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Stories for March 31, 2010

Feature: The Room

March 31
By Beth Accomando
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You may think you’ve seen bad movies but you haven’t seen anything quite as bad as “The Room” (playing Friday and Saturday at midnight at Landmark's Ken Cinema). Listen to my radio feature about how a film’s badness is turning it into a cult hit on the midnight movie circuit. This is like a car crash that you cannot avoid looking at.

More Californians Are Volunteering

March 31
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network

State, county, and most city offices are closed in honor of Cesar Chavez today. Many people make it a day of service to honor the late labor leader. More people are giving freely of their time every day in California.

The California Ballet Company Points to Social Media Campaign

March 31
By Meredith Hattam
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"The Nutcracker" no more? Not if you have any say in it! Culture Lust contributor Meredith Hattam speaks with the California Ballet Company about their new social media fundraising campaign that's aiming to save the last dance.

Labor Rallies for Cesar Chavez Day

March 31
By Alison St John
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San Diego’s Labor Council rallied in downtown San Diego today to honor Cesar Chavez Day.

SDG&E Rejects Audit of Fire Insurance Purchases

March 31
By Amita Sharma

San Diego Gas & Electric says an audit of its fire insurance purchase process is unwarranted. Ratepayers' advocates had asked for the audit last month to better understand why the power company wants to raise customer rates to offset higher insurance premiums since the 2007 fires in San Diego County.

SDG&E Adds Geothermal To Energy Mix

March 31
By Ed Joyce

San Diego Gas & Electric is buying some renewable energy from a geothermal plant in Northern California. The new agreement moves the utility closer to meeting a state renewable energy mandate.

No New Oil Drilling Off California Coast For Now

March 31
By Ed Joyce

California Congressman John Garamendi (D-Walnut Creek) expressed relief that California is not on the list of proposed federal offshore oil drilling locations announced by President Barack Obama and Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar Wednesday.

Government Offices Closed for Cesar Chavez Holiday

March 31
City News Service

State, county and city offices will be closed today in honor of Cesar Chavez Day. State offices such as the Department of Motor Vehicles will be closed, as will the court system.

Eyes Of Picasso Back On San Diego

March 31
These Days
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Over the weekend, the latest version of the "Eyes of Picasso" mural was unveiled in a new location. We'll talk with muralist Mario Torero about the various incarnations of this beloved mural and his efforts to launch a new art district with murals along Logan Avenue.

Vietnam Vet's Struggle Leads To State Recognition

March 31
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network

Yesteryday, for the first time ever, the state celebrated "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day." One man has been fighting for this recognition for nearly a decade.

The Legacy Of Cesar Chavez

March 31
These Days

We discuss the legacy of Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers movement.

Information About The 2010 Census

March 31
These Days
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It only takes a couple of minutes and you'll be helping your community and your nation. That's what all the commercials and advertising have been telling us about the 2010 census. Filling out the form and returning it is required by law but if you don't, you should expect to get a visit from a census taker. The government is that serious about getting an accurate head count. We'll answer your census questions and find out how this year's count is going. We'll also learn about the history behind collecting information about race and ethnicity.

Where Will Homeless Go When Winter Shelter Closes?

March 31
These Days

The City of San Diego's temporary winter homeless shelters will close today. Where will the hundreds of homeless who have used the shelter over the last few months go? We speak to the Bob McElroy, who operates the winter shelter, about the impact it has on the local homeless population.

Pacific Storm Approaching San Diego County

March 31
City News Service

A Pacific Storm was expected to bring rain, snow and possibly thunderstorms to San Diego County today.

S.D. School Districts Turn To Parcel Tax To Offset Education Cuts

March 31
By Ana Tintocalis
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Public school districts up and down California are turning to a parcel tax as way to offset deep budget cuts. It's also a way to get around Proposition 13, which capped property taxes that help fund education 32 years ago.

San Diego Winter Homeless Shelter Closing

March 31
By Katie Orr
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San Diego's temporary winter shelter for homeless adults is scheduled to close Wednesday. That means about 220 people will be back on the streets.