What We Discovered This Week

This L.A Times story released today is full of strong reporting and drives house a clear message: We’re pumping money into public transit than ever, yet ridership is decreasing.
But, I couldn’t make it past the lede before getting distracted, then irritated. The decrease in ridership can be seen “throughout Southern California,” the story says simply nine words in. However read a little more and you’ll see the story is truly just about Los Angeles and Orange counties. Is ridership down in San Diego? I still have no idea.
I have actually long been slightly knowledgeable about the disagreement over whether San Diego counts as Southern California. But I opted to neglect it, because of course it does. San Diego is both as southern and as California as it gets– you can literally stroll throughout the country’s southern border into Mexico, and we’ve got the beaches, the sun and the enthusiastic belief that any food can be made much better with the addition of avocados that people have come to connect with the state as a whole.
Ends up the Times’ readers representative had to compose a column in 2012 reminding the remainder of the paper that yes, San Diego belongs to Southern California. In it, she explains a hilarious Times correction from the year prior to:

“The Times published a correction in February 2011 after a Sports post specified that Southern California last staged a Super Bowl in 1993. That’s when the L.A. area last held one. However the most recent Super Bowl in Southern California was in 2003 — in San Diego.”.

I know some San Diegans insist we should not be thought about Southern California from a lame contempt for belonging to anything that includes L.a.
But Google “Southern California” and San Diego, not L.A., is the first city discussed.

Of course, we’re not the only region that dealings with who counts and who does not. My other half and I jokingly quarrel all the time about whether he, as a local of Eureka, Calif., counts as a Pacific Northwesterner. (The proper response is no, undoubtedly.).
And Vox put out a call today asking readers which mentions count as part of the Midwest.
After all, Vox notes,”Places are defined as much by outsiders as by insiders.”.
(One final note: It’s an overall animal peeve of mine when somebody plucks an anecdote out of a story unassociated to the main message, and makes it into A Thing. That’s precisely what I’ve done here. So please, check out Laura Nelson and Dan Weikel’s story on less people utilizing transit, and appreciate it for the good piece of journalism it is.).
What VOSD Discovered This Week.
Today, we went way back. Back to a time when there was just one Royal Infant and one Kardashian-West spawn. A time when we were all pleased with Manti Te’o for supporting that poor, sick girlfriend of his. A time when 2 actors of color were chosen for Oscars.
I’m talking about 2013.
It’s felt a lot like 2013 recently thanks to the return of Lee Burdick, Lori Saldaña and Bob Filner.
Filner, obviously, spoke with us recently about what might have been had he not resigned in disgrace. Today, his previous chief of staff re-emerged. She’s composed a book about her period in Filner’s inner circle. Liam Dillon reviewed the book, including some big contradictions it contains, and pulled out the most shocking discoveries. In her own personal essay for our website, Burdick regrets that she’s still unemployed much more than two years after the entire fiasco.
Then there’s Saldaña, the former assemblywoman who announced she’ll challenge Mayor Kevin Faulconer. She spoke with Dillon about her decision to leave the Democratic Celebration and why she endorsed Filner even after expressing issue to celebration leaders about his behavior.
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Mentioning stories that never go away, the Chargers revealed they’ll stay in San Diego in 2016 and work on an arena deal. Rejoice for a minute. Then brace for the next looming due date in the saga that will endless.
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Back in 2013, we examined a number of problems with a nonprofit that held classes for people on probation and parole. It had lost its right to operate but was still getting recommendations from federal government companies. Lisa Halverstadt inspected in and found that the not-for-profit closed– but one with an extremely comparable name and the very same contact number popped up in its place.
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Councilman David Alvarez’s facilities proposal acknowledges a longstanding problem: The city can’t invest the infrastructure cash it has fast enough.
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Developers in Otay have a huge little issue to handle: a rare butterfly.
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Even as city leaders keep speaking about addressing homelessness, the downtown homeless population has surged.
What I read.
– President Barack Obama penned a piece describing why he’s drastically decreasing making use of holding cell, and prohibiting its use on juveniles completely. (Washington Post).
– A great little piece of satire about the neverending trend pieces on individuals who leave New york city for L.a, or vice-versa. (New Yorker).
– Time to get furious all over again: A previous Giants gamer who died at 27– 27!– had CTE, the condition found in Junior Seau and other players, and it was advanced to a phase primarily seen just in far older gamers. (New york city Times).
– The dining establishment industry is established to prevent women from arriving. (Eater).
– Prior to each execution in Missouri, a jails official hands the executioners an envelope stuffed with $100 bills. That is, um, troublesome. (Buzzfeed).
– Just incredible: Long prior to the state of Michigan confessed there was an issue with the water in Flint, they delivered clean water to their own workers there. (Mom Jones).
Line of the Week.
“Maybe it speaks with the hardiness of females, that put on your boots and put your hat on and go out and slog through the mess that’s out there.”– Sen. Lisa Murkowski, keeping in mind that the senators, parliamentarians, pages and floor managers who appeared to work after a huge blizzard were ladies.
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VOSD Podcast: Faulconer’s Opposition and the New Taxpayer Man

