Stories for November 27, 2007
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A long standing problem in San Diego may be one step closer to a solution. Volunteers of America, which runs the drug and alcohol Detox center downtown, has been looking for a new location since their lease ran out over a year ago. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
Customers who rely on the state water project are looking at big cut-backs next year. The State Department of Water Resources says it'll only be able to deliver about a quarter of the water that water and irrigation districts have requested. That's the lowest in several years.
U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein says the city of San Diego has underfunded its fire department for years. The California Democrat convened a Senate hearing in downtown San Diego today. She says taxpayers need to foot the bill for better fire protection.
Balboa Park December Nights is the largest free community event in San Diego, attracting more than 250,000 visitors each year. In 2007 the Balboa Park event celebrates its 30th consecutive year.
Gunmen in Tijuana attempted to assassinate the city's next Director of Public Security Tuesday morning. According to the Border News Agency, the man is set to take over the post under the city's new mayor December 1st. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.
Should individual rights be set aside in times of war? Has the Patriot Act gone too far in the name of national security? We'll talk with former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese about his thoughts on the Constitution during war and peace.
The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads, "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." What exactly does this mean, how do gun supporters and opponents interpret it differently and why is the Supreme Court reviewing it after all these years? We'll discuss gun rights, as well as the indictment of Barry Bonds, with These Days legal analyst Dan Eaton.
What is a gang? Three recent cases involving groups of middle-class men accused of committing organized criminal acts are challenging society's definition of the word "gang". When does a clique or a group of drinking buddies cross the line and become a gang? We speak to reporter Will Carless about the growth of "non-traditional" gangs in middle and upper-class neighborhoods.
How was business for the nation's retailers during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend? How can you know if you are buying a potentially hazardous toy for a young boy or girl? What are the must-have technology gadgets for this year's holiday season?
Senator Dianne Feinstein assembles state and local officials to discuss building and zoning policies that affect fire-prevention efforts. KPBS News reporter Andrew Phelps joins us live from the meeting.
California Senator Dianne Feinstein told San Diego leaders this morning that the city's fire services have been underfunded for years. Her comments came at the opening of a hearing to look into the handling of last month's wildfires. KPBS reporter Amita Sharma is covering the hearing.
Leading fire officials in San Diego County met behind closed doors earlier this month to talk about the lack of firefighting resources and political leadership during last month's wildfires.
Unionized San Diego teachers are celebrating a hold on re-authorizing No Child Left Behind -- including 24,000 from the San Diego area. The California Teachers' Association has helped block the legislation. It's concerned is that new legislation will link teacher pay to test scores. Jodi Breisler reports from Washington DC.
Longshoremen and warehouse workers are striking against a refrigeration company at the 10th Avenue Marine Terminal. It's the first strike by dock workers at the Port of San Diego in several years. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.