Stories for March 26, 2010
The California State Water Resources Control Board has dismissed a petition from environmental groups San Diego Coastkeeper and the Surfrider Foundation to review a Regional Board permit for the Carlsbad Desalination Plant.
Every 48 years, the inhabitants of the remote Indian state of Mizoram suffer a horrendous ordeal known locally as mautam. An indigenous species of bamboo, blanketing 30 percent of Mizoram's 8,100 square miles, blooms once every half-century, spurring an explosion in the rat population which feeds off the bamboo's fruit. The rats run amok, destroying crops and precipitating a crippling famine throughout Mizoram.
San Diego's population is getting older. A senior summit will be held Saturday in Scripps Ranch to talk about the challenges of serving an elderly population.
In this provocative, thorough examination of the final months of the war, American Experience looks at the escalation of bloodletting from the vantage points of both the Japanese and the Americans. Despite warnings that his country, brought to its knees by the conflict, might erupt in a Communist revolution, Emperor Hirohito believed that one last decisive battle could reverse Japan's fortunes. From the U.S. capture of the Mariana Islands through the firebombing of Tokyo and the dropping of the atomic bomb, Victory in the Pacific chronicles the dreadful and unprecedented loss of life and the decisions made by leaders on both sides that finally ended the war.
California is one of 33 states across the U.S. that will turn out its lights for an hour beginning 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Conrad Prebys Polar Bear Plunge exhibit at the San Diego Zoo reopened to the public today following a three-month, $1 million renovation.
California air regulators have reversed a mandate that required sun-reflecting glass to be installed on all vehicles sold in the state.
The unemployment rate in San Diego County dropped to 10.6 percent in February, down from 11.1 percent the previous month, the California Employment Development Department reported today.
The County Board of Supervisors had a busy week. First, the supervisors agreed to cut their $10 million discretionary fund in half. Second, Ron Roberts cast the deciding vote against the controversial Merriam Mountains housing development. What motivated these decisions by the County Board? And, what does Roberts' decision say about his reelection campaign?
After three years on the back burner, the immigration debate is back. Thousands of immigrant activists rallied in Washington D.C. over the weekend, and two U.S. Senators are working on a bipartisan immigration reform bill. What elements should be included in the immigration reform bill?
The health care reform bill passed by Congress will transform the health care system in San Diego, and throughout the nation. We discuss the biggest changes that will result from the historic legislation, and which elements of the bill still need more clarity.