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Stories for August 16, 2007

47 Cars Stolen in Mexico Found in San Diego

Aug. 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Forty-seven cars reported stolen in Mexico have been recovered in San Diego and suburban Chula Vista. The Mexican-registered vehicles may have been used for transporting contraband north into the U.S.

Dems Say Proposal to Divvy Electoral Votes is a GOP 'Power Grab'

Aug. 16
By California Capitol Network, Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A proposed ballot initiative would change the way California hands out its electoral votes to Presidential candidates. And it's being met with strong opposition from Democrats. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.

Job Status Still Ambiguous For Replaced School District CAO

Aug. 16
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

There's no word yet if San Diego school district's former chief administrative officer will officially resign, but his contract indicates the district could sever its ties with the embattled leader at any time. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

State Budget Freeze Threatens San Diego Senior Center

Aug. 16
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A senior daycare center in San Diego may be forced to shut down because of the budget fight in Sacramento. California subsidizes programs that provide meals and healthcare for elderly people during the day. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has the story.

Aguirre Calls Mass E-Mail Sent By Union Head a Smear Campaign

Aug. 16
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego City Attorney Mike Aquirre says the head of the city's largest employee union used the city's e-mail system to smear him. It's the latest twist in Aquirre's effort to roll back an increase in pension benefits for city workers. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has the story.

Caution Urged as State Mulls Fix For Sub Prime Mortgage Woes

Aug. 16
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Mortgage brokers meeting in California are asking lawmakers to take reasonable steps to protect their industry. Problems in the mortgage industry are rippling out through the rest of the economy. The problems in the sub prime mortgage market are making it harder for people to borrow money.

Weekend Preview: New Local Eateries and Dogs That Surf

Aug. 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new upscale restaurant called Avenue 5 opened this week and San Diego City Search Editor Erin Chambers was there. We'll get her opinion on the new Bankers Hill spot as well as some other new dining options in the area. Chambers also tells us about a surf competition for dogs.

Debut Novel Follows a Young Girl on the Road to Vegas and Through Her Sexual Awakening

Aug. 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The new novel “Hick” is making quite an impression, both for its style and its story of a poor 13-year-old girl who leaves her dysfunctional alcoholic parents and sets out on the road looking for Las Vegas.

El Cajon Passes One of the County's Most Strict Smoking Bans

Aug. 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The City of El Cajon passes one of San Diego County's most restrictive smoking bans. The new ordinance, which goes into effect in mid-September, makes it illegal to smoke in virtually all public areas. A representative from the city explains why the city passed this law, while the American Lung Association and a smoker rights activist debate the merits of government enforcement of personal activities.

CPR Training Can Save Lives

Aug. 16
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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You don't have to go to medical school to learn how to save someone's life in an emergency. Anyone can learn the skills to help someone until paramedics arrive. The local chapter of the American Red Cross teaches some 30,000 San Diegans every year. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Tijuana Estuary Celebrates 25 Years

Aug. 16
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve celebrates its 25th anniversary today. The reserve sits on a wildlife refuge bordering Imperial Beach and Mexico. The estuary is home to five endangered bird species and is one of the few salt marshes remaining in Southern California. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce walked the reserve yesterday morning.