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Stories for October 23, 2006

New Law Gives More Protection to Victims of Domestic Violence

Oct. 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting

California has a new law protecting victims of domestic violence who have sought restraining orders against their abusers under the Family Code. Full Focus take a look into court protective orders, temporary restraining orders and the new protections for victims of domestic violence.

Chula Vista Mayor’s Race Heats Up

Oct. 23
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Voters in the county’s second-largest city placed incumbent mayor Steve Padilla in a distant second place behind Chula Vista School Board member Cheryl Cox in a June primary. Reporter Amita Sharma explores the issues affecting the race.

Tobacco Companies Contribute $54 Million to Fight Prop. 86

Oct. 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting

More than $65 million has been raised in the battle over the tobacco-tax measure Prop 86 on the November ballot. Most of the campaign money against the initiative comes from outside of California. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Protesters Marching 300 Miles Through Baja to Call for End to Violence

Oct. 23
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A group of marchers is demanding an end to violence in Baja California. The contingent of about 40 protestors set out from south of Ensenada over the weekend. They plan to walk their message all the way to Mexicali, the state capitol, more than 300 miles away. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

SD City Council to Vote on Plan to End Chronic Homelessness

Oct. 23
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

After two-and-a-half years of work and planning, San Diego City Council will vote tonight on a community plan designed to end chronic homelessness. San Diego is one of 100 cities nationwide challenged by the Bush Administration to come up with such a plan. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Community Meetings Held to Discuss Health Care Study's Findings

Oct. 23
By Rebecca Tolin and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The recent Healthcare Safety Net Report found that the number of uninsured and underinsured patients in San Diego is growing, and the high cost of living in San Diego is leading to serious staff shortages at area hospitals and clinics. Rebecca Tolin reports.

Artist Opens New Exhibit of Middle East Photographs

Oct. 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Lebanese-American artist Doris Battar is exhibiting her photographs of life in the Middle East taken over the last two years. Host Gloria Penner talks to the artist about her work.

Gardening Experts Share Tips for Fall

Oct. 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego is about to enter its cool rainy season. A lot of plant and vegetables are coming in and out of season. Gardening gurus Tom Piergrossi and Nan Sterman share tips on everything from fertilizer to fungus.

San Diego Celebrities Read Shakespeare’s Sonnets

Oct. 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting

As a playwright and poet, Shakespeare is celebrated around the world. Local celebrities and personalities read his collection of sonnets at the Old Globe Theater in Balboa Park.

Proposition T to Fund $596 million Bond for Tri-City Medical Center

Oct. 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting

North County voters again consider a proposition to improve the Tri-City Medical Center. The $596 million bond measure allocates funds for hospital improvements. Host Tom Fudge speaks with both sides about the issue.

Crime Continues to Plague Beach Communities

Oct. 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Late last week, San Diego police arrested four men in connection with a burglary and sexual assault in Mission Beach. The incident shocked the community and highlighted why some feel the police department is understaffed. The councilman for the Mission Beach area discusses the situation.

SD Election Preparations Underway; Electronic Voting Returns

Oct. 23
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

You still have time to register for the election in two weeks. Today is the last day to get your application into the Registrar of voter's office. KPBS Morning Anchor Dwane Brown speaks with Registrar Mikel Haas about Election Day preparations.

Public Invited to Weight in on SD's Health Care Safety Net

Oct. 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County is looking for input on how to improve the region’s health care safety net. County officials will hold five forums this week to get the public’s response to a recently completed study. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

SD Unified Opening Ethics Office

Oct. 23
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Unified School District is gearing up to open its first-ever ethics office. The new unit will work hand-in-hand with the district’s fraud investigation team. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Vital Vote Scheduled for Navy Broadway Project

Oct. 23
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

This week is pivotal in the ongoing debate about the massive Navy Broadway redevelopment project proposed for San Diego’s downtown waterfront. The deadline to approve or deny the landmark project is imminent, and opponents are mounting last minute challenges. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.