Stories for September 21, 2006
Lately I've been thinking about how I often write about the symbiotic relationship between managing and parenting. There are skills used at home that are transferable to the workplace; you're often learning as much about yourself on-the-job as you are as a parent. While I haven't changed my mind about my belief in the symbiosis, some recent experiences have made me aware that while a working mother can wear many hats, it's often inconvenient to wear them at the same time.
There are 17,000 students in the San Diego Unified School District who are in special education programs. These programs provide students with disabilities extra help. The federal government requires school districts to provide special education services, but it doesn't pick up much of the tab. And the funding it does provide could be diminishing soon. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.
Hewlett Packard executives are scheduled to testify before Congress next week about allegations of corporate spying. Reporter Amita Sharma talks with professors and a business reporter about the case.
The price of gas has continued to decline since early August, down from a record high set in May. Reporter Heather Hill talks with a consumer advocate about the reasons for the break at the pump.
The Parental Notice Initiative would make it mandatory for a doctor or clinic to notify a parent when their underage daughter is seeking an abortion. Host Gloria Penner speaks to advocates on both sides of the campaign.
The border security fence bill - passed by the house last week (Week of Sept. 11th) - has hit a number of snags in the Senate. Not least of which are objections from California's two Senators. From Capitol Hill, Ben Shaw reports.
Migrant workers have been living in Deer Canyon just outside Carmel Valley. Filmmaker Juan Carlos Frey has profiled the living conditions of these undocumented workers as they struggle to survive. He discusses his new documentary "The Invisible Mexicans of Deer Canyon."
Surrealism, Latino art, pasta sculpture, and dance are featured in local art venues. Critics meet to discuss upcoming exhibitions and performances in San Diego.
Law enforcement officials and crime watchers in Tijuana say the arrest of suspected drug cartel leader Francisco Javier Arellano-Felix has caused an unprecedented spate of violence in Tijuana. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.
East County may lose a vital health care asset. Alvarado Hospital remains on the market after its corporate owner was forced to sell because of federal prosecution. Local officials are getting nervous as the deadline for the hospitals sale nears.
Increasing numbers of San Diego children and young adults are becoming obese. Local school officials are hoping to improve cafeteria menus by offering healthy alternatives and promoting better nutrition.
Councilwoman Donna Frye is proposing an initiative to reduce greenhouse emissions. Her new program called the "Climate Protection Action Plan" addresses global warming which she calls "the single largest threat to our local environment." Frye will also discuss the latest City Council news.
Inmates at California state prison facilities are dying at an unusually high rate. Authorities say at least one inmate dies, every week, in the prison health care system. KPBS Morning Anchor Dwane Brown wraps up our series on California's troubled prison system. He spoke with Robert Sillen the federal receiver who took control in April of the health care system that serves 33-state prisons.