In 2015, the superintendent of Poway Unified district — which serves Poway and northern inland stretches of the city of San Diego like Rancho Bernardo — made the second-highest salary of any public schools chief in the state. District officials, proud of their high-performing schools in an affluent region, must have believed John Collins was worth it. […]

The San Diego Unified School District landed an impressive 91 percent graduation rate in 2016. It’s the highest grad rate on record, and the district achieved it even as it beefed up graduation standards. The district has refuted much of VOSD’s reporting on how it achieved its grad rate, and even created an entire webpage vehemently denying […]

Once the Chargers decided to leave San Diego, local sports media faced months of shock, uncertainty and debate about their business models. We’ve been wondering if sports radio and newspapers would still treat the team like the home team. The answer is yes, writes VOSD contributor Dallas McLaughlin. The ratings are there. No matter what people may say […]

These days, no other local issue is focusing the minds of policymakers and regular folks like San Diego’s extraordinary homeless crisis. Shelters can be one tool to help get people off the streets, but our reporting finds that beds operated by the San Diego Police Department’s Homeless Outreach Team often has empty beds despite weeks-long waits […]

The San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge will turn 50 in a couple of years, and officials are planning to celebrate its half-century with a multi-million-dollar lighting project. More than 350 people won’t be around to see it: They’ve committed suicide by jumping from the bridge. Now, there’s talk of installing a suicide barrier, and community meetings […]