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Fee for Trash Pick Up, Convention Center Expansion, Stimulus Package

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Aired 4/20/09

The county grand jury released a report this week advocating for the repeal of The People's Ordinance, which prohibits San Diego from charging city residents a fee for trash pick up. More than 300,000 residences benefit from free trash pick up, but the city does charge a trash fee for apartments and some large businesses. Should some residents have to pay for trash pick up, while others get the service for free? How would a repeal of The People's Ordinance affect San Diego's budget deficit?

Plus, a task force created by Mayor Jerry Sanders is considering a proposal to expand the 600,000-square-foot San Diego Convention Center. What are the arguments for and against expanding the convention center? If the expansion proposal is approved, how will the project be paid for?

And, President Barack Obama returned home from his trip to Europe and the Middle East. While the president and First Lady Michelle Obama were the toast of Europe, critics at home continue to hammer away at Obama's $787 billion stimulus package. What kind of impact is the stimulus package money having in San Diego, and other cities around the nation?

 

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