Dislike considering taxes? You’re not alone. The new president and CEO of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association, Haney Hong, wants to make the nitty-gritty of taxes a breeze. Throughout his tenure, he stated he plans to “revamp this experience to assist empower that taxpayer.” -.
Co-hosts Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts likewise go through a rapid-fire news rundown, from the perpetual spectacle of the Chargers to previous Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña’s decision to jump into the mayoral race.
Of course, the duo will not leave you hanging without talking a bit about Bob Filner and the new tell-all book by his former chief of personnel, Lee Burdick.

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Top Stories– Jan. 23-Jan. 29

These were the most popular Voice of San Diego stories for the week of Jan. 23-Jan. 29.
1. How Bob Filner’s Chief of Staff Went From Public Servant to PariahLee Burdick, who served as former Mayor Bob Filner’s chief of staff, provides her own account of why she stuck in the role as things came crashing down. (Lee Burdick).
2. The 5 Craziest Moments From the New Filner BookBob Filner’s previous chief of personnel Lee Burdick has actually written a deep expert account of the nine ridiculous months Filner was San Diego’s mayor. We’ve taken out the most explosive anecdotes. (Liam Dillon).
3. Saldaña: Voters Deserve ‘a Clear Contrast’Lori Saldaña discusses her disgust with the local Democratic establishment and her desire to drive a discussion about San Diego’s future. (Liam Dillon).
4. Weber Staffer Will Difficulty Marne Foster for School Board SeatLaShae Collins, a personnel in Assemblywoman Shirley Weber’s office, will make a run for Marne Foster’s seat on the San Diego Unified school board. (Mario Koran).
5. Why Individuals Care About Schools However Not School Board ElectionsSchool board trustee Mike McQuary walked onto the school board without dealing with an opposition in 2014. Trustee Marne Foster is being examined by the DA’s workplace however so far isn’t facing any severe opposition. (Mario Koran).
6. You’ll Wish to Read the New Book by Bob Filner’s Previous Chief of StaffIn ‘Bob Filner’s Beast,’ Lee Burdick describes minute after jaw-dropping moment of Filner’s villainy. But Filner isn’t really the only one who looks bad. (Liam Dillon).
7. How Old Town Academy Went from Limiting Orders to RenewalThe stress between academics and operations has played out in remarkable ways at Old Town Academy, a charter school in Middletown. (Mario Koran).
8. North Park Presents a Big Test for City’s Environment Action PlanEven as the urban community has become a sort-of template for city planners, it’s still dealing with some of the normal stress as it attempts to map out its advancement future. (Andrew Keatts).
9. San Diego Explained: A New Option for Affordable Housing– in TijuanaVOSD’s Maya Srikrishnan and NBC 7 San Diego’s Monica Dean dive in to a brand-new pattern in economical real estate in this week’s San Diego Explained. (Lina Chankar).
10. The City Still Can’t Invest All the Roadway Repair service Cash It HasEven though the city doesn’t have enough money to fix its falling apart infrastructure, it cannot invest the money it does have quickly enough. (Liam Dillon).
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Early morning Credit report: Chargers Sticking to SD– For Now

