The Obama administration set a goal of ending veteran homelessness by the end of 2015. Several cities have effectively done it, but San Diego isn’t one of them.

VOSD’s Lisa Halverstadt looks into why our city fell short of the national goal. She found fingers pointing at three main factors: San Diego’s lack of collaboration and leadership, the city’s expensive housing market and struggles at the local Veterans Affairs Office.

City Councilman Todd Gloria, who leads the regional group that coordinates efforts and funding for homeless programs, told Halverstadt that changes are being made and soon we’ll start to see improvements.

But the city’s current state when it comes to housing homeless veterans, he said, is unacceptable.

“Right now we’re leaving too much money on the table and too many veterans on the street to continue in the way that we have been,” he said.

Los Angeles and other cities have embraced the tiny-house movement as a method for putting a dent in homelessness. This San Diegan thinks housing some of the city’s homeless population in dog-house-sized homes is a great idea. This San Diegan, however, thinks homeless people deserve kitchens, bathrooms and much more than four small walls. (U-T)

We Stand Up for You. Will You Stand Up for Us?

NFL to San Diego: You Are Inadequate

In a report obtained by the Los Angeles Times, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell calls Qualcomm Stadium “unsatisfactory and inadequate” and says the new stadium solution proposed by city leaders includes too many contingencies to keep the Chargers in San Diego.

San Diego’s lead stadium negotiator, attorney Chris Melvin, countered Goodell’s claims in a written statement provided to the Times: “We could have already gained voter approval of a stadium under the plan laid out this summer by the city and county. But the Chargers stonewalled, rebuffed attempts to negotiate a term sheet, and refused to act.”

Goodell’s report is just an assessment of the three relocation-requesting NFL teams’ home markets, not an official green light for any of the moves.

The 32 NFL owners who will meet on Tuesday and Wednesday in Houston are the ones who’ll be making that call. The New York Times breaks down the impending vote and sheds some light on the possible outcomes for the Chargers, Rams and Raiders.

One, two or all three of the teams could end up playing in L.A. next season. Reuters imagines the most likely outcome where at least one of the three teams will have to return to its hometown with its tail between its legs.

Sounds like that will be particularly difficult to do in St. Louis, where the daily paper published a dartboard featuring Rams’ owner Stan Kroenke’s face after he badmouthed the city in the teams’ relocation application.

NBC 7 San Diego’s Derek Togerson says he thinks the Chargers will be staying in San Diego for at least another year. Here’s his argument.

Sick of the ongoing saga, this longtime loyal Bolts fan has decided to buck the Chargers and back the Broncos.

This guy says he hopes the winner of the ballooning $1.3 billion Powerball jackpot is a Chargers fan who will single-handedly fund the new stadium so the Chargers can stay.

•  The U-T’s Michael Smolens tries to help take the sting out of the possibility of the Chargers leaving by covering a few of the proposals for Qualcomm Stadium that’ve surfaced.

VOSD Podcast: Chargers Prediction, Record High Tides and More

VOSD’s latest podcast is packed with lots of local news and analysis. Daniel Cayan, a climate researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, joins cohosts Scott Lewis And Andrew Keatts to explain the science behind so-called king tides. Plus, Lewis presents his future-of-the-Chargers prediction, I talked with the owners of a new North Park bookstore and more.

That Pervasive Poop Stench in La Jolla

La Jolla Cove’s stink, caused by the layers of sea lion and bird poo covering the cliffs, made it onto NPR’s Weekend Edition on Sunday. KPBS’s Claire Trageser talks about the ongoing efforts to fight the funk.

A few years ago, VOSD dug deep into the smell and detailed why government regulations make combating it such a complex challenge.

This isn’t the first time La Jolla’s poo problem has landed in the national spotlight.

Judging by the anti-rich, pro-animal comments on the latest NPR story, it might behoove the city’s residents to rethink their approach. I’m sure a public relations firm would love to get creative with this one.

