VOSD and other media outlets are going to court in a bid to compel the San Diego Police Department to release security camera video of an officer’s fatal shooting of a man in the Midway neighborhood last spring. Earlier this week, we told you about how an employee who saw the video says it raises big questions about whether the shooting was justified.

The cops won’t let the public see the video. We want a judge to make the call.

• The Union-Tribune, which has joined in the lawsuit, says in an editorial that the SDPD should release the video.

Inside SDG&E’s Solar Snarls

SDG&E and the local rooftop solar power community just don’t get along. They have to work together since SDG&E provides electricity when a homeowner’s solar array can’t, and the power company believes that solar users aren’t paying their fair share to access the grid.

SDG&E has a great reputation nationally for how quickly it helps solar customers come online. But critics say SDG&E doesn’t understand the value of earth-friendly solar power.

In a new story, VOSD’s Lisa Halverstadt compiles 8 facts to help you understand why the conflict exists and what keeps fueling it.

Two School Chiefs Top State Pay List

Somehow, the superintendent of the mid-sized San Marcos Unified school district in North County makes the 10th highest salary of a superintendent in the entire state. With benefits, he took home more than $356,000, the Union-Tribune reports.

Another local superintendent makes even more and clocks in at No. 2, just behind the guy who runs Los Angeles schools. He’s Poway’s John Collins, who took home $478,009. The district recently took some criticism about leadership issues.

The Poway district is the 21st largest in the state. (Fun fact: One California elementary school district has three students; a bunch of others, but none local, have fewer than 20. And yes, there really is a Bogus Elementary with 12 students. There must be a reason why it’s so tiny, but I can’t put my finger on it. )

Column: Put Lid on Stadium Giveaways

Via the sports news site Grantland, we’re getting another call for the federal government to step in and stop municipal corporate welfare via the cities (hi, San Diego!) that subsidize billionaire team owners with fancy new stadiums: “If there’s interstate commerce that wreaks havoc on state and local governments as a rule, shouldn’t Congress step in to legislate the business back to sanity?”

Ya got burned, Mayor Faulconer! (SD Reader via @corybriggs)

Drone Nailed, and So Is Beachgoer

This just in from Encinitas, via the Union-Tribune: “A confrontation over a drone flying above beachgoers ended with damaged equipment, a man behind bars and lingering questions over the line between public air space and personal space.”

The players: An allegedly low-flying drone that buzzed a get-together at Moonlight Beach, a miffed partygoer, a successful missile attack via shirt that downed the drone and a subsequent eight-hour stint in jail. For the drone flier? Nope. The shirt-thrower.

• “The city of Poway appears poised to become the first in the state to ban the use of drones during a wildfire emergency,” the Union-Tribune reports.

Prof: Stop Socking Away Cash, Colleges

Victor Fletcher, a University of San Diego professor, says in an New York Times commentary that it’s time for universities to stop “hoarding money” through endowments.

He’s targeting the biggies, but notes that USD “spent about $2 million from the endowment on tuition assistance in 2012, compared with $5 million in private-equity fees in 2014 and $13 million in overall investment management fees.”

North County Report: Lionized

It’s time for the North County Report.

This week’s edition focuses on that big and controversial housing project in Valley Center, improvements at the Del Mar race track and Cecil the Lion’s appearance on a restaurant building.

Quick News Hits: Commenters Shake it Up

• Attorney Cory Briggs, the guy whose lawsuits bring municipal projects to a halt, is pushing a ballot measure that would jack up the Transit Occupancy Tax charged to hotel guests and give the money to the city’s general fund. Briggs is putting up $250,000 of his own money to get the measure off the ground.

The Reader says the city’s hotel taxes are rather low.

• Illumina launched a new company that sells gene-sequencing technology directly to consumers rather than hospitals and researchers. (KPBS)

We’ve written before about a hefty taxpayer subsidy to Illumina.

• OK, Gov. Brown, you’re a “brooding omnipresence,” whatever that means, in your own words. But how is the state going to pay for the road repairs you and Toni Atkins, the Assembly speaker, want to see happen? (L.A. Times)

• A stunning 25 percent of Californians get health coverage through Medi-Cal, the state Medicaid program for the poor, a new report says. (California, like many other states with Democratic leadership, agreed to expand eligibility for Medicaid with federal financial help.)

Meanwhile, only 14 percent of people in the state were uninsured in 2014. (KPBS)

• The prestigious Cleveland Clinic is booting McDonald’s as part of a bid to promote wellness. NPR finds a source who says seven hospitals have cut themselves off from Big Macs over the past 6 years. But not Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego, which still has one. Why? The online site Salon offers an answer: “Follow the money.”

• The New York Times has some fun with those wacky Californians, as is its wont, with a story about how we flock to social media when the ground shakes. After a Northern California quake the other day, online scribes dismissed it as mild (“Disneyland has better rides”) and one called quakes “just God’s push notifications.”

Even more comments showed up on the federal “Did You Feel It?” site: “One person reported a living room full of ‘dying fish’ after a 280-gallon tank fell to the floor: ‘Except for fish, no injuries so far discovered.’”

Well, we can be sure an aquarium owner’s pride is a bit bruised.

Randy Dotinga is a freelance contributor to Voice of San Diego and national president of the 1,200-member American Society of Journalists and Authors (asja.org). Please contact him directly at randydotinga@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter: twitter.com/rdotinga.

Randy Dotinga

Randy Dotinga is a freelance contributor to Voice of San Diego. Please contact him directly at randydotinga@gmail.com...

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