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Stories for April 9, 2007

Solana Beach Development

April 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Solana Beach has a train station, a theatre, several mini shopping centers, some popular boutiques, and the usual assortment of restaurants, homes, and offices that a small beachside city might have. Now there's a proposal for a $50 million mixed use project planned for the area around that train station. Is this the pathway to a refreshed Solana Beach or the start of gridlock?

In La Mesa Redevelopment, a Clash With Roots

April 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The East County town of La Mesa may still be small, with some 60,000 residents. But the city has big plans to redevelop its civic center. And that's sparked controversy over a street named for the city's founder.

Rebuilt Head Start Program Shows Promise

April 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The nonprofit agency that operates most of San Diego County's Head Start preschool programs has finally reached full compliance with federal standards. In August of 2006 the Board of Directors of the troubled Neighborhood House Association brought in a new management team because of criticisms for improper spending, lax record-keeping, mismanagement, and numerous other deficiencies. We'll hear how after just six months, how San Diego's largest nonprofit was able to rebuild itself.

After School Programs to Receive Extra $5 Million This Year

April 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego's before and after school programs will get an extra $5 million in state funding this year. District officials say more than one hundred campuses will benefit from the hefty increase. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

New Review Shows Many Young Californians Quit Smoking Tobacco

April 9
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new review of California's Tobacco Control Program finds young adults in the state are kicking the habit in record numbers. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Layoffs From Fleet Maintenance Privatization May Carve HQ Space

April 9
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Critics of the Navy’s plans to build a new Regional Headquarters in the middle of downtown San Diego say it would be more appropriate to build the HQ close to the fleet at the 32nd Street Naval Station. The Navy argues there is no space for administrative buildings on the working waterfront. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Sanders Lays Out Proposed Budget Points, Hundreds More Layoffs

April 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders laid out the basic elements of his proposed budget Monday. He touted the cost savings achieved by increased efficiency at the city, and announced hundreds more layoffs. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

City Council Votes Down Its Own Pay Raise

April 9
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego City Council voted unanimously today not to take a pay raise this year. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Bills Seek to Reduce Ocean Pollution

April 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California Legislature is considering several bills to protect beaches and the Pacific Ocean. One bill would ban the use of certain chemicals in plastic packaging. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Local Music Airs ON KPBS

April 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

SAN DIEGO – Music aficionados will delight in the lineup KBPBS-FM is offering to its listeners. Those tuning into 89.5 FM will hear the San Diego Opera’s 2007 productions and classical pieces from the 11th Annual Mainly Mozart 2007 Spotlight Series.

KPBS Presents V-ME

April 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego – Beginning on March 5, KPBS will broadcast V-me, a new Spanish-language television network delivering quality and educational entertainment to local Latino viewers.

Spring Gardening Tips

April 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

It's the time of year to plant and plot for summer blooms. We'll talk with gardening experts Mary McBride and Tom Piergrossi about spring time gardening.

Legal Update: Pet Food Recall, Steroids, California Emissions

April 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The recent pet food recall spurs legal action across the country, but how will pet owners be compensated? These Days legal analyst Dan Eaton tells us what sort of interesting legal questions come about with this massive recall. Also, we find out what the latest Ninth Circuit court decision means for steroids in professional baseball. Finally, what does the Supreme Court's decision on EPA emissions mean for California?

NHA Makes Comeback; Now in Full Compliance with Gov't Standards

April 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Neighborhood House Association (NHA), which administers San Diego's Head Start program, among others, is in full compliance with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services performance standards and policy requirements for Head Start and Early Head Start programs. An executive from the NHA explains how the formerly troubled agency was able to make a complete and relatively quick turnaround.

Children's Author Examines Childhood in New Work

April 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge talks with Jerry Griswold, director of the National Center for the Study of Children's Literature and professor of English at SDSU. In his new book, "Feeling Like a Kid," Griswold examines the qualities of childhood and how they reappear in children's literature.

The older generation

April 9
KPBS Commentaries

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Monica's generation

April 9
KPBS Commentaries

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April 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

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April 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting