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David Alvarez Supporters Analyze Loss In San Diego Mayoral Runoff Election

I haven't seen any voter turnout stats based on demographics. I'd like to know how many Asians came out to vote for Alvarez. I suspect not many. I doubt the campaign was actively ignoring this demographic, but as far as I can tell, there were no real efforts to court this group who are 1) democratic leaning and 2) don't like to vote. Obama got their vote in both elections, but I don't think Alvarez did. Again, it would be good to see the statistics.

April 17, 2014 at 9:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Some San Diego Parents Advocating Against Common Core

Every year, there's some organization that'll publish a ranking of student achievement across all 50 states. You read that in the news all the time. It's pretty clear over the years that a large gap exists between states. It makes sense that something has to be done to address that gap. Maybe Common Core doesn't seem like such a big deal for CA because the parents and students here don't feel like there's a great benefit, but another state may gain a lot. And in the long run, every state will benefit. Maybe the methods and procedures in this new program isn't the best way to go about it, but that is why the schools are conducting field tests as reported by KPBS. The scores of these field tests won't count, "instead, the results will be used to help education officials evaluate the technology and quality of test questions for next year." It's a new program, a big change. So naturally, there's a lot of discomfort and uncertainty, but the philosophy is a good one. Some common standards should be in place to reduce the huge educational gap between the states. The big concern now is in the execution of carrying out the Common Core. The field testing seems like a great idea to begin with. Like everything new, it takes a couple years of refinements before it can be perfect. Blind resistance, protesting, and complete denials are counter-productive for both the teachers and your kids.

April 15, 2014 at 8:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Mayoral Candidates Lose The Rules In 'No BS Debate'

I was also at the debate, and Claire Trageser covered the discussion topics very well. Thank you for covering the debate and summing up the candidates positions with the detailed quotes. I don't know where "bt4life" has been for the last few years, but the veracity of Claire Trageser's news reports are top notch by any measure. Regardless of who said the the word "darn" from last night, the coverage of the relevant topics in this article is right on the mark.

Now about the debate itself, I think the format helped Aguirre get some of his points fully across and -- surprise -- he was applauded for some of them. This goes to show that cutting people off (like in traditional debates) is not optimal. This is no endorsement of a particular candidate, just an endorsement for letting candidates talk and we might discover more insights about people's opinions on how to run the city. Alvarez seemed firm on his stance for each issue discussed while Fletcher and Faulconer seemed more politician-like with their vague answers.

To simonthegreat: if you're not happy with the above 4 candidates, who are you endorsing? How about posting a constructive comment for a change?

November 6, 2013 at 10:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Film Commission Dismantled, Now What?

It's a bit off-topic and disingenuous to link Filner's character flaw to this unfortunate news. Yes it's a big character flaw and has hurt many people, but the deal he struck with the Tourism Authority has nothing to do with it. Some may not like the result of that negotiations and some do. But disassembling the Film Commission is the sole decision of the Tourism Authority. This is not a decision made by a city official. According to the article above, the Film Commission was "funded by a variety of government sources." Sounds like these sources should have a say in the whole thing right? The article then says, "last year it was incorporated into San Diego's Tourism Authority." Wait, what?! Why?! Well, I'm sure they did it for good reason right? Someone, something must have benefited from this incorporation I hope. And now, a mere one year later, when money's tight, the first thing they do is fire everyone. How about that for responsibility? I think that action speaks volumes to the character of those who are running the Tourism Authority. These people are all about maximizing the profits of their hotels. The city and whatever goodwill should be given to it is never a priority on their agenda. Whatever deal Filner stubbornly negotiated with them is, in my view, doing the right thing to protect the taxpayers' interests. The Film Consortium stepping up to the plate should be applauded. I wish them the best and hope S.D. continues to grow in the film industry.

August 15, 2013 at 6:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Mello-Roos Law Allows Vote Of One To Decide On New Taxes

Good report, but I was hoping for more. I hope there will be follow up pieces to discuss some of the issues brought up by Earl_Lee. So far, the report feels kind of one sided. It should be noted that many of the "nicer areas" in San Diego are CFDs - Carmel Valley, Rancho Bernardo, Chula Vista, etc. Some of these areas have built new parks, schools, roads, modernized utilities, and other conveniences. So Mello-Roos isn't all that bad considering these benefits. Is it worth it? No one knows. There is a definite a lack of regulation and oversight from a consumer point of view. Very little disclosure besides the yearly fee when a house goes on the market. It's clearly spelled out but overwhelmed by hundreds of pages of other closing documents. The consumer should know more about how the developers are managing this money. From many of the areas I've been to, the money is going toward making some very nice neighborhoods. So if we, the consumers, are aware of how this money is distributed, then perhaps we would feel more at ease with this tax. There's also a definite aversion among the San Diego house hunters. Houses with MR are not as valuable as houses without these fees, but is that really warranted? Are some CFD's more efficient than others? It's hard to judge with so little disclosure. Each buyer has to judge for themselves. Not an ideal situation for both consumer and developers alike.

June 18, 2013 at 12:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Are Cycle Tracks A Better Way To Bike?

Cycle tracks are a great idea. Friars Road (the stretch with cycle tracks) is a great road to ride on. Increasing cycling also reduces the number of cars on the road which saves money on road maintenance.

November 27, 2012 at 8:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Despite Concerns, Airbnb, Couchsurfing Gain Popularity In San Diego

Just read your story on AirBnB. I tried it for the first time in October and had a great experience. It's a great idea not just for spare rooms, but for all of our stuff that we own but rarely use. Renting out our spares would go a long way to curb our rampant consumerism. Lately websites like rentalic.com and snapgoods.com have popped up that connects people together (like AirBnB) to rent extra things like tools, bikes, and all the other stuff cluttering up our garages. You should do a story on these services too. People would have a lot of interest in knowing these services exist.

December 6, 2011 at 9:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )