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Stories for February 16, 2006

Pete Wilson: San Diego's first strong mayor? Part 2

Feb. 16
By None and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Last week, we took a look at how Pete Wilson overcame the limitations of the council-manager system to become San Diego's first strong mayor. Now Pat Finn continues the story by showing us what he did with that strength - how he forced the city to plan and prioritize, and, in the process, become transformed.

Cheney takes responsibility for shooting

Feb. 16
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Vice President Dick Cheney has taken responsibility for the accidental shooting of his friend, but is that enough? Host Tom Fudge opens the phone lines to hear what you think about Cheney's quail-hunting mishap and the media firestorm that followed.

Oceanside Museum of Art features paintings from the WPA Era

Feb. 16
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

FDR's Works Projects Administration of the 1930's included a program that financially supported artists, allowing them to produce art while being paid by the government. The program yielded an impressive body of work whose content represents the cultural and political concerns of that time. Bram Dijkstra specializes in work of this era and has curated a show featuring representative works from San Diego collections.

San Diego falling behind in infrastructure development

Feb. 16
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A state hearing in Chula Vista yesterday painted a picture of San Diego and Imperial Counties as a rapidly expanding region falling dangerously behind on infrastructure development. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Weekend Preview: February 16, 2006

Feb. 16
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

These Days host Tom Fudge talks with David Coddon, editor for Night and Day Magazine and Anna Maria Stephens, nightlife editor for signonsandiego.com about the best bets for your weekend itinerary.

Smokers could see more restrictions in CA

Feb. 16
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A measure has been introduced in the state assembly that would further restrict smoking in California. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Imperial Valley offers housing alternative

Feb. 16
By None and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Some people believe Imperial Valley could be the next bedroom community for San Diego. The per capita income is low in the county seat of El Centro -- on average, people only make about 15-thousand dollars a year. Yet more than half of all households own their own home. Affordable prices are sending some San Diegans over the county line. Here's Rebecca Tolin's report from early 2005.

Economist says CA real estate market has cooled

Feb. 16
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A UCLA economist told a San Diego Forum Thursday that the hot California real estate market has cooled. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Female fire crew turns heads

Feb. 16
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego's Fire-Rescue Department is considered one of the best departments for women to work. Host Tom Fudge interviews two members of an all-female fire crew in San Diego.

Can the violence at L.A. jails be prevented?

Feb. 16
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Two inmates are dead, and more than 100 are injured after nine days of rioting at Los Angeles County Jails. Host Tom Fudge speaks with professor Paul Sutton about what caused the riots, and if they could have been prevented.