Stories for November 25, 2008
The city of San Diegos libraries are safe from budget cuts for the moment. But the round of budget cuts the city council approved this week may not be the last during this fiscal year. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
The California state auditor says five state agencies improperly tossed hazardous electronic waste into the trash. That material is supposed to be recycled. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has details.
The San Diego City Council has rejected Mayor Sanders' proposal to close libraries and recreation centers to balance the budget. What's next, and how will the budget come into balance? We speak with city councilman Tony Young, who sponsored the measure that was approved by the council.
Scott Paulson reprises his role as Sam the Sound Effects Man in Cygnet Theater's production of It's a Wonderful Life. As the foley artists for this 1940's radio drama, he creates the sounds of walking through snow, things breaking and people kissing. We'll get a behind-the-scenes look at his arsenal of sound effects.
What's next for Chula Vista following the news that Gaylord Entertainment has withdrawn its proposal to develop a 32-acre site along the city's bayfront? Is this an opportunity to redraw plans for the South Bay's future? How might this news affect the Chargers' interest in building a new football stadium in Chula Vista? Host Tom Fudge speaks to Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox, and journalist Carlos Davalos about the future of the South Bay.
With the failure of Prop A, the fire tax, earlier this month, what's the future for firefighting in San Diego County? We'll talk about the new San Diego County Fire Authority and whether that's the answer to fighting the region's wildfires.
Many families in San Diego are struggling to make ends meet as the economic downturn continues. We'll look at how the recession is impacting the San Diego Food Bank and Catholic Charities as they struggle to meet the needs of the community.
Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn enjoy Four Christmases (New Line)
"Four Christmases" is an amazingly funny movie. It's about this couple -- Brad (Vince Vaughn) and Kate (Reese Witherspoon) -- that has been dating for three years, yet still don't know each other as well as they think they do. Every year, they go on some vacation around the world for the holidays and make up some lame excuse to tell their families as to why.
The Drug Enforcement Administration says outdoor marijuana growing operations are damaging public and private land in San Diego County. So far this year, a local-federal task force has found nearly 200 outdoor illegal marijuana growing operations in the county. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has details.
A wet storm is making its way to San Diego today. But too much rain could mean mud slides in some rural areas. Joining us on Morning Edition is Stan Wasowski with the San Diego National Weather Service.
California's financial problems may not be resolved until a new legislature is sworn-in next month. We're joined on Morning Edition by independent Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy.
State lawmakers are on the way back to Sacramento for a last-ditch attempt to balance the state's budget. Floor sessions are scheduled today in both houses of the state legislature. However, there's no deal yet. Marianne Russ reports.
Director Catherine Hardwicke, actress Kristen Stewart and author Stephenie Meyer on the set of Twilight (Summit)