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Today’s lesson: Ignore the overseers at your own risk.
The panel that monitors how San Diego schools spend new bond money is steaming mad over being left out of downtown “schoobrary” discussions.
“The train is coming and we’re tied to the track,” one miffed committee member says.
Many questions remain unanswered about the combined new main library and Charter school — lumped together to make a longtime downtown push for the library possible. Critics are out in force, and there’s talk that other school projects may get the bum’s rush.
Speaking of negotiating, sometimes “we’re in preliminary discussions” is just another way of saying “we’re waiting for someone to call us back.”
But it sounds like a developer and the Chargers have gone further in their newly revealed talks about a possible stadium in Oceanside.
To many of us, “web 2.0” is nothing more than tech-speak. But to the military, cops and firefighters, the transition to better internet technology is making a huge difference in their response to disasters and emergencies. Even the often joked-about Twitter is being taken seriously.
San Diego schools have 185 elementary teachers who need a good home. The teachers have jobs guaranteed by the district but the only open spots are in middle schools.
None of the solutions are perfect, and the teachers are left in limbo. “Do I bring my stuff home? Do I wait for a month?” one asked our reporter. “I’ve taught too long to have to go through this.”
Also in education, step right up and follow the bouncing budget. The San Diego Unified School District’s estimated deficit is up $18 million from earlier this week. That’s right, since a few days ago.
Are they still using abacuses over there?
In an interview, a top infectious disease specialist says health officials made too much out of swine flu early on when trouble actually looms ahead: “With influenza, the longer it hangs around the more dangerous it gets.”
Pick a card, any card. King of hearts? Hey, congratulations. You’ve just won the election!
That’s what happened this week in Arizona when a deck of cards decided a deadlocked race, inspiring us to look back at the colorful recent history of local ties and tie-breakers.
No more home foreclosures! Well, for 90 days. Only for some people. And just in California.
Real-estate columnist Rich Toscano isn’t bowled over by a moratorium, but he does predict “wacky gyrations” (is there any other kind?) in the local foreclosure world.
Elsewhere, the shrill is gone. Maybe.
After Padres games, the Coaster becomes a party train full of drunken screaming, chanting and what the NCT helpfully described as “wassailing.”
But now the booze is banned after 9 p.m., as the U-T reports. We know who won’t be drinking to that news.
— RANDY DOTINGA