The top two candidates to represent District 1 are determined to sell voters on their business chops.

Democrat Barbara Bry touts her work in the tech industry while Republican Ray Ellis brags about the businesses he’s started.

Our Ashly McGlone took a closer look at their business records and found Bry’s had both successes and failures, and Ellis failed to report certain required information with the state Secretary of State’s Office.

• KPBS polled all five candidates to represent the district (which includes La Jolla, University City and Carmel Valley) and ended up with a literal question mark on whether Bry backs increased density to combat the city’s dearth of affordable housing. In a recent VOSD op-ed, Bry said she supports increased density – also a goal of the city’s Climate Act Plan – when it’s linked to benefits like new parks or street upgrades.

Border Report: Welcoming Deported Vets

A Tijuana-based group says it’s connected with hundreds of military veterans deported back to their home countries after serving the U.S. for years.

In this week’s Border Report, VOSD contributor Brooke Binkowski introduces us to one of them, 30-year-old Iraq veteran Daniel Torres, who recently became a U.S. citizen after a forced stint in Mexico.

Torres benefited from the help of the American Civil Liberties Union and the Deported Veterans Support House, the Tijuana organization working to raise awareness about the plight of deported vets.

Poway Superintendent Gets Time Out

McGlone reports the school board has placed Superintendent John Collins on paid leave while it conducts an audit of his contract.

That contract – which doesn’t expire until next June – includes a salary that puts Collins among the highest-paid educators in the state.

VOSD has uncovered a series of district controversies on Collins’ watch, including an exotic bond deal and most recently, conflict-of-interest concerns.

• Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Walters writes about how San Diego Assemblywoman Shirley Weber is once again at the center of a major feud about school performance accountability. It’s a replay of last year, when her colleagues killed a similar bill from Weber and it provoked her to give an impassioned speech. We talked to her about her thoughts on education and school performance in depth.

Mega Media Co. Wants U-T, LA Times

Gannett, the nation’s largest newspaper company, wants to add the Los Angeles Times and the Union-Tribune to its media empire. Gannett broke the news on its sweetened $815 million offer to purchase Tribune Publishing early Monday after reported resistance from Tribune executives.

Media analysts Ken Doctor over at Politico and Rick Edmonds of Poynter predict the deal will go through thanks to the boon it’d be for shareholders. Edmonds acknowledged fears the big buy could come with big cuts, but pointed out Gannett hasn’t taken that approach at the Milwaukee paper it took over last year.

CNN Money noted a Gannett buyout could compromise an LA group’s efforts to buy the LA Times and other SoCal papers, including the U-T which rarely gets mentioned in national stories about Tribune’s future.

(Kudos to NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik for citing our local paper on air. Apologies to Morning Report scribe Seth Hall, who may have lost a bet as a result.)

Quick News Hits

• More than 15 years ago, civic leaders envisioned parks and public spaces along a one-mile stretch of downtown waterfront known the North Embarcadero. Inewsource takes a deep dive into why those plans never came to life.

• The LA Daily News reports that Raiders owner Mark Davis is going to make a commitment to pursue a stadium in … wait for it … Las Vegas. That would potentially relieve the Chargers of time pressure to work longer on a deal in San Diego without losing their spot in Los Angeles if it doesn’t happen.

• Democratic state lawmakers want to sink more than than $1 billion into affordable housing next year, a hefty amount the LA Times reminds us falls far short of addressing the state’s housing need.

• A solar company that won $12 million after a breach-of-contract suit against the San Ysidro School District is now set to get $24 million in bond funds for a series of solar projects that have yet to materialize, the U-T reports. Our Ashly McGlone’s written about the school district’s suit against the attorney representing the board in the solar suit.

• How do you think the city should spend its money? KPBS has once again created a tool that lets you balance the city budget.

• The U-T finds the Coastal Commission may not be on board with a big Mission Bay condo project.

Lisa Halverstadt

Lisa is a senior investigative reporter who digs into some of San Diego's biggest challenges including homelessness, city real estate debacles, the region's...

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