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Stories for November 23, 2005

Deborah Szekely reflects on her community involvement

Nov. 23
By Sarah Rothenfluch and KPBS Public Broadcasting

We continue our special Envision series looking at San Diego leaders and leadership. Tonight we focus on eighty-three year old Deborah Szekely. She is the woman best known as the founder of the internationally recognized spas Rancho La Puerta and The Golden Door. We'll find out what moments have helped shape and change her life and what motivated her to improve her community. Envision producer Sarah Rothenfluch interviewed Deborah Szekely recently.

Major changes at city hall come faster than expected

Nov. 23
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Changes at San Diego city hall are happening faster than anticipated. City manager Lamont has announced his last day will be next Monday, rather than the end of the year. To fill the void, Deputy Mayor Toni Atkins has asked mayor elect Sanders if his designated Chief Operating Officer could take over the position immediately. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Human Rights group wants 'thanks' for migrant workers

Nov. 23
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

North County human rights organizations are asking people to be thankful for migrant labor this holiday. The groups will be passing out fact sheets on migrant labor to last minute shoppers at an Escondido grocery store Wednesday. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Earthquake simulator tests new building technique

Nov. 23
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

UCSD researchers used an outdoor earthquake simulator to test the structural integrity of a seven story tall, 275 ton concrete and steel building. KPBS Reporter Erik Anderson has details.

S.D. bio-tech company lets students be scientists

Nov. 23
By Beth Ford Roth and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A San Diego-based biotech company is opening its doors and its 1,300 square foot lab to the county's science students. Once a week they come in to the Biogen Idec Community Lab and work side-by-side with the company's own scientists. KPBS reporter Beth Ford Roth has more.

La Jolla land under dispute

Nov. 23
By Karen Rostodha and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The long-time director of San Diego's Real Estate Assets Department recently resigned, following criticism about how the agency handles city property. An investigation by the Union-Tribune revealed that the city doesn't have an accurate inventory of city land or know how it's being used. And that brings us to our next story about a long time battle involving a sandbox and a bike path. Reporter Karen Rostodha has the story.

Investigators may be closing in on union's special benefits creators

Nov. 23
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Federal investigators have subpoenaed records related to the retirement benefits given to presidents of San Diego's employee unions. The subpoena requests all documents and communications related to presidential leave. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.

Anti-depressant may treat meth addiction

Nov. 23
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Researchers at the UCLA School of Medicine say a drug used to relieve depression may also help treat methamphetamine addiction. Currently there are no approved medications for treating meth addicts. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.