San Diego Schools Going Bust?

Erica Holloway Erica Holloway 7 Comments

We’ve been following, some with great puzzlement, at the seeming collapse of the San Diego Unified School District. School district officials and board members say that without a serious, life-saving infusion of state revenue or drastic cuts, such as closing schools, the state could take over the district due to fiscal insolvency, or bankruptcy. Here’s just a couple samplings of …

Doug Manchester Interested In SDUT Purchase: VOSD Report

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UPDATE: Credit Where Due Dept: Don Bauder of the San Diego Reader discussed the rumor that Manchester was buying the U-T in a Sept. 29 blog post. Bauder properly called it a “strictly a rumor”, but one worth reporting. I think that was the proper way to handle it. The rumor was widely given credence by local insiders, and journalists …

Pension Signature Drive Spent $1 Million?!?

Erica Holloway Erica Holloway 10 Comments

Pushers of the Comprehensive Pension Reform initiative breathed a big, expensive sigh of relief today. The proponents turned in 145,000 signatures today to the City Clerk’s Office, according to Craig Gustafson at the San Diego-Union Tribune, for a needed 94,346. What’s in Gustafson’s story that made my eyes pop and in a related estimate from Voice of San Diego’s Liam …

Applause for Mayor Sanders

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I have been a harsh critic of Mayor Sanders at times. But I need to give credit where it is due; he worked with purveyors of competing reform plans to come up with a single ballot measure. This increases the odds that a measure will pass, because there will be a unified reform effort. Yesterday’s U-T has the news: The …

Hillcrest Town Council hosts DeMaio, Labor Guy, a sideshow and a professor

Ryan Purdy Ryan Purdy 5 Comments

Tuesday night the Hillcrest Town Council hosted Councilmember Carl DeMaio, Municipal Employees Association General Manager Michael Zucchet, former San Diego City Attorney Michael Agguire and University of San Diego economics professor Alan Gin (pictured at left) in a townhall about pension reform. It was ably moderated by Voice of San Diego’s Scott Lewis. Only DeMaio and Zucchet showed up to …

No Maass!: Voice of San Diego Fact-Checked

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Voice of San Diego lavishly uses “fact checks,” a trendy journalistic device often used to disguise opinions as factual reporting. SD CityBeat’s Dave Maass has given VoSD a taste of its own medicine with his own fact-check of a VoSD claim that it gets no government support. He labels the statement “huckster propaganda,” VoSD’s category for the most egregious falsehoods. …