Fault Line Park in East Village is that neighborhood’s first public park since the area began an explosion of development in recent years. Planners lauded the park’s clever and pleasing design, but also warned of a likely clash between new residents and the homeless population that has long centered in East Village. Kinsee Morlan reports on how the rise in homelessness led to competition for space in the park between homeless people and nearby businesses and their patrons.
“Neither the city nor the developer know how to handle the problems that pop up when the homeless and the homed attempt to share public space,” Morlan writes.
The tension has resulted in complaints from guests and tenants, and in the closing of a set of public bathrooms that San Diego is helping finance for public use. inewsource revealed that recently but Morlan writes that there’s much more to the tension than what’s come out so far.
The Learning Curve: Dual Language Learning
If you haven’t already mailed in your ballot, then you should know that one decision California voters are being asked to make in November is whether we should make it easier for schools to offer dual language education. Proposition 58 is tied to a state law passed in the late 1990s that severely decreased the amount of dual language education being delivered in California; this year’s proposition modifies the language in the opposite direction. Mario Koran let Patricia Gándara, co-director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA, explain why she supports Prop 58 and why she thinks the author of the original 1990s law, Ron Unz, is “a lot like Donald Trump.”
“There is now definitive research that shows English-learners enrolled in bilingual programs outperform English-learners enrolled in English-only programs,” Gándara says.
• Prop 58 isn’t the only education action happening on the November ballot. In our latest episode of Good Schools for All, we’re talking more about Prop 58 as well as Measure I, which asks whether to allow a school in Balboa Park to stay put. Don’t worry, we wouldn’t miss a chance to talk about all those hot school board races, either.
Word came on Thursday the Barrio Logan Community Planning Group voted to oppose Measure C and Measure D, despite a big Chargers push there to reassure residents they would be protected if a football stadium was built on their front yard. After Wednesday’s brouhaha regarding the origin of the term “convadium” (the best work our Scott Lewis has ever done according to some), we went ahead and briefly reviewed the state of affairs and our coverage of the convadium. Did you miss that round-up? You gotta sign-up for our emails. They’re hot!
Olango Shooting Update
In the weeks leading up to the fatal shooting of Alfred Olango by El Cajon police, KPBS reports the ECPD strongly rejected the idea of a citizen’s oversight board to review police incidents and complaints against police. “Such a board would have no positive affect on either improving police procedures or in furthering the confidence of the public,” the ECPD wrote, seven weeks before Olango’s sister called 911 requesting help for her brother who was in distress. Olango’s death sparked ongoing protests in El Cajon.
Olango’s sister filed a lawsuit on Thursday claiming officer negligence.
• In the last 152 years, there have been 83 peace officers killed in the line of duty in San Diego County, the Union-Tribune reports.
• Best to mark your paper ballots with ballpoint pen, lest heavier ink soaks through the paper and turns your vote for Measure E into a vote against Measure K. (NBC 7)
• No longer inspired by its original namesake, Robert E Lee Elementary will henceforth be known as Pacific View Leadership Elementary.
• Fusion has a sprawling first-person view of what its like to spend a week observing the U.S.-Mexico border.
• A recent survey of likely California voters found that most statewide propositions are on the path to succeeding, except for Prop 62, which proposes ending the use of the death penalty. (KPBS)
• In a study of its own customers in San Diego, short-term rental company Airbnb says visitors spent $71 million at restaurants over the past year. (Patch)
• One bank has dropped what looks like a normal penny somewhere in San Diego, but the coin is actually a promotion worth $1,000. (New York Times)