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Stories for June 8, 2010

California Voters Approve Open Primary Elections

June 8
Jenny O'Mara, California Capitol Network
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Voters have approved Proposition 14 which will change California’s primary election system. That’s to the delight of Governor Schwarzenegger and the dismay of political party leaders.

Whitman, Fiorina Will Challenge Dem. Icons

June 8
JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated Press
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California Republicans took an historic step Tuesday by nominating two wealthy businesswomen to challenge Democratic icons for governor and U.S. Senate, setting in motion an election season of big-money campaigns and high-stakes in the nation's most populous state.

Early Returns Show Chula Vista Residents Favor 'Project Labor Agreements'

June 8
City News Service
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Early returns show a majority of voters in Chula Vista in favor of a proposition that would bar the city from agreements that favor union labor in publicly funded projects.

GOP Primary Winner Fiorina To Battle 3-Term Dem. Senator Boxer

June 8
KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press
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Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina has won California's GOP primary for U.S. Senate, setting up a general election battle this fall with three-term Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer.

Four Of Five Statewide Propositions Leading

June 8
City News Service
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Four of five statewide ballot measures led in early returns, with only Proposition 15, which would repeal the state's ban on public financing of political campaigns, trailing.

Lorie Zapf Leads SD City Council District 6 Seat

June 8
City News Service
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Absentee returns show incumbent San Diego City Council members Kevin Faulconer and Tony Young with commanding leads in their bid for reelection in District 2 and District 4, respectively.

SD Supervisors In Tight Races To Retain Seats

June 8
City News Service
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Both members of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors up for re-election are in tight races to retain their seats without a November runoff.

Whitman Takes Big Lead Over Poizner In Republican Gubernatorial Race

June 8
Steven Herbert, City News Service
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Meg Whitman took a more than 2-1 lead over Steve Poizner in early returns tonight in the Republican gubernatorial primary.

Bill Gore Wins Four More Years As SD County Sheriff

June 8
By Alison St John
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San Diego County’s appointed Sheriff, Bill Gore, has avoided a run off by winning a solid 57 percent of the vote.

Proposition B, SD County Term Limits for Board of Supervisors Leads In Early Returns

June 8
City News Service
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Early election results tonight showed San Diegans still like the idea of term limits, giving wide support to a ballot measure that would keep county supervisors to two terms.ounty of San Diego Term Limits for Board of Supervisors, is leading with 72 percent of the vote after 13 percent of the precincts were counted.

San Diego Voters Favor Strong Mayor

June 8
By Katie Orr
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San Diego voters see the strong mayor system as a strength for the city. Voters approved Proposition D which makes the form of government permanent.

Some Calif. Voters Disappointed Marijuana Not On June Ballot

June 8
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network
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Apparently some California voters came to the polls Tuesday hoping to vote on an issue that wasn’t on the ballot this time: the legalization of pot for recreational use.

KPBS Election Coverage

June 8
KPBS News
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KPBS has all of your election news, including in-depth coverage of local and state races, and up-to-the-minute election results. Listen live at 8 p.m. for a comprehensive one-hour KPBS Election Special. Visit kpbs.org/election for the latest results.

Registrar Predicts 35 to 40 Percent Turnout For Primary

June 8
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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Polling places are open until 8 tonight for the gubernatorial primary election, with the San Diego County Registrar of Voters predicting a turnout of 35-40 percent.

The New Recruits

June 8
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A battalion of jet-setting business students has a radical plan to end global poverty: charge poor people for goods and services. "The New Recruits" is a hilarious, evocative, edge-of-your-seat thrill ride along a road paved with good intentions. It is narrated by Rainn Wilson, who plays Dwight Schrute on NBC's “The Office.”

Hospital Employees In Trouble For Allegedly Sharing Patient Info Online

June 8
By Kenny Goldberg
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Five employees of Oceanside's Tri-City Medical Center are in hot water for allegedly sharing patient information on Facebook. Health information is supposed to be protected.

S.D. School Superintendent Frontrunners To Be Named Next Week

June 8
By Ana Tintocalis
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The San Diego Unified school board will announce the top three candidates for superintendent next week. This is the first time the district is revealing the names of frontrunners for the top job.

Grand Jury Recommends Leasing Popular Parks To Bail Out Pension Debt

June 8
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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The San Diego County grand jury recommended today that portions of Mission Bay, Torrey Pines and Balboa parks be leased out to help bail out a $7 billion pension and debt liability crisis that plagues the City of San Diego.

Christian Lawyers Challenging Four San Diego Superior Court Judges

June 8
ASSOCIATED PRESS
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A group of Christian lawyers is challenging four San Diego Superior Court judges in a race critics say threatens the impartiality of the courts.

Creating Greener Funerals

June 8
These Days
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The modern funeral industry is based on an unsustainable model which uses toxic chemicals and buries tons of wood, steel and reinforced concrete in cemeteries. But change is coming for those concerned about the environment in the form of biodegradable urns and caskets and new processes for cremation.

Voting Update From The San Diego County Registrar Of Voters

June 8
These Days
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On election day, we'll check in with the registrar of voters to find out how the voting process is going.

The Polls Are Now Open In San Diego County

June 8
By Dwane Brown, Pamela Davis, Nick Stoffel
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The polls are now open in San Diego County. Joining us on Morning Edition is county Registrar of Voters Deborah Seiler Seiler.

Critics: 'BP' Needs To Stand For 'Bills Paid'

June 8
Brian Mann, NPR
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The massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico has devastated much of the region's tourism and fishing industries. BP says it will have doled out more than $80 million in compensation by the end of June, but federal officials and local business owners say the company is paying too little, using a process that's too slow and bureaucratic.

County's $230-Million Spending List

June 8
By Joanne Faryon
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Public hearings on the county budget begin next week. One of the decisions the San Diego Board of Supervisors will consider is how to spend its $430 million in reserves.

Citizen Panel Calls For Medical Marijuana Dispensary Regulations

June 8
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego County's citizen grand jury is calling for better guidelines for medical marijuana dispensaries. The panel wants to see an end to the confusion surrounding the issue.

S.D. School Board Pushes Forward In Superintendent Selection Process

June 8
By Ana Tintocalis
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The San Diego Unified School District Board of Education takes another step in finding a new superintendent on Tuesday. The names of three finalists could be revealed.