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When Lincoln High reopened in 2007, students flocked to fill its new $129 million campus.
But the school that serves students in many of the neighborhoods in southeastern San Diego soon started slipping. Standardized test scores were low. Staff turnover was high. Enrollment in the school dropped dramatically.
In 2014, John Ross stepped in to try to fix things. He was the school’s third principal since the 2007 reopening, and he did see some success, especially with a program that allows high school students to take courses for college credit.
But as our Mario Koran reports, the school must now adjust to yet another leader, as Superintendent Cindy Marten recently announced that Ross will move out of his role and be placed on special assignment.
As Koran explains, Ross is just one of several principals who’ve been moved around since Marten became superintendent in 2013.
Bike-Sharing Program Could Crash
San Diego’s bike-sharing program will flop if leaders don’t step in to ensure its success. That’s according to a county grand jury report, the details of which were detailed Saturday by the U-T.
Among other criticisms and recommendations, the report says there should be more kiosks at trolley stations and in high-tourism beach areas, and that city and transit officials need to do more to help make that happen.
Getting San Diegans out of their cars and onto bikes, the report points out, is crucial if the city plans on hitting the carbon-cutting goals laid out in its recently adopted, legally binding Climate Action Plan. As Andrew Keatts has reported, the plan “would force the city to dramatically increase the share of people who walk, bike or take transit to work, among those who live within a half a mile of a major transit station.”
A city and transit spokesperson told the U-T that the program is still in its infancy and both entities said they support the bike-sharing program and are doing what they can to build a better, more complete network.
Legal Border Crossing Takes Forever, Again
Remember those few glorious weeks back in 2014 when there were essentially no wait times for folks driving from Tijuana to San Diego?
The San Ysidro Port of Entry had just boosted its northbound capacity to 25 lanes and 46 booths and traffic at the border plummeted dramatically as a result.
But as the U-T reports, staffing issues and a sharp rise in traffic at the border have returned the border line back to its natural state of almost unbearable congestion and chaos.
A new northbound pedestrian crossing opened at San Ysidro on Friday.
Hillcrest Businesses Frustrated by Homeless
Homelessness in San Diego is surging and now frustrated business owners in Hillcrest have taken matters into their own hands.
The U-T reports that the Hillcrest Business Association has hired a private security firm that “will begin cracking down on troublesome homeless people in the neighborhood.”
The comment section of the story shows just how split folks are when it comes to the carrot-versus-stick approach to homelessness.
Our Lisa Halverstadt recently explained how far law enforcement officials can go when it comes to forcing folks off the streets.
Weekend News Roundup
• The Chargers leadership sounds unfazed by the odds in their bid to build a new East Village stadium. The U-T reports on the team’s targeted, tech-driven approach to swaying undecided voters in November.
• The same DJ who was behind the recent snafu that kept the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus from singing the National Anthem at a Padres game played a set at a San Diego Pride event over the weekend. He said he wanted to show his solidarity with the LGBT community. (NBC 7 San Diego)
• Yup, San Diego does indeed have a housing shortage. (Times of San Diego)
• Details are emerging about the suspect arrested for a string of deadly attacks on homeless men. NBC 7 San Diego reports that Jon David Guerrero was living in subsidized housing for the homeless at the time of his arrest.
• Even a few San Diego Police officers are getting into the Pokémon Go craze. (Entertainment Weekly)
• Mayor Kevin Faulconer is helping lead the campaign against Proposition 57, Gov. Jerry Brown’s sentencing reform measure that will be on the November ballot, and the U-T wonders how he’ll do on the statewide stage.
San Diego Social Media Moments
• Councilman Todd Gloria’s niece earned over a hundred hearts on Twitter over the weekend.
• Good downtown San Diego cityscape shots never get old.