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San Diego Fact Check finds that it is true — mostly. There’s a nuance that’s missing, although it seems to have only been inadvertently left out of the speech. Why fact check this? It provided an opportunity for a little history lesson.
And for any of you readers who’ve been burned by the Fact Check verdict in the past, you may be delighted to note that this Fact Check itself (written by your very own Morning Report scribe) got fact-checked and had to be corrected. Ahh! It burns!
Convention Center Shows: And Away They Go
Trade shows are bypassing the Convention Center, but not necessarily because it’s taking a while to expand it. City News Service
says 14 have been scared off by high hotel prices here, while only 2 were worried about a delayed expansion.
• Don’t stop me if you’ve heard this before: A city spends a huge chunk of public money to expand a convention center because it’s afraid of being left out when others do the same thing, even though there’s a glut of space and business has slumped in recent years.
San Diego, No, try Anaheim. Voice of OC has the
details. And check its story full of skepticism about whether it’s a good idea to expand a convention center now.
“I literally have never seen a study that says anything other than build it, expand it,” says a research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. “Given the realities of the market, it’s astonishing to me, to say the least, that there isn’t a feasibility study that says demand is down, supply is up — don’t built it.”
Red Cross Mystery Remains
Three local Red Cross board members resigned in connection with an unexplained conflict that led to the
departure of the chapter’s chief, former Councilman Tony Young. The U-T has the sparse details.
The board, by the way, is advisory, which explains why appears to have been left out of the loop of the national organization’s decision.
Labor Leader on a Big Loss
checks in with local labor leader Mickey Kasparian, whose political strategizing during the mayoral election turned out to be a massive fail. For background, check Scott Lewis’ perspective here and here. Quick News Hits
• A new study offers many details about sex trafficking in San Diego and other cities. You can check the study
here; we’re hoping to publish a summary of its local findings later this week.
• The San Diego Police Department’s new chief has
appointed assistant chiefs. (NBC San Diego)
• A big project is
in the works for Little Italy. (NBC San Diego)
• The San Diego school district is pushing a huge early retirement plan. Its goal is to push hundreds of teachers to quit, the U-T
• The NY Times
profiles 1 Million Cups, “a two-year-old program that supports entrepreneurs, is run by entrepreneurs and is popping up in cities across the country,” and provides a San Diego angle.
• An energy trade journal
reports that San Diego’s becoming a hub of electricity “microgrids” that are independent of major utilities and protected form blackouts. UC San Diego generates 92 percent of the power it uses each year.
• There’s been a baby boom lately among journalists at CityBeat and the Reader. We have a few employee babies on hand at VOSD too, including reporter Mario Koran’s 11-month-old girl, who sent me an email the other day.
Well, technically, her mother sent it. But I speak Baby, and I easily translated “Ababadababa” into “My daddy is a poopyhead.” This extremely high-level attempt at humor
landed on Twitter and prompted a discussion of infants, insults and my computer auto-correct’s creation of the word “poppyhead.”
Ooo! Here’s another email from the little VOSD spawn. I’m a what, now? Hey!
Randy Dotinga is a freelance contributor to Voice of San Diego and vice president of the American Society of Journalists & Authors. Please contact him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter: twitter.com/rdotinga.
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