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Stories for August 6, 2010

Valley Center Housing Project Will Have To Wait For New General Plan

Aug. 6
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A major new housing development that would put almost 2,000 new homes in Valley Center will have to wait before getting permission to move ahead.

Council Approves Reform Before Revenue Ballot Measure

Aug. 6
San Diego Week
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What are the main arguments for and against the City of San Diego's "reform before revenue" ballot measure? We speak to KPBS Metro Reporter Katie Orr about the impact the measure could have on San Diego's long-term financial outlook.

Proposition 8 Overturned By Federal Judge

Aug. 6
San Diego Week
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California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage has been overturned. We speak to David Rolland about why Judge Vaughn R. Walker overturned Proposition 8, and where the legal battle could go from here.

How Much Are Your City Officials Paid?

Aug. 6
San Diego Week
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Many people were shocked to learn that the small California city of Bell was paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to city officials, although it only has 40,000 residents. KPBS has investigated how much officials in San Diego County's 18 cities are paid.

New Bayfront Development Plans Unveiled

Aug. 6
San Diego Week
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San Diego's downtown bayfront is often called the city's front porch. And, there's a new plan to redevelop the land along the bayfront. Vice Chairman of the San Diego Port Commission Scott Peters talks about the latest plans.

Former SD Man Charged With Aiding Terrorists

Aug. 6
San Diego Week
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Jehad Serwan Mostafa is a 28-year-old man who grew up in San Diego, and is now being charged with helping a Somali terrorist group with ties to Al Qaeda. KPBS News Reporter Amita Sharma tells us more.

Calif. Attorney General Calls For Same-Sex Weddings

Aug. 6
associated press

California Attorney General Jerry Brown filed a motion Friday calling for resumption of same-sex weddings in the state. Brown filed the motion after U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker previously overturned Proposition 8, California's voter-approved gay marriage ban.

Internet Recruitment By Terrorists Becoming More Sophisticated

Aug. 6
By Amita Sharma

Court papers don't say how a former San Diego man was allegedly recruited by a Somalian terrorist organization. One expert says slick new Internet videos combined with radical Islam's push for a global movement is rapidly making recruitment easier.

Peace Bell Commemorates Hiroshima Bombing

Aug. 6
By Tom Fudge

San Diegans gathered at the Peace Bell on Shelter Island this morning to mark the 65th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. One of the speakers was a man who survived the explosion.

History Detectives: St. Valentine's Day Massacre, George Washington Miniature, Stalag 17

Aug. 6
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Two generations of prominent Chicago families say this 12-gauge shotgun played a role in the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Can "History Detectives" confirm their story? Then, combing through documents in one of Manhattan’s first taverns, a man finds a miniature painting of George Washington’s profile. Why is this find much more than a piece of art? And, 65-years ago a fellow prisoner sketched George Silva’s portrait from inside a World War II German prisoner camp.

San Diego's Cool Summer Continues

Aug. 6
By Ed Joyce

San Diego's summer has been a bust so far if you're a fan of sunny skies and warmer temperatures. Forecasters expect the pattern to continue.

Imperial Beach Hosts US Open Sandcastle Competition This Weekend

Aug. 6
city news service

The U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition is expected to draw more than 350,000 people to the shores of Imperial Beach this weekend.

Shepard Fairey's Mural In Hillcrest Gets Tagged - PHOTOS

Aug. 6
By Angela Carone
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Three weeks ago, street artist Shepard Fairey was in San Diego and completed a large mural in Hillcrest, commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Last night it was tagged with blue spray paint. Culture Lust documented the mural.

City Sales Tax Measure Will Be Decided By SD Voters

Aug. 6
Editors Roundtable

The vote to send a reform and revenue measure for San Diego city voters to decide in November felt anticlimactic. It was the whirlwind of activity and unusual political cooperation that led up to the vote that was the drama. We'll debate the details.

Public Scrutiny Focuses On Civic Salaries

Aug. 6
Editors Roundtable

It should be called the Bell effect - the rush to expose to public scrutiny city employee salaries and benefits. The Los Angeles Times uncovered that the small California city of Bell was paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to city officials, that money came from property taxes from Bell's 40,000 residents, 17 percent of whom live in poverty. Bell has the second highest property tax bill in Los Angeles County.

California Company Announces Beef Recall

Aug. 6
associated press

A California company is recalling about one million pounds of ground beef products after seven people were sickened by E. coli contamination.

Prop 8 Overturned, What's Next?

Aug. 6
Editors Roundtable

Proposition 8 -- California's ban on same-sex marriage was overturned Wednesday in federal court. Chief District Judge Vaughn Walker wrote in his ruling "Proposition 8 both unconstitutionally burdens the exercise of the fundamental right to marry and creates an irrational classification on the basis of sexual orientation." Proponents of prop 8 have appealed the ruling to the U.S. 9th circuit court of appeals.

As The Drug War Rages On, Will Mexico Surrender?

Aug. 6
Jason Beaubien, NPR
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Mexico is in the midst of its most violent confrontation with drug traffickers, with an estimated 28,000 people killed since President Felipe Calderon declared war on drug cartels soon after he took office in late 2006.

San Diego Man Charged With Helping Somali Terrorist Group

Aug. 6
By Dwane Brown, Amita Sharma, Nick Stoffel

A former San Diego man has been charged with helping a Somali terrorist group. Joining us on Morning Edition to tell us more about Jehad Serwan Mostafa is KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma.

California Cities Shift To Charters, Raising Questions About Officials' Salaries

Aug. 6
By Alison St John
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Many citizens are wondering how much their city officials are paid, after news broke that officials in the tiny city of Bell near Los Angeles paid themselves hundreds of thousands of dollars. Recent political changes make it more important to keep an eye on public employee compensation.

Teen Review: 'The Other Guys'

Aug. 6
Michael Shymon, Teen Critic
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"The Other Guys” (opening August 6 throughout San Diego) comes fresh from the comedy team of Will Ferrell and Adam McKay.