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  • We have lots of details from last night’s big San Diego school board meeting about budget cuts: Among the possibilities: “Families that aren’t financially strapped might have to pay for busing or Advanced Placement exams for their kids. The school year could be snipped by a week. Popular programs that teach students about diversity and local history in Old Town and Balboa Park could be shortened, too. And some small high schools may have to share principals.”
  • You might assume that San Diego’s public schools all spend about the same amount of money per student. In fact, there’s a wide range just among elementary schools, as our new map shows: some spend $4,000 per student, while others spend more than double that amount.
  • You can look at the map and find your own neighborhood elementary school. Just make sure to read our brief story for some caveats.
  • What about high schools and K-8 schools and all the rest? We’ve got maps of them too.
  • Also in education, we’ve got a list of the proposed members of a committee that will help find a new superintendent for San Diego schools. There are some familiar names among them, along with a high-school student.
  • She was San Diego’s first female surgeon, a friend of Mother Teresa for 40 years, and the mother of nine children.

    Last fall, we asked Dr. Anita Figueredo about confidence, which helped this immigrant from Costa Rica become a star of the local medical world.

    “I never saw obstacles as totally obstructive. ‘You can’t do that because . . .’ Not if you work hard enough, you can do it. Guess I was born with it,” she said. “Anyone who says it can’t be done hasn’t tried hard enough.”

    This trailblazer died last Friday at the age of 93. Our story has some touching details about her last days and information about her memorial service.

  • The latest local housing market numbers offer the usual “mixed bag”: local home prices went up in December by a teeny-tiny amount, but it’s a little bit more when the numbers are seasonally adjusted. (I’d like to be seasonally adjusted too. But I digress.)

    In a larger analysis, we consult local gurus and find, as one analyst puts it, that there may be a “little optimism about the market.”

  • In other real-estate news, columnist Rich Toscano examines an unusual trend: foreclosures are down, but delinquencies are up.
  • By the way, Toscano has been seeing other publications. (Two-timer!) He appears in U.S. News & World Report, giving advice about where to stash your money when inflation makes you nervous.
  • We’ve got more comments from Iraqi refugee Thabit Khalaf, the subject of last weekend’s Q&A feature. He offers “thoughts on his profession, and how his philosophy on architecture has helped him find peace with his new life as a refugee in San Diego.”

    Also: Some readers wondered how a recent refugee like Khalaf could be collecting Social Security.

    In fact, as we explain, he’s not receiving regular Social Security funds. He gets money from a fund that’s available to certain refugees.

  • The Photo of the Day is of a local “interesting character.” Wait, I’m not the only one? I demand a recount!

Elsewhere:

  • In the U-T: “Voters won’t be asked to prohibit union-friendly ‘project labor agreements’ on county government projects after the Board of Supervisors today thought better of spending the money on an election.”
  • You just know a story is going to be interesting when the photo caption reads like this: “Michael Crimmins says he never said ‘spear chucker.’”

    Oh dear.

    Crimmins is the guy who got booted off the local Republican Central Committee. He’s now “San Diego’s newest GOP bad boy,” as a CityBeat story puts it, and denies using a racially offensive term. He’s also declared “Game on, baby!” regarding his battle with the San Diego’s GOP leaders.

  • Finally, back on our site, our latest Fact Check examines a claim that embracing individual water meters — not currently found in many apartments and condos — could lead to water savings of as much as 39 percent.

    Our verdict: Take a peek.

It makes you wonder how apartment or condo dwellers could be using so much water that they could cut it by almost 40 percent. Were they carving ice sculptures each day? Refilling the waterbed every other week? It’s a soggy mystery.

— 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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