The Chargers will invest at least another year in San Diego.
Chargers owner Dean Spanos revealed Friday afternoon that the team continue to be here for the 2016 season and, he hopes, over the long run with a new stadium.
“We have an option and an agreement with the Los Angeles Rams to go to Inglewood in the next year, but my focus is on San Diego,” Spanos wrote in a letter to Chargers fans. “This has been our house for 55 years, and I want to keep the group here and supply the world-class stadium experience you are worthy of.”.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer and County Manager Ron Roberts quickly reacted with a statement.
But there’s a little a ticking clock they aren’t mentioning, Scott Lewis writes.
The Chargers have long eyed a downtown stadium and Faulconer recently said he ‘d be open to any option the NFL team might want to pursue.
Yet the mayor promised in his State of the City speech to put a Convention Center growth on the tally. It’s his preferred alternative and it could kill the downtown stadium idea the Chargers when preferred. If the mayor wishes to put it on the June ballot– and not let it take on another Convention Center step– he would need to decide to do it, well, now.
Tallying San Diego’s Homeless.
Friday was a big day for local homeless advocates. Volunteers came down countywide as part of the so-called point in time count, an effort to tabulate San Diego’s homeless population that drives federal and regional decision-making on homeless-fighting efforts.
It’ll be weeks prior to we discover whether San Diego’s seen a rise or decrease in homelessness in the in 2014 but a prominent business group’s more regular counts hint at a spike in one part of the city.
I got my hands on the Downtown San Diego Partnership’s month-to-month counts of unsheltered homeless in certain downtown communities. They reveal a considerable upsurge in homeless living on downtown streets.
The organization tape-recorded an average 18 percent year-over-year boost for all downtown neighborhoods. Things got more remarkable in the last months of 2015. East Village alone saw an 86 percent spike in unsheltered homeless counted in December 2015 compared to the very same month the previous year.
– The Union-Tribune reports the county Board of Supervisors is set to vote next week on a partnership with cities, the San Diego Real estate Commission and local nonprofits to provide more extensive look after homeless San Diegans with serious mental illnesses.
The Knowing Curve: Size Matters.
San Diego County has one huge school district, lots of mid-sized ones and a handful of actually little ones.
The administrations of the big ones can annoy moms and dads and make them question whether little ones may be simpler to browse.
In the current Learning Curve, Mario Koran finds little districts can be more responsive to parents and students, however that there are some financial benefits for the most significant districts.
– A trio of San Diego school districts have recently tussled with public charter schools and their arguments neglect the most important concern, composes Jeff Rice, creator of the California Personalized Learning motion, in a brand-new discourse: “What’s in the very best interest of students?”.
Block, Out.
Anita Chabria leads this week’s Sacramento File with Democratic state Sen. Marty Block’s big statement that he’ll step aside from a Dem-on-Dem election fight with House Speaker Toni Atkins. Also on the docket: Information about all the bills that moved out of your house this week. They consist of one by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber that aims to ensure appraisers are on the rooftop solar bandwagon, another from Assemblyman Brian Maienschein that wants to introduce more housing for the homeless and a foursome from Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, who’s tackling everything from diaper taxes to vacation pay.
VOSD Podcast: San Diego’s New Taxpayer Supporter.
Lewis and Andrew Keatts talked with Haney Hong, the new chief of the influential San Diego County Taxpayers Association, and handle today’s big news the tell-all book by ex-Mayor Bob Filner’s former chief of staff and ex-Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña’s jump into the mayoral race.
News Nibbles.
– A nationally-known televangelist’s plan to build an 18-acre mixed-use development in Objective Valley is catching heat from both neighborhood groups and the UC San Diego Medical Center. (KPBS).
– The Democrats for Equality opted not to supported a prospect for city attorney this week but the bigger news out of the group’s Thursday gathering was an ex-county Democratic Party authorities’s takedown of prospect Rafael Castellanos over his recommendations about a woman who implicated him of unwanted sexual advances. (Free Press).
– El Niño’s expected to fire back this weekend. (NBC 7).
Most-Read Stories of the Week.
Our list of the 10 most-read VOSD stories of the week is here. Below are the Leading 5:.
1. How Bob Filner’s Chief of Personnel Went From Public Servant to PariahLee Burdick, who worked as previous Mayor Bob Filner’s chief of staff, provides her own account of why she stuck in the role as things came crashing down. (Lee Burdick).
2. The 5 Craziest Moments From the New Filner BookBob Filner’s previous chief of staff Lee Burdick has actually composed a deep expert account of the nine ridiculous months Filner was San Diego’s mayor. We’ve taken out the most explosive anecdotes. (Liam Dillon).
3. Saldaña: Voters Deserve ‘a Clear Contrast’Lori Saldaña talks about her disgust with the regional Democratic facility and her desire to drive a conversation about San Diego’s future. (Liam Dillon).
4. Weber Staffer Will Challenge Marne Foster for School Board SeatLaShae Collins, a staff member in Assemblywoman Shirley Weber’s office, will make a run for Marne Foster’s seat on the San Diego Unified school board. (Mario Koran).
5. Why People Care About Schools But Not School Board ElectionsSchool board trustee Mike McQuary strolled onto the school board without dealing with an opposition in 2014. Trustee Marne Foster is being investigated by the DA’s workplace but so far isn’t really dealing with any severe opposition. (Mario Koran).

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Homelessness Downtown Has Spiked Drastically

Lots more homeless San Diegans chose downtown streets in 2014 than in the previous three years, according to a prominent business group’s regular monthly count.
In December, the Downtown San Diego Collaboration found an almost 60 percent spike in unsheltered homeless compared with December 2014.
In East Town alone, the group reported an 86 percent rise in homeless on the streets. 3 other downtown communities– Core Columbia, Cortez and Marina– also saw increases.

