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Seven years ago, a coffeehouse opened in the Greater Logan Heights neighborhood and became a community gathering spot. And seven years ago, the city inspected the place but didn’t bother letting its owners know that it violated zoning laws.
Now, the word has finally come down: Latte Mi Corazon can’t be where it is in its present form. Its owners say they have no realistic choice but to close their doors.
This isn’t the first time people have found themselves up a creek due to delayed city oversight. As we told you this week, recent city action led to the eviction of Cambodian refugees from a farm. Last year, we told you about a Seattle man who got slapped with a $322 bill because he supposedly didn’t pay a traffic ticket from 1990. And last year, the city dinged self-employed types (including me) with pricey penalties for unknowingly failing to pay business licenses for several years.
In Other News:
• We’re launching a redesign of our site today with an eye toward making our (and your) words easier to find and our photographs easier to appreciate. Forgive us if it takes a few days to iron out the wrinkles.
• Can tenured teachers keep their jobs no matter what they do (or don’t do)? If you listen to their critics, it sometimes it seems that way. Education reporter Emily Alpert takes a closer look at the big debate over tenure in public schools and explains why districts say low teacher-firing numbers don’t tell the whole story.
• A newspaper story says about a quarter of welfare applications in this county are fraudulent, giving ammo to those who castigate the welfare system. But, as San Diego Fact Check shows, the number is false.
• The U-T’s managing editor explains the newspaper’s new approach to arts coverage in our comments and offers this zinger at those upset by the well-publicized sacking of its arts critic: “We are certain that having a thriving local art scene does not hinge on one or two individuals – or personal agendas.” Another comment speaks of the skills of a ““glib German shepherd,” using a rare term Google reveals is not found elsewhere “the wild liberties of obscurity.”
Meanwhile, another of the U-T’s arts bloggers has resigned, leaving a glorious diatribe that takes aim at the artist whose cri de coeur via a “Trojan Horse scheme of breaking and entering” launched this week’s heated arguments over arts coverage. And a commenter at San Diego magazine thinks writers who write for free for news organizations are scabs.
• If the city goes bankrupt, is that automatically a Big Bad Terrible Scary Thing? Does that mean the city is going “belly up”? Nope, says our editor Andrew Donohue, who sent a memo to staff members (including me) who have relied on such language and implications recently. Bankruptcy, he writes, “is often treated as if it is the cancer. In reality, it’s one way of dealing with cancer.”
• San Diego Explained, our TV partnership with NBC San Diego, examines where property taxes go.
• The Photo of the Day is another intimate portrait, this one of a 69-year-old Cambodian refugee who was an original farmer on a plot of land in City Heights that’s now been fenced. One frame was all it took, our photographer explains.
• An East County judge has agreed to resign after reports of her bizarre behavior in the courtroom came to light. (U-T)
• CityBeat checks in with Rep. Bob Filner who looks forward and says: “I don’t think, frankly, it’s going to be an easy time for the nation. We have to go through two years of pretty rough stuff. Very little will get done.”
He also ponders his mayoral chances in San Diego: “Certainly, I’m the most qualified … and there’s no question I would win if I run.“
• The Reader’s longtime movie critic Duncan Shepherd, known for rarely meeting a film he liked, is bidding farewell in a piece aptly titled “So Long” — it goes on for 2,241 words.
• TV’s Stephen Colbert takes a look at local Rep. Darrell Issa’s plans to take on President Obama and release an “investi-gusher,” as the faux conservative pundit puts it.
• Finally, a new survey of travel enthusiasts ranks San Diego in several categories among 35 cities: it’s 18th in terms of intelligence (our own residents rank us even lower) and 11th in style, But the good news: we’re No. 1 in weather and our lovely residents are the second most attractive people in the country.
Washington D.C. placed toward the bottom of the list. One woman considered the two top cities — Charleston, S.C., and San Diego — and offered this thought to a TV station: “They’re outside, they’re tan, they’re happy … Not much we can do about that here.”
Except move to San Diego.