT THE GOVERNOR THEIR OWN PROPOSAL OVER THE WEEKEND.
IT HASN’T BEEN MADE PUBLIC, THE DIFFERENCES ARE TOO COMPLEX TO WORK OUT BEFORE THE LEGISLATIVE
RECESS BEGINS AT THE END OF THIS WEEK. CALIFORNIA’S LARGEST STATE WORKERS UNION HAS
AGREED TO FURLOUGHS, CUTTING EMPLOYEE BY ROUGHLY 5ÊPERCENT PER YEAR, 12 UNPAID DAYS WITH FLEXIBILITY
TO SCHEDULE TIME OFF. IT’S A COMPROMISE WITH GOVERNOR BROWN.
HE WANTED TO MOVE THE STATE TO A FOUR DAY WORK WEEK.
AN ESTIMATED 50,000 HOME OWNERS IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY ARE AT RISK OF LOSING THEIR HOMES.
STATE LAW MAKERS APPROVED A BILL THIS WEEK TO HELP HOME OWNERS AVOID FORECLOSURE.
PEGGY PICO IS LOOKING INTO SOME OF THE KEY POINTS OF THE MEASURE AT THE ROUND TABLE.
>>>>PEGGY: THE HOME OWNERS BILL OF RIGHTS PASSED THE CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE ON MONDAY.
HOME OWNER ADVOCATES CLAIM IT IS A VICTORY AND SAY IT’S A BLOW TO BIG BANKS.
GOVERNOR BROWN SAYS HE’LL SIGN THE LEGISLATION, BUT THE SKEPTIC IN ME WONDERS HOW MUCH THIS
BILL WILL HELP THE HOME OWNERS IN TROUBLE TO HELP ANSWER THAT QUESTION IS MY GUEST DAVID
LAGSTEIN, DIRECTER OF SAN DIEGO’S ALLIANCE OF CALIFORNIA FOR COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT, OR
ACE. I WANTED TO KNOW IF IF YOU CAN GIVE US A BRIEF
BIG PICTURE OF HOW THIS BILL OF RIGHTS RELATES TO THE SETTLEMENT THAT RECENTLY HAPPENED IN
CALIFORNIA, FIVE BANKS, 18ÊBILLION DOLLARS TO CALIFORNIA HOME OWNERS.
HOW DOES THAT RELATE?>>>>DAVID LAGSTEIN: THE SETTLEMENT WAS A
MULTISTATE SETTLEMENT UNDER ATTORNEY GENERAL HARRIS.
PART OF IT HAD BEST PRACTICES BANKS WOULD BE REQUIRED.
THIS LOCKS IN THE REQUIREMENTS AT THE STATE LEVEL AND HAS STRONGER ENFORCEMENT WHEN BANKS
DON’T FOLLOW THEM.>>>>PEGGY: SO PUTTING AN ENFORCEMENT HOOK
INTO THAT. AS FAR AS THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF THIS BILL
OF RIGHTS BECAUSE IT SEEMS LIKE IT’S PRETTY INTENSIVE, WHAT ARE SOME OF THE FEW KEY PROVISIONSÊ
AND I’M WANTING TO START WITH THE DUEL TRACKING IF YOU COULD EXPLAIN THAT.
>>>>DAVID LAGSTEIN: DUEL TRACKING IS REALLY AN INSIDIOUS PRACTICE OF BANKS WHERE THERE’S
TWO PARTS OF THE BANK; ONE NEGOTIATING MODIFICATION WITH THE HOME OWNER, ASKING FOR PAPERWORK,
THE OTHER SIDE IS MOVING A FORECLOSURE THAT SAME TIME.
WHAT THIS STOPS THE BANK IF YOU’RE NEGOTIATING A MODIFICATION, YOU CAN’T FORECLOSE AT THE
SAME TIME.>>>>PEGGY: IT SEEMS LIKE THEY’RE USING IT
BOTH WAYS TO THEIR BENEFITS.>>>>DAVID LAGSTEIN: THAT’S EXACTLY RIGHT.
WE’VE SEEN CASES WHERE THE FORECLOSURE NOTE OW OWS ARRIVES IN THE MAIL ONE DAY AND A MODIFICATION
TWO DAYS LATER.>>>>PEGGY: AND A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE MENTIONED
THAT, OR THEY’VE FORECLOSED AND THEN THEY GOT MODIFICATION NOTICES AFTERWARDS.
