Stories for March 21, 2008
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San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders says that the city recycled 55 percent of its garbage in 2006. That's up three percent from the previous year. Reporter David Nogueras has that story.
UC San Diego officials are getting ready to pick a new principal for the university's Preuss Charter School. The former principal resigned earlier this year amid a grade tampering scandal. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.
In his State of North County Address, San Diego Supervisor Bill Horn said hell go to Washington next month to lobby for money to help with the costs of illegal immigration. He added another goal to his lobbying efforts: millions of dollars to buy the biggest remaining Mexican land grant in California, Rancho Guejito. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
The Border Patrol is looking to hire a few thousand good men and women to meet the agency's goal of adding 2,000 agents by October. Recruiters will hold a hiring fair in San Diego Saturday. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.
The San Diego County Water Authority says conserving water this year is critical. The agency is worried that excessive outdoor watering will draw down reservoir water that will be needed next year. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.
Presidential candidate Barack Obama delivered a speech earlier in the week about racial divisions in the United States. In the speech, Obama encouraged Americans to "move beyond our old racial wounds." Also, the rate of mortgage failures in the County is starting to slow down, but the market is still considered unaffordable to the average San Diegan. And, this week marks the five-year anniversary of the war in Iraq.
Listen to the best musical interludes heard throughout the week on These Days. This week's picks include tracks from Marvin Gaye, Autechre, Tin Hat Trio, Beastie Boys, Ray Barretto, and Boards of Canada.
The American Red Cross says it paid nearly $700,000 for thousands of unused hotel rooms during last October's wildfires. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has details.