Turns Out That Convention Center Tax May Really Be a Tax

Friday, an appellate court ruled that the city of San Diego's clever idea to raise the hotel-room tax, without actually asking voters to approve it, was not legal. And suddenly, the $520 million Convention Center expansion, the largest construction project on the city's docket, was thrown out.

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Superintendent Forced Into Contradiction on English-Learners

Superintendent Cindy Marten once supported Thrive Public School, a charter trying to get approved in San Diego Unified. Then she urged the state to reject it, citing an incomplete plan for handling English-learners. The district, however, doesn't seem like it's in a place to lecture anyone on what to do about students learning English.

San Diego Is Attracting More Businesses Than It’s Losing

In the five years leading up to 2011, the region was a net winner in businesses moving from other areas. But we don't know about the last two years.

Agency Says Business Plan for ‘Impossible Railroad’ Is None of Your Business

MTS refuses to release documents that would answer some of the most basic questions about the Desert Line railroad project, how Pacific Imperial actually intends to rebuild the line and what its business strategy is.

The State That Lands the Most Departing SD Businesses? That’d Be California.

Companies that ditch San Diego for other states get lots of ink but most local businesses that move stay nearby – or at least in California.

Morning Report: The Real Row in OB

You’ve heard a lot about density fights around the city as residents worry about the quality of their neighborhoods and developers respond to demand for housing and smart growth. And you’ve probably heard about a battle brewing in Ocean Beach. Here’s the thing. That battle is not about density. It’s about how big single-family homes there can be.

SD Explained: Faulconer’s Honeymoon, and Why it May End Soon

In this week's San Diego Explained, Liam Dillon and NBC 7's Catherine Garcia look back on Faulconer's first months in office, highlighting some looming issues that could bring the mayor's honeymoon to an end.


No, the New La Jolla Schools Agreement Isn’t Elitist

The La Jolla cluster partnership agreement gives the schools freedom to make common-sense decisions, something the multi-layered bureaucracy of the San Diego Unified School District is often lacking.

Morning Report: What to Watch for in Big PD Misconduct Deal

Misconduct settlement could be much more interesting than money. La Jolla schools get some flexibility. And all the news that's fit to link.

The Only Piece of the Jane Doe Settlement That Matters (Hint: It’s Not the Money)

Has SDPD agreed to any outside oversight or broad reforms?

New La Jolla Agreement Highlights the Best — and Worst — of SD Unified’s ‘Vision’

In many ways, the La Jolla cluster of schools' new agreement with San Diego Unified represents exactly what the school board has said it wants to see: a community taking ownership of its schools and speaking with unity. But it also points to what may be the Achilles heel of the district’s neighborhood schooling push.