I’d like to offer a bit of background on my reporting of yesterday’s story about Barrio Logan’s community plan update.

I’ve received a couple of e-mails from readers in which they address the controversial comments made by neighborhood activist Rachael Ortiz, a member of the stakeholder committee.

Reader O.P. said:

As to the actual content of the article, if Ms. Ortiz said the things she is quoted as saying, she should be removed. This is always a big “if”, but it doesn’t appear that she is denying the comments, just their racist nature.

There is not any question as to whether Ortiz made the comments I attributed to her.

Something I should have mentioned in the story, but did not, is that I got the quote directly from an audio recording of the Sept. 9 stakeholder committee meeting. The audio recording is a public record, available from the city’s Planning Department upon request.


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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