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Stories for March 19, 2012

Budget Analyst Report Sparks More Debate On Pension Reform

March 19
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The city of San Diego's Independent Budget Analyst says the pension reform initiative on the June ballot will save the city nearly a billion dollars over 30 years. However, the fiscal analysis shows the savings do not come from the pension reforms.

Five Mayoral Candidates Officially Qualify For Election

March 19
CITY NEWS SERVICE

Almost all of the lesser-known candidates who filed for the San Diego mayor's race fell short of the 200 verified petition signatures required to qualify for the election, City Clerk Elizabeth Maland said today.

Cruise Industry Will Rebound, Port Commissioner Tells City Council

March 19
City News Service
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The cruise and maritime trade industries will rebound in San Diego in the coming years, a Port of San Diego commissioner told members of the City Council's Economic Development and Strategies Committee today.

Storm Moving Out Of San Diego

March 19
City News Service

The tail-end of the last storm of the winter season moved eastward across San Diego County early today, dropping more rainfall and snow in the region.

Festival Look Back: San Diego Latino Film Festival

March 19
Mukul Khurana, guest blogger
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The San Diego Latino film Festival closed last night. Guest blogger Mukul Khurana takes a look back on the event.

San Diego Community Activists Fight For Sunshine On Public Records

March 19
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Sunshine laws are aimed at making government open and transparent to the public. We'll speak to three of San Diego's most ardent activists about life as a civic watchdog.

Tribes Fight Green Energy Wind Project In Desert

March 19
By Jill Replogle
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Native American tribes are fighting a large wind farm planned near Ocotillo, in Imperial County, CA. They say the project could desecrate more than 400 archeological sites. Backers say the project will produce power for about 130,000 homes.

Visible Meltdown Of Invisible Children

March 19
Midday Edition
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When the San Diego-based non-profit Invisible Children released the video "Kony2012" a week ago, it had almost 40 million hits on YouTube four days later. But by week's end the group was beset with negative press, including the very public meltdown of one of its founders. How will the group's millions of young supporters react?

Border Construction Hampers Commerce

March 19
By Neiko Will
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Motorists caught in traffic jams are not in the mood for shopping in San Ysidro.

Camp Pendleton Marine Declared AWOL In 1974 Was Murder Victim

March 19
By Beth Ford Roth
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The brother of a deceased Camp Pendleton Marine seeks to justify AWOL status after decades of uncertainty.

Apple To Pay Dividend, Start Stock Buybacks

March 19
PETER SVENSSON, ASSOCIATED PRESS

After amassing a huge cash hoard, Apple Inc. is finally acknowledging that it doesn't need all that money, saying Monday that it will start paying some of it out to shareholders in the form of a dividend and share buyback program.

High Court Rejects Christian Campus Groups' Appeal

March 19
Associated Press

The Supreme Court has turned down an appeal from Christian groups that challenged a discrimination policy at California state universities.

Festival Highlight: Experimental Shorts

March 19
Rebecca Romani, Guest Blogger
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Guest Blogger Rebecca Romani looks back on the San Diego Latino Film Festival's Experimental Shorts Program.

Obama Raises $45 Million In February For Campaign

March 19
Associated Press

His campaign said nearly 350,000 people gave and that 98 percent of the donations were $250 or less.

Romney Wins In PR; Race Heads To Illinois

March 19
Frank James, NPR
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Mitt Romney handily won the Puerto Rico primary after Rick Santorum turned off many voters with a comment about English needing to be the island's official language.

Is A Baby Conceived After Dad's Death A 'Survivor'?

March 19
Nina Totenberg and Steven Chen
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Two eras clash Monday at the U.S. Supreme Court, when a law written in 1939 is applied to in vitro fertilization. At issue is whether children conceived through in vitro fertilization after the death of a parent are eligible for Social Security survivors benefits.

Study Finds Eating Trans Fats Linked To Aggressive Behavior

March 19
By Kenny Goldberg

Doctors say foods that contain trans fats are risky for the heart. New research suggests these foods may also be linked to greater aggression.

Department Of Revolving Doors

March 19
Carol Goodhue Shull and Robert Shull, Investigative Newsource
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When California legislators are termed out of office, they don’t necessarily leave the capital. They just move to new offices.

Gov. Brown's 12-Point Pension Reform Plan

March 19
Carol Goodhue Shull and Robert Shull, Investigative Newsource
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Gov. Jerry Brown says his 12-point pension reform plan would cut about half the cost to taxpayers and reduce their risk of pension debt. It includes a number of changes that quickly drew union opposition and some that would require changing the state constitution.

California Public Employees’ Retirement System

March 19
Carol Goodhue Shull and Robert Shull, Investigative Newsource

Understanding how the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, (CalPERS), operates can go a long way toward devising solutions not only at home in the nation’s largest pension system, but across the country.

Redistricting Comes Out Of The Back Room

March 19
Carol Goodhue Shull and Robert Shull, Investigative Newsource
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One great irony in California’s redistricting reforms was that the Republicans who supported the changes wound up suing to try to undo them.

Money Gushes Despite Rigorous Reporting Laws

March 19
Carol Goodhue Shull and Robert Shull, Investigative Newsource
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California has some of the toughest campaign finance disclosure laws in the country. But when it comes to how much people can donate, there are plenty of loopholes to be exploited by savvy donors.

Voters Take Over State Government, One Initiative At A Time

March 19
Carol Goodhue Shull and Robert Shull, Investigative Newsource

For more than 100 years, Californians have embraced the idea that if you don’t like the way state laws work, go out and write some of your own.

Holding California Accountable: Examining State Transparency Laws

March 19
Midday Edition
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California has a maze of laws written to make government transparent and to diminish the risks of dishonesty, favoritism and conflicts of interest, but sometimes there are gaps between what the laws say and what they actually do.

Letting The Sun Shine In

March 19
Carol Goodhue Shull and Robert Shull, Investigative Newsource

While California’s public records access laws are strong, they have a notable weakness: There’s no agency to handle appeals when requests are denied.

Festival Interview: Lizet Benrey

March 19
Rebecca Romani, Guest Blogger
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Guest blogger Rebecca Romani speaks with San Diego filmmaker, Liz Benrey at the San Diego Latino FIlm Festival.