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Our weekly mix tape of interesting stories for your weekend is out. (Here are the previous two weeks’ in case you missed them.) Want to recommend something too? Send me a link to an intriguing story you’ve read about San Diego or how other communities are dealing with the kinds of issues we face here. Make sure to say why you read it or are recommending it, and no self-authored submissions please.

Here are this week’s picks:

• Rob Davis, senior writer, tweeted about “As ‘Yuck Factor’ Subsides, Treated Wastewater Flows From Taps“:

Key takeaway from NYT story on San Diego’s sewage recycling plans: Biotechs threatened to leave & Sanders flipped.…

— Rob Davis (@robwdavis) February 10, 2012

More from Davis:

A sign of the biotech industry’s growing power, which we’ve examined here… and here…

— Rob Davis (@robwdavis) February 10, 2012

• Scott Lewis, CEO, tweeted about “Charter Schools, Pensions and Golden Handcuffs“:

“The IRS is proposing new rules that might be construed to say that charter school teachers are private employees …”

— Scott Lewis (@vosdscott) February 8, 2012

More from Lewis: “Charter schools present themselves not only as alternatives for parents and students but as models that have the potential to run more efficiently with better results. This story was an interesting example of the challenges they face luring quality teachers and keeping them.”

• Andrew Donohue, editor, on “‘We the People’ Loses Appeal With People Around the World“:

Changed my perspective on the Constitution. Got there through this post by my friend Jed Sundwall.

• Sandy Coronilla, investigative intern, on “10 States Given Waivers From No Child Left Behind Law“:

Note: California is not on the list. It never applied. Should it be? I think San Diego’s teachers may have an earful to offer on No Child Left Behind and how it works or fails to work in the best interests of students.

• Me on “A Cultural Clash Over the Bad Old Days“:

Another take on Tijuana’s identity: This New York Times piece looks at the city through the lens of the debate over the legacy of the recently torn down jail, “La Ocho.” It also brought to mind a blog post my former colleague Adrian Florido did in 2010 on readers’ memories of the jail.

• Reader Paula Miranda tweeted about “A Fight for the Future of San Diego“:

@dagnysalas This was a few weeks ago, but @AtlanticCities had a great piece on SANDAG’s transportation plan…

— paula miranda (@pauisanoun) February 4, 2012

Dagny Salas is the web editor at You can contact her directly at or 619.550.5669.

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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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