City Heights is finally getting the bus route it was promised back in the 80s. In return for building the giant I-15 freeway right through the middle of City Heights, Caltrans promised the neighborhood a bus line that would connect its residents with jobs in other neighborhoods.
Megan Burks reported SANDAG is suddenly coming through on the pledge. “The transportation committee has identified funds freed up by savings from projects that came in under budget and a canceled $22.5 million study,” wrote Burks. “Those savings are enough to finish up the design phase and construction of Centerline, which is scheduled for completion in May 2015.”
False Claims in D4 Race: Still False
Horse hockey. Humbug. We call it “Huckster Propaganda;” whatever name you use for it, Liam Dillon cleaned up some the dirt being flung in the City Council District 4 campaign which is just wrong. That includes an old claim, made new again by the conservative Lincoln Club of San Diego, about candidate Myrtle Cole’s role in an Ethics Commission fine of $10,000 against former city councilman Tony Young. “Let’s memorialize the Lincoln Club’s doubling down on an intentionally false claim as a ‘Duckster Propaganda,’ Dillon wrote. And a meme was born.
Back to Raiding Marijuana Dispensaries
Photographer Sam Hodgson was on hand yesterday to witness the law enforcement raid on a downtown medical marijuana dispensary. His photos capture masked agents moving in and out of the building carrying cash and boxes of evidence.
Scott Lewis saw the raid as a new high in the confusion that reigns over medical marijuana in San Diego. “It’s legal but it’s not,” Lewis wrote. “We want to provide access to it, but we don’t. You can give it out compassionately and not for profit but actually you can’t.”
And despite Mayor Bob Filner’s now-rejected proposal to siphon off dollars from medical marijuana collectives, San Diego’s City Council doesn’t seem to want to have any part in solving the problem. “Judging by Monday’s lengthy San Diego council meeting, it would be a bridge less far to locate leper colonies within the city walls than new marijuana collectives, no matter how much money they cough up,” wrote U-T San Diego.
For now, that leaves us where we left off in 2011.
Culture Report: Opera, Beer and More
Did you know that members of the men’s chorus in San Diego Opera’s “Aida” were shaving their heads for the recently-opened production? The Morning Report excels at bringing you the news of the day, but we can’t always squeeze in all of the arts and culture of the day. For that, we lean on our cousin, The Culture Report. Kelly Bennett rounded up all the recent happenings in art and culture and, if you so chose, delivered them with flair directly to your inbox. Sign up now!
Assessing the Assessors
We recently published a leaked draft of a document that shows how San Diego Unified School District is planning to assess schools and teachers. Our Active Voice blogger Oscar Ramos, a teacher himself, took interest in one of the measures in particular.
“I was surprised that Objective 1.1 (Engaging and supporting all students in learning) was such a large proportion of the rating system (40 percent),” he wrote.
In order to evaluate that, principals better free up their schedules because it would take some serious in-class observation, Ramos writes.
Sidewalk Tragedy and Your Letters
Lori Saldaña wrote in about our coverage of San Diego’s crumbling sidewalks with her own story about a family member that tripped and fell on a sidewalk. “By the time the extent of these injuries were understood, they had contributed to other health problems that lead to poor diet, malnutrition and this person’s death within a year of the fall,” Saldaña wrote.
• Joachim Johnson also wrote in with his thoughts about how to solve the parking problem in Balboa park, and Len Krouner wrote in asking for more coverage of the overstressed California court system. “It is unlikely that this letter will be published since the so-called ‘news’ organizations in San Diego have an editorial bias which usually does not include letters critical of the ‘news’ organization,” Krouner wrote. My ruling? VOSD is not guilty.
• A new time-lapse video of San Diego has gone viral for good reason.
• NPR reported on the editor of the local newspaper The Espresso, who says he once bought a gun from a man who was writing a suicide note in a coffee shop.
• SeaWorld recently became a public company, so the animal-rights group PETA decided it would be a good idea to own a enough shares (80) to get invitations shareholder meetings.
• The Palomar Card Club, one of two card rooms inside San Diego’s city limits where it’s still legal to gamble, will likely survive its troubles with the state and will have its license renewed, the U-T reported.
• Filner hired Walt Ekard, San Diego County’s former chief administrative officer, to advise on good government practices. “He turned the county into a very efficient and responsive government thing,” Filner told the U-T.
• Construction companies sued San Diego to get details of an agreement over the construction of a expansion to the convention center. The following day, the agreement was released by the City Attorney’s office.
New Hopes for Homeless
The tent in Point Loma that houses a 150-bed homeless shelter will stay open thanks to the City Council’s unanimous vote yesterday to keep it funded. In addition, the Monarch School for homeless youth will make its debut at its new East Village location today. “The number of San Diego County children affected by homelessness has climbed from 13,646 in the 2009-10 school year to 17,291 last year, according to the San Diego County Office of Education,” the U-T reported. Students and teachers will move in next month.
• Stop the criminalization of poor people and the homeless, says one California Assemblyman.
Beer Vs. Batman in San Diego
NBC 7 San Diego reported on a study by the National University System Institute for Policy Research which tried to ferret out the value of the craft brewing industry to San Diego by comparing it to the income generated from the annual Comic-Con convention. “Craft brewers generated nearly $300 million for our local economy in 2011,” wrote NBC. “Comic-Con, arguably one of the region’s most popular annual events, brings in a regional economic impact of $180 million.”
I have a best-of-both-worlds idea. How about we finally combine the two and let the adults purchase some craft beer while at the San Diego Comic-Con, for once? Then we can just combine the two industries as one hilarious, delicious, amazing part of San Diego, and then we can all go have a craft beer.
Seth Hall is a local writer and technologist. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter: @loteck.