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The San Diego school district may only have to cut $89 million-$99 million out of its budget.

OK, everybody, sing it with me: Celebrate good times, come on!

What? Yes, this is actually good news (although not that good of news, so you can quit it with the Kool and the Gang impression).

The district had feared that it may have to slash $200 million. But a preliminary analysis suggests the number may be much lower.

A few weeks ago, we took a look at the district’s preparations — limited as they were — for the worst-case scenario.

In other news:

  • Is she in or is she out? That was the question hanging over San Diego school board member Shelia Jackson over the last few days as murkiness descended over her possible bid for county supervisor. She told us she’s not running, then she told the U-T something a bit different. We called for a clarification and got one: Jackson is “probably not running,” but “technically still in the race.”
  • We have two Photos of the Day, looking north and south from the border fence on the beach at Border Field State Park. The photos, taken last summer, show a packed beach south of the border and a deserted one to the north.

    I asked Rob Davis, the senior reporter who took the photos, about the border fence that juts onto the beach. “The agents keep a close watch on that part of the fence, because its gaps are so big that people can slip through, walk around or, when it’s high tide, swim around,” he said. “They’re often there on horses, in jeeps or on ATVs. The interaction there is classic cat-and-mouse: People will walk into the United States and see how far they can get before a jeep circles down from the hill above. Kids love to jump through and jump back.”

  • Today’s photo soundtrack, a song that invokes the picture, is an obscure tune by U2.


  • Non-residents pay extra to attend some colleges in California. Now, an East County fire agency is considering a similar idea: it may charge non-residents extra if they get in car accidents that require emergency assistance. The fees could go beyond $2,000. (10News)
  • The U-T reports that “almost all of the cost overruns for building Petco Park were covered by the Padres and private developers who stood to benefit the most from the project, according to a new analysis.” The overruns amounted to $42 million. Still, the U-T says, taxpayers paid $301 million to build the ballpark.
  • The TV show “60 Minutes” devoted a segment to the border’s “virtual fence” project the other night. We have a quick recap and note that one of the people interviewed is UCSD professor Wayne Cornelius, the subject of one of our Q&As last year.
  • Another UCSD professor just showed up on national TV too. James Fowler, who has written about the contagiousness of happiness and loneliness, appeared on Comedy Channel’s The Colbert Report to talk about social networks and how his decisions might affect his son’s best friend’s mother.
  • Finally: the Chargers are going to the playoffs, and a video of LaDainian Tomlinson doing the “Electric Glide” is getting a lot of attention on the Internet. (No, it’s not the Electric Slide. That’s totally different. Do try to keep up.)

Big whoop. Call me when he does the Lambada. It’s the forbidden dance, you know.

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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