Stories for June 10, 2009
San Diego County Schools Superintendent Randy Ward says school districts from Poway to Sweetwater are struggling to balance their budgets to meet a state-mandated deadline. He says the current situation is making him relive some tough memories of when he was appointed the state's caretaker of two bankrupt school districts in California.
The City of San Diego scored a victory today in the battle over two controversial retirement benefits for union members.
San Diego county expects to start taking applications for medical marijuana ID Cards on July 6.
State Senate Democrats say they have a plan to balance the budget without raising taxes or eliminating welfare programs and grants to college students. But Governor Schwarzenegger says it won't work. Marianne Russ reports from Sacramento.
Bridget Lancaster shows Christopher Kimball the test kitchen technique to perfectly grilled chicken breasts with tender and succulent meat and golden, crisp skin. Cherry tomatoes taste great but they exude lots of liquid when cut, quickly turning a salad into soup. Bridget Lancaster reveals the test kitchen secrets to achieving a perfect summer salad that delivers a sweet tomato flavor in every bite.
African-American women in California fare much worse than their white counterparts in a variety of different health measures. A new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation highlights some of the disparities.
We look into the history of the Women's Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), who were trained and flew every type of aircraft the U.S. Deployed during World War II, including the massive B-29. Yet they were always regarded as volunteers and were never incorporated into the military as they were promised.
The extent of cuts which will have to be made to programs and personnel in city and county schools are coming into focus, as new information on state cuts and school enrollment comes in.
Why do American's have such a big appetite for big food? It seems like everywhere you turn nowadays, there's a fast food restaurant offering a new double-bacon-cheese-filled item that you can wash down with a large fries, and a 32-ounce soft drink. We speak to Dr. David Kessler, author of The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite, about why he says we've become a nation of "conditioned hypereaters."
The mayors of some of California's largest cities on Tuesday asked Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to avoid undermining local governments as he and lawmakers seek to close the state's $24.3 billion budget deficit.
We're joined on Morning Edition to discuss oil prices, fuel efficiency and more with Phil Flynn Senior Market Analyst at Alaron Trading in Chicago, and a Fox Business News contributor.
A bill in the California state senate would allow people to who own solar-powered homes and businesses to sell excess power back to utilities. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce tells us under current law utilities now get that power for free.
Half of all arsons are committed by juveniles. And San Diego's Burn Institute runs an education program for juvenile fire setters. Now, the institute has a partnership with the University of San Diego to provide counseling for some of the more difficult cases.
If you're not interested in "Transformers 2" or the next Sandra Bullock romantic comedy, then I've got some options for you beginning with "Evil Dead II" with drinks tonight under the stars at Stone Brewing Co., and vintage movie classics outdoors at Topps Presents Cinema Under the Stars. Listen to my KPBS Film Chat about alternate movie venues or read on for an extended list of films and venues.