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Our airport has plenty of faults (although it’s working on some of them), and it has a reputation as being just so-so.

By far its best trait is that it is close to everything. It’s even close to the San Diego Trolley, yet it does not connect to the light-rail line.

In a feature called “What’s the Deal?“, our Scott Lewis tries to figure out why. One plan could connect the two rather easily and rather soon. But a bigger bolder vision may take decades.

“Now, will the Trolley ever connect to the airport? Not in the way you might think,” Lewis writes.

Fact Checking a Carmel Valley Claim

Carmel Valley, which is what you see in the dictionary when you look up that old “quiet neighborhood” journalism cliche, has gotten pretty loud lately. Some residents are upset about a $650 million development called One Paseo, and they want to stop it.

The new mayor, Bob Filner, is on their side. He said, in effect, that the blueprint for the neighborhood (known as a community plan) is the equivalent of a contract and should be followed.

Is he right? San Diego Fact Check is on the case. Turns out the claim is “Mostly True.”

Thou Shalt Not Feedeth the Meter on Sundays

To borrow a phrase, Sunday is my fun day, my I-don’t-have-to-run day. Still, I end up on plenty of errands that take me to places like downtown and Hillcrest. But my prayers are answered: the parking meters are free! Woo-hoo!

Maybe not for long. For years, the city has been talking about boosting rates on parking meters and requiring them on (gah!) Sundays. (Our parking rates are actually — shh! — lower than in many major cities. Don’t tell anyone.)

Now, the Atlantic Cities news site ponders the “Separation of Church and Parking.” Why are Sunday parking fees so off limits, outside a few places like L.A. and (now) San Francisco?

One thing is clear: S.F.’s new rules may not last long. “Naturally,” the story says, “there’s already talk of a November ballot initiative to repeal Sunday meter enforcement.”

How on Earth Did Irwin Jacobs Get Defeated?

Recently a judge stuck a fork into philanthropist Irwin Jacobs’ plan to remake Balboa Park. There’s a push to bring it back to the City Council and waive the law the city broke.

Our Scott Lewis wondered recently if the limits of philanthropy had been tested.

U-T San Diego went further on that line and examined the aftermath and what it means for local  philanthropists. “When you have someone as well respected as Irwin leading a project like this and you slam dunk him, that doesn’t bode well for future projects,” gripes Darlene Shiley, a major donor.

On the other side, the head of SOHO, the preservationist group that fought the project, crowed a bit: the “victory should be seen as a lesson to never allow plutocratic interests to override the wishes of the public.”

The U-T also explores why the city’s leadership didn’t take action that could have forestalled the legal technicality that has, at least for the moment, doomed the project.

Responding to the Drama at the Hospice

As I’ve reported, San Diego Hospice is in the middle of a devastating financial crisis thanks to apparent carelessness regarding the dying patients it agreed to treat. Now it’s going bankrupt and a hospital chain is stepping in to help.

As the hospice’s CEO noted, the health care system faces a challenge when it comes to treating patients who are clearly terminally ill but aren’t dying rapidly.

Kaiser Health News, the non-profit news organization that commissioned the stories, has published a revealing letter from a care manager at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. She writes: “In my opinion, the most difficult thing was to find treatment/care for individuals who did not qualify to be in a skilled facility yet, but needed more care than their family could provide. Perhaps with the Affordable Care Act, this will become a realization and be dealt with.”

Quick News Hits

• Police say they’ve detained a 12-year-old boy who allegedly sent an anonymous email to an administrator at a Poway middle school threatening to kill a teacher and 23 students. When they traced the source and raided his house, police officers found several handguns and rifles.

• In California, Enterprise Zones provide businesses with tax credits if they’re located in certain places and add to their payrolls or buy equipment. As the Daily Transcript reports, the state’s considering overhauling the program and a hearing is scheduled for San Diego Wednesday.

I’ll Have an Arnold Palmer. No, the Boozy Kind.

The Andaz, a hotel in downtown, is launching a wine “tasting program.” That’s not too unusual. Here’s one twist: visitors will get their wine from high-tech dispensers. Here’s another: 11 of the wines are produced by celebrities like Arnold Palmer, Francis Ford Coppola and Drew Barrymore, Variety reports.

It’s “a chic and affordable way for consumers to interact with some of their favorite musicians, actors and sports legends through these exciting wines,” burbles the hotel’s general manager.

“Favorite musicians”? OK. So why is there a Dave Matthews wine? (Zing! Dave Matthews slam!)

Randy Dotinga is a freelance contributor to Voice of San Diego. Please contact him directly at randydotinga@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter: twitter.com/rdotinga.

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Randy Dotinga

Randy Dotinga is a freelance contributor to Voice of San Diego. Please contact him directly at randydotinga@gmail.com...

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