Sandhya Dirks en San Diego Voters Elect Republican Mayor To Fill Filner's Term The special election was held after Democratic Mayor Bob Filner resigned. He was accused by multiple women of sexual harassment. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 11:53:00 +0000 Sandhya Dirks 43417 at Building A Robotic Christmas Wonderland Of Trash Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>We all know the neighbor who goes a little bit overboard with the Christmas lights display. Well, we now take you to a perfectly manicured street in Palm Springs, where artist Kenny Irwin has taken holiday decorations to a new extreme. Sandhya Dirks of member station KPBS has this tour of a post-apocalyptic fantasy land.<p>SANDHYA DIRKS, BYLINE: Walk into Kenny Irwin's winter wonderland and you soon recognize it's not like anything you've ever seen before:<p>KENNY IRWIN: This here is Santa's battle wagon, complete with 12 highly advanced robotic deer. Sun, 22 Dec 2013 14:45:00 +0000 Sandhya Dirks 40597 at Filner's Exit Isn't The End Of San Diego's Mayoral Mayhem On Friday, the embattled mayor of San Diego officially steps down. Allegations of sexual harassment against Bob Filner have rocked the eighth-largest American city, which now has to pick up the pieces and elect a new mayor.<p>The announcement last week that Filner would leave office was greeted with cheers, boos and a flurry of activity from the press — but it all went quiet when the soon-to-be ex-mayor emerged from a swell of bodyguards to speak at the podium.<p>"I take responsibility for putting the city through a very bad time," Filner said. "Again, I apologize to all of you. Fri, 30 Aug 2013 07:01:00 +0000 Sandhya Dirks 34098 at Filner's Exit Isn't The End Of San Diego's Mayoral Mayhem San Diego Mayor Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>To San Diego now where, after weeks of accusations of sexual harassment accusations, apologies, denials, a lawsuit and a trip to a treatment center, the saga of Mayor Bob Filner is coming to a close. The city council has struck a deal under which Filner, a Democrat, will resign on August 30. That's the end result of a scandal that's seen 18 women accuse Filner of inappropriate behavior. Addressing the city council this evening, Filner again apologized to the women he offended. Fri, 23 Aug 2013 23:49:00 +0000 Sandhya Dirks 33752 at Scandal-Ridden San Diego Mayor Urged To Step Down Pressure is growing on San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to resign. His former communications director came forward Monday to publicly accuse him of sexual harassment. Tue, 23 Jul 2013 09:23:00 +0000 Sandhya Dirks 31789 at San Diego Mayor Accused Of Sexually Harassing Women Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>Pressure is growing on the mayor of San Diego to resign. Democrat Bob Filner is being accused by former friends and supporters of sexually harassing women. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 21:03:00 +0000 Sandhya Dirks 31424 at With Or Without Overhaul, Immigration Lawyers In Short Supply With immigration a hot-button issue in Washington, some version of immigration reform is likely this year. Even so, immigrant activist Sandra Sanchez concedes that the country might not be ready for an overhaul of its immigration laws.<p>Sanchez, director of the American Friends Service Committee Iowa's Immigrants Voice Program, doesn't mean that in political terms, but in practical ones. "We need to be prepared for the wave of millions of potential applicants that will be needing ... legal services," she says. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 18:45:00 +0000 Sandhya Dirks 26511 at With Or Without Overhaul, Immigration Lawyers In Short Supply In Iowa, The Physics Of Politics Both campaigns want to claim momentum heading into the final days of the campaign. This is especially true in battleground states like Iowa, where enthusiasm and voter turnout can make all the difference.<p>It's a common political metaphor — momentum — but is it a good one?<p>Iowa State University physicist John Hauptman knows a thing or two about momentum: "Take an object. It's the mass of that object times it's velocity," Hauptman tells <a href="" target="_blank">Iowa Public Radio</a>. Sat, 03 Nov 2012 21:31:00 +0000 Sandhya Dirks 16146 at In Iowa, The Physics Of Politics Vote While You Shop: 'Pop-Up' Poll Sites Sweep Iowa In a number of swing states, early voting means many people are already casting their ballots. Typically, that entails voting by mail or visiting a county elections office.<p>But in Iowa, satellite voting — where "pop-up" polling stations allow people to vote at convenient times and nontraditional locations — is growing in popularity.<p>On a recent afternoon in a Des Moines strip mall, families are stopping in at La Tapatia Tienda Mexicana for their weekly grocery haul. Wed, 24 Oct 2012 21:53:00 +0000 Sandhya Dirks 15458 at Vote While You Shop: 'Pop-Up' Poll Sites Sweep Iowa A Century-Old Grotto That Might Out-Glitter Vegas The Midwest is known for its roadside attractions — world's largest ear of corn, heaviest ball of twine, biggest truck stop.<p>But it's also home to one of the largest collections of grottoes in the world. Most of these man-made caves were created by immigrant priests at the beginning of the 20th century. Fri, 22 Jun 2012 22:02:00 +0000 Sandhya Dirks 7442 at A Century-Old Grotto That Might Out-Glitter Vegas