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San Diego’s probably done enough math to figure out how to reduce greenhouse gases from the local economy. Not only has the city taken stock of 190 things the City Council and mayor should fund to combat climate change, it’s shuffled and re-shuffled those things by various priorities, like equity, impact on jobs and economy and public health.
But not until the Independent Budget Analysts Office stepped were those priorities valued by their ability to reduce greenhouse gases above all else.
The results are pretty much the same, though. The city’s biggest commitment is to cut emissions by decarbonizing buildings. So that’s what the city should do first, its own analysts say.
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Effort to Repeal Cruising Ban in National City Is Back, Again
National City’s leaders say they are ready to start up discussions around the city’s more than 30-year-old ban on car cruising.
The Union-Tribune reports that the City Council agreed to hold a discussion in April.
Why now? Advocates have spent years trying to get the city to lift its ban, but discussions have mostly centered on concerns over large organized events, as we wrote in October. A dispute over a large event last year stalled conversations about lifting the ban, and created tension between advocates and then-mayor Alejandra Sotelo-Solis.
Other options to lift the ban: Assemblyman David Alvarez introduced a bill last month that would prevent cities from having such bans in the first place. The bill passed its first committee review and is now headed to the Assembly Local Government Committee.
Let’s Chat About Schools
Our reporters and editors will be at the City Heights/Weingart Library today at 6 p.m. to chat about the 2023 Parent’s Guide to San Diego Schools. RSVP here.
The Schools Guide helps families make informed decisions for their children’s education by providing school performance data in an easy-to-use format and articles on much more.
If you haven’t already, download the guide for free here.
ICYMI: Education reporter Jakob McWhinney’s latest story reveals that many schools with the highest chronic absenteeism rates are located south of Interstate 8 and at least seven are in the 92113 ZIP code, which stretches from the neighborhoods of Barrio Logan to Lincoln Park.
Read his story here. And if you are a parent in that ZIP code and would like to connect with McWhinney, you can reach him at email@example.com.
In Other News
- The city of San Diego is hoping to boost social equity by implementing new procedures, new training, new software and new equity-centered coaches. Now, each department that makes up the city’s $2 billion budget will be subject to additional scrutiny to make sure each decision is equitable and aims to reduce disparities between rich and poor neighborhoods. (Union-Tribune)
- The Union-Tribune breaks down how San Diego County spent $1.4 billion in COVID-19 aid, revealing that more than $800 million went toward testing, tracking and vaccinations, and $300 million went toward rental assistance for low-income families. Other expenses included food assistance, small business stimulus payments, childcare subsidies and more. (Union-Tribune)
- At least eight people died after two migrant smuggling boats capsized near Black’s Beach over the weekend, marking one of the deadliest maritime smuggling operations off U.S. shores. According to new data from the California Border Patrol, more than 800 migrants died attempting to cross the southern border illegally in fiscal year 2022. (KPBS)
- President Joe Biden arrived in San Diego Monday to meet with the UK and Australian prime ministers and announce a new submarine deal. (NBC 7)
- More rain is expected for San Diego tonight and will last into early Wednesday. Forecasters predict the most impact to be from Oceanside to Mira Mesa in the coastal region off to Julian and Mount Laguna in the east. (Union-Tribune)
The Morning Report was written by MacKenzie Elmer, Andrea Lopez-Villafaña and Tigist Layne.