You may have notice a lot of discussion lately about the proposed new downtown library. They’ve been talking about building a library for so many years. You’ve seen our headlines calling it a “schoobrary” and then calling it a “charterbrary.” But what does all this mean in the bigger picture?

To help you catch up on how far the discussion has gone, Rani Gupta put together an easy-to-read explainer of what’s going on and how the long discussion of a new main library became one about a big schoobrary.

How a financing plan fell through and forced library supporters to look to schools to support their long effort is a classic tale in municipal politics.

And what are municipal politics without the push and pull with land developers? A San Diego-based firm with projects across the state — including affordable home complexes in San Diego — is facing some backlash.

A deadly fire, an anti-discrimination lawsuit and a criminal criminal charges have left The Amerland Group on the defensive.

The whole reason for government doing affordable housing and supporting developers like Amerland was because the market itself was not providing inexpensive homes to purchase or rent. But the market is trying to do its part now and Rich Toscano has the latest on a key indicator of how far down it plans to take home prices down.

A prominent local anti-tax activist actually knew more than most Friday — he saw into the future. Richard Rider sent an e-mail Friday to his long list of addresses containing a full copy of a Union-Tribune story dated two days into the future.

The story, which was eventually published Sunday, analyzed the city’s payroll and claims that despite the mayor’s claims to the contrary, the city of San Diego is paying its employees significantly more than in previous years.

Across-the-board salary increases may not have been granted, but city workers are still being promoted up the many ladders. And those ladders are getting taller.

Our Will Carless documented this phenomenon recently when he discovered little or no justification for a new firefighter rank that gave many of them raises.

A former San Diego lifeguard leader recently contacted New York Times Magazine ethicist Randy Cohen with an interesting conundrum: Who exactly should pay for the cost of removing a dead whale from a beach? You might remember the solemn scene. Cohen provides some perspective on the underwater mammal’s “undignified funeral procession.”

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