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Stories for February 6, 2006

Councilmembers propose smoking ban at city beaches/parks

Feb. 6, 2006
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Two San Diego councilmen Monday proposed a ban on smoking cigarettes in all beaches and parks in the city. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

City council president on legal affairs

Feb. 6, 2006
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Should taxpayers pay for city council members' legal fees? Tom Fudge speaks with San Diego city council president, Scott Peters, about the cost of his legal bills and state of the city after his first month on the job.

New power plant generates electricity

Feb. 6, 2006
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County's first major new power plant project in decades has already generated electricity this year. KPBS Reporter Erik Anderson has details.

Willie Nelson stars in biodiesel conference

Feb. 6, 2006
By Beth Ford Roth and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Willie Nelson is the headliner this week not at a country music concert but at the National Biodiesel Conference taking place in San Diego. KPBS reporter Beth Ford Roth has more.

Activists protest at day labor sites

Feb. 6, 2006
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Activists on both sides of the immigration debate protested at a spot where day laborers gather in Vista over the weekend. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has details.

U.S. population hits 300 million mark

Feb. 6, 2006
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The U.S. Census Bureau reports the country's population will soon hit the 300 million mark this October. Why should we care about that figure? Host Tom Fudge and guests discuss how the quality of San Diego life will be affected.

Mayor Sanders' proposal to outsource city services

Feb. 6, 2006
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders recently made a proposal to the city council to outsource a variety of city jobs, from trash pickup to custodial services. Host Tom Fudge speaks with two guests who have differing opinions about the proposal.

Medical marijuana lawsuit dropped

Feb. 6, 2006
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County has dropped its lawsuit in federal court challenging California's medical marijuana law. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Domestic spying a hot topic in Washington

Feb. 6, 2006
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Tom Fudge speaks with Laura Strickler, a reporter for Capitol Hill News Connection about domestic spying, lobbying reform, and the new GOP leadership.