Marti Emerald won the new District 9 City Council seat this week. The current District 7 Councilwoman beat out activist Mateo Camarillo 72 percent to 28 percent.

Our Kelly Bennett spent part of Election Day in District 9, talking to residents there about who they voted for. Check out her photo of a Buddhist temple in City Heights that doubled as a polling place.

You can catch up on Emerald’s priorities with our reader’s guide to her candidacy.

Before the election, Camarillo filed charges with the San Diego Ethics Commission alleging Emerald broke a law that prohibits candidates from utilizing city resources to campaign, reports Speak City Heights.

For more on the how the other council races went, check out our Election Night story.

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:

• In the race to fill Shelia Jackson’s school board seat in San Diego Unified, Marne Foster garnered 62 percent of the vote to Bill Ponder’s 38 percent. But that doesn’t mean she won outright. The two will battle district-wide for the election in November.

Here’s our Election Night analysis:

… Both were guaranteed a place on November’s ballot. As such, Tuesday’s vote was a measure of how each candidate polled based on their grassroots campaigning and appearances at sparsely attended, wonky debates on education policy.

• KPBS spoke with Foster and Ponder before the election about why they’re running, among other topics.

• Last week, the four major mayoral candidates debated issues important to Latinos, KPBS reports. On Tuesday, Councilman Carl DeMaio and Congressman Bob Filner advanced to the November runoff.

For more on the mayor’s race, read Liam Dillon’s in-depth story on what lies ahead for DeMaio v. Filner and the important turning points in the primary.

• Still not quite sure what’s going on with the city’s curfew sweeps program? Now you can watch a short video explainer we did with NBC 7 San Diego.

• Almost all the teachers at Fay Elementary in City Heights got pink slips this year and KPBS talked with the school’s principal about how that could happen. Her answer? Because it’s a school in a low-income neighborhood.

Last week, several teachers at Fay wrote to us about their situation and called for San Diego Unified and the teachers union to come up with a “speedy solution.”

We’re also looking for you to share your teacher layoff stories with us. Contact Will Carless if you’ve got one.

A new park is opening in City Heights, reports KPBS, but challenges remain with access to parks.

• In this week’s Twitter news roundup: Protests against proposed cuts to social service programs in the state budget, local students raise money for cancer research and an essay on how City Heights has changed over the decades.

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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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