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Stories for June 4, 2008

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June 4
By Lcaloh and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Citizen Voices

June 4
By Tboice and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Same Sex Marriage to Arnold's Rescue

June 4
By Gloria Penner and Political Fix by Gloria Penner
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Meanwhile, expect a flood of same-sex nuptials and that's where Governor Schwarzenegger and the state budget will benefit. Here's an incomplete list of what's involved in weddings:

Political Fix by Gloria Penner

June 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Only the Brave

June 4
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

June 4
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The Absentee Voter

June 4
By Trina Boice and Citizen Voices
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Some people I talked with said they were so confused by the verbage of

City Heights Farmers Market Opens for Business This Saturday

June 4
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The community of City Heights will be getting a taste of locally grown farm-fresh produce this weekend. The area’s first certified farmers market opens for business this Saturday morning. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Federal Judge OKs Otay Mesa Blackwater Training Center

June 4
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A federal judge today ordered San Diego to let Blackwater Worldwide open a Navy training facility in Otay Mesa. The private contractor plans to start training sailors at the site as soon as tomorrow. KPBS reporter Amita Sharma has more.

New Report Says Unemployment Among Latinos Jumped Last Year

June 4
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A new report by the Pew Hispanic Center says unemployment among Latinos in The U.S. has jumped during the last year. The study says Mexican immigrants have suffered most. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Gas Prices Jump 42 Cents Since Last Month, Continue to Spike

June 4
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The price of gas is still going up in San Diego. The Utility consumer's Action Network reports the average price for a gallon of regular is $4.33. U-CAN’s Charles Langley says that’s up 42 cents from last month, and a dollar a gallon more than the price a year ago. Langley says the short term outlook is not favorable for motorists.

Union Disagrees With School Superintendent Over Incentive Pay

June 4
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego school superintendent Terry Grier says teachers should get paid a bonus if they work at struggling schools or if their students do well on state tests. But the local teachers union disagrees. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Citizen Voices

June 4
By Tboice and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Drought Declaration Could Bring Water to San Diego

June 4
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger proclaimed a statewide drought today. The Governor signed an executive order that could also bring water to San Diego County. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Terry Grier takes on a Budget Firestorm as Superintendent of San Diego Schools.

June 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Terry Grier stepped into a potentially desperate situation as he agreed to become superintendent of San Diego city schools. Hundreds of layoff notices have already been sent out to San Diego teachers, as major cuts from the state remain a strong possibility. But Grier is ready for the fight, and he'll join us in studio to talk about the challenges he's taken on and they goals he's set as superintendent of San Diego Unified.

June 3 Primary Results Dissected by Local Political Experts

June 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Who were the big winners and losers in yesterday's primary election? Host Tom Fudge is joined by KPBS Political Correspondent Gloria Penner, and political science professor Carl Luna to analyze the results of the June 3 primary. We discuss the races for San Diego Mayor, City Attorney and City Council. In the second half of the hour, we open the phones to discuss the latest news on the presidential race.

Carl DeMaio Secures District 5 City Council Seat

June 4
By Nicole Lozare and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Only one out of four San Diego City Council seats will not go into a run-off election. District 5 -- which includes Rancho Bernardo and Mira Mesa -- was decided Tuesday night. Republican Carl DeMaio took 66-percent of the vote with all precincts reporting.

Federal Judge Allows Blackwater to Open San Diego Facility

June 4
By Allison Hoffman and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A federal judge ordered the city of San Diego Wednesday to allow military contractor Blackwater Worldwide to begin using a new counterterrorism training facility.

Aguirre and Goldsmith to Face-Off in November

June 4
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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City Attorney Mike Aguirre and challenger Jan Goldsmith are headed for a runoff election November. Goldsmith defied polls and conventional wisdom by beating the incumbent in yesterday's primary. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has more on that race.

Statewide Drought Declared in California

June 4
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has proclaimed a statewide drought. The Governor issued an executive order today directing a state agency to supply water to areas with severe shortages. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Calif. Court Refuses to Stay Gay Marriage Ruling

June 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California's highest court on Wednesday refused to stay until after the November election its decision legalizing same-sex marriage in the state.

San Diego City Propositions All Pass

June 4
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Voters approved all three San Diego city propositions. Proposition A exempts the police from privatization. B puts the strong mayor form of government on the ballot, with a stronger mayoral veto, in 2010. Even Proposition C, including the disputed issue of how to appoint a truly independent auditor, passed easily with 63 percent of the vote.

Sanders Wins Four More Years

June 4
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diegans won’t have to wait till November to see who the next mayor is. Incumbent Jerry Sanders topped 53 percent of the vote, leaving his rival, businessman Steve Francis, lagging well behind. Francis earned just 35 percent, in spite of spending well over $4 million on the campaign. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Mayor Jerry Sanders Wins Second Term

June 4
By Alison Hoffman and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders has won re-election over a wealthy rival and three other challengers.

District 7 City Council Candidates Face November Runoff

June 4
By Nicole Lozare and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The City of San Diego's seventh district council seat is poised to go into a runoff election. Republican April Boling and Democrat Marti Emerald will compete to represent District 7 neighborhoods like College Area and San Carlos. KPBS Reporter Nicole Lozare has more on that tight race.

Non-Voter's Remorse

June 4
By Steven Garrett and Citizen Voices
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So why doesn't the average San Diegan vote, that's the real question. & For me, it is simply bad timing on a move, but why do most not vote? & Yes, I know the lackluster answers of no time and not knowing where to vote at... & But to be honest I think it really boils down to the fact most San Diegans simply don't care enough to vote.

San Diego School Board Candidate Secures Seat

June 4
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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There will be a brand new face on the San Diego Unified School Board. Richard Barrera -- the only candidate who ran for District D secured his seat on the panel last night.

S.D. School Board Incumbents Face Runoff Election

June 4
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A couple of San Diego school board incumbents will have to face a runoff election in November if they want to keep their seats. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Election Officials Report Record-Low Turnout for Primary

June 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Election officials are reporting record low turnouts at polling places throughout the state.