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Stories for March 6, 2008

Survivor: American Edition

March 6
By Trina Boice and Citizen Voices

Like the cast members of reality shows, some candidates will go on to write books, hit the speaking circuit or do TV gigs to cash in on their 15 minutes of fame, while others will disappear without even an appearance on Saturday Night Live. Who will outwit, outlast and outplay the best? & Who will be the ultimate survivor of Election 2008? &

Finding Gay Talese In Imperial Valley

March 6
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
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Citizen Voices

March 6
By Tboice and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

March 6
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Last Day For City Office Candidates to File for Nomination

March 6
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

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.

County Medical Services Program Faces New Legal Challenge

March 6
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

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

March 6
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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15th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival

Little Impact Expected to Stem From Release of Jailed Felix Member

March 6
By Amy Isackson

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.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

March 6
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Imperial Valley: Tensions Brewing Over Water Supply

March 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting

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.

Imperial Valley: Representatives Face-off Over Proposed ‘Sludge Plant’

March 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting

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.

Imperial Valley: Local Performers Pin Hopes and Dreams on Idol Contest

March 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting

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.

Imperial Valley: The History and Future of Migrant Labor

March 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting

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.

Portion of USD Grant Money Earmarked for Oil Dependence Research

March 6
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

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.

Imperial Valley: Youth Raise Animals and Money for College

March 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting

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 Valley: Business Leaders Push for Diversified Economy

March 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting

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.

Patients File New Objections to San Diego Medical Program

March 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting

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.

Public Transit Urged as Gas Prices Climb Higher

March 6
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

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.

S.D. Council Reviews Living Wage Ordinance

March 6
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

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.

City Attorney Faces Many Challenges, Challengers in Election

March 6
By David Nogueras, Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

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.

Alice's House

March 6
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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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.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

March 6
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting