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Stories for January 24, 2007

Controversy Emerges Around Paradise Valley Hospital Sale

Jan. 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What happens when a hospital becomes a for-profit business? On Wednesday’s Full Focus, we’ll find out what the implications are for the South Bay’s struggling Paradise Valley Hospital and the public it serves.

New Poll Gauges Public’s Opinion on City’s Fiscal Challenges

Jan. 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new poll measures public’s opinions on San Diego’s fiscal challenges. We’ll hear from the think tank and pollster that conducted the poll about what citizens think is wrong with San Diego and how to fix it.

Parents Plea with Superintendent for Return of Popular Chaperone

Jan. 24
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A Mira Mesa parent plans to meet with San Diego’s School Superintendent about a popular teacher’s role in an annual East Coast field trip. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

CA Foreclosures on the Rise

Jan. 24
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

More Californians are running into trouble with their home loans. A real estate tracking firm says mortgage default notices jumped dramatically last year. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

San Diegans React to the President's State of the Union Address

Jan. 24
By Heather Hill and KPBS Public Broadcasting

President Bush delivered his State of the Union Address last night. The president focused on a few specific policy areas including the war in Iraq, energy, healthcare, and immigration. It was his first time addressing a democratic-led Congress, and he took note of the shift.

Despite Recent Freeze, Avacados will be Plentiful for Super Bowl

Jan. 24
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The recent freeze destroyed much of the Southern California avocado crop. But there should be plenty of the fruit for Super Bowl Sunday. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce tells us Mexican avocados will be sold in local stores.

CA Attorney General Holds Hearing on Sale of Paradise Hospital

Jan. 24
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California Attorney General will hold a hearing in National City tomorrow on the proposed sale of Paradise Valley Hospital. Some doctors and community members say the sale of the hospital to a for-profit company would be a mistake. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

ACLU Files Suit Against S.D. Immigration Detention Center

Jan. 24
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The ACLU joined an existing lawsuit Wednesday over conditions at a San Diego detention center used to house suspected undocumented immigrants. A Kenyan man who’s been detained at the facility for two years filed the suit in federal court in 2005. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

S.D.'s Congressional Delegation React to President's Proposals

Jan. 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego’s congressional delegation split in their reaction to President Bush’s State of the Union address last night. On the issue of immigration, both Democrat Susan Davis and Republican Brian Bilbray were pleased the president was pushing for an overhaul of immigration laws. But Republican presidential hopeful Duncan Hunter of Alpine hoped to hear tougher talk on border enforcement. On the issue of sending more troops into Iraq, Hunter said the President is on the right track.

Scripps Scientist Calls Bush's Alternative Fuel Proposal a Small Step Forward

Jan. 24
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

President Bush wants Americans to cut back on using gasoline. He proposes cutting gas consumption by up to 20 percent. Bush says one way to reach that goal is by using alternative fuels. Scripps Institution of Oceanography Professor Richard Somerville calls the Bush proposal a small step in the effort to reverse greenhouse gas emissions.

Bush's State of the Union Addresses Iraq and Domestic Issues

Jan. 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting

President Bush delivered his seventh State of the Union address last night. He spoke about immigration, border security, terrorism, Iraq, health care, and education. We get reactions from local analysts.

Urban Design Guru Assesses San Diego Waterfront

Jan. 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Fred Kent is one of the world’s experts in understanding public spaces and he's been studying some of the world’s great waterfronts. He's analyzed San Diego’s use of the bay,and delivers his verdict on the proposed Navy Broadway complex.

Michael Aguilar Named Federal Security Director of the Year

Jan. 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The federal security director at San Diego’s airport has been named Federal Security Director of the Year for the Western Region by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). What is Michael Aguilar doing right? He speaks with us about the innovations he has spearheaded in San Diego to improve the agency.

Local Republicans Tough Crowd for Bush

Jan. 24
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

President Bush faced a tough crowd last night -- San Diego Republicans. The GOP sponsored a gathering for the president's State of the Union speech. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps was there.

Failing Eighth Graders to Repeat Another Year

Jan. 24
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego school board approved a policy Tuesday night that will force hundreds of students to repeat the eighth grade. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has the details.

Judge Rules in Favor of Conscientious Objector

Jan. 24
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A San Diego federal judge has ruled a Camp Pendleton Marine Reservist should be discharged from duty as a conscientious objector. It’s the first time the court in San Diego has overturned the Marine Corps’ decision to deny an application for conscientious objector status. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.