Stories for March 11, 2008
The Imaginarium of Terry Gilliam
The San Diego City Council Tuesday considered two measures aimed at reducing hazards associated with lead-based paints in homes built before 1979. After two hours of testimony, the Council approved one of the two measures. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has details.
It's really awful when your public scandal is a direct refutation of your nickname. It would be bad enough if New York
His quote above speaks to this theme & ndash; & ldquo;There are no rules in the Democrat Party, there are only customs and traditions. & rdquo; & What does that mean?
San Diegos average price for a gallon of gasoline is up to $3.57 a gallon. The Utility Consumer's Action Network tracks local prices at hundreds of filling stations.
Governor Schwarzeneggers proposed cuts to education haven't gone into effect -- but the state's top education official says they're already hurting schools anyway. This week school districts are required to send notices to teachers who would be laid off under the governor's proposed $4.8 billion in cuts.
Tristan's new album drops April 15th. You can see her live at the Belly Up on March 19th. You can hear her interview with Tom Fudge
An environmental group plans to file another legal challenge Tuesday to a federal plan designating national electricity corridors. One of those corridors is in Southern California. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.
Can't Have Too Much of a Good Thing
Musician Scott Paulson approached composer Linda Kernohan with an unusual request: to write him a concerto featuring his theremin. The result is the World Premiere of Concerto for Theremin being performed by Scott and the San Diego Chamber Orchestra. They perform an excerpt and explain this mysterious instrument.
San Diego Unified school board members are expected to approve a resolution today that could send roughly 1,100 layoff notices to teachers and staff. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
Adrian Arancibia is one of the founding members of San Diego's Taco Shop Poets. He's also a teacher and the author of a new book of poetry that he calls a homage to his South American grandparents. We'll speak with him about his poetry, which mines the sounds of both Spanish and English and tells his story as a Latin American immigrant.
Senator John McCain has the Republican nomination, but why are some folks questioning his eligibility to be president? Why can a student who wrote a nasty blog about school administrators from her personal computer be punished? What rights does a white local T.V. news anchor have against his former station for being replaced by a black anchor with less experience? These Days legal analyst Dan Eaton answers these legal questions which affect the qualifications of people to serve in posts they seek.
Gas prices have reached an all-time high in San Diego County. According to UCAN, the price for a gallon of regular gasoline is $3.53. Record oil prices are fueling the rise at the pump. We talk with UCAN's executive director about the surge and how it is affecting consumers and the economy.
Amy Lepine used to be a big supporter of Mike Aguirre; now she's challenging him for the office of San Diego City Attorney. We speak to Lepine about why she is running for city attorney. We also speak to Lepine about her legal background, and what she thinks is needed at city hall.
Lead poisoning is a common but preventable environmental hazard. Lead is found in old paint, soil, and some pottery and toys. Children exposed to lead can suffer from physical and mental problems. The San Diego City Council will consider the Lead Hazard Prevention and Control Ordinance which would require home owners and landlords to repair lead hazards.
A California appeals court says a woman who was paralyzed after Ford Explorer rolled over is entitled to 82.6 million dollars in damages from the automaker.
Governor Schwarzenegger has launched a new campaign aimed at attracting more people to careers like plumbing and carpentry. Baby boomers are retiring, and Schwarzenegger says California will need 200,000 apprentices to help build public works projects over the next decade.
The city of San Diego now has a new blueprint for its growth over the next two decades. After five years of public workshops and discussion, the city council voted to approve its General Plan Update. Included in the document is a commitment to generate good jobs that pay self sufficient wages. But that commitment didn't happen without a struggle. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
A name partner with one of the largest immigration law firms on the West Coast was sentenced Monday to two years in prison for filing phony visa applications.