DeMaio’s Partner on Pension Reform Payroll

A Ventura County pension reform campaign paid Johnathan Hale’s company almost $20,000 for work this year, even though he has little formal experience on pension issues or political campaigns. A campaign organizer said he was satisfied with Hale’s work.

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Peters: DeMaio ‘Would Rather Pick a Fight Than Solve a Problem’

Rep. Scott Peters says he’s flabbergasted people are portraying his opponent, Republican Carl DeMaio, as a moderate.

Fact Check: Kashkari’s Big Claims About California’s Poverty

GOP gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari said California has the most people living in poverty of any state in the nation.

Stop Confusing Small Businesses and Startups

Small businesses and startups often get lumped together but they're different ventures with vastly different goals, and that means they need different things to thrive.

A New Face and Old Battle Lines for Local Schools

Lindsay Burningham, the new president of the San Diego Education Association, is seen as more moderate and likely to compromise than some members of the union's more aggressive faction. But she's also holding strong to the kinds of teacher protections that have rankled reformers for years.

How the Tuna Capital of the World Is Weathering America’s Breakup With Tuna

Americans' long, slow break-up with tuna has certainly been felt by two big brands headquartered in San Diego. But one thriving local upstart brand is proving there are plenty of consumers willing to pay more for a product that comes with a transparent supply chain.

Morning Report: RIP, Convention Center Expansion

What's six years and $10 million between friends? Plus, San Diego cultural hub Snorkl sinks, what new teachers are up against and the push for a federal czar to oversee local police departments.

Culture Report: The Last Piece of Art Pulse Flatlines

Snorkl is snuffed out. Plus, Barrio Logan's new parasite, penciling Soul Sessions at your neighborhood barber shop and more in our weekly culture round-up.

Opinion

New Teachers Bear the Burden of All Kinds of Public Policy Failures

San Diego Unified is right to consider low teacher experience a factor in lopsided suspension rates. But teachers aren't solely to blame — they often have to cope with the fallout from issues beyond their control, like a lack of affordable housing, unemployment and underserved neighborhoods.

Morning Report: County Wasn’t Born a Gamblin’ Man

Laying out the risky business in the county's new pension investment strategy. Plus, the health benefits of skate parks, who stands where in the minimum wage debate and more in our daily news round-up.

The County Pension’s Wall Street Game

The county's pension fund is betting bigger, but officials deny they’re at the casino.