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The Lincoln Park community still sees a light at the end of the tunnel.

After the city’s Commission for Arts and Culture shot down a proposed art installation at a notorious intersection in southeastern San Diego, the community and the artist leading the project are determined to make a version of it happen. They’re crafting a plan that won’t need the city’s approval.

The saga is just the latest in what appears to be an ongoing feud between artist Roberto Salas and the Commission for Arts and Culture’s Dana Springs. Salas said he doesn’t believe he’ll be tapped to do any more work with the city; Springs says there’s no beef between them, just business.

No, DeMaio’s GOP Ties Aren’t Hard to Believe

When the national media parachuted into town at the height of the Filner circus, they inevitably got some things wrong.

Now that Carl DeMaio, who’s running against Rep. Scott Peters in the 52nd District, is captivating political reporters with his unique life story, more news coverage keeps popping up that misses the mark in certain ways.

The latest example is this interview with DeMaio, where the reporters ask the candidate: “What makes you a Republican?”

There’s plenty, Liam Dillon reminds us: “He’s run with Republicans at the highest levels of government, pitched San Diego as a national model for big GOP reforms and led a successful push to make the local GOP more hardline. His party ties have never been in question.”

Four Surprising Tales of SD’s Rail History

San Diego is still moving forward (slowly, and in starts) on the dream of rebuilding the Desert Line.

If it goes off the rails, it won’t be the first time the county’s railroad hopes have been dashed. Randy Dotinga recounts some big moments in our history with railroads, including the failed plan to become the western terminus of the cross-country rail system.

What We Learned This Week

• Local fishermen’s dreams of a dockside market are finally coming true.

• San Diego has a new minimum wage.

Connections Housing isn’t quite living up to its own lofty expectations.

• There are solid health care options available to veterans – if they jump through all these hoops.

• The Desert Line almost took a big step back this week – and it’s still nowhere near a sure bet.

Quick News Hits

• Just a few weeks after San Diego-based Active Network announced it was relocating to Dallas, Omnitracs, a fleet-management service company in San Diego, said it will do the same. (Dallas Morning News)

• The San Diego Opera said Friday it has come to a “resolution” with ex-director Ian Campbell and his ex-wife Ann Spira Campbell, both of whom left the opera in May. The opera wouldn’t release any details, though, on what the resolution entailed. (Los Angeles Times)

• Tony Young, the former City Council president who abruptly resigned as head of the local Red Cross in March, is now working as a lobbyist. (Reader)

• Six Californias, one Randy Dotinga appearance on KPBS.

Quote of the Week

“’The time is now, the day is here.’” U.S. District Judge Michael Anello, quoting “Les Miserables” in a Friday ruling in the civil lawsuit against the San Diego Police Department and ex-cop Anthony Arevalos. He was referring to the trial starting on Aug. 12.

Sara Libby

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

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