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1. SDSU Professor Has Racked Up Disturbing Complaints From Students

Patrick Walders, director of choral studies at SDSU, is on paid administrative leave pending an investigation related to an allegation he had a sexual relationship with one of his students. Over the past several months, former coworkers and students of Walders have come forward to share stories of how they say he wields his influence in inappropriate ways. (Kinsee Morlan)

2. SDPD May Not Be Following State Law on License Plate Readers

SDPD audited its employees’ use of license plate reader data in 2016 and 2017. During both periods, SDPD staff failed to enter a reason they were accessing the database — one of the requirements of a 2015 state law — nearly half of the time. (Andrew Keatts)

3. Dear San Diego Officials: Embrace the Scooter

The city’s public officials are obsessed with changing how we get around the city. But instead of just talking about expanding our mobility options, the scooter companies have come in and actually provided a change. (Howard Blackson)

4. About 5 Percent of San Diego Homes Are Off Limits as Housing

A recent analysis found 57,000 of the region’s homes are vacation or second homes that often sit vacant, exacerbating the housing crisis because they’re unavailable to people who live and work here, or would like to. (Lisa Halverstadt)

5. San Ysidro Is Getting a Clearer Look at Just How Polluted it Is

With an expansion of the Port of Entry underway, local nonprofit Casa Familiar decided two years ago to monitor the area’s air quality. Initial findings suggest poor air quality in the community is linked to the Port of Entry. (Maya Srikrishnan)

6. SDPD Shares Its License Plate Database With Border Patrol — and Hundreds of Other Agencies

The San Diego Police Department initially told Voice of San Diego it had no control over who can see its massive database that tracks where cars go in the region. But it later conceded that it has broad leeway over who can access the data, and that it has not elected to limit that access. Agencies that can see the data range from Border Patrol to tiny local police departments across the country. (Andrew Keatts)

7. Omar Passons’ Road to Politics Marked by Struggles and Successes in Community Activism

Many of Passons’ community efforts, and more recently his campaign proposals, favor an approach that counts on both the market and public and private partners to help solve community problems rather than rely on government alone to get the job done. (Lisa Halverstadt)

8. Poway Superintendent Pleads to Misdemeanor, Ending Cases

Former Poway Unified School District superintendent John Collins pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor Wednesday as part of a deal that resolved his criminal and civil cases. District officials say they’re ready to move on. (Ashly McGlone)

9. There’s Virtually No Such Thing as Voluntary Sex Work, Says DA

San Diego DA Summer Stephan, who’s touted her experience combating sex trafficking as part of her re-election campaign, has said that women involved in sex work rarely choose it on their own volition. Other California prosecutors have begun to take the same approach. But Stephan’s opponent says that view is elitist. (Mario Koran)

10. Republicans Choose Odd Target to Blame for Painful Deportations: California

Several local Republican politicians have claimed SB 54 has prompted federal agents to arrest non-criminals, tearing them from their jobs and families. The problem is that none of it is true. (Scott Lewis)

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