The Downtown Partnership likewise reported a higher yearly monthly average in unsheltered homeless downtown for all 2015 than in the previous year.
These stats could foreshadow the results of the yearly Regional Job Force on the Homeless count set for early Friday.
The two counts are various. Volunteers for the Regional Task Force on the Homeless descend countywide as soon as a year to count the number of individuals they see sleeping in camping tents, cars and makeshift structures, and on streets and walkways. Then they add in the number of people the area’s shelters reported were resting there on the exact same night. The overall they report is the one most commonly mentioned regionally and assists drive decision-making about the resources tossed at local homelessness.
The Downtown Partnership count, however, is carried out in the morning hours of the last Thursday of on a monthly basis. It merely focuses on unsheltered homeless homeowners found in five downtown areas. The numbers vary monthly based on the time of year, offered services and ratings of other variables.
The boost in homelessness for all downtown communities from January 2014 to January 2015 was 20 percent in the Downtown Partnership count. Last year’s local homeless count revealed a 26 percent rise in people surviving on downtown streets during approximately the very same period, though the two groups don’t necessarily utilize the exact same boundaries for downtown communities.
Dolores Diaz, executive director of the Regional Task Force on the Homeless, cautions the Downtown Partnership numbers provide simply a snapshot of a complex regional challenge.
The homeless can move often throughout the year, and while one count might show a significant spike in one downtown area for a time, an adjacent one might see a drop throughout the very same period or even weeks later. And downtown is simply one part of a much larger county.
For example, San Diego County saw a less dramatic increase in homelessness countywide– 3 percent– from 2014 to 2015, according to the Task Force’s count.
Yet the increase in downtown homelessness was clear– and the Downtown Partnership numbers point to another likely boost in those numbers this year.
The factors for the most recent year-over-year rise in downtown homelessness aren’t simple.
East Town, in particular, has actually long been a center for homeless services, and the city remains in the midst of a shift in its strategy to emergency shelter beds. The winter tents that as soon as housed approximately 350 individuals have been replaced with a year-round interim shelter at St. Vincent de Paul Village, which adds up to 250 emergency beds when certain weather standards are satisfied. More passersby are likewise contributing camping tents to homeless individuals in anticipation of El Niño downpours. The factor could also be idiosyncratic. Groups like the Downtown Collaboration count each camping tent as real estate 2 individuals when they tabulate the variety of homeless downtown.
There’s likewise some anecdotal evidence to choose the boosts the Downtown Collaboration has found.
Homeless advocates and those who survive on the streets told me they’ve identified more tents and tarps dotting downtown streets in recent months, especially in East Village. There seem to be more tents — and more homeless people in general– gathering downtown.

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Homeless camping tents in downtown San Diego.

They’ve seen more homeless individuals taking sanctuary outside downtown structures, too.
Here’s one example captured by NBC 7’s Wendy Fry on Wednesday night:

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When it Comes to School Districts, Size Does Matter

The overwhelming majority of remarks I learn through readers needs to with their distaste for school district bureaucracy.
They resent the reality they send their kids, their treasures, to schools and wind up sensation dealt with like a number. Or that their hard-earned tax dollars go to public agencies, but they have no say in how that money is used. I hear these grievances every day. In some cases, they sneak into my dreams. I hope your dreams are more amazing.
In my Wisconsin home town, our school district was basic. A handful of primary schools fed into one middle school, which fed into one high school. School choice didn’t apply. There were no other schools to select.
If my moms and dads had a beef, they took their issues to the instructor or principal, or the superintendent, all whom they were likely to see at the grocery store. Possibly on the exact same trip.
But that world is not this world. In San Diego County alone, more than 40 school districts are strewn across 4,200 square miles, from San Ysidro to San Onofre. There are elementary, high school and merged K-12 districts.
They range in size from Spencer Valley Primary school District– whose 35 students adorably participate in a backwoods, East County schoolhouse– to the Frankenstein San Diego Unified, with its 130,000 students.
Smaller districts, with less bureaucratic layers, seem like they’re established to be more responsive. But there are certainly benefits of having a large school district– otherwise we would not have them in the first place. So is there a “best size” for a school district? That’s exactly what among our readers wished to know.
Concern: Are small school districts more effective and reliable than big ones?– Doug Clark, interested reader
A century earlier, Californians lived in distant clusters and set up schools based on location.
Around the 1940s, the state made it much easier for school districts to combine, and started providing monetary incentives to do so. Numerous did, and while the number of students in California took off in the previous 50 years, the variety of school district decreased.
Even today, based upon the method school districts are funded, large districts are economically rewarded for their size. School financing is based upon how many students a district serves. And through its Local Control Financing Solution, the state assigns more cash to districts that have greater percentages of English-learners, foster youth and students living in poverty.
If handled well, a bigger district is more economical than a little one, according to a 2013 credit report by the Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank.
Small school districts– those that serve fewer than 1,000 students– are set up to lose cash, according to the credit report: “In California alone, more than $64 million may be lost on little school districts.”.
Even so, it’s challenging to associate size and cost-efficiency. And research study is blended on whether size has anything to do with student efficiency.
“In lots of ways, the genuine problem is not district size,” states the report. “The actual problem is our country’s system for managing districts. Our present approach to district governance does not have an outcomes-focused set of practices and programs that guarantee that dollars are well invested.”.
In practical matters, there are a lot of benefits to having a huge district. More students suggest more money, which indicates huge districts can utilize their own professionals and experts. Schools have more instructors and can offer more courses.
Since small districts in San Diego County don’t have the funding to offer a lot of services in-house, they wind up leaning on County Office of Education for aid with infotech, special education services or teacher training.
Tim Glover, an assistant superintendent with the County Office of Ed, states small-district superintendents often wind up wearing several hats, like working as the spokesperson and the human resources director in addition to supervising schools.
There’s one crucial benefit to being small, though: The district is more responsive to the people it serves.
Take a seemingly basic problem, like having the right number of instructors in a school. San Diego Unified’s demographics expert does what he can to expect schools’ registration numbers for the coming year and match teachers accordingly, but every year instructors are still being mixed around into the second month of the school year.
Smaller districts have the ability to solve that kind of problem quicker, in part since they have less instructors to shuffle.
And a one-size-fits-all technique to school policies would disregard the diverse needs of its communities. Kids in Logan Heights have different needs than students in La Jolla, for example. It’s not so unexpected that in previous years parents in La Jolla threatened to break off their schools and form their own district.
Such a split is possible, but it isn’t really likely to occur. It requires a petition, trademarks from a portion of voters throughout the district and approval from both the county and state boards of education, stated Peg Marks, legal services expert for the County Office of Ed.
To name a few requirements, a group that wants to break off would likewise have to show the split wouldn’t worsen segregation (good luck with that, La Jolla). It might be a moot point. La Jolla schools have been able to practically do their own thing, anyhow.
This may be a case where there’s not a clear, conclusive answer to which size is most efficient. Little districts can save money on costs by sharing resources with close-by districts, combining or counting on the County Workplace of Ed, which they do currently.
Clearly, size matters. However there’s not one size that fits all.
Ed Reads of the Week.
– Fact-Checking Donald Trump’s New Common Core Video (The Washington Post).
Rating: a stretch.
Analysis: Trump makes claims which contain an aspect of fact, however takes find out of context so that the fact is distorted.
Here’s an example. Trump says the U.S. is 28th in the world when it comes to standardized tests. On the math portion of 2012 worldwide tests, U.S. was in fact ranked 27th– so he wasn’t too far off. However he likewise blames that truth on Common Core standards, which by 2012 had really made it to few class.
Donald Trump, you’re fired.
– The Left-Right Opposition to Common Core (Pacific Requirement).
Republicans and Democrats lastly settled on something: They hate Typical Core. That does not mean they in fact satisfied in the middle. Rather, in an example of “transpartisanship,” both the left and right discovered a typical opponent:.
“Some objections to the Typical Core were shared throughout ideologies: an understanding that the standards took a one-size-fits-all strategy, created a de facto nationwide curriculum, put excessive focus on standardized tests, may threaten student personal privacy, and undermined teacher autonomy,” Pacific Requirement writes.
– Teaching is like a magic program, states Teller the magician (The Atlantic).
Teller compares teaching to performance art, which is worth a continued reading its own. However here is my favorite part:.
“Knowing, like magic, must make individuals uncomfortable, because neither are passive acts. Elaborating on the analogy, he continued, “Magic does not clean over you like a mild, comforting lullaby. In magic, what you see enters conflict with what you understand, which discomfort creates a type of energy and a trigger that is incredibly amazing. That level of involvement that magic brings from you by making you unpleasant is a great thing.”.
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Sacramento Report: Block Ends on Dem Showdown

Marty Block sent a shocker on the Senate floor Thursday morning when he announced he is dropping out of the Senate race against Toni Atkins– a Dem on Dem contest that has drawn statewide interest. Just days previously, Block was promoting his numerous recommendations. But, “(T)he more I considered it, the more it just didn’t make sense for us to be battling,” he stated, according to the Sacramento Bee.
Later on in the day, he released a declaration with more description:

“Because I initially announced I was running for reelection last year, the debates between Speaker Atkins and me have actually repeatedly demonstrated that we have very comparable progressive positions on problems. It practically follows that we can best advance a progressive Democratic program both in San Diego and in the Capitol by interacting. In the last few days since our newest disputes, this has actually become clear to me. Therefore, this morning I revealed on the Senate floor that I will not declare re-election next month.”.

Atkins rapidly issued a statement of her own:.

“I was as surprised as his coworkers with Senator Block’s statement. What is not a surprise to me, having appeared at numerous campaign events with him just recently, is how much Marty Block believes in the State Senate and its capability to do good for individuals of the 39th District. Our community has actually been beyond fortunate to have had some fantastic State Senators, including Lucy Killea, Dede Alpert, and my coach, Chris Kehoe. Marty Block was a fitting member of that line-up. I will work very tough to determine up to the standards they all set. “.

