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Morning Splash: 49 Homemade Bombs Found in Sonoma County Car; Everyone Hates Californians; SJSU May Turn Away Qualified Students

| February 23, 2012
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A Sebastopol man stopped for traffic violations was arrested after a Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy found more than four dozen homemade bombs in his car, authorities said.

Surf. Sun. Disneyland. What’s not to love about California?

Well, apparently, a lot of things. In a poll released Tuesday by the Public Policy Polling, California was the least popular state in the United States. Only 27 percent of Americans hold a favorable view of the Golden State compared to the 44 percent who view it unfavorably.

A capacity crowd at San Jose City Hall’s council chamber Wednesday night erupted into loud cheers and applause after the city’s Planning Commission gave a unanimous and final green light to a long-awaited $60 million permanent home for the San Jose Earthquakes.

Overwhelmed by severe budget cuts, San Jose State for the first time may not give preference to Santa Clara County residents this year even if they meet state university admission standards.

California State University leaders will decide Friday whether the San Jose campus needs to turn away about 1,400 South Bay applicants who would have previously been admitted. The university has begun sending acceptance notices to about 21,000 applicants, as the campus has received more applications than ever.

Despite an unseasonably dry winter, officials predict most Marin residents will not see water restrictions this summer. However, the story could be different for several small West Marin communities, which could see the most restrictive water rules in decades.

A controversial proposal to close Doyle Park Elementary School failed Wednesday night after the Santa Rosa school board did not have enough votes to go forward. The proposal, which generated a huge community outburst after being presented last month, would have shuttered the 61-year-old campus at the end of the school year. School district officials cited declining enrollment, a worsening budget crisis and poor academic performance at the school.

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Amanda Stupi is the Engagement Producer for KQED’s daily public affairs program Forum. In that role she turns the information shared during the hour-long call-in show into web-friendly content. Her writing has been featured throughout KQED.org, including on KQED Arts and News Fix as well as on MLB.com, Hyphen Magazine and the San Francisco Examiner. Her radio work has aired on The California Report and Talk of the Nation. Stupi runs the @KQEDForum Twitter account and Forum Facebook account. Her personal Twitter account is @FiftyCentHotdog. She believes that Hostess products get a bad rap and that cereal can save the world. Reach Amanda Stupi at astupi@kqed.org.

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