Stories for September 17, 2007
A while back,
A decision today by the Iraqi government to revoke the license of defense contractor Blackwater USA has emboldened local opposition to the firm. Opponents of Blackwater's plans to build a training center in San Diego's East County say the U.S. government should now follow suit. KPBS reporter Amita Sharma explains.
A group opposed to a defense contractor's plans to build a center in East County to train military forces is objecting to the county's use of lobbyists that also work for the company. KPBS reporter Amita Sharma has details.
State corrections officials are preparing to launch an effort that could reduce parole for thousands of convicts. They'll present the plan to the Board of Parole hearings on Tuesday. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.
Local, state and federal authorities in San Diego announced they have knocked a link out of the cross border drug chain. During a six-month undercover operation, authorities arrested 44 people and seized more than half a million dollars in cash. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has details.
More than 5,000 people spent part of their weekend picking up trash in San Diego County. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has more on California Coastal Cleanup Day.
Today is the last day for public comment on a Draft 2007 Regional Transportation Plan for San Diego. The plan is updated every four years. It's the blueprint of how to spend billions of dollars to avoid gridlock, and make life bearable for commuters. KPBS reporter Alison St John attended a public hearing on the plan.
Projections show that most of San Diego's growth, in the near future, will come from births not migration. Who are having children? We speak with San Diego State demographer John Weeks about local, and international, birth rates to learn what cultural and economic factors influence a person's decision to have children and the affects population growth has on future society.
The San Diego Police Department allocates resources to investigate burglaries and other "lesser felony" crimes through forensic evidence. Two specialists from the SDPD crime lab tell us how solving one crime can open the door to solving other, why this investment is worth it, and how the DNA database will expand in the coming years.
In this hour, we'll talk with gardening experts Tom Piergrossi and Nan Sterman about how to plant and plan under drought conditions.
San Diego school kids are settling into a handful of new campuses this year. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis took a tour of the new and improved Burbank Elementary in Barrio Logan and has this report.
San Diego is the only city in California that doesn't use secondary treatment before sending its sewage into the ocean. Federal law requires the treatment. Historic dry conditions in the region may play a role in whether the city applies for another exemption to federal law. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce explains.