Already in the works before the project shake-up: Atkins will also reveal two pieces of human trafficking legislation Friday.
The first step would develop a pilot task that offers housing with wraparound services for minors who have actually been victims of sex trafficking. Today, these kids either find themselves in foster care or juvenile detention– places supporters state do not offer them the support they need for healing.
Atkins’ 2nd step would work to get state and social services companies on the very same page when it comes to a coordinated effort to fight human trafficking by producing a multi-agency job force to gather information, assign resources and recommend methods.
Weber’s Modest Solar Bill Might Have Huge Effect.
Assemblywoman Shirley Weber moved one of her bills out of its house of origin this week as the deadline for that vote loomed: AB 1381, which handles rules for new real estate appraisers entering the business.
While it does not sound too urgent, the bill came out of a problem in the Broadway Heights area in her district, an area she refers to as a “modest working-class community” and will likely assist green property owners across the state if it becomes law.
House owners in Broadway Heights have invested heavily in photovoltaic panels on their rooftops. However ends up, when they went to refinance or sell, the appraisers had blended sensations about the worth of that green innovation. Some thought it included value, some thought it hurt, some were indifferent– it simply depended upon who showed up for that critical assessment and what their personal knowledge was of the systems.
However in a state that’s leading the way on environment change and energy usage, Weber found that the financial investment in the expensive panels should “enhance the marketability” of their building.
“We are encouraging people to engage in a particular type of energy,” she said. “We are encouraging that at the state level, so if we are going to value that, people should see that it has some value for them as well.”.
So her modest bill deals with the structure of the concern– it requires all brand-new appraisers to have training on ways to economically evaluate planetary systems.
It’s gone to the Senate next.
– State utility regulators voted to keep the billing system known as net metering, which permits customers with roof photovoltaic panels to greatly lower or eliminate their energy costs totally. The California Public Utilities Commission’s vote will raise rates for rooftop solar owners, however not as much as energies wanted, reports the L.A. Times. If you wish to cover your head around how the system works and why solar clients were so upset about the possibility of it going away, take a look at Lisa Halverstadt’s explainer.
Maienschein Wishes to Make it Easier for Cities to Home the Homeless.
A lack of housing tasks statewide has complicated efforts to reduce homelessness, leading state legislators to just recently propose throwing $2 billion at the cause.
Republican Assemblyman Brian Maienschein is pushing an option, too.
Maienschein, when a significant player in San Diego efforts to eliminate homelessness, passed a costs through the Assembly this week that aims making it easier for cities and counties to develop housing for the homeless.
The legislation, now visited the state Senate, permits cities to update their general plans to include zones for transitional and supportive real estate projects, a tweak planned to make it much easier to obtain future projects accepted.
Maienschein’s workplace made its choice for long-term real estate jobs clear.
“The majority of homeless advocates and social service specialists in California advise a ‘housing first’ method,” Maienschein’s workplace composed in a statement.
So do the feds. So-called housing first tasks provide the homeless with housing first, and then services to help address issues that led to their homelessness; while transitional programs provide months or even years of services first.
Maienschein’s declaration may be a nudge for buddies back home.
San Diego’s been slower to move away from transitional programs than other significant metros across the country.
— Lisa Halverstadt.
Dumanis Backs Brown’s New Sentencing Reforms.
Republican San Diego County District Lawyer Bonnie Dumanis lent some unexpected bi-partisan aid to Gov. Jerry Brown today when he revealed he’ll be backing a new initiative on the fall ballot to reverse tough criminal sentencing guidelines he put in location four decades back, enabling earlier release for prisoners who have actually worked to restore themselves while behind bars.
“Here in San Diego, we have a long history of supporting rehab,” said Dumanis during a press event Wednesday to reveal the proposal. She included that the measure emphasizes “public safety” while “giving those who are coming out of jail the tools in prison to come out and turn their lives around.”.
If the new rules pass in November, countless inmates (lots of “two-strikers” convicted of drug or property felonies) would become eligible for parole after completing their main sentence and passing a public safety screening. Presently, some are serving long sentences based upon “improvements” or added terms for situations surrounding the criminal offense, such as gang affiliation.
