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There have probably been lots of claims and criticisms flooding your mailbox and social media feeds about Measure C, the proposal to raise hotel taxes to fund a Convention Center expansion, homeless initiatives and road repairs. With the deluge of pronouncements that come from campaigns and their opponents, it’s hard to tell what’s reality.
But don’t worry, VOSD’s Lisa Halverstadt has you covered. She looked into five of the most common claims from supporters and opponents of Measure C.
Some of the claims that Halverstadt digs into include that the measure will generate 7,000 new jobs and that there is no guarantee money from the measure will go toward housing or homelessness services. She also checks in on whether one of the campaign’s major funders is a private prison group, just how immediate road repairs will happen if the initiative passes and the debt the measure could put San Diegans on the hook for.
- inewsource also dug into Measure C and found that some of the promises being made by the campaign may actually be adjusted in the future if the measure is passed.
- Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Measure C supporters gathered outside a downtown hotel Thursday to emphasize the need for a Convention Center expansion – and then 50th Congressional District candidate Carl DeMaio made things awkward by showing up to speak out against the initiative.
Tijuanenses March Against Gender-Based Violence in Mexico
Gruesome murders of a woman and a girl in Mexico this month have triggered “a groundswell of outrage, punctuated by near-daily street protests, unbridled fury on social media and growing demands for incisive government action against gender-based violence,” the New York Times writes.
The outrage is manifesting in Tijuana, where there have already been 19 recorded violent homicides of women, Zeta reported this week. There was a march against femicides over the weekend, where protestors demanded justice, and another march is planned for Friday.
Some of the people promoting the Friday protest want to block the San Ysidro Port of Entry, according to a flier being circulated about the event, reports Uniradio Informe.
Shutting down the San Ysidro Port of Entry, one of the busiest land border crossings in the world, is very rare. Border disruptions occurred a few times in 2018, when a large migrant caravan was in Tijuana. One five-hour closure resulted in millions of dollars in losses to local businesses.
In Other News
- State Sen. Brian Jones failed to file a federal personal financial disclosure form and has been accused of misusing state campaign funds in his race to become the next congressman representing California’s 50th District. (Union-Tribune)
- The Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune will be offering voluntary buyout packages to employees who have worked at the company for at least two years. (CNN)
- A debate over whether developers can exclude low-income affordable housing tenants from luxury amenities in a housing complex shared with people who are paying full price is transpiring in a new development under construction in East Village. (KPBS)
- Oceanside has started construction on a $67 million project that could make it the first city in San Diego County to be drinking recycled water. (Union-Tribune)
The Morning Report was written by Maya Srikrishnan, and edited by Sara Libby.