Stories by Pat Finn
There's unhappiness in the air. The Feds are not happy with the way the North County Transit District administers contracts and grants. People who love Balboa Park are not happy with its condition. Tijuanans are unhappy about renewed drug violence. Baja California farmworkers, however, are happier than they were Thursday.
San Diego attorney Cory Briggs seems to have a problem following state and federal rules with his multitudinous nonprofits. San Diego city lifeguards are not happy. They would like to get the same presumptive medical coverage firefighters and police get. And Denti-Cal reimbursement rates are so low, dental clinics are opting out.
Ah, the irony. A Roundtable on the effects of our severe drought broadcasts as we take cover from a drenching rainstorm. Wildfires and more severe water rationing may be postponed a bit, but they're coming to this semi-arid corner of the Golden State. And that will mean changes in priorities, lifestyle, and growth and development, for starters.
The California Supreme Court struck down part of Jessica's Law. State and federal authorities are investigating whether California public utilities commissioners were too chummy with those they regulate. And surprise! It takes less time to get a development permit in San Diego than it did nine years ago.
The State of the City speech was heavy on task forces — Chargers/convention center expansion, jobs' skills — and somewhat light on the details. Meanwhile the plan for an NFL stadium in LA moves forward. And the sheriff's department is using intelligence to target ex-offenders likely to commit crimes.
With Scott Peters now ahead in the 52nd Congressional District contest, the post-election Roundtable looks at the vast sums of money spent on a race that won't change anything in Washington and the nastiness of that campaign. It will also look the results of other elections in the City of San Diego, the county and the state.
Props 45 and 46 are either unfair and will cost consumers big bucks or will save consumers money and level the medical playing field, depending on which side you're on. About 300 San Diego cops are now wearing body cameras. And the San Diego Chamber of Commerce trumps City Council on minimum wage.
More than 4,000 nursing home patients are on life support in California, costing Medi-Cal $636 million annually. Mayor Kevin Faulconer released his climate action plan to general approval. And the benchmark climate researchers have used for years to measure environmental damage might be the wrong one.
The San Diego City Council passed a minimum wage increase by a 6-3 vote and then overrode Mayor Kevin Faulconer's veto. But now the city is in the midst of a referendum drive to negate all that. Bill Fulton, the smart-growth guru called a "planners' planner," is gone from city hall. And the Padres renamed Palm Court Plaza the Selig Hall of Fame Plaza, to fans' dismay.
The voters of San Diego tell Barrio Logan what they can do with their plan. Incumbent District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis cruises to an outright win. The City Council make-up is yet to be decided, as is the race between County Supervisor Bill Horn and challenger Jim Wood. And accessing renewable energy could get tougher in California.
For those who think the 2014 primary election in San Diego is a snooze, here's evidence to the contrary. The 52nd congressional race already is fraught — with money and attack ads. The entire city is voting on a revised community plan for one neighborhood. Two new San Diego City Council members could change the balance of power. And Bill Horn has a challenger.