Stories for August 11, 2008
Zhang Yimou directing Gong Li in Curse of the Golden Flower (Sony Pictures)
The second idea layered into this message may be more powerful. & John McCain has fancied himself a maverick who bucks the traditional, "old" way of working in politics. & Presumably he's not trading favors with Washington insiders but is working toward substantive policy ideas. & His 2000 presidential bid versus Bush earned him a strong following where he challenged the Republican Party. & What didn't win him the White House in 2000 though, may work to quell independent voters' fears that McCain is just another Republican towing the far right's party-line.
A new report finds a surprising number of California public school teachers don't have the proper training or credentials to teach the subjects they're teaching. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
City attorney Mike Aguirre sparred with his challenger Jan Goldsmith at a debate moderated by KPBSs Gloria Penner. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
KPBS political correspondent Gloria Penner hosts a special conversation with San Diego city attorney candidates Michael Aguirre and Jan Goldsmith.
Local author and Kafka Project Director Kathi Diamant will lead a group on a ten day Magical Mystery Literary History Tour through Eastern Europe to search for literary treasure: the final writings of Franz Kafka.
In 2002, California ordered the state's energy suppliers to get 20 percent of their power from renewable sources, like solar, wind and biomass, by 2010. With the deadline fast approaching, there are questions about whether San Diego Gas and Electric will meet the deadline. We'll get an update from KPBS reporter Amita Sharma about how SDG&E and other utilities are doing.
Two shopping centers owned by Westfield Corporation, UTC and Mission Valley mall, have plans to update and expand. The $900 million UTC project was given approval to proceed by the San Diego City Council last week. Westfield first submitted the plans 7 years ago to intense opposition from some community members. The Mission Valley plans have just been released to the public and are likely to face opposition as well. Mission Valley mall opened in 1961. It sits right next to Fashion Valley mall, another Westfield property. Both properties aim to become part of the newest trend in shopping centers, "walkable villages," with retail stores sharing the space with apartments, condos and office space.
San Diego Gas and Electric claims its mission is to provide more energy from solar, wind and biomass. But, the company is lagging far behind California's two other major utilities in meeting a key state deadline for generating power from sources that don't pollute. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.
The Padres take two-out-of-three games against a division rival this weekend, while the Chargers take care of business in their first pre-season game.
California lawmakers are calling Governor Schwarzenegger's bluff. The governor pledged not to sign any bills until lawmakers pass a long overdue budget. But now, they're sending him a measure that has to be signed. And it's a bill he likes.
A proposal for the state budget would make visiting state parks free for people with a valid state license plate.
The California Air Resources Board is developing plans that will rollback greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels...and to do that by 2020. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.
Talk radio is banned from the airwaves, all 25,000 conservative hosts, as well as you five or six progressives who are still allowed a tiny broadcast frequency. All country western DJ's who feel compelled to punctuate their shows with misogynist or racist ignorance are hereby sent away for sexual and racial reassignment...I mean sexual and racial sensitivity training.