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Stories for February 23, 2012

Slow Growth For San Diego's Economy

Feb. 23
By Erik Anderson
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A prominent San Diego economist says the region's economic health should improve this year although the growth will be moderate.

Seven County School Districts Could Have Financial Trouble, State Says

Feb. 23
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Seven school districts in San Diego County are on a list released by the state Department of Education today of those that might have trouble paying their bills in the next few years.

Postal Service To Close Midway Drive Processing Plant

Feb. 23
Bob Moffitt, California Capitol Network
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The United States Postal Service will close the Midway Drive processing plant in San Diego this year.

Cutting Red Tape May Cut Local Input

Feb. 23
By Alison St John
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County supervisors are about to vote on recommendations to cut red tape to speed up the permitting process, but residents are afraid their local planning groups are going to be cut too.

Signature Gathering Efforts Launched By Tax For Schools Supporters

Feb. 23
Jenny O'Mara, California Capitol Network
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Supporters of a tax initiative that would raise money for K-through-twelve education are launching signature gathering efforts to get the measure on the November ballot.

Calif. Democrats Propose Private Sector Pension Plan

Feb. 23
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network
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Legislative Democrats are proposing a new retirement savings plan for California’s seven million private sector workers whose employers don’t provide one.

San Diego Structural Budget Deficit Ends, Mayor Says

Feb. 23
James R. Riffel, CITY NEWS SERVICE
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San Diego's structural budget deficit has ended and residents will receive the immediate benefit of longer hours at libraries and recreation centers, Mayor Jerry Sanders announced today.

From One Book to… Fifty

Feb. 23
By One Book One San Diego and Lilly Ghahremani
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This year's special One Book, One San Diego program, highlighting three books instead of one, can launch you on a reading marathon! And you won't be alone if you sign up for the 50/50 challenge, to read 50 books and watch 50 films in 2012.

With Banks As Landlords, Some Tenants Neglected

Feb. 23
AARTI SHAHANI, NPR
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Regulators say banks and investors buying up foreclosed rental properties are not model landlords.

Great Performances At The Met: Don Giovanni

Feb. 23
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Mariusz Kwiecien brings his youthful and sensual interpretation of Mozart’s timeless antihero to the Met for the first time. Under the direction of Tony Award-winning director Michael Grandage and with Fabio Luisi conducting, the production also stars Marina Rebeka, Barbara Frittoli, Ramon Vargas and Luca Pisaroni.

Prison Reallignment At Donovan, 650 Fewer Inmates But Still Crowded

Feb. 23
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Prison realignment is shrinking the inmate population at Donovan State Prison in San Diego. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation sent out thousands of lay off warnings last fall, we'll find out how many of the staff at Donovan are at risk of losing their job and how that will affect programs and safety at the Prison.

Federal Worker Wins Health Benefits Case For Same-Sex Union

Feb. 23
Lisa Leff, Associated Press
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Federal judge has ruled in favor of a court employee seeking benefits for her same-sex marriage.

For Loyalists, Is It Ron Paul Or Nothing?

Feb. 23
Scott Neuman, NPR
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While other GOP presidential candidates have seen their fortunes wax and wane with voters, Ron Paul has enjoyed steadfast, if relatively low level, support from an obsessively loyal base of backers. But if his long-shot bid falls short, his supporters may balk at throwing their votes to a rival.

The Drama Of War Reporting

Feb. 23
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In the last two weeks alone, journalism has suffered the loss of three reporters covering some of the most dangerous conflicts around the world. A new production from Mo'olelo Performing Arts offers some dramatic context to these current events.

6 San Diego-Based Marines Killed After Helicopters Collide

Feb. 23
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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Six Camp Pendleton-based Marines and a seventh stationed in Arizona were killed when two helicopters collided outside Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.

SD Solar Startup To Hire 100 People For Green Jobs

Feb. 23
By Dwane Brown
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A San Diego solar company is working directly with roofers to sell and install its one-of-a kind rooftop systems. It also hopes to hire up to 100 people this year to help with the increased work load.