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A football stadium produces pollution, and we’re not just talking about the hot air from sports columnists and out-of-town fans. Everything from tailgaters to cannons have the potential to hurt the environment. By one estimate, over 20 years, a new Mission Valley stadium would belch a lot more pollution than the current one — an excess of greenhouse gas equivalent to the pollution produced by 40,000 cars over a year.
As VOSD’s Liam Dillon reports, green-ifying the stadium will be costly. The city “is going to have to spend more money to make it more environmentally friendly — a requirement if it wants to get on a much speedier track in order to please the NFL.”
The city will have to buy carbon credits. The application, which you can read here while lounging on the beach, also envisions a good portion of Qualcomm Stadium’s parking lot being covered by solar panels.
The news comes because the city has officially applied for fast-tracking any legal challenges that might come over it’s environmental impact report for the new stadium. The governor would have to approve the application. If he does, it basically speeds up the process if someone sues.
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Quality Teaching, Quality Conversation
We’re also getting excited for Scott Lewis’s conversation Sept. 15 with Assemblywoman Shirley Weber. What is the topic? You need only refer to an impassioned speech she made in April when her bill to evaluate teachers meaningfully fell apart.
We have to measure progress of students somehow — not just with tests, she said.
“If we are not about the business of improving the lives of children, in multiple ways, then what the hell are we doing?” Weber asked.
We can’t assume that some are lost because of their circumstances.
“If children are defined by their current circumstances of poverty, and we don’t think we can change the trajectory of their lives by great teaching, then what are we doing? It impacted my life. I’m a kid raised in the projects of Los Angeles, the Pueblos, some of the poorest communities of Los Angeles. But I had great teachers. I value teachers. … I know what the power of good teaching does,” Weber said.
If you care about schools and excellence in teaching, you don’t want to miss this. RSVP now.
Politics Roundup: Trashed
• Mayor Kevin Faulconer got some press for helping to haul yard waste on Tuesday, and Councilman David Alvarez — not a fan of the guy who beat him at the polls — promptly responded with a snarky gibe on Twitter: “maybe @MartiEmeraldSD and I can join him and we will finally have a crew to go into our neighborhoods to collect green waste.”
• “California’s new Fair Pay Act, which awaits Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature, may be the nation’s most aggressive attempt yet to close the salary gap between men and women.” (L.A. Times)
Praise for SD Cops on Privacy Bill
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a cyber civil-rights advocacy group, is praising state law enforcement organizations — especially the San Diego Police union — for not opposing the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act. The group says “this bill would bring long overdue reforms to how law enforcement searches our digital records by requiring a warrant to access our emails, locational information, documents, and other files.”
Law enforcement groups have withdrawn opposition, a statement from the organization says and the San Diego Police union has come out in favor.
• Over at The Onion, our country’s best online satirists offer faux comments from faux people on the street about this news, including a priceless remark from a “puppet carver”: “How will these criminals learn to respect the law unless they’re routinely abused by it?”
Boon Times for Investigators
• “An investigation is underway into allegations of mismanagement against the head of the YMCA of San Diego County,” KPBS reports, amid accusations that “President and CEO Baron Herdelin-Doherty had inflated membership and revenue figures.” The probe will reportedly look into “poor treatment of staff” too.
• The state has questions about why salaries for executives went up 64 percent (!) over one year in 2012 at Blue Shield of California, a major non-profit insurer. “The revelations about the compensation — and the company’s assertion that it doesn’t have to disclose [a departed CEO’s] full pay — come at a time when state officials are already scrutinizing the company’s nonprofit status,” the L.A. Times reports.
• The corruption-plagued San Ysidro school district is still under scrutiny, although things are getting better. (Inewsource)
Quick News Hits: The Hella I Say
• Phone chip maker Qualcomm, which is facing tough times major threats, is looking to “pivot.” That’s the word from CEO Steve Mollenkopf in an interview with the U-T. “We are working on where do we grow outside of the phone,” he says.
• Slate is out with a map of the “United Slang of America,” with an “official” slang word for each state, like “shucky darn” (Kentucky) “yinz” (Pennsylvania) and “glawackus” (Connecticut)>
So what’s California’s? Brace yourself: It’s “hella.” As in, “this stadium proposal is hella stupid.”
Oh come on, Slate! That, to borrow a word from Alabama, is all cattywampus. Unless Slate is actually thinking of “HelLA.” You know, the burg to the north of us with all the new faces on old faces. That would be (hi, Massachusetts) wicked awesome.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter: twitter.com/rdotinga.