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Week In Review: Cyber Security At San Onofre And More Hospice Trouble

The San Diego Unified School District must have whiplash. On Tuesday, Superintendent Bill Kowba announced he would retire in June. Less than 24 hours later, the school board announced they had found a successor: Cindy Marten, the principal of Central Elementary School in City Heights.

Photo by Kyla Calvert

Cindy Marten, the newly-named superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District, at a press conference announcing her appointment.

Marten and School Board Trustee Scott Barnett spoke to KPBS about her appointment. You can watch and listen to their interviews here.

KPBS Education Reporter Kyla Calvert also reports that in their rush to appoint Marten, school board members may have violated the Brown Act, California's open meeting law. Calvert is continuing to follow this story, so stay tuned.

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More than 95 percent of top U.S. economists believe the country’s growth will be hurt by sequestration, the automatic federal spending cuts that kicked in Friday. We have been following sequestration’s fallout for on San Diego. Find all of our coverage here.

Trouble for San Diego Hospice continues. A nurse who was fired by the end-of-life care provider filed a whistleblower lawsuit claiming the hospice admitted patients they shouldn’t have. San Diego Hospice also announced it needs a $2 million loan to buy basic medical equipment and pay its employees.

Photo by Mark Wilson

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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to the media after meeting with House Speaker John Boehner at the White House, March 1, 2013 in Washington, DC.

An anonymous message from a San Onofre worker last year said more than half of the plant’s employees were not up to date on cyber security training. Investigative reporter Amita Sharma took a closer look at the warning. She reports the troubled nuclear power plant found that 1,200 workers were overdue on their training, which is designed to teach workers how to protect against cyber threats from hackers and hostile foreign governments.

And in what might win the award for the coolest idea I’ve heard in a while: an architect wants to build a farm into a building in downtown San Diego. Half of the so-called “vertical farm” is for housing, the other half is for growing crops. Check out our video and pictures on the story that explain how the idea would work. I don’t know if it’s feasible, but if it happens, I’ll definitely be ready to buy some tomatoes grown in the sky.

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