Stories for September 2, 2008
I've been doing mostly web stuff at these conventions, but we're also aiming to be as elegant as possible by reusing good content. I submitted part of Gloria's chat with Pete Wilson yesterday as a short news item for the radio this morning; the audio is above and the transcript below. & Hoping to do more of this this week.
The San Diego city council got an earful from citizens demanding changes in the way the city oversees its development corporations. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
San Diegos democratic faithful are divided over the city attorneys race. Republican Jan Goldsmith, whos challenging Mike Aguirre for the city attorneys job, has won the endorsement of several prominent state democrats. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
San Diego School Superintendent Terry Grier says he's pleased with the opening of school yesterday. This is the first time Grier is presiding over the district when school is in session. He says among the changes this year is the opening of a one-of-a-kind music magnet school. He hopes it will help the district compete with private and charter schools. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
The election is two months away, and we are entering a period of intense political campaigning as politicians and advocates make their case to voters. Some people have already made up their minds. But public opinion is still in flux when it comes to the Presidential election and local elections. Besides, California's November ballot will be so lengthy that voter fatigue and attention deficit will surely affect the results. We'll hear from three professional pollsters who'll talk about public opinion now and how it's likely to change between now and election day.
Baja California police have discovered a sophisticated smuggling tunnel about 120 miles east of San Diego in the Mexican border town Mexicali. Authorities say organized crime groups planned to sneak drugs, people and weapons through the tunnel. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.
San Diego School Superintendent Terry Grier says there have been no major problems on the first day of the new school year. This despite a number of new challenges. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
California's budget impasse is putting enormous financial pressure on nursing homes and other providers that depend on Medi-Cal payments. The state ran out of Medi-Cal funds on July 24th. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.
There's a new pest attacking oak trees in San Diego County. Officials are concerned because the insect has infested up to 70-percent of the oak trees in Alpine and Julian. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.
How far would you go to win a tennis match or bike race? If you knew your competitors were using steroids, would you as well? Does the end justify the means? With the 2008 Summer Olympic games behind us, we'll examine the ethical questions of sports and technology. We'll look at the physical and social costs of pushing athletes to be stronger and faster than ever before.
What have been the biggest accomplishments to come out of the San Diego Zoo's Giant Panda Conservation Unit? Over the last decade, the zoo's pandas have given birth to four healthy cubs, and entertained millions of visitors. Host Tom Fudge speaks to Dr. Ron Swaisgood, from the Giant Panda Conservation Unit, about the scientific breakthroughs that have been achieved as a result of the zoo's panda program. We also speak to Kathy Hawk, a San Diego Zoo senior keeper who has worked with the panda's since they arrived in 1996.
Yesterday was the first day of the Republican National Convention. It was a short first session because of the threat of hurricane Gustav to the gulf coast. KPBS political correspondent Gloria Penner is in St. Paul, Minnesota, covering the convention.
The Republicans kicked-off their convention yesterday. KPBS has three staffers in Saint Paul blogging, tweeting, flickring, and reporting on the GOP's launching of their nominees for president and vice president. Joining us on Morning Edition is KPBS political correspondent Gloria Penner.
For the first time ever, a California state budget hasn't been passed by September First. We're joined on Morning Edition by independent Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy.