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Stories for October 14, 2008

SD School Board Reverses Public-Criticism Policy

Oct. 14
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Unified school board members have decided its 'OK' for them to publicly criticize the superintendent and his staff. That overturns a decision they made on the topic last month. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Sanders Delivers Bad News And Good

Oct. 14
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
Tease photo

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders is warning of a major mid-year budget cut for the city, due to the financial crisis. But in an address to the Taxpayers Association Tuesday, he also promised to push for major projects to stimulate the economy. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Off Mic

Oct. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Limits to Super Scooper's Powers

Oct. 14
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County's new super scooper firefighting planes have shown their muscle during the last two weeks. However, fire officials say the aircraft have limitations. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Wind and Dark Limit Some SD Firefighting Aircraft

Oct. 14
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego region's ability to fight wildfires by air has improved since last year's fire storm. However, many fire fighting aircraft can't fly in windy or dark conditions. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has more.

San Diego County Fire Update

Oct. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Two wildfires that began at Camp Pendleton have merged. Authorities have lifted an evacuation order for about 1,000 homes but say another 500 homes along the border of the Marine base remain vacated. The Marines say the Camp Pendleton fire has scorched more than 3,000 acres and is about 25 percent contained. The fires started yesterday on base training ranges. CAL-FIRE's Roxanne Provaznik says local fire crews remain on alert.

Fire Near Campo Nearly Contained

Oct. 14
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A wildfire evacuation order has been lifted for about 300 homes in San Diego County near the U.S.-Mexico border. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has more on the Shockey fire near Campo.

Small Brush Fire Starts in Suburban San Diego

Oct. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Authorities say a small brush fire has started in a suburban San Diego neighborhood that was the scene of some of the biggest devastation caused by the October 2007 wildfires.

Earl Thomas and Kings of Rhythm Perform the Blues

Oct. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Blues, Gospel, and R&B singer Earl Thomas talks about his music and performs with Ike Turner's old band, Kings of Rhythm.

Sempra Energy Builds a Controversial LNG Plant

Oct. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego-based Sempra energy spent a billion dollars to build a plant on the coast of Baja California to convert liquid national gas from Asia back into gas to be sold to American markets. But is it clean, and is it something that American consumers want to buy? We'll hear about a KPBS investigative report.

KPBS Listeners Ask a Mexican

Oct. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Is there anything you've ever wanted to ask a Mexican? If so, you're in luck. We are joined by Gustavo Arellano, who writes the column "Ask a Mexican". The nation's foremost expert on Mexicans explains to us why Mexicans love dwarves, why they go swimming in their clothes, and why they park in their front yards.

Critic of Airport Expansion in San Diego Talks about how Air Travel has Changed

Oct. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Two years ago San Diegans voted down a proposal to create a civilian airport on the site of Miramar Air Station. Since then the air travel industry in the U.S. has contacted, due to the high cost of fuel and economic recession. Economist Richard Carson tells us what he thinks recent trends mean for the future of air travel, and airport facilities, in San Diego.

Local Economist Discusses Impact of Financial Crisis on San Diego

Oct. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

How will the recent problems on Wall Street impact the San Diego region? Host Tom Fudge speaks to Economics Professor Alan Gin about the financial crisis that has dominated the news in recent weeks. We discuss the market rebound that happened on Monday, and try to look ahead to what's the next turn on the stock market rollercoaster ride.

Some Evacuation Orders Lifted in Areas Near Camp Pendleton

Oct. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Authorities have lifted an evacuation order for about 1,000 homes threatened by a wildfire on Camp Pendleton but say another 500 homes sitting on the border with the Marine base are to remain vacated.

Trailer Tuesday: W.

Oct. 14
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Reporter Ed Joyce Gives Fire Updates from the Field

Oct. 14
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

KPBS reporter Ed Joyce is watching the Juliet Fire that is burning at Camp Pendleton and Oceanside.

Cal Fire: Campo Fire 50 Percent Contained

Oct. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A fast-moving wildfire that raged along both side of Highway 94 and forced the evacuation of some 1,500 homes in the Campo area, was 50 percent contained as of 7:15 a.m., a CalFire spokesman said.

Dry, Hot Winds Won't Be Helpful for Firefighters

Oct. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego National Weather Service forecaster Stan Wasowski explains how weather will affect fires in the county this coming week.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Oct. 14
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cal Fire Says 25 Percent Containment Reached in Juliet Fire

Oct. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A brush fire charred about 3,000 acres in the southeastern reaches of Camp Pendleton by early today, forcing evacuations of thousands of people from base housing and neighborhoods in nearby Oceanside.

Breaking News: New Fire Burning in Campo

Oct. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cal Fire officials says that 60 structures are currently being threatened by the Shockey Fire in Campo.

The Cost of Importing Liquefied Natural Gas

Oct. 14
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Sempra Energy begins to import foreign liquefied natural gas next year. Foreign LNG costs more than domestic natural gas. Sempra says price should not be the only consideration. This week California regulators will decide how much price matters. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.

Regulators Resist Environmental Review of Importing LNG

Oct. 14
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego and most of Southern California already violate federal clean air standards. Agencies responsible for monitoring air quality fear Sempra’s plan to import liquefied natural gas from overseas will increase pollution and jeopardize public health. They want an environmental review but so far regulators have resisted. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.