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Once viewed as San Diego’s affordable northern neighbor, Oceanside is experiencing its own boom in real estate prices that has residents worried they will be forced out of their homes and neighborhoods. Maya Srikrishnan looked into the neighborhood of Crown Heights and Eastside, adjacent communities with historically different vibes. Crown Heights is nearer to the ocean and hasn’t been a Latino neighborhood as long as Eastside, but Eastside has heightened views. Both neighborhoods can’t ignore the price tags on the cottages of the nearby Seaside community:$500,000 to $800,000.

“Housing prices in other North County coastal cities are high and getting higher, pushing families in lower-income and Latino neighborhoods east and north,” Srikrishnan reports. Some of these communities were originally started by immigrant labor workers, which means the gentrification could displace a large number of families. Small businesses could start to feel the pinch, too.

“If big companies come in and buy-out smaller businesses, the small business owners will have no choice but to sell,” Srikrishnan writes.

The Learning Curve: Rewarding Teachers

Getting better teachers into the classrooms that are most in need of their skills isn’t as easy as throwing money at them. Mario Koran looks into the issue of teacher incentives in light of the recent Vergara ruling which decided that California’s laws aren’t to blame for the teacher problems the plaintiffs sued over. “Vergara has become symbolic of public skepticism that teacher protections like tenure are good for kids,” Koran writes. Some would prefer to reward good teachers instead of eliminating their perks, but incentivizing teachers is complex. “Teachers unions typically reject merit pay,” Koran reports.

• We’ve got a new episode of our education podcast Good Schools For All ready. Downtown this week there was a big gathering of educators and tech types (along with their investors) hoping to disrupt the way kids learn. We snagged one of them. Tom Vander Ark, the former head of the Gates Foundation and now CEO of Getting Smart, joined us to talk about how technology may change the classroom. It’s a snappy episode that will fit right in your commute.

• A previous episode of Good Schools for All highlighted a San Diego member of the state Board of Education its new plans for evaluating student progress and the Local Control Funding Formula. Well now CalMatters reports that Antonio Villaraigosa, the former mayor of Los Angeles is parting ways with Gov. Jerry Brown on his approach to these issues.

City Attorney Loses Track Of 98 Cases

The Union-Tribune revealed that 98 cases were mishandled by the city attorney’s office, resulting in 81 of them running past the statute of limitations, making it impossible to prosecute the people who were accused. Most of them were domestic violence cases. Nineteen of the cases were later determined to have been worthy of filing charges were it simply not too late.

The city attorney’s new head of the criminal division discovered the bungled cases and the office launched a probe. Two attorneys — a prosecutor and her boss — were dismissed. The prosecutor immediately got a job working for the district attorney, however.

In some of the cases, files were removed from the city attorney’s office and taken home by other attorneys, where the documents stayed as the clock ran out. Two attorneys were “held responsible;” they no longer work at the city attorney’s office, according to the Union-Tribune. “There is absolutely no excuse, absolutely none,” City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said.

• The city attorney sent staff a memo about what happened when the news broke.

• NBC 7 San Diego spoke to an advocate for domestic violence victims who was horrified.

• Interesting coincidence that Robert Hickey, a prosecutor running to replace the city attorney, has been speaking out so much lately about improving the handling of domestic violence prosecutions if he’s elected.

• Candidates for city attorney went on record on issues ranging from gun control to homelessness this week. (Union Tribune)

• If you notice an  uptick in quality on the Union Tribune’s comment section, it might be because they turned on a new point-based commenting system that allows people to earn points (or buy them – $10 for 880 points!) in exchange for special privileges or positions in the comment section. The Chicago Tribune notes that Tribune Publishing isn’t using the same comment system on the websites of its other papers “yet.” The system, called SolidOpinion, is a venture from local entrepreneur Michael Robertson.

Balboa Park Neglect: San Diego Explained

It’s often referred to as San Diego’s crown jewel, but on second glance Balboa Park seems more like a diamond in the rough. The city estimates the park needs a $300 million investment to get it repaired and restored, but that money is nowhere in sight. Lisa Halverstadt and NBC 7’s Monica Dean strolled through the park to take stock of the situation in our most recent San Diego Explained.

New Stadium Drawings Come Out

Meanwhile, the city just happens to be mulling an investment of around $300 million to develop a brand new facility that would attract tourists just down the street from Balboa Park. Turns out it’s a NFL stadium that may be worthy of those rare dollars, and the Chargers splashed around new concept art on Thursday in the hopes the eye candy will help kick start their signature gathering campaign. “Add it to the pile” of other concepts for downtown stadiums, one radio announcer tweeted.

Andrew Keatts couldn’t help but notice the new stadium concept art visualizes conventions taking place inside the stadium itself. That’s a big deal. The Chargers’ Fred Maas said just recently he was unsure whether it would be a convention center underneath or on the side of the stadium. Now, the Chargers have “given Mayor Faulconer a direct answer to his question. ‘The stadium is the Convention Center,’” Keatts notes.

Keep Dreaming, America

This Apartment List story reports you’ll need $65,000 in cash to put a down payment on a starter house in San Diego if you’re so inclined to buy one, requiring an estimated 18.5 years of saving. If that’s simply cold reality, the big problem is that San Diegans seem to think they’re only going to need about $39,000 for their first down payment. “Millenials in expensive metros vastly underestimate down payment costs,” they write.

News Nibbles

• No bus driver strike after all. (KPBS)

• On Wednesday a law aimed at allowing “gig economy” workers like Uber drivers to unionize cleared a big legislative hurdle. On Thursday, it was dropped entirely. (Sacremento Bee)

• UC San Diego is going to study the heck out of autism. (Times of San Diego)

• Interstate 15 drivers: brace yourselves for new confusing signage. Experts call it Integrated Corridor Management! (10 News)

• Drought and coordinated hunting have eliminated the threat of invasive pig species in San Diego’s back country. (LA Times)

• All the fish in this Scripps Ranch pond are dead and nobody knows why. (Union Tribune)

• A San Diego Charger has set a world record. Jason Verrett successfully delivered 290 high-fives in one minute during a recent attempt at the record, NBC 7 reports.

Seth Hall is a local writer and technologist. You can email him at voice@s3th.com or high-five him 291 times on Twitter: @loteck.

Seth Hall

Seth Hall is a local writer and technologist. You can reach him at voice@s3th.com or follow him on Twitter: @loteck.

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