Stories for November 2, 2011
California’s initiative process is well-known and frequently used. Any citizen can write a law and collect signatures to qualify it for an election. The initiative’s cousin, the referendum, has been used far more rarely – until this year.
AUSTIN CITY LIMITS continues its longstanding tradition of showcasing the best of original American music. Bluegrass is the order of the night with Steve Martin and Sarah Jarosz. Comedian Martin picks up his banjo with the Steep Canyon Rangers for new tunes in the old tradition. Young Texan Jarosz rewrites the bluegrass rules with her original songs and style.
A group pushing for changes to California public pension law is hoping to put an initiative before voters next year.
The San Diego City Council's Budget Committee asked the Mayor's Office today for some direction on how to catch up on a backlog of infrastructure improvements pegged at $840 million.
Federal agents found five would-be border-crossers in a cramped tunnel near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry today.
Morse and Lewis investigate when Nicos, the chef from a local Greek restaurant, is found murdered. He had been in England for six months and they initially learn little about him other than he was well liked and had no enemies. They eventually learn that he had previously been in England as a sous-chef for Digby Tuckerman, a wheeler dealer whose hotel went bankrupt and is now hoping to open a series of marine theme parks. When Nicos' sister is also killed, Morse must determine who would want them both dead.
Narrated by Steve Martin, a banjoist himself, the film explores the roots of American music — the minstrel show, ragtime and early jazz, blues, old-time, folk, bluegrass and country. It is a story of America’s quintessential musical instrument from its African slavery roots to the 21st century, featuring performances and commentary from contemporary folk musicians such as Pete Seeger, Earl Scruggs, Taj Mahal, Béla Fleck and the Carolina Chocolate Drops, as well as from leading music historians, instrument builders and collectors.
San Diego Unified trustees voted unanimously to end consideration of closing 10 schools next fall.
San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council is pushing big-bank customers to switch from a Wall Street bank to a Main Street bank on Wednesday, ahead of a national effort to withdraw money from big banks this weekend.