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Stories for February 19, 2009

New Book Explores The Other Side of Desire

Feb. 19
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Remember that scene in the 2006 film

It's Steve Poltz's Birthday and He Wants a Hat!

Feb. 19
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Today, February 19th, is Steve Poltz's birthday! If you see him around town, sing him a song or give him a big kiss, or just go to his

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Feb. 19
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Feb. 19
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Active Living Means Walkable Communities

Feb. 19
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Getting kids into better shape was the focus of today's meeting of the Active Living Research Conference in downtown San Diego. KPBS reporter Tom Fudge has more.

San Ysirdo High Gets Top Honors in AP Spanish Lit

Feb. 19
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Ysidro High School is earning top honors for having the largest number of students passing an advanced level Spanish Literature course. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2009

Feb. 19
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
Tease photo

The animated program includes:

Budget Deal Could Speed Federal Stimulus Money to Region

Feb. 19
By Katie Orr and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Mayor Jerry Sanders says there are a lot of ways San Diego can use its share of the federal economic stimulus package. But the money needs to get here first. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.

90 La Jolla Pharmaceutical Employees to Be Laid off

Feb. 19
By City News Service and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Most of La Jolla Pharmaceutical's 90 employees will be laid off in the wake of the failure of the company's lead drug candidate for the treatment of lupus, it was announced today.

San Diego's Median Home Price Drops to $280,000

Feb. 19
By City News Service and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Home sales in San Diego County jumped by 34.7 percent in January, compared to the same month a year ago, while prices dropped 34.7 percent, a real estate information service reported today.

Schwarzenegger: Calif. Lawmakers 'Courageous'

Feb. 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says state lawmakers were courageous in approving a combination of tax hikes and spending cuts to close the state's massive budget deficit.

CCDC Cuts Two Top Executives

Feb. 19
By City News Service and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Centre City Development Corp., San Diego's downtown redevelopment arm, laid off two of its top executives today.

Median Home Prices Plunge in California

Feb. 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Housing prices kept plunging in California in January as low-cost foreclosures drove the market, a real estate tracking firm said Thursday.

San Diego Musician Gregory Page Performs in Studio

Feb. 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Gregory Page is a favorite among local musicians. Formerly a member of The Rugburns, Page has made numerous albums and garnered a dedicated following for his vaudevillian, troubadour sound. Page joins us in studio with some musician friends to perform his music and talk about his inspirations.

POW! Hosts West Coast Premiere of "Burning in China"

Feb. 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Poway Center for the Performing Arts presents the West Coast premiere of "Burning in China," a play about how Abraham Lincoln inspired the student protests in Tiananmen Square 20 years ago.

California Lawmakers Pass Long-Awaited Budget

Feb. 19
By Judy Lin and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California Legislature passed a long-awaited budget early Thursday after an epic battle that involved several all-night sessions, sending the governor a package of bills that raise taxes and cut spending to help close a $42 billion deficit.

Solar Industry Well-Positioned to Survive Economic Downturn

Feb. 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Becoming a carbon neutral society is one of the main environmental goals of our local, state, and federal governments. If we want to make those green goals a reality, there's going to be a significant cost associated with rebuilding our energy infrastructure. In these tough economic times, what options are available to individuals who want to reduce their carbon footprint? One of the most popular ways to make your home or business more green, is to use solar power. As part of our series, "Rough Water: Navigating San Diego's Economy," host Maureen Cavanaugh speaks to KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce about the cost of going solar, the government incentives available, and how the economic downturn is affecting the local solar energy industry.

Real Estate Agent Discusses Hard Economic Times

Feb. 19
By Dwane Brown, Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

When San Diego's real estate boom went bust in 2007 Chula Vista, East Lake and Otay Ranch suffered from a high number of home foreclosures. One real-estate agent lost everything, including his home.

California Has a Budget

Feb. 19
By California Capitol Network and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Both houses of the California legislature have approved a state spending plan.

San Diego Solar Industry Sees Bright Future

Feb. 19
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The economic downturn has hit all San Diego county industries hard. But one sector is poised to shine as the economy recovers. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce says the local solar power industry is a bright spot on a dismal economic landscape. It's the fourth part of our series Rough Water: Navigating San Diego's economy.

Rate Oversight Committee Recommends Water Reuse

Feb. 19
By Katie Orr and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Independent Committee that oversees water rates in San Diego has issued its first report. The committee recommends ways to save money and water. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.