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Stories for June 13, 2006

City Council votes to change condo conversion regulations

June 13
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego city council has voted to change the regulations on condo conversions. The new regulations will require that low income renters receive clear advance notification if displaced by a condo conversion, and are given three months rent to help them find another home.

Home identity crisis brewing in San Diego

June 13
By Joanne Faryon and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Builders in San Diego County expect to construct more than 100,000 new homes over the next decade. Many will be tract homes in new developments. Unlike some municipalities, the city of San Diego has few rules when it comes to how different the houses must look. That has KPBS reporter Joanne Faryon asking, one day, will we all live in the same house?

Latino children's literature tells immigrant stories

June 13
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Francisco Jimenez came to the U.S. as the 4-year-old son of migrant farm workers. From humble beginnings, he has become a professor at Santa Clara University and author of several award winning autobiographical children's books.

U.S. team is outmatched in its first World Cup contest

June 13
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge speaks to Gerry Hadden from "The World" about the atmosphere in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, site of the U.S. National Soccer team's first match of the 2006 World Cup. The U.S. lost its first match against the Czech Republic 3-0.

Is San Diego prepared for a reduction in homeland security funding?

June 13
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Homeland security funds were cut forty percent this year. Guest host Alison St. John finds out about the Center for Homeland Security at San Diego State University and learns what they are doing to prepare the county.

Miramar speaks out about the airport

June 13
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Airport Authority has picked Miramar Marine Corps Air Station as its choice for a new commercial airport site. Guest host Alison St. John speaks with Major General Lehnert, commanding general of the Marine Corps Installation West, to find out why he says this is "fundamentally incompatible" with what the military does.

Bilbray sworn in as 50th District Congressman

June 13
By Benjamin Shaw and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Brian Bilbray was sworn in as a congressman - again. Representing San Diego's 50th district, Bilbray used his brief remarks to talk about immigration. KPBS Reporter Benjamin Shaw reports from Capitol Hill.

Smart growth awarded in San Diego

June 13
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

This morning the San Diego / Tijuana District Council of the Urban Land Institute handed out its annual smart growth awards. Guest host Alison St. John finds out who won, and why.

Bikini-ready means being happy with your curves

June 13
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Are you ready for swimsuit season? Guest host Alison St. John speaks with a local author about why people should stop obsessing about their body image.

Fire danger high for So Cal region

June 13
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Dry, hot and windy conditions have increased fire danger for the mountains and deserts of San Diego, Riverside and San Bernadino counties. The Red Flag warning is in effect until nine tonight. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.