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The good times just keep on rollin’.
After last week’s joyous 1-2 punch of same-sex marriage and President Obama’s heartbreakingly beautiful eulogy of Clementa Pinckney, this week brought us mandatory vaccines (#sorrynotsorry), Team USA over Germany (the final vs. Japan is on at 4 p.m. on Fox and you can go to either Petco Park or the Waterfront Park downtown to watch it with your fellow Americans) and the elevation of Misty Copeland to principal dancer of the American Ballet Theater, making her the first black woman to hold that role in the company’s 75-year history.
And in local good news, our pal and senior reporter Liam Dillon makes his triumphant return to the country (and the newsroom) this week after spending a month studying Spanish in Mexico.
What VOSD Learned This Week
Comic-Con is here to stay – for the short-term anyway. That’s thanks to a deal announced by Mayor Kevin Faulconer this week that the convention has agreed to stick with San Diego through 2018.
So what was holding Comic-Con back, and what’s keeping them from signing on for the long haul? Hotels, mostly. That’s a different story from the one we’ve heard for a long time – that the city needs an expanded Convention Center to appease Comic-Con and to lure other big events. Comic-Con itself, however, says what it really need are discounted hotel rooms to accommodate the many fans who flock to San Diego for the event each year. And the rooms – not an expansion – could be the single biggest factor to keeping it around.
And just what is the point of keeping Comic-Con around? Tourism boosters will tell you it’s the $136 million the event is set to inject into the local economy this year. Funny thing about that number, though: It’s much smaller than last year’s estimate, after we questioned the figure.
Then there’s the Convention Center expansion. It’s still in flux. We created this handy guide to the options currently on the table, where they stand in comparison to the existing center and what hurdles exist for each one.
What Else VOSD Learned
Soon, travelers will finally be able to take the trolley to get to the airport – kinda sorta.
Harriet Tubman Village Charter School is facing a leadership crisis that’s taken some interesting turns.
Graywater systems, which recycle your shower and/or laundry water for use in your yard, aren’t all that hard to make happen.
A lot of people who go solar say they’re gonna stick it to the man (aka SDG&E) and go off the grid, but very few actually do it.
What I’m Reading
The Progress We’ve Made
“There is no shame in being a boss.” (People)
The world of “Magic Mike XXL” is one where bros are polite, considerate and non-threatening. I want to go to there. (Globe and Mail)
SDSU and UCSD researchers say acceptance of working mothers is higher than ever. (NBC San Diego) Check out my earlier Q-and-A with Jean Twenge, one of the lead authors of the study.
How Far We Still Have to Go
Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s long, racist history. (Buzzfeed)
A new Justice Department report released this week finds police mostly to blame for the unrest that erupted in Ferguson, Mo. (Fusion)
Female janitors working the night shift are an easy target for rape and abuse. (Reveal)
Line of the Week
“And somehow, every time she greets me, I hear the words from Seinfeld, ‘Hello … Newman.’” – Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, on his rivalry with California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, as recounted by The Huffington Post.