San Ysidro’s demographics and its location on the border contribute to a unique set of housing woes. “I can’t get my green card without an address, I can’t work without a green card and I can’t afford an apartment without work,” said one resident whose struggle is familiar to many community members.
For the past several months, I’ve been trying to understand a big disconnect in the South Bay: School districts there count huge numbers of homeless students, yet traditional homeless counts —like the point-in-time count — show homelessness in the South Bay is dropping. Schools use different, broader criteria to define homelessness than organizations that do […]
Schools in the South Bay have become a hub for homeless students and their families to find everything from a place to shower to help with school enrollment to assistance applying for public benefits.
When a 15-year-old was killed by a semi-truck in Otay Mesa in 2014, news reports focused on the fact that the teen was on her phone. No one asked why she was walking in an industrial area where few pedestrians ever go. The answer: She was walking home from school. Home was a junkyard.
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer wants to hold a special election in November — which would include the proposal to hike the hotel tax to pay for a Convention Center expansion, street repair and homeless services and the SoccerCity proposal to redevelop Qualcomm Stadium. The plan is hanging by a thread. In the past week, […]
Chula Vista Mayor Mary Salas backed SANDAG’s Measure A, successfully lobbied for a tax increase in Chula Vista to fund infrastructure upgrades and boosts housing developments in the South Bay and beyond. But both she and Chula Vista still struggle to get a seat at the table when it comes to SANDAG and the projects it oversees.
Lincoln High, which has been without a permanent principal for nearly a year, will head into another school year without a permanent principal. San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten has decided to extend the search for a permanent replacement into a second year – something highly unusual, reports VOSD’s Mario Koran. “The protracted search amplifies […]
In Fashion Valley, high end retailers told VOSD contributor Jonah Valdez they’ve seen fewer Mexican visitors. In San Ysidro, right at the border, 60 businesses have had to shutter in the past year and a half in part due to peso devaluation. Depending on the day, President Donald Trump has something to say about trade. […]
Among the 130 housing bills before the state Legislature is one sponsored by the city of San Diego that would allow local housing authorities, like the San Diego Housing Commission, to build middle-income housing.
Though plans for a border wall – a literal barricade dividing the U.S. and Mexico – are moving forward, the vision for a property just south of the existing border fence strives to connect Tijuana and San Diego more than ever by becoming a hub for where people from both sides of the border can live and work.