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Stories for April 14, 2011

S.D. Libraries, Rec Centers Could See Budgets Slashed

April 14
By Katie Orr
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Full fire service will be restored to the city of San Diego, but libraries and recreation centers would see their hours cut in half under the mayor’s budget proposal.

All Brain, No Hands Cell Phone

April 14
By Peggy Pico
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Consider it the most extreme hands-free call you can make.

Fifth San Diego Police Officer Accused of Misconduct

April 14
City News Service

A San Diego Police Department sergeant accused of stalking and harassing a female colleague is one of five members of the agency facing allegations of criminal conduct.

Fire Aboard The USS Carl Vinson

April 14
City News Service

A quick response by firefighters kept a blaze on a fighter aircraft aboard the San Diego-based aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson from getting out of hand in the Arabian Gulf, Navy officials said today.

Events: Bach Collegium, Busker Festival And A Tribute To Charles Bukowski

April 14
These Days
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A performance of famous sacred music by Bach, an art show tribute to Charles Bukowski, and more from the handmade revolution. If you're not heading to the desert for Coachella, then we've got some local options for you.

Brown Receives More Law Enforcement Support For Public Safety Realignment

April 14
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network
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Gov. Jerry Brown has rounded up more law enforcement support for his plan to realign public safety resources in California.

SAN DIEGO'S HISTORIC PLACES: Old Town Mexican Period

April 14
By Jennifer Robinson
SAN DIEGO'S HISTORIC PLACES: Old Town Mexican Period Tease photo

Join host Elsa Sevilla and learn how Mexican land grants were given to the retired Spanish soldiers from the Presidio, American settlers and the affluent Californio families, like the Carillos, Bandinis, Estudillos, Silvas and many others. Hear the stories from descendants of the Carillo and Fitch families still living in San Diego.

Culture Lust Weekend: Murals, Indie Rock, and Earth Day

April 14
By Jocelyn Maggard
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There is plenty of music, street performers, visual art, and nature activities during this Culture Lust Weekend.

Local Food Trucks Offer Eclectic Mix Of Dining Options

April 14
These Days
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What's fueling the growth of the local food truck scene? And, why are some large fast food chains now jumping into the mobile food service business? We'll discuss how the perception of food trucks is changing nationwide, and what makes the local scene unique.

Fletcher, Kehoe On California Budget

April 14
These Days
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Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher and State Senator Christine Kehoe look back at the budget process which led to a legislative stalemate and the possibility of an all-cuts budget after three months of negotiations between Governor Jerry Brown and the California Assembly over how to close a $15.4 billion dollar budget deficit broke down.

Beyond 'Surviving': Defining Economic Security

April 14
NPR
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American families need to earn at least $68,000 a year to achieve basic economic security, a new report says. That's more than three times higher than the national poverty level.

Food-Truck Rush Sweeping San Diego

April 14
Marissa Cabrera
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When it comes to eating out, San Diegans have more food options than ever before, and not all involve stepping into a restaurant.

Child Care Jobs Good Option For Refugee Women

April 14
By Ruxandra Guidi
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There are more than 30,000 refugee families in San Diego County. Finding jobs for this population isn't easy, but some refugee women are finding opportunities by staying at home, with kids.

County Supervisors Vote to Prepare Final Draft Of New General Plan

April 14
By Alison St John

San Diego County Supervisors approved dozens of minor changes to the proposed general plan. But they stuck to the underlying principles of balanced growth aimed at limiting traffic congestion, cutting greenhouse gases and reducing the need to build new roads and fire stations.

Library, Rec Center Hours Slashed In Mayor's Budget Proposal

April 14
By Katie Orr
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Library hours in the city of San Diego could be slashed but fire service will be restored. Here’s an advanced look at Mayor Jerry Sander’s proposed budget.