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The recession famously took a huge bite out of many industries, but some of those industries have been making a comeback, which can be seen in three charts illustrating how they pay their workers.
Jobs requiring highly skilled and educated workers, like high-tech or pharmaceutical jobs, are seeing healthy wage gains. But others in sectors such as entertainment and food service, are actually seeing negative wage growth, Lisa Halverstadt reported, largely due to the increasing cost of living in San Diego. “Wages are getting higher at the top, and stagnating at the bottom,” Halverstadt wrote.
• A recent survey of companies in San Diego helped unveil the top five industries for growth in San Diego, U-T San Diego reported. While technology jobs are certainly on the list, so are manufacturing and clean energy jobs. “San Diego County’s key economic drivers are experiencing rapid growth, but also projecting a shortage in available workers,” the UT wrote. That’s potentially good news for workers in those industries.
Banning Start-ups: San Diego Explained
While you’re welcome to use your home office to get your new business off the ground, you’d better not invite any employees over.
That’s because San Diego has a ban on operating a business out of your home if you have any employees there with you. This code compliance issue has recently been likened to San Diego having a ban on start-ups, since some technology companies have grown out of their founder’s home. Lisa Halverstadt and NBC 7’s Catherine Garcia piled into a home office to explain the rules in our most recent San Diego Explained.
Colleges Count Up Crimes
Under law, colleges are required to annually disclose how many reports of sexual assault they receive. Those disclosures were made on Wednesday, but the numbers paint an unclear picture of the problem.
For example, reports of sexual assault went up sharply at University of California San Diego, and dropped sharply at San Diego State University. But an increase in reports is not necessarily a bad thing, KPBS reported. “The increase may indicate more understanding of how to report rape, what constitutes sexual assault, or growing awareness of the issue.”
• In 2013, 83 percent of female homicide victims in San Diego were killed by their spouse, family member, or intimate partner, according to a crime report released on Thursday by SANDAG. NBC 7 noted that domestic violence continues to play a strong role in crime in San Diego.
• San Diego County has decided to keep its embattled pension consultant around a little bit longer. (U-T)
• How does a $5 utility bill for your house sound? (KPBS)
• San Diego’s local architecture awards ceremony was held on Thursday, and the top award was given to a new UCSD Research Facility. The building that drew the most ire was a giant new apartment complex in Mira Mesa, which was called “Wal-Mart living.”
• Prefabricated public restrooms, long promised, will soon be arriving in Downtown San Diego and should be in service by January. (San Diego Reader)
• Former San Diego police Chief Bill Landsdowne is supporting Prop 47, which seeks to reclassify low-level drug crimes as misdemeanors instead of felonies. (SF Gate)
• While some businesses flee California, the hugely popular website Reddit is moving its entire operation to San Francisco, forcing its transcontinental workforce to move with it. (VentureBeat)
• The police lock-down of Innovation Middle School in Clairemont was lifted yesterday after police discovered the gunfire that was reported had come from a loud video game. (10 News)
Tijuana Homes Have San Diego Roots
The Huffington Post highlighted a little-known piece of San Diego history, which connects our city to Tijuana via shared housing. “At the end of the second world war, in San Diego, California, military houses that were due to be demolished were instead trucked by Mexican construction workers to Tijuana, where they were reconstructed as homes for the locals in the border city,” HuffPo wrote.
American photographers from Minnesota collaborated to find some of the houses and photograph them. We’ll have to keep our fingers crossed for someone to coax the photographers back to San Diego for an exhibition.