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Stories for April 9, 2008

Covering the County

April 9
By Alison St John and Off Mic

Of course a reporter can always catch a supervisor in the hall afterwards and get the party line. & But the fun of covering government is the cut and thrust of public testimony -- and the tussle when decision makers disagree with each other!

Off Mic

April 9
By A. St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Which Comes First? The Green Chicken or The Green Egg

April 9
By Charles Hartley and Citizen Voices

I'm a big fan of shiny toys, but while I can respect the technology of electric cars, I'm concerned about their practicality. I've spent most of my adult life in condos and apartments and government housing. Street parking and driveway parking are facts of life, and the possibility of making alterations like running an electric line curbside & are questionable at best.

Citizen Voices

April 9
By Charles Hartley and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Texas Schools Recruiting Local Pink-Slipped Teachers Through Billboards

April 9
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A Texas school district is trying to recruit San Diego public school teachers who got layoff notices last month. Local union leaders are worried many talented educators will leave for greener pastures. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.

Senator Boxer Pushes for Clean Water Act Expansion

April 9
By Eric Niiler and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California Senator Barbara Boxer is pushing for a bill that she says will restore federal protection for waterways and wetlands such as San Diego County's Vernal Pools. From Washington Eric Niiler has the story.

Local Veterans' Advocate Asks Congress for More Funding to Treat Returning Troops

April 9
By Jodi Breisler and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The leader of a San Diego homeless veterans' treatment facility came to Capitol Hill Wednesday. He told congress members the need is going up with returning veterans from the Middle East. From Washington Jodi Breisler has more.

American Airlines Cancels All Flights at Lindbergh Field

April 9
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

All American Airlines flights in and out of Lindbergh Field are canceled today. Airport officials are warning travelers of long lines. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has details.

EarthFair in Balboa Park

April 9
By Kathi Diamant and KPBS Public Broadcasting

EarthFair in Balboa Park is the largest free annual environmental fair in the world. Produced by more than 400 volunteers, San Diego’s Earth Day observance is celebrating its 19th anniversary on Sunday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 60,000 visitors attend EarthFair each year to celebrate our home planet and learn ways to sustain it for generations to come.

State Senator Wants to Ban Party Balloons to Prevent Power Shortages

April 9
By California Capitol Network, Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A California state senator wants to ban those shiny mylar party balloons. He says they’re increasingly causing power shortages. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.

Beethoven’s Obsession Becomes Kaufman’s ‘33 Variations’

April 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What is the nature of obsession? We explore Beethoven's obsession with a mediocre waltz as it's dramatized in the La Jolla Playhouse's new production of writer and director Moises Kaufman's “33 Variations.”

Gloria Penner on Challenges High Tech Businesses Face With Young Work Force

April 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Gov. Schwarzenegger proposes to cut $4.8 billion in education funding in the new fiscal year. This at a time when many high-tech and biotech companies feel that American students are not prepared to enter the workforce, forcing them to hire foreign workers or send jobs oversees.

Councilman Maienschein Has Eyes Set on City Attorney Office

April 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Why does City Councilman Brian Maienschein want to be the next city attorney of San Diego? How does the low-key councilman plan to distinguish himself from the other candidates in the race? We speak to Maienschein about his legal background and the motivating factors behind his candidacy.

Hotels Raise Fees With Support of City Council

April 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

In December, the San Diego City Council raised the fee guests pay while staying in hotels by 2 percent. The extra $29 million the city is expected to raise will go back to the hotels for marketing purposes. Opponents say some of that money should go back to help the city's ailing public safety sector.

New Study Suggests Crimes Rates Down in San Diego County

April 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new study from SANDAG analyzes crime statistics in San Diego County over the past 25 years. We ask the study's author how crime trends changed, what the statistics mean, and how the city of San Diego compares to other big U.S. cities.

Prolific Composer Marvin Hamlisch Talks Writing Music for ‘The Sting’

April 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Composer Marvin Hamlisch is responsible for some of the most recognizable music in recent American memory. He composed the music for A Chorus Line, The Sting, and for Barbara Streisand's famous ballad The Way We Were. Hamlisch joins us to talk about composing music for the stage and screen.

Candidates, Minus Aguirre, Debate Role of City Attorney

April 9
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Four candidates for San Diego City Attorney agree on one thing: They want Mike Aguirre voted out of office in June. The challengers made their cases at a candidates forum yesterday. One notable no-show was Aguirre himself. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has this debrief.

High School for Barrio Logan Approved by School Board

April 9
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Unified school board approved a plan yesterday that will give Barrio Logan its first and only high school. The board also heard plans for two more charter schools in other parts of the district. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.

Oceanside Ends Middle School Busing, Cuts 30 Nonteaching Jobs

April 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Most middle school busing is being eliminated by the budget-strapped Oceanside Unified School District.

Environmental Groups Question California Solar Initiative

April 9
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A proposed initiative requiring more of California's electricity to come from renewable sources is drawing criticism from some environmental groups. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Part 2: San Diego Tax Hike Money Goes to Hoteliers

April 9
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego voters have twice rejected increasing the hotel room tax, even though some of the money would have paid for badly needed firefighters and equipment. But in December, just five weeks after wildfires burned down 365 homes in San Diego the city council raised the hotel tax on its own and handed over the extra tax dollars to a group of hoteliers to promote tourism. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.