Stories for September 20, 2006
California's prisons are so overcrowded that inmates are released every day to make room for new ones. Statewide, seven out of 10 of these parolees wind up back behind bars. One San Diego nonprofit is helping to beat those odds by reaching out to the ex-cons - putting them to work and trying to keep them out of jail. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps has the story.
Doug Manchesters plan for redevelopment of the Navy-Broadway complex along the Embarcadero has met harsh criticism from designers and urban planners. Host Gloria Penner talks to two critics of Manchesters design.
A recent study shows that children who are overweight are more likely to be overweight or obese by the age of 12. Host Gloria Penner talks with a researcher about the study and with a school nurse about ways schools are trying to help.
Recent polls show voters are favoring - by slim margins - the multibillion-dollar California public works bond package. But two nonpartisan groups say voters should reject the measures. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.
The Chargers are off to a hot start while the Padres are in a tight division race. Host Tom Fudge gets some answers and insight from Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton, a local sports radio talk show host and former Chargers play-by-play announcer.
Lisa Teasley is a hot young novelist with a hot new novel called "Heat Signature." She is also the author of "Dive" and the short story collection "Glow in the Dark." She shares her thoughts on California fiction and the role race has played in her life and her stories.
Volunteering can help make charity part of daily life. Even small contributions can improve people's lives. A new book offers advice and inspiration for those who want to find a way to help people in need.
California voters will have numerous bond measures to scrutinize in the upcoming 2006 Elections. The measures include programs to fund housing for lower-income residents, to repair and upgrade public schools, and to finance disaster preparedness and flood prevention projects.
The City Council meets to discuss the Navy Broadway redevelopment project and its impact on the waterfront of the San Diego. Plans are already underway to construct luxury high rises housing retail space and condominiums. Opponents of the plan fear the project will crowd the waterfront.
San Diego City Council held a public hearing yesterday to get input on the ambitious development plans for the Navy Broadway Project. The waterfront site is considered a lynch pin connecting downtown with San Diego Bay. KPBS reporter Alison has more.