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Stories for May 9, 2007

This Year's Treacherous Wildfire Season -- How to Minimize Hazards

May 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Fire officials are nervous about the risks of a large-scale fire this year, calling these the worst fire conditions in nearly a century. Lack of rainfall and dry vegetation create hazards for residents all over the county. The deputy chief of operations with the San Diego Fire Department explains why the conditions forced an early declaration of the fire season, and how you can help minimize the hazards.

Baja Booming While San Diego Real Estate Stalls

May 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

While the San Diego real estate market has slowed, there is a boom south of the border. Developers ranging from Donald Trump to Bay View Grand Construction are building mega oceanfront resorts that cater to American buyers. One of the hot spots is Rosarito, which is about 30 miles south of border, and the home of the famous Rosarito Beach Hotel.

$6 Billion Budgeted for Salton Sea Restoration

May 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The state Resources Agency has decided on a $6 billion plan to save the Salton Sea. The proposal calls for a less salty sea -- about one-sixth its current size -- a series of ponds for habitat restoration, and up to 70 miles of canals and barriers. The restoration plan will be considered by state legislators any day now.

Broad Movement Offers Shelter to Immigrants Facing Deportation

May 9
By Heather Hill and KPBS Public Broadcasting

As the debate over immigration reform continues to brew nationally, religious congregations representing multiple faiths are joining together to take action. The New Sanctuary Movement offers protection and support for illegal immigrants facing deportation. Full Focus reporter Heather Hill has the story.

Bilbray, Opposing Immigration Reform, Calls Amnesty 'Immoral'

May 9
By Jodi Breisler and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Congressman Brian Bilbray is opposing immigration reform being introduced in the Senate. From Capitol Hill, Jodi Breisler reports.

Talks Stalled Between Union Officials and SoCal Grocery Chains

May 9
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Contract talks have stalled between Southern California's three largest grocery chains and union officials representing about 65,000 workers. Union officials broke off talks saying they're unhappy with the latest offer from negotiators representing Vons, Ralph's and Albertson's.

San Diego Churches to Harbor Immigrants Facing Deportation

May 9
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Churches in San Diego and four other U.S. cities will give sanctuary to illegal immigrants who face deportation. Religious leaders hope the movement will pressure lawmakers to clear a path to citizenship for approximately 12 million illegal immigrants. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Waits Grow at San Diego VA Hospital

May 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A San Diego-area veterans' hospital is facing a shortage of surgeons, nurses and staff that has created a backlog of as many as 500 patients waiting for orthopedic surgery.

Calif. Leads Nation in Total Spending for Developmentally Disabled

May 9
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new report ranks California fifth in the nation in terms of providing state-funded services and support to people with developmental disabilities. The report comes from the non-profit United Cerebral Palsy. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Seeking Arrests, Immigrants' Rights Groups Revive Reward Tactic

May 9
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County immigrants' rights groups have revived a tactic that has helped law enforcement solve two cases in which migrants were attacked in the mid-90's. The groups have substantially increased the Crime Stoppers award for anyone with information that leads to arrests in the McGonigle Canyon vandalism case. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has more.

Lawsuit Filed to Halt Canal Project That Could Threaten Wetlands

May 9
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

There's a new lawsuit challenging a plan to line part of the All-American Canal with concrete. The 80-mile long canal brings Colorado River water to San Diego and Imperial Counties. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.

In Memory of Astronaut Wally Schirra

May 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego resident and former astronaut Wally Schirra passed away last week at the age of 84. We've edited a past interview between host Tom Fudge, writer David Reynolds, and Wally Schirra about the Apollo missions. This edited version features Tom Fudge talking only with Schirra about the space program now and whether it will ever match the wonder and passion of the days of Apollo.

Stephen Hawking Experiences Zero-Gravity

May 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

World renowned physicist Stephen Hawking recently fulfilled a dream of floating freely in zero-gravity. The doctor who accompanied him speaks about his role in Hawking's zero-gravity flight, and about the medical preparations for the mission.

Bay Area Bridge Disaster Raises Questions for San Diego Officials

May 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A single traffic accident in Oakland destroyed a major thoroughfare and disrupted life for thousands of people. What if that happened on a San Diego freeway? Local law enforcement tells us how we prepare for similar disasters.

Salton Sea Restoration Proposal Goes Before Calif. Legislature

May 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The future of the Salton Sea may rest on a 75-year, $6.9 billion proposal from the California Resources Agency. We hear from California officials about why it is important to save this Imperial and Riverside County lake.

California Report Interviews Governor Schwarzenegger

May 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

John Myers, the Sacramento bureau chief for KQED public radio and "The California Report," sat down with Governor Schwarzenegger for a one-on-one interview. He tells us about the interview and updates us on the latest news from Sacramento.