We’ve mixed our latest collection of interesting stories we’ve read about the San Diego region and the issues we face here.

Want to add to next week’s? Send me a link to the story and why you read or recommend it.

Here’s this week’s picks:

• Andrew Donohue, editor, tweeted about “Democratic mayors challenge teachers unions in urban political shift“:

Big city, Dem mayors challenging teachers unions. wapo.st/H2G5YW We have a somewhat related local take coming next week.

— Andrew Donohue (@AndrewDonohue) April 2, 2012

More from Donohue: “Touches on two topics that I’ve been interested in lately — big city mayoral control of schools and how so much education reform is coming from the left.”

• Will Carless, investigative reporter, on “School hits will vary under state funding formula“:

Gov. Jerry Brown’s new funding proposal for schools is a long way from becoming a reality. But if enacted, it would be the biggest change to school financing in decades. U-T San Diego’s Hailey Persinger does a nice job of breaking the issue down.

• Kelly Bennett, reporter, on “Health Care 911“:

Reporter John M. Gonzales and photojournalist James Gregg’s series for the U-T is a really fascinating and well-done look at a complex, multi-faceted issue.

One of the region’s loudest proponents of investing in services for people who’ve been homeless multiple times in several years, known as “chronic homelessness,” features prominently in the series. James Dunford, the city’s medical director, articulates the public cost of often chronically homeless people who use the emergency medical system. And he takes regular ER shifts at UCSD Hillcrest, where a lot of these people end up.

Dunford was an important person in Malcolm Gladwell’s 2006 New Yorker piece called “Million Dollar Murray.”

• Liam Dillon, City Hall reporter, tweeted about “Retirement Reform II: Beyond the Easy Stuff“:

More wisdom from the best public pension columnist in America. vosd.org/Hc3pRx

— Liam Dillon (@dillonliam) April 5, 2012

• Me on “A day in life of California’s ‘last frontier,’ where water, immigrants nurture farming roots“:

The Associated Press looks at how different economic sectors are faring in neighboring Imperial Valley through the lens of how workers there try to make ends meet.

• Reader Jeanne Brown on “The Risks of Prescription Drugs“:

A friend shared this book with me and after reading it, I just ordered my own copy to share with others. It is amazing what has happened to the FDA over the last 40 years. It is more a department of the pharma corporations than it is a federal department. The testing and approval process is being dominated by the industry, even though a number of researchers are trying to fight back. The health of all of us and our children is at stake here. I found this a rare non-fiction book that I read very quickly. The statistics and graphs are eye-opening and easy to understand.

Dagny Salas is the web editor at voiceofsandiego.org. You can contact her directly at dagny.salas@voiceofsandiego.org 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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