Stories for April 26, 2007
California Democrats are gathering in San Diego, and they're drawing their party's big name presidential contenders. What's on the agenda? Who's coming? What will happen? What big themes will the candidates hit? We'll get a preview from the U/T's political editor.
Bank of America is testing a pilot program in Los Angeles that offers credit cards to people without social security cards. Some say other banks will follow, but Congressman Brian Bilbray wants stiffer rules for such programs. He says the bank is profiteering from illegal immigrants. Full Focus reporter Amita Sharma has more.
It's a $38 million sacred cow. Free residential trash pick-up. But this time of year, when the city deliberates on its $3 billion budget, it may not be so sacred. Joanne Faryon is here to explain.
What makes an outstanding leader? The author of "True North" interviewed 125 top execs, entrepreneurs, political leaders, and social innovators -- and found that each discovered their own internal compass in a moment of crisis that clarified their values and what motivates them as they lead.
In Riverside County, one city is reducing greenhouse gas emissions by using solar power. As KPBS reporter Ed Joyce tells us, the energy savings are expected to pay for the project.
The federal government could override state decisions on where new power lines could be built. The Department of Energy has declared two parts of the country critical to the nation's electricity grid. One of those national corridors includes most of Southern California. KPBS environmental reporter Ed Joyce explains.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is thanking lawmakers for their approval Thursday of a bill that's aimed at easing state prison overcrowding. He says the $7 billion-plus agreement will add more than 50,000 beds and is a giant step forward for public safety.
The head of the union representing prison guards in California says the state legislature's plan to address overcrowding will put his members in danger.
Some East County school administrators hope video cameras will prevent crime and violence on campus. A dozen high schools have roughly 300 high-tech cameras monitoring student activity. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
This week, committees in the State Senate and Assembly approved two different Democratic plans to overhaul Californias healthcare system. The governor appears unconcerned that both proposals are quite different from his own. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.
A former member of Wu Tang Clan will hit the stage this weekend, and one of the most influential new bands of the decade will play the Spreckles Theater tonight. It's the Weekend Preview.
The exotic animal trade is a $15.8 million industry in the U.S., second only to guns and drugs. Many of the exotic animals are treated poorly and risk abandonment when owners grow tired of the commitment. We hear the story of a local woman who recently acquired three lion cubs and the challenges of creating a home for unwanted lions, tigers and bears.
With the mosquito breeding season getting under way, San Diego County is ramping up its efforts to prevent West Nile Virus by eliminating breeding areas. The county's supervising vector ecologist discusses current efforts to prevent the spread of the virus and how county residents can help.
Freedom's Journal was the first African-American newspaper in the United States. Author Jacqueline Bacon discusses how her new book traces the influence of the newspaper that used information in its columns to create a rich, detailed portrait of African-American life in the late 1820s
San Diego's Young Entrepreneur of the Year is Jeff Jordan. The 23-year-old president of Rescue Social Change Group explains how his company is revolutionizing the behavior change community by applying business models to affect social change.
The Democrats are coming! The Democrats are coming! This weekend, San Diego will play host to the California Democratic Party State Convention. KPBS Reporter Andrew Phelps talks about the big names coming to town, and the main issues they plan to discuss.
San Diegans have grown up seeing dolphins and sea lions perform at Sea World, where they're trained to thrill audiences. But not so far away, at a Navy installation on Point Loma, the highly intelligent marine mammals are undergoing training for very different purposes. KPBS Radio's Andrea Hsu has more.