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Tracking Student ACT Scores In San Diego County

Aug. 15
By Megan Wood / inewsource

A little more than 65 percent of San Diego County high school seniors who took the ACT exam last year scored at or above the national average of 21, based on a scale of 1 to 36. The county’s overall score was 7.5 percentage points higher than the state’s.

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San Diego County AP Test Scores Higher Than State Average

Aug. 14
By Megan Wood / inewsource

Nearly 63 percent of all Advanced Placement tests taken by San Diego County high school students in 2017 were passed, allowing them to earn college credits early. That’s almost 7 percentage points higher than the state average.

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Latest Fundraising Numbers For San Diego City Council Races

Aug. 10
By Claire Trageser

The November general election is three months away, but fundraising and campaign spending are picking up in San Diego's City Council races.

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inewsource Campaign Finance Data For San Diego County Races

Aug. 9
By Jill Castellano / inewsource

inewsource has updated its San Diego County campaign finance database to capture the most recent fundraising and spending by politicians, ballot measure groups and political action committees in the county.

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High-Profile Donors Back Fletcher, Dumanis For San Diego County Supervisor

Aug. 8
By Jill Castellano / inewsource

If you want to know who’s who in San Diego politics, you can find the answers in the bank accounts of two county supervisor candidates.

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What’s Behind The New SAT Scores In San Diego County

Aug. 7
By Megan Wood / inewsource

More than half of San Diego County high school seniors who took the SAT during the 2016-17 school year were considered “college and career ready” based on the latest test results, but there’s more to the numbers.

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San Diego Airport Authority Possibly Violated Open Meeting Law In Suing Port

Aug. 6
By Brad Racino / inewsource

When the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority decided in July to join an ongoing lawsuit against the San Diego Unified Port District, it may have violated the state’s open meeting law.

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San Diego Business Transparency Measure To Go On November Ballot

Aug. 1
By Brad Racino / inewsource

The City Council voted unanimously Monday to put an amendment before voters on Section 225 of the City Charter – a vaguely worded and long-ignored transparency law requiring anyone doing business with the city to disclose their identities.

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Eastlake Homeowners Pay Millions In Mello-Roos School Taxes But Money Goes Elsewhere

July 31
By Leo Castañeda / inewsource

Over the past three decades, the Sweetwater Union High School District has used at least $46 million in special taxes paid by property owners in the Eastlake neighborhood to fund projects in other parts of Chula Vista.

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The Latest In Fundraising By San Diego County’s US House Candidates

July 30
By Jill Castellano / inewsource

It’s been almost two months since the June 5 primary, and the campaign season is picking back up for the candidates in San Diego County’s five congressional races. Fundraising in some of those contests has already reached millions of dollars.

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San Diego County District Attorney’s Office Sued For Sexual Harassment Records

July 27
By Brad Racino / inewsource

An open-government advocacy group sued the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office on Friday for records of sexual harassment and misconduct allegations within the department.

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San Diego Water Department Sent 2,750 Incorrect Bills In 2017, Audit Found

July 26
By Claire Trageser

An audit released Thursday of San Diego's Public Utilities Department prompted by reports of sky-high water bills found that last year 2,750 water bills had to be corrected after customers received them. That's out of 1.3 million customers billed.

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Democrats Spent 37 Times The Contribution Limit On Nathan Fletcher. And It’s Legal.

July 24
By Jill Castellano / inewsource

The San Diego County Democratic Party spent $958,000 supporting Board of Supervisors candidate Nathan Fletcher leading up to the June primary.

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Political Party Spending: How We Crunched The Numbers

July 24
By Jill Castellano / inewsource

San Diego County’s political parties play a huge role in local elections by spending thousands of dollars to support their candidates. But the details of their spending are hard to know because of the way political parties file their campaign finance reports.

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The Nitty Gritty On Horse Rescues In San Diego County

July 23
By Nicole Tyau / inewsource

Since February, inewsource has published 14 stories about HiCaliber Horse Rescue, a Valley Center nonprofit accused by critics of misusing donor funds, not disclosing disease outbreaks and animal cruelty.

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