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Stories for November 5, 2008

A Letter For Our Future President

Nov. 5
By Jessica Jondle and Citizen Voices

You have spoken of post-partisanship and a post-racial society. Many (including myself) are concerned that your record shows otherwise, and that there is little to no precedent suggesting a desire to find middle ground between your own positions (often to the left of left) and those of the right and center-right. With your party making gains in Congress, the temptation may be even greater to use your power to implement liberal, far-left policies across the board. But while the results of this election and the office of the presidency grant you the right to & govern and promote your political ideas (which have proven popular), you have an obligation to consider the opinions, concerns, and needs of the population as a whole. Likewise, in our dealings overseas, you have been charged with the difficult task of repairing our international relations while at the same time protecting our nation and ensuring its security. It is my hope that your vice president's predictions prove untrue, and that you do not face a difficult attack from another nation or nations - because in spite of being a supporter of your opponent in the presidential race, I have no desire to see you or our nation fail.

Obama's Win Means New U.S. Attorney for San Diego

Nov. 5
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Barack Obama's win yesterday means San Diego will get a new U.S. Attorney sometime next year. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.

Painful Cuts Proposed for San Diego

Nov. 5
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders says he’s proposing to close seven branch libraries and nine recreation centers. And those are just some of the cuts he says are necessary to close a $43 million mid year budget gap. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more

Children's Hospitals Will Get A Financial Shot in the Arm

Nov. 5
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Children's Hospitals throughout California will get an influx of cash next year, thanks to the passage of Prop 3. Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego will be eligible for 98 million dollars. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Parental Notification Backers Will Try Again

Nov. 5
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Backers of the parental notification measure known as Prop 4 say they’re not discouraged by the initiative's defeat. In fact, supporters say they want to put a similar measure on the next ballot. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Citizen Voices

Nov. 5
By Jjondle and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Where Does San Diego and California Go From Here?

Nov. 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The day after...who won and who lost in local and state-wide races? We'll talk about the election results and hear from experts and the public.

Where Does America Go From Here?

Nov. 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The day after history was made...where does the country stand? We'll talk about the presidential election results and hear from experts and the public.

Encinitas Voters Approve Sand Tax

Nov. 5
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Voters in Encinitas approved a tax on short-term vacation rentals. The money would pay for projects to put sand back on the city's beaches. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has more on Proposition K.

Opponents May Try To Undo Booze Ban

Nov. 5
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A measure that would ban alcohol at San Diego beaches and coastal parks has been approved. The measure would make the consumption of alcohol unlawful at all city beaches, Mission Bay Park and other coastal recreation areas. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Group Formed After 2000 Election to Monitor San Diego Polls Today

Nov. 5
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A group formed after the 2000 Presidential Election will be monitoring polls today in San Diego County. The monitors are making sure every vote counts. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce explains.

California Voters Approve Same-Sex Marriage Ban (Proposition 8)

Nov. 5
By Lisa Leff and KPBS Public Broadcasting

In an election otherwise full of liberal triumphs, the gay rights movement suffered a stunning defeat as California voters approved a ban on same-sex marriages that overrides a recent court decision legalizing them.

Goldsmith Ousts Aguirre

Nov. 5
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Jan Goldsmith succeeded in ousting Mike Aguirre from the city attorney’s office, with help from the Republican Party. Goldsmith won 60 percent of the vote to Aguirre’s 40 percent. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

SD Schools To Get Facelift Under Prop. S

Nov. 5
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego public schools will soon get a major facelift under Proposition S. Voters approved the $2.1 billion school bond measure yesterday. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

County's School Bond Measures Get OK

Nov. 5
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Seven San Diego County school districts took their chances this election and put forth hefty school bond measures. And all of them got the 55-percent vote needed to pass.

A New Face On The SD School Board

Nov. 5
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

One of the tightest school board races was in the San Diego Unified School District. For the first time in 30 years, a newcomer ousted an incumbent. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Happy New Year, 11-4-08

Nov. 5
By Alma Sove and Citizen Voices

At the City Heights polling place where I dropped off my absentee ballot, the line of a dozen or so residents waiting to vote gave me an honest thrill. This November 4th reminded me of an exciting New Year's Day, the air thick with expectation and resolve. & The anticipation of knowing Bush and his crew are finally out of office was so reassuring that it overrides any nagging fears about

Fire Tax Fails

Nov. 5
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Proposition A, the parcel tax to raise money for more fire protection for San Diego, narrowly failed to win the necessary two thirds vote to pass.

Prop B Falls Short

Nov. 5
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Proposition B, the plan to build a deck over the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal, was soundly defeated, with barely 30% of the vote.

Citizen Voices

Nov. 5
By Alma Sove and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Prop 8 Brought Out North County Voters

Nov. 5
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Many people in North San Diego County said the presidential race wasn't the biggest reason they went to the polls yesterday. It was Prop 8, the measure to ban same sex marriage. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

How I Spent My Morning This Election Day

Nov. 5
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Democrats Seeking Big Gains in Calif. Legislature

Nov. 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Democrats are holding on to leads for three seats in the California Legislature now controlled by Republicans. Former Democratic Assemblywoman Hannah-Beth Jackson leads former Assembly member, Republican Tony Strickland. They are vying for the state Senate seat held by termed out Republican Tom McClintock.

San Diego Voters Adopt Booze Ban at Beaches

Nov. 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego voters have decided to ban alcohol consumption on city beaches, making permanent a temporary ban that was imposed after a massive beach brawl last year.

Knock Knock Knock

Nov. 5
Citizen Voices
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I've had woodpecker fever all week. I've been putting knuckles through Ikea tabletops for days. If you mention Obama, I'm looking to knock some wood. All signs look good, the polls are positive and - knock, knock, knock - Yes We Can!

Some Highlights of Data from Calif. Exit Polls

Nov. 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Barack Obama's support among California voters cut across racial, gender and class lines. The Democratic president-elect appealed to voters regardless of education level.

Calif. Voters Defeat Alternative Fuel Measure

Nov. 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A $5 billion bond that would have given Californians rebates to buy alternative fuel vehicles has failed. Voters defeated Proposition 10 after a coalition of environmentalists warned it would steer taxpayer money to Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens.