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Week in Review: Yoga Controversy and District 4 Disenfranchisement

About 5,000 San Diego residents won’t get to vote for their new city councilmember, thanks to an unusual confluence of events. Their current City Council representative, Tony Young, is leaving before his term ends, which means a special election needs to be held to replace him. But because of redistricting, the district boundaries just changed.

Photo credit: Recycle San Diego

San Diego's Redwood Village.

For some reason, voters in that special election will be from the old district, which leaves Redwood Village and Rolando Park residents out in the cold.

New City Council President Todd Gloria explained the mess on “Evening Edition” this week. We also heard from the president of the Redwood Village Community Council, who said she would have liked to run for the City Council seat but can’t because of the rule.

Other Stories This Week

“Encinitas has been called the yoga mecca of America. But when yoga started in five of the city’s schools this fall, some parents believed the classes were promoting Hinduism.”

So reports Kyla Calvert about an ongoing controversy over whether yoga should be taught in public schools. Make sure to check out the heated comments section of the story, as well as discussion about it on our Facebook page.

Photo by Kyla Calvert

Third graders at Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary School do the Triangle pose during one of their bi-weekly yoga classes, Dec. 18, 2012.

The ultimate downtown insider, Steve Cushman, told KPBS this week he has a really good idea for where to put a new Chargers stadium: at Qualcomm. Cushman talked to Joanne Faryon about his idea to redevelop the existing stadium, and said he could do it without using public money. He also said he’d “love” to partner with U-T San Diego owner Doug Manchester on the project.

January 1 brought a number of new laws to California, including a ban on employers asking for social media passwords and DMV regulations for driverless cars. But one law stands out for its deliciousness. The sale of homemade cookies is now legal in California. Food prepared in home kitchens can be sold at places like farmers markets and grocery stores. Until now, food was required to be cooked in a commercial kitchen.

Finally, those bake sales suppliers can come out of hiding.

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