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For years, any discussion of subsidized housing in San Diego has come down to one thing: the fee charged to developers when they build a new building.

But now that the volleying over the fee has settled and a modest increase has been OK’d, a City Council committee is exploring funding options to build more subsidized housing, Andrew Keatts reports.

One factor that could loom large in future conversations: At least two Council members seem to be interested in getting more out of the money the city’s already spending on subsidized housing, as opposed to spending new money.

“Money is money, whether you’re bringing it in new or you’re saving money and you can spend it elsewhere,” Councilman Scott Sherman said at a Council committee meeting.

A Parent on Teach for America

As we’ve learned, Teach for America’s presence in San Diego often produces some intense conversations.

But one voice that tends to get lost in those conversations belongs to parents, who leave their kids in the hands of TFA corps members.

So our intern Michelle Monroy took some questions to Fanny Lengua, whose son is taught by a Teach for America corps member at downtown’s Adelante Preparatory Academy, a charter school.

Overall, Lengua gave her son’s teacher high marks – she said she’s seen the teacher push her son to achieve more, and that her son shares what he’s doing in class more than he ever did. But, Lengua said, she does believe the teacher is doing some learning on the job, and that communication between the school and parents could improve.

The Issues That Refuse to Die (or Get Fixed)

KPBS dedicated Friday’s edition of “Roundtable” to the San Diego issues that just won’t go away: Crumbling infrastructure (yep – the city’s still dragging its feet), whether we should move the airport (businesses are still griping that it’s not serving their needs), the Mt. Soledad cross and whether the Chargers will ever get a new stadium (and who’d pay for it).

No need for a crystal ball, San Diego – these arguments are your past, present and future.

A Rapid-Fire Round of News

On this week’s holiday week podcast, Scott Lewis and Andy Keatts mixed things up and offered quick takes on the biggest news stories of the week, including the big court ruling on SANDAG’s long-term transportation plan, a U-T story on cyclist injuries, the county pension board’s big shakeup and a vile reaction to a Take Back the Night rally at SDSU.

In the second half of the show, they explored what podcasting might be doing to public radio.

What We Learned This Week

• City officials omitted a key detail from the Belmont Park lease documents. And the whole situation is casting doubt on the urgency of real estate deals rushed through City Council.

• The biggest problem with Todd Bosnich’s story of harassment by Carl DeMaio is his own timeline of how things unfolded.

• New rules about lighting in commercial buildings are rankling business owners.

• We’re going to re-launch VOSD and shake up how we prioritize and produce stories.

Quick News Hits

• That Chula Vista City Council race now is done tallying. John McCann is up two votes to Steve Padilla. Padilla wants a recount. (NBC)

• The Associated Press has more on SDSU’s decision to suspend frat activities after a sexual assault and a crude reaction to an anti-rape demonstration.

• Our record-setting heat made it to newspapers around the country, including Minnesota, which isn’t so hot.

• A coalition of San Diego County churches led a boycott of local Black Friday sales to show solidarity with similar boycotts in Ferguson, Mo. (U-T)

• La Mesa’s police chief is retiring – and so is its crime-fighting converted Doritos truck. (Reader)

Quote of the Week

“It’s taking too long. It always takes too long. It will always take too long.” – City spokesman Bill Harris on the city’s process for assessing crumbling infrastructure.

Sara Libby

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

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