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Stories for January 25, 2007

Former INS Commissioner Discusses Future of Immigration Reform

Jan. 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The president and Democrats in Congress have a goal of reforming immigration policy. Can they break through the political impasse and create real reform this year? We’ll talk with the former INS Commissioner about what changes are needed to address illegal immigration and the recommendations made by a task force she leads.

Water Quality Board Cracks Down on Builders

Jan. 25
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego contractors say it's getting even more expensive to build because of tougher water-quality standards. The regional water-quality board is forcing cities and builders to reduce runoff pollution. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps reports.

Local Journalist Reports on Safeguarding Oil Supply

Jan. 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Los Angeles Times' San Diego Bureau Chief Tony Perry speaks with Full Focus host Gloria Penner from Bahrain, the tiny island nation in the Persian Gulf.

Weekend Preview: Music

Jan. 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We speak with an arts journalist and critic about some of the most interesting musical acts performing in San Diego this weekend.

Undocumented Workers Have Large Impact on Local Economy

Jan. 25
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Full Focus Reporter Amita Sharma reports on the impact of undocumented workers on the San Diego region's economy.

Collecting San Diego’s Mid-Century Modern Artists and Craftsmen

Jan. 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We’ll talk with two local collectors who have made it their mission to find and share the artwork of artists and craftsmen who worked in San Diego during the 1950s and ‘60s.

Dracula Haunts the Coronado Playhouse

Jan. 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We’ll talk with Eric Scot Frydler and Jeffrey Lippold about their roles in the Coronado Playhouse’s production of Dracula.

Daniel Ellsberg Speaks On Current U.S. Military Actions

Jan. 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Daniel Ellsberg is best known for releasing the “Pentagon Papers,” several thousand pages of top-secret documents on U.S. decision-making in Vietnam, to the press. We’ll talk to the controversial activist who says we need more “patriotic whistle-blowing,” including the exposure of unknown U.S. policy in the Middle East.

Pending Sale of Paradise Valley Hospital Raises Questions

Jan. 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The state attorney general's office will hold a public hearing in National City on Thursday to address the proposed sale of the Paradise Valley Hospital. The hospital has a $30 million purchase offer from Prime Healthcare Services. But some people fear that Prime, a for-profit company, will try to get rid of its services for the poor. We'll talk about the sale of the South Bay hospital, whether it's a good idea and if the people who use the hospital have any other choice.

Hundreds Pack Hearing on Paradise Valley Hospital

Jan. 25
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Hundreds of South Bay residents packed a hearing on the proposed sale of National City’s Paradise Valley Hospital this afternoon. Elected officials, community leaders, doctors and patients say turning the non profit hospital into a for -profit could lead to a health care crisis in south San Diego. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Citizens' Group Concerned Over Future of Balboa Park

Jan. 25
By Joanne Faryon and KPBS Public Broadcasting

To privatize or not to privatize Balboa Park? That is the question being asked by a citizens group concerned with regional planning and the physical environment. Joanne Faryon has the story.

Job Growth Booming Inland

Jan. 25
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

If you’re looking for a job, the place to go may be away from the big coastal cities. A new report says job growth is booming inland. Jenny O'Mara reports.

Former SD Police Chief Tapped as School Trustee

Jan. 25
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Former San Diego police chief David Bejarano is the newest member on the Chula Vista School Board after beating out 39 candidates for the position. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis says he plans to focus on language education.

Schwarzenegger Signs Order to Increase Bond Spending Accountability

Jan. 25
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Schwarzenegger says he has a plan to make sure the state spends billions in bond money the way voters intended. He signed an executive order Wednesday that establishes accountability guidelines for spending the $43 billion for roads, housing, schools and levees. Voters approved the bonds in November.

Estimated Savings of Proposed PowerLink Significantly Decreases

Jan. 25
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A proposed 150-mile long power line project will save California electric customers much less than originally thought. San Diego Gas and Electric wants to build the Sunrise Powerlink to improve the region's power supply. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Protecting Persian Gulf Oil

Jan. 25
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Bahrain is a small island in the Persian Gulf attached to Saudi Arabia. It's also home to the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet. It's a small, moderately wealthy kingdom where 40 percent of the world’s oil comes from. That's where Tony Perry is wrapping up his seven week tour of the Middle East with a visit to a pair of oil terminals being guarded by U.S. and Iraqi forces. He spoke with KPBS Anchor Dwane Brown.

Oceanside Council, Residents Discuss Chargers Stadium

Jan. 25
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Chargers are negotiating with three cities in San Diego County for a possible new football stadium. Those cities include Chula Vista and National City in the South Bay, and now Oceanside up North. Last night the team got a glimpse at what people who live in Oceanside think of the idea. KPBS reporter Alison St John was there.