In this week’s San Diego Explained, VOSD’s Ry Rivard and NBC 7’s Monica Dean describe why decreased water usage doesn’t translate to decreased water bills.
When local leaders announced plans to shift from a winter homeless tent to a year-round shelter, they hailed it as a move that would better connect the homeless with services and housing. So far it’s falling short of its goals and grappling with a lack of permanent housing to move people into.
Matt Hall and Cory Briggs join the podcast this week to discuss the U-T’s latest endorsements and the Citizens’ Plan, respectively.
Notable suspense file bills from local legislators to keep an eye on, the push to make CalFresh signups less painful, San Diego Chamber puts in face time in Sacramento and more in our weekly roundup of news from the Capitol.
Over the next year, I’ll be bringing a wider variety of stories that will fit under The Learning Curve umbrella. You’re still invited to send in questions, and I’ll still track down answers. This part will not change. But you’re also going to see different styles of stories.
VOSD made a series of requests for emails related to former school board Trustee Marne Foster, the School for Creative and Performing Arts, Superintendent Cindy Marten and former principal Mitzi Lizarraga. The district complied with the requests, but redacted a number of records, arguing the information needed to remain confidential. The relevant legal question is whether the public’s right to know outweighs the agency’s right to protect information that could potentially cause it harm.
One of Ed Harris’ first acts as a city councilman in 2014 was to stage a protest against a city plan to add density near a planned trolley stop in Bay Park. Now, Harris is running for mayor and talking up the need to build new housing near transit – just what the proposal he opposed intended to do. In an interview, he said he’s changed his perspective.
Many of the homeless San Diegans we see every day are not newcomers who arrived here recently for the nice weather. They are our older, disabled, English-learning, fixed-income adults and veterans who thought they had secure, affordable housing – until they received a letter from a developer, telling them they no longer do.
The convadium is the solution on the table that solves both the stadium and Convention Center dilemmas that have plagued San Diego for years.
I voted for Proposition B, supported the City Council’s decision to appeal the PERB ruling against it and continue to support its implementation.