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Stories for March 1, 2007

Movement to Buy Local Produce Gains Ground

March 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego boasts the second largest concentration of family farms in the country. But most of the food we buy comes from hundreds if not thousands of mile away. On Thursday’s Full Focus, we’ll look at a movement to support locally grown food.

San Diego Unveils Solar Power System

March 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The city of San Diego unveiled one of the largest arrays of solar panels in the state Thursday. It cost the city nothing to build, and will lower the cost of energy in the future. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Survivors of Torture Live Among Us

March 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Survivors of torture live among us and are rebuilding their lives in San Diego. This week, the California torture treatment centers launch a campaign to raise awareness about this hidden population. Hear one man's story and learn about the local community of survivors.

It’s All About Me!: New Study Exposes an Egotistical Generation

March 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting

It's all about me! That seems to be the trend among college students today. According to a new study, today's college students are more narcissistic and self-centered than a generation ago. Full Focus talks with the study's lead author Jean Twenge about the conclusions and what this trend means for American society.

Attorney: Catholic Schools Safe From Diocese Bankruptcy, For Now

March 1
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A leading San Diego bankruptcy attorney is calming the fears of some parents who may be wondering how the diocese bankruptcy may affect their child's private Catholic school. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

SDGE Asks State to Reroute Powerlink to Avoid State Park

March 1
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Gas and Electric has asked the state public utilities commission to consider an alternative route for the proposed Sunrise Powerlink project. SDGE says the route would take the electric power lines through the town of Borrego Springs. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

S.D. Council President Offers Mayor Budget Compromise

March 1
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego City Council President Scott Peters has come up with a compromise to try to resolve the power struggle between the mayor and council over who has control of the budget. The terms of the compromise will radically affect how cuts are made to city services. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Witness in Arellano-Felix Case Sent Back to Mexico

March 1
By Amy Isackson

A witness in the Arellano-Felix case who spent six months in a San Diego jail has been sent back to Mexico. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has details.

State E-Recycle Program Saves Landfills

March 1
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A huge electronics recycling plant in North San Diego County is using a new process that keeps harmful materials out of landfills. The new Vista warehouse is one of hundreds of locations in the state where e-waste can be dropped off. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Weekend Preview: Theater

March 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We talk with KPBS theater critic Pat Launer about what's happening on San Diego's stages this weekend.

Orange County-San Diego Turnpike Plan Delayed

March 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting

It will take at least two years longer than expected to get funding and permits for a toll road passing through San Onofre State Beach, transit planners said.

UCSD Student Shares Peace Corps Experience in Niger

March 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Peace Corps celebrates its 46th anniversary this week. UCSD has been ranked first in the southern California and Arizona region in the number of students that volunteer with the Peace Corps. A former Peace Corps volunteer and UCSD graduate student joins us to talk about his experience in Niger.

Leaders in Business and Labor Debate San Diego Issues

March 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego City Hall politics are technically non-partisan. But business and labor very often square off over important local issues and both groups seek to influence the debate and the decisions. Now two local think tanks, one liberal and one conservative, have staked out positions on issues related to San Diego's financial troubles and the future of the city. Host Tom Fudge moderates a debate between the president of the labor-influenced Center on Policy Initiatives and the chairman of the business-influenced San Diego Institute for Policy Research.

U.S. Olympic Training Center/Chula Vista

March 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A visit to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista is nothing less than inspiring.

Gang Crackdown Proposed

March 1
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Republican state lawmakers are pushing a major package of bills aimed at fighting what they call domestic terrorism: gang violence. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.

Time Ripe for San Diego Wine

March 1
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California wine brings to mind Napa, Sonoma and ... San Diego? The San Diego County Board of Supervisors wants to boost the local wine industry by giving them a break on fees. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more on plans to help the budding industry.

S.D. Catholics, Community React to Diocese Bankruptcy Filing

March 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Catholics are taking in the news that their Diocese is filing for bankruptcy. The announcement was made Tuesday, just a day before San Diego's first clery sex abuse trial was scheduled to begin. That trial has been halted as a result. KPBS Radio's Andrea Hsu has more.