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Stories for March 29, 2010

Budget Crisis Spurs Talk of Excluding Businesses from Prop. 13 Rules

March 29
By Amita Sharma

Proposition 13 was meant to stop people from being taxed out of their homes. But advocates for tax reform say commercial property owners have been the prime beneficiaries of Prop. 13. They want legislators to tinker with the 32-year-old law to get businesses to pay higher property taxes.

The Legacy Of Prop 13

March 29
By Joanne Faryon

It’s been 32 years since Proposition 13 passed, but there’s hardly an aspect of economic life in California that isn’t touched by its influence. It changed how we pay for our schools, fire departments, police forces, and libraries. This 30 minute news special explores whether Prop 13 was the best thing that ever happened to home-owners – or whether it’s to blame for California’s fiscal crisis.

More Seniors Suffering in Foreclosure Crisis

March 29
By Jenny O'Mara

A statewide legal aid organization that helps senior citizens says more older Californians are being hurt by home foreclosures.

Poizner And Whitman Court Business Leaders In San Diego

March 29
By Alison St John

The two candidates vying for Republican support in the California Governor’s race spoke today at forum put on by San Diego’s Regional Economic Development Corporation. Steve Poizner and Meg Whitman differ sharply on how to deal with California's water problems.

Airport Authority To Study Environmental Impacts of Consolidated Car Rental Lot

March 29
City News Service

A study of environmental impacts of a consolidated automobile rental lot on the north side of Lindbergh Field was under way today, according to the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.

Anti-Crime Group Files Suit in San Diego District Court

March 29
By Tom Fudge

An anti-crime group filed suit in San Diego today to stop the release of California inmates. This is the second attempt by the group to get a district judge to consider its case.

Arrest of 'King of Heroin' Took Half-Million Doses of Heroin Off Streets

March 29
Jeff Wilson, Associated Press

Ventura County officials say the arrest of a man dubbed Mexico's "King of Heroin" has removed a half-million doses of the drug from California streets.

Navy Heroes Of Normandy

March 29
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On June 6, 1944, more than 52,000 American sailors on board thousands of ships arrived off a quiet stretch of coast in Normandy, France. Operation Neptune-Overlord was the largest amphibious and landing assault operation in the history of war. On this historic day, the U. S. Navy would prove critical to the success of the Allied invasion of Western Europe. "Navy Heroes Of Normandy" spotlights a dedicated group of Navy veterans who set out to ensure that the crucial role they played on that day would never be forgotten.

Work on Interstate Highway 15 Causes Ramp Closures

March 29
By Ed Joyce

Caltrans said work to widen Interstate Highway 15 will cause closures of a freeway interchange and several on- and off-ramps in Escondido during the next two months.

Prop 13: The Battle Between Taxpayer and Taxes

March 29
By Joanne Faryon
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For the second year in a row, the County Assessor is predicting San Diego will collect less in property taxes because of the housing crash. It’s a win for taxpayers who will pay less – but a loss for the county which relies on property taxes to fund schools and other services.

Do San Diego Theaters Need A Fresh Vision?

March 29
By Angela Carone
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Charles McNulty, the longtime theater critic for the LA Times thinks Southern California theaters, including The Old Globe and the La Jolla Playhouse, are leaning too commercial and not producing enough innovative contemporary drama. Do you agree?

Commentary: My Ride With Jerry Brown

March 29
By Pat Finn
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I took a ride with Jerry Brown one cold night in Berkeley in 1961. We didn't get far.

The Natural History Of The Chicken

March 29
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Most people best know the chicken from their dinner plates – whether as thigh, wing or drumstick. Consumers rarely pause a moment to consider the bird's many virtues. Filmmaker Mark Lewis expands the frontiers of popular awareness and delightfully reveals that this small, common and seemingly simple animal is as complex and grand as any of Earth's creatures.

FRONTLINE: The Quake

March 29
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On January 12, 2010, Haiti was leveled by one of the most devastating earthquakes in recorded history. Those responsible for handling the catastrophe, including the Haitian state and the United Nations, were crippled by the magnitude of the disaster and struggled to respond. In the confused aftermath, survivors were left without food, water or shelter. "Frontline" correspondent Martin Smith and team arrived in Port-au-Prince within days, and in this powerful report, bears witness to the disaster and the ill-coordinated relief efforts in the poorest country in the Western hemisphere.

Sorting Out Prop 13's Impact On Education

March 29
These Days

Prop 13 has had a profound impact on California. We'll examine the huge savings to property owners and the negative impacts on education.

San Diego Padres Name New Opening Day Starter

March 29
By Dwane Brown, Pamela Davis, Nick Stoffel

The San Diego Padres have named an Opening Day starter. Joining us on Morning Edition is North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.

North County: Development, Legislation, Politics

March 29
These Days

If you think San Diego's North County is a sleepy, bucolic area where nothing happens, think again. Our editors take a look at what's going on north of the 56, including the rejection of a major development, the continuing fallout from the murders of Chelsea King and Amber Dubois and the ever-changing roster of candidates for offices in Poway.

Approaching Storm To Bring Rain, Snow To San Diego County

March 29
City News Service

March has been like a lamb the past couple of weeks, but the month could go out like a lion with rain and snow coming to San Diego County, a National Weather Service meteorologist said today.

California Sets A Day To Recognize Vietnam Veterans

March 29
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network

On Tuesday, California will celebrate its first ever “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.” Jose Ramos has been waiting a long time for this recognition. He was 19 when he went to Vietnam as a medic.

Republican Gubernatorial Candidates Square Off In San Diego

March 29
City News Service

Republican gubernatorial candidates Steve Poizner and Meg Whitman are scheduled to discuss job growth and economic development today during separate appearances at an event organized by the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp.

San Diego Homeless Back On The Streets

March 29
By Alison St John
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This week, San Diego’s Emergency Homeless Shelters will close. The Regional Task Force for the Homeless estimates more than 8,000 people are homeless in San Diego County - up from more then 7,000 last year.

Kehoe Bill Drawing Fire From Del Mar Fairgrounds

March 29
By Katie Orr

The Del Mar Fairgrounds is trying to marshal opposition to a bill that’s been introduced by State Senator Christine Kehoe.

California Social Services Using New Cameras In Attempt To Eliminate IHSS Fraud

March 29
By Amita Sharma

The California Department of Social Services is trying out military-style cameras to make sure the elderly and disabled who receive in-home care aren't committing fraud.