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Stories for February 6, 2007

Historic Rancho May Be Developed

Feb. 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting

It’s considered an historic county treasure but it could soon be lost to development. On Tuesday’s Full Focus, we’ll explore Rancho Guejito , California’s last intact Spanish land grant.

Foreign-trained Doctors Filling Nursing Shortage

Feb. 6
By Elsa Sevilla and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Among the thousands of immigrants to this country are foreign professionals --including experienced medical doctors -- who leave their homelands and their practices. Without U.S. medical licenses, they must abandon their professions and accept sometimes menial jobs. Now a new statewide program puts their medical training to work to relieve the nursing shortage in California. Elsa Sevilla brings us this report.

S.D. Council Votes to Restrain Mayor's Power

Feb. 6
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego City Council has thrown down the gauntlet to Mayor Jerry Sanders. Yesterday the council clipped the mayor's budget power. Full Focus reporter Amita Sharma has more.

Congresswoman Davis Calls for Creation of Peace and Nonviolence

Feb. 6
By Charles Davis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Democratic San Diego Congresswoman Susan Davis joined with lawmakers and Hollywood activists to call for the creation of a Department of Peace and Nonviolence. The Department would be tasked with finding nonviolent solutions to both domestic and international problems. From Washington, Charles Davis reports.

Three La Jolla Students Face Burglary Charges

Feb. 6
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Three former La Jolla private school students face criminal charges for stealing computer equipment from their own campus. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis says the teens have since been expelled.

South Bay Expressway Could Take Toll on Drivers' Wallets

Feb. 6
By Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County's first toll road wasn't cheap to build, and it won't be cheap to use. KPBS's Alan Ray has the numbers on the fourth tollway in California.

Report: Rents to Increase Nationally, Hold Steady in San Diego

Feb. 6
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new national report says rents will be going up around the country, but prices for rental property will probably be flat in San Diego.

Chargers Look to Oceanside for Stadium

Feb. 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Chargers are still looking for a suitable home in San Diego. We’ll speak with several sources about why Oceanside could be the possible new home of the Chargers.

Dining with Someone Special on Valentine's Day

Feb. 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting

With Valentine’s Day on the way, food is on the mind. We’ll speak with Chef Bernard Guillas, executive chef of the Marine Room in La Jolla, about dinner ideas at home or out to eat.

California’s Energy Market Outlook

Feb. 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We will discuss the future of California’s free energy markets with Dr. Carl Pechman, author of “California’s Electricity Market: A Post-Crisis Report.” Pechman was also head of a group of investigators who analyzed the infamous Enron tapes.

City Council at Odds with Mayor Over Budget Policy

Feb. 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego’s City Council voted in favor of an ordinance that would require their approval before Mayor Sanders can make budget changes. Sanders is expected to veto the legislation.

Bajagua Sewage Treatment Project Left out of President's Budget

Feb. 6
By Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

President Bush's 2008 budget includes $66 million for an upgrade of sewage treatment on the San Diego-Tijuana border, but none of the money will go to the proposed Bajagua project. KPBS's Alan Ray reports the money would be spent instead to improve an existing treatment plant in San Ysidro.

Trial Date Set for Arellano-Felix

Feb. 6
By Amy Isackson

The trial of the alleged leader of the Arellano-Felix drug cartel will begin the second week of January 2008. Under the trial schedule set by a federal judge in San Diego government prosecutors must decide if they'll seek the death penalty by mid-October. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

S.D. Council Votes to Limit Mayor's Power

Feb. 6
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego City Council has voted to require the mayor to get their approval before he makes any changes that could lead to substantial city services cuts. The move has angered the mayor who says he will take the issue to a referendum of the people. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.