THERE’S ALSO A REALLY BIG ONE, AND THIS I KNOW PERSONALLY BECAUSE I’M TRYING TO BUY
A HOME. THE ONE PURSE ON F CONTACT.>>>>DAVID LAGSTEIN: THIS PROVIDE AS SINGLE
POINT OF CONTACT FOR A HOMEOWNER TRYING TO RECEIVE A MODIFICATION.
YOU GET A DIFFERENT PERSON EVERY SINGLE TIME, LOST PAPER WORK, AND THIS IS ACTUALLY ABOUT
CREATING SOME SANITY FOR THE BORROWER THEY CAN HAVE A COHERENT PATH TO RENEGOTIATE THEIR
LONE.>>>>PEGGY: THERE’S SOME FINANCIAL PENALTIES
IF THEY DO NOT COMPLY WITH THESE RULES INCLUDING A 7,500 DOLLAR PENALTY FOR VERIFYING LOAN
DOCUMENTATION APPROPRIATELY. WHAT COMES TO MINE IS THAT COMPUTER SIGNING.
DOES IT APPLY TO ROBO SIGNING, AND WHAT ELSE?>>>>DAVID LAGSTEIN: NO, THIS IS U IMOWT ROBO
SIGNING. THERE’S A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT WAYS WHERE LOANS
HAVE BEEN FILED INAPPROPRIATELY, THE SIGNATURES WITH WEREN’T DONE PROPERLY, AND THIS HAS SOME
PENALTY FOR IT. IMPORTANTLY FOR ANY VIOLATION THE LAW, GIVEN
THE BORROWER OR OPPORTUNITY TO SUE THE BANK. THE BANK HAVE PROVEN IF THERE’S NOT A PENALTY
OR CONSEQUENCES FOR THEIR BEHAVIOR, THEY’RE GOING TO DO THE SAME THING.
THIS GIVES LEVY LEVERAGE FOR THE BANKS TO MAKE RIGHT BY THE BORROWER.
>>>>PEGGY: IS 7500 ENOUGH OF A PENALTY?>>>>DAVID LAGSTEIN: ULTIMATELY, WHATÊ THIS
BILL IS NOT GOING TO PREVENT EVERY FORECLOSER, BUT IT WILL CREATE FAIR TREATMENT.
>>>>PEGGY: I WANT TO MOVE QUICKLY TO THE OPPONENTS OF THE BILL OF RIGHTS THAT SAY FORECLOSURE
IS INEVITABLE, WE KNOW THAT IT’S MARKET VALUES, THINGS LIKE THAT.
ISN’T THIS JUST DRAGGING OUT THE PROCESS, MAKING IT PAINFUL FOR THOSE PEOPLE GOING THROUGH
FORECLOSURE.>>>>DAVID LAGSTEIN: I HAVE TO SAY THAT ARGUMENT
CONFUSES ME, BECAUSE WHY IS TREATING A BORROWER FAIRLY SEEN AS DRAG OUT THE PROCESS.
THIS IS NOT ABOUT SAVING EVERY FORECLOSURE, BUT A PERSON SHOULD BE ABLE TO CALL THE BANK,
SEND DOCUMENTS, REQUEST A MODIFICATION. THE ANSWER IS NOT ALWAYS GOING TO BE YES,
BUT SHOULD BE A STRAIGHT AND CLEAN FORWARD PROCESS.
>>>>PEGGY: I WANTED TO GET TO THAT THIS IS A SIGNIFICANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION, IF THE
GOVERNOR SIGNS THIS, WE’LL BE THE FIRST STATED THAT HAS THIS KIND OF PROVISION.
WHY IS IT SO SIGNIFICANT?>>>>DAVID LAGSTEIN: THIS REAL THE BANK SPENT
A TON OF MONEY TO LOBBY LEGISLATURES, GRASS ROOTS FROM EFFORT FROM PEOPLE AROUND THE STATE.
IT LOOKS LIKE IT’S GOING TO BE A MODEL FOR LEGISLATION TO PROTECT HOME OWNERS AROUND
THE COUNTRY. THEY HAD TO DECIDE WERE THEY ON THE SIDE OF
WALL STREET OR HOME OWNERS. WE’RE REALLY PROUD TO PLAY A PART OF THIS
VICTORY.>>>>PEGGY: IS THIS THE END OF THE STORY?
>>>>DAVID LAGSTEIN: THERE’S A LOT MORE WORK TO BE DONE.
