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Stories for July 13, 2010

San Diego Considers Two Options For Proposed Parcel Tax

July 13
By Ana Tintocalis

The San Diego Unified Board of Education will consider today how much it would tax district residents in order to offset several years of state budget cuts. It’s part of a plan for a new parcel tax.

Carlsbad School District Says Kelly Elementary School Is Contaminant Free

July 13
By Amita Sharma
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The Carlsbad school district says tests at Kelly Elementary School show the soil meets acceptable health standards. Teachers and parents had called on the district to test the school for toxins because of the number of reported cancer cases among teachers and former students.

State Senate Candidate Says She'll Pay For Recount

July 13
By Tom Fudge

Democrat Mary Salas is raising money to pay for a recount in the 40th state senate district election. Salas wants to review her primary defeat by only 22 votes.

Supervisors Approve Plan To Improve Delivery Of Health Services

July 13
CITY NEWS SERVICE

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today unanimously approved a 10-year plan aimed at improving the delivery of health services.

History Exhibit About Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual And Transgender Community Unveiled at SD City Hall

July 13
CITY NEWS SERVICE

An exhibition documenting the history of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in San Diego was unveiled today at City Hall to coincide with the start of Pride festivities.

Military Training Sparks Brush Fire At Camp Pendleton

July 13
CITY NEWS SERVICE

Military training exercises sparked a brush fire that blackened scores of acres at Camp Pendleton today, sending heavy smoke over northern San Diego County but causing no structural damage or injuries.

SD County Ban On Project Labor Agreements To Be Put On November Ballot

July 13
CITY NEWS SERVICE

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors decided today to put a ban on Project Labor Agreements before the voters on the November ballot.

US Forest Service Approves SDG&E Sunrise Powerlink Through Cleveland National Forest

July 13
By Ed Joyce
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The U.S. Forest Service has approved San Diego Gas and Electric's plan to build a portion of the 120-mile long Sunrise Powerlink transmission line through the Cleveland National Forest.

Home Sales in San Diego Rise 5.2 Percent

July 13
CITY NEWS SERVICE

Homes sales in San Diego County rose 5.2 percent in June, compared to the same month a year ago, while prices increased 6.8 percent during the same period, a real estate information service reported today.

SD City Council Formalizes Funding Approval For New Central Library

July 13
CITY NEWS SERVICE

The City Council today formalized the approval of a $185 million new central library in downtown San Diego's East Village, clearing the way for construction to begin later this month.

Non-Partisan Political Consultant Discusses California's Minimum Wage For Federal Workers

July 13
By Dwane Brown

The federal minimum wage for state workers is still a hot issue at the state capital. We're joined on Morning Edition by nonpartisan Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy.

Californians Happy With President But Pessimistic About Direction Of The Country

July 13
MARIANNE RUSS, CALIFORNIA CAPITAL NETWORK

Most Californians are still happy with the President – but they’re not pleased with the direction the country’s headed.

Winslow's "Savages" A Uniquely Modern Thriller

July 13
These Days

Don Winslow is the author of more than a dozen thrillers, many set in San Diego. His new book "savages" revolves around a deadly and vicious battle between slacker Laguna Beach marijuana entrepreneurs and a Tijuana cartel.

Books: Review Of Novel 'Little Bee'

July 13
By Meredith Hattam
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Author Chris Cleave's "Little Bee" is a garnering literary and Hollywood buzz (no pun intended) for its tale of a young Nigerian refugee and a London magazine editor's unlikely connection. Culture Lust contributor Meredith Hattam gave it a read, and she'd like to explain why its themes of redemption and human strength are so effective.

How Will Health Reform Affect You?

July 13
These Days

Some major provisions of the health reform bill will go into effect in September 2010. How will the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act affect individuals and families?

How Is Urbanization Affecting Mountain Lions?

July 13
These Days
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Researchers from the University of California Davis's Wildlife Health Center have been working to monitor mountain lions as they navigate a southern California landscape increasingly fragmented by roads, housing developments and the border. As the Puma Project enters its second decade, new data is revealing the challenges facing wildlife in the region.

NASSCO And Union Officials Speak Out About Layoffs

July 13
These Days

NASSCO, the last major shipbuilder on the West Coast, has announced the layoff of about 300 workers and 270 subcontractors. It's bad news for the San Diego economy, but not as bad as the 11-hundred workers NASSCO said it might layoff last Spring. We'll hear the reasons for the layoffs and how the rank and file is taking the news.

Minimum Wage Plan Potentially Harmful to Economy

July 13
Jenny O'Mara, California Capitol Network

Paying state workers the federal minimum wage wouldn’t do any favors for California’s still-struggling economy. One expert says it would really hurt California’s retailers.

Living With Africanized Bees In San Diego

July 13
By Tom Fudge
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It's been about eight years since Africanized honey bees came to California. Today, bee keepers say they have taken over San Diego's wild bee populations. But bee keepers hope that breeding efforts can create a bee that has the hardy Africanized traits but isn't quite as mean.

Anti-Tax Advocates Worry San Diego Tax Increase Would Go Toward Pension Deficit

July 13
By Ana Tintocalis

A group of anti-tax advocates in San Diego says a sales tax hike will not restore cuts made to fire service, parks and libraries. They say instead the money will go toward back-filling San Diego's massive pension deficit.