Prisoners would need to prove to the parole board that they ‘d actively been working to improve themselves– though educational and other chances provided during imprisonment and had actually made “credits” though those documented efforts.
Dumanis stated that making prisoners verify they have actually been up to something good is an enhancement in the system.
“Prior to, they got credit for breathing,” she said.
Dumanis, who has likewise worked as a juvenile court judge, was particularly encouraging of the parts of the effort that deal with minors. The measure would put juvenile court judges in charge of choosing if a small as young as 14 should be charged as an adult or not. Presently, that authority belongs to prosecutors.
“With respect, I have long felt that it ought to be left to the judges,” she stated. “When you have just an advocate making the determination, you do not have all the information.”.
It’s an interesting viewpoint coming from Dumanis, who just recently fought a court decision that figured out sentencing reforms tied to Prop. 47 must use to juveniles. Dumanis was also opposed to Prop. 47 itself.
Gonzalez Presses Forward New Vacation Pay, Diaper Bills.
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez had a blockbuster week, for costs with four propositions in play.
On Wednesday, her measure to provide double pay on holidays lost consciousness of the Assembly on a 44-31 vote, a success she stated was a “positive surprise.”.
The Double Pay on the Vacation Act would require retail and grocery stores with more than 500 employees to provide employees at least two times their routine spend for dealing with Thanksgiving– a day that huge box stores are progressively utilizing to begin their Black Friday insanity. It was a close call with some moderate Democrats aiming to duck the vote. However Gonzalez was having none of it.
“I pulled some of them back,” she said. “That’s my job.”.
And on Friday, two more Gonzalez bills passed the Assembly. AB 492 would offer $50 diaper coupons to moms and dads with kids under the age of 2 as part of CalWorks welfare-to-work program, while AB 717 would exempt them from state sales tax, saving households about $100 a year. Sen. Joel Anderson is a co-author on that procedure.
Gonzalez stated she was shocked but delighted with the bi-partisan assistance the procedures got– the tax exemption passed unanimously and AB 492 went through on a 60-5 vote.
“That’s what we were looking for,” she said. “To going to the senate with an actual unified voice.”.
Earlier in the week, Gonzalez also introduced a sex-trafficking step, AB 1708. That proposition would for the very first time in California deal with offering sex in a different light than purchasing it as a methods to better secure minor girls and children forced into prostitution.
“Right now the penal code deals with woman of the streets and johns with the exact same degree of cruelty,” she stated. Under this strategy, that would end. Those aiming to acquire sex would face a mandatory 72-hour prison hold and fine. Minors, nevertheless, could no more be charged with prostitution for selling sex.
“I do not know how you can even be a minor woman of the street,” said Gonzalez. “You are by nature of your age a victim. So we wished to eliminate that title.”.
San Diego has more than 11,000 minors in the sex trade, with an average age of 15, according to a research study cited in Gonzalez’s release on the bill. That research study also found that 42 percent of novice prostitution arrests were cases of sex trafficking, including more than 100 location gangs.
Since it develops a brand-new criminal penalty, the costs might risk a veto by the guv, who last session banned a Gonzalez/Anderson procedure enhancing the penalty for property so-called “date rape drugs.” The guv cited the already-complex chastening code and his reticence to contribute to it as the factor for that veto.
But Gonzalez is undeterred.
“I’m a mom and the harsh truth is this is someone’s child,” she stated. “In some cases I believe those people who are moms and dads and have kids might have a various view on this than the governor, however we have to constantly advise him that he is surrounded by individuals who might comprehend this a bit better. A few of these criminal activities are not victimless.”.
Golden State News.
– Paige St. John at the L.A. Times reports that the Aliso Canyon gas leak near Los Angeles has triggered the Public Utilities Commission to buy that gas fields in the state ask examined for prospective problem.
– State regulatory authorities likewise filed fit versus SoCalGas over the leakage, KQED credit reports.
– The Mercury-News writes in an editorial that Gov. Jerry Brown should step in and put an end to the Coastal Commission coup. Steve Lopez notes that Brown has actually been mum so far on the effort to oust the group’s director in favor of someone more developer-friendly.
– Dream sports sites moved one action better to regulation in California, according to the Sacramento Bee. The Assembly voted 62-1 to authorize a bill that would provide them with licenses, though some states, like Texas, have actually deemed the operations illegal gambling.
– And here’s the Bee’s Dan Morain’s take on the “ham-handed” efforts of the fantasy sports industry to sway lawmakers by attacking one of them.
– Out-of-state UC registration would be limited under a new proposition that struck the Assembly today, reports the Bee.
Reflections.
Had to share this tweet about Oceanside Assemblyman Rocky Chavez.

