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Yo. Fix the potholes, thank you very much.
That was the message from a San Diego city survey “that showed city residents are more concerned about fixing streets than any other issue — including police and fire services,” we report.
There’s plenty of debate over whether citizens would vote to raise their taxes to keep services from going down the drain. According to the survey, 60 percent of residents would support paying more for better streets.
Our story has more about yesterday’s budget news, including the mayor’s $28 million budget fix, which seems surprisingly painless for residents.
But there’s more budget cuts to come, and the city’s structural deficit — the permanent, ain’t-going-nowhere gap between revenue and expenses — remains unresolved.
In other news:
- Now here’s a surprise: Jim Duffy, son of a late former sheriff and the former head of the Deputy Sheriffs Association, isn’t receiving major financial support from the organization.
The association’s board, “known to drop as much as $170,000 to win an election, voted last week to spend a paltry $3,000 on its own candidate. That stunning vote left things looking pretty grim for the Duffy campaign, which had already fallen behind Sheriff Bill Gore in fundraising by a count of $60,000 to $225,000.”
Our story has more about the tangled politics of the three-man sheriff’s race between Duffy (acerbic and tough-talking), Gore (with perhaps more support among politicians than his own troops but the big benefit of TV exposure during the Chelsea King case), and Jay LaSeur (a former politician and top sheriff’s official who’s big with conservatives.)
- In water news: San Diego’s City Council is poised in the next two weeks to approve a $50,000 contract to study the $10.6 million annual subsidy normal San Diegans provide to golf courses, businesses and other governments that buy water from the city’s purple pipe system.
We highlighted the subsidy in a major story earlier this week.
- The latest edition of San Diego Explained, our video series in partnership with NBC 7/39, tells all about how redevelopment works. You’ll feel your brain expanding as you watch it. Or maybe you’re just bloated.
- A redhead (or a world-controlling “ginger,” if you watched this week’s “South Park”) comments about our story this week that examined the hair colors of women arrested in the city. (Hey, a reader asked. We’re here to serve.)
Blondes may have more fun, but it doesn’t seem to get them in trouble very often. And redheads were rarely arrested. Our commenter writes: “We redheads learn pretty quickly it’s hard to hide in life, and most of us wouldn’t want to blend in even if we could.”
- Scott Lewis is looking at the troubled county pension fund, which doesn’t get nearly as much attention as the troubled city pension fund.
“In 2001,” he writes, “county taxpayers did not have to put anything into the pension fund. In 2011. . . they will put in $324 million. That is all money that could have gone elsewhere.”
How’d that happen? Lewis explains in a lickety-split 350 words, a contrast to his usual opuses. Ready, set, read!
- Nerds! Nerds! Ner. . . oh please don’t go. Our cartoonist explains.
- It’s time for the Photo of the Day’s weekly caption contest. This time, we’d like you to tell us what’s going on with a photo of City Attorney Jan Goldsmith looking happy (or gobsmacked, it’s hard to tell).
We’ve also got the winner of last week’s caption contest, which asked readers why a county supervisor had his face scrunched up.
Our photographer advises that crude and/or obvious captions won’t get much attention from the judges. Aw, man. Now I’m never gonna win!
- It’s not dead yet: “San Diego port and city leaders on Thursday said they will retool their ambitious, $228 million blueprint for the downtown bayfront” after the state Coastal Commission deadlocked on approving it. (U-T)
- Also in the U-T: “A citizens group organized by San Diego city officials is proposing a $21.5 million, one-stop, downtown homeless shelter with multiple services that would house more than 200 people. The shelter would be at the former World Trade Center, 1250 Sixth Ave.”
- Tea Party rallies were scheduled to occur around the county yesterday on the dreaded April 15. KPBS reported a few dozen protesters showed up at Tuna Park — yes, there’s a Tuna Park – -near the Embarcadero. Their rally was held in conjunction with one for Carly Fiorina, the GOP senate candidate. CityBeat has a nifty picture of Fiorina and local Republican types walking “Abbey Road”-style (but without long hair or bare feet) to the rally.
The U-T, meanwhile, assigned six — yes, six — reporters to cover the local rallies. It says they typically drew hundreds of people and, at the biggest one, two or three thousand.
- If you’re following the drama over the Comic-Con’s future, collider.com summarizes details from a KPBS interview with a top convention honcho.
- Not too long ago, we told you how a local art museum deals with patrons who get a little touchy, literally, about the art. The NYT looks at a similar problem involving performance art and patrons who are all hands. If that sort of thing is happening here, I expect a full report immediately.
- Finally, First Lady Michelle Obama came to town yesterday to visit a community farm in City Heights. The local media went bananas.
In honor of her impressive biceps, I was going to wear an arm-baring tunic in Mrs. Obama’s honor. Unfortunately, I’m not fashion forward and have no idea what a tunic is.