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On March 3, San Diego County voters will be asked whether a developer should be allowed to build 2,135 homes outside Escondido. The Board of Supervisors greenlit the project in 2018, but residents forced it to the 2020 primary ballot.
In recent weeks, the project’s backers have argued that Newland Sierra would deliver desperately needed housing. And they promised voters that more than 60 percent of the homes in the development would be affordably priced for working professionals.
An attorney for one of the project’s opponents, in the meantime, called the promise a “PR stunt.” With the election only days away, it’s still not clear whether that promise is truly enforceable by law. If it is enforceable, it may citizens to get together and sue.
In a new story, Kayla Jimenez explains the contention over the affordability of the homes in the project, and whether the developer’s promises are enforceable under law.
Key to the dispute is what Newland even means when it says its homes will be “affordable.” The developer is basing the project on the San Diego County’s area median income for a family of four, which is $107,000.
Will Huntsberry broke a story about how Sweetwater Union High School District is considering laying off more than 200 employees and shutting down learning centers dedicated to struggling students.
The district’s financial dilemma began in 2018, when it became suddenly apparent the district had overspent by $30 million in the previous school year. At least some officials knew the overspending was happening, but did nothing to correct it.
The layoffs could affect teachers as well as credentialed administrators like principals and vice principals. The learning centers are housed within each of its 12 high schools, serving students students who cannot be in regular classrooms for a variety of reasons, including anxiety or behavioral issues.
A third proposal by district administrators would remove full-time librarians from their positions in the library and push them into roles as full-time classroom teachers.
The board of trustees will weigh the proposals on Monday.
California voters in the 2016 general election ballot were asked to weigh in on more than a dozen propositions. Digging into them must have felt like a part-time job.
The good news is that there’s only a single statewide proposition on the March ballot to wrap your brain around. If you live in San Diego, though, you’re also looking at two countywide measures and two city measures.
Sara Libby and Jesse Marx explain all five on our latest San Diego Decides podcast.
The Morning Report was written by Jesse Marx, and edited by Sara Libby.