In the evening, after rush hour traffic leaves downtown, tent cities are springing up. With modern tents provided by a homeless activist, some San Diego transients are becoming a little less transient. The nocturnal neighborhoods, though, are on iffy ground.

The economy is likely to leave more and more people homeless, but it won’t cause an immediate spike in crime statistics, experts tell us.

The “statistics are showing crime actually going down in this horrific economy.” Anecdotal evidence, however, from police officers indicate a rise in domestic violence and suicide calls.

The Padres aren’t helping many fans escape the malaise. The team is fresh off the wrong side of a no-hitter and, entering the All-Star break, the team is on track to lose more than 100 games. The future of many of the team’s stars is more and more likely not to include San Diego.

In a special guest commentary, former Union-Tribune sports writer Tom Krasovic provides a “blueprint for Padres rebuilding.” He writes that the team will need to get creative to get competitive. Because, fans should all admit, the team certainly won’t be spending any money.

If you’re trying to decide whether to spend money on a new home, and you’re waiting for insight from Rich Toscano, you’ll have to settle today for “Another Chapter in the Increasingly Boring Tale of the Shadow Inventory.”

It’s fortunate that Toscano can make even his “boring” updates funny.

Comments continue to stream in on Dr. Vanessa Flores’ provocative commentary on the ethical issues involved in an upcoming stem cell experiment.

Here’s a quick look at what San Diego news is making it out beyond the region: We’re finding a lot of interest in the pedicab controversy, which erupted after a visitor to San Diego fell from one of the vehicles and died.

Also, how did 23 UCSD professors make the news in Merced? They sent a letter to University of California higher ups recommending that U.C. campuses in Merced, Riverside and Santa Cruz be eliminated to grapple with budget shortfalls. You might imagine this has provoked a bit of a response from Merced.

As for the professors, they’re just not working on the all-campuses-are-equal philosophy:

“We suggest, more generally, that in discussions system-wide, you drop the pretence that all campuses are equal, and argue for a selective reallocation of funds to preserve excellence, not the current disastrous blunderbuss policy of even, across the board cuts,” reads the letter.

Finally, an important note. The story above about crime in the midst of an economic crisis is the last one from writer Will Carless before he, his wife, Christin, and baby daughter Magnolia move to Indonesia. We might be able to squeeze more work out of him from there but he won’t be able to get much farther from San Diego without actually starting to get closer.

And this makes us sad. Few people know how to live like Carless. And even fewer know how to do so many things as well as he does. Whether it’s surfing or finding a great story, he puts his heart into everything he does.

We’ve benefited a lot from this. Whether he was telling the story of a shanty town amidst luxury homes; holding the police chief accountable for his public words; or uncovering a major scandal; Carless showed how productive a passion for the truth can be.

We’re comforted knowing that Christin’s family lives in San Diego so his compass will probably lead him back often — if only to visit. Good luck, Will, we’ll keep a seat open.

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