Do curfew sweeps reduce crime? Police have started looking at data on arrests, but as Keegan Kyle reports:

… this new effort still won’t answer a major question about the program’s overall effectiveness. Police won’t know whether the sweeps have deterred kids from breaking curfew or other laws again, because they haven’t examined that information. …

Police began conducting the sweeps nearly four years ago, and the lack of records underscores how little they have examined their high-profile program to date. While promoting its value to the community, they’ve relied instead on anecdotes and isolated statistics to justify the sweeps.

Mid-City CAN’s Diana Ross responded with a letter on the matter, asking “Are curfew sweeps worth dividing the community?”

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 stories from the last two weeks:

• At a recent debate in the race to replace outgoing San Diego Unified trustee Shelia Jackson, school board candidates Marne Foster and Bill Ponder discussed dealing with the achievement gap, among other issues.

For more on this race, check out our Q&As with Foster and Ponder.

• Andrew Donohue chatted with City Heights resident and bike activist Sam Ollinger on VOSD Radio about how she elevated bikes to a talking point in the mayoral race. You can listen to VOSD Radio on FM News and Talk 95.7 and AM 600 KOGO on Saturdays at 7:30 a.m., or subscribe to the podcast.

• The San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council graded each of the City Council members this week on 24 issues, reports KPBS. Five of the eight councilmembers received failing grades.

• City Heights Life looks at a new building at Hoover High School and the green-tech-focused curriculum students will be involved in. (La puedes leer en español, tambien.)

• City Heights Life profiles Itza Perez, a Hoover High senior who founded a resource group for immigrant students who plan to become legal residents. “I want to show them that they are not alone,” Perez says.

• The first City Heights Youth Resource Fair will take place on April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mid-City Gymnasium.

• A new University of Southern California center will focus on City Heights for the next five years. (La puedes leer en español, tambien.)

• This week’s Twitter news roundup included links about migration patterns to and from Mexico, deportation under President Obama, Teralta Park as a model and more.

• Last week the roundup featured links on the mayor’s budget plan, a mayoral race debate and putting former criminals to work.

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Dagny Salas is the web editor at Voice of San Diego. 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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