How are the candidates for the newest City Council seat, District 9, pitching themselves? What are their priorities? What don’t they want to discuss?

We met with both current District 7 Councilwoman Marti Emerald and businessman/activist Mateo Camarillo and pulled together a reader’s guide to each of the candidates. Emerald wants to make sure you know she’s not a carpetbagger, but she doesn’t want to talk about how to actually pay for things. Camarillo says wouldn’t be running if he had it his way, but he doesn’t want to talk about specific solutions to solving problems.

For more on the District 9 race, check out Speak City Heights’ archive.

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You’re reading our roundup of news from Speak City Heights, a collaboration between KPBS, The AjA Project, Media Arts Center San Diego and us.

Here are the rest of this week’s stories:

• Around the country, schools stakeholders are discussing how to evaluate teachers. But San Diego’s not joining in the revolution, our Will Carless reports. Read his in-depth story, which takes a look at what the principal of Edison Elementary in City Heights and teachers at Crawford High are doing.

• Mayoral candidate Bob Filner wants San Diego Unified students to get complimentary passes to ride the trolley or bus to school, reports KPBS.

• Media Arts Center has a video about a series of movie screenings in City Heights parks to encourage residents to use the parks at night and during the day.

Last year, we wrote about efforts to make design changes to Colina Del Sol Park in City Heights that advocates hoped would make it more inviting to the community. Here’s some background:

Colina Del Sol Park is a half century old. It was built before architects gave much thought to how a landscape’s design could make people feel safer, said Scott Reese, the city’s assistant park director. Coupled with crime in the neighborhood — two murders and more than 100 violent assaults last year — that’s a recipe for park-use jitters.

• In the Twitter news roundup of the week: A poll on school discipline policies, a fundraiser for slain police officers and what to do with extra MTS cash.

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Dagny Salas is the web editor at You can contact her directly at or 619.550.5669.

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    This article relates to: City Heights, Community, Election, Government, Neighborhoods

    Written by Dagny Salas

    Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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