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Stories for May 30, 2007

Sanders Explains Viability of Budget Plan, Offers Truce to Aguirre

May 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

June 30th is the deadline for adoption of the city of San Diego's 2008 budget. Meanwhile, the mayor and his team have been laying out his proposals, some of which have raised questions. Tonight, we'll get some explanations from Mayor Jerry Sanders about what city residents can expect in the new fiscal year which starts July 1st, and also about what's going on with Sunroad.

Filner Says U.S. is Shirking Responsibility to Care for Its Veterans

May 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Long time San Diego Democratic Congressman Bob Filner's profile is growing. Now that the Democrats control the House of Representatives as well as the Senate, he's been elevated to the Chairmanship of the House Veterans Affairs Committee. And now that the wounded warriors and other veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are returning in huge numbers, the work of that committee has taken on new importance.

La Mesa Adult Soccer League Gets Banned For Smoking Complaint

May 30
By Heather Hill and KPBS Public Broadcasting

An adult soccer league in La Mesa has been banned from use of their field after a complaint about smoking. Full Focus reporter Heather Hill talks to the League Director and the mayor of La Mesa.

Judge Reduces Fine for Loud, Partying SDSU Students

May 30
By Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The first cases under San Diego's new "get tough" policy on noisy neighborhood parties got softer when they got to court. The story from KPBS reporter Alan Ray.

California Requests Federal Waiver to Enforce Strict Emissions Cap

May 30
By Jenny O'Mara, Capital Public Radio and KPBS Public Broadcasting

State officials took a last opportunity to plead for a waiver that will allow California to enforce new emissions standards for cars. The federal EPA held its second-and final-hearing in Sacramento on Wednesday. Jenny O'Mara reports.

Growth Rate of Mexican-Born U.S. Population Dwindles

May 30
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new study says the growth rate of the Mexican-born population in the United States has slowed since the middle of last year. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Balboa Elementary Wins $170,000 for Nation's Best Math Programs

May 30
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A San Diego school gets national attention for having a one of the country's top math programs. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Film Club: "Paprika," "Chalk," "Knocked Up" and "Once"

May 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

While the third "Spiderman" and "Pirates of the Caribbean" break box office records, we'll explore some of early summer's smaller releases. We'll talk about a modern-day musical from a former member of The Frames, an adult-oriented anime movie called "Paprika", and we'll see if the comedies "Chalk" and "Knocked Up" make us laugh.

Local Exhibit Highlights Role of Women in Aviation

May 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Air and Space Museum has opened an exhibit highlighting the historic and on-going role of women in aviation. The Women of Flight exhibit corresponds with the 75th anniversary of Amelia Earhart's historic solo flight across the Atlantic in May 1932.

Sacramento Update: Prison Overcrowding and Lottery Privatization

May 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

California lawmakers return from the holiday weekend to consider contentious issues such as privatizing the lottery and transferring inmates out of the state. Meanwhile, the deadline to pass bills out of their "houses of origin" approaches next week.

Jail Guard Shortage Caused in Part by Activation of Military Reserves

May 30
By Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego County Grand Jury has issued a report finding there's a shortage of guards in a number of the county's jails. As KPBS reporter Alan Ray says, money is not the problem.

Calif.'s First All Solar-Powered Apartment Complex Opens in Poway

May 30
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
Tease photo

San Diego County is home to the state's first all-solar-powered apartment community. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce tells us the development was designed to be totally "green" from the inside out.

Judge Mandates New Plan for Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta

May 30
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Environmental groups say a new plan is needed to manage the Sacramento Delta. The estuary provides drinking water to two-thirds of the state's population. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Marine Colonel Heads to Court in Haditha Killings

May 30
By Thomas Watkins and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Lt. Col. Jeffrey R. Chessani is the highest ranking of seven Marines charged in the killings of 24 Iraqis in Haditha, but witnesses in the case have testified that officers higher up the command chain also knew about the deaths.