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 Tensions at Lincoln High School are running high – and a standoff between teachers and a new principal seem to be a big part of it.

Superintendent Cindy Marten, herself a former principal, thinks the problem is much wider than that, though: “What’s happening at Lincoln is at the heart of the struggle in America,” she told Mario Koran. “When we get Lincoln right, we get America right.”

But Marten said she doesn’t like the idea that one person can save a school, or a district. That might be news to a lot of Marten devotees who are counting on her to replicate her efforts at Central Elementary for the district as a whole.

What the Rocky Health Care Rollout Has to Do With SD

One of the government contracts responsible for the rocky HealthCare.gov rollout is also responsible for the city of San Diego’s IT functions. The programs run by CGI Technologies & Solutions Inc. do everything from manage finances and personnel records to track progress on filling potholes and issuing permits. So far, the city says the company has mostly maintained the status quo and hasn’t been responsible for any big glitches.

What We Learned This Week

• The impacts of Chelsea’s Law are hard to measure.

• Five local school sites were cited for toxic chemicals.

• The city is finally taking steps to address slow emergency response times.

• Todd Gloria’s a busy man: Here’s what a day in the life of a man with three jobs looks like. Spoiler alert: It requires some serious patience.

• Why New Majority chose to back Kevin Faulconer.

• Signature-gatherers trying to force the Barrio Logan community plan onto the ballot sometimes stretch the truth.

Quick News Hits

• It will cost about $3.5 million to put a temporary fire station in Skyline to help resolve an emergency response disparity in that neighborhood, a new memo from Fire Chief Javier Mainar says.

• The Chargers have a bye week, which means there’s time to contemplate some big-picture questions: Is this Ryan Mathews’ best season ever? Is Mike McCoy an improvement over Norv Turner? Those, and more, are in our weekly Sports Report.

• The county has a cool animated video, created by a San Diego State professor, that shows the spread of the devastating Cedar Fire, which happened 10 years ago.

• Here’s a good rundown of the week on the mayoral campaign trial.

Quote of the Week

“When I was there, we had a 300 percent increase, too. But we didn’t go around bragging about it.”

Ray Adair, former Lincoln High School teacher on the school’s rising, but still low math proficiency scores.

Sara Libby

Sara Libby was VOSD’s managing editor until 2021. She oversaw VOSD’s newsroom and content.

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