Randy Dotinga

Randy Dotinga is a freelance contributor to Voice of San Diego. Please contact him directly at randydotinga@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter: twitter.com/rdotinga

In 2015, the superintendent of Poway Unified district — which serves Poway and northern inland stretches of the city of San Diego like Rancho Bernardo — made the second-highest salary of any public schools chief in the state. District officials, proud of their high-performing schools in an affluent region, must have believed John Collins was worth it. […]

These days, no other local issue is focusing the minds of policymakers and regular folks like San Diego’s extraordinary homeless crisis. Shelters can be one tool to help get people off the streets, but our reporting finds that beds operated by the San Diego Police Department’s Homeless Outreach Team often has empty beds despite weeks-long waits […]

The San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge will turn 50 in a couple of years, and officials are planning to celebrate its half-century with a multi-million-dollar lighting project. More than 350 people won’t be around to see it: They’ve committed suicide by jumping from the bridge. Now, there’s talk of installing a suicide barrier, and community meetings […]

A few weeks ago, an undocumented couple headed down to Mission Bay one evening with their 14-year-old daughter, a U.S. citizen. They were pulled over by sheriff’s deputies for what the officers said was a cracked windshield. Neither the wife nor the husband were charged with any crimes or given citations. But they both ended up in […]