Stories for September 23, 2008
A friendly little T-Rex wants to play in Jurassic Park (Universal)
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San Diego city council has agreed on a location for this years emergency winter shelter, but not without some grumbling. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more .
The nation's third largest health insurer, Aetna, says it will let an independent panel of doctors decide whether to cancel a member's coverage. Health insurance companies have been under fire for terminating policies after people get sick. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.
Vicki Estrada used to be Steve Estrada, who came on These Days in July 2005 to announce that he intended to become a woman. He had gender reassignment surgery a year later, and since then she's lived life as a woman. Vicki joins us in studio to talk about how life has been, whether her business has continued to thrive, and whether she has any regrets about the decision to make such a dramatic change.
Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater celebrates 10 years of Trolley Dances. We'll explore how its changed over the years and what's in store for audiences this year.
What is San Diego's carbon footprint? How much greenhouse gas is produced by cars on our local roads and freeways? Host Tom Fudge speaks to Scott Anders, with USD's Energy Policy Initiative Center, about a groundbreaking report on local greenhouse gas emissions. We also speak to Susan Freedman, with SANDAG, about how this report will be used by local governments.
Why did it take so long for California to pass it's budget this year? What are the key elements of the 2008 state budget? Host Tom Fudge speaks to John Myers, from "The California Report", about the record-long budget debate. Myers also gives us a sneak preview for a special election that the governor and Legislature are considering for next year.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to sign the nearly three-month overdue state budget today, but not everyone is happy about the details of the spending plan. Critics of the budget say it doesn't do anything to address the imbalance between revenues and expenditures.
The fate of a controversial toll road project is now in the hands of the Commerce Secretary. The federal agency took testimony on the issue during a public hearing Monday in Del Mar that brought out more than a thousand people. KPBS Reporter Environmental Ed Joyce has details.
Santee school officials say they're fiercely opposed to a county plan that would triple the size of a women's jail in the area. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.