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San Diego Weekend: Cow Parade, a Diorama for Cyclists, and a Cute Baby

April 13, 2009
By Angela Carone

Hope everyone had a great Easter. I spent the day eating yummy food with different groups of friends in various locales. There was also the obligatory Easter jumping. Here's what a few other San Diegans were up to...

Local Program Aims to End Cycle of Recidivism in California

April 13, 2009
By Alison St John, Hank Crook, Tom Fudge

What are the biggest challenges parolees face upon their release from prison? What can California do to reduce the cycle of recidivism that has plagued our state's over-crowded prison population? Host Tom Fudge speaks to Second Chance Founder Scott Silverman about the Prisoner Reentry Employment Program (PREP). We also hear from Regina Nolte-Ware, who is a PREP graduate, about how the program has impacted her life.

Local Military Fairing Well Despite Recession

April 13, 2009
By Alison St John, Hank Crook

Last week, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced a major reshaping of the Pentagon. We explore how cultural and priority changes in the defense department will impact the military in San Diego. And we'll find out who the local military is fairing in this recession.

What Should CA Do to Achieve Full Global Potential?

April 13, 2009
By Alison St John, Hank Crook

What does California need to do to meet its full, global potential? We speak to Dr. Abraham Lowenthal about his new book Global California: Rising to the Cosmopolitan Challenge. Dr. Lowenthal talks about what the state can do to promote itself internationally, and how the state can benefit from the growing global economy.

When Will San Diego Home Prices Hit Bottom?

April 13, 2009
By Alison St John, Hank Crook

Are San Diego home prices now reasonable? It depends on how you define reasonable. According to the most recent Standard & Poor's home price index, local home prices have dropped 40 percent from the market peak in November 2005. But, local home prices are still almost 50 percent higher than they were in 2000. We speak to a local realtor and a financial advisor about whether prices are expected to continue to drop, and what you should consider if you are thinking about buying a new home right now.

State Budget Creates Obstacle to Passing Bills

April 13, 2009
By Marriane Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Lawmakers are back from spring break Monday with a full agenda, but how much can they get done in the shadow of a new budget deficit? From Sacramento, Marianne Russ explains.

Padres Starting Out the Season Strong

April 13, 2009
By Alan Ray, Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Padres have a full week of games under their belt... and they're three games over .500! We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.

Surfshop Owner Discusses Effects of Recession

April 13, 2009
By Alan Ray, Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

We've heard how the recession has affected large-scale industries, but what about the mom and pop stores? Today, we have another segment in our KPBS "Rough Water" series. Joining us on Morning Edition is Marc Adam, owner of Encinitas Surfboards in North San Diego County.

Sanders Prepares to Present Budget

April 13, 2009
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders will present his budget to the city council this week. The city is facing a 60 million dollar budget shortfall. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.

SD Unified School Board To Consider Layoffs

April 13, 2009
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Unified school board might backtrack on its promise not to send layoff notices to teachers. Tomorrow the panel will consider telling more than 250 workers they might lose their jobs. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.