The president wants a bigger and more beautiful border wall. But how are things going at the border we already have? Our Mario Koran took a look in person, riding along with the Border Patrol and going into the dank, dark underground — 90 feet down — to visit a drug tunnel.
Koran writes about what he learned during his voyage in a new VOSD story. He finds that a surging drug cartel is trying to take over a rival’s territory and smuggling routes, including in Tijuana, but it may not be able to handle the logistics of drug tunnels.
Plus: Concerns over rogue Border Patrol agents, a neighborhood where smuggling runs in the family (from grandfather to son to grandson) and the reasons why fences, not concrete, are the mainstay of border barriers.
Hundreds of Teachers May Get Jobs Back
Cindy Marten, the superintendent of San Diego Unified, announced the other day that more than 700 teachers may not need to be laid off after all, but she didn’t say why, and no other information was available other than a hint that the district’s early retirement program played a role. The program tries to produce money to pay cheaper, younger teachers by getting rid of expensive older teachers.
(Remember that’s the savings effort that will actually cost the district more money than it ever saved in just five years.)
In a VOSD story, our Ashly McGlone explains what we know and don’t know.