Bills written by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, who represents southeastern San Diego, would force police departments to collect racial data on people they pull over, document use of force incidents and regulate policy body cameras. In a Q-and-A, she talks about her motivations for policing the police.
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.
Yuki Marsden is chair of the Citizens’ Review Board on Police Practices in San Diego. In a Q-and-A, she reveals how the process works, gaps she sees in the system and what she thinks of body cameras.
Chuck Patton’s Bird Rock Coffee Roasters will soon open a third location and has become a recognized name in micro-roasting. But Patton said that’s no thanks to a city that rolls out the red carpet for craft beer brewers and few others.
The firebrand of the school board says he’s relieved to fade out of the public eye. An outspoken voice for accountability and reining in spending, Barnett says, “I give myself an A for effort, and a D+ for success.”
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.
It’s been a little over a year since Teach for America set up shop in San Diego. We sat down with one parent whose child is being taught by a TFA teacher to see what’s working and what isn’t.
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.
“Taco USA” author Gustavo Arellano on the rise of fish tacos and California burritos. A taconversation, if you will.
He’s been accused of being a sort-of revolutionary who’s “indoctrinating students,” but Kiki Ochoa, who teaches economics and government at Lincoln High, also provides a stable presence at the district’s most volatile campus.