If you don’t live in the South Bay, you may not be familiar with the Sweetwater school district. But if you’re a parent or grew up there, you likely know all about it: The district, one of the largest in the state, runs the middle and high schools throughout Chula Vista, National City, Imperial Beach and San Ysidro, a huge area that ranges from the upscale homes of inland Eastlake to the poor neighborhoods near the coast.
But it’s not the same district it used to be just a few months ago. Four of five board members are gone along with the former superintendent — now heading to jail — and his replacement. Many of the departed are victims of the massive South Bay corruption scandal, which ensnared several education officials and contractors.
In a new story, we examine the major obstacles facing the new superintendent, whose job is temporary. He’ll need to regain trust, listen to residents and be prepared for what comes next when the board gets around to hiring a permanent chief.
It’s a Whale of a Summer
Whale-watching used to mainly be a winter affair: Get your warm jacket on and head out to catch some waterspouts. But things have changed over the past few decades, and — especially — over the last several years. The San Diego coast has seen bumper crops of blue whales in the summertime, and this year is no different.
In a new story, we ask a whale researcher about what we can look forward to seeing off the coast. We also update you on sharks (one attacked a swimmer off L.A. this past weekend) and the two whale-watchers who were dumped overboard by whales in search of food last week.
Politics Roundup: An Operatic Donation
• As the resurrected San Diego Opera cuts costs by sacking almost a third of its employees and moving its headquarters to cheaper digs, the city is helping out with an extra $100,000 of taxpayer money. In total, the city will give $260,000 to the opera this fiscal year; that’s much less than it had been set to get. (Los Angeles Times and KPBS)