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Stories for February 29, 2012

Chula Vista Parents Wait Overnight For Dual-Immersion Enrollment

Feb. 29, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

Popular dual-immersion program draws parents to overnight line ahead of Kindergarten registration.

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Drivers Struggle To Cope With Soaring Gas Prices

Feb. 29, 2012
By Erik Anderson

With gas prices jumping 60 cents in a month, San Diegans are looking for ways to cope and hoping for a reversal.

County To Spend $7 Million To Remove Dead Trees

Feb. 29, 2012
By Alison St John

San Diego County will spend a federal grant to clear dead and dying trees around Julian. The strategy was challenged in court.

City COO Lashes Out At Criticism Of Mayor's Budget Announcement

Feb. 29, 2012
James R. Riffel, CITY NEWS SERVICE

A top city official lashed out today at skepticism of San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders' recent announcement that the structural budget deficit has been solved.

California's Attorney General Pushes for Legislation to Help with Foreclosure Problems

Feb. 29, 2012
Jenny O'Mara, California Capitol Network

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is pursuing legislation that would help homeowners in the middle of the mortgage and foreclosure crisis.

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Welfare Advocates Rally Against Brown's CalWORKs Proposal

Feb. 29, 2012
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

A few dozen people upset over Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed overhaul of California's welfare program CalWORKs are calling for higher taxes instead of budget cuts. They rallied at the State Capitol Wednesday ahead of a legislative hearing.

Exclusive Breastfeeding A Challenge For Many Women

Feb. 29, 2012
By Kenny Goldberg

A new report reveals despite the health benefits of breastfeeding newborn babies, many women don't do it exclusively.

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Judge Denies Injunction On Hotel Tax Vote

Feb. 29, 2012
By Claire Trageser, Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

A Superior Court judge denied a request for an injunction that would have blocked a vote on a special tax to fund the San Diego Convention Center expansion.

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'Parade' At Cygnet Exposes Dark Chapter In U.S. History

Feb. 29, 2012
By Angela Carone, Claire Caraska, Maureen Cavanaugh

The controversial 1913 trial and conviction of Leo Frank, a Jewish factory worker accused of raping and murdering a thirteen-year-old girl in Atlanta, Georgia, provides the backdrop for a new production at Cygnet Theatre.

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UCAN Dissolving Amid Investigation

Feb. 29, 2012
By Amita Sharma, Mark Sauer, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

San Diego's Utility Consumers Action Network — UCAN — is reeling from allegations of misconduct by board members resulting in a Grand Jury investigation.

City Officials Consider Emergency Generators For Wastewater Pump Systems

Feb. 29, 2012
City News Service

The City Council's Natural Resources and Culture Committee will consider today a plan to purchase emergency generators for wastewater pump systems to prevent spills such as the ones that occurred during last September's region-wide power outage.

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Environmentalists Find Opportunities In Baja California's Real Estate Bust

Feb. 29, 2012
By Jill Replogle

The wildlife rich Baja California peninsula has long lured nature-lovers to its pristine coasts. But when real estate boomed in the U.S., it also boomed south of the border, in the form of beach-front high rises and luxury resorts. Now, the funding behind many coastal development projects has dried up, and that’s caused some environmentalists to breath a sigh of relief.

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Leap Year Celebrated In Song

Feb. 29, 2012
By Helen Hawes

Leap Day inspired Adam Gimbel of the San Diego band Rookie Card to memorialize it in song.

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San Diego Schools Consider Pink Slips For More Than 1,100

Feb. 29, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

San Diego Unified is considering laying off more than 1,100 teachers. School board trustees called for employee unions to come to the bargaining table to avoid drastic layoffs.