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City Heights residents are never happy about alcohol permits being approved in their neighborhood, but one has sparked a whole new level of pushback. The man leading the charge against a proposed 7-11’s alcohol permit owns a competing business nearby. The new permit would come with a number of restrictions intended to ease community concerns, but community members are unmoved.

The candidates for City Council District 9, Georgette Gomez and Ricardo Flores, are both Latino Democrats who agree on most issues. But they’ll have a different approach to the job based on their backgrounds, allies and personalities. As they make their final pitches to voters, both candidates are improbably comparing the other to Donald Trump.

Residents can now file complaints against landlords for unsafe housing in their native language. It’s a change ushered in by a special enforcement team to help tenants created by Mayor Kevin Faulconer after a Voice of San Diego/KPBS investigation into substandard housing.

The department held one of its open house events in Encanto and for the first time gave the public a look at how it trains against racial profiling. But at least one resident thought officers tried too hard to convince attendees their racial profiling concerns were invalid.

It’s easy to focus on graduation rates, but they’re just the end result of a story that starts much earlier. A new pilot program monitors student data and flags students having problems with attendance, behavior or academics and works to intervene as early as possible.