A new report states that San Diego Unified authorities expect the average condition of its schools buildings to improve from “poor” to “fair” by 2024. They’ll simply need millions more dollars on top of the two currently existing multibillion-dollar bond measures provide to do it.
VOSD’s Ashly McGlone goes into the report submitted to the district’s people’ bond oversight committee, raising concerns of whether the district’s claims that it can enhance centers are realistic. While Props. S and Z, two multibillion-dollar school bonds, are pumping money into San Diego Unified facilities, the district states in the report that it will also need cash from the state, the district’s general fund and other unnamed sources in order to keep making development.
The upkeep workplace is expected to lose 21 employees and $2 million in funding next year, thanks to budget plan cuts. Custodians are expected to lose $9.2 million in financing. Landscapers will lose $1.5 million and 25 percent of their labor force.
” Existing expectations don’t always jibe with costs cuts that school board members are eyeing in order to close a $ 124 million funding gap,” McGlone reports. “Costs cuts under consideration could negatively affect facilities.”
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Border Report: Border Bridge Suicide Exposes Larger Deportation Issues
The border continues to roil since the ascension of President Donald Trump.
In this week’s Border Report, VOSD contributor Brooke Binkowski delves into the suicide of Guadalupe Olivas Valencia– who wasn’t the first casualty of deportations, however the first given that Trump’s presidency began.
Olivas had come to the U.S. for the very first time in 2001 and been deported a minimum of three times before, but always tried to return. His final deportation was on Wednesday, Feb. 22– the anniversary of the death of his wife, who had actually passed three years earlier. That day, Olivas threw himself from the pedestrian pathway next to the border crossing.
Deportation has actually long come with psychological repercussions– some result in suicide, substance abuse or homelessness and, now– bracing for a surge of deportees under Trump– activists are calling for better public health and homeless resources in Mexican border towns.
The Border Report likewise explains protests on both sides of the border, the uptick in immigration raids and Imperial Beach’s outrage over a sewage spill into the Tijuana River.
Op-Ed: Street Performer Permits Can Help Strike a Balance
Nick Karvounis, who started his balancing profession with street efficiencies along with his twin bro, weighs in on the dispute over how San Diego should deal with street performers.
Limitations on public performances prevail in lots of cities, composes Karvounis.
” There is a balance that needs to be reached by cops, the city, business owners and entertainers,” he writes. “And all celebrations have to be responsible.”
Requiring authorizations for street acts ensures three things, Karvounis argues. First, it guarantees that artists are vetted and safe for the public. Second, it enables the city to make a reasonable share of income. Third, it guarantees a greater level of compliance– suggesting it will lower the chances that the street entertainer you’re standing beside isn’t really in fact a pickpocket.
Issa Downplays Require Russia Examination
After requiring an independent examination of Russian participation in Trump’s governmental quote on HBO’s “Actual time With Costs Maher” on Friday, Rep. Darrell Issa seems to be backtracking.
In an interview Monday with CBS News, Issa stated that if there was an accusation against someone in the administration, then an unique prosecutor would make sense.
” So among the obstacles we have is a special prosecutor exists when you have an individual under suspicion,” he said. “Presently we do not have that.”
His spokesperson then informed CBS that this didn’t imply the congressman was walking back his previous declarations, simply “including detail.”
To contribute to the confusion, a statement from Issa’s workplace Monday stated “An examination is not the like an assertion of specific wrong-doing, it’s following the realities where they lead so that American people can understand what may or may not have actually happened.”
So it’s rather unclear whether Issa does, in truth, desire a special examination into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
– In other Issa-related news, Democrat Doug Applegate, who narrowly lost to the congressman in November is currently starting to fundraise for a 2018 quote versus Issa– and federal election authorities are currently questioning his campaign financial resources.
City board Votes to Assistance Transgender Student Lawsuit
The San Diego City Council voted 5-1 to approve an amicus short in a national suit, Gavin Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board. The lawsuit handle transgender trainee rights, as Grimm was disallowed from using the young boys bathroom at his school. The short does not imply San Diego is joining the claim; rather, it’s a program of assistance for a specific side in the event — in this circumstances, the city is taking the student’s side.
The suit was given the Council’s attention by City Attorney Mara Elliot and passed with all Democratic votes. Republic Councilman Scott Sherman voted against signing the amicus brief and the other Republican Council members were missing.
The matter also resulted in sparring news release from Councilman Chris Cate, who did not take part in the vote, and City Lawyer Mara Elliot about the whether the San Diego city attorney need to be involving the city in nationwide politics.
Quick News Hits
– Ramla Sahid, who left with her household from war-torn Somalia when she was 5, has ended up being a fierce voice for San Diego’s refugee neighborhood. Sahid was also a current VOSD podcast visitor. ( Union-Tribune).
– The variety of homeless trainees in San Diego County schools is on the rise. (KPBS).
– Former County Manager Dave Roberts wants workers’ compensation from the county for mental tension and a hand injury he said he suffered while in office. (Union-Tribune).
– A great connect to save for future reference: VOSD’s Scott Lewis’ “Taxonomy of Phony News” talk.
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