What’s six years and $10 million between friends?
That’s what the city has spent on its failed effort to fund the Convention Center expansion without asking voters’ permission. And with Tuesday’s 7-0 City Council vote not to pursue the plan in court any further, that effort is dead.
“It is one of the biggest, gnarliest and most embarrassing legal failures the city has ever seen,” writes Scott Lewis.
Lewis also points out: The mayor’s response to the Council vote marks possibly the first time he’s said he’s open to the idea of a non-contiguous Convention Center/stadium.
• Check last week’s San Diego Explained video for a refresher on what happened and the legal theories involved.
• Oh, and here’s Convention Center Opposer-in-Chief Cory Briggs doing some “Told ya so!”-ing. Briggs represented one client, San Diegans for Open Government. Resident watchdog Mel Shapiro and his attorney Craig Sherman also sued.
Culture Report: Snorkl Sinks
Snorkl was not just the only remaining piece of the arts organization Arts Pulse that was still afloat, it was an all-encompassing arts and culture calendar that many San Diegans turned to as a guide.
But Snorkl closed down completely last week, Alex Zaragoza reports in our latest Culture Report, following Art Pulse’s June demise.
Also in this week’s roundup: A Barrio Logan parasite, the artists getting pushed out of North Park and an SDSU prof’s new book of 100-word stories might just hold the attention of Generation Twitter.
What New Teachers Are Up Against
San Diego Unified is beginning to address the idea that new teachers might be more prone to suspend students, a dynamic that often results in more black and Latino students being disciplined.
Oscar Ramos, a former San Diego charter school teacher, says in a new commentary that the district is on to something – but says new teachers have a lot working against them too.
Namely, they often end up at schools in poor neighborhoods, which means they must contend with factors like unemployment and malnutrition that manifest themselves in the classroom.
Quick News Hits
• It’s hard to imagine what the Padres could have tweeted last night that would have been received more poorly than their announcement that Palm Court Plaza would be renamed to honor departing MLB Commissioner Bud Selig. The area will commemorate “significant players and events in Padres history,” said Executive Chairman Ron Fowler. He is not well liked. U-T columnist Matt Calkins wonders what the team was thinking.
• You might scoff, but Cosmo has recently been ramping up its serious journalism game. The latest example is this incredible photo essay on military sexual assault survivors, including one shot outside the entrance to Naval Base San Diego.
• We’ve heard a lot about the San Diego Police Department’s problems recruiting new officers. Now a new city audit says the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department could also stand to make some new hires. (City News Service)
• A group of unions, members of Congress and other progressives are calling for a federal czar to oversee local police forces. The Justice Department is still in the midst of reviewing SDPD’s procedures, and there’s still a small chance the department could have a federal monitor thrust on it. (Buzzfeed)
• Turns out Uber, a company that has seized on the so-called sharing economy, isn’t so good at sharing competition – and it’s turned to a San Diego company to help cheat rival Lyft out of customers.
• “Hey guys, just a friendly reminder that drinking and driving is still totally illegal. Looking at you, Ben Hueso.” – Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, basically. (U-T)
Carlsbad columnist Ruben Navarrette also gives Hueso a strong scolding (“Latinos no longer have the luxury of putting up with misbehavior and mediocrity from those they elect to represent them”) and also goes after Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez for tweeting a picture of Hueso and others drinking together at the Capitol and later deleting it.