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Stories for June 2, 2009

SD City Attorney Says DROP Not Valid

June 2
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

San Diego’s City Attorney says the ordinance that created a controversial retirement benefit program for city employees should have never been implemented in the first place.

Analysts Say Speeding Up Border Crossings Could Help Slow Climate Change

June 2
By Amy Isackson
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Environmental analysts from both sides of the US Mexico border say reducing border wait times could help combat climate change in the San Diego Tijuana region.

S.D. School Board Makes Budget Cuts

June 2
By Ana Tintocalis

San Diego Unified School District officials have been huddling with the school board all day, trying to find ways to balance the budget. The district is losing a huge chunk of state money and that's created a fiscal crisis of sorts. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintacolis has been following the day's events. She says high profile arts, music and sports programs are being spared the knife, but cuts are being made.

Schwarzenegger Appeals for Quick Budget Deal

June 2
Juliet Williams, Associated Press
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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday told a joint session of the Legislature that California's budget crisis will force a transformation in state government. The state faces a $24.3 billion deficit and a looming cash crisis that jeopardizes its ability to pay its day-to-day bills.

What's the Fallout from GM's Bankruptcy?

June 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn
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Now that General Motors has declared bankruptcy, what will happen to stock and bond holders, union workers, and dealerships of both active and defunct brands? How will the U.S. Government's ownership of 60 percent of GM play out? And what can taxpayers expect?

JJ Cale Has a Passion for Music, Not the Spotlight

June 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Hank Crook, Kurt Kohnen
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You've heard his songs, but you may not have heard of him. JJ Cale is one of the most low-profile rock 'n' roll legends you will ever find. His songs "After Midnight", "Cocaine", and "Call Me the Breeze" have been made famous by artists like Eric Clapton and Lynyrd Skynyrd. We speak to JJ Cale about his musical influences, his friendship with Clapton, and why he's opted to stay out of the spotlight over the years.

Preparing for the Next Pandemic

June 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Natalie Walsh

The swine flu outbreak has reached 64 countries, infecting more than 17,500 people worldwide and causing at least 115 deaths. We'll look at how public health officials responded to swine flu and how they're preparing for the upcoming flu season.

Federal Judge Rules San Diego Seals Should Stay

June 2
Associated Press
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Another salvo has been fired in San Diego's ongoing seal saga. U.S. District Court Judge William Hayes on Monday reaffirmed his order blocking the city from removing a colony of seals living at Children's Pool Beach in La Jolla.

San Diego Job Market Awaits Those with New Skills

June 2
By Dwane Brown, Alan Ray, Nick Stoffel

Unemployment in San Diego County stands at 9.1 percent, but a new report suggests there are jobs in San Diego for people willing to learn new skills.

Proposed Budget Cuts Dig Deeper into Education and Welfare Programs

June 2
By Dwane Brown, Alan Ray, Nick Stoffel

Governor Schwarzenegger is expected to call lawmakers into a joint session on Tuesday to outline his latest cuts.

Schwarzenegger Proposes to Eliminate Environmental Agency

June 2
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

A California state agency that researches the environmental hazards of toxic chemicals could be eliminated. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce says Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to shut down the department as part of the effort to reduce the state's $24 billion budget deficit.

Critics Say Governor's Cuts Will Hurt the Elderly and Disabled

June 2
By Kenny Goldberg

Advocates for the elderly say they're baffled and angry over Governor Schwarzenegger's plan to eliminate funding for adult day care services. Advocates say these programs are a low-cost way to enable the elderly and the disabled to live at home.

GM Execs Admit Errors, See Turnaround In 3 Years

June 2
Scott Neuman, NPR
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General Motors chief executive Fritz Henderson said Tuesday that the sale of the Hummer brand will save jobs, as another senior executive said the automaker can return to profitability within "two to three years."