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Stories for January 17, 2007

Women Firefighters Use Different Tactics

Jan. 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What's it like to be a firefighter if you're a woman? On Wednesday's Full Focus, we'll talk with San Diego Fire Chief Tracy Jarman about the challenges women face as firefighters today.

SD's African American Firefighters Broke the Color Barrier in '50s

Jan. 17
By Jim Holtzman and KPBS Public Broadcasting

In 1919, the first group of African Americans joined the SDFD, all assigned to one station. In 1951, a forward-looking chief named George Corser decided to end the segregation. Full Focus tells the story of Corser and the men of Station 19.

San Diego Growers Bracing for Huge Losses

Jan. 17
By Heather Hill and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California crops have been hit hard by freezing temperatures, and San Diego's billion dollar agriculture industry is bracing for losses. Here's Heather Hill with the story.

Poway Urging H.S. Drop-Outs to Drop Back In

Jan. 17
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Poway Unified school district officials are urging people who dropped out of high school to get back on track. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis says the district is holding the Drop-In Day for Dropouts event Thursday.

ACLU Disturbed by Detainee Treatment at Otay Immigration Center

Jan. 17
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The ACLU says a report on poor conditions at immigration detention centers in San Diego, New Jersey, Florida and Pennsylvania does not go far enough. The ACLU says the Otay Mesa facility is worse than described. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Tijuana's Municipal Police Using Alternative Weapons

Jan. 17
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Tijuana Municipal Police officials say federal authorities have finished examining local agents’ guns. But Municipal officials say there’s still no word on when they’ll get their weapons back. In the meantime, Tijuana’s local police are still defending the city, with some “alternative” methods. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Consumers to See Price Increase for CA Fruit

Jan. 17
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Expect to pay more for California fruit in the coming weeks. The string of subfreezing nights has affected nearly every winter crop. As KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce explains, the cost of fruit could also be higher next year.

Safe Cosmetics Act Protects California Consumers

Jan. 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California Safe Cosmetics Act went into effect in January 2007. What is this bill and who will it affect? Do other states have similar requirements? Are chemicals in cosmetics really causing reproductive and birth defects? We discuss the bill and why Californians should take a closer look at the ingredients in the products they use.

Narrative Photography Exhibit Opens at MoPA

Jan. 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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We speak with the director of the Museum of Photographic Arts and the curator and director of the Smithsonian Photography Initiative, about the museum’s latest exhibit called Tell Me A Story: Narrative Photography Now.

The State of San Diego's Housing Market

Jan. 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The unpredictable, fluctuating housing market in San Diego keeps analysts on their toes. For the first time in ten years, the overall median housing price across the county is down from 2005 to 2006. What does this mean for the local real estate market? Should you buy or sell? We speak with a local real estate journalist about San Diego real estate.

New Water and Sewer Rates Help Pay Down Pension Debt

Jan. 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

How much of the proposed water and sewer rate increase will go toward paying down San Diego’s pension debt? We speak to a local reporter about what the water and sewer rate increase will pay for. We also talk with two professors and an anti-tax advocate about the difference between taxes and fees.

California Produce Industry Suffers from Freezing Weather

Jan. 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The freezing winter weather across the country presents serious financial consequences to the agricultural industry. This cold snap has San Diego’s $1.5 billion industry nervous about harvests. We speak to the director of San Diego County’s farm bureau about the effect of cold temperatures on crops, how he is trying to stop the damage, and what this all means for the price of local produce.

S.D. to Hire Financial Monitor

Jan. 17
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego City Council has agreed to the mayor’s proposal to hire an independent monitor. But council members say they don’t want another contract like the one with the Kroll Consultants, that cost the city millions. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

USD Researchers Find CA Neglects Aged-Out Foster Teens

Jan. 17
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

University of San Diego researchers say California is neglecting teenagers who age-out of the state’s foster care system. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis spoke with a San Diego foster teen about the findings of a new report.

Report: S.D.'s Immigration Detention Facility Violates Confinement Rules

Jan. 17
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new report says conditions at Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facilities in San Diego, Florida, New Jersey and Pennsylvania are below par. The detention center in Otay Mesa houses undocumented migrants during legal proceedings. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

S.D. Heart Attack Recovery Program Changing Lives

Jan. 17
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Hundreds of thousands of American die every year from a heart attack. For those who survive one, recovery can be difficult. It often requires a complete change in lifestyle and mindset. A unique program helps San Diegans do just that. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.