In San Diego and throughout Southern California, blacks are much more likely than people of other races to be the victims of violent crime. In a Q-and-A, L.A. Times reporter Jill Leovy, author of a new book on urban crime, says solving old murders deters people from taking the law into their own hands.

SANDAG’s board of directors voted 20-1 last week to appeal its long-term transportation plan to the state Supreme Court. Chuck Lowery, deputy mayor of Oceanside, was the one. He explains what he’d like to see from a long-term transportation plan and how the board dynamics contributed to the lopsided vote.

Mar Vista High School teacher Gene Chavira helped lead the charge for a new election process for Sweetwater schools. In a new Q-and-A, he tell us what went into the reform process, and what he expects out of November’s election.

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