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Stories for July 22, 2009

Would A $100 Parcel Tax For Local Schools Get Your Vote?

July 22
By Gloria Penner

Sometimes the biggest changes begin with little fanfare. For example, on the San Diego Unified School Board's 5 p.m. agenda on Tuesday evening was the rather obscure item ‘I’ on a list that began with ‘A’ and ended with ‘M’. Item ‘I’ was called the “Superintendent's Consent Agenda …Agreement with The Primacy Group, Inc. for a Parcel Tax Feasibility Study.”

Sesame Street: Telly's New Shoes

July 22
Sesame Street: Telly's New Shoes  Tease photo

In this episode, Abby meets Chris to show off her new shoes that she got from the Shoe Fairy. When Telly walks in without any shoes, Abby tells him that he should make a shoe wish so the Shoe Fairy will come and give him his first pair of shoes. Telly can't decide on which pair of shoes he wants so he tells the Shoe Fairy to surprise him.

New Study: Conservation Better Than Dams

July 22
CCN

A new report says California could save a lot more water by investing in farm conservation measures instead of dams.

Comic-Con Nights: Scribble.08 Film Premiere, Jeff Soto, Martha Rich and More

July 22
By Angela Carone
Tease photo

A downtown warehouse space close to Comic-Con holds the premiere of a new art documentary and an exhibit featuring Con favorite Jeff Soto, the Clayton Brothers, Martha Rich and more!

San Diego School Bus Fleet Gets Green Makeover

July 22
By Ed Joyce
San Diego School Bus Fleet Gets Green Makeover Tease photo

The San Diego Unified School District is using federal stimulus funds to reduce harmful emissions from its school buses. The district is close to having one of the cleanest bus fleets in the country.

Cities Plan to Fight State Budget

July 22
San Diego Week

Politicians from around San Diego gathered Wednesday to complain about California’s proposed budget deal. KPBS reporter Katie Orr says area leaders aren’t going to give up local money without a fight.

Snap Out of It Now with Dr. Adrianne Ahern

July 22
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Move over Dr. Phil – Dr. Adrianne Ahern teaches you how to rewire your brain to confront life’s challenges for greater success and wellbeing. Feeling depressed, overwhelmed, frustrated, stressed out? Clinical psychologist Adrianne Ahern has a solution – Snap Out of It NOW!® Dr. Ahern, renowned for her pioneering work in developing human potential, has developed a breakthrough methodology to help train the brain to support optimal health, success, and wellbeing. Ahern can teach you how to rewire your brain to meet and conquer life’s challenges.

Obama: Health Overhaul 'Central' To Economic Fix

July 22
Liz Halloran, NPR
Obama: Health Overhaul 'Central' To Economic Fix Tease photo

President Obama argued during a prime-time news conference Wednesday that the American economy cannot be rebuilt without overhauling the nation's health care system. "Even as we rescue this economy from full-blown crisis," Obama said, "we must rebuild it stronger than before.

$70 Million in Claims Pending Over Marine Jet Crash

July 22
Associated Press

More than $70 million in claims are unresolved over last year's crash of a Marine Corps jet in a San Diego County neighborhood. The military says a series of bad decisions allowed the F-18 to crash in University City after an engine failure on Dec. 8. The crash killed four people, destroyed two homes and damaged others.

HIV Vaccine Remains Elusive

July 22
By Kenny Goldberg
HIV Vaccine Remains Elusive Tease photo

AIDS is the number one killer in sub-Saharan Africa, and it's the fourth leading cause of death worldwide. Researchers have been trying to develop a vaccine to protect people against HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. So far, the results have been disappointing. From the International Aids Conference in Capetown, South Africa, KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg tells us the search continues.

Scorching Temperatures Continue in San Diego

July 22
City News Service

Another day of scorching temperatures was in store for San Diego County today, forecasters said. According to the National Weather Service, hot weather will continue into at least early next week because of strong upper-level high pressure over the West.

Swine Flu Kills Another in San Diego

July 22
Associated Press

Another death associated with the swine flu occurred in the San Diego area, bringing the total to 10, county health officials said today.

San Diego Power Will be Cut During Wildfire Threat

July 22
San Diego Week
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Power lines will be shut down in rural parts of San Diego County during windy, dry spells when the wildfire danger is greatest. San Diego Gas & Electric transmission lines have been blamed for several past wildfires, including the devastating Witch Creek, Guejito and Rice Canyon fires in October 2007.

San Diego Tops List of CA Solar Cities

July 22
These Days

San Diego is the top solar city in California, according to a recent report by Environment California. What has San Diego done to earn the No. 1 ranking? And, what more can our region do to reduce its carbon footprint? We speak to representatives from Environment California, and the California Center for Sustainable Energy about San Diego's solar credentials, and the city's environmental goals for the future.

First the Moon, Now Mars?

July 22
These Days

It's been 40 years since humans first stepped onto the surface of moon. What's next in space exploration? Some scientists have their sights set on Mars.

Political Analysis: San Diego Unified Explores a Parcel Tax

July 22
These Days

The San Diego Unified school district is exploring a parcel tax for local school funding and has voted to begin a feasibility study.

Prison Details Could Derail Calif. Budget

July 22
Marianne Russ - California Capitol Network
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The brand-new deal to balance the state budget could be in jeopardy over details about prison cuts. Schwarzenegger Administration officials say the plan would shave more than a billion dollars from prison spending by reducing the population by about 27,000 inmates.

Seal Supporters Rally in La Jolla

July 22
By Katie Orr
Tease photo

Supporters of the seals living at the Children’s Pool in La Jolla held a rally Tuesday. They carried signs saying things like “Taxpayers for seals” and “Help Seal the Deal” referring to legislation recently signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger that gives control of the beach to the San Diego City Council.