The Morning Report
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You may think of YouTube as that place that’s full of amusing videos that you’ll never have enough time to watch. Nobody ever makes any money off the thing, right?
Manjula Jain and her fried Indian dough balls have other ideas.
The 61-year-old Rancho Bernardo resident has turned her Indian vegetarian cooking show into a YouTube sensation of sorts. The videos hardly rank up there in popularity with that history-of-dance guy or those funny babies and cats, but they’re still bringing in income for her and her husband.
We check in with Jain and a technology worker who are finding ways to make money funneling their passions through YouTube.
In other news:
• New drama has broken out in the sheriff’s race: the president of the deputy sheriff’s union was ousted yesterday, and he says it’s because he’s not supporting Sheriff Bill Gore in his race to keep his job.
• A candidate for Superior Court judge is doing something unusual: He’s not raising a dime for his campaign, and it’s not because nobody wants to give him any money.
We look at the motives of the candidate and examine how important money really is in races for judge.
• The voiceofsandiego.org fact checkers are getting mighty busy this election season as hopefuls struggle with reality.
In our newest post, we check out this statement by a San Diego school board candidate: “Class sizes are exploding. They’re looking at 30 kids per teacher ratio in kindergarten through third grade next year.”
Is this statement true? You’ll have to read our post to find out.
• As we report, the San Diego school district may “have to find more than $26 million more to balance its books before the end of June, when its budget is due. And on top of that, the school district could face $31.8 million more in state cuts.”
And in another education story, we look at how high schools in Escondido just got props for how they help Spanish-speakers who are learning English.
• We’re continuing our discussion about the debate over the strong mayor ballot measure, which has been largely one-sided, at least when it comes to spending.
One councilwoman tells us intimidation is a factor, while another one points to the incumbent, Jerry Sanders, who’s a supporter of the strong mayor idea but wasn’t always.
• What happens when an entire family is deported? We — and you — are about to find out. We’re continuing to follow the story of Josefina Perez and her family. We introduced her to you earlier this year in a story about how Latinos in the Linda Vista neighborhood were panicked by rumors of deportations.
Perez expects to be deported within a few weeks after her kids — American citizens who were born in the U.S. — finish the school year. Her husband already got arrested and deported.
One of our commenters isn’t sympathetic: “For what other kind of crime is the criminal pitied?”
• A San Diego scientist has sent an underwater monitoring device to the Gulf of Mexico, where it will listen for the sounds made by whales and help determine if the oil spill is affecting them. Other local scientists are taking part in spill-monitoring efforts.
• Our editorial cartoonist takes a jab at Uncle Sam and the federal approach to helping people afford homes.
• The Photo of the Day has a lot of sole.
• The U-T reports that a mammoth plan, possibly costing $4.5 billion, is in the works to expand Interstate 5 in North County.
This sentence should come with a clanging alarm bell (a-oooo-gah): a “drop in traffic has raised questions about whether toll roads or high-occupancy lanes are worth building, but transportation planners say they will eventually pay off, once the economy fully rebounds.”
• You may have seen CityBeat’s report that City Council candidate Lorie Zapf, a major player in the race for the seat now held by Donna Frye, is in default on her mortgage. This has raised questions because she’s running on a platform of fiscal responsibility.
A member of the local GOP central committee is telling folks that this makes her a woman of the people, the U-T reports. In an email, John “Woody” Woodrum writes: “if she’s suffering some economic downturn, then she’s just like the rest of us.”
Maybe everybody running for council should stop paying their mortgage to gain some Regular Joe mojo.
• There’s long been a debate in the news business over whether to allow anonymous online comments on newspaper websites. Such comments can spark civic debate, but they can also dissolve into offensive attacks that would never be allowed in the print editions of newspapers.
The U-T’s Tom Mallory tells NPR that “he’s seen the benefits of open comments.” In one case, he changed a headline that referred to “graffiti artists” after a bunch of commenters complained.
He says the paper has software set up to catch expletives in posts, and the newspaper can try to ban people from posting too.
This reminds me of a story, which I dearly hope is true, about a woman who kept calling a North County editor to complain about the Escondido newspaper. One day, the fed-up editor fired back with this classic response: “Lady, I’m canceling your subscription!”