Quick News Hits: Making Cancer Testing Easier

San Diego-based biotech giant Illumina is working on a new, simpler method for screening for cancer. (U-T)

County Supervisor Dave Roberts sat down with 10News to talk about last year’s controversy surrounding some of his former staffers and his priorities for 2016, which include focusing on servicing people with mental health issues.

San Diego Theatre Week will launch at the end of February. (KPBS)

Expert tinkerers from across San Diego gathered at the Central Library to help residents fix things. The so-called “Fixit Clinic” will be happening at the library on the second Saturday of every month through the end of the year. (U-T)

San Diego El Niño Memes

The rain has mostly stopped but, man, what a storm, right? In case you missed it, here are the best local storm-related memes that’ve risen to the top so far: the Lamborghini fording the flood waters, Geoffrey Kruse’s timelapse video of the flooding in Sorrento Valley and this funny spoof on The Oregon Trail.

I feel like there’s a meme waiting to happen here, but I’m not funny enough to come up with it myself.

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    Donald Sexton
    Donald Sexton

    I appreciate VoSD investigating this matter & suggesting some of the issues that must get addressed but please consider my experiences & evidence.

    The problem is obvious because there is fraud & exploitation involved with the kleptocracies administering these housing & subsistence programs that deliberately perpetrate violations for their own self-interests (so the unused funds default into their own coffers & pockets. As usual, I had another terrible experience at the VASD La Jolla with the VASH-HUD program (among a number of others including the VVSF) personnel that belong with the Social Services section. This group in the Social Services department has been irresponsible, fraud-ridden, & abusive yet nobody has been involved to further investigate or resolve the issues … further systemic corruption characterizing San Diego, CA. The on-site police department won't investigate any crimes so once again the only recourse was submitting another report of fraud, negligence, abuse, & violations to Patient Advocacy; they have never been active to resolve any prior issues & accountability has never been imposed as this facility further deteriorates while the misleading propaganda obscures the truth. Here is the complaint submitted to the VASD Patient Advocates. Also included is a brief diagnosis of some injuries & health problems that have not received adequate & deserving treatment.

    This is the same group, with the primary physician & orthopedic department, that neglected their responsibilities when a long overdue surgical procedure on my left shoulder (not confident that they knew what to do since nothing was explained about the procedures while my faith in this facility has been depleted from prior disappointments, fraud, abuse, & negligence) was arranged, yet they would not provide aid & assistance, short-term nursing, or transportation. This facility is as incompetent as it is corrupt & cheap both financially (when it comes to my health needs) & ethically). Soon as the surgery date was arranged, I informed & for months had to continuously remind those supposedly involved that I was single as the records indicated ever since I retired from the USN. Yet they would not make the arrangements for transportation, would not arrange for an inpatient stay (however brief the requirement for appropriate monitoring) & told me that should ask other people to get involved else they would cancel the surgery.

    For months they ignored the matter & refused to accept any responsibility or make arrangements as I was treated like roadkill yet again while their attitude toward treatment was characterized as ‘fast-food medicine’; whatever they wanted to do upon me was unknown both with procedure & effectiveness, then they could drop me off at the curb still under sedation with sutures along with anything else while the risk was pushed onto somebody else that had no business getting involved much less would know about addressing any complications or other unforeseen but possible circumstances. Much to my great disappointment, no sooner than two weeks away from the date, the orthopedic department surgery-scheduling nurse did cancel the procedure but then I found that they further evaded responsibility & accountability by perpetrating fraud when they indicated that I supposedly canceled & was a no-show. Even though I was indicating the problems to all involved, from Patient Advocacy & a social worker at the Naval Medical Center, immediately expressing my disappointment & criticizing the lack of support & failures of upholding their responsibilities when the nurse indicated they would not be able to provide the surgery.

    These conditions further exacerbate fraud, abuse, theft, violations, negligence, & crimes characterizing the corruption of this facility & others in the San Diego, CA area that have enjoyed injuring, exploiting, torturing, & terrorizing me but evade accountability (Dudley Ward #6704, Sarah Calvert #6713, James Weaver #6104, & others involved with injuring & nearly killing me then persecuting me with fraud, fabrication, perjury, abuses, violations, …). Beside not reporting or exposing evidence (suppressed by systemic corruption & conspiracy) the assault & battery, electrocution causing respiratory & cardiac arrest along with other crimes perpetrated by the mentioned terrorists or motor vehicle negligence by a negligent idiot that ran me over while I was bicycling but was also indulged while I was exploited & neglected.

