Stories for November 6, 2008
Halloween may be behind us but I still have horror on my mind. My friend alerted me to "Let the Right One In" (opening November 7 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas), a Swedish vampire film. Right there it peaked my interest since as far as I could remember I had never seen a vampire film from Sweden. So while most people are eagerly awaiting the Hollywood adaptation of the bestselling tween vamp romance "Twilight," "Let the Right One In" slides in early and sets the bar exceptionally high. This may even end up on my top ten for 2008. You can listen to my Film Chat by clicking above.
Governor Schwarzenegger is proposing a series of tax increases to fill an $11 billion hole in the state budget. The Governor called lawmakers back for a special session to address the shortfall today. The centerpiece of his plan is a temporary one-and-a-half percent hike in the sales tax. He also wants to permanently expand the sales tax to services like car repair, veterinary care and sporting events.
San Diego County is no longer issuing licenses or recording weddings for same sex couples. County Clerk Greg Smith says the change happened when it became clear Proposition 8 would win. That measure changes California's constitution, outlawing same sex weddings. Smith estimates about 3,000 same sex licenses were issued from June to election day.
San Diego school officials say they aren't wasting any time getting started with Proposition S. That the $2.1 billion school bond measure approved by voters this week. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
The budget cuts at the city of San Diego will eliminate more than half of the top management positions that report directly to the chief operating officer, Jay Goldstone.
Seann William Scott and Paul Rudd deal with Jane Lynch in Role Models (Universal)
Since winning multiple San Diego music awards and garnering a strong following for their live shows, Lady Dottie and the Diamonds have become a popular staple in the San Diego music scene. They join us in studio to perform and talk about their love of the blues.
Republican Governor Arnold has something in common with the president-elect, Democrat Barack Obama. Barack Obama says fixing America's broken health care system is one of his top priorities. Californians have heard the same resolve from Governor Schwarzenegger.
By a narrow margin, voters approved Proposition One-A. It provides roughly $10 billion for work to begin on a statewide bullet train system.
"Role Models" is a story about two friends, Danny (Paul Rudd) and Wheeler (Seann William Scott), who work together advertising an energy drink and end up conducting wild behavior. Their punishment: Work off 150 hours of commmunity service hours in a Big Brother program mentoring kids.
The city of Encinitas has approved an additional room tax to replenish sand on its beaches. Other beach projects in San Diego County could get state funding to do the same thing. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has details.