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Stories for December 17, 2008

Democrats Say They'll Raise Taxes With or Without GOP

Dec. 17
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Democratic leaders in the Senate and Assembly say they're ready to approve a partial solution to the state's budget crisis - and it includes tax increases for all Californians.

State Panel to Stop Financing Infastrcuture Projects

Dec. 17
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A state panel that oversees loans for infrastructure has voted to stop financing nearly all construction projects in California, everything from highway improvements to new schools.

New City Websites Purge Previous Data

Dec. 17
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Documents related to key events at San Diego City Hall over the past four years will be more difficult to track down, as five elected officials leave office and their web sites are erased. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Donations and Demand Rise at the San Diego Food Bank

Dec. 17
By Katie Orr and KPBS Public Broadcasting

With about one week to go until Christmas, donations are up at the San Diego Food Bank. But so is the demand for assistance. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has more.

Sacramento's Stalemate Reflect's Population's Ideological Divide.

Dec. 17
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new poll asks Californians how they would solve the state’s budget crisis. The results suggests the impasse in Sacramento is more than just a political stalemate. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Gloria Penner's Top 10 News Stories of 2008

Dec. 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The economic recession. The presidential race. The Tonight Show moving to prime time. Which of these are the biggest stories of 2008? We'll ask KPBS Political Correspondent Gloria Penner to give us her Top 10 stories of the year.

Why San Diegans Are Maxing Out Credit Cards

Dec. 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Until recently, credit was a way of life in America, where 60 percent of all people carried credit card debt. The average owed on credit cards is close to $9,000. But the financial crisis gripping the country is finally catching up to folks and the result is that consumer spending is down for the first time in 30 years. Are Americans finally maxed out? We'll look at the credit crisis and how it is impacting the average San Diegan.

Ensuring a Safe Holiday Season for Your Pets

Dec. 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Are you considering buying a loved one a pet as a gift this year? Does your dog or cat act weird when you have house guests for a couple days? What are some traditional holiday decorations that can be harmful to your pet? Why is Fido spending so much time hanging around the Christmas tree? Host Tom Fudge speaks to veterinarian Katy Allen and Carol Harris, a certified dog trainer, about holiday-related pet issues.

Protecting the Elderly from Abuse, Financial Scams

Dec. 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The horrific story of what happened to 75-year-old Natalie Herbst-Vinge, who was allegedly kidnapped and beaten by three local teenagers, has raised awareness about the dangers facing our community's elderly population. Host Tom Fudge speaks to representatives from the District Attorney's office and the County's Aging and Independent Services about ways to prevent elder abuse. What can the elderly do to better protect their homes and belongings? What are some of the most common scams that are used against the elderly?

Former S.D. School Superintendent Shares Thoughts on New School Board

Dec. 17
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

It's been almost a year since former San Diego school superintendent Carl Cohn stepped down as the district's education leader. His abrupt departure surprised the school community because he had a year left on his contract. Superintendent Terry Grier has since taken his position. Cohn still lives in San Diego and has managed to stay away from the media spotlight. KPBS Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis recently sat down with him to talk about San Diego's recent school board election in which three of five trustees have formed a new board majority.

Some Water Agencies are Critical of Measures to Save Delta Smelt

Dec. 17
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Federal scientists are urging major water cuts from the Delta to save a California native fish from going extinct, but critics say those cuts would devastate public water agencies.