Maybe the next San Diego schools superintendent shouldn’t bother to buy a house. Judging by previous tenures, a hotel room should do just fine.

San Diego Unified’s top bosses don’t like to stick around very long. Just ask Terry Grier, who’s already skipping town to take a job as superintendent in Houston.

His new position became official Thursday, spawning a new round of finger-pointing, with some fingers pointing toward, well, finger-pointing. “The culture here can be hard,” one official says.

Good riddance or good grief? If you have thoughts about Grier’s tenure or the future, we’d like to hear them.

Another big news story broke on Thursday: A state agency told SDG&E to (temporarily) forget about its plan to prevent wildfires by (temporarily) cutting power to the backcountry. SDG&E, which wanted the power to cut electricity as of Sept. 1, must now wait until a Sept. 10 hearing.

The U-T and NCT have details. We’ve followed the ongoing saga too, revealing how many rural residents with medical problems don’t have any idea their health could be put at risk.

In many neighborhoods of San Diego, there’s a different kind of power outage. Residents feel unable to do anything about violence, trash, graffiti, and other plagues of urban life. But a Logan Heights resident has brought her community together to combat problems as one.

Patty Cueva’s community activism began two years ago when she set out plates of pan dulce and asked people to drop by for “un cafecito con los vecinos” — coffee with the neighbors. She couldn’t believe that 20 people showed up.

Now, more than two years later, her efforts have borne fruit.

In San Diego City Hall news, a local employees union has suffered an outage of its own. The Municipal Employees Association will no longer represent the city’s lifeguards, who voted to join The International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

Elsewhere on our site, comments from readers keep flowing in about the pros and cons of maintenance assessment districts, which levy taxes on residents in a community to provide local services.

One reader says they help improve the “curb appeal” of his North County community, but another questions what happens when their interests conflict with those of the city.

Also, flipper-spotters are coming through: We’re hearing from readers about houses that — even in this economy — are seemingly being flipped in San Carlos, Vista and Point Loma. But an expert tells us that a flip can be a flop, maybe even 90 percent of the time.

Elsewhere, the U-T says a consultant will be paid up to $1.2 million to oversee the county pension fund, surpassing “what top officials at the state’s largest public pension funds are paid.”

The NYT offers an unusual visual representation of 2.4 million pieces of plastic, the estimated amount that enters the world’s oceans every hour. We’ve been following a Scripps Institution of Oceanography mission as it exploring the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which is full of plastic.

Maybe that famous advice from “The Graduate” was just too seductive for the world to resist.


Dagny Salas

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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