Stories for October 30, 2006
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.
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 Hollywoods influence. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
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.
Next Tuesday will mark San Diego Countys 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 Registrars Office.
San Diego Congressman Duncan Hunter says hes 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.
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 Diegos cemeteries, and reveal that a final resting place can prove to be anything but final.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Should political candidates receive public campaign funding, and should contribution limits be imposed on those candidates not receiving this funding?
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.
The legal battle over whether San Diego city pension benefits should be rolled back begins today. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.