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These were the most popular Voice of San Diego stories for the week of March 2-9.
A special education student was sexually assaulted by a classmate at Lincoln High. The victim’s mother says she wasn’t given the full story right away. The school’s response tormented a teacher at the school. (Mario Koran)
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher is proposing legislation to put the agency that oversees the airport back under the port’s umbrella. She says it was separated to pursue a new location and its independence now cripples transit planning. The agency’s chairwoman says it has gotten a lot done and there’s more planned. (Andrew Keatts)
The president of the embattled agency, Reese Jarrett, abruptly announced his retirement. The news came after a lawsuit gathered momentum and enough accusations to force the mayor to the table. Now, settlement negotiations, along with leadership changes, could mean the end of the agency, or major reform, is imminent. (Lisa Halverstadt and Andrew Keatts)
San Diego GOP politicians aren’t trampling over each other to greet POTUS. Dems in disarray in 49th congressional race. A state senator sets his sights on Board of Equalization. (Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts)
In a little-noticed statement, the San Diego leader of the Border Patrol tried to explain what was wrong with California’s new laws restricting what local law enforcement could do to cooperate with federal immigration agents. He also said long-standing task forces and joint operations have fallen apart. (Maya Srikrishnan)
Fourteen students accused a long-time San Dieguito High School Academy math teacher of inappropriate touching, remarks and other behavior. The school district and teacher negotiated his resignation after Voice of San Diego requested documents related to the accusations. (Ashly McGlone)
San Diego Unified has said it’s improper to use one-time money to deal with ongoing expenses. But that’s exactly what the district’s doing, to close a budget gap without laying off additional staff. (Ashly McGlone)
A Comic-Con center is starting to take shape in Balboa Park. In a Q-and-A, the organization’s new director and a longtime Comic-Con staffer talk about what we can expect from the new home of popular arts. (Kinsee Morlan)
San Diego Unified is trying to swap its run-down headquarters and other properties totaling 22 acres for land elsewhere in the city, where it can build a new central office. But not so fast: A lawyer says the plan runs afoul of state contracting law. (Ashly McGlone)
The Trump administration has proposed opening California’s coast to oil drilling. An oil basin near Oceanside could be particularly valuable, but the military says drilling there would disrupt its operations. (Ry Rivard)