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Stories for June 13, 2007

A Fresh Look at San Diego's Budget

June 13
By Heather Hill and KPBS Public Broadcasting

After grappling with the budget throughout May, the San Diego City Council has accepted Mayor Jerry Sanders' $2.88 billion budget proposal. We'll ask independent budget analyst Andrea Tevlin if the budget is sound and good for the city.

Aguirre Stands Firm That Sanders Was Corrupt Regarding Sunroad

June 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

City Attorney Mike Aguirre's name is all over San Diego. He's the subject of almost daily news stories, opinion pieces, TV and radio shows, and a great number of blogs. And his frequent press conferences provide fresh material for public absorption. Yesterday's was about Mayor Sanders' role in keeping the 180-foot Sunroad building near Montgomery Field -- 20 feet above the FAA's height limit.

The Best Deals on Flights Out of Lindbergh This Summer

June 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

If you've got vacation plans during the busy travel season -- which begins only days from now -- we're going to get the inside track on what's new, what's good, and what’s ugly this summer when you head for the clouds.

Report: California Ranks 39th in Nation in Health Care Quality

June 13
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California ranks 39th in the country in a new report that measures state's levels of health insurance coverage and quality of care. The report uses information from a host of government sources. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Rebelling Inmates Try to Break Windows at Otay Mesa Facility

June 13
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

As many as 65 inmates were involved in a disturbance at an Otay Mesa jail early this morning.

ACLU Alleges Otay Mesa Detainees Are Denied Basic Medical Care

June 13
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The ACLU in San Diego says poor medical care at an immigration detention center in Otay Mesa has caused detainees to suffer, and, in a few cases, die unnecessarily. The ACLU is now suing federal immigration officials, asking them to fix the problem. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Feinstein Leads Senate Push for Federal Fuel Efficiency Standards

June 13
By Jodi Breisler, Capital News Connection and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Dianne Feinstein is leading an effort in the U.S. Senate to make cars more fuel efficient. Jodi Breisler reports from Capitol Hill.

SoCal Home Sales Hit Lowest Rate in 12 Years Last Month

June 13
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Southern California home sales were at their lowest rate in a dozen years last month. The Real Estate tracking firm Dataquick reports just under 20,000 homes changed hands in May.

City Departments Tighten Belt as Sanders Signs $2.9 Billion Budget

June 13
By Nicole Lozare and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders signed the nearly $2.9 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year. He included a large amount for fixing up the city. KPBS reporter Nicole Lozare has more.

Marine May Not be Eligible for Haditha Prosecution

June 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A Camp Pendleton Marine accused of failing to investigate the murder of 24 Iraqis might not be eligible for prosecution. The attorney representing First Lieutenant Andrew Grayson says Marines must be on active duty to be prosecuted under military law.

Cat Power: First Woman to Win Shortlist Music Prize

June 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Singer-songwriter Cat Power, whose real name is Chan Marshall, is the first woman to win the Shortlist Music Prize. She beat out finalists as legendary as Tom Waits and as quirky as Regina Spektor. We speak with entertainment and music critic AnnaMaria Stephens about Cat Power and the Shortlist Music Prize.

San Diego Chief Operating Officer Resigns

June 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Why is Ronne Froman resigning from the San Diego mayor's office earlier than she had originally planned? We speak to Froman about her decision to resign after 18 months as the city's chief operating officer. We also talk to reporter Andrew Donohue and political science professor Glen Sparrow about how Froman's resignation will impact Mayor Jerry Sanders' leadership team.

San Diego's Attention to Citizen Watchdog Reports Questioned

June 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The San Diego County grand jury recently issued its final recommendation for the 2006-07 term. What is the obligation of local governments to take action on these comprehensive reports? The current foreman tells us why sparking public discussion is the most important service of any grand jury, while a former foreman vents his frustration about the City of San Diego's response to these citizen watchdog reports. Also, San Diego City Attorney Michael Aguirre weighs in on public officials' duty to adhere to the advice of grand juries.

High-Risk Fire Areas Leave Some Homeowners Without Insurance

June 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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What responsibility does the insurance industry have to California homeowners who live in high-risk fire areas? We speak with a consumer advocate who says that highly profitable insurance industry should not drop homeowners from coverage because of "unrealistic" requests. An insurance industry spokesperson responds by saying the highly competitive industry benefits consumers, and that insurance companies must constantly monitor risk in order to be successful.

Officials Investigating Blue Cross Payout

June 13
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

State regulators are investigating a recent $950 million dollar payout from Blue Cross of California to its parent company WellPoint. Regulators suspect the dividend may violate a pre-merger agreement the companies signed in 2004. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.