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Stories for November 13, 2006

SDGE Increases Renewable Power

Nov. 13
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Gas and Electric has added another 120 megawatts to the company’s renewable energy portfolio. One megawatt is enough electricity to power about 650 homes in the region. The utility is trying to push its share of renewable power sources to a state mandated 20 percent threshold by 2010. Company spokesman Ed Van Herik says it was only a few years ago that less than one percent of the company’s power came from renewable sources.

Defeat of Tobacco Tax Initiative Limits Children's Health Insurance Expansion Plan

Nov. 13
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The defeat of the tobacco initiative Prop. 86 means there’s no new source of funding for expanding children’s health insurance. Still, health care advocates are hopeful lawmakers will figure something out. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

San Diego's Ethics Commission Given Power Boost

Nov. 13
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Ethics Commission will now be able to take the initiative to open investigations rather than waiting for someone to file a complaint. Executive Director Stacey Fullhorst says until now, few have been willing to come forward with complaints against elected officials because they couldn’t do so anonymously. As a result she says, the public has criticized the Commission for not investigating many issues.

Tijuana Police Sub-Commander Mourned

Nov. 13
By Amy Isackson

Family, friends and fellow Tijuana police agents said goodbye to one of their own Monday. The Tijuana police sub-commander was ambushed in downtown Tijuana late last week. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Carlsbad Strawberry, Flower Field Propositions Too Close to Call

Nov. 13
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Absentee ballots will determine the final outcome of two propositions in Carlsbad that aim to preserve flower and strawberry fields near Interstate-5. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Recent College Graduates Take to the Road

Nov. 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Every year thousands of recent college graduates are faced with the question of what to do next. Rather than dive into the job market after college, three college buddies took to the road in an RV. The result of their adventure has been a book, a website and a documentary TV series called "Road Trip Nation."

Black Storytellers Struggle to Keep Tradition Alive

Nov. 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

In a cluttered new media landscape, the National Association of Black Storytellers is struggling to maintain the oral tradition of storytelling.

Gas Prices on the Rise Again in San Diego County

Nov. 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

After dropping for more than a dozen consecutive weeks, gas prices in San Diego County are rising again. What prompts this increase? How high will they go? Are the oil companies manipulating the market? For answers and analysis, UCAN’s Michael Shames joins host Tom Fudge.

Diplomats Discuss Growing Populism in Latin America

Nov. 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Is Latin America turning to the left? We’ll talk about a new style of anti-American populism that makes it sound like the Cold War is still going strong.

KPBS Reporter Follows Schwarzenegger's Trade Mission to Mexico

Nov. 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Last week, California's governor was in Mexico meeting with the country’s outgoing and incoming presidents. We’ll talk about his efforts to promote California products, and his new message on immigration policy. KPBS Border Reporter Amy Isackson followed the governor to Mexico City.

War Walker Travels 100 Miles

Nov. 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A clear majority of Americans -- 59 percent -- disapprove of the war in Iraq. Most say they want U.S. troops to begin to withdrawal. KPBS Morning News Anchor Dwane Brown spoke with one man on a mission to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Ethics Commission Fines 10 City Board Members

Nov. 13
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego City’s Ethics Commission has slapped 10 members of City Boards and Commissions with fines. The fines are a sign the Ethics Commission is ramping up enforcement of the city’s conflict of interest laws. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Councilman Peters up for Second-Term Re-election

Nov. 13
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego City Council returns from a three week recess today. One of their first orders of business is to decide if La Jolla City Councilman Scott Peters should be elected council president for a second year. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

S.D. County Supervisors Considering Tough Actions Against Sex Offenders, Drunk Drivers

Nov. 13
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County supervisors are considering tighter restrictions on sex offenders this week. A proposed ordinance would forbid sex offenders from loitering around children. KPBS Radio’s Andrew Phelps reports.