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When San Diego State University moved last September to dump its guarantee of accepting qualified local high school students, officials took time to explain things to the local media, students and faculty.

An advisory group didn’t get such treatment. In fact, it wasn’t informed of the pending changes until the day before they went into effect.

SDSU isn’t supposed to bypass its advisers when it changes a policy like this. But in this case, the university found a loophole and strode right through it.

Now, SDSU is feeling the heat from advisory committee members who feel they got steam-rolled. And students like the 18-year-old we profile aren’t sure what their future holds now that the guarantee is history.

In other news:

  • Mayor Jerry Sanders made a pretty bold statement yesterday: “San Diegans are less likely to be victims of crime now than any time since 1963.”

    That’s impressive, and Sanders has numbers to back up his contention that crime rates are going down. The number of violent crimes fell almost two percent in 2009 compared to 2008, and property thefts dropped by 20 percent. Car thefts fell by almost 30 percent.

    But as we report, the numbers don’t tell the whole story.

    We also have more details, including a surprising statistic about hit-and-run accidents.

  • San Diego’s football stadium consultant dropped by our fair city yesterday, and we were there to listen to a presentation and pepper him with questions. Political reporter Liam Dillon offers his seven takeaways from the meeting.
  • Sometimes leaders have to be willing to disagree with their supporters and do what they think is right. But there’s a pesky little catch: disagreeing with your supporters may leave you without supporters.

    This digression brings us to our next story. Local Democrats aren’t sure they’ll endorse two San Diego school board members in their bid to be reelected.

    How come? “Holding back is a sign that the Democrats aren’t totally convinced that the two sitting members, who have split with rest of the San Diego Unified school board on touchy issues like a labor pact for school construction, are voting far enough to the left.”

  • The latest edition of San Diego Explained, our video series with NBC 7/39, explains the city’s pension mess with the help of a stove, vegetables and a recipe for stew. Bon appetit, and be careful with those knives!.
  • The Photo of the Day looks at San Diego’s police chief through a unique filter. He looks like the weight of the world is upon him, when in fact he’d just been talking about positive crime stats.

Elsewhere:

  • The state fined three local hospitals for “preventable mistakes that put patients in severe jeopardy,” the U-T reports. UCSD Medical Center left a guide wire in a catheter line, Sharp Memorial left a sponge inside a heart operation patient and Sharp Grossmont began surgery on the wrong side of a patient’s brain.
  • The U-T reports that airport officials “would have to weigh in on plans supported by some residents to convert a dock in the San Diego neighborhood of Liberty Station into a water taxi service station, a key official said.”
  • “International leaders of the union representing thousands of county government workers have arrived in San Diego to help sort out a dispute over management of the local group,” the U-T reports. The dispute has to do with the departure of a former local SEIU president.
  • Hello, second decade of the 21st century! Local courthouse jury lounges now have Wi-Fi access. Maybe telegraph service will be next. (NCT)
  • Finally, a new report says dachshunds have fallen off the list of San Diego’s most popular dog breeds. In 2009, they were replaced in fifth place on the list by German shepherds. (No. 1: Labrador retrievers.)

What’s a poor dachshund to do? Maybe the “wiener dog” nickname makes people think they’re fattening.

— RANDY DOTINGA

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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