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Stories for February 26, 2007

Affordable Housing Incentives for Developers Raises Concerns

Feb. 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Are we sacrificing too much to increase affordable housing? On Monday's Full Focus, we'll explore the incentives for developers being weighed by the San Diego City Council.

Governor Urges Swift Action to Ease Prison Overcrowding

Feb. 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says he's considering early release of some prisoners to deal with prison overcrowding. We'll get an update on the governor's efforts to ease prison crowding.

SAIC Responds to Charges of Contract Abuse

Feb. 26
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

An investigative piece in next month's Vanity Fair finds that San Diego-based Science Applications International Corporation hasn't delivered on some of its biggest government contracts -- costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. SAIC officials say the magazine piece is a fairytale. Full Focus reporter Amita Sharma has more.

Creator of Paid Family Leave Wants Program Expanded

Feb. 26
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Since 2004, when it went into effect, the nation's first Paid Family Leave program has been used by more than 400,000 Californians. Now the law's creator says it's time to expand. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.

Report: S.D. School District Needs Maintenance Dept. Overhaul

Feb. 26
By Heather Hill and KPBS Public Broadcasting

It seems local school maintenance is not making the grade. That's according to a report commissioned by San Diego City schools - the state's second-largest school district. In response to the report, school board representatives are calling for a complete overhaul of the district's maintenance and operations department. Full Focus Reporter Heather Hill has the story.

Chula Vista Charter School Closes Two Campuses

Feb. 26
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A San Diego County charter school organization abruptly shut down two of its Chula Vista campuses last week. That sent many students scrambling to find alternatives over the weekend. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

State Power Grid Healthy

Feb. 26
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California power grid operator says the system is healthy. A performance scorecard shows the system delivered more power last year at less expense. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce tells us officials say the system is in good shape for summer when Californians use more power.

Legal Update: Workplace Discrimination

Feb. 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What laws prohibit employers from discriminating against employees, or potential employees, based on physical appearance? Can employers legally discriminate in this manner?

How to Get Americans Out of Debt

Feb. 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Is America trapped in a culture of debt? Organizers of “San Diego Saves Week” explain how they hope to promote a savings mentality to encourage debt reduction. Plus, a local bankruptcy judge outlines the impact of debt on individuals and society.

Mayor’s Water and Sewer Rate Increase in City Council’s Hands

Feb. 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Will the City Council approve Mayor Jerry Sanders' proposal to increase San Diego's water and sewer rates? Barring unforeseen circumstances, approval of the proposal seems inevitable. We speak to KPBS reporter Alison St. John about the proposed rate increase, and how much it will cost the average consumer.

Awaiting Hearing, Landis Continues 'Tour' to Clear His Name

Feb. 26
By Andrea Hsu and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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After eight days and 700 miles on a bicycle, cyclist Levi Leipheimer from Santa Rosa was declared the winner of the 2007 Amgen Tour of California. Last year's Tour winner was also a California resident: Floyd Landis - of Murietta. As KPBS Radio's Andrea Hsu reports, Landis was at this year's race, but not riding.

S.D. Council Talks Today About Water and Sewer Rates

Feb. 26
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego city council holds hearings today into proposed water and sewer rate increases. Some groups support the mayor’s plans. But others are still opposed to the rate hikes. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

'Hire a Hero' Links Employers with Former Marines

Feb. 26
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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U.S Marines go through the toughest training of any of the armed forces. And yet when they leave the military to join the civilian workforce, that experience isn’t easy to sum up in a resume. An experiment on Camp Pendleton this week gave some CEOs a glimpse into why a former Marine might make a good civilian employee. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.