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Stories for December 15, 2006

Reporters Discuss San Diego's Top Stories for 2006

Dec. 15

It's been quite a year for San Diegans – from immigration to a search for a new airport, and from drug benefits for seniors to crime in Tijuana. KPBS News Director Michael Marcotte talks about some of the year's most important stories with the journalists who covered them.

City Attorney Aguirre to Appeal Pension Case Ruling

Dec. 15
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders says a judge's ruling this week supporting past pension benefit increases will not lead to bankruptcy or higher taxes. Judge Jeffrey Barton this week hammered City Attorney Mike Aguirre's legal bid to eliminate pension benefits granted to city employees. KPBS reporter Amita Sharma talked to Aguirre this morning about what he plans to do next.

Battle Brewing Over Medicare Drug Discounts

Dec. 15
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi says she’ll push legislation that would require the federal government to negotiate with drug companies for lower prices. The incoming House Speaker says Medicare recipients deserve to benefit from the government’s purchasing power. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Mike Aguirre Plans to Appeal Judicial Decision

Dec. 15
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders says he supports city attorney Mike Aguirre’s decision to continue fighting to roll back pension benefits. A judge issued a ruling yesterday rejecting much of the suit, and Aguirre has vowed to appeal. KPBS reporter Alison St.John has more.

Children's Pool in La Jolla Gets Roped

Dec. 15
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A rope barrier used to keep people away from seals at the Children's Pool in La Jolla is expected to be put up today.

Prices at the Pump Rise Again

Dec. 15
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego gas prices are up again, rising at a time of year when fuel prices usually head in the other direction. KPBS reporter Erik Anderson has details.

S.D. Sewer Rates May Go Up

Dec. 15
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego residents could face additional increases in sewer rates to fund the upgrade of the city's Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant. The plant does not meet national water pollution standards. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Pension Lawsuit, All American Canal, Newspaper Slant

Dec. 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

This week, City Attorney Mike Aguirre’s suit to recoup $900 million for the pension fund failed. Also, Congress voted to move forward on lining the All American Canal in Imperial County. Plus, a new study finds that the political slant of newspapers is guided by business more than politics.

Commission Rejects Bayfront Hotel Project

Dec. 15
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California State Lands Commission rejected a hotel-timeshare project after a two-hour hearing in San Diego Thursday afternoon, because it restricted public access to San Diego Bay. Developers wanted to build an eight-story hotel on Harbor Island near Lindberg Field. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.