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Stories for July 26, 2010

City Of San Diego Will Not Put Sales Tax Increase On November Ballot

July 26
By Alison St John
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A plan to put a half-cent sales tax increase on the City of San Diego November ballot has died. Several city council members said they were not happy with the idea of asking for a half-cent sales tax increase, but most of them said they were willing to put it on the ballot to let the public decide.

European Perspective On US Border: Build Economies Not Fences

July 26
By Julien Pearce
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French journalist Julien Pearce reflects on his experience visiting the U.S.-Mexico border fence. Immigration issues in Europe are similar to those in the U.S., but the size and scope of the fence is distinctly different.

Violent Crime In SD Decreased Over Past 6 Months

July 26
city news service

The most severe types of lawbreaking -- including murder, rape, robbery and assault -- decreased in San Diego over the first half of this year, continuing recent positive crime trends in the city, authorities announced today.

Video: The Mad Men School of Seduction

July 26
By Angela Carone
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The fourth season of AMC's much heralded drama "Mad Men" began last night. In honor of a new season of swell clothes, office bars, and Don Draper, Culture Lust found this video featuring "The Mad Men School of Seduction."

Crossing the Line: Border Stories

July 26
By Joanne Faryon
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As the country debates Arizona's controversial new immigration law, KPBS takes a closer look at unauthorized immigration here in San Diego. In a special documentary, we explore why migrants take big risks to work here, and what happens to children of deported parents.

Comic-Con, 2010: A Postmortem Chat With Veterans

July 26
These Days
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Comic-Con 2010 was marked by record crowds, expanded facilities, long lines and one notable pen stabbing by a frustrated fan in Hall H. Oh, and there were celebrities and comics. We'll talk Comic-Con with three veteran Con-goers.

City Council To Take Key Vote On Water Recycling

July 26
By Alison St John

This week, San Diego City Council will take an important step toward safeguarding a clean supply of drinking water for city residents in the future. A $6-million contract would test the viability of purifying sewage water to meet safe drinking water standards.

San Diego Chargers Training Camp Gets Underway

July 26
By Dwane Brown, Nick Stoffel

San Diego Chargers training camp gets underway later this morning. Joining us on Morning Edition is North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.

SD Housing Market Giving Mixed Signals

July 26
These Days

If interest rates are low and local homes are becoming more "affordable," why is the number of home sales declining? We speak to a pair of real estate experts about the latest trends in the San Diego housing market.

Governance Structure Of City Schools Questioned

July 26
These Days

What's the motivation behind San Diegans 4 Great Schools? We speak to one of the organizers of the coalition about why they think the city should reexamine the way the San Diego Unified School District is run.

The Lolita Style At Comic-Con (Photos!)

July 26
By Angela Carone
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Young girls in poofy skirts, petticoats and large bows mix with stormtroopers and superheroes at Comic-Con. A Tokyo-bred fashion style known as Lolita has a US (and San Diego!) following. Culture Lust talks to and photographs some Sweet Lolitas at this year's Comic-Con.

Floatopia May Be Sunk

July 26
By Katie Orr
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Floatopia could get deflated Monday. A loophole in San Diego's beach alcohol ban allows people to drink while floating in the water. The City Council will now decide whether to amend the ban to prohibit the parties.

Oceanside Unified Changes Health Care Program To Save Jobs

July 26
By Ana Tintocalis

The Oceanside Unified School District is saving $2 million next school year by re-tooling teacher health care benefits. The tactic may prompt other school districts to follow suit.

UCSD Scientists Researching Vanishing Honey Bees

July 26
By Ed Joyce
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Imagine a world without apples, almonds and broccoli. It takes honey bees to pollinate most of our favorite fruits, nuts and vegetables -- but the bees are mysteriously disappearing. Some commercial beekeepers in San Diego have already been affected by this phenomenon.

SDG&E, Other State Utilities Fall Short on Renewable Goal

July 26
By Ed Joyce

California law requires the state's largest investor-owned utilities to get 20 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by the end of this year, but it's likely none of the utilities, including San Diego Gas and Electric, will meet the goal.

Making Space For Comic Books' Smallest Fans

July 26
By Kyla Calvert

Now that Comic-Con is over the big question remains: Can San Diego keep the convention coming back in the future? One organization has been trying to make space for comic books’ smallest fans.