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Stories for December 5, 2008

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Dec. 5
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

La Pocha Nostra and Guillermo G & #243;mez-Pe & #241;a at Sushi

Dec. 5
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

G & oacute;mez-Pe & ntilde;a has an international reputation as a premiere performance artist because he challenges mainstream ideas about race and society through transgressive performance. What does that mean? & It means his work is a recipe of shock, surprise, wonder, all mixed with a thick, stock base of social commentary. & G & oacute;mez-Pe & ntilde;a and his band of culture warriors build their performances on stereotypes and cultural fetishes, which means this fashion show will push some serious boundaries. & This is from La Pocha Nostra's

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Dec. 5
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Hounddog

Dec. 5
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
Tease photo

After hearing about the controversy, I thought the film was going to be a dark, sexually charged coming of age film. And to a degree it is but not to the degree the buzz had led me to expect. The darkness comes late in the film and the film is ultimately about overcoming adversity and getting a chance at redemption and starting over. Set deep in the South in the 1950s, Fanning plays Lewellen, a wild child whose drunken father (David Morse) provides neither love nor supervision. But Lewellen finds joy in imitating Elvis and doing renditions of songs such as Hound Dog, complete with swiveling hips. She strikes one as both sexually precocious and something of an innocent. But it's her obsession with Elvis that eventually leads to an abusive sexual encounter with a man who promises her tickets to an Elvis concert in exchange for a private performance of Hound Dog.

San Diego City Council Overrides Mayoral Veto

Dec. 5
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego city council met in special session this morning and voted unanimously to override Mayor Jerry Sanders’ veto of the mid year budget adjustments.

Recession, Obama's Appointments, New City Council

Dec. 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The United States has been officially in a recession since December 2007, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. Plus, President-elect Barack Obama has announced numerous cabinet appointments over the last two weeks. And, the four new members of the San Diego City Council will be sworn-in on Monday.

New City Councilmembers Contemplate Benefits

Dec. 5
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Like anyone starting a new job, the four new San Diego city council members who’ll be sworn in next Monday are signing up for their salary and benefits. Public employee benefits are increasingly under scrutiny as the city budget tightens. Some council members are considering whether to set an example and forego some benefits. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

City Councilmember Leaves After Eight Years of Service

Dec. 5
By Maureen Cavanaugh and KPBS Public Broadcasting

As the City Council members of 2009 get sworn in San Diego is saying farewell to some veterans at City Hall. Councilman Scott Peters has represented District 1for 8 of "interesting times", the city of San Diego has seen federal investigations, councilmembers convicted of corruption, a transfer to a strong mayor form of government and plenty more. Joining us on Morning Edition is outgoing San Diego City Council President Scott Peters.

Triple Whammy Hits County Avocado Growers

Dec. 5
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

State officials say California's avocado crop could be the worst in 20 years and maybe the smallest in state history. As KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce tells us, San Diego County growers are especially hard hit.

San Diego Gets EPA Sewage Waiver

Dec. 5
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The City of San Diego may not have to spend billions of dollars upgrading the Point Loma Sewage Treatment Plant. The EPA has tenatively given the city a third five-year waiver from meeting federal Clean Water Act standards. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has more.