Stories for November 16, 2007
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San Diego and California firefighting agencies are ramping up for next weeks Santa Ana winds. 260 extra fire engines from fire agencies in other parts of the state will be positioned around Southern California, almost 50 of them in San Diego. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
San Diego citys pension board has decided not to reduce the value of benefits awarded to employees by the previous pension board, even though those benefits were overvalued.The shortfall $150 million will have to be born by the taxpayer. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
The California Coastal Commission voted last night to approve the largest desalination project in the country. Poseidon Resources says it's now on track to build the $300 million plant in Carlsbad next year. But environmental groups may challenge the project in court. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.
A Marine lieutenant colonel has been arraigned on charges of failing to investigate the killings of 24 Iraqis civilians.
State officials confirm that downed power lines sparked the largest of the wildfires that ravaged Southern California last month.
California employers cut payrolls by 15,800 jobs in October, marking a sharp contrast to gains nationwide, the state reported Friday.
Recent reports of hate crimes in state parks are prompting questions about public safety. A Democratic Assemblyman says he wants to know whether the state can do a better job on that and the reporting of such crimes. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.
Just in time for Thanksgiving, 20 tons of potatoes, onions and beans are headed for Potrero, southeast of San Diego. The small town was scarred last month by the Harris Fire. And a Christian farmer in Washington state took notice. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has the story.
State regulators have fined California-based Heath Net $1 million for failing to disclose a quota system used for the cancellation of individual insurance policies. Internal documents show Health Net paid a bonus to a senior analyst who exceeded termination goals. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.
This week, State lawmakers continue to discuss how to create a system that provides healthcare coverage to millions of uninsured Californians. Also, Scott Peters is re-elected as the City Council President. And, the local elections for 2008 are starting to take shape.
Listen to the best musical interludes heard throughout the week on These Days. This week's picks include tracks from Charles Lloyd, Cedar Walton, Buster Williams, Billy Higgins, The Lively Ones, Charlie Hunter, Tin Hat Trio, Tom Scott and the L.A. Express, Autechre, Eileen Barton and the New Yorkers, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.
Beowulf is based on the Old English Epic poem (yes the one that many of us struggled through in junior high or high school) supposedly written around 700AD.
I had a good day.