Two Mothers, Two Losses, One Unexpected Bond

A devastating act ultimately sparked the friendship between Lisa Ortiz and Sonjia Viruegas – the murder of Ortiz's daughter. Viruegas's son was her killer. After he died in prison, the two began talking. They haven't stopped since.

Photo by Sam Hodgson

School District Puts Teacher Evaluations on the Table

The initial contract proposal the district sent to the teachers union this week seeks to reboot its system for evaluating teachers.

Reality Check: School Foundations vs. Title I Funds

School fundraising groups say they balance the equation by drumming up money for schools that get less state and federal funds. Because this line of thinking keeps resurfacing, it’s worth a closer look.


A Flexible Approach to Raising the Minimum Wage

Increasing the minimum wage is a proactive effort, but how we do so will dictate its sustained public impact.

The Difference Between Incubators and Accelerators

The key distinction is what happens at the end of the process and what you and your company walk away with.

What We Learned About SeaWorld

It's one of the city's largest employers, and one of its most significant sources of income. But in the last year it's been forced into an emotionally fraught moral debate about its treatment of killer whales, the very creatures it's long celebrated and personified.

Morning Report: Unlikely Bond Unites Two Mothers

Two mothers share mission to stop violence, the cultural icons we've lost this year, countywide voters might ponder Chargers stadium, city bosses get perks galore and local legislator's in deep freeze.

An L.A. Transplant Tackles San Diego

Ari Bloomekatz, formerly of the Los Angeles Times and Voice of San Diego's newest reporter, joined our VOSD Radio hosts on this week's podcast.

Most Popular: April 12-18

These were the most-read stories for the week of April 12-18.

Morning Report: What the City Saves for a Rainy Day

How violence in Tijuana has changed since its 2011 peak, reflections on the Padres' Jedd Gyorko deal and what we learned this week.

Tijuana Violence Ticks Up, But Don’t Blame Cartels

In a Q-and-A, David Shirk, director of USD's Mexico Justice Project and co-author of a new report on drug violence, talks about the effects of violence on ordinary residents of Tijuana and why the mayhem hasn't crossed over to the American side of the border.