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Stories for September 26, 2006

Uniforms in Paradise

Sept. 26
KPBS Commentaries

Its been nearly a hundred years since the city of San Diego hitched its wagon to the Navy on the path to prosperity. Since then the relationship has had ups and downs. You can argue over whether courting the military has been the best economic development strategy the city could have chosen. Let it suffice to say that uniforms, for better or worse, have made San Diego much of what it is today.

Some Concerned Over Hospital Relocation Plan

Sept. 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County’s fragile healthcare safety net is about to develop some gaping holes. San Diego Supervisors got a report on the state of the County’s healthcare system Tuesday. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

KPBS Commentaries

Sept. 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Future of Fiesta Island Debated

Sept. 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new plan for developing Fiesta Island is in the works. But some in the community oppose any development of the rustic, desolate piece of land. Host Gloria Penner discusses the future of this undeveloped island in Mission Bay.

San Diego Home Sales Drop

Sept. 26
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Researchers say sales of existing homes are down in San Diego and throughout California, showing the greatest sales decline since the summer of 1982. The California Association of Realtors reports home sales statewide dropped by more than thirty-percent last month, compared to a year ago. The Association’s Economist Robert Kleinhenz says the fast-pace of appreciation in home prices has also slowed.

Photographer Documents Migrant Children’s Trek

Sept. 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Gloria Penner talks to a photographer who documented Central American children making the long, dangerous trek to the United States.

Escondido Becomes a Wireless Hotspot

Sept. 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Many major metropolitan cities around the country are developing plans to offer free wireless Internet. Escondido hopes to be ahead of the curve. The city plans to offer free wireless Internet access to residents, businesses, and visitors of the downtown area.

Homeless Advocate Ends Hunger Strike

Sept. 26
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A homeless advocate has stopped the fast he began two weeks ago to protest ticketing of homeless people sleeping on San Diego streets. Meanwhile San Diego’s city attorney says his office will meet with Los Angeles officials to try to find an alternative to issuing so- called” illegal lodging” tickets. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Ordinance to Ban Smoking from Parks and Beaches

Sept. 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County supervisors have told staff to draw up an ordinance to ban smoking in county parks and open spaces. The county's proposed ordinance would be the next in a long list of local laws that ban smoking in parks and on beaches.

SDSU Nursing Program Focuses on Recruitment

Sept. 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Nurses are in high demand, especially in California. Dr. Catherine Todero is the new director of the SDSU School of Nursing. Todero talks about the impact of the nursing shortage, and her plans to attract more students to the SDSU nursing program.

Author Explores Karl Rove's Plan for Absolute Power

Sept. 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Karl Rove has played a key role in the conservative revolution. Emmy award winning television news correspondent, James Moore, speaks about his new book The Architect: Karl Rove and the Master Plan for Absolute Power.

Condo Conversions Linger on the Market

Sept. 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

There are almost seven thousand condo conversion units sitting empty in the county of San Diego, waiting to be sold. The median home price has dipped two percent and properties are lingering on the market for months. As the housing boom slows, builders are watching their profits disappear.

Prop. C Battle Heats Up After Campaign Contribution Violation

Sept. 26
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The battle over the city of San Diego’s Managed Competition Initiative, Prop C, is heating up. Supporters say the November ballot measure will save taxpayer money by shifting some city services to the private sector. Opponents say the change will increase the potential for public corruption. KPBS Reporter Alison St John has more.