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Stories for November 2, 2006

Urban Tree Sculptures at Embarcadero

Nov. 2
By Robert Hotz and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Since 2003, the Port of San Diego has been commissioning some unusual works of art for the Embarcadero – urban tree sculptures. In our next story, we revisit artist James Frost and his whimsical tree named “Arbor Urbanus Metallicus Number Four.” Videographer Robert Hotz gives Full Focus a report on the sculpture.

Fire Officials Unite to Create Better Regional Fire System

Nov. 2
By Heather Hill and KPBS Public Broadcasting

On Thursday, the San Diego San Diego County Fire Chiefs' Association and Fire Districts' Association unveiled a ten-point plan to create a more organized and effective regional fire system. Reporter Heather Hill has more.

Children on the Internet at Risk of Encountering Cyber-Stalkers

Nov. 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Today’s kids are being raised in a wired world where computers and cruising the internet are basic daily activities. But connecting to the outside world online can expose kids to real dangers of cyber-stalkers. Gloria Penner talks to a leading Internet safety advocate about how to keep kids safe online.

County Fire Agencies Unite

Nov. 2
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County fire agencies are banding together to share resources – and act more like a single, countywide fire department. The agreement comes after years of talk about how to improve response time to large-scale disasters. KPBS Radio’s Andrew Phelps has details.

More California Voters Using Absentee Ballots than Going to Polls

Nov. 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting

For the first time in California history, more voters may be sending in absentee ballots than going to the polls. California’s Secretary of State Bruce McPherson estimates at least 45 percent of votes will be cast by mail, but the number could rise to more than half. Host Gloria Penner talks to a pollster about the change.

Immigrant Voter Goal Falls Short

Nov. 2
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Last spring’s call to register one-million foreign-born voters in time for November’s election has fallen short of the goal. Organizers say they’ve only registered about 150,000 immigrant voters nationwide. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Carnival Cruise Ship to Call SD Home

Nov. 2
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Carnival Cruise Lines is basing a ship in San Diego so the company can begin year-round trips to ports in Baja, Mexico. Port of San Diego spokeswoman Marguerite Elicone says officials have been working a long time to have a cruise ship use San Diego as its home base.

Weekend Preview: Girls Rock

Nov. 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The girl bands are coming to San Diego this weekend. Freelance journalist Ana-Maria Stephens talks about what is going on this weekend and why you might want to take in one of those shows.

Bestselling Author Joseph Kanon Talks About New Historical Novel

Nov. 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Joseph Kanon is the author of three historical novels. His book "The Good German" has been made into a film by Steven Soderbergh starring George Clooney and Cate Blanchett. He speaks with host Tom Fudge about his latest work.

Numerous Education-Related Bond Measures Hit the Ballot

Nov. 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting

There are five local and two statewide education bond measures on this year’s election ballot. What do they cost and what do they want to do? KPBS Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis explains what they are all about.

Quiet State Election Races Explored

Nov. 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Discussions around the election in this state tend to focus on propositions and the governor’s race, but what else is going on? Tom Fudge speaks with John Myers from KQED’s "California Report" to find out more about the issues getting less attention.

Gubernatorial Challenger Phil Angelides Discusses His Campaign

Nov. 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting

State Treasurer Phil Angelides answers why he thinks you should vote for him. Angelides talks about his work as treasurer, his plans for the state, and his chances against incumbent Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Military, Businesses Vow to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Nov. 2
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The military and dozens of San Diego businesses are signing a pact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote better environmental policy. KPBS Radio’s Andrew Phelps has more.

$644 Million School Bond Seeks To Modernize, Repair Classrooms

Nov. 2
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Sweetwater Union High School District will ask South San Diego voters to approve Proposition O next Tuesday. The 644-million-dollar school bond would help to modernize and repair aging classrooms. But critics say too much of the money will be used in one part of the district. KPBS Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.