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Stories for May 23, 2009

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Layoff Talks Back As S.D. Unified's Budget Gap Widens

May 23, 2009
By Ana Tintocalis

San Diego Unified School Superintendent Terry Grier is sounding the alarm to school workers and parents. He says the state's budget disaster will debilitate local schools. That's why he's calling for an emergency public meeting to talk about the situation Tuesday morning.

More People Camping Over Memorial Day Weekend

May 23, 2009
Marianne Russ - California Capitol Network

More Californians are opting to pitch a tent this Memorial Day. State park officials say camping reservations are up for the weekend. The news comes as lawmakers and the Governor consider park cuts to help close a budget gap.

Study: Many Calif. Lakes are Contaminated with Mercury

May 23, 2009
Steve Shadley, California Capitol Network

A lot of people are doing some fishing over the Memorial Day weekend. But, they may want to hear more about a new study on mercury contamination in California lakes before they fry those filets.

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Calif. Supreme Court Ready to Rule on Prop 8

May 23, 2009
Steve Shadley, California Capitol Network

The State Supreme Court says it will issue a ruling Tuesday on three lawsuits challenging Proposition 8. That’s the voter approved constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriages.