The Morning Report
Get the news and information you need to take on the day.
What do Barrio Logan’s community plan, Convention Center spending and open government all have in common? You might be asked to weigh in on all of them and more soon.
Politicians and others have dropped a lot of prospective ballot measures on us lately. Lisa Halverstadt has a guide to the ones that are already locked in for June (the Barrio Logan plan and changes to the rules that guide special elections) and others that could appear in November and beyond.
A Bridge to Somewhere
You know getting into and out of San Diego’s airport is bad when officials propose a floating airport as an alternative.
A new solution on its way also sounds rather cumbersome – driving to the border, walking into Mexico and flying out of Tijuana’s airport instead. But the new bridge that will facilitate the trip is 20 years in the making, and a group of developers has gotten the official go-ahead to build the new cross-border bridge in Otay Mesa.
Lisa Halverstadt breaks down who’s behind the push for the new bridge, what the facility will include and how it’ll work.
What We Learned This Week
• There’s a major run on good office space downtown.
• One race for county supervisor is a snooze; the other could get heated.
• Local economists – even the ones who want a new stadium – don’t think it’s a very good use of public money.
• You can’t always count on law enforcement to know the law.
Quick News Hits
• A major law enforcement operation led to the arrest of 50 alleged gang members and “cut off the arm of the West Coast Crips,” said District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis. For a relatively safe city, we’ve been focused on gangs a lot lately. For background, check our primer on the scope of San Diego’s gang problem. (NBC San Diego)
• Another day, another twist in the San Diego Opera saga: Ian Campbell, the opera’s director, has been placed on indefinite leave. He’ll still collect pay. Campbell’s ex-wife, Anna Spira Campbell, the Opera’s lead fundraiser, has also been asked to step away – also with pay. (KPBS)
• John Gennaro thinks you should be rooting for the Clippers and Ducks right now – and more in our weekly Sports Report.
• Two more Sweetwater school board trustees have pleaded guilty. They’ll be allowed to stay on. (NBC San Diego)
Quote of the Week
“I thought it would be best if I went on to a different path instead of having to interface with these weak teachers, these empty vessels that make the most noise and bully other people” – Esther Omogbehin, “Dr. O,” on stepping down as principal of Lincoln High.