    For over a decade, I’ve endured life-altering injuries as the kleptocracies allowed & indulged a negligent idiot & three terrorists to evade accountability while I was tortured & persecuted. The abhorrent absence of timely & appropriate treatment has contributed further harm & exacerbated neuro-vascular issues, deterioration, deformity, degeneration, excruciating pain, … but this is among other health conditions that are not getting diagnosed much less appropriate treatment as the neglect includes trauma inflicted upon both shoulders, neck, spine, ribs, head, hips, organs & other internal areas along with infection & illnesses.

    The disparity has been another stress unjustly imposed upon me for years, now the threat of losing my residence has exacerbated like the untreated injuries & injustice along with literally getting robbed of the benefits & entitlements that I earned, deteriorating my health & well-being along with undeserved austerity so that I may not have anything else to lose while seeking political asylum & refuge from another nation.

    Donald Sexton
    Donald Sexton

    I appreciate VoSD investigating this matter & suggesting some of the issues that must get addressed but please consider my experiences & evidence. Nobody has ever reached out considering the injuries, injustice, & financial disparities I've endured from shelter, education, medical treatment for injuries, support & protection from injuries, injustice, theft, torture, terrorism, ... it has been exploitation, negligence, & corruption worse than anyplace on Earth.

    Just to add another layer on the type of cake I've been served since honorable USN retirement, I recently visited the San Diego Housing Commission office this past Friday, 20160212 @ 1500 where I was blown off for over an hour with no assistance or consideration. I am qualified for subsidies; I brought the required information, references, & credentials but they could not have shown me out the door any faster. I was merely provided wasteful documents that duplicated the online information.

    Then I spoke with a supposed ombudsman, whom I indicated the lack of assistance along with knowledge about the exorbitant funds for veteran programs that the SDHC & others are promoting (they were actually on their meeting agenda held that very day) but she had no answers or assistance despite the office still operating through 1800 that day.

    There are several programs promoted by the propaganda ironically titled Homeless Veterans Initiative of Housing First & Housing Our Heroes Campaign but some honor, it's all insincerity & hypocrisy along with more corruption & fraud from more San Diego kleptocracy getting indulged while I'm exploited & neglected. Not the only time I've been considered negligible as roadkill.

    This type of treatment & worse has happened for years since I've transitioned from honorable USN retirement & conditions have only deteriorated. I should have been supported over a decade ago but nearly every supposed benefit & entitlement that I earned has been an absolute failure if ever provided while I endure poverty, disparity, injury, & injustice.

    The pithy retirement pension remains meager & has not kept pace with any suitable cost of living measure while others that have never served get indulged & serve their own self-interests, the institutions emplaced that supposedly ensure the funds for programs for my consideration are not distributed but they hoard, misappropriate, & keep the exorbitant indulgences without oversight & accountability. It is a repulsive & disgusting situation that should have been prevented but has exacerbated without due recognition & without resolution.

    Even when I indicated the financial & other issues (injuries, theft, & other evidence of egregious injustice) imposing disparity, austerity, malnourishment, & hunger but instead of ensuring the programs created for such support & subsistence would provide the means I deserve for self reliance, the present primary treatment person & the social work personnel at the VASD promoted the use of food banks, charity, & other such unreliable sources not associated or affiliated with them so they could once again avoid responsibility & 'pass the buck' into their own coffers & pockets.

    The misleading propaganda fails exposing the chiselers, shysters, shills, & welchers that have been complicit in much corruption especially exploiting & neglecting this retiree along with other veterans deserving much better but such unethical & immoral conduct exemplify the character of San Diego, CA.

    Mike Casey
    Mike Casey

    Maybe La Jolla should buy a bunch of Tiny Houses and give them to the sea lions.