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Stories for October 1, 2008

SD School Leader Downplays Controversial Policy

Oct. 1
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego School Superintendent Terry Grier is downplaying a new district policy preventing school board members from publicly criticizing him and his staff. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

State Treasurer Urges Congress to Pass Recovery Plan

Oct. 1
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The State Treasurer is warning California may run out of cash if Congress fails to adopt an economic recovery plan. Bill Lockyer says for the last ten days state and local governments have been closed out of financial markets and help from the federal government is necessary.

Market Downturn has Implications for San Diego Pension Fund

Oct. 1
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The financial crisis threatens the retirement savings of every San Diegan invested in Wall Street. But a market downturn would be a double whammy for San Diego taxpayers, who are on the hook to make good on guaranteed public employee pension funds. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Schwarzenegger Sets New Veto Record

Oct. 1
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has set a new veto record. He's rejected more than 35-percent of the bills that reached his desk this year. This year Schwarzenegger rejected a total of 415 bills and signed 775.

The Lighter Side of Politics - Anticipating the Vice Presidential Debate

Oct. 1
By Jessica Jondle and Citizen Voices

While certainly all eyes (including mine) will be on how Sarah Palin performs against Joe Biden's extensive foreign policy experience in tomorrow's

New Law Requires Doctors to Tell Dying Patients About their Legal Options

Oct. 1
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Schwarzenegger has signed a measure that supporters say will improve end-of-life care in California. The bill requires doctors upon request to tell terminally ill patients about all of their options. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

SD School Leader Admits Layoff Overreaction

Oct. 1
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego School Superintendent Terry Grier admits the district overreacted when it sent layoff notices and pink slips to teachers over the summer break. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Off Mic

Oct. 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting

School Chief Discusses Plan for Improving SDUSD

Oct. 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Terry Grier has been on the job for a little over six months. We'll talk with him about his plans to improve San Diego city schools as well as relations between administration and teachers. And we'll discuss the cost of education today.

Taxpayers Express Concern over Bailout

Oct. 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting

On Monday, Congress failed to pass the $700 billion bailout package for America's financial institutions. Concern and confusion remain as to the best approach to fixing the ailing U.S. economy. We'll talk about whether taxpayers have a responsibility to fix the problem with SDSU finance professor Dan Seiver.

Citizen Voices

Oct. 1
By Jjondle and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Filner Says Bailout Wrong Way To Go

Oct. 1
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Democratic Congressman Bob Filner says the $700 billion financial bailout package is not the best way to stabilize the economy. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

KPBS General Manager Doug Myrland to Retire at the End of the Year

Oct. 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Doug Myrland, general manager of KPBS, a public service of San Diego State University, will retire at the end of the year. As a result, a nationwide search for a new general manager will begin immediately, the university announced today.

How a Letter Between Two Mathematicians in 1654 Changed the Way We View the Future

Oct. 1
These Days

How did a letter written in the mid-1600s help to create the concept of mathematical probability? What kind of impact did this realization have on the world? How is the concept of probability being used by our government to form a strategy for tackling the nation's current financial crisis? Host Tom Fudge speaks to Keith Devlin about the importance of probability theory in modern society.

Stories of Mexico's Migrants

Oct. 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Why do so many Mexicans want to migrate to America? And do they find the economic, political and social freedom that they are seeking once they get here? We'll talk with author Sam Quinones about Mexican migration and what it means for the U.S.

Food Stamps Not Reaching San Diegans Who Need Them

Oct. 1
By Joanne Faryon

Only one in three people in San Diego County who qualify for food stamps actually receives them. The county has the lowest participation rate in the country, according to a report by a non-profit group in Washington, D.C. The Food Research and Action Center looked at food stamp participation in 24 urban centers in the country. Joanne Faryon has more.