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Stories for March 23, 2009

Where The Stimulus Rubber Meets the Road

March 23
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cities around the region are gearing up as fast as they can to apply for their share of the billions in federal stimulus money. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more on projects that will happen if Chula Vista’s applications are successful.

San Diego Weekend: Blondes Reading Faulkner, Birds, and Ice Cream

March 23
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

There must have been a lot of birders out this weekend because my San Diego tour through Flickr yielded plenty of feathered creatures. I included one of them here. Also, in the interest of full disclosure, the image titled "!" by

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

March 23
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Sunshine Cleaning

March 23
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
Tease photo

Kids Join Fight Against Magnet School Bus Cuts

March 23
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A group of elementary school kids are sending letters to the San Diego Unified school board, demanding the district protect magnet school bus transportation. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Boil Water Order Affects Thousands

March 23
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Thousands of San Diego residents will have to boil their water for the next three days. People living in Torrey Pines, Del Mar and Carmel Valley are affected. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce has details

Calif. Assembly Passes Extended Jobless Benefits

March 23
By Judy Lin and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The state Assembly has passed a bill to extend unemployment benefits in California, marking the first step in drawing billions of dollars from the federal stimulus package.

Drug Resistant TB Causes Concern

March 23
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cases of tuberculosis were down last year in California. But a drug-resistant strain of the disease is cause for concern. KPBS Reporter Tom Fudge has more.

Auditor Nominated to Oversee San Diego's Finances

March 23
By City News Service and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A committee charged with scrutinizing San Diego's finances today endorsed Mayor Jerry Sanders' nomination of the city's internal auditor as city auditor.

Plane Crash Victims Identified as 3 Calif. Families

March 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The victims of a Montana plane crash were three California families traveling to the Yellowstone Club for a skiing vacation.

Boil Water Order Issued for North Coastal Communities

March 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting

City officials are calling some residents about a possible water contamination in their area.

A Musical Journey Along the Silk Road

March 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Chamber Orchestra under Jung-Ho Pak presents Asian Silk Road a concert featuring both traditional western music and exotic eastern instruments. The concert features instruments rarely heard in San Diego: the Chinese pipa (guitar), the Japanese Koto and the Turkish oud as well as music by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Ravel and Puccini.

Expert on CA Economy Says State Hasn't Lost Mojo Yet

March 23
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Hank Crook

The California economy is in bad shape. The state's unemployment rate currently sits at 10.5 percent, compared to the national rate of 8.1 percent. Can we expect the state's unemployment to continue to grow, or are there signs of improvement on the horizon? Host Maureen Cavanaugh speaks to Steve Levy, from the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy, to get his take on the state's economic health.

Conversation with Supervisor Dianne Jacob

March 23
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 continue our series of interviews with the five supervisors by talking to Chair Dianne Jacob about the state of the economy and the challenges the county will face in the year ahead.

Dropouts Take Toll on San Diego Economy

March 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting

SDUSD Superintendent Terry Grier will discuss San Diego's showing in the statewide report on the school dropout rate. The report will quantify the economic impact of dropouts in San Diego.

Slain Oakland Officers Recalled as Proud Veterans

March 23
By Terry Collins & Lisa Leff and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The shootings of four Oakland police officers on a single day was remarkable not just for its death toll, but for the years of law enforcement experience Mark Dunakin, John Hege, Ervin Romans and Daniel Sakai had racked up between them.

San Diego Unified Leader Marks His First Year

March 23
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Tomorrow marks the first year Dr. Terry Grier has been superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District. Many observers say he took the reins at the worst time for public education in California. KPBS Education Reporter sat down with Grier to talk about the coming year and his first year in the district.

SD High School Graduate Showing Skill in the Tournament

March 23
By Dwane Brown, Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

March Madness is in full-swing and a San Diego high school stand-out is leading an underdog into the Sweet 16. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.

Plane That Crashed in Montana Started in S.D.

March 23
By City News Service and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A small plane that crashed in Butte, Montana, killing more than a dozen people, was reported today to have taken off from Otay Mesa. Before the doomed single-engine turboprop flew from Redlands to Butte, it took off from Brown Field in Otay Mesa on Saturday, Rachel Laing, a spokeswoman for Mayor Jerry Sanders, toldThe San Diego Union-Tribune.

Legislation Seeks To Help Coastal Commission

March 23
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A San Diego lawmaker says the California Coastal Commission needs help enforcing the law. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

CVPD Using E-Mail and Texts to Communicate With Public

March 23
By Katie Orr and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Chula Vista Police Department is using a modern form of communication to let the public know what’s going on in the city. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.

Stimulus Money Trickles Down

March 23
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The federal stimulus money is beginning to trickle down to cities in San Diego County. KPBS reporter Alison St John discovered Chula Vista is holding workshops today to find out how residents think they should be spent.