PRINCIPLE REDUCTION FOR HOME OWNERS STABILIZES THE HOUSING MARKET, FIX THE ECONOMY, BUT THAT’S
THE NEXT STEP IN THE PROCESS. THIS IS DEALING WITH FORECLOSURES IN THE PIPE
LINE BUT DOESN’T SOLVE THE BIGGER ISSUE.>>>>PEGGY: MAYBE MAKES THE PATH A LITTLE
BIT EASIER. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING ME.
>>>>DWANE: BARRIO LOGAN’S CHICANO PARK IS GETTING A MILLION DOLLAR UP GRADE.
THE IMPROVEMENTS INCLUDE NEW LIGHTING, A SKATE BOARD AREA AND NEW PLAY GROUND EQUIPMENT.
FROM THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, A GRANT.
THE FIRST OVER THE COUNTER HIV TEST WAS APPROVED BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION. THE ORAQUICK
TEST USES A MOUTH SWAWB, GIVING RESULTS IN 20 TO 40 MINUTES.
THE GOVERNMENT SAYS OVER 1ÊMILLION PEOPLE CARRY HIV, BUT A FIFTH DON’T KNOW THEY HAVE
IT. THE TEST IS DESIGNED FOR PEOPLE WHO MIGHT
NOT GET TESTED. EXPECTED TO BE ON THE MARKET IN OCTOBER.
A MAJOR TRADE CONFERENCE IS GOING ON IN SAN DIEGO INVOLVING THE U.S. AND OTHER NATIONS
ON THE PACIFIC RIM. TALK ABOUT A TRADE AGREEMENT, PEGGY PICO HAS
THAT STORY AT THE ROUND TABLE.>>>>PEGGY: I’M PRETTY SURE NOT MANY OF YOU
IN SAN DIEGO HAVE EVER HEARD OF THE TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP FREE TRADE AGREEMENT UNTIL
THIS WEEK. HAS IT BEEN A SECRET? SOME MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
THINK SO, THE 13TH IN A SERIES OF TRADE NEGOTIATIONS IS GOING ON AT THE HILTON.
TO SHED SOME LIGHT ON WHAT THE NEGOTIATORS AND PROTESTERS WANT IS CAROL GUTHRIE, ASSISTANT
U.S. TRADE REPRESENTATIVE, AND CELESTE DRAKE, A POLICY EXPERT WITH THE AFLCIO.
CAROL, I HAVE THE FIRST QUESTION FOR YOU. TELL US WHAT THESE NEGOTIATIONS ARE AND HOW
THEY CAME ABOUT?>>>>CAROL GUTHRIE: IN A TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP
THE U.S. IS WORKING WITH CURRENTLY EIGHT OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE ASIA PACIFIC AREA TO CREATE
A NEW TRADE AGREEMENT THAT WILL ULTIMATELY GIVE THE UNITED STATES AND OUR EXPORTERS MORE
ACCESS TO THE DYNAMIC AND GROWING MARKETS OF THE ASIA PACIFIC SO WE CAN FOLLOW THE PRESIDENT’S
DICTUM TO MAKE MORE HERE, SELL MORE THERE, AND GET MORE JOBS IN THE UNITED STATES.
WE’RE GLAD TO HAVE HAD FOLKS FROM THE LABOR MOVEMENT, FROM OCCUPY, NOT ONLY OUTSIDE THE
HOTEL, BUT INSIDE THE HOTEL FOR OUR STAKE HOLDER ENGAGEMENT SO WE CAN TALK A LITTLE
MORE ABOUT WHAT’S GOING ON SO MORE PEOPLE CAN LEARN ABOUT THE TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP.
>>>>PEGGY: WHEN YOU SAY BIG TRADE, YOU THINK OF THESE BIG TRADE AGREEMENTS, IT KIND OF
SCARES A LOT OF PEOPLE. CELESTE ARE THERE PROTECTIONS FOR THE U.S.
GOING ON DURING THESE NEGOTIATIONS FOR LABOR?>>>>CELESTE DRAKE: WE KNOW THAT THE U.S.
GOVERNMENT HAS PROPOSED SOME PROTECTIONS FOR WORKERS, SOME FOR THE ENVIRONMENT.
