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Stories for November 27, 2006

Low Enrollment Gives S.D. County Schools $6 Billion Bonus

Nov. 27
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County schools are in line to get part of an estimated six-billion-dollar windfall from the state. Local educators welcome the bonus, but say they want more flexibility in how they can spend the money. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Government Appealing Judge's Decision to Overturn Zucchet's Guilty Verdict

Nov. 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Federal prosecutors in San Diego are challenging a judge’s ruling last year that set free a former city councilman who had been convicted on corruption charges. The councilman was Michael Zucchet. He was tried by jury and convicted of trading favors with a strip club owner who gave Zucchet campaign contributions.

Schwarzenegger Wants to Implement Universal Health Care

Nov. 27
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says one of the goals of his second term is to get all Californians health insurance, without raising taxes. But some consumer advocates are skeptical. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Tijuana Mayor to Give State of the City Address Tonight

Nov. 27
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Tijuana Mayor Jorge Hank Rhon gives his second state of the city address Monday evening. In a departure from last year’s lavish event at the city’s municipal auditorium, Hank returns to tradition this year to give his speech at City Hall. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Local Attorney Requests Answers to Voting Discrepancies

Nov. 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A local attorney has filed a letter with the San Diego County Registrar of Voters that requests answers to discrepancies he and others find between the Election Code and how he is conducting the "one percent manual tally." Host Gloria Penner talks with Kenneth Simpkins about his concerns.

DOJ Announces Appeal to Zucchet’s Acquittal

Nov. 27
By Rebecca Tolin and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Department of Justice announced that it will appeal a federal judge's decision to overturn guilty verdicts against former San Diego Councilman Michael Zucchet, who was convicted in July 2005 of extortion and wire-fraud. A few months later, a U.S. District Judge overturned those convictions. Full Focus reporter Rebecca Tolin has the update.

Local Surfers' Bamboo Business Takes Off

Nov. 27
By Joanne Faryon and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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What do you get when you combine two surfers, a forest of bamboo, and a broken foot? In the case of two young San Diego men – they've got, the genesis of a successful and environmentally friendly business. Joanne Faryon has their story in our occasional series on ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Pioneer of Modern Cop Novel Releases New Book

Nov. 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Los Angeles Police Department detective turned crime novelist Joseph Wambaugh talks about his new novel “Hollywood Station,” the world of the LAPD, and making the transition to television.

Experts Detail Best Book Picks of 2006

Nov. 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We’re entering the season of gift buying and a little extra free time, at least later in the month. So it’s a good time to talk about good books. San Diego-based author Debra Ginsberg and critic Tiffany Lee-Youngren talk about what they’re reading.

Sociologist Explores the Meaning of “Going Home” for the Holidays

Nov. 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

People like to go home on major holidays like Thanksgiving. But where is home, if it’s not the place where you live and work? We’ll talk about the meaning of home, community and roots with sociologist Phillip Gay and take your calls.

Retailers Gauge Holiday Shopping Trends

Nov. 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

How are people spending their money this year? Retailers and financial markets report mixed results after the year's biggest shopping day. Host Tom Fudge examines Black Friday, Cyber Monday and this year’s spending season.

Proposition 83 Faces Legal Challenges

Nov. 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

California's version of Jessica's Law was passed earlier this month as Proposition 83. The proposition was hit with a lawsuit questioning the constutionality of the measure. A reporter covering the case discusses today's legal hearings.

Local Poinsettia Growers Cash In

Nov. 27
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego county growers are poised to cash in on a holiday tradition with deep roots in the region. KPBS Reporter Erik Anderson has details.

San Diego Residents Are Asked to Conserve Water

Nov. 27
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego water agencies are asking residents to conserve water for the next week-and-a-half while upgrades are made to a major regional water treatment plan. KPBS ReporterEd Joyce has details.

Researchers Search Ocean for Potential Cancer Treatment

Nov. 27
By Rebecca Tolin and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Aspirin is found in the bark of a willow tree, penicillin from a fungus, and the anti-cancer drug Taxol originates from the pacific yew tree. We rarely think about the source of our medicines, but for years drug companies have combed the soil for potential therapeutics. With those resources running dry, a team of local researchers is turning to the very birthplace of life itself, the sea. Rebecca Tolin has more.