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Stories by Natalie Walsh

School Board Forwards Parcel Tax

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City schools want a parcel tax to help fund classroom instruction. What will it cost, how will it work and will voters support it?

Palestinian Refugees In El Cajon

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The history of refugee resettlement in San Diego dates back to the fall of Saigon. Some of the County's newest refugees were resettled here after escaping violence in Iraq, but they are not Iraqi. We find out the story of one family who spent decades in refugee camps until now.

Editors Roundtable

Mayor Won't Seek City Tax Increase

Despite an ever-increasing budget deficit, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders decided not to propose a city sales tax increase. We'll find out why.

Editors Roundtable

San Diego Unified Goes For Parcel Tax

We'll explore whether the San Diego Unified School District's plan to put a parcel tax on the ballot in November will gain the support of voters.

Editors Roundtable

SD County Lost Jobs Opportunity

We'll explore why San Diego County didn't apply for millions of dollars in federal stimulus money that would have put low-income people back to work.

These Days

Sunrise Powerlink Given The Green Light By The Forest Service

San Diego Gas & Electric has been given the go-ahead to build the Sunrise Powerlink through the Cleveland National Forest. We'll get local reaction to the controversial decision.

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How To Get The Most Out Of Your Summer Garden

What's the summer gardener to do now that July has arrived? We'll talk with garden expert Nan Sterman about getting the most out of your summer garden.

Summer Lunch Program For Local Families

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The San Diego Unified School District is offering free lunches to needy families this summer. We speak to KPBS Reporter Kyla Calvert about how local families can participate in the program.

Tijuana Elects New Mayor

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Voters in Tijuana elected a new mayor last weekend. We speak to KPBS Border Reporter Amy Isackson about what kind of impact Carlos Bustamante might have on the San Diego-Tijuana border region.

Some S.D. Buildings Not Up To Code

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A 10 News investigation has found more than 100 buildings in the City of San Diego that don't meet earthquake codes. We speak to J.W. August about why these buildings are not up to code, and how the city’s budget deficit is adding to the problem.

Why So Many Earthquakes Lately?

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Why has the San Diego region experienced so many earthquakes lately? We speak to a seismologist from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography about what's causing all the recent quakes.

SD Congressmen React To Arizona Immigration Law

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Where do our local congressional representatives stand on Arizona's controversial illegal immigration law? We asked Republican Brian Bilbray, and Democrat Bob Filner, to give us their take on the Arizona law, and the federal lawsuit challenging it.

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Overcoming The Hurdles To New Sources Of Energy

What are the hurdles to changing to new types of fuel and energy? Who should bear the costs for finding and developing alternative energy sources? As part of our monthly series on ethics in science and technology, we'll explore the benefits and costs for society of alternative energy sources.

The Battle Of The Ballot Initiatives

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It's the end of the road for City Councilman Carl DeMaio's managed competition measure, now the mayor's office is considering a proposal to raise the local sales tax by half a cent. We discuss the latest developments coming out of city hall.

Will Floatopia Be Banned?

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A loophole in the beach alcohol ban has led to a phenomenon called floatopia -- a floating booze party in San Diego's Mission Bay. A city council committee is trying to put an end to the party. We discuss the details.

SD Economy Showing Positive Signs

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Unemployment is still high, consumer spending is slow to return. How will we know when this recession is over?

Chelsea's Law Moving Through Legislature

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We discuss whether California needs to enact stricter correction and incarceration guidelines for sex offenders.

Future Of Downtown Starting To Take Shape

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The San Diego City Council made two decisions this week that could affect the future of downtown. The council agreed to create a "quiet zone" to limit train noise, and approved a $500,000 study on blight in the downtown area. Plus, a cost estimate for the new city hall was released.

County Sets Rules For Medical Marijuana Shops

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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance regulating where medical marijuana dispensaries can be located in the unincorporated areas of the county. We discuss how those regulations could affect a patient's ability to access local medical marijuana collectives.

SD Unified Names New Schools Superintendent

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What will new San Diego Unified School's Superintendent Bill Kowba bring to the district? We discuss Kowba's background, and the challenges he will face as the new superintendent.

What's Local Impact Of Removal Of Gen. McChrystal?

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President Barack Obama dismissed Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, after the general made critical comments about the president in a magazine article. We discuss the local impact of McChrystal's ouster, and how the move might affect combat operations in Afghanistan.

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Camp Pendleton Marine Recounts His Battle At Iwo Jima

Sixty-five years after the battle of Iwo Jima, retired Sgt. John Thurman talks about his experience as one of the first Marines to hit the beaches of Iwo Jima in steel amtracs.

San Diego Unified's Superintendent Search

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The city school board dances out the candidates for school superintendent. We'll find out what each has to offer to San Diego city schools.

Managed Competition In The City Of San Diego

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The gloves are off in the labor versus business battle over union wages for city projects. We discuss the details of the proposed managed competition ballot measure.

Will San Diego Finally Get A New Downtown Library?

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As decision time approaches for the proposed downtown library, we ask why the big push for this big new building.

Council Endorses SEDC Expansion

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Find out who stands to gain from extending the reach and life of San Diego's redevelopment agencies.

UC Nurses Prepare For Possible Strike

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More than 11,000 nurses who work at UC hospitals throughout the state are threatening to strike because of concerns of what they call "unsafe" staffing levels. Kenny Goldberg gives us the latest details on the story.

Taser Death At Border Under Investigation

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Local Border Patrol agents are being accused of using excessive force in the death of Anastasio Hernandez, who died three days after being tasered by agents at the San Ysidro crossing. Border Reporter Amy Isackson gives us the latest details on the investigation into Hernandez's death.

Terror Suspect With Ties To San Diego

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For the first time in history, the U.S. government has authorized the killing of one of its own citizens. We speak to Amita Sharma about terror suspect Anwar al Awlaki's ties to San Diego.

Voters Approve Strong Mayor, Term Limits For Supervisors

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A number of big decisions were made by local voters in Tuesday's primary election. Reporter Alison St. John joins us to discuss the most significant city and county races.

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Antiques Roadshow Still Going Strong After 14 Seasons

Antiques Roadshow is in its 14th season on PBS. We'll talk with the executive producer of the series about its continued success.

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Who Won And Who Lost In Tuesday's Primary Election

We'll examine the winners and losers in Tuesday's primary election and what the outcomes mean for San Diego County.

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Voting Update From The San Diego County Registrar Of Voters

On election day, we'll check in with the registrar of voters to find out how the voting process is going.

Chula Vista's Red Hot Election Ballot

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Chula Vista is the second largest city in San Diego County. Voters there have lots of decisions to make this primary election. Candidates are running for mayor, city council, state assembly, and a new elected position -- city attorney. We discuss the significance of the races and talk about prop G -- which would impact building on the bayfront.

Has The Strong Mayor Changed The Way San Diego Runs?

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KPBS Reporter Katie Orr joins us to talk about Proposition D, the initiative aims to the make strong-mayor system permanent. Who supports it? Who opposes and how has San Diego's City Hall changed as a result of the strong mayor system?

The Hard Fought Race for San Diego Sheriff

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We'll discuss the candidates running for San Diego County Sheriff.

Editors Roundtable

Election: Oceanside and Chula Vista Roundup

We continue our primary election coverage with a look at Chula Vista's Proposition G, and Oceanside's Prop K and City Council race.

Editors Roundtable

Election: SD City and Chula Vista

We continue our primary election coverage with a look at San Diego's City Council District 6 and 8 races, and Proposition D, plus the race for mayor and city attorney in Chula Vista.

Editors Roundtable

Election: County Roundup

As part of our election coverage, we'll look at some of the county-wide races on the June 8 ballot, including the supervisors, sheriff and Prop B.

These Days

What's A Border?

What's a border? We'll explore one of the least understood and most debated regions of the country - the border between the U.S. and Mexico - and how an artificial border impacts culture and politics.

Envision San Diego These Days

How Does County Government Work?

What's the role of county government? And why do supervisors reside on the board for so long? We'll look at San Diego's County Board of Supervisors as part of our Envision series "Who's Supervising San Diego."

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Can Drugs Make You Smarter?

Can drugs make us smarter? Some students are taking drugs developed for people with cognitive deficits like ADHD to help them learn faster and remember better. As part of our monthly series on ethics and science and technology, we'll look at the social, medical, and ethical implications behind the use of smart drugs.

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Summer Tourism Begins In San Diego

Memorial Day marks the start of the summer tourist season for San Diego. We'll find out how the recession has impacted local tourism and what's ahead for the summer.

Envision San Diego

What Is Role Of County Supervisors?

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What role do the San Diego County Supervisors play in our region? We speak to KPBS News Reporter Joanne Faryon about her upcoming Envision documentary that analyzes the priorities of the County Board.

How Clean Are San Diego's Beaches?

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How did local beaches grade in Heal the Bay's annual Beach Report Card? Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce tells us which local beaches passed and failed the water quality test.

Carlsbad Residents Concerned About Cancer Risks

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Residents in one Carlsbad neighborhood are concerned that toxins in the ground, water and air could be causing cancer. We speak to Reporter Amita Sharma about her investigation into what might have caused 265 cases of cancer in one Carlsbad community.

DNA Sample Backlog Raises Concerns At SDPD

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How might a backlog of DNA samples at the SDPD crime lab impact local public safety? We speak to Lorie Hearn, with The Watchdog Institute, about their investigation into the DNA sample backlog.

Resolution Of The Seal Saga?

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We discuss the latest in the conflict over roping off the seals at Children's Pool in La Jolla.

South Bay Politics

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We discuss Prop. G and ask the editors about the strength and influence of labor in the South Bay.

Political Money And Local Nonpartisan Races?

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How will changes to rules on political party contributions to San Diego city council candidates impact the June primary election?