A new state program funds low-income housing projects near transit stations. Only two San Diego County projects made the cut. Now SANDAG is asking the state to lower the program’s standards for how close projects must be to stations, so that more local projects can compete.

A report released by the district this week shows school board president Marne Foster wanted someone to pretend to be a college official in order to question a counselor who wrote an unflattering college evaluation for her son.

When John Lee Evans, a San Diego school board member, explained how he knew Superintendent Cindy Marten would not bend to the capricious will of any single school board trustee, he cited a moment when Marten got intense pressure from trustee Marne Foster and didn’t budge.

Nothing San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten does has more impact on students than decisions on who should lead district schools. That is why this controversy about what happened to one of those leaders — Mitzi Lizarraga at the School for Creative and Performing Arts — matters.

As San Diego’s urban neighborhoods struggle to build the low-income, transit-focused projects the city says it needs, the North County city is thriving. “The experience of San Marcos shows there is indeed a market for people to live near transit,” said one smart-growth advocate.


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