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Stories for May 18, 2007

Pundits: Sanders' Sunroad Backpedal is Evidence He's Too Cozy

May 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders has dramatically reversed his position on a controversial office tower under construction at Montgomery Field. The about-face comes at the end of a week of outrage and questions regarding how the city could have allowed developer Sunroad to construct a building the FAA says is a hazard to people on the ground and flying in and out. Full Focus Reporter Amita Sharma has more.

Sanders Announces City to Enforce Sunroad Stop-Work Order

May 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The city will enforce a stop-work order for an office tower it approved for construction near the Montgomery Field airport, Mayor Jerry Sanders announced Friday.

Debate Continues Following Federal Immigration Policy Compromise

May 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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On Thursday, senators in both parties and the White House announced agreement on an immigration overhaul. The deal would grant legal status to the estimated 12 million people living illegally in the U.S. and fortify the border. It also includes new high-tech employment verification, two temporary worker programs, and values skill level and education over family connections to decide on permanent legal status.

Port Officials Berate Gaylord Entertainment for Over-Development

May 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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On March 15, Gaylord Entertainment unveiled artist's renderings for a hotel and a 400,000 square-foot convention center on the Chula Vista bayfront -- a configuration negotiated for over a year between city officials and the SD Port Commission. When Port officials discovered Gaylord had added 150,000 square feet to the meeting space without running it by the port or the citizens' advisory committee, they chewed the developer out at a May 8 public meeting.

Local Activist Sold His Home to Walk to D.C. in Protest of War

May 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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It's been a trip of fits and starts for the Lakeside war walker. He started his 3,000-mile trek from San Diego's East County to Washington D.C. back in November. That was before public opinion about the war changed. This morning Bill McDannel and his wife are in Columbia, Missouri. He joins us by cell phone.

State Lottery Workers Call Privatization Plan a Gimmick

May 18
By Capital Public Radio, Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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One group in particular isn't taking kindly to the Governor's recently announced plan to privatize the state lottery: those who currently work there. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.

$60 Million Earmarked to Trace California Public School Students

May 18
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California School Superintendent Jack O'Connell has the financial backing to move forward with developing the state's first-ever student tracking system. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Miramar Marines to Simulate Plane Crash Tonight

May 18
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Smoke and flames will probably be seen by people who live and drive by Marine Corps Air Station Miramar tonight. Military officials say they'll be conducting a controlled burn on the base tonight.

California Mandates 10% Carbon Reduction From Fuels By 2020

May 18
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard requires oil companies to reduce carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions. Governor Schwarzenegger says the new standard slows global warming and could provide alternatives to gasoline. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.

New Legislation Intended to Prevent Price Manipulation by Big Oil

May 18
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez said today he will introduce legislation to stop oil refineries from manipulating prices. Nunez plans to introduce a bill that ensures refineries remain operational and prevents oil companies from increasing gas prices when refineries shut down for maintenance.

Immigration, Religion in Politics, CA Budget, Chargers Stadium

May 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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This week, Senate leaders reached agreement on an immigration reform bill. Earlier in the week, one of the most politically influential religious leaders in American history died. Also, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger released his 2008 budget proposal. What programs are on the chopping block? And, National City has dropped out of the Chargers stadium sweepstakes.

Fay Grim/Interview with Hal Hartley

May 18
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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(opening at Landmark's Ken Cinema May 18) is the sequel to Hal Hartley's 1998 independent film