Stories for October 22, 2008
There's a new trend of street art featuring Sarah Palin and, not surprisngly, a lot of it leans strongly to the left. Hmmmm, wonder where are all those GOP graf artists are hiding out. The poster below is an obvious tip of the hat to the
Fewer than one in ten of the homes that burned down last October have been rebuilt, and a common reason is that the homeowners found they were under-insured. A group of under-insured homeowners is calling on Californias Insurance Commissioner to take action. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
This video from the British comedy troupe The Hollow Men is pretty clever. & The guy in the middle who has been living with ABS (Advanced Brando Syndrome) for years is the best. &
Republican Congressmen Darrell Issa and Brian Bilbray want Congress to create a bipartisan commission to investigate the financial crisis. Just as Congress responded by creating the 9/11 commission, he is proposing the Financial Oversight Commission.
So how to distinguish these candidates when they all have seemingly noble agendas? Refer to party recommendations? Look at affiliations and endorsements? These are actually very telling - but I'd like to be able to individually ask each candidate the "hows" and "whys" of their priorities, and also how they feel about more controversial issues such as bilingual education and school vouchers. However, this is not easy for a citizen such as myself who has two jobs, is pursuing her master's degree, and has been married for 15 months to someone who was 8,000 miles away on a Navy ship for seven of those months. There are only so many hours in the day. And yet, growing up with a family member teaching in the public school system, I know that school boards can be extremely influential and hotbeds of dispute.
One year ago today, San Diego County was engulfed in flames. The 2007 wildfires eventually killed ten people. Many more suffered serious burns. Since then, San Diego County's only burn center has purchased a new piece of equipment. It's designed to improve recovery for people who suffer facial and neck burns. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.
Cygnet Theater's latest play is called Dying City and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. It tells the story of three people who cope with violence, death, and personal relationships. We'll talk with Cygnet Associate Artistic Director Francis Gercke and the two actors in the play.
Sherri Lightner and Phil Thalheimer are vying for Scott Peters' seat on the San Diego City Council. Phil Thalheimer is the president of San Diego Flight Training International and a Republican. Sherri Lightner is a retired mechanical engineer and a Democrat. District 1 is an area where the party affiliation is pretty evenly split. Neither candidate has held major elective office before.
The seals can linger a little longer at Children's Pool beach in La Jolla. A judge held a hearing Tuesday without issuing a ruling in the case pitting seals against beach-goers that has been in the courts for three years.
It's more likely that mandatory water restrictions will come to San Diego County next year. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has details.
Mark Wahlberg stars as Max Payne (20th Century Fox)
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger plans to call lawmakers back into session before the end of November to deal with California's ballooning deficit.