“Why are there no individuals in the San Francisco Panera Bread?” marvels @AsmRocky, gets dented for being off subject.
— Jeremy B. White (@CapitolAlert) January 27, 2016.

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The Chargers Are Staying! However Another Due date Is Approaching

The Chargers have actually chosen not to transfer to Los Angeles this year. San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has actually stated consistently he is open to any option the Chargers may want to pursue to develop a stadium and stay in San Diego.
But that may not be true for a lot longer.
The mayor likewise wants to expand the Convention Center on its existing footprint, and a brand-new due date to do that is quick approaching. If he and the City board push it forward, it would close off a downtown choice the Chargers formerly floated which some fans and boosters state is still the team’s preferred plan.
In his recent State of the City speech, Faulconer made a bold promise about pursuing a Convention Center expansion along the waterside that slipped under the radar a bit.
“And we will put a legally defensible consider the ballot to finance this task,” he stated.
This sentence is packed with significance. It suggests either he is going to follow through on his concept to look for approval from two-thirds of voters for a hotel-room tax hike to expand the Convention Center along the waterside or that some other unidentified financing plan will emerge. Courts threw out a previous attempt to do that due to the fact that the city attempted to raise the hotel-room tax without a vote of the people.
Either way, it will go to the tally. And that plan is a direct affront to the plan the Chargers once advocated to build a different annex to the Convention Center and connect it to a brand-new stadium– one funding the other.
If the mayor wishes to get an intend on the June ballot, the City board will have to agree to put it there by March 10– with preparations beginning numerous weeks previously.
That implies now.
Most importantly, the mayor stopped short of stating that he was dedicated to obtaining the Convention Center measure on the June or November ballot– and even later. His spokesperson, Craig Gustafson offered me this comment:
“There are lots of aspects included with deciding when to place a product on the tally, among which is other products that may appear on the exact same ballot. Broadening the convention center is a major concern, and we will bring it forward for a vote when we believe it has the very best chance of being accepted by the electorate,” Gustafson stated.
It is extremely not likely, nevertheless, city authorities would select the November ballot because of a contending procedure sponsored by attorney Cory Briggs with financial support from JMI Real estate and John Moores. That measure also seeks to raise the hotel-room tax and provide an alternative path to financing a Convention Center growth. But it would restrict building the growth along the waterside and motivate it at a separate website, which could support a stadium too.
Supporters of that plan have until May to collect the required trademarks and say they’re confident it will get the November ballot.
Thus, if the mayor misses the upcoming June deadline and avoids November 2016, his promise to get his preferred expansion on the ballot would likely have to wait up until 2018.
Simply puts, the mayor has a huge decision making today.
If the Chargers suggest they want to pursue a downtown arena like the one they have actually looked for in the past, the mayor will have to scrap this barely month-old pledge to put a contiguous Convention Center expansion on the tally– or at least put it on hiatus indefinitely.
The Chargers’ unique counsel and representative, Mark Fabiani, declined to comment.
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The War on Charter Schools Disregards Exactly what’s Best for Students

There’s an aggressive turf war that several San Diego-area school districts are waging versus personalized knowing, independent study-based public charter schools across the county.
School districts like San Diego Unified, Grossmont Union High School District and Sweetwater Union High School have actually been sending cease-and-desist letters warning these public charter schools that they’re not enabled to find their resource centers within their district’s boundaries.
In many cases, these resource centers have actually been operating legally for years. So why wage war on them now? These charter schools are making a favorable distinction in assisting students prosper and, as an outcome, growing in appeal throughout the county.
This unneeded legal fight neglects the single most important question: Exactly what’s in the very best interest of students?
This week celebrates National School Choice Week, which honors the essential right that parents and students need to choose which public school, whether conventional district or independent charter, finest fulfills their needs. Lots of San Diego County students who enroll in these type off independent-study public charter schools were either homeschoolers who had been disenfranchised by the public school system completely, or former students of these same district schools that are now waging war versus them.
Many of these students chose public charter schools since their district schools formerly failed them. These students were not offered the individualized interest they needed to be successful. Lots of entered high school without the fundamental reading, composing, math and interaction skills they had to succeed in either college or the labor force. These students had actually lost hope and self-confidence in themselves and ended up being disenfranchised from the general public education system entirely.
Charter schools supply students with a clean slate. Lots of students explain their experience at charter schools as empowering and changing.
The damaging and one-sided news posts that have appeared lately are an attempt to sidetrack the general public from the fact: School districts are utilizing public tax dollars not to improve their own schools and programs, but to participate in expensive legal fights to undermine and ruin the general public charter schools that are much better meeting students’ instructional requirements.
In other words, these districts are spending taxpayer dollars to get rid of people’ fundamental right to school choice.
It’s time to step up and safeguard the basic right we have to pick the education program that finest fulfills the requirements of our kids. Our school districts should drop the suits, end the turf war and recognize and respect this right.
Jeff Rice is the founder of the California Personalized Learning motion and director of the APLUS+ Personalized Knowing Network Association. Rice’s commentary has been edited for design and clarity. See anything in there we should truth examine? Inform us what to check out here.
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San Diego Explained: A New Choice for Affordable Housing– in Tijuana

San Diego’s weather condition is nice, however it comes at a price. Thanks to our city’s high expense of housing, some state the only actual economical housing left in the region is actually across the border in Tijuana.
With the ease of taking a trip to Mexico and less extensive permitting laws and inexpensive building expenses there, San Diego developers are making Tijuana the newest living destination for more adventurous San Diegans.
However when one issue nears a solution, another one occurs. Tijuana as an option to San Diego’s inexpensive real estate crisis might eliminate low- and middle-income Mexicans who can’t take on San Diegans’ income level.
VOSD’s Maya Srikrishnan and NBC 7 San Diego’s Monica Dean dive in to the topic in this week’s San Diego Explained

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