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Stories for May 14, 2008

Village Philosophy

May 14
Citizen Voices

Citizen Voices

May 14
By Chris McConnell and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor's Revised Budget Will Hurt Poor the Most, Critics Say

May 14
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Critics say Governor Schwarzenegger's revised budget will hurt poor Californians the most. The governor is proposing more than half-a-billion dollars in cuts to health and human services programs. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Teachers Sigh in Relief as Governor Softens Proposed Ed. Cuts

May 14
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Unified school district officials are breathing a sigh of relief after hearing Governor Schwarzenegger has backed away from drastic cuts to education. But they say the district is still not out of the woods yet. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

In Second Protest, Tijuana Doctors Demand Authorities Stem Violence

May 14
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Most outpatient services at Tijuana’s General Hospital were suspended again this morning as doctors protested kidnappings and violence in the city. It’s the second time doctors there have stopped work to demand authorities crackdown. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Schwarzenegger Releases Austere 2008-09 Fiscal Plan

May 14
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has released a $144.3 billion state budget that eliminates a massive deficit by selling lottery bonds and cutting billions in state programs.

Congressman Filner Critiques Bush Policy on Iran

May 14
By Jodi Breisler, Capitol News Connection and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Democratic Congressman Bob Filner says the government's policies on Iran are failing. Jodi Breisler reports from Capitol Hill.

In Exchange for Prime Real Estate, Port District to Build New Navy HQ

May 14
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Navy has handed over more than three acres of prime, bayfront property to the San Diego Port District. In exchange, the Port District will build a new headquarters for Navy engineers. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Scientists Suggest Climate Change as Cause of Malnourished Gray Whales

May 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California grey whale commutes past San Diego's shore ever year, either on its way to feeding grounds near Alaska or to calving waters on the Mexican coast. There was a time when the whales were seen as a conversation success story. But numbers of whales dropped dramatically ten years ago, and now biologists are observing some troubling signs of malnutrition in some of the whales. We'll talk about how the whales are doing and how global warming seems to be affecting their food supply.

A Postcard History of Balboa Park

May 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Balboa Park is an urban oasis in the middle of San Diego, but did you know it was once played host to a nudist colony? Or that it was occupied by the US Navy? Historian and architect David Marshall joins us to discuss the unique evolution of Balboa Park as part of the Third Thursday Author Series hosted by SOHO, the Save Our Heritage Organization.

Record High Foreclosure Rate Could Be Good for Buyers

May 14
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new report shows the rate of San Diego home foreclosures jumped 100 percent in April, compared to the same time last year. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps says there may be a silver lining here.

Eric Bidwell Discusses his "Revolutionary" Campaign for Mayor

May 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What makes mayoral candidate Eric Bidwell a "revolutionary"? Host Tom Fudge speaks to Bidwell about why he's running for Mayor, and about the changes he would like to make at San Diego City Hall.

Experts Discuss Job Prospects for College Grads

May 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What does the job market look like for 2008 college graduates? Will the nation's sagging economy drive down job prospects for this year's graduating class? Host Tom Fudge speaks to Dr. James Tarbox, from SDSU career services, about which local industries are hiring right now.

California's New Assembly Speaker Sworn In

May 14
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California's new Assembly Speaker was sworn in Tuesday. Karen Bass is a Los Angeles area Democrat who started in the Assembly in 2004 and quickly became the Majority Floor Leader. In an interview with reporter Jenny O'Mara she talks about coping with the loss of her daughter and son-in-law in a 2006 car crash. She starts by talking about her role as the first African American woman in the country with such a position.

San Diego Unified Spares 280 Teachers, Staff from Layoffs

May 14
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

More than 280 San Diego Unified teachers, librarians and counselors have been spared from getting layoff notices. The San Diego school board decided yesterday to give those employees a last-minute reprieve. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

San Diego EcoCenter Survival in Doubt

May 14
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A San Diego non-profit that provides free environmental education to youngsters in the county is struggling financially. Dwindling corporate and state support is threatening the survival of the EcoCenter. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has details.