Get to know the candidates for the new District 9 City Council seat through Speak City Height’s new weekly series on the issues.

First up: What would businessman/activist Mateo Camarillo and current District 7 Councilwoman Marti Emerald do to loop in the district’s big Latino population in the decision-making process? How would they address the most important issues to Latinos?

Camarillo talked about taking advantage of opportunities that could better your life while Emerald focused on her work with the Latino Youth Council to address alcohol use by young people.

You’re reading our roundup of news from Speak City Heights, a collaboration between KPBS, The AjA Project, Media Arts Center San Diego and us.

Here are the rest of this week’s stories:

• A few hundred volunteers recently planted bushes on the sides of Radio Canyon as part of efforts to clean up the Chollas Creek watershed, reports KPBS.

Check out a Q&A we did in 2010 with the director of a nonprofit working to improve the creek.

• A group is working on getting kids in City Heights to talk more openly and honestly about sex, reports Speak City Heights. Media Arts Center has video from an after-school fair at Hoover High School that incorporated hip-hop lyrics and workshops for teens.

• City Heights Life, a publication on issues in the community, profiles Irwin “The Bookman” Herman, who sends out more than 500,000 books annually in San Diego and around the world through a warehouse in the Corridor neighborhood in City Heights. You can read it in English or Spanish.

• Speak City Heights also featured a City Heights Life piece by the founder of a local consulting company on the value of neighborhood businesses to a community and what can be done to improve them, focusing on a recent survey of Azalea Park residents.

• In this week’s roundup of Twitter news regarding City Heights: The latest on the impact of changes to the state’s correctional system, how governments can deal with the death of redevelopment, and a guide to three tax measures vying for the November ballot.

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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