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Election Day again? Already? Yup! The primary election is tomorrow.
In case you haven’t been paying attention, we’ve put together a handy Election Guide to get you up to date on all the local candidates and issues on the ballot.
Chula Vista Gets No Respect
Chula Vista is the Rodney Dangerfield of San Diego County: Our second-largest city suffers from a reputation that it’s boring (according to a national ranking) and not a very good place (according to a local survey).
What to do? Hold a meeting and focus on better marketing and myth-busting. We were at Friday’s forum and heard several common themes: Chula Vista is closer than you think and it’s not “Chulajuana.” Still, it does have problems, particularly around how it’s handled its rapid build-build-build growth in recent decades.
VOSD Radio: Adjusting Expectations for the Election
Political consultants Jennifer Tierney and Tom Shepard join our crew on the VOSD Radio Show & Expanded Podcast to talk about the low expectations for Tuesday’s election and how their clients are adjusting.
Local Mayor Won’t Put Up With Your Guff
The agency that runs Lindbergh Field has spent tens of thousands of dollars since 2012 to reimburse its commissioners for attending meetings and events “as a way of compensating them for their volunteer work,” the U-T reports.
“Volunteer work” appears to be some sort of euphemism, since the commissioners — including elected officials — aren’t just getting expenses reimbursed. Lemon Grove Mayor Mary Sessom, for example, got $200 for attending a Rotary lunch.
She told the paper: “Did you go to the mixer or the Rotary lunch? I didn’t think so. Then you don’t know the preparation required and time out of my schedule.”
Quick News Hits
• Readers flocked to our blockbuster of a profile of the lawyer whom City Hall types love to hate. “How San Diego’s Most Disruptive Lawyer Makes His Money,” was the most popular on our site last week. Here’s the full Top 10 list.
• “At least 54 illegal pot shops are still operating in San Diego and city officials doubt they can shut them all down before the first legal medical marijuana dispensaries begin opening later this year,” the U-T reports.
• San Diego has an unusually horrific history of deadly disasters and mass violence. The Daily Beast dredges up the story of one of the first deadly school shootings — the “I Don’t Like Mondays” killings at San Diego’s Cleveland Elementary School in 1979.
The story notes that the killer, a 16-year-old girl named Brenda Spencer, told a parole board in 2001: “With every school shooting, I feel I’m partially responsible. What if they got the idea from what I did?”
• The Dangerous Mind blog examines one of the most bizarre cults in American history, based right here in El Cajon.
The Unarius Academy of Science gathered followers with a spacey New Age philosophy: “The Unarian cosmology predicted that 33 planets would simultaneously send ambassadors in spacecraft that would lock together and form a futuristic city.”
Ruth Norman, aka Archangel Uriel, “taught that beings outside of our direct experience and comprehension exist — she was one of them! — and that one day the Space Brothers will help us silly humans evolve, turn deserts into vegetable fields, stop wars and improve our architecture.”
Hmm. Catch that part about the deserts? Interesting idea. But, just like a dry winter, this scenario is really bad news for wildflower fans in Borrego. No one’s going to go out there to see a zucchini.
Randy Dotinga is a freelance contributor to Voice of San Diego and president-elect of the American Society of Journalists & Authors. Please contact him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter: twitter.com/rdotinga.