The San Diego civil wars rage on, anti-vaxxers fall short in their referendum effort, why SANDAG wants California to loosen the rules of an affordable housing program and more in our weekly Sacramento roundup.
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.
The new Lilac Hills development will connect homes with a robot network. “Imagine Uber but where there are neither drivers nor cars,” the robot creator told county officials.
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.
Data released this week showed San Diego was once again the safest big city in the country, but it doesn’t always feel that way. That’s because subpar urban design can make safe streets feel isolating, uncomfortable or dangerous.
I’s time to rethink what we’re fighting for when it comes to SANDAG’s transportation plan. We can imagine something better.
But the report and dozens of messages released do not put to rest all of the questions about what happened at the School for Creative and Performing Arts.
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.