Stories for June 6, 2007
We're hearing this could be one of the worst fire seasons in a century. Drought and a winter frost have turned trees and brush into kindling. But after the devastating 2003 fire storms, you might assume San Diegans are better prepared, right? Rebecca Tolin is here with a surprising answer.
Imagine this: stepping through a grand entrance near the Santa Fe depot to a picturesque esplanade running along San Diego's downtown, northward to the airport. A place to walk, jog, or just sit to enjoy the view. Quite a change from the current hodgepodge of non-amenities. The North Embarcadero Visionary Plan was initiated almost 10 years ago, and now it looks as though it might really happen.
We know talking on cell phones can be dangerous while driving, and some people believe using them could be hazardous to your health. But are they still a concern when they are tossed out and replaced with newer gadgets? Full Focus reporter Heather Hill has more on a statewide move to eliminate the environmental dangers of electronic waste.
The California State Senate voted on Wednesday to put the question of ending the Iraq war to voters. On a party-line vote, they approved a bill that would put a measure on the February ballot. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.
The California Assembly has approved a measure that would remove a ban on using state funds to buy needles for clean syringe exchange programs. Supporters say the bill would help ease budget woes that many programs face. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.
A national report finds students who are learning English as a second language lag far behind blacks and Latinos in academics. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
A wildfire that began in Mexico spread north across the U.S. border Wednesday, burning over more than 1,100 acres of rugged terrain in southeastern San Diego County.
Demonstrators protesting changes to Mexico's pension laws briefly blocked traffic in both directions at the nation's busiest border crossing Wednesday, officials said.
The CEOs of the three big US auto manufacturers were at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. They complained that healthcare costs are hurting their global competitiveness, but senators wanted to talk emissions. Matt Laslo reports from Capitol Hill.
A San Diego landmark is on a list of the 100 most endangered cultural and architectural sites in the world. The World Monuments Fund says the Salk Institute is on the list because of a planned construction project that would partially obscure the view of the Pacific Ocean from a stone-paved courtyard.
Kyocera plans to quadruple its capacity to manufacture solar panels in Tijuana during the next four years. The Arizona based solar company broke ground on a new plant south of the border on Wednesday. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has details.
The California Assembly passed a bill that would phase out the use of a dangerous chemical found in kids toys. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.
In some ways, the city of San Diego is like the rest of us. Occasionally, we're all late making a payment. The difference in this case is the size of the late payment fee. The story from KPBS reporter Alan Ray.
San Diego is home to an ensemble tirelessly devoted to modern music. They are called NOISE and this year they are launching a festival of modern music featuring composers and performers from around the world. The four members of NOISE join us in studio to perform and talk about the state of modern musical composition.
San Diego County's new registrar of voters begins her job amid controversy over her hiring. She joins us in studio to address her past work as a sales representative for a company that sold the county 10,000 voting machines.