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Stories for March 5, 2009

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

March 5
By Emily Robichaud and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Changing Attitudes About Water is Goal of City, County Water Agencies

March 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Are mandatory water restrictions in San Diego's future? What kind of water cutbacks can local residents expect to see this summer? What can be done to change local attitudes about water? Host Maureen Cavanaugh speaks to a local reporter, and representatives from the County Water Authority, and the City of San Diego's Water Department about the future of our local water supply. We also talk about our current sources of water, the biggest local users, and some simple steps you can take at home to conserve.

Politics of Clean Tech

March 5
By Gloria Penner and Political Fix by Gloria Penner

The audio on this blog features the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation's Andrew Poat who, while not a household name, is known in political circles as an established state and then local government official. So I decided that if I wanted to know something about the new "in" industry, rumored to be a competitor for biotech and high-tech, Andrew would be the one to ask.

Political Fix by Gloria Penner

March 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cover of CityBeat's Local Music Issue Is Hilarious

March 5
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
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I mean...seriously. So funny. This is, of course, Tim Pyles, local music guru and host of

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

March 5
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Southwest Planes Touch on Ground in San Diego

March 5
By City News Service and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Southwest Airlines says no one is injured after two of its jets touched on the ground at San Diego's Lindbergh Field.

Beatboxing Wonder Beehive Performs in KPBS Studios

March 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Beatboxing arrived in the 1980's with the dawn of hip hop. As rappers gathered on corners to rhyme, they needed a beat and thus the human beat box machine. San Diego is home to a veteran beatboxer who goes by Beehive. He joins us in studio to perform and talk about his craft.

New Play Based on the Writing of Grace Paley

March 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Acts of Faith is the new play being staged by Laterthanever Productions and is based on the work of acclaimed writer and feminist Grace Paley. It tracks the shifting patterns of love, identity, and creativity across a woman's life through the story of Faith, a character in The Collected Stories of Grace Paley. We'll talk with the play's creative team.

CityBeat's Local Music Issue on Newsstands Now

March 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

This week, San Diego CityBeat publishes its local music issue. We'll talk to editors David Rolland and Seth Combs about the hottest bands in San Diego.

SD County Pension Fund Official Resigns

March 5
By Katie Orr and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A top official at the San Diego County Employees Retirement Association resigned today. The pension fund’s Chief Investment Officer oversaw a multi-million-dollar investment into stock trading company now being investigated for securities fraud. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.

Vista Unified Considers Tweaking Controversial Policy

March 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Vista Unified School District will vote today on whether to change a policy that requires students to get parental permission to leave campus for confidential medication appointments. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Doctors Say They're Losing Money on Vaccinations

March 5
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Doctors in California complain health plans don't fully reimburse them for the cost of vaccinations. A bill in the state assembly would rectify that situation. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Mayor Sanders: SD Residents Not Conserving Enough Water

March 5
By City News Service and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego residents are not conserving enough water and may soon face mandatory rationing, Mayor Jerry Sanders warned again today.

Mexican President Says He Won't Rest Until Mexico is Free of Violence

March 5
By Amy Isackson and

Mexican President Felipe Calderon says he will not rest until Mexico is free of violence due to organized crime. President Calderon visited a solar panel plant in Tijuana Thursday. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has more.

Watchmen Fans at WonderCon

March 5
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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That's why fans are worried about the new film adaptation of the groundbreaking Alan Moore-Dave Gibbons twelve-part comic. Their story spun an alternate history in which Richard Nixon is serving his fifth term in office in the 1980s and costumed superheroes roam the streets. Sebastian Castillo appreciates what the graphic novel

Watchmen Panel at WonderCon

March 5
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Calif Justices Hearing Arguments in Gay Marriage Case

March 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Lawyers are fielding tough questions as California Supreme Court justices hear arguments seeking to overturn the state's voter-approved ban on gay marriage.

San Diego's Unemployment Rate Rises to 8.6 Percent

March 5
By City News Service and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The unemployment rate in San Diego County rose to 8.6 percent in January, reflecting a loss of 28,000 jobs compared to the previous month, the California Employment Development Department reported today.

Marines Probe of Jet Crash Exposes Many Errors

March 5
By Elliot Spagat and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Marines Corps' detailed account of a string of bad decisions that led a fighter jet to crash into homes, killing four members of a family, is leaving neighbors wondering what the pilot and his commanders were thinking.

San Diego Gets a Boost from Earmarks

March 5
By Sara Sciammacco and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Republicans and Democrats are both pledging to put the federal government on a diet to cut the deficit. But when it comes to pork, they have the same big appetite. Sara Sciammacco reports

Plastic Bag Bans Could be Statewide

March 5
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

That plastic bag at the grocery check-out could cost you in the future. And your Chinese take-out food might not be in Styrofoam containers anymore, either. State lawmakers have introduced several bills aimed at fighting litter that clogs waterways and hurts wildlife.

13th Annual San Diego Bird Festival

March 5
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Listen to the Ivory-billed Woodpecker.

Preserving Critical Habitat in San Diego County

March 5
By Ed Joyce

San Diego County and two other organizations have purchased 234 acres of land in the north county. The land purchase keeps the property from being developed and provides a home for endangered wildlife. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce has the story.

Vista Unified's Parent Notification Policy At Odds With State Laws

March 5
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Vista Unified school board will vote today on whether to change a little-known but controversial policy. Currently the school district requires students to get parental permission to leave campus for confidential medical services. KPBS Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis explains.