Stories for August 12, 2008
Shanghai. Photo by Dan Eckstein
San Diegos Center City Development Corporation will reveal the cost of the two competing proposals submitted by developers for a new City Hall complex downtown. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein is urging state lawmakers to put a water bond proposal on the November ballot. The Democrat met with legislative leaders today to push them to pass the bond measure she and Governor Schwarzenegger developed.
State education officials say it will cost the Governor roughly $3 billion dollars in state funding to implement his new eighth-grade Algebra mandate. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
San Diego's average gas price is hovering just over $4 a gallon as prices continue to fall from the record set in June. The Utility Consumer's Action Network tracks local prices. U-Can's Charles Langley says the average price fell three pennies a gallon from yesterday and now stands at $4.03. He expects the average to fall below $4 before the end of the week.
The San Diego Port District is suing to prevent an initiative to redevelop the 10th Avenue Marine Terminal from getting on the November ballot. The developers who want the measure to go to the voters have hired an attorney with a history in San Diego. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
An environmental group is against the expansion of a small power plant in Chula Vista. They say the existing plant should be removed and a new one built elsewhere. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.
In the age of digital downloads, album art has virtually become obsolete, relegated to the purview of vinyl record collectors. Since album art has shrunk from 12 inches to 5 inches to thumbnail digital files, it begs the question: Is album art important to a band's identity and to today's consumer? We'll look at the history of album art, its controversial moments, and talk about what today's record labels are doing to provide artwork to the consumer.
What's the future of libraries? And will San Diego ever see a new central library downtown? We'll talk with the new director of the San Diego Public Library about her vision for the library system.
Are San Diego's water supply problems unique, or are the same issues being dealt with all over the world? What are the main contributors to San Diego's water supply problems? What can we learn from other communities that have similar water issues? Host Alan Ray speaks to Dr. Exequiel Ezcurra, with the San Diego Natural History Museum, about their new exhibit that explores the water supply challenges facing the globe.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is taking California's controller to court for refusing to follow an executive order.
California is arguably the nation's trailblazer in curbing greenhouse gas emissions. The state has set an aggressive goal of requiring 20 percent of the energy sold here to come from renewable sources within two years. Yesterday, we heard how San Diego Gas & Electric is struggling to meet the target. Today, KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma reports on how the state's largest utility Southern California Edison has made huge strides in finding clean energy.
Another episode of the 4x4 Performance Series takes place Tuesday night at Bluefoot Bar and Lounge in South Park. & The series is simple but inspired. & Artists of all kinds have ten minutes on a 4 foot by 4 foot stage to perform an original work. & I've seen dancers creatively maximize every inch of that tiny stage, but actors, musicians, poets and writers are all invited to work within its limits. & Tomorrow night's performance has a gender bent: & it's all about the ladies! &