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The U.S. Senate is all set to consider San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten as the next deputy secretary of education. Her nomination by President Joe Biden’s team has been widely viewed as a given, a mere formality and then back to your scheduled programming.
But others, including the local chapter of the NAACP, were quick when the nomination was announced in January to register their opposition.
In a new story, Kayla Jimenez highlights the concerns raised by former students, advocates and attorneys not just in recent weeks, but for years. They’re particularly critical of Marten’s handling of harassment and abuse complaints on her watch and the district’s opposition to transparency that has kept those cases hidden from view.
Many of the attempts to solve these problems within the district have come from the outside. A state lawmaker, for instance, proposed legislation aimed at improving the internal process for complaints. The San Diego County district attorney launched a new system for reporting abuse that allowed students and other stakeholders to bypass the administration altogether.
The district detailed a number policy changes made during Marten’s tenure intended to better address how abuse and harassment complaints are handled. The district has also defended its practices in legal filings.
Still, records requests can take years to fulfill, if at all. Will Huntsberry and Jesse Marx reported in January that officials were trained on how to delete emails permanently.
In his run for governor, former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has attempted to differentiate himself from his Democratic opponent as the guy who’s gonna bring people to the table and demand results.
But time and again as mayor, Faulconer would tout his prowess as a leader while sidestepping any meaningful discussion of the details of a specific issue. In a new story, Andrew Keatts pulled out one such example.
For years, the residents of Barrio Logan and the shipbuilding industry have been at odds over development regulations intended to shield the mostly Latino community from air pollution. Faulconer had been vague about what a compromise might look like, and eventually the talks fizzled out.
There was a break-through last summer thanks to community leaders, environmental activists and the shipbuilding industry who took it upon themselves to resolve the intractable debate.
In two weeks, the city is set to start moving out homeless San Diegans who have for months found a temporary home at the Convention Center.
Mayor Todd Gloria pledged at a Friday press conference that the city has a landing place for each Convention Center resident who has not yet been connected with a permanent home.
“Let me be clear, no one at the Convention Center will be forced back onto the streets,” Gloria said. “Shelter residents have been notified of this and their service provider staff will work with them in the coming weeks to identify the best option for them.”
Those options will include reconfigured shelter tents in East Village and Barrio Logan which will be operated by nonprofit Alpha Project, and the upper and lower levels of Golden Hall to be operated by Father Joe’s Village. Some Convention Center residents will also move to Father Joe’s Paul Mirabile Center and PATH Connections shelter.
Gloria and other local leaders said Friday that the large-scale phased moves involving about 600 homeless San Diegans will play out over the week of March 22.
Since the shelter opened last April, the city reports that it has temporarily housed more than 4,000 homeless San Diegans and linked nearly 1,300 with permanent or longer-term housing, including in two hotels the city purchased with the help of state funds.
The Morning Report was written by Jesse Marx and Lisa Halverstadt, and edited by Sara Libby.