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Stories for June 27, 2007

Sunroad Caves on Protested Project, But Not Without Suit Threats

June 27
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The FAA says the Sunroad Centrum building is too tall for planes to land safely nearby. The company has now agreed to downsize the building to a safe height. But everyone is trying to figure out just how they'll do that.

Sunroad Gives In, But Now What?

June 27
By Andrew Phelps and Off Mic

Sunroad Enterprises has agreed to reduce the height of its 12-story Centrum building near Montgomery Field. The FAA says the building is too tall for planes to land safely. The city is enforcing that conclusion.

Vocational Education Still a Good Path For Many High Schoolers

June 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

More than one third of high school students in San Diego drop out before 12th grade. One reason is youngsters who know they're not going to college find high school irrelevant and boring. Now there's an old educational idea that is becoming very relevant to some students: vocational education.

Why San Diego Could Recycle More -- But Doesn't

June 27
By Joanne Faryon and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Take a detailed look at one of the largest contributors to the city's landfill: construction and demolition waste. The stuff leftover from your kitchen remodel, to the tons of stuff that's generated every time a building is torn down and another constructed. We begin with a trip to the dump.

In Tahoe, Governor Assures Critics State is Prepared For Wildfire

June 27
By Jenny O'Mara, Capital Public Radio and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The governor says the firefight near Lake Tahoe is in good hands. He toured the burned out area on Wednesday. Jenny O'Mara reports from Sacramento.

Bilbray Tells Senate Beach Pollution Tests Only Useful if Speedy

June 27
By Capital News Connection, Charles Davis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Republican Congressman Brian Bilbray testified on Wednesday at a Senate hearing on polluted beaches. He wants to speed up the time it takes to alert the public of a pollution hazard. Charles Davis reports from Capitol Hill.

Off Mic

June 27
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Teachers Union Works to Up Pay From Bottom of Scale

June 27
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego school board members have agreed to reopen contract negotiations with the teachers union. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Sunroad Calls Building Height Reduction Timeline Impossibly Fast

June 27
By Nicole Lozare and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Sunroad Enterprises and the City of San Diego are hashing out a timeline to shorten a controversial officer tower. Sunroad has conceded to lower its Kearny Mesa building by 20 feet to abide by FAA standards. KPBS reporter Nicole Lozare has more.

California GOP Hires CFO With Serious Immigration Problems

June 27
By Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California Republican Party has red faces in its executive offices after hiring a non-American with immigration problems to be its Chief Financial Officer.

City of Vista Settles ACLU Day Labor Ordinance Suit

June 27
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The ACLU and the City of Vista have settled a lawsuit regarding Vista's day labor ordinance -- the controversial ordinance that took effect last July. It requires people to register with the city before they hire day laborers. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Assembly Panel Rejects Public Records Bill Without Vote

June 27
By Steve Lawrence and KPBS Public Broadcasting

An Assembly committee on Tuesday rejected a heavily lobbied bill that would have overturned a state Supreme Court decision blocking the release of police discipline records.

New Navy Cargo Ship Named for Astronaut Alan Shepard Delivered

June 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting
Tease photo

The U.S. Navy's newest cargo ship, named for the late Mercury and Apollo astronaut Alan Shepard, was delivered Tuesday.

Michael Moore's Sicko, A Mighty Heart, Broken English, Killer of Sheep

June 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We speak with two film critics about the films in area theaters, including “Sicko”, the new Michael Moore documentary and “A Mighty Heart,” which tells the story of the kidnapping of journalist Daniel Pearl.

Grant: Walking School Bus

June 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The end of the school year has Grant musing about a certain slang term: “Walking school bus.” So, is a “walking school bus” a raunchy new dance? Or something else entirely? Find out during Grant’s slang quiz. Just be sure to look both ways first.

S.D. Company Key Player in New Bioenergy Research Centers

June 27
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The U.S. Department of Energy is funding three new bio-energy research centers. The goal is to come up with economical ways to use plant-based fuels as an alternative to gasoline. As KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce tells us, one San Diego company is a key player in the process.

FIlm Club: Michael Moore's Sicko, A Mighty Heart, Broken English, Killer of Sheep

June 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting
Tease photo

We speak with two film critics about the films in area theaters, including “Sicko”, the new Michael Moore documentary and “A Mighty Heart,” which tells the story of the kidnapping of journalist Daniel Pearl.

Sunroad Backs Down, Agrees to Lower Building Height

June 27
By Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Sunroad Enterprises appears to have blinked in the showdown with the City of San Diego. A lawyer for the developer tells the Union Tribune that Sunroad will reduce the height of 180 foot office tower near Montgomery Field. He refused to commit to a reduction specifically to the 160 feet allowed by the FAA.

Investigative Reporter Scrutinizes Journalists Who Give Money to Political Causes

June 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A recent report by Bill Dedman, an MSNBC investigative reporter, found scores of cases of journalists who donated money to politicians, parties, or political action committees. Should journalists be able to contribute money to political campaigns? Does donating impact their ability to be fair and impartial? We talk to the reporter behind the story about what shocked him about his findings. A local journalism professor also weighs in on why he thinks journalists should keep their checkbooks out of the political arena.

Sunroad Agrees to Lower Height of Controversial Office Building

June 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Last night, Sunroad Enterprises announced that it will lower the height of its controversial office building near Montgomery Field. We speak to Mayor Jerry Sanders' communications director, and the city attorney about Sunroad's decision, the timeline for lowering the building's height, and the ongoing legal battle between the developer and the City of San Diego.

Local Avocado Industry Takes Another Hit

June 27
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Turns out the third driest year on record in San Diego has helped local nursery farmers. But avocado growers got hit with a triple whammy. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Off Mic

June 27
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Book Review Sections Vanishing, Now From the UT

June 27
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

For a while now, the

Fired: Calvert Collins

June 27
By Andrew Phelps and Off Mic

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Culture Lust by Angela Carone

June 27
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Off Mic

June 27
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Off Mic

June 27
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting