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Stories for November 17, 2008

Citizen Voices

Nov. 17
By Lcaloh and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Larry Zeiger Honored Last Night

Nov. 17
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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The youngest filmmaker at FSC, Jonathan Jackson, with honoree Larry Zeiger (Tony Weidinger)

Water Rates Rise Again

Nov. 17
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego City Council voted this morning to approve a water rate increase. Residents had mixed reactions to the rate hikes. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

New Climate Change Report For San Diego

Nov. 17
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Researchers have come up with an action plan for San Diego County to use in preparing for climate change. A UC-San Diego scientist says it's the first plan of this type at the county level in California. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Schwarzenegger Declares State of Emergency in San Bernadino County

Nov. 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a state of emergency in San Bernardino County, part of a four-county area scorched by the Freeway Complex fire.

County Updates General Plan for the Future, Calls for Less Growth

Nov. 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Are you concerned about growth in San Diego County? If so, you might want to check out the first draft of the County's General Plan Update, which was released last Friday. Host Alison St. John speaks to a representative from the County about the General Plan Update. One of the highlights from this most recent update, is a plan to reduce growth by 15 percent.

Orchids and Onions Winners and Losers

Nov. 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Orchids and Onions awards ceremony celebrating San Diego's built environment took place last Thursday. We'll talk about the winners and losers with some of the jurors who doled out the praise and the barbs.

SD City Council Holds Hearing on Water Rate Increases

Nov. 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego City Council will hold a public hearing this afternoon to discuss two proposed water rate increases for the city. One of the proposed increases is due to an increase in the water rates from the San Diego County Water Authority, which is the agency that provides imported water to the city. The second proposed rate increase would pay for a "Demonstration Project to help determine the feasibility of using reclaimed drinking water to augment local drinking water supplies." Host Alison St. John speaks to Jim Barrett, Director of Public Utilities for the City of San Diego, about the proposed rate increases. We also speak with Bruce Reznik, from San Diego Coastkeeper, about the water reclamation pilot project.

State Budget Deficit Dominates Discussions in Sacramento

Nov. 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What options do California lawmakers have for cutting down the state's $27.8 billion budget deficit? Host Alison St. John speaks to Marianne Russ, with Capital Public Radio, about the debate over how to close the state's budget gap. We also discuss a plan in Sacramento to reduce the number of foreclosures in California.

Sushi Performance and Visual Art Finds a Permanent Home

Nov. 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We'll talk about Sushi's new digs downtown and their upcoming season as well as a farce currently on stage at North Coast Rep. San Diego Rep features a play from Culture Clash and we'll preview some holiday plays on this Weekend Preview.

Wildlife Artist Discusses His Passion for Natural World

Nov. 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Natural History Museum has a new exhibit called "The Art of Robert Bateman." A renowned wildlife painter and conservationist, Bateman will talk about his 70-plus years of painting the natural world and his efforts to bring attention to the need to protect it. We'll also talk with the exhibit's curator.

Governor's Budget Fixes Cause Concern

Nov. 17
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Both labor and business groups are voicing concerns over the Governor's plan to fix the state Unemployment Insurance Fund. He's called on lawmakers to address the issue in this month's special legislative session. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.

Chargers Losing Hopes of Playoff Chance

Nov. 17
By Dwane Brown, Maureen Cavanaugh and KPBS Public Broadcasting

On a chilly afternoon in Pittsburgh, the San Diego Chargers fell to a strong AFC foe. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris. He'll tell us if he thinks the erratic Chargers are still have hopes of a playoff bid.

Volunteers To Test County Waters

Nov. 17
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A group of volunteers in San Diego County will be testing the waters along the beaches and other waterways next weekend. It's part of an effort to assess the health and quality of the water. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has more.