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Stories for April 13, 2007

S.D. City Budget

April 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Details of the Mayor's proposed $2.8 billion budget were released to the public today and will be presented to City Council on Monday. The mayor says the budget will not cut services, but rely on staff layoffs to cover an $87 million funding gap. He plans to cut about 300 employees and 360 budgeted-but-vacant positions. The budget sets aside $38 million to maintain older city facilities -- $25 million of which must be borrowed.

Film School Confidential: A Showcase of San Diego and Tijuana Filmmakers

April 13
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

returns Sunday April 15 to the Museum of Photographic Arts for its sixth annual event. The curated festival showcases short works from high school through grad school students as well as local area filmmakers. Films screen at 6:00 pm followed by a dessert buffet with the filmmakers. One highlight this year is the world premiere of Cathy Alberich's

Filner May Try to Block Deal, Says Blackwater Never Contacted Him

April 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A major defense contractor's plan for a 700-acre training camp in Southern California is running into opposition from a local Democratic congressman who claims the company won initial approval by cozying up to local officials and keeping its plans from the public.

S.D. Police Get First Raise in Three Years

April 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The SDPD has accepted a contract which offers a nine percent basic pay raise for most officers and a re-formulation of how the city pays for health benefits. City police have not received a pay raise for almost three years. More officers left SDPD in 2006 than in the previous five years combined. 25 left the force in just one month in 2007.

Mayor's New Budget Cuts Jobs -- 'But Not Services'

April 13
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Pink slips are in store for hundreds of city hall workers. But so are smoother roads for San Diego motorists if Mayor Jerry Sanders gets his way. Sanders unveiled a $2.8 billion spending plan today with an eye toward putting the city's troubled finances on more solid ground – without, he says -- cutting services or raising taxes. Full Focus reporter Amita Sharma has more.

Possible Contempt Sanctions Against S.D. Diocese

April 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

This week Federal Judge Louise DeCarl Adler ordered attorneys and pastors involved in the San Diego Diocese's bankruptcy to explain why they should not be sanctioned for contempt. The judge stated that the diocese's lead attorney and church officials appeared to have “conspired with parishes" to create new bank accounts separate from the diocese. Adler also said that the new Organization of Parishes falsely claimed the judge had authorized moving funds to new accounts.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

April 13
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Supreme Court to Rule on Water Permits, Endangered Species

April 13
By Evelyn Lombardo and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case next week that pits the construction industry against environmental groups. And the outcome could affect San Diego's drinking water. Evelyn Lombardo reports from Washington.

Wrongfully Convicted Man Thanks Students After 23 years in Prison

April 13
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A wrongfully convicted man thanked a group of San Diego law students on Friday for helping him get out of prison after 23 years. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Mayor's New Budget Cuts Jobs -- But Not Services, He Insists

April 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders unveiled his $2.9 billion dollar budget today. He says it's a balanced budget that maintains service levels -- while cutting city jobs. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has the details.

State Gas Sales Drop for First Time in 14 Years

April 13
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Gasoline sales in California have dropped for the first time in 14 years. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Army Deployments, Real Estate, 2008 Budget

April 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

This week, the Department of Defense announced that all active-duty soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan will have their tours of duty extended to 15 months. Also, the National Association of Realtors is predicting a decline in home prices for the first time since 1968. And, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders released his 2008 budget proposal.

Living Off the Grid

April 13
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
Tease photo

What would it be like to live off the electricity grid? In the next part of our KPBS radio series "A Matter of Degrees: Climate Change in San Diego," we visit Laura Silver. Silver lives in an energy-efficient straw bale house in San Diego's East County and runs her household on electricity from solar panels, supplemented by a small generator in the back yard. KPBS Radio's Alison St John has more.