Sheriffs are often larger-than-life characters, but Jim Duffy set a new standard for outspokenness during his tenure. He wasn’t a delicate flower in his home life either: he’d take his young son with him to the not-so-usual places — shooting ranges, sheriff stations and accident scenes.

The late sheriff’s son, Jim Duffy, went into law enforcement himself, starting bright and early at the age of 18 in Imperial County.

Now, the younger Duffy, the grandfather of a two-year-old, is running for sheriff himself and trying to figure out how to deal with the legacy of his last name.

As our story puts it: “He is constantly being compared to his father. He’s praised for having his father’s best qualities: A devotion to deputies, a passion for the department and a hands-on management style. He’s criticized for having at least one of his father’s less admirable traits: He can be a controlling micromanager.”

And he has a tough race ahead, against the man we profiled earlier this week, who already has “sheriff” in front of his name, and another candidate, a conservative firebrand.

In other news:

• Greater Logan Heights has long lacked the unifying community voice that has helped grow other similar neighborhoods, and some feel this translates to less attention to the wants and needs of its residents.

Our story examines how residents are trying to find common ground about their community’s future and let leaders know what they want to see happen.

• The city is trying to figure out what to do about a court ruling that puts the kibosh on the city’s campaign finance laws and allows unlimited contributions to City Council candidates. An attorney tells us what the city is thinking about doing — there’s a “mindboggling” lack of rules now, the lawyer says — and the GOP is sees a hole it would like to go right through.

• Our school board candidate forum is tonight at 7 p.m. in Point Loma. We’ll be grilling the six people running to represent areas B and C in San Diego.

And what are those areas exactly? Check this post for details and more information about the forum.

• In commentary, Councilwoman Donna Frye checks in with columnist Scott Lewis and says not everyone on the City Council is thrilled about borrowing millions to pay for routine street repairs.

Lewis adds this: “I got a fair amount of feedback from the last post from people just happy that streets were getting fixed. And then, of course, I got the requisite ‘Well what would you do, big shot?’”

Yeah! What would he do, huh? Uh-oh: Lewis has an answer.

• The latest edition of San Diego Explained explores the debate over recycled sewage.

• The radio show airs every Sunday at noon on KOGO/600 AM. Our hosts need a “hero” and “goat” of the week. Do you have any suggestions? Send them in. (Hint: Writing the Morning Report five days a week is positively heroic. Whatta guy that writer must be!)

• The Photo of the Day profiles a guy who started a company called Hot Squeegee. Before you start singing “Car Wash,” this has nothing to do with windshields. (Whoops, too late. “Fill up and you don’t have to pay/Come on and give us a play…”)


• 10News got a hold of a Chargers rendering of the proposed new football stadium the team wants to see built downtown.

“I think it’d be an incredible magnet for activity downtown and a signature for this community for the next hundred years,” the director of the downtown redevelopment agency told the TV station.

A stadium for a century? Really? The current stadium is barely into middle age, and some people think it’s long been a decrepit pile of cement.

If you’re new to town, you might be wondering: Hey, what about that current stadium? Down in that valley where all the freeways are? Is it really a mess? A recent edition of San Diego Explained will give you the 411 on why some people think it’s time for a replacement.

• More sports news: “While Cal State San Marcos appears to be the leading site for a new ballpark for the top minor league team of the San Diego Padres, team officials have also been exploring sites in Carlsbad and Escondido,” the NCT reports.

• An Escondido councilwoman has failed in her bid to convince the city’s leaders to oppose Arizona’s new illegal immigration law.

• A $15 million facelift is planned for Fashion Valley, which the U-T describes as the county’s “premier luxury shopping center.”

Can a mall that has a JCPenney really be a luxury shopping center?

• The county supervisors like the idea of 14 new fire stations, as suggested in a new report. Great idea, right? But the U-T notes a major caveat: “the county’s action may have little influence over whether and how the new stations are built. The cities would be responsible for paying the estimated $92 million cost of building the stations.”

• Finally: A new study says the Rancho Santa Fe and Solana Beach areas use more water per person than any place else locally, 10News reports — an average of 544 gallons per person per day. That’s right, per day. (By comparison, people in South Bay only use about 100.)

Holy cow.

Water-hungry landscaping appears to be the cause, unless rich folks just keep the shower on all day to avoid the hassle of turning it off.

Or maybe they all order fresh ice sculptures each day instead of fresh flowers. If that’s the case, they should learn to recycle already.


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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