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Stories for November 21, 2006

Another year. Another election (or two).

Nov. 21
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Commentaries
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If youve paid attention to local and California politics lately, youve probably noticed that weve been voting an awful lot. Since 2003, weve had the gubernatorial recall election, the Presidential election, the special San Diego mayoral election, a special statewide election in 2005, the 2006 primary and general elections. Am I forgetting any? Trust me, Im trying to!

Navy Sewage Spill Larger Than First Estimated

Nov. 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Navy officials today upped the estimated amount of sewage that was unintentionally discharged into San Diego Bay over the past two years due to an improperly connected pipe at Naval Base San Diego.

Health Officials: Flu Season Weeks Away in CA

Nov. 21
By Ellen Ciurczak and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Cases of the flu are already being seen on the East Coast. Doctors say with so many people traveling cross country, flu season is only weeks away in California. Doctor Richard Stack, a Sacramento infectious disease specialist, says it’s a good time to get a flu shot.

San Diego Food Bank Continues Donations Despite Internal Troubles

Nov. 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The region's largest hunger-relief agency, the San Diego Food Bank, will continue handing out donations through the holidays despite the agency's troubles. Host Gloria Penner talks with the San Diego Food Bank president about the upcoming holiday drive and what the future looks like for the Food Bank.

Minutemen Protest McGonigle Canyon Migrant Worker Camp

Nov. 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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For decades, McGonigle Canyon has been home to migrant farm workers. On Saturday, about 150 members of anti-illegal immigration group the Minutemen gathered near McGonigle Canyon to protest. Host Gloria Penner talks with KPBS border reporter Amy Isackson about the story.

Grower Won't Provide Farmworker Housing

Nov. 21
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A grower who employs many of the migrant workers who were kicked out of Mc Gonigle Canyon says it’s not his responsibility to provide housing. About 175 workers were forced to leave their makeshift camps in the canyon over the weekend. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Palomar College Students Propose Campus-Wide Smoking Ban

Nov. 21
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Palomar Community College students will propose a campus-wide smoking ban to the facility's planning board today. This is the first time the panel will consider the controversial proposal. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

S.D. Mayor: Water, Sewer Rate Increases Unavoidable

Nov. 21
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders says without major water and sewer rate increases, the city cannot continue to provide clean water. The mayor will hold workshops around town to convince residents that increasing rates over the next four years is unavoidable. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Sanders Announces Utility-Rate Increase to Fund Water System Upgrades

Nov. 21
By Heather Hill and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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On Tuesday, Mayor Jerry Sanders announced proposed water and sewer rate increases. City officials say they are needed to help pay for government-mandated water system improvement projects. Full Focus reporter Heather Hill has more.

PBS “Frontline” Examines Life of Elderly Population

Nov. 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The population of people over 85 years-old is now the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. What does this mean to the future of our society? A new “Frontline” explores the growing demographic.

Supreme Court Reviews Federal Regulation on Global Warming

Nov. 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Next week, the Supreme Court decides whether federal law permits or requires federal environmental regulators to consider whether pollutants from new auto vehicles endanger public health by their impact on the climate and how such pollutants should be regulated.

Decade Long Debate Over Medical Marijuana Continues

Nov. 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Medical marijuana became legal in California 10 years ago when voters approved Proposition 215. But according to federal law, this use remains illegal. Host Tom Fudge explores how these legal variations impact people in San Diego.

Scrutiny of Migrant Worker Camps Increases

Nov. 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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McGonigle Canyon is home to hundreds of migrants who live there illegally. Captain Boyd Long with the SDPD’s Northern Division talks about the ongoing issue of migrant camps in the canyons of suburban San Diego.

Judge Sets Hearing Date for Escondido Landlord Ordinance

Nov. 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A federal judge has set a spring date for a preliminary injunction hearing on the controversial Escondido illegal-immigrant housing ordinance. U.S. District Judge John Houston set a March 8th hearing date yesterday.

Off-Roaders Gather for Baja's 1,000 Mile Race

Nov. 21
By James Spring and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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This past weekend Baja California residents and visitors watched as racers made their way from Ensenada to La Paz for the 39th running of the Baja 1000. The race is often called "the toughest 24 hours in motor sports." Reporter James Spring was at mile marker 177 near San Felipe, Mexico.