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An explosive indictment filed last month in San Diego against A3, a mostly online charter school network, alleged two men and a handful of employees managed to siphon $80 million of public education funds into “consulting” companies they controlled.
Will Huntsberry reports A3 officials were sometimes able to collect 120 percent of the funding available for each student enrolled — either by transferring the student to a “sister charter” or committing attendance fraud. Prosecutors say the charter network also presented wildly inaccurate information to the state about instruction expenses in order to receive full funding for their schools.
Without more robust oversight, Huntsberry reports, other bad actors could exploit the same loopholes.
The city of San Diego began installing protected bike lanes along 6th Avenue and Beech Street last week, causing what some news outlets have described as “chaos and confusion” for downtown commuters.
KUSI’s Dan Plante said last week, “Here we go again, bike lanes over cars. Trying to get people out of their cars and into their bikes.”
But Plante doesn’t realize he’s years late to a non-story. The new bike lanes were approved years ago. The City Council unanimously approved the plan for nine miles of protected paths in 2016 as part of the Downtown Mobility Plan. At the time, it united the left and business-friendly groups, winning support from the Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Partnership, along with environmentalists and bike activists, and the city began implementing it last year when it installed bike lanes in East Village that haven’t hurt businesses, impeded drivers or generated much controversy at all. The next phase of protected bike lanes is expected to take three years to complete and will include bike lanes along State Street, Park Boulevard and several other major streets.
A city spokesman said the new lanes will look and function like the ones currently on J Street with paid parking machines, rather than meters, for adjacent street parking.
In other downtown news, Comic-Con has officially started and there are plenty of guides to help you decide on what to see and do around town.
The Crossroads of the West Gun Show is scheduled for Sept. 28 and 29 at the Del Mar fairgrounds, NBC 7 San Diego reports, after a judge last month ordered the fairground to reinstate the long-running show. The fairground’s board had suspended the event last year.
In April, a bill written by Assemblyman Todd Gloria that would ban gun and ammunition sales at the fairground passed the state Assembly. The bill is now working its way through the state Senate.
VOSD reporter Maya Srikrishnan will be doing a Reddit AMA Thursday at 12 p.m. PDT. Ask her anything about her recent reporting trip to San Pedro Sula, Honduras, or about her reporting on the San Diego-Tijuana border.
You’ll be able to find the conversation here.
The Morning Report was written by Megan Wood and Andrew Keatts, and edited by Sara Libby.