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Stories for October 25, 2010

Food Stamps Program Aims To Change Image

Oct. 25
Elaine Corn, California Capitol Network

California wants to change the perception of its food stamp program. The state has unveiled a new name. From now on, food stamps will be called CalFresh.

San Diego's 6th District Race Attracts Dollars

Oct. 25
By Alison St John
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San Diego City Council elections are non-partisan, but both the Republican and Democratic parties have thrown large sums of money into the 6th District race. That’s the race to replace councilwoman Donna Frye, who is termed out.

California's Lieutenant Governor's Race Heats Up

Oct. 25
Ida Lieszkovszky, California Capitol Network

The office of Lieutenant Governor in California is not a very high profile one. It carries relatively little responsibility. Except for the fact that the Lieutenant Governor is one heartbeat away from the most powerful position in California politics - the Governorship.

FDA Rejects San Diego Made Weight Loss Drug

Oct. 25
By Peggy Pico

The FDA has rejected a new obesity drug made by San Diego-based Arena Pharmaceuticals. But the company is optimistic it can change the FDA’s mind.

Voting By Mail More Popular

Oct. 25
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network

California Counties say more people are requesting vote by mail ballots this election – but they’re not turning them in very quickly.

New Novel 'Panopticon' Set At Border

Oct. 25
These Days
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How much of our daily lives are being videotaped? The ubiquity of surveillance cameras is one of the themes in David Bajo's new novel "Panopticon" set on the border between San Diego and Mexico.

Council Chooses Golden Hall For Winter Homeless Shelter

Oct. 25
These Days

Why did the city council decide to move the winter homeless shelter to Golden Hall? We speak to Metro Reporter Katie Orr about the other locations the council considered, and how Golden Hall is different from past sites that were used for the winter shelter.

San Diego City Council District 6 Debate

Oct. 25
These Days

Who is the best candidate to replace outgoing 6th District City Councilmember Donna Frye? We speak to candidates Lorie Zapf and Howard Wayne about what they would bring to the San Diego City Council.

San Diego City Council District 8 Debate

Oct. 25
These Days

District 8 encompasses the southernmost parts of the City of San Diego. The communities of District 8 include Barrio Logan, Golden Hill, Otay Mesa and San Ysidro. Candidates David Alvarez and Felipe Hueso are running to represent District 8. They join us this morning on These Days to debate the issues.

Human Rights Watch In San Diego To Address Violence Against Women

Oct. 25
These Days

Liesl Gerntholtz, director of Human Rights Watch's Women’s Rights Division will be in San Diego to talk about human rights abuses suffered by women around the world. We'll talk to her about the work Human Rights Watch is doing to put the issue of violence against women on the world's agenda and hear about abuse happening to women in the United States.

Attack at Tijuana Rehab Center Kills 13

Oct. 25
By Amy Isackson

Baja California Attorney General Rommel Moreno says last week's historic marijuana seizure is the principal line of investigation in the murder of 13 men at a Tijuana drug-rehabilitation center on Sunday evening.

San Diego Priest Abuse Records Unsealed

Oct. 25
GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press
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Nearly 10,000 pages of previously sealed Catholic church documents have been made public and showed that the Diocese of San Diego long knew about abusive priests, some of whom were shuffled from parish to parish despite credible complaints against them.

Controversial Mailer In Escondido Makes Immigration A Local Issue

Oct. 25
By Ruxandra Guidi
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The mayoral race in the city of Escondido is shaping up to be as much about undocumented immigration as about other local issues. This is not a new phenomenon for the North County city.

Program Tries To Keep Diabetes In Check

Oct. 25
By Kenny Goldberg
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There is an epidemic of diabetes among American Indians. Health officials say more than 16 percent of American Indians have the disease, compared to just 9 percent in the general population. There's a special effort underway to control diabetes on North County's Rincon Indian Reservation.

Uphill Climb For Prop. J Supporters

Oct. 25
By Ana Tintocalis
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San Diego taxpayers will decide next month whether they’re willing to pay more for the city’s public schools.

Teacher Pay Becomes Election Issue In San Diego Unified

Oct. 25
By Ana Tintocalis

San Diego voters will soon decide who should represent public schools in the northeastern part of the city.