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Stories for June 2, 2008

The Children of Huang Shi

June 2
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

June 2
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The City Attorney Race Boils Down to Mike Aguirre, Plus One

June 2
By Alma Sove and Citizen Voices

Some people have accused City Attorney Mike Aguirre of playing mayor. He's making decisions he shouldn't be involved in, politicizing the office, while slacking off on his duties to offer timely legal advice to the city's other elected representatives. Mr. Aguirre, on the other hand, refers to himself as the people's representative, and his role as serving more as a check and balance to political power brokers than as filling the role of dispassionate counselor.

Citizen Voices

June 2
By Alma Sove and KPBS Public Broadcasting

School Kids Get Disaster Preparedness 101

June 2
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County's Office of Emergency Services is trying to teach school kids how to prepare for a disasters. It’s part of a new county-wide program targeting fourth-grade students. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Independent Contributions Boost Individual Campaigns

June 2
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Hundreds of thousands of dollars are pouring into a last minute flurry of spending on candidates before tomorrow’s Primary. Independent contributions from organizations like the San Diego Republican and Democratic Parties have played a significant role in the city wide campaigns. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Southern California Forests at Risk

June 2
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The U.S. Forest Service has rejected a challenge to the agency's management plan for National Forests in Southern California, including the Cleveland. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Another Hearing on the Toll Road

June 2
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Commerce Department says it will hold a public hearing in California this summer on a controversial proposal to build a toll road through San Onofre State Park. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

One of San Diego's Three Propositions Creating Controversy

June 2
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Voters in the City of San Diego have three initiatives on their ballots. Prop A would exempt police and firemen from privatization. Prop B would put the strong mayor form of government on the ballot in 2010, rather than letting it sunset. Prop C is the city measure that has created the most controversy. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Mexican Judge's Ruling Makes Extradition of Drug Kingpin Unlikely

June 2
By Amy Isackson

A former U.S. prosecutor says a Mexican judge's ruling makes it highly unlikely that Mexico will extradite the reputed leader of Tijuana's Arellano Felix drug cartel to the U.S. A Mexican judge has denied the U.S. extradition request saying the drug kingpin cannot be tried for the same crimes in both countries. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Candidates for Mayor of San Diego Discuss Their Plans for the City

June 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Who should you vote for, for Mayor of San Diego? The race for Mayor of San Diego has hit crunch time. With the primary election taking place tomorrow, the candidates have only one day to convince voters why they should be the next Mayor. This morning we will bring you a broadcast of KPBS's Mayoral debate. What are the City's biggest current challenges? Who has the best plan to bring San Diego back to financial prosperity? Of the candidates, who had the best one-liners? If you only listen to one mayoral debate this election season, this should be the one.

Small Earthquakes Jiggle Parts of Southern California

June 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Several small earthquakes shook two areas of Southern California late Sunday and early Monday, officials said.

San Diegans Will Soon See a Different World of Home Construction

June 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Otay Ranch. 4S Ranch. Pacific Highlands Ranch. Home construction in San Diego has taken the shape of many massive developments. That activity has slowed to a near stop today due to the crash of the housing market. But even when home sales rebound, the disappearance of buildable land will force home builders to shift their focus to in-fill development and much smaller projects. How will that effect our economy, our community and the way we live? We'll hear two experts in the housing game give us their best predictions.

City Attorney Election a Referendum on Aguirre's Style

June 2
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

There's fierce competition for your vote in the San Diego city attorney's race. Four people are challenging incumbent Mike Aguirre, and they all agree on one thing: They really don't like Mike Aguirre. His controversial interpretation of his role in city government attracted as many enemies as fans. For some insight on the office, KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps traveled back in time.

San Diego Family of Surfers Live Nomadic Lifestyle in New Documentary Surfwise

June 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz set out to realize a utopian dream. He abandoned a successful medical practice and took up the nomadic life of a surfer with his wife and nine children. They all lived in a 24-foot camper and became one of the most famous families in surfing.

Delay in New Sharp Hospital Patient Tower in San Diego

June 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Utility hook-up problems are delaying the opening of the new 304-bed patient tower at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego's Kearny Mesa area.

Live with North County Times Sports Columnist Jay Paris

June 2
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Padres certainly had a chance in San Francisco yesterday, a chance to post their first series sweep of the season.

State Lawmakers Pass Bills Ahead of Deadline

June 2
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

From paid sick leave to helium filled balloons, it was a banner week last week at the state Capitol for bills. Lawmakers passed a slew of measures ahead of a key deadline. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ has a recap.

Voter Registration Hits a New High

June 2
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Voter registration has hit a milestone in California. Now 70% of those eligible have signed up. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.

A Look at San Diego's District 7 Race

June 2
By Nicole Lozare and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Three Republicans and one Democrat are running to represent San Diego's Seventh District. Councilman Jim Maddafer, a Republican, is termed out. District 7 includes San Carlos, Rolando and the College Area. KPBS reporter Nicole Lozare has more on this race.