Andrew Keatts

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I’m going to break one of my rules, and quote “Anchorman” regarding something happening in San Diego. That escalated quickly. Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced a series of budget cuts Friday aimed at the districts represented by Council members who earlier this week stymied his wishes to hold a special election in November. In a veto […]

Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s veto and cuts to specific Council district budgets send a clear message. But it’s still not at all clear that he’ll prevail in holding his special election, which is up for a vote on Monday. Here are a few things to watch as that unfolds.

An understaffed SDPD has been forced to make tough decisions with limited resources. Officers still respond to emergencies ahead of the department’s goal, but the department is failing to meet its own standards with every other type of call that comes in.

Last week, Mario Koran sat in on the sort of online class that San Diego Unified increasingly relies on to boost its graduation rate. He watched as students brazenly cheated – taking answers from websites where other students had already uploaded tests and quizzes, muting lectures so they could watch Netflix, entering gibberish into short […]

Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s proposal would raise hotel taxes to fund a convention center expansion, and to fund infrastructure and homelessness solutions. The measure would require two-thirds support from voters. Last week, Brigette Browning, president of the local union of hotel, restaurant and gaming workers, said her union does not support Faulconer’s proposal — and that it might actively oppose it.

San Diego County workers have a somewhat unusual demand during this round of labor negotiations: significant policy changes. Typically, public employee unions limit their bargaining to pay, benefits and working conditions. And to be sure, the 11,000 county workers represented by the local Service Employees International Union is looking for a raise. They’re asking for […]

The city’s Climate Action Plan has won national praise for its ambitious goals and enforcement mechanisms. But when the plan was being written in 2014, city staffers said one of the plan’s main goals wasn’t based on anything and that they didn’t think the city had any real chance of reaching it, according to emails released by the city as part of a public records request.

Two candidates seeking the interim DA appointment say they won’t run in 2018 in order to keep the race a fair fight. Summer Stephan, the leading candidate for the appointment and in the 2018 race, says the idea that appointing her would bypass voters is “illusory.”