SeaWorld’s Black Wednesday — and What it Means for San Diego

SeaWorld acknowledged Wednesday that the so-called "Blackfish" bill may be affecting its bottom line, news that could mean smaller rent payments to the city of San Diego.

Oops: San Diego Unified Might Have Just Unwittingly Validated ‘Vergara’

A line buried in a San Diego Unified report indicates less-experienced teachers might suspend students more often because they lack classroom management skills. That idea validates the fundamental point made in Vergara v. California – that the weakest teachers disproportionately end up in low-income schools.

Fact Check: The Absurd Claims That Scott Peters Created – and Solved – the Pension Crisis

In a new web ad, Carl DeMaio describes his opponent, Rep. Scott Peters, as the mastermind of the city's pension scandal. Peters’ campaign's response: The congressman didn't create the pension problem – in fact, he solved it.

Fact Check: The Leanest Police Force in San Diego

The San Diego Police Department has been very vocal recently about its problem with recruiting and retaining officers. But does Chula Vista have it even worse?

Opinion

The Government’s Upping Its Phone-Tracking Game

The government is invisibly collecting data on Bluetooth equipped smartphones along roadways. It's logical to assume this collection will expand to other public areas, and smartphones make a tantalizing tool for precise tracking.

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: Transit Chief Defends Desert Line

South Bay corruption scandal breeds reform, commentator likes the taxi showdown, Idea Tournament has a winner, Christmas Parade is still controversial and the art of the 'hoocherie.'

Three Big Reforms That Came out of the Sweetwater Scandal

A new state bill to stop school administrators from raising campaign funds for the board members they serve is the latest in a series of measures meant to address the years-long corruption scandal at Sweetwater Union High School District.

‘I Saw an Opportunity to Regain Control of the Desert Line’

MTS CEO Paul Jablonski defended the agency's decision to tap Pacific Imperial Railroad to revive the troubled Desert Line as a simple move to make some money off a dormant asset. He says MTS did plenty to ensure it got a good deal even if efforts to resurrect the line implode.

Culture Report: An Uphill Battle to Fund San Diego Arts, Part Two

Psychedelic murals - no, not the ones getting disrespected in Tijuana, but we'll get to those too - plus an official appointment to the Commission for Arts and Culture and more in our weekly culture round-up.