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Stories for May 15, 2008

Remembering the Fires...

May 15
By Steven Garrett and Citizen Voices

This was a rather informative video. But, it brought back a lot of painful and scary memories. During the fires, I was listening to KPBS non-stop, and had the car packed JUST in case we had to evacuate. The TV was muted, showing videos from around the county, and I welcomed my birthday in complete terror as I watched the Eastlake fire inch closer and closer.

San Diego's Credit Rating Restored After 4-year Suspension

May 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Standard and Poor's Rating Agency has restored San Diego's credit rating, opening the door for the city to borrow on the public bond markets. The move will save the city millions of dollars. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

O'Connell Says Budget Plan Will Leave Schools 'Treading Water'

May 15
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

State School Superintendent Jack O'Connell says the Governor's revised budget plan is a risky plan that would still not give schools enough money for next school year. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

San Ysidro Plant Will be Expanded to Treat Sewage from Mexico

May 15
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A U.S. federal water agency has rejected a controversial plan to pay a U.S. company to build a private sewage treatment plant in Tijuana. Instead, they'll upgrade their existing treatment plant in San Ysidro. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Citizen Voices

May 15
By Sgarrett and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Federal Judge Refuses to Recuse Himself from S.D. Pension Fraud Case

May 15
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A federal judge has refused to recuse himself from the San Diego pension fraud case. Prosecutors had asked Judge Robert Benitez to step aside. They said the judge's past violations of state disclosure laws threw his impartiality into question. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.

Weekend Preview: Oceanside Museum of Art, The Kooks, Festa Siciliana, Eisley

May 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Kooks are coming to San Diego. They're playing at the House of Blues on Sunday, and it's just one of the performances David Coddon is going to tell us about on the Weekend Preview.

Local Troubadour Steve Poltz Performs Folk Rock from New Album

May 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Steve Poltz's fans have been waiting for a long time for a new record from the acclaimed and quirky singer-songwriter. This year, they got their wish, and more. Poltz released two albums simultaneously, one called “Traveling” and the other “Unraveling.” He performs live in studio.

Citizen Bloggers Confront the Issues of June Primary

May 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Citizen Bloggers sound off on some June election issues that are high on the agenda.

AARP CEO Balances Tough Economic Times With Financial Security for Seniors

May 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

How do we fix our nation's dwindling social security fund and provide seniors with health care while assuring their financial security? The CEO of AARP explains his plan for economic stability, and explains why our health care system is hurting older Americans.

San Diego Joined Fight to Overturn Gay Marriage Ban

May 15
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The fight to overturn California's gay-marriage ban included the city of San Diego. The mayor signed off on a friend-of-the court brief last year, after tearfully announcing a change of heart on the matter. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has the story.

California Supreme Court Overturns Gay Marriage Ban

May 15
By Lisa Leff and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California Supreme Court has overturned a voter-approved ban on gay marriage, paving the way for the state to become the second in the United States where gay and lesbian residents can marry.

Bakery Workers Detained in San Diego Immigration Raid

May 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Federal immigration officials have detained about a dozen people at a French bakery and catering company in San Diego.

Campaign Will Urge San Diego Homeowners to Clear Brush

May 15
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego's Office of Emergency Services will fund a campaign this summer to urge residents to create defensible space to protect their homes from wildfires. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Oceanside Council Approves 5-Block Downtown Development

May 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Oceanside officials have approved what would be one of the largest developments ever in that city's downtown.

Tuition Increases Approved for UC, CSU Students

May 15
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cal State and University of California students will pay higher tuition fees next year. University officials approved the increases yesterday to help fill a gaping hole in their budgets. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has more.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

May 15
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting