North County Report: Homelessness growing in Oceanside

Oceanside fashions itself a village in North County, but it deals with at least one big-city problem: homelessness.
A yearly count of the county’s homeless population revealed that the variety of unsheltered people in Oceanside doubled considering that last year, to 392 people, while the police have actually seen a 150 percent increase in the variety of calls handling homeless and short-term people.
Margery Pierce, the city’s neighborhood services director, stated it belongs to the more comprehensive housing scarcity in the area, specifically in Oceanside, where the rental job rate is far below the remainder of the county’s. That indicates even those who have been connected with housing support often can’t find a location to live prior to they lose their coupon.
At the very same time, Pierce says the yearly count was a bit high, due to the fact that it may have consisted of some folks who have homes however who were waiting in line to receive a totally free meal at a regional not-for-profit.
Support Independent Journalism in San Diego Today

A member of Oceanside’s Homeless Outreach Group estimated there had to do with 300 individuals surviving on the street last fall, when I profiled the city’s somewhat conflicting efforts to deal with homelessness.
Among the people I spoke with because sector was a homeless guy who was working with the Homeless Outreach Group to get a coupon and discover a place to live. Pierce tells me that he did find housing, despite the shortage.
Twisted Relationships Behind Encinitas Yoga Program
Yoga has been everything but a tranquil experience for moms and dads in the Encinitas Union School District, specifically this year, when the district proposed to start paying $800,000 for the program.
Eventually, the school board decided to continue yoga for one day per week at the expense of $416,000, but now the ties between Superintendent Tim Baird, the not-for-profit that funded yoga in the schools for a number of years and a University of San Diego proving ground have come under examination.
The Coast News’ Aaron Burgin details the mess of relationships and cash surrounding the yoga debate.
At the center is the Sonima Foundation, a national not-for-profit that promotes yoga in schools. Baird served on Sonima’s board of directors as an advisory member for the past few years, while the school district got grants from the organization to spend for yoga in the schools. Baird’s daughter also worked at Sonima, doing public relations.
In 2013, as the district fought a suit that stated yoga was a religious program in a public school, the USD Center for Education Policy and Law produced two reports that touted the advantages of yoga at Encinitas schools, which the district used to acquire parents’ assistance for the program.
However CEPAL Director Scott Himelstein is also a board of advisers member at Sonima Foundation, and the proving ground got a $500,000 contribution from Sonima to study yoga programs in schools, including Encinitas.
2 of Himelstein’s personal companies likewise got agreements totaling $1 million from Sonima, to partner with USD to produce the reports, and lobby the state and regional districts to incorporate yoga in their physical fitness programs.
Likewise in the News
– Tri-City Medical facility was bought to pay $20 million to the company the hospital enabled to create a brand-new office building on the health center’s property, which the hospital then took ownership of through distinguished domain. (Union-Tribune).
– Oceanside will prohibit digital billboards on city-owned land, and many private property. (Union-Tribune).
– Encinitas settled one lawsuit related to its evasion of the state’s density bonus law, and the question of fulfilling a state required regardless of a regional requirement that any plan be approved with a popular vote. (Beach Messenger).
– Obviously, the city then got hit with another suit over density bonus offer, this time by locals. (Coast News).
– Del Mar is checking out how to manage short-term holiday leasings. (Union-Tribune).
– Solana Beach is getting on board with a restriction on the sale of young puppies from business breeders. (Union-Tribune).
This article relates to: Should Reads, News, North County Report.

Partner Voices.

Why San Diego Isn’t at the Table for Doomsday Colorado River Water Talks

When a group of water authorities from California, Nevada and Arizona gathering behind closed doors to speak about potential cuts to California’s share of the precious and diminishing Colorado River, agents from San Diego County Water Authority are not present.
They’re not invited, although some of the multi-state negotiations have happened in San Diego. Although the Water Authority depends upon the Colorado River for about two-thirds of its water– any cuts to California’s supplies might affect how much water San Diego can use.
An official involved in the talks stated the Water Authority’s “negativity” was an issue for those who are at the table.
That refers to the Water Authority’s long-running series of conflicts with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
Support Independent Journalism in San Diego Today

” I personally would much rather see San Diego included, but this problem of negativeness– it seems like anything that is a positive to Metropolitan, San Diego is not ready to [do],” said Bart Fisher, who has actually participated in the Colorado River talks as chairman of both the Colorado River Board of California and the Palo Verde Watering District’s governing board.
Fisher stated he invited providing the Water Authority a seat at the table– however he was the only one.
The negativity issue explains the stress within the California water world. Some of this is really public and clear from board votes, public comments, suits as well as a Water Authority-funded anti-Metropolitan site.
A few of the tensions are alluded to privately, when observers or individuals suggest that San Diego could get better offers for itself if it was more amicable with Metropolitan.
It’s difficult to tell if that’s in fact true. It’s a counterfactual, impossible to test and disputed by the Water Authority.
San Diego counts on Metropolitan for the majority of its water, is Metropolitan’s greatest customer and has seats on Metropolitan’s board, though insufficient votes of its own to force Metropolitan to do anything.
For a quarter-century, the Water Authority has worked to distance itself from Metropolitan by helping to build a local desalination plant and buying access to its own supplies of Colorado River water. (The Water Authority still depends upon Metropolitan to carry that river water to San Diego, so much of the separation is simply on paper.).
Last year, the Water Authority’s representatives to the Metropolitan Board of Directors did not support about a fifth of the actions the Metropolitan board thought about.
The Water Authority is in some cases on the losing side of board votes, like when it objected to millions of dollars invested in grass refunds.
In some cases, though, it has allies, like when Metropolitan staff proposed then the board tabled a strategy to alter how it charges for cured water.
Other times, the Water Authority is alone and after that discovers some vindication: A judge ruled last year that Metropolitan overcharged the Water Authority for some of the Colorado River that Metropolitan provided to San Diego County in from 2011 to 2014. Now, according to that ruling, Metropolitan owes the Water Authority $243 million, plus legal fees and interest.
Metropolitan is appealing that choice. The Water Authority, hoping that Metropolitan’s appeal fails, is pursuing different lawsuits to collect numerous millions more for rates Metropolitan charged it in other years, including the current year.
The Water Authority argues this is not needless rancor. Besides, the Colorado River talks are a whole various thing– so any “negativity” one location need to not impact its invite to another.
” Our claims against MWD are designed to force MWD to follow state law when setting its rates, and our position has actually been plainly supported by a Superior Court judgment,” Water Authority spokesperson Mike Lee stated in an email, referring to the Metropolitan Water District. “That’s a totally separate issue from how to deal with potential scarcities on the Colorado River, and it should not have any bearing on our standing in those negotiations.”.
In some cases, somebody in the Water Authority camp will enable that exactly what it’s doing can be irritating, though still necessary.
” Sometimes we’re trying to improve our relationship up there, but often we have actually got to do exactly what we have actually got to do,” Michael Hogan, a Water Authority agent with a seat on the Metropolitan board, told me in 2014.
Negativeness is not the main factor for keeping the Water Authority from the Colorado River negotiations.
That would be the fact that the Water Authority does not have a federal agreement to receive water from the Colorado River. When San Diego receives Colorado River water, that water comes directly or indirectly from Metropolitan or the Imperial Irrigation District, which both have federal contracts. The other two California water firms associated with the multistate talks– Palo Verde and the Coachella Valley Water District– are also federal professionals.
” I’m comfy that they are looking after the state’s interest,” stated David Pettijohn, director of water resources for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, which is not associated with the talks either.
Unlike Los Angeles, which San Diego has implicated of playing an outsize role in Metropolitan’s decision-making, the Water Authority is certainly not comfortable that others have its back.
This post relates to: Science/Environment, California Drought, Water.

Partner Voices.

Early morning Report: Supreme Court Halts Petition Tax Fever

Keep in mind that big appellate court ruling that would have changed politics up and down California like absolutely nothing we’ve seen in a long period of time? The one that would have implied that people efforts, put on the ballot by trademark event, could raise taxes with a mere bulk voter approval rather than two-thirds? Yeah, that’s now going to the California Supreme Court, which implies it’s going to sit on the shelf for possibly a number of years.
In short, it is not the law.
While the judgment would have had massive implications throughout the state, here, it most instantly impacted the Chargers mission for a brand-new stadium downtown. Getting a majority of voters is a lot easier than two-thirds.
The other citizen’s initiative, with a tax hike, that may be on the November tally, the Citizen’s Plan, is developed to prevent the requirement it get two-thirds. That’s challenged and here’s advocates’ defense.
Assistance Independent Journalism in San Diego Today

Why S.D.’s Missing Big Water Talks
Officials from California, Nevada and Arizona have actually been gathering for secret speak about the future of water from the Colorado River, even meeting here in San Diego. However an important player has actually been missing: The San Diego area’s own water officials.
Why aren’t they there to speak for the interests of our county? The authority, after all, gets two-thirds of its water from the river. Is there some sort of “Mean Ladies” scenario going on?
Well, in such a way, in fact, yes. Our Ry Rivard looked into the factors for their absence from the crucial talks. One authorities puts it this way: The San Diego County Water Authority has an alienating “negativity” problem since it’s continuously fighting with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
According to the official, just one of the celebrations involved– him– wanted the county water authority at the table.
” A few of the tensions are mentioned independently, when observers or individuals suggest that San Diego could get better offers for itself if it was more friendly with Metropolitan,” Rivard reports. “It’s difficult to inform if that’s really true. It’s a counterfactual, impossible to test and disputed by the Water Authority.”
Politics Roundup: Stop, House!
” A stop work order has actually been released for the construction of a questionable brand-new advancement in Point Loma,” NBC 7 reports. “The two duplexes in concern were under construction in Point Loma’s Roseville community. Residents stated a loophole was utilized to make this structure about 10 feet taller than code allows, and called on the mayor to stop the job. Proposal D sets a 30-foot height limitation on seaside communities, and residents state designers were aiming to bypass the limit.”
What do the builders say? Well … “NBC 7 connected to the building and construction business Pacific Business, but the individual who responded to asked who we were, then stated we had the incorrect number before hanging up.”
– U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein is weighing in on exactly what the feds ought to do about homelessness. Her answer: More financing and more support for housing. (Medium).
– Industry appears to have handled to kill off a state expense by a regional lawmaker that would get rid of the so-called “pink tax” that enables businesses to charge “various costs for similar goods on the basis of gender, enabling stores to continue to charge more for products marketed for females and girls.” (L.A. Times).
– State voters will get to choose whether making the adult-use of cannabis legal. (NBC 7).
Theme Park Security on Rise.
SeaWorld installed metal detectors in 2014, the L.A. Times reports, as theme parks ramp up spending on security. Shopping malls are stepping up security too, with one in the L.A. location monitored by more than 300 video cameras and groups of security groups– “one in consistent and unarmed, the other incognito and armed.”.
The story keeps in mind that the Westfield shopping mall business hired Scotland Backyard’s top counterterrorism authorities in 2013. Westfield runs the Horton Plaza, Objective Valley, North County, Plaza Bonita and UTC shopping malls plus 11 others somewhere else in the state.
What’s Next for (Ugh) Tronc?
L.A. Weekly has a long take a look at the epic weirdness that’s engulfed Tribune Publishing, which owns The San Diego Union-Tribune and L.A. Times, to name a few papers. (The U-T does not get mentioned, nevertheless.).
Meanwhile, Gannett keeps wanting to buy the Tribune papers. “It’s not an amazing possibility,” states a former L.A. Times editor. “However what you’re comparing it to is the unknown, with Ferro and his individuals. An unknown darkness.”.
That’s Michael Ferro, chairman of Tronc. As the story shows, he’s no complete stranger to disrupting news material. One thing is clear: We’ve been down that roadway prior to here.
Sports Podcast: Covering the Padres.
Today, The Kept Faith, our sports podcast partners, chat with the U-T baseball press reporter Dennis Lin. They discuss exactly what it’s like covering the Padres up close on a day-to-day basis and what lies ahead for the franchise this summertime.
North County Report: Not So Zen Over Yoga.
The primary schools in Encinitas are still contesting yoga after some moms and dads raised the alarm that a program for trainees was too spiritual.
” Eventually, the school board chose to continue yoga for one day per week at the expense of $416,000,” VOSD’s weekly North County Report discusses, “today the ties between Superintendent Tim Baird, the nonprofit that funded yoga in the schools for several years and a University of San Diego research center have actually come under examination.
Also in the North County Report: Digital billboards are getting prohibited in much of Oceanside, the lawsuit-o-rama over housing density in Encinitas is continuing, and Del Mar is the most recent city to jump into the Airbnb morass.
– Mentioning Airbnb, the N.Y. Times tracks big disagreements over short-term house leasings in San Francisco and New york city City. Meanwhile, here’s a headline from Gawker: “Airbnb, Just Pay Your Taxes and Follow the Law and Shut Up.”.
Quick News Strikes: Return of Naugles?
– “Library resources in San Diego aren’t distributed equitably among the city’s 36 branches and part of the blame goes to a ‘coordinating funds’ policy for contributions, according to an analysis by the city auditor.” (U-T).
The space means that a branch in a rich area like La Jolla got tens of countless dollars matched while one in southeastern San Diego got a match for $73. Yes, $73. The total matching amount citywide: $790,000 in 2014. The library is going to pool the contributions and give them to branches with the fewest resources, but that suggests donors at richer branches might give less because their money won’t remain in their upscale neighborhoods.
– “Physicians have actually accepted free meals, presents, travel expenses and other payments from the drug and medical device market for years,” inewsource reports. Now, new information exposes the role of doctors at local health centers: “Except for Kaiser Permanente, majority of medical professionals affiliated with 14 San Diego hospitals took some payment, ranging from half of those at UC San Diego Health to 83.8 percent at Scripps Green Hospital. Of medical professionals associated with Kaiser Permanente, which has stringent policies to restrict such payments, 27 percent took payments.”.
– Public transit firm haiku war! (AV Club).
– The other day, I asked you to think exactly what a North County company called Got ta Go does. No, it’s doesn’t sell portable toilets or wheelchairs. And it’s not a travel agency, moving business or a funeral coordinator. The full name of the business is Got ta Go Bail Bonds.
– The home entertainment site AV Club just recently checked out a Wikipedia list of defunct lunch counter chains. Numerous from Southern California are pointed out, consisting of “Pup ‘N’ Taco, whose menu was an odd mix of hotdogs, tacos, and pastrami sandwiches,” and the Mexican joint Naugles.
About Naugles: “After researching and re-creating the initial menu products and setting up a few pop-up locations to evaluate the waters, in 2015 [a fan] and financiers opened a test cooking area in Huntington Beach, California, which experienced such a large turnout that the owners had to close down and regroup.” Now, it’s reportedly back open.
In the past, the restaurant’s motto, according to Wikipedia, was “Prepare food fresh. Serve customer fast. Keep location clean!” Ideally the motto will end up where they sent out the offending character of Señor Naugles in 1987. Keep Naugles non-racist!
Randy Dotinga is a freelance factor to Voice of San Diego and nationwide president of the 1,200-member American Society of Journalists and Authors (asja.org). Please call him directly at randydotinga@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter: twitter.com/rdotinga.
This short article associates with: News, Early morning Report.

Composed by Randy Dotinga.
Randy Dotinga is a freelance contributor to Voice of San Diego and president of the American Society of Reporters & & Authors. Please call him straight at randydotinga@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter: twitter.com/rdotinga.

Partner Voices.

Homelessness Is Surging in Oceanside

Homelessness is surging in Oceanside.
Oceanside now has the county’s second-largest homeless population. At the very same time, downtown Oceanside is going through a quick revitalization and the city’s facing a severe increase in real estate costs and leas and a significant deficit in cost effective real estate. The city likewise does not have a year-round homeless shelter.
In this year’s yearly homeless census, Oceanside’s unsheltered population more than doubled– from 158 people in 2015 to 392 in 2016.
Oceanside authorities have likewise seen a 150 percent increase in calls that included the words “homeless” or “short-term” in the past couple of years– from 1,508 employ 2011 to 3,771 in 2015. The spike in calls led the cops department to form a two-person Homeless Outreach Group to assist find homeless individuals housing.
Support Independent Journalism in San Diego Today

The number of homelessness-related code enforcement violations for unlawfully living in vehicles and unlawful outdoor camping have actually also been on the rise.
Bread of Life Rescue Mission, a winter shelter in Oceanside, estimates it had to turn away about 25 percent more potential customers this winter season than a year earlier. Bread of Life is working to try to keep its doors open year-round however needs cash and a license to make that occur.
Organizations that work to combat homelessness in Oceanside admire city authorities for their efforts to attend to the concern, but the city deals with huge difficulties.
Renters in typically lower-income neighborhoods are having a hard time to hold onto their homes and when they lose them, the chances are against them successfully finding a new location to live.
” We’re not going to resolve homelessness without fixing housing,” said Margery Pierce, director of the city’s Neighborhood Solutions Department, which handles housing and homelessness concerns.
The accessibility of uninhabited apartment or condos in Oceanside dropped significantly in the previous year– and is significantly lower than both the county average and even the North County average.
Simply 1.6 percent of all rental units in Oceanside were vacant this spring. One year back, it was 4.3 percent. Throughout San Diego County, 4.5 percent of units were readily available at any provided time.
In such a competitive market, property managers are less most likely to take housing vouchers or difficult renters, like the chronically homeless, who in some cases struggle with mental disorder, substance abuse or disabilities. Some vouchers require unique examinations and other added administration, which can leave devices uninhabited for a long time, costing the landlord money.
Even the fortunate households who make it off the a number of thousand-person waiting list to receive a housing coupon or the people on the street who get vouchers through the brand-new HOT group have trouble discovering a location.
Of the people in Oceanside who get new coupons, 35 to 40 percent cannot find an apartment within the 120-day window, said Angie Hanifin, Oceanside’s housing program supervisor. When they can’t discover a house, they lose their coupons and the aid goes to the next person on the list.
Steve Bassett, Bread of Life’s executive director, stated he frequently motivates customers to seek housing in Fallbrook or unincorporated locations instead of Oceanside, where it’s more challenging to find an open door.
” We require more low-income real estate or some alternatives,” said Bassett.
In 2011, wishing to spur development, the city slashed the charge it charges developers if they don’t consist of low-income units in their domestic projects. That set the city back in providing low-income housing.
In May 2015, the City board reversed course and increased the designer fee. A proposed 328-home development, Vacation home Storia, opted to consist of 38 low-income systems instead of pay the cost, however it will be years before those added apartment or condos emerge.
Right now, all the city’s economical real estate funds are approaching a 288-unit, low-income complex east of I-5 called Objective Cove. The city acquired the land for low-income real estate, intending to utilize the state’s redevelopment program, which helped cities restore rundown areas. However that program ended prior to the project broke ground, leaving the city to hunt cash together for the project.
Oceanside authorities acknowledge that the city’s homeless population is growing. Plenty of data reveals it and they have actually taken actions– consisting of the creation of the HOT team– in the past number of years to resolve it.
However officials state an error in the annual homeless census and an increased focus on the issue exaggerated the size of the spike shown in the previous year.
The city increasingly knows where to seek to find its homeless locals, and during this year’s point-in-time count, had more folks going to help find them.
Pierce stated that this year volunteers went into locations like the San Luis Rey riverbed during the count, where volunteers previously hadn’t gone, counting individuals who ‘d long been residing in those areas but who had not been captured by the census.
Pierce likewise points to one census system as a factor for the sharp increase– where many homeless and low-income Oceanside residents go to not-for-profit Brother Benno’s for food and other resources. Last year, volunteers counted only 24 individuals in the location. This year, they counted 174 people.
She states it’s most likely that individuals who weren’t actually homeless were incorrectly included in the count.
However even if you take that a person region entirely from this year and last year’s count, street homelessness would be up 38 percent– two times the county’s typical boost.
Officer Lonny Harper has actually been dealing with the city’s new HOT group for a bit more than a year.
Harper’s task has actually basically been that of a social employee, he stated– assisting homeless individuals make it to visits, taking them to the Department of Motor Automobiles to get IDs, helping connect them with proprietors and, in some cases, even serving as their case supervisor to make sure a landlord will accept them.
Harper stated he believes homelessness in Oceanside is most likely increasing mainly since of newly homeless families and senior citizens, who have actually just recently been tossed from their apartments as rents have actually increased. A number of them, he said, will not be counted through approaches like the point-in-time count due to the fact that they’re couch-surfing or living in their vehicles.
The increase in calls about the chronically homeless– who typically struggle with mental disorder, drug abuse or disabilities– is more an outcome of the boost in businesses downtown, he stated.
” I’ve lived in Oceanside for 20 years,” Harper stated. “I think if we had a perfect number and a perfect picture of homelessness between today and 20 years earlier, the homeless issue has probably grown– and ebbed and flowed– with the city.”
This post associates with: Homelessness, Nonprofits/Community

Partner Voices

Oceanside Officials: Homelessness Didn’t Truly Increase That Much

Oceanside’s seen a spike in street homelessness– but city authorities think the boost has been overstated.
Their argument casts doubt on the method behind the point-in-time count, an annual workout cities need to do to measure the size of their homeless population if they want to receive aid from the federal government. There’s little doubt that it’s flawed, however it’s the only consistent method to compare homelessness in various cities, or within one city in time.
But it’s only a snapshot and in some cases raises as numerous questions as it answers.
Hordes of volunteers go out on a single early morning and count each homeless individual they see on the streets and nestled in canyons or underpasses. They do not perform a census– collecting individual information or group information on each person. At first, they simply take a head count of people they come across on the streets.
Support Independent Journalism in San Diego Today

Throughout this year’s annual homeless census on Jan. 29, volunteers in Oceanside counted 392 people they believed were surviving on the street. That was more than double the overall reported for the previous year.
That sounded inflated to Oceanside officials, who investigated the number and zeroed in on the location around Brother Benno’s, an Oceanside not-for-profit that provides meals and other resources to both homeless and low-income, working-class families.
The Regional Task Force on the Homeless, the group that coordinates San Diego’s homeless census, taped 24 individuals in the area around the center last year. It counted 174 individuals in that census tract in January, with the majority of within half a block of Sibling Benno’s.
The not-for-profit normally opens its doors in between 6 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. and serves breakfast to 150 to 250 people every morning. Lots of, however not all, are homeless. Customers often line up or wait outdoors.
Margery Pierce, director of the Oceanside’s Neighborhood Solutions Department, thinks a volunteer might have mistakenly counted individuals there who weren’t homeless.
Though Sibling Benno’s has actually seen a boost in clients, Pierce e stated it’s not likely an extra 150 individuals came the day of the count. Nearby company park renters would have grumbled about an increase of homeless people in the area, she stated.
Darryl Harris, operations manager at Brother Benno’s, doesn’t challenge Pierce’s argument. He stated many individuals line up outside prior to doors open and as soon as they do, lots ultimately can be found in.
” If they would’ve just started counting individuals they saw here, that they presume are homeless, the 150 number seems like the number of individuals appear here in the morning,” Harris stated.
Oceanside officials contacted the Regional Job Force about their issues after the census.
The group could not validate whether there ‘d been a concern with that census system, stated Kelsey Kaline, a job coordinator with the job force.
Kaline stated the task force trains its volunteers, provides a refresher the early morning of the point-in-time count and prompts them to utilize their best judgment.
” We do everything on our end to avoid circumstances like this however it is naturally a census,” Kaline said.
She acknowledged the procedure isn’t really foolproof. It depends on statistical approaches and volunteers. It just catches where homeless folks are collecting in a single early morning, but not the reasons why.
Yet the job force’s executive director, Dolores Diaz, stated this was the first conflict she ‘d experienced in her four years working on the count.
And she stood by the count’s method regardless of its limitations. After all, part of the value of the count is the fact that all cities follow the very same basic guidelines and have actually done so for many years.
Diaz said the census offers a general picture of homelessness in San Diego in the last days of January and a constant method that permits the region to learn about the characteristics of its homeless population and how it alters over time.
Other data sources, such as a list of homeless veterans being collected and a larger database of folks who have actually been talked to by homeless outreach employees, supply other views of San Diego’s homeless population.
” We need to remember, the point-in-time count is vital however it’s not the only way that we determine our success in attempting to end homelessness,” Diaz said.
She applauded Oceanside for the attention it’s providing its homeless population however likewise wished to make one reality clear: Whether there was an error or not, the count revealed an increase in street homelessness in Oceanside this year– even when the census tract in question is eliminated from the formula.
By that count, unsheltered homelessness is up 38 percent in Oceanside this year– compared to a 19 percent boost countywide.

This article relates to: Homelessness, Must Reads, Nonprofits/Community

Partner Voices

Early morning Report: Oceanside’s Own Homelessness Crisis

Homelessness is surging in Oceanside. The North County city has the second-largest transient population in the region.
By one count, street homelessness has more than doubled there in the in 2014.
The city’s has a scarcity of real estate and a tiny job rate that’s making complex efforts to assist the homeless and keep others off the streets.
VOSD’s Lisa Halverstadt and Maya Srikrishnan discuss Oceanside’s efforts to fight the issue and other most likely aspects behind the city’s spike in homelessness.
Support Independent Journalism in San Diego Today

And they likewise take on another problem: Oceanside officials are challenging just how much street homelessness is on the rise. Indeed, they suggest there was an error throughout the yearly point-in-time census– a criticism Halverstadt and Srikrishnan concluded clarify some of the obstacles with among the most popular methods of tracking the area’s homeless population.
– Media outlets in San Francisco are zeroing in on that city’s homeless problem today, writing about potential solutions and context surrounding that city’s homeless population.
Voice of San Diego is signing up with KPBS and CityBeat in a cumulative effort soon. But we’ve been highlighting potential options to San Diego’s growing homeless crisis already. Last week, we teamed with People for Century 3 to host a panel where vital leaders were asked about solutions to the problem. We’ve likewise asked professionals to help eliminate myths and provide guidance on exactly what the region can do to decrease homelessness.
Inside Tijuana’s Migrant Waiting Video game
The limitless steam of migrants concern Tijuana planning to cross legally into the United States. Then they wait. And wait.
Mexicans? Other Latin Americans? No, not all of them. As VOSD contributing writer Brooke Binkowski and contributing professional photographer David Maung reveal us, a lot of those pleading to overloaded U.S. customs authorities originate from far away.
One guy, for example, flew from Ghana to Brazil and after that traveled through 9 other countries to obtain to Tijuana.
He wishes to live in the U.S. as a refugee, but he found himself in among lots of migrant shelters in Tijuana, which are “seeing an unprecedented rise in individuals stranded from all over the world as they wait for a response from the United States.” There could be more en route from locations like Eastern Europe.
Check out the story and see the images here
– Want a visa into the U.S.? You might need to fess up about your social networks accounts to customs. The concept is to help hunt down “nefarious activity,” language that raises the possibility of atrocious lawbreakers twirling their mustaches. (The Guardian).
Politics Roundup: Mayor Vs. Structure.
Mayor Faulconer and Councilwoman Lori Zapf are taking a stand versus a Point Loma structure under building and construction that’s stated to be above the seaside 30-foot height limit. (Via Facebook) Though it’s unclear whether they’ll actually relocate to compel the home builders to suffice down.
– One-time city attorney candidate Gil Cabrera has supported the staying Democratic prospect, Mara Elliott.
Anti-Growth Icon Navarro Encourages Trump.
If you’re a long-time San Diegan, you might keep in mind the heyday of the slow-growth/anti-Los Angelization movement of the 1980s and 1990s. “San Diego Eyes Its Big Bad Next-door neighbor,” announces a 1989 N.Y. Times story that the city is filled with fear of “being consumed by its non-stop hip next-door neighbor to the north, Los Angeles.” (” Non-stop hip”? Hmm.).
An economic expert named Peter Navarro was one of the spearheads of the slow-growth movement. He ran for mayor and failed, and has been much less of a public presence here. But he’s still in Southern California, and now he’s recommending the Trump campaign and slamming an independent analysis by the Moody’s Analytics firm.
The Washington Post’s story about his rebuttal has a snarky headline– “Trump financial strategy is the very best and everyone should love it, Trump advisor says”– and a reality check: Navarro’s report “offers no new projections or modeling of the results of Trump’s proposals.”.
Ahem! Sex Trafficking’s Bad.
Sex trafficking is an extremely bad thing. That’s the message of a brand-new county ad campaign that will spread that message through signboards, bus shelter and radio advertisements, and more. (U-T).
Quick News Strikes: Got ta Go, but Why?
– Last week on the Good Schools for All podcast, we discussed AB 934, the teacher efficiency and examination bill that would have put in place several provisions consisting of a system to lay off instructors with bad efficiency evaluations before those with less seniority, a new system of numerous scores for instructor evaluations instead of just pass/fail and elimination of other dismissal protections. It has actually been dramatically altered. It would, nevertheless, still add a third year prior to instructors earned “long-term” status or period as it’s frequently called. Inspect our story here for background about 2 other costs that aim to promote accountability in schools.

– Gov. Brown has authorized the $171 billion state budget, which “increases financing for state-subsidized child care and eliminates a limitation on well-being payments for families who have added children while receiving benefits,” the L.A. Times reports. “It also increases the state’s reserves, depositing an extra $2 billion into a rainy-day fund intended as a cushion against any future financial slumps.”.

– Surprise! The state might have a lot more water underground than it thought, although getting it from there will probably be a significant endeavor given that it’s quite deep. (L.A. Times).
Meanwhile, Nevada’s Lake Mead reservoir, a crucial connect to our water, is at its most affordable level ever. We just informed you about secret negotiations over the river’s water system.
– Some household drama brought me up to North County the other day, and I found a business called Got ta Go near Tri-City Medical Center.
What kind of company is Got ta Go? I asked my online fans through a Twitter poll and got these responses in order of appeal: Portapotties (the frustrating favorite), bail bonds and moving services (tied) and (with no votes) funeral planning.
What’s the proper response? Exactly what does this company in fact do? I’ll inform you tomorrow. In the meantime, I’ve got ta. Um … You know.
Randy Dotinga is a freelance contributor to Voice of San Diego and nationwide president of the 1,200-member American Society of Journalists and Authors (asja.org). Please contact him straight at randydotinga@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter: twitter.com/rdotinga.
This post connects to: Morning Report, News.

Composed by Randy Dotinga.
Randy Dotinga is a freelance contributor to Voice of San Diego and president of the American Society of Journalists & & Authors. Please call him directly at randydotinga@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter: twitter.com/rdotinga.

Partner Voices.

Pictures: Migrants From Around the globe Pertain to Tijuana– to Wait

Rabiu Musah spent a long period of time getting to Tijuana.
” I took a flight from Ghana to Brazil. From Brazil I took a bus to Peru, then Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, then Mexico,” stated the 23-year-old Ghanaian local. “So I passed through 10 countries making it up here.” He took a trip by bus and on foot for more than two months.
Musah wished to make an application for refugee status in the United States, running away an increasingly unsteady circumstance in his house nation. Like thousands of others, he didn’t understand of a better method to do it than making his method to the U.S.-Mexico border and request for assistance.

Picture by Brooke Binkowski
Rabiu Musah (left) waits to find out the outcomes of his application for a humanitarian visa to the United States at the Desayunador Salesiano Padre Chava shelter in Tijuana.

” I had some problems with my coworkers, when they attempted an attack on me,” stated Musah, who worked as a graphic designer in his home country. “So staying there might be a problem for me, so with the little cash I had, I chose to leave.” He chose to aim to get to New york city, where a few of his domesticity.
Support Independent Journalism in San Diego Today

Musah didn’t have anywhere to go while his application was processed by overloaded and backlogged United States border authorities.
” I slept at the park for 5 days,” he stated, resting while he waited in line. Locals of Tijuana give him and hundreds of others waiting for a choice food and water. Now, he’s remaining at the Desayunador Salesiano Padre Chava center, one of the lots of migrant shelters around Tijuana that usually deals with deported people and those waiting to find out whether they can cross into the United States. The shelters are seeing an extraordinary surge in individuals stranded from all over the world as they wait for a response from the United States

Picture by David Maung
Israel de Alba, right, a volunteer with the Desayunador Salesiano Padre Chava shelter, speaks with a female and kid from Romania as he prepares to drive people to the shelter from a momentary encampment of asylum hunters at the U.S.-Mexico border.

In these shelters, which are supported by donations and help from the Mexican government, refugees and migrants from Ghana are sharing tables with Haitians, Hondurans and others. Many of the migrants are Mexicans themselves– a great deal of people from the violence-plagued states of Guerrero and Michoacan are among those aiming to get to the U.S.

Photo by David Maung
Individuals consume lunch in the patio of the Casa del Migrante shelter. The shelter normally takes only males, but has actually just recently been receiving ladies and children who are part of a growing wave of people looking for asylum in the U.S.

Photo by David Maung
Volunteers serve dinner at the Casa del Migrante shelter.

The story of Ghana’s diaspora is very much like the story others requesting humanitarian remedy for other nations inform. Ghana has actually experienced political, financial and social instability for years, resulting in widespread violence and absence of opportunity, particularly for qualified specialists. Traditionally, Ghanaian refugees have attempted to travel to North Africa or Europe, however as the refugee crises in both regions have actually gotten worse, more are traveling longer distances out of desperation and need.
The United Kingdom’s surprise decision recently to leave the European Union could indicate much more individuals leaving violence in their home nations decide to seek shelter in The United States and Canada. Currently there are individuals from eastern Europe showing up along with those from Haiti, Mexico’s interior, Central America and across the African continent– refugees and migrants who might otherwise take a trip to Europe, however are either denied or pick instead concerned the U.S.-Mexico border, where they can take their opportunities on the immigration systems in the U.S. however fall back on remaining in Mexico.
More than a thousand migrants have reached the San Ysidro crossing in the previous few weeks. Most of the people coming to cross from outdoors Mexico seem from Haiti. Some individuals here wish to get to their households in the United States, stated Dad Jesús Árambarri, director of Desayunador Salesiano. Others are simply in Tijuana due to the fact that it was easier to get here instead of one of the other ports of entry. He stated his facility, like other shelters in the region, is overloaded and in requirement of contributions.

Image by David Maung
A young child from the Mexican state of Guerrero consumes supper with his household at the Casa del Migrante shelter.

Image by David Maung
A volunteer at the Desayunador Salesiano Padre Chava walks with a young kid from Haiti after breakfast at the shelter. The boy belongs to a group of about 30 Haitians remaining at the shelter.

” Men’s clothes, males’s shoes, razors, other toiletries, there are hundreds of people coming through here every day, every day who might use those things,” Árambarri said. “Thanks to God, we’re making it through this trouble.”
Individuals remaining in Tijuana say they’re not opposed to requesting for humanitarian visas from Mexico’s federal government, must they be denied the chance to travel to the United States; people from Ghana state they are not certain whether they will be able to discover Spanish sufficiently to obtain a job. It is an issue not shared by Rabiu Musah, who said he has already picked some up.
” If I’m rejected, maybe I will choose living here,” stated Musah. “If I return, it could be something like … it might end up with my life in risk. So going back to my country– perhaps in a future time, however for now, no.”
This post relates to: News, Border

Written by Brooke Binkowski
Brooke Binkowski is a knapsack reporter who has been covering the U.S.-Mexico border for many years. Discover her on Twitter at @brooklynmarie.

Partner Voices

With End ofthe world in Mind, California Officials Are Delivering Water to Arizona, Nevada

Twenty-six million people in California, Nevada and Arizona rely on the Colorado River, but this spectacular source of water that sculpted a continent is drying up.
Agents of the three states have been gathering behind closed doors and, for the first time ever, California water authorities are providing to quit some of the state’s greatest insurance claims to the river– at least temporarily.
The thermometer of the river’s health is Lake Mead– the lake formed behind Hoover Dam. The lake is now lower than it’s been since it was very first filled back in the mid-1930s.
For 16 years, dry spell has actually chipped away at the Colorado. If Mead continues to fall, there will not suffice water there to satisfy all the needs of the Southwestern United States and Mexico.
Assistance Independent Journalism in San Diego Today

Many significantly to Southern California’s instant interests, California representatives have offered to pass up part of the state’s insurance claims to river water, at least briefly and under specific conditions. Such voluntary cuts to California’s Colorado River access would be unprecedented.
Under current law, California has very first dibs on much of the river’s water. California’s rights to the Colorado are so safe and secure that the Central Arizona Task– a 336-mile series of canals and pipelines that brings river water to 80 percent of Arizona’s population– would need to run dry prior to California needs to lose a single drop.
That is the consequence of a deal exercised in the late-1960s. That might be the law, however it’s now difficult to imagine letting civilization in Arizona wither while California is unharmed.
Water officials associated with the negotiations fret that without a new deal, political leaders will eventually choose everybody’s collective fates instead of technocrats like themselves with experience handling water.
Therefore, California representatives have actually offered to forgo approximately 8 percent of the state’s Colorado River water, if things get bad enough. The concern is cuts would be even worse later if California doesn’t play ball with Arizona now.
The San Diego County Water Authority is not involved in the settlements. Rather, it’s on the sidelines and taking a dim view of the talks. The Water Authority calls them a “dubious closed door process.”
For several years, the Water Authority has actually worked to shore up San Diego’s water supply by getting more water from the Colorado River. Cutting California’s insurance claim to that water therefore is particularly worrisome. San Diego officials suggest others in California are needlessly hurrying to give away part of the state’s hydrological lifeline.
San Diego’s position stands somewhat in contrast to the total tone of the settlements, which are said by those included to be friendly, despite the stress in between California and Arizona over the river that specified regional water politics during much of the 20th century.
” Everybody goes to the table with their weapons at their sides and says we want to talk, however if need be, we’re right back it,” stated Jeffrey Kightlinger, the general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, who has actually been associated with the settlements. “However, so far, we have actually found more excellent reasons than not to say, ‘Let’s agree.'”.
For now, though, the most significant barrier to a deal may be politics within California itself.
♦ ♦ ♦.
The major goal for now is to keep Lake Mead as high as possible. Water levels at Mead specify how California, Arizona and Nevada divvy up the river.
A 2007 contract among the 7 states in the Colorado River basin produced a 20-year plan for sharing the pain of falling elevations at Lake Mead.
8 years of dry spell drove those states to the table then. The river was experiencing its driest years in a century. That dry spell has not ended.
Arizona and Nevada stated then that they would cut their usage of the Colorado River water if the water level at Mead falls listed below 1,075 feet. California, which holds the senior rights to the river’s water, did not consent to make any cuts.
That plan, though, did not actually prepare everybody for how rapidly Mead could fall.
There’s now a chance that the lake might fall below 1,025 feet in the next numerous years, a level thought about precariously low because the lake would not consist of adequate water to satisfy a single year’s need.
And states didn’t agree exactly what they would do if that happens.
Rather, they agreed just to satisfy for another round of talks.
The federal government also has the power to step in. At listed below 1,025 feet, the United States secretary of the interior, who acts a “water master” for the Colorado, might purchase cuts.
If the lake falls low enough, Hoover Dam wouldn’t be able to produce hydroelectricity, another substantial issue.
♦ ♦ ♦.
Metropolitan developed and preserves the 242-mile Colorado River Aqueduct, which brings water from south of the Hoover Dam into Southern California. Besides the Colorado, Metropolitan also gets water from Northern California. With those 2 major sources, Metropolitan provides water to 19 million Southern Californians, including San Diego.
When Metropolitan browses, it stresses over the unknowns.
If states cannot work things out amongst themselves before Mead hits 1,025, who knows exactly what a future secretary orders mentions to do?
Who understands exactly what a Supreme Court, which hears disputes among states, would do?
Congress could jump into the fray, as it has in the past, to decide significant issues on the river. One Arizona senator just recently said he prefers a new law to make sure that Arizona’s water does not “vanish behind a California canal.” With 6 other states in the Colorado River basin, California would be outnumbered 12-2 by other basin states in the United States Senate. Who knows exactly what Congress would do?
” We think proactively it makes good sense to see if we can safeguard the system,” Kightlinger stated. “It’s a huge, important part of Southern California’s water supply. If there are steps we can do that have some discomfort here– but a much larger share of cuts to Arizona, a lot more influence on their side than on ours– if everything interact and allows us to actually, hopefully keep the system from getting too far down, that remains in everybody’s interest.”.
So, Kightlinger is dealing with a plan for California to forgo approximately 350,000 acre feet of water if Mead keeps falling. An acre foot is approximately the amount of water used by two homes in a year. California has senior rights to 4.4 million acre feet of Colorado River water each year, so the voluntary cut amounts to approximately 8 percent of the state’s share of the river.
Effectively, an offer would imply that California synthetically increases the amount of water in Lake Mead by leaving water there to prop up the elevation of the lake.
A condition of California’s involvement in such an offer is the possibility to get back the lost water in future years, if Lake Mead recuperates in the future, according to a number of water authorities from California involved in the settlements.
Metropolitan approximates there’s a one-in-three possibility California would need to quit water and a one-in-four possibility it would get that water back.
♦ ♦ ♦.
Arizona and Nevada water officials are also speaking about taking much deeper cuts sooner than they agreed to in 2007, partially in hopes of keeping Lake Mead high enough to prevent ending up being precariously low and inviting a federal intervention. In return, they desire California to agree to share the problem.
( A spokesperson for the Southern Nevada Water Authority did not react to a demand for remark. Nevada’s share of the Colorado is tiny compared to California or Arizona’s.).
The way authorities in Arizona see it, their state has carefully used water while the state grew rapidly: The state utilizes about the very same quantity of water to serve 6.7 million individuals as it used years ago to serve 1.1 million individuals.
Now, the state is about to get hammered by an offer made five decades ago.
The offer was the Colorado River Basin Task Act of 1968. Congress accepted fund building and construction of the Central Arizona Project, which now provides up to 1.6 million acre feet of Colorado River water to 80 percent of Arizona’s population.
There was one catch: In a drought, the task would need to cut whatever it needed to in order to preserve California’s entitlement of 4.4 million acre feet of Colorado River water. If that suggested the Central Arizona Project ran dry of Colorado River water, so be it; California precedes.
” That was a political thing and machinations in Congress– Arizona concurred, undoubtedly,” stated Tom Buschatzke, director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources.
So, the Colorado is in drought– more water is being withdrawn than circulations into it.
The Central Arizona Project has actually already begun to draw less water from the Colorado in the previous few years. By using less water now, more water remains in Mead, which avoids the lake from falling listed below the levels that make cuts to Arizona compulsory. The state is selecting voluntary, self-imposed cuts now in an effort to avoid mandatory cuts later on.
Chuck Cullom, the supervisor of Colorado River programs for the Central Arizona Job, stated risk-averse water managers would rather make plans for themselves than risk federal intervention.
” You take a look at the scenario from the federal point of view: In a crisis, would the secretary of the interior cut off Arizona’s primary water system to people and cities, or would she share the discomfort with agencies in California, even though they have an exceptional water right?” Cullom said. “And, so, none of us can consult with confidence about exactly what a future secretary of the interior might do when faced with those really hard, unpleasant choices.”.
♦ ♦ ♦.
Of California’s 4.4 million acre feet of senior rights to Colorado River water, the Imperial Irrigation District controls 3.1 million acre feet, 70 percent of the entire state’s allotment.
Any multi-state deal involving California would be almost ineffective without Imperial.
Yet, Imperial has significant reservations about any offer and a few conditions that should be fulfilled prior to it agrees to one.
A crucial question: How can the district consent to give up water its farmers could use if that indicates more water for farmers in Arizona?
Tina Shields, the supervisor in charge of Colorado River materials for the watering district, also looks back at the deal struck in 1968 when the Central Arizona Project was given the green light. Arizona got cash for the job, however it agreed to take the hit if the Colorado remained in a drought.
” That was the deal Arizona registered for,” she said. “Now is the time when the part of the offer that isn’t so tasty to Arizona is sort of raising its head.”.
She concerns whether Arizona is even dealing with a crisis. While about 40 percent of Arizona’s water originates from the Colorado, the bulk is still from other sources. Arizona doesn’t utilize all its Colorado River water each year; it sets aside some for storage.
Arizona officials talk about having 3.4 million acre feet of water in storage and guaranteeing 100 years of water. In one discussion Arizona authorities gave in April, a slide specifically says, “Arizona is NOT in a water crisis.”.
So, Shields asks, why is Arizona leaning on California making cuts? Why doesn’t it use that stored water now? Why is California trying to avoid a crisis that sometimes Arizona suggests does not exist?
” They have an actually huge reservoir and they have a lot of water in storage, but it really does not line up with the remarks that there’s this crisis and it has to be addressed today,” she said.
Besides questioning Arizona’s motives, Imperial desires something from California leaders before it cuts a brand-new offer on the Colorado: a commitment to fix the Salton Sea.
The unexpected sea, formed by a flood of the Colorado over a century back, is drying up. Imperial authorities warn that a dry lake bed will give off poisonous dust. With less water coming from the Colorado, there would be even less water to tamp down the dust.
” We definitely cannot do things that benefit other neighborhoods and trigger health risks for our children and our homeowners,” Shields said.
Some strategies to solve the Salton Sea problem expense billions. Imperial isn’t really searching for all that cash today, however it does want the state to dedicate to doing something before it accepts give up access to Colorado River water.
Metropolitan is seeking some comparable certainty about the future. The Delta Fix includes developing a pair of tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to more reliably deliver water to Southern California from Northern California.
” If there is no path forward on a Delta Fix, I would see this being a really difficult thing for my board to think about,” Kightlinger said throughout a current Metropolitan board conference.
The tradeoff for Metropolitan is simple: A less trusted supply from the Colorado River requires a more trusted supply from the rivers of Northern California. The Delta Repair, which Gov. Jerry Brown supports, would cost $15 billion. Metropolitan would likewise be looking into other programs to increase its access to other water, like buying water from farmers who fallow their land or infrastructure to recycle water.
♦ ♦ ♦.
The San Diego County Water Authority has been overlooked of the negotiations. Not only does that make it nervous, since San Diego depends heavily on the Colorado River, but San Diego officials stress other California water agencies are preparing to provide away the store.
It would be relatively simple for the Water Authority to attend a few of the meetings, ought to it ever be invited: Some of the Colorado River talks have remained in San Diego, because of its convenience for agents within California and throughout the Southwest.
However the Water Authority has actually not been welcomed.
Bart Fisher has been involved in the multi-state settlements on behalf of both the Palo Verde Watering District, where he is board chairman, and the Colorado River Board of California, which he likewise chairs.
Fisher stated he welcomed offering the Water Authority a seat at the table– but he was the only one.
” I personally would much rather see San Diego involved, however this issue of negative thoughts– it appears like anything that is a positive to Metropolitan, San Diego is not ready to [do],” Fisher stated.
The main factor that the Water Authority is not invited to the Colorado River negotiations is because San Diego does not have a federal agreement to receive water from the Colorado River. Even though about 64 percent of the county’s water comes from Colorado, that water concerns San Diego from Metropolitan and Imperial, which both have federal agreements. The other 2 California water companies associated with the talks– Palo Verde and the Coachella Valley Water District– are also considered federal professionals.
Then there’s the factor Fisher mentioned, the problem of “negative thoughts.” The Water Authority has actually acquired a reputation among some in the water world for being impudent and litigious, generally because of its ongoing disagreements with Metropolitan.
San Diego depends on Metropolitan for the majority of its water, is Metropolitan’s greatest customer and has seats on Metropolitan’s board. Yet, the Water Authority’s representatives to the Metropolitan Board of Directors did not support about a fifth of the 140 or so actions the board considered last year.
Baggage from those fights may be why others are not excited to have the Water Authority involved in talks right now.
Whatever the reason, the Water Authority believes it should be involved in the talks. And its authorities point out that deals negotiated behind closed doors are accountable to explode.
” In the history of the river– from 1928, when individuals thought they could go off and talk in secret and make deals– almost every time, the secret deal gets exposed and it gets exploded,” stated Mark Watton, a Water Authority board member.
The specific stakes for San Diego remain to be seen. The term sheet that mentions dealt with during their settlements is still not public, though most of the points from it have been launched in different types by agencies in California and Arizona.
San Diego’s issue, however, is deep: As part of its efforts to supply the region with water, the Water Authority paid to obtain 280,000 acre feet of Imperial’s Colorado River water. Now, the Water Authority fears any Colorado River deal will influence how much of that water San Diego gets.
Imperial stated San Diego should not stress.
” Our point of view is that we have existing agreements in place and they layer on top of one another,” Shields stated, implying that its dedication to San Diego would remain in place.
If a deal is possible, authorities involved in the talks hope to have something together by the end of the year.
The Water Authority questions what California can possibly acquire by making a brand-new offer now, when the offer struck in 2007 does not contemplate any cuts to California’s Colorado River water products.
Metropolitan, Imperial and Palo Verde are not likely to offer to make cuts unless they have an opportunity to get that water back in later years. (Coachella decreased to comment.).
In return for agreeing to assist Arizona and Lake Mead by leaving some water in the lake, Metropolitan wishes to be able to obtain that water later on, in addition to water Metropolitan currently deliberately saved in the lake. Currently, if the lake drops low enough, Metropolitan would not be able to get back the water it is currently storing there.
Imperial wants a comparable deal: It wants to be able to utilize Lake Mead like a savings account. Currently, if Imperial does not utilize all the Colorado River water it is entitled to in any given year, it loses water. As part of any brand-new offer, it wishes to have the ability to conserve water one year and usage that much additional water in another.
The Water Authority is not satisfied. In a June 22 staff memo, the Water Authority questioned why California “would now voluntarily surrender such valuable water, particularly when other states specifically accepted take the first reductions in a declared shortage in return for concessions previously granted by California.”.
To puts it simply: Arizona said years ago that it would quit Colorado River water in a drought. Now, the Water Authority suggests, it’s time to hold Arizona to it.
This short article associates with: California Drought, Government, Water.

Partner Voices.

Early morning Report: California Thinks about Colorado River Cuts

California has first dibs of much of the Colorado River’s once-bountiful waters. Now, this magnificent source of water that sculpted a continent is drying up and water officials throughout the Southwest are speaking about exactly what they can do to prevent a crisis. The stakes are big: 26 million individuals in California, Arizona and Nevada depend on the river.
Agents of the three states have been huddling behind closed doors. California water officials are offering to quit some of the state’s greatest claims to the river– at least briefly and under certain conditions. However even voluntary cuts to California’s Colorado River access would be extraordinary.
Water officials involved in the negotiations worry that without a new offer, politicians will eventually decide everybody’s collective fates instead of folks like themselves with experience handling water.
The San Diego County Water Authority is not associated with the settlements. Rather, it’s on the sidelines. The Water Authority calls the talks a “dubious closed-door process.”
Support Independent Journalism in San Diego Today

” Everyone goes to the table with their guns at their sides and says we’re willing to talk, but if requirement be, we’re right back it,” stated Jeffrey Kightlinger, the general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, who has actually been associated with the settlements. “However, so far, we’ve found more great reasons than not to say, ‘Let’s concur.'”.
Smaller One Paseo Approved.
The San Diego City Council on Monday once again approved the One Paseo development, an ever-contentious 23-acre task in Carmel Valley. The authorized project is smaller than one that was nixed in 2014 after opponents gathered enough trademarks to invalidate a previous City board approval. After that bust, developer Kilroy Realty went back to the drawing board and developed a compromise implied to assuage the concerns of some of the project’s critics.
Trump’s Baja Bust.
About 250 buyers– consisting of several from the San Diego area– were bilked by a failed condo job in Baja that bore Donald Trump’s imprimatur. The apartments at the Trump Ocean Resort were to be “magnificent” and cover 17 acres of oceanfront building about 10 miles south of the United States-Mexico border. Rather, they don’t exist and there are lawsuits implicating Trump of fraud, according to the Los Angeles Times, which correctly explains the episode as one in a series of mess.
In Other News.
– More than 250 people in San Diego County died from meth-related causes in 2014– that’s more individuals than died from the flu or were killed in homicides that year. KPBS checks out the meth issues in the county. It’s a nasty drug and difficult to get away.
– The City board is set up Tuesday to debate a ballot measure for the November election that would raise property taxes to pay for the construction of 18 fire stations. Two-thirds of city voters would have to approve the $205 million bond measure for it to enter into effect. (Union-Tribune).
– Rep. Susan Davis and other members of Congress desire a Stanford rape victim’s stirring victim declaration to be utilized by UC and CSU schools as part of their authorization education programs. If you have not yet check out the letter, it is here.
– Gov. Jerry Brown and some state lawmakers revealed a procedure to scale back the tasks of the much-maligned California Public Utilities Commission, providing it more time to focus on its core mission instead of handling brawls over Uber and Lyft, among other things not straight associated to keeping the lights on and affordable. Critics stated the changes were not enough and primarily cosmetic. The changes require legislative approval to take effect. (Sacramento Bee).
– The city lawyer’s office launched assistance for how city officials might impose the local minimum wage ordinance that voters authorized previously this month.
– No hospitals in San Diego have first-class ratings for “patient experience.” (inewsource).
This article connects to: Early morning Report, News.

Partner Voices.

Early morning Report: Chicano Park’s Living History

Every day travelers flock to Barrio Logan’s Chicano Park, under the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, to discover the cultural, historic and political significance of the murals covering the bridge structure covering the area.
Longstanding community members, volunteers and artists tell the stories of the murals and the artists who made them. However decades later, they’re growing older and some are dying. It belongs to why the neighborhood is now pushing to turn the structure there into a museum fo the park, to make sure its story survives on.
Surrounding the park, meanwhile, Barrio Logan is changing. It isn’t really at all clear what the future holds for the community as new people and new businesses relocate.
That, all of that, has been the subject of Kinsee Morlan’s continuous podcast series, Culturecast. She’s spending the very first weather of the show digging into exactly what’s going on in Barrio Logan as it goes through this.
Assistance Independent Journalism in San Diego Today

Morlan’s newest episode is now out — listen to it here, or subscribe on iTunes. Episode three concentrates on the history of Chicano Park, and current efforts to make sure that history isn’t forgotten. If you haven’t caught the very first 2 episodes of the show, begin with the very first episode here.
Transportation Tax Hike Initiative Set
The San Diego Association of Governments has authorized a final variation of its strategy to ask voters in November for a sales tax boost to buy highways, transit and open area conservation.
Here’s KPBS on the last phrasing.
Earlier this week we reported on the ongoing discord among those on the left. Some have come aboard to support the plan. As KPBS reports, a last-minute modification pressed a number of projects into high-priority status. Those tasks include the Purple Line, a Trolley line from the border to Kearny Mesa. That led among the progressive groups promoting transit– Flow San Diego– to come aboard and support the procedure.
Sacramento’s Gut-and-Amend Procedure
Couple of components of parliamentary procedure are as roundly criticized as gut-and-amend, the process by which Sacramento legislators can wipe clean a piece of legislation and replace it with an entirely various piece of policy and bring it forward for a vote while skipping the regular vetting process.
It has its protectors, who say it offers lawmakers the versatility to introduce new pieces of legislation after the due date. However it’s frequently critiqued by those who think there should be more time for the general public, and media, to dissect costs prior to they have a possibility of becoming law.
There are 2 motions under method to obtain rid of the treatment, one created by the legislature itself and the other an effort by Republican donor Charles Munger.
Two of San Diego’s agents in Sacramento — both Republicans and both of whom have pointed out ending the practice as a top priority– inform our Sara Libby in this week’s problem of the Sacramento Report that they’re preferential to Munger’s measure.
Also this week, our round-up of goings on in the Capitol took on Encinitas’ fight with state real estate requireds and aimed to tackle exactly what’s forming up to be a large November ballot.
Please, Develop More Residences in My Yard
City leaders are accustomed to learning through constituents who don’t desire the brand-new apartment complex, nursing house, office complex or just about anything else in their community. It’s frequently dismissed as a “not in my backyard” frame of mind.
Last week, activists from around the nation came down on Boulder, Colo., to kick-start a new movement, one asserted on asking cities to build more stuff. They call themselves “YIMBYs” for “yes in my backyard.”
Regional land-use specialist Maya Rosas and cycling advocate Sam Ollinger from San Diego both went to the conference. Scott Lewis and I had them on our podcast this week to discuss what they heard, to compare San Diego’s nascent YIMBY motion to other cities and to break down the split amongst ecologists over the entire premise.
Likewise today, we talked about arguments amongst liberals over SANDAG’s proposed tax hike, Carl DeMaio’s no-tax stadium proposal, and exactly what’s happening with tronc, the reconstituted ownership group that owns our local paper.
Viewpoint: We Can Fix Our Homeless Issue
San Diego’s homeless community is growing, and the city is taking notice.
Yet a typical refrain when leaders discus policy solutions is that it’s an unsolvable problem, for a litany of factors.
Nonsense, states Iain De Jong, an international specialist in the field, in a brand-new commentary he wrote for us. Homelessness has actually been solved in other places, and it can be solved in San Diego, too, he states. Stop it with the exhausted reasons, and get to work.
In Other News …
– Presumptive Republican politician presidential nominee Donald Trump will be back in San Diego soon. He’s got a charity event considered with rich local donors Doug Manchester, Jenny Craig and others.
– San Diego authorities are trying to make it easier to oust chosen authorities who betray the general public trust. The aggressive brand-new measures could appear on the November tally, and are inspired by the trouble the city had eliminating former Mayor Bob Filner three years earlier. (San Diego Union-Tribune).
– The City board previously today embraced a bold plan making downtown San Diego much easier to navigate on foot or by bike. Union-Tribune Press reporter David Garick took a more detailed take a look at the so-called Downtown Movement Plan, which adds 9 miles of safeguarded bike lanes throughout the city’s metropolitan center.
– Over half of San Diego’s Hispanic population is under 29. (San Diego Union-Tribune).
– Is San Diego the next Silicon Valley? No, say the members of the city’s small-but-growing startup sector. (KPBS).
– KPBS’s round-up show today consisted of freelance press reporter Kelly Davis, who recently reported for Voice of San Diego that the city had set up rugged rocks under a downtown highway overpass to clean out homeless individuals in preparation for the MLB All-Star Game. The city had previously stated it installed rocks at the request of regional residents. Also on the show was VOSD’s Ashly McGlone, who reports on the current on the superintendent shuffle in Poway.
Most-Read Stories of the Week.
These were our 10 most-read pieces of the week. Below is our Top 5.
1. Desalination Plant Again Faces Environmental QuestionsCarlsbad’s desalination plant faced regulative difficulties over its environmental results for years. 6 months after opening, it’s facing yet another set of environmental questions. ( Ry Rivard).
2. Imperial Beach Braces for Rising Sea LevelsAdapting to sea level increase requires trade-offs– and cash. Imperial Beach, is among the poorest seaside communities in Southern California, will have to choose whether to focus on the economic benefits of tourist and beach leisure over maintaining the environmental value of beach and protecting existing flora and animals, versus merely safeguarding buildings and building along the coast.( Maya Srikrishnan).
3. Encinitas’ Problem: Obey Its Own Law, or California Law?Encinitas has placed itself in a difficult legal position. Regional voters might turn down the city’s strategy to accommodate brand-new real estate– a plan needed by state law. Encinitas is the only city in the county, and among a couple of in the state, without a legal housing plan. (Ruarri Serpa).
4. All-Star Video game Triggered Rocks to Prevent Homeless Encampments, Emails ShowCity authorities said anti-homeless rocks were installed at the request of Sherman Heights homeowners. Emails reveal they were included as part of preparations for the All-Star Game at Petco Park. ( Kelly Davis).
5. Border Report: Sounding the Alarm Over ‘the Beast’ The Border Fire, zombies, Dad’s Day through the border fence and more in our weekly absorb of cross-border news. (Brooke Binkowski).
This article connects to: News, Early morning Report.

Partner Voices.