Stories for March 6, 2008
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Today is the last day for candidates running for San Diego city office to file nomination papers with the city clerk. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more on two of the leading candidates to replace Jim Madaffer in District 7, which includes City Heights, Mission Trails and the College Area.
San Diego County faces another legal challenge over its program for the uninsured. The Western Center on Law and Poverty says the rules governing the county's CMS program are too restrictive. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.
15th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival
Analysts who study drug trafficking in Mexico do not anticipate the release of an Arellano Felix family member will have much impact on ongoing drug wars south of the border. The eldest Arellano Felix brother was released from a San Diego prison Tuesday. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.
The West is an arid region. However, the Colorado River has transformed Imperial and San Diego Counties into fertile, populated regions that thrive with the free flow of water. But an eight year drought in the Colorado River Basin is taking its toll on the seven states that rely on its water. Tensions continue between rural, agricultural areas and booming urban areas. We talk with the head of the Imperial Irrigation District about water in the Valley.
Should the Imperial Valley approve a proposal by Bakersfield-based Liberty Energy to build a sludge plant in the small town of Niland? We speak to representatives from both sides of the issue to hear the arguments for and against the proposal.
The preliminary round of Imperial Valley's Idol competition was held Saturday, March 1, and seven Valley residents earned the right to compete in the semi-finals this Wednesday. Three of the contestants share their reasons for competing and share their talent with listeners. Angela Carone brings us the story.
The Imperial Valley is the nation's lettuce bowl, providing a tremendous supply of the nation's winter vegetables. But the crackdown on border crossing has left many farmers short of workers. Meanwhile, people born and raised in the Valley are looking to greener employment pastures, which makes farm work a last resort. We talk about the history of migrant labor in the Imperial Valley, and we ask whether the future of the region's major business enterprise depends on relaxing immigration laws or providing better paying farm jobs.
University of San Diego researchers plan to use a portion of new grant money to find ways to clean the air and reduce petroleum use. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.
There's a sort of rite of passage here for hundreds of teenagers in the Imperial Valley. It involves a lot of work, business sense, and sometimes heart break. KPBS Reporter Nicole Lozare spent some time with the future farmers of this area.
Imperial County was founded in 1907. Over its 100 year history, the Imperial Valley has been known primarily for its agriculture. But the county in fact has a diversified economic base which has expanded into food processing, renewable energy production, manufacturing, and trade. We explore the economic trends of the Imperial Valley region.
Seventeen low-income adults have filed new objections to the way San Diego County runs a state-mandated program that pays medical bills for people who are uninsured.
A new California Public Interest Research Group study says San Diego and other cities need to accelerate public transportation options. The report says more federal funding is needed to move local transit projects off the drawing board. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.
San Diego City Council budget committee says the city is not enforcing its own Living Wage Ordinance. City Council members say upholding the ordinance is especially important because, in the future, the city plans to outsource more jobs and services to the private sector. KPBS reporter, Alison St John has the story.
San Diego's controversial city attorney faces many challengers in the June election. Mike Aguirre launched his bid for a second term yesterday. A former attorney in his office, Amy Lepine, says she's running too. Andrew Phelps and David Nogueras report.
As a handheld camera busily moves through the apartment, we notice how little interaction there is. Grandma goes about her chores as if she were invisible - none of the men acknowledge her presence. They just expect to have clean clothes to grab in the morning and food waiting for them on the table. Alice commands little more attention as she gets ready to go to work as a manicurist. This is the world of Alice's House, a new film from Brazil.