PART OF THE PROBLEM WITH THIS PARTICULAR AGREEMENT IS THAT WITH NINE NATIONS, IT’S NOT JUST THE
U.S. AND ONE OTHER COUNTRY TRYING TO WORK IT OUT, BUT IT COULD BE COUNTRIES THAT HAVE
VERY CONCERNS ABOUT HAVING HIGH LABOR STANDARDS LIKE VIETNAM, FIGHTING BACK AND NOT ACCEPTING
THE U.S. PROPOSAL. THESE MATTER.
IF THERE ARE NOT LABOR PROTECTIONS FOR WORKERS IN THESE COUNTRIES, IT’S NOT JUST LOW WAGE
WAGES, BUT THE FACT THE WORKERS ARE REPRESSED, CAN’T FORM A UNION, CAN’T BARGAIN.
>>>>CAROL GUTHRIE: IS THAT WHAT A LOT OF THE PROTESTERS ARE OUT THERE FOR RIGHT NOW?
>>>>CELESTE DRAKE: THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT JOBS, LABOR RIGHTS, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS,
TRADE RULES THAT WILL WORK FOR WORKING PEOPLE AND NOT JUST FOR THE MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS.
>>>>PEGGY: SO IT’S NOT A BLANKET NO, WE DON’T WANT THIS, IT’S TRYING TO FOUND OUT THE DETAILS
OF IT. CAROL, WHY IS IT IMPORT TONIGHT IMPROVE PACIFIC
RIM RELATIONSHIPS? QUHIE IS THIS NEEDED? IT SEEMS LIKE WE TRADE WITH JAPAN AND CHINAÊ
>>>>CAROL GUTHRIE: WE DO TRADE WITH JAPAN AND CHINA AND OTHER NATIONS IN THE ASIA PACIFIC,
BUT WE COULD TRADE MORE AND BERT. ONE OF THE THINGS PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA’S
SAID IS WE NEEDED TO DO TRADE POLICY DIFFERENTLY. THERE WERE A LOT OF PEOPLE SHUT OUT OF THE
TRADE CONVERSATION IN THE UNITED STATES AND WE CAME IN SAYING THAT WE WANTED TO TRADE
POLICY THAT WAS MORE RESPONSIBLE AND MORE RESPONSIVE TO AMERICAN’S CONCERNS.
THIS NEEDS TO BE A HIGH STANDARD, TWIRS CENTURY AGREEMENT THAT TACKLES OLD PROBLEMS IN NEW
WAYS AND TACKLES PROBLEMS THAT HAVEN’T BEEN TACKLED BEFORE IN TRADE AGREEMENTS.
THERE IS NO COUNTRY IN THE TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP THAT WILL BE ALLOWED TO HAVE A LOWER SET OF
COMMITMENTS ON LABOR ON THE ENVIRONMENT OR ANY OTHER ISSUE.
EVERYBODY HAS TO MEET THE HIGH STANDARDS. THAT’S WHAT ALL THE PARTNERS HAVE COMMITTED
TO DO. WE WILL NOT SUPPORT AN OUTCOME IN THIS NEGOTIATION
THAT DOESN’T PUT THE RIGHTS OF WORKERS ON THE SAME FOOTING AS COMMERCIAL INTEREST.
>>>>PEGGY: I WANT TO ASK WE DON’T HAVE A WHOLE LOT OF TIME, EACH OF YOU, I’LL START
WITH CELESTE. THE NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT, THAT’S
WHEN PEOPLE TALK ABOUT THESE TRADE AGREEMENTS THAT’S WHAT COMES TO MIND.
HOW DO YOU VIEW IF AS A SUCCESS OR FAILURE?>>>>DAVID LAGSTEIN: IT’S A FAILURE FOR AMERICAN
WORKERS AND WORKERS IN MEXICO AND CANADA. AMERICA HAS LOST 700,000 JOBS JOBS DEW TO
NAFTA; ASK IN MEXICO, PEASANTS PUSHED OFF THE LAND DUE TO CHEAP U.S. AGRICULTURAL IMPORTS,
IT IS OUR CHANCE TO FIX IT. IF WE DON’T, IT WILL BE NAFTA TO THE REVENGE.
>>>>PEGGY: THAT’S ONE SIDE OF IT. CAROL, WHAT’S YOUR TAKE ON IT?
>>>>CAROL GUTHRIE: THERE’S REALLY GOOD NEWS FOR PEOPLE WHO SUPERTHESE CONCERNS BECAUSE
REES NTDLY CANADA AND MEXICO HAVE BEEN INVITED TO JOIN THE TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP.
