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Stories for August 4, 2010

What Are Your City Leaders Making?

Aug. 4
By Hilary Andrews, Kyla Calvert, Alison St John, Renee Villasenor
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Months ahead of state efforts to post municipal employee’s salaries online, KPBS has gathered salary data for the mayors, city managers and City Council members of all 18 cities in San Diego County.

What City Leader Annual Salaries Cost Per Resident

Aug. 4
By Hilary Andrews, Kyla Calvert, Alison St John, Renee Villasenor
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Following revelations that the city manager of the small city of Bell in Los Angeles County was paid almost $800,000 a year, KPBS surveyed the salaries of city managers in cities around San Diego County. Officials’ salaries weigh more heavily on the pocketbooks of taxpayers in the county’s smaller cities.

SD Voters Will Decide On Sales Tax Increase

Aug. 4
By Katie Orr

The campaigns are now under way both for and against a potential sales tax increase in the city of San Diego. The City Council voted Wednesday to put the issue on the November ballot. The half-cent increase would also come with a list of financial reforms the city must make.

San Diegans React To Prop 8 Ruling

Aug. 4
By Tom Fudge
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San Diegans had strong reactions, both pro and con, to a federal judge's ruling that Prop 8 was unconstitutional.

Judge Strikes Down Prop 8

Aug. 4
Associated Press

A federal court judge in San Francisco today struck down Proposition 8, the voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage in California, ruling that it violates the U.S. Constitution.

Federal Judge To Decide If Prop 8 Is Consitutional Today

Aug. 4
city news service

The attention of gay-rights activists in San Diego will be on San Francisco today, when a federal judge is expected to rule on the constitutionality of California's same-sex marriage ban.

Ancient Modern: Lost Crafts of the Lemurians

Aug. 4
Dave Hampton
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Culture Lust contributor Dave Hampton reveals just what is going on behind that mysterious sign on State Route 67 in Ramona.

Is Public Transit A Viable Alternative To I-5 Expansion?

Aug. 4
By Kyla Calvert

CalTrans is holding public meetings to gather input on a proposal to ease congestion on Interstate 5. The project could add up to six lanes to the freeway between La Jolla and Oceanside. Some people at these meetings are asking why there aren’t more plans to develop public transit in the corridor.

Public Gets Info On I-5 Expansion

Aug. 4
These Days

CalTrans is presenting the options for expanding the I-5 corridor from UTC to Oceanside, taking public comment and answering questions on the four proposals.

Political Analysis: The Legacy Of Toilet To Tap

Aug. 4
These Days

After years of being drowned in the YUCK factor of "Toilet To Tap," San Diego moves forward on water recycling. We'll trace the political story behind the water recycling reformation.

The Ethics Of Protecting HIV Patients And The Public

Aug. 4
These Days

As part of our monthly series on ethics in science, we'll explore the current research HIV prevention. We'll look at how that research balances protecting individual rights verses the public's health.

Filner Supports Inquiry Into Replacement Hip And Knee Maker

Aug. 4
By Amita Sharma

Congressman Bob Filner is lauding an effort to get information from the country's top artificial knee and hip manufacturer about problems with its product. Some local patients predict there's more pressure to come on the companies that make the devices.

Montecito Development Near Ramona Up For Vote Today

Aug. 4
By Alison St John

A major new housing development near Ramona, called Montecito Ranch, comes before the County Board of Supervisors today. The project would put 417 homes on a 900-acre site just north of Ramona.

Port Moving Forward With Embarcadero Plan

Aug. 4
By Katie Orr
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The plan to make over San Diego’s downtown water front is moving forward again; the process had been stalled for several months.

San Diego Having Least Smoggy Year On Record

Aug. 4
By Tom Fudge

San Diego County is having its cleanest year on record for smog. There has yet to be a day this year in which air quality has exceeded minimum federal standards for ozone.

Rants and Raves: Monster Wedding

Aug. 4
By Beth Accomando
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So I have to say I have become a big fan of social media. It got me a role in a zombie movie and now it has allowed me to marry Big G... well sort of.