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Stories for October 27, 2008

Passing Prop 1A: A light rail with a heavy load

Oct. 27
By Alma Sove and Citizen Voices

The biggest problem with 1A is that all of the

Citizen Voices

Oct. 27
By Alma Sove and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Frye and Demaio Propose Reforms

Oct. 27
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego city councilwoman Donna Frye and councilman-elect Carl DeMaio presented more than a dozen proposed reforms, that they say are aimed at strengthening the city council. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

San Diego Hosts World's Biggest Meeting of Public Health Professionals

Oct. 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The world's largest gathering of public health professionals is taking place at the San Diego Convention Center this week. The theme of the conference is "Public Health Without Borders". KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Judge Orders State to Pay $250 Million to Improve Prison Medical Care

Oct. 27
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A federal judge is ordering the state to pay $250-million for improving medical care in prisons by next week. If California doesn't pay by November 5th the Governor and State Controller John Chiang could face contempt of court charges.

San Diego City's Pension Fund Drop Disclosed

Oct. 27
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The City of San Diego’s pension fund is falling, along with every other pension fund in the nation. City attorney Mike Aguirre wants to make sure the growing deficit does not escape anyone’s notice. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Teens Chime In on Parental Notification Measure

Oct. 27
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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For the third time in the last four years, California voters are being asked to weigh-in on teen abortions. Prop 4 on the November ballot would require doctors to notify parents at least 48 hours before performing an abortion on a minor. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg checks in with some teenage girls to see what they think about it.

San Diego's Gas Prices Drop

Oct. 27
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego gasoline prices dropped significantly over the weekend. The Utility Consumer's Action Network reports that the average price of a gallon of gas has fallen a dime since Friday. U-CAN's Charles Langley says the average price is now $3.06. He says prices are dropping faster than he predicted just week ago.

Sorting Out the Details & Impacts of Props. 7 and 10

Oct. 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Are you having trouble deciding which way to vote on propositions 7 and 10? Host Tom Fudge speaks to KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce about the two alternative energy propositions on the statewide ballot. We discuss who's for and against propositions 7 and 10, and the impact those measure will have on California if passed.

San Diegans Must Weigh School Repairs Prop with Economic Downturn

Oct. 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Prop S on the November ballot is a San Diego Unified School District bond that would raise $2.1 billion to fix and renovate the district's aging schools.

Will San Diego Homeowners Vote for Fire Tax?

Oct. 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Prop A, the fire tax measure, is the only local proposition on the November ballot that all county residents will be asked to vote on. The proposition would create a yearly tax of $52 for most property owners in San Diego County. The money would go to support a regional fire agency.

Bug Killing County Oak Trees

Oct. 27
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A wood-eating bug is having its way with oak trees in backcountry areas of San Diego County. Cleveland National Forest officials say the dead oaks increase the risk for wildfires. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Advocates Debate Prop 8, the Gay Marriage Initiative

Oct. 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Proposition 8 is the most talked-about intitiative on California's November ballot. It would define marriage in California as a union between a man and a woman, essentially banning same-sex marriage in the state. This same proposition passed in California in the year 2,000, but was overturned by the California Supreme Court. Prop 8, if it passes next week, would overrule the Supreme Court by making the statutory language, passed in 2,000, an amendment to the State Constitution. We'll hear from both sides on Prop 8.

SD Unified's Prop. S Aims to Repair, Renovate

Oct. 27
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Unified School District says it will cost $2.1 billion to fix and renovate all of its aging schools. The district doesn't have the money to pay for repairs. That's why San Diego school officials are pushing Proposition S on the November ballot. The question is whether taxpayers are in the mood to support a $2.1 billion fix-it list. KPBS Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis takes a closer look.

Bolts' New Song: God Save the San Diego Super Chargers

Oct. 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Chargers have a long flight home today after a painful loss far from home. They have around 5500 miles to dwell on their three and five record. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.

Group Blasts Caltrans Plan for Highway Signs

Oct. 27
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

An environmental group says a proposal by the California Department of Transportation to convert the state's 674 changeable digital road signs into commercial billboards is a bad idea. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Dengue Fever Puts on a Great Show!

Oct. 27
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
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Before the band played, UCSD's ArtPower screened a documentary called

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Oct. 27
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting