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Morning Report: 80th Assembly District Race Forges New Coalitions, and Ends an Old One

Morning Report: 80th Assembly District Race Forges New Coalitions, and Ends an Old One

When former Councilman David Alvarez was pushing the city to adopt development regulations in Barrio Logan to protect residents there from harmful industrial pollution, one of his top allies outside of government was Georgette Gómez, then an organizer with the Environmental Health Coalition. When he ran for mayor, she was one of his top supporters…

Morning Report: San Diego Unified Backs Off Vaccine Mandate

Morning Report: San Diego Unified Backs Off Vaccine Mandate

San Diego Unified’s Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to delay mandating COVID-19 vaccines for students until July 2023.  The district’s staff made a presentation explaining that students have already been vaccinated at a high rate and the danger is waning.  “There is limited evidence of widespread classroom transmission of the virus, especially with current…

Morning Report: Supes Vote to Back, Advocate On Newsom’s Reform Proposal

Morning Report: Supes Vote to Back, Advocate On Newsom’s Reform Proposal

County supervisors on Tuesday voted to endorse Gov. Gavin Newsom’s framework for a new state system to connect vulnerable Californians with serious mental illnesses with court-ordered care. Nathan Fletcher, who chairs the county board, and Vice Chair Nora Vargas said they introduced the Tuesday resolution to allow the county to publicly back the controversial policy…

Morning Report: Del Mar Teachers and Parents Demand Investigation Into Staff Climate

Morning Report: Del Mar Teachers and Parents Demand Investigation Into Staff Climate

Growing tension between teachers and district leaders at Del Mar Union School District, along with a string of staff dismissals, has led to parents and community members requesting an internal investigation. For the past few weeks, the district’s board meetings have been crowded with parents passionately speaking up for their children’s teachers, who have described…

Morning Report: Silly Mailer Season

Morning Report: Silly Mailer Season

Sometimes political consultants are too clever by half. We always talk about issues and policies and big votes but the political consultants have got local races boiled down to numbers and voting blocks so specific they just target them precisely with the campaign tool of choice: mailers.  Yes, there’s TV and radio. Yes there is…

Morning Report: Census Shows 10 Percent Increase in Homelessness Regionwide

Morning Report: Census Shows 10 Percent Increase in Homelessness Regionwide

For months, there’s been speculation about what appears to be a dramatic rise in homelessness countywide. Today the numbers are finally out. The Regional Task Force on Homelessness, the group behind the annual count, reports that homelessness has spiked 10 percent since 2020, and that street homelessness is up 3 percent. But as Lisa Halverstadt…

Morning Report: Volunteers of America Southwest Under Criminal Investigation

Morning Report: Volunteers of America Southwest Under Criminal Investigation

Volunteers of America Southwest, a local charity, previously played a significant role in providing help and shelter to veterans, as well as those experiencing homelessness, mental illness and addiction. But now the charity is under criminal investigation by the Office of the Inspector General, reports Will Huntsberry.  Last year, Huntsberry revealed allegations of potential fraud,…

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