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Stories for January 8, 2007

Hotel Del Coronado has Landmark History

Jan. 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Across the bay from San Diego in Coronado sits one of America’s most beautiful beach resorts – the Hotel Del Coronado. Producer Milan Kovacevic shows that a walk through the Hotel Del is a walk through time.

Retired Vista Vet Creates Rare Plant Rainforest

Jan. 8
By Elsa Sevilla, Guillermo Sevilla and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County seems an unlikely place to find a rainforest. But go to Mardy Darian's property in Vista, and you can feel like you've been transported to Colombia or Madagascar. Producers Guillermo and Elsa Sevilla explore Darian's man-made rainforest.

Program Brings Outdoor Adventures to At-Risk Youth

Jan. 8
By Rebecca Tolin and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A recent survey by the Stewardship Council found less than one third of California children participated in outdoor programs during summertime. Reporter Rebecca Tolin tells of a local organization that brings the outdoors to kids.

Voters Want Health Care Reform

Jan. 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Health care reform will take center stage today, as Governor Schwarzenegger unveils his ideas for fixing the state’s troubled system. Meanwhile, the latest Field Poll shows California voters have some strong opinions on the matter. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Three Local School Districts Sue State

Jan. 8
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Attorneys representing three San Diego County school districts say they have the evidence to prove California is violating the federal No Child Left Behind Act. At issues is how non-native English speakers are tested. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

S.D. City Council to Strategize Water, Sewer Rate Increase Plan

Jan. 8
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

This afternoon, San Diego City Council will adopt procedures to raise water and sewer rates in the city over the next four to five years. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Schwarzenegger's Health Care Proposal Draws Mixed Reactions

Jan. 8
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Schwarzenegger’s healthcare reform package is getting mixed reactions around the state. The head of Blue Shield of California calls the plan bold and visionary. But a major consumer group says the proposal doesn’t go far enough. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Officials Urge S.D. to Improve Water and Sewer Systems

Jan. 8
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

State and Federal agencies say San Diego’s water and sewer systems are on the brink of a crisis if the city doesn’t pay for improvements soon. The council is meeting today to warn customers of a proposed rate increase. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Edward Curtis' North American Indian Exhibition

Jan. 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Edward Curtis photographed the demise of Native Americans in the early 1900s. Why did he dedicate himself to photographing them and how did he go about getting the images? Are they documentary works or do they openly display “scientific racism”? How do local Native Americans feel about these photographs?

San Diego Home to Diverse Reptiles and Amphibians

Jan. 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego’s varied landscape, its seacoast and many micro-climates makes it a hotbed of biodiversity. And that makes for a rich variety of reptiles and amphibians. We speak with a herpetologist who recently published a guide to the region’s many types of lizards, frogs, snakes, turtles and tortoises. You’ll hear about our region’s most remarkable species, as well as the types that are rare or endangered.

San Diego Sports Update

Jan. 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The college football championships are coming up and the Chargers know who their playoff opponent will be. We discuss the latest in the world of sports.

Baby Boomer Retirement Brings New Challenges

Jan. 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We speak with the co-editor of After Sixty, a new book that looks at the lifestyle habits of baby boomers as they approach their retirement years.

Embedded Local Journalist Reports from Iraq: Week 4

Jan. 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Tony Perry, the San Diego bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times, is an embedded journalist in Iraq with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force out of Camp Pendleton. He joins us for a live weekly update about life in a war zone as he lives 24 hours a day with local Marines.

Gwynn Likely to be Inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

Jan. 8
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Former Padre sluggerTony Gwynn is expected to be nominated into the Baseball Hall of Fame Tuesday. It's his first nomination since retiring five years to coach baseball at San Diego State University. If selected Gwynn could be inducted into the Hall of Fame this Summer. KPBS Morning Anchor Dwane Brown spoke with Nick Canepa, a sports columnist with San Diego Union Tribune about Tony Gwynn's attitude on and off the field.

Chargers Eye Oceanside for New Stadium

Jan. 8
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Chargers plan to meet with their consultants this week to look deeper into the possibility of a new stadium site in Oceanside. Oceanside City Council voted unanimously over the weekend to discuss the idea further with the Chargers. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.