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Morning Report: Murder Twins No More

Morning Report: Murder Twins No