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Stories for April 22, 2010

California Regulators Settle With SDG&E Over 2007 Fires

April 22
By Amita Sharma

The California Public Utilities Commission settled claims today that San Diego Gas and Electric's lines ignited three major wildfires in 2007. Under the deal, SDG&E will pay 14 million dollars to the state's general fund but admits no wrongdoing.

Agreement Reached To Study Desalination Plant At Camp Pendleton

April 22
By Ed Joyce

The San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton approved a Memorandum of Understanding between the two agencies today to study the feasibility of building a desalination plant on the base.

Mayor Sanders Announces Green Program For Downtown SD

April 22
City News Service

Developers would receive incentives for making buildings in downtown San Diego more environmentally sustainable under a "Centre City Green" program announced today by Mayor Jerry Sanders.

Judge Lifts Gag Order In Gardner Murder Case

April 22
By Katie Orr and City News Service
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A San Diego judge has lifted a gag order in the case of a convicted sex offender who admitted raping and killing 17-year-old Chelsea King and 14-year-old Amber Dubois.

EPA Official Cites Progress In SD On 40th Anniversary Of Earth Day

April 22
By Ed Joyce

The Environmental Protection Agency and Earth Day share the same 40th anniversary Thursday. While California has recently been on the leading edge of some stringent environmental regulations, the EPA has not always followed the state's lead.

RICK STEVES' EUROPE: Athens And Side Trips

April 22
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The thriving capital of Greece sprawls out from the foot of its magnificent Acropolis. In this episode, we'll tour the must-sees of ancient Athens, including the Parthenon, Agora, and amazing National Archaeological Museum. We'll take the fast-paced pulse of the modern city, but waste no time getting to Rick's favorite side trip destinations: the ruins of the mystical oracle at Delphi, and a fast boat to the romantic, traffic-free Isle of Hydra.

Wonderland: Balboa Park

April 22
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Filmmaker and native San Diegan Noah Tafolla visits Balboa Park. He explores the impact made by Kate Sessions and George Marston. He visits the Botanical building, the Spreckels Organ Pavillion and the tower above the Museum of Man. Finally, Noah checks out some of the museums at Balboa Park.

Calif. Assembly Confirms Maldonado As Lt. Governor

April 22
CATHY BUSSEWITZ, AP

The California Assembly has set politics aside and voted to confirm Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's choice for lieutenant governor. The nomination of Republican state Sen. Abel Maldonado now goes to the Senate, but Thursday's vote in the Assembly was his biggest hurdle.

ArtWalk, Adams Avenue Roots Festival And Air Guitar

April 22
These Days

ArtWalk and the Adams Avenue Roots Festival are just two of the events happening in San Diego this weekend. Our culture scouts Keli Dailey and Chris Cantore have some recommendations for our listeners.

Judge To Consider Lifting Gag Order In Gardner Case

April 22
City News Service

A San Diego judge today will consider lifting a gag order in the case of a convicted sex offender who admitted raping and killing 17-year-old Chelsea King and 14-year-old Amber Dubois.

Celebrating Chicano Park's 40th Anniversary

April 22
These Days
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On April 22, 1970 the people of Logan Heights and other Chicano communities in San Diego protested against the construction of a Highway Patrol station under the Coronado bridge and won the right to build a park. Today, 40 years later, Chicano Park is a vibrant symbol of the Chicano movement. We talk with Victor Ochoa, a muralist and founding member of the Chicano Park Steering Committee about the history of the park and Chicano activism.

Culture Lust Weekend: Dale Chihuly, Air Guitar Championships, and the Fashion Film Fest

April 22
By Angela Carone, Meredith Hattam
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Cold and rainy? Who cares! From bargain hunting to art watching, you have no excuse to stay in this Culture Lust Weekend.

Challenges To Raising Awareness About Homelessness

April 22
These Days

What can be done to raise awareness about how people become homeless, and the challenges they face living on the streets? We discuss the latest statistics on the local homeless population, and the goals of this weekend's "Sleepless in San Diego" event.

Who Controls The Means Of Reproduction?

April 22
These Days

The issue of overpopulation is said to be a disaster in slow motion for our global environment. On this Earth Day, we'll take a different approach to this complex problem. The answer may lie in empowering women to take control of their lives and their bodies. We'll hear from the author of the new book, "The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power and the Future of the World."

San Diegans Using Synthetic Grass To Conserve Water

April 22
By Ed Joyce
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Drought and the increasing cost of water are reasons many San Diegans are pulling up their lawns and switching to alternatives like drought-tolerant plants and water-wise landscapes. One alternative is synthetic grass, but not everyone agrees it's the best choice.

S.D. Council Won't See Homeless Shelter Issue Yet

April 22
By Katie Orr

The city got its first look Wednesday at what a permanent homeless shelter in San Diego might look like. But a city council committee voted not to forward the issue to the full council yet.

Chula Vista Program Provides 24-Hour Care To Severely Disabled

April 22
By Kenny Goldberg
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People with severe developmental disabilities need around-the-clock care. For decades, state institutions were thought to be the best option, but in recent years moving people into residential neighborhoods has emerged as the way to go.