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Stories for January 5, 2009

In Honor of All Things Frozen

Jan. 5
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Not only was there ice on my car this morning, for some reason KPBS is FREEZING today. Since there are greater forces setting the tone for the day, I decided to work with the theme.

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Jan. 5
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Appoints Citizen Watchdogs

Jan. 5
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The city of San Diego now has three citizen watchdogs who will sit on a new audit committee to keep an eye on the city’s finances. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Taskforce To Pick San Diego Schools For Possible Closure

Jan. 5
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Unified School District is grappling with the possibility of closing ten small elementary schools for next year. Supporters of the proposed schools are beginning to rally their troops. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

San Diego Weekend: Breakdancing on a Boat, Reel Big Fish, and The Last Sunset of the Year

Jan. 5
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

San Diegans rang in the new year in festive fashion and capped off the weekend with a win from the Chargers. & Here are some images from the first weekend of 2009 in San Diego. &

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Jan. 5
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Abigail Washburn and the Sparrow Quartet, Featuring Béla Fleck, Perform in Studio

Jan. 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Abilgail Washburn and her all-star band, the Sparrow Quartet, perform in studio and talk about their new album. Washburn is joined by virtuoso banjo player Béla Fleck, cellist Ben Sollee, and fiddler Casey Driessen.

California’s Gold Rush: Human Histories and Geological Mysteries

Jan. 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The discovery of gold in California in 1848 changed America forever. What was it about the geology of the West that produced gold in the first place? And how did the early settlers handle the rough terrain they encountered as they traveled westward in search of riches? We talk about the geology of the West and the challenges the early settlers faced.

County Supervisors Grapple with Economic Downturn

Jan. 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors controls more than a $5 billion budget and serve the county's 3 million residents. We begin our series of interviews with the five supervisors by talking to outgoing chairman Greg Cox about the state of the economy and the challenges the county will face in the year ahead.

San Diego County Sees Influx of Iraqi Refugees

Jan. 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County took in well over 2,000 Iraqi refugees in the last fiscal year, a record intake for an area that has become a haven for war-weary Iraqis.

San Diego Hotels Face Bad Economy

Jan. 5
By Nick Stoffel and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The current financial crisis has left many San Diego hotel rooms vacant.

Two More College Campuses Go Smoke-Free

Jan. 5
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The new year brings two new smoke-free college campuses in San Diego County. Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges will no longer allow smoking anywhere on school grounds. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Police Sue to get Paid for Putting on Their Uniforms

Jan. 5
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Trial proceedings open today for San Diego police who are suing the city to get paid for the time it takes to “don” and “doff,” - in other words, put on and take off - their uniforms.