Stories for October 24, 2006
Talk radio has been a part of public radio for at least 20 years ever since somebody decided that not everything carrying the NPR brand had to be scripted, edited and pre-recorded. The state of public radio talk programs was a matter of discussion last month when I and people from stations around the country attended the annual Talk Show Conference, sponsored by PRNDI, Public Radio News Directors, Inc.
The Cedar Fire burned more than 270,000 acres in San Diego County three years ago Wednesday. Since that time, the city of San Diego has changed building codes and added firefighting equipment to prevent and fight future wildfires. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.
The Centre City Development Corporation is scheduled to vote Wednesday on Doug Manchesters plans for the development of the Navy Broadway Complex. Reporter Heather Hill talks to representatives from the redevelopment agency and the Navy about the vote and its waterfront implications.
Last year, new mayor Jerry Sanders proposed to clean up the citys troubled pension system. Prop. B would change the city charter to put all further increases in city retirement system benefits in the hands of voters.
Iconic music retailer Tower Records is going out of business. A music store owner and an industry analyst explain what's behind the closing and what challenges are ahead for the music business.
U.S. caualty numbers continue to rise in Iraq, with October turning out to be one of the deadliest months to date. Two political scientists analyze the unstable situation abroad and how it might affect voters during the November elections.
The growing homeless population in San Diego has been in the spotlight recently. As part of a nationwide movement, the city council voted on a new initiative designed to get the homeless off the streets.
Family, friends and city leaders celebrated the life of former San Diego City Councilman George Stevens Tuesday. Stevens spent eleven years representing Council District four. He died last week. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.
San Diego City Council approved an ambitious plan last night to end chronic homelessness. City officials also called for negotiations to settle a lawsuit to stop police from ticketing the homeless for sleeping on the street. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
Proposition 90 on the state ballot asks voters to limit the power of governments to seize land from private owners. Supporters of Prop. 90 say Californians need protection from eminent domain abuse. Critics of the ballot measure say it will cost too much money and will hamper public works projects. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more on Proposition 90.