After Months of Work, a New Start for Sweetwater Schools
Mar Vista High School teacher Gene Chavira helped lead the charge for a new election process for Sweetwater schools. In a new Q-and-A, he tell us what went into the reform process, and what he expects out of November's election.
Michelle Monroy | October 22, 2014 |
‘This Is What We Eat’: A Look at Mexican Food’s Roots in San Diego
Randy Dotinga | October 8, 2014 |
Sometimes Quick and Dirty Urban Upgrades Are the Best Urban Upgrades
The mastermind of "tactical urbanism" – think cheap, temporary improvements like painting over a parking lot to create a cool plaza – says sometimes the best way to improve a city is by making tangible and incremental upgrades, not thinking 30 years into the future.
Andrew Keatts | September 18, 2014 |
The State of State: SDSU President Details His 3 Big Priorities
As SDSU classes get under way Monday, SDSU President Elliot Hirshman explains his push for entrepreneurial programs on campus, how the school maintains campus diversity and how exactly the university's strategic plan moves to advance the region as a whole.
David Coddon | August 25, 2014 |
Peters: DeMaio ‘Would Rather Pick a Fight Than Solve a Problem’
Liam Dillon | August 22, 2014 |
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.
Mario Koran | August 21, 2014 |
‘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.
Ari Bloomekatz | August 19, 2014 |
Behold the Power of an Educated Guess
UCSD's Ilan Samson created a calculator that requires users to make a close guess before revealing an answer. It helps reinforce new Common Core standards, and tries to reverse a fundamental flaw in how we teach math: The result is valued more than the process.
Mario Koran | August 5, 2014 |
The Push for a Harassment-Free Comic-Con
Women who spend hours on costumes for Comic-Con often have much different experiences at the convention than men. A group of women wants Comic-Con to create a detailed harassment policy – and to make sure convention-goers know it exists.
Sara Libby | July 24, 2014 |
The Three Big Issues Facing San Diego’s Refugee Community
Ahead of World Refugee Day, one San Diego refugee is lobbying Congress for more resettlement dollars. Sedrick Murhula Ntwali says local refugees need more help when it comes to housing, job opportunities and integration into a new society.
Megan Burks | June 20, 2014 |
‘San Diego Needed Some Good News’: The Face of Faulconer Fandom
Gwyneth Shoecraft | June 18, 2014 |
Inside the Sports Arena’s Fight to Maintain Center Stage
The Chargers are eyeing the land under his feet, and Viejas Arena is luring away the talent. We talked with Ernie Hahn, general manager at Valley View Casino Center, about the future of San Diego's sports arena.
Catherine Green | June 16, 2014 |
One of San Diego’s Most Successful Homeless Programs Is Out of Money
Funding has run out for Project 25, a three-year pilot program that saved taxpayers and hospitals millions by housing some of the most frequent users of local emergency services. Project 25 head Marc Stevenson talks about the data and whether the effort has a future.
Liam Dillon | May 20, 2014 |
What Chicago, Comedy and Folk Music Could Teach the San Diego Opera
Randy Dotinga | May 7, 2014 |
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.
Randy Dotinga | April 18, 2014 |
Lessons from History on the SeaWorld Debate
No, animal rights activists aren't anti-human. In a Q-and-A, historian Diane Beers, who's studied the animal rights movement as it's evolved, dispels some myths about activists and discusses what to keep in mind as the SeaWorld debate moves forward.