WE FEEL THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO ACT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S PROMISE TO BUILD ON WHAT WHAWZ IN
NAFTA AND MAKE THINGS BETTER. WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE
IMPROVEMENTS AND ADDRESS CONCERNS WE’VE BEEN HEARING FOR A LONG TIME.
>>>>PEGGY: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE.>>>>DWANE: THE MOST ENDURING RELATIONSHIP
IN NATURE IS BETWEEN PREDATOR AND PREY. KPBS REPORTER TOM FUDGE SAYS HIS TEAM IS GETTING
HELP FROM A ROBOT.>>>>TOM: IN CALIFORNIA, THE GROUND SQUIRREL
IS NATURAL PREY FOR THE RATTLESNAKE SO WHY IN THE WORLDWIDE THIS SQUIRREL APPROACH THIS
RATTLER?>>>>: THIS IS THE TYPICAL DISPLAY, THEY’LL
GET FAIRLY CLOSE AND DO THIS TAIL FLAG.>>>>TOM: CLARK IS A PROFESSOR OF BIOLOGY
AT SAN DIEGO STATE. HE’S A SNAKE GUY AND THIS SUMMER HE’S IN NORTHERN
CALIFORNIA STUDYING THE WAY RATTLESNAKES AND GROUND SQUIRRELS PLAY THE GAME OF SURVIVAL.
>>>>: THIS THING IS JUST SUCH A GREAT ALMOST EPIC STORY.
>>>>TOM: BEFORE WE GET TOO FAR, LET’S LEARN WHY SQUIRRELS WAVE THEIR TAILS AT SNAKES.
CLARK SAYS A RATTLESNAKE IS LIKE A GUN WITH ONE BULLET.
WHEN IT STRIKES IT GIVES ITSELF AWAY AND LOSES ITS COILED LAUNCHING PAD.
IF IT MISSES THE PREY, THE PREY GETS AWAY.>>>>: IT HAS TO DO WITH THE SNAKE RELYING
ON AM BUSH. IF THE ANIMALS AROUND THAT AREA ARE LKING
FOR SNAKES THE SUCCESS OF THE SNAKE IS VERY LOW.
>>>>TOM: THE SQUIRREL RAISES THE TAIL TO SEND INFRARED SIGNALS TO THE RATTLESNAKE.
>>>>: THE TAIL SIGN THE TAIL FLAG LETS THE SNAKE KNOW THE SQUIRREL IS GOING TO GET AWAY.
>>>>TOM: HOW DO YOU CREATE A RELIABLE WAY TO TEST THE THEORY? MEET ROBO SQUIRREL.
>>>>: THIS IS WHAT WE HOPE THE ROBO SQUIRREL LOOKS LIKE FROM THE SNAKES PERSPECTIVE.
>>>>TOM: THE CREATION OF THE ROBO SQUIRREL IS A SQUIRREL WITH A MECHANICAL TAIL THAT
MIMICS THE MOVEMENT. IN THIS VIDEO WE SEE IT MEETING A RATTLE SNAKE.
THE SNAKE DOES NOT STRIKE, BUT WHEN IT REMAINS STILL THE SNAKE STRIKES TO ITS GREAT DISAPPOINTMENT,
JUST ANOTHER ROBO SQUIRREL. LET’S GET BACK TO THAT EPIC STORY CLARK WAS
TALKING ABOUT. THE STORY IS EVOLUTION.
OR TO BE SPECIFIC, CO EVOLUTION.>>>>: CO EVOLUTION IS JUST EVOLUTION BUTS
SPECIFICALLY EVOLUTION BETWEEN TWO PARTIES THAT ARE CONTINUALLY ADAPTING TO EACH OTHER.
YOU COULD HAVE MUTUAL COEVOLUTION, WHERE PLANTS AND POLLEN ATERS GROW TOGETHER, OR ANTAGONIST,
LIKE HOST PARASITE OR PATH O JN HUMAN.>>>>TOM: OR GROUND SQUIRREL RATTLESNAKE,
FIGHTING THE BATTLE OVER THOUSANDS OF GENERATIONS MAKING EACH OTHER GENETICALLY STRONGER AND
MORE CUNNING.>>>>DWANE: CLARK’S RESEARCH IS PURELY SCIENTIFIC,
BUT COULD HAVE PRACTICAL. GROUND STUDYING THE SQUIRREL’S GENETICS MIGHT
LEAD TO SNAKE BITE TREATMENTS TO HUMANS.>>>>PEGGY: IN LIGHT OF TOMORROW’S FOURTH
OF JULY HOLIDAY, A BIT ABOUT BEER. SPECIFICALLY, SAN DIEGO’S BOOMING CRAFT BEER
INDUSTRY, AND THE ROLE JERRY SANDERS PLAYS IN SUPPORTING IT.
KPBS METRO REPORTER KATIE ORR WILL HAVE THE FULL STORY ON THE MAYOR’S ROLE ON EVENING
EDITION TOMORROW NIGHT BUT FIRST I’VE GOT A LIGHT HEARTED QUESTION FOR YOU.
WHICH MAYORAL CANDIDATE BOB FILNER OR CARL DEMAIO DO YOU THINK WOULD BE THE BETTER CHOICE
FOR CELEBRATING THE LOCAL CRAFT BEER INDUSTRY? LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK BY FOLLOWING US
ON TWITTER, LIKING US ON FACEBOOK, AND JUST E MAIL US AT PUBLIC SQUARE @ KPBS.ORG.
>>>>DWANE: RECAPPING TONIGHT’S TOP STORIES MAJOR CUTS WILL TAKE AFFECT IN THE SAN DIEGO
SUPERIOR COURTS IN TWO MONTHS. EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBERÊ3, SIX DOWNTOWN CRIMINAL
COURTROOMS WILL BE CLOSED ALONG WITH A CIVIL COURTROOM.
THE RAMONA, AND COURTROOMS HANDLING JUVENILE DEPENDENCY AND PRO PROBATE IN VISTA WILL CLOSE.
THE BUSINESS OFFICES WILL CLOSE AT NOON ON FRIDAYS.
CHANGES TO CLOSE A 14ÊMILLION DOLLAR BUDGET DEFICIT ABOUT 250 JOBS WILL BE Y WHRIM INNATED
A STATE APPEALS COURT SAYS CITIES CANNOT SIMPLY BAN MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES, THE COURT
WAS RULING ON A BAN OPPOSED BY LOS ANGELES COUNTY.
STATE LAW PRO E.S COUNTY ORDINANCES. ADVOCATES FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA SAY IT’S A
LAND MARK DECISION THAT COULD IMPACT THE CASE PENNED BEFORE THE STATE SUPREME COURT.
THEY ARE NOT BANNED BUT SUBJECT TO ZONING. MARINE SERGEANT LOW LAWRENCE HUTCHINS WAS
SENTENCED TO 11 YEARS FOR LEADING A SQUAD THAT KILLED AN IRAQI MAN IN 2006.
HE WAS FREED ONCE AND THEN SENT TO THE BRIG. THE NAVY’S SECRETARY HAS INTERFERES IN HIS
CASE, AND SAYS HIS RIGHTS WERE VIOLATED WHEN HE WAS HELD IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT WITHOUT
ACCESS TO A LAWYER FOR A WEEK. THE COURT OF APPEALS FOR ARMED FORCES EXPECTED TO HEAR
THE CASE IN THE FALL. FORTY FIVE LARGE WILD FIRES CONTINUE TO BURN
ACROSS THE U.S. TONIGHT. C130 CARGO PLANES ARE NOW BACK IN SERVICE
TO FIGHT THE FIRES. THEY HAD BEEN GROUNDED AFTER A DEADLY CRASH
IN SOUTH DAKOTA ON SUNDAY. IT KILLED FOUR CREW MEMBERS AND IS STILL UNDER
INVESTIGATION TONIGHT. THERE WILL BE MORE ABOUT THE WILD FIRES AND
EXTREME HEAT ACROSS THE COUNTRY COMING UP ON THE PBS NEWS HOUR IN JUST A MOMENT.
YOU CAN FIND TONIGHT’S STORIES ON OUR WEBSITE, KPBS.ORG/EVENINGEDITION.
WE’RE ALSO GOT A LIST OF TOMORROW NIGHT’S FOURTH OF JULY FIRE WORKS DISPLAYS ALL AROUND
THE COUNTY. REMEMBER, FIRE WORKS ARE ILLEGAL UNLESS YOU
HAVE A PERMIT. THE PBS NEWS HOUR IS NEXT, WE’LL SEE U AGAIN
TOMORROW NIGHT, HAVE A GREAT NIGHT AND A WONDERFUL FOURTH OF JULY.
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