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Stories for October 30, 2006

Prop. C Aims to Generate Competitive Drive for City of SD Contracts

Oct. 30
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego is under more pressure than most cities to cut costs. It has a massive pension deficit, and a giant backlog of deferred maintenance. The mayor put a measure on next week's ballot that could lower costs. Proposition C, the Managed Competition Initiative, would pit public employees against the private sector to compete for city contracts. KPBS Metro reporter Alison St John asks whether the measure really would save money and help pull the city out of its financial problems.

Teens Strategizing to Help Peers "Kick Ash"

Oct. 30
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Researchers say smoking in movies and on TV are causing more young people to light-up. San Diego County student leaders will meet today to develop ways kids and teenagers can curb Hollywood’s influence. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Nurses Promote Support of "Clean Money" Initiative

Oct. 30
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Members of the California Nurses Association are hitting the streets this week, to promote the so-called “Clean Money” initiative known as Prop 89. Nurses say the measure would reduce corporate influence on California campaigns. But critics say Prop 89 is unfair. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

New Voting Machines have Voter-Certified Paper Trail

Oct. 30
By Rebecca Tolin and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Next Tuesday will mark San Diego County’s first full deployment of electronic voting machines with a voter-certified paper trail. Full Focus reporter Rebecca Tolin takes a look at the new devices at the Registrar’s Office.

Congressman Hunter Announces Bid for White House

Oct. 30
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego Congressman Duncan Hunter says he’s running for the Republican nomination in the 2008 presidential race. Hunter was surrounded by his family and supporters as he made the announcement on the San Diego waterfront where he started his political career 26 years ago. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Secrets of San Diego Graves Revealed

Oct. 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Centuries-old cemeteries hold fascinating history. But too often, they are not treated with reverence. Filmmakers Richard Rivera and Chris Pyle take a haunting look at San Diego’s cemeteries, and reveal that a final resting place can prove to be anything but final.

Military Justice Examined in Wake of Iraqi Civilian Deaths

Oct. 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The Army and the Marines court-martialed several service members this month in connection with the deaths of Iraqi civilians. Full Focus reporter Amita Sharma talks with a former deputy assistant secretary of the Navy about how the military metes out justice.

Seasonal Flower Industry Threatened by Pests

Oct. 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Encinitas is known by many for its beautiful flowers, especially its glorious poinsettias. But could the holiday season's favorite flower be home to a devastating pest that could wipe out the $19 billion ornamental plant industry? Tom Fudge speaks with Rex Dalton, a correspondent for "Nature Magazine" to find out.

Rep. Duncan Hunter Announces Bid for Presidency

Oct. 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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On Monday, San Diego Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter announced that he is preparing to run for President in 2008. Full Focus reporter Amita Sharma talks with KPBS reporter Ed Joyce about the announcement.

Rural Districts in Danger of Losing Fire Departments

Oct. 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Three years ago, the small, hilltop community of Crest lost 300 homes in the Cedar Fire. Now, Crest is in danger of losing its fire department. Community activists talk about the effort to rebuild homes and about financial problems in the East County Fire Protection District.

Former Litigator Makes Case for Judicial Activism

Oct. 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Former litigation director for the Institute of Justice talks about the need for "judicial activism" and how a free society needs judges who protect the rights of the individual.

Prop. 89: Campaign Finance

Oct. 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Should political candidates receive public campaign funding, and should contribution limits be imposed on those candidates not receiving this funding?

"Hacksaw" Hamilton Analyzes the Latest in San Diego Sports

Oct. 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The Chargers' defense takes another hit, Bruce Bochy leaves the Padres, the World Series winds down, and SDSU wins a big one against the division's #1 team. Host Tom Fudge speaks with Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton, local sports radio talk show host and former Chargers play-by-play announcer, about San Diego sports.

Pension Battle Goes to Court

Oct. 30
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The legal battle over whether San Diego city pension benefits should be rolled back begins today. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.