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Stories for November 12, 2008

San Diego City Council Holds All Day Budget Hearings

Nov. 12
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego city council got an earful from citizens at an all day public hearing on the mayor’s proposed mid year budget cuts. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Citizen Voices Bloggers Reflect on the Year in Politics

Nov. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Over two years in the making, the historic presidential race peaked last week with the election of Barack Obama, America's first black president. In California, voters were also subjected to an onslaught of local and state races and propositions, including several controversial measures like same-sex marriage, abortion and animal rights. We'll talk to a group of novice politicals bloggers about the year in politics and what it was like putting their opinions on line for the world to see.

Millions Prepare for the Big One in Southern California

Nov. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Great Southern California Shakeout is a major earthquake drill that will simulate a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. At 10 a.m. on November 13, 2008, over five million people throughout Southern California will participate in the ShakeOut Drill, the largest earthquake preparedness activity in U.S. history. What will San Diego look like following the big one? We'll talk with geologists and emergency services personnel about preparing for, and responding to, a major earthquake in Southern California.

Navy Can Test Sonar Without Restrictions

Nov. 12
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-to-4 to lift restrictions on the Navy's use of sonar in training exercises off the California coast.

Analyst Says Budget is Ballooning

Nov. 12
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The number speaks for itself, $28-billion. That's the size of California's budget deficit. The figure comes from the state's non-partisan legislative analyst. He says lawmakers must act quickly to fix the problem before it gets worse. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.

CAL FIRE Prepares for Hot Weather

Nov. 12
By Dwane Brown, Maureen Cavanaugh and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Hot weather and Santa Ana winds are expected in the coming days around San Diego County. Captain Nick Schular with CAL FIRE explains what this warm weather means for San Diego County.

SD City Council Leaves Green Legacy

Nov. 12
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The makeup of the San Diego City Council changes next month. That's when four new members join the council. One environmental leader says the past council has left a "green" legacy, but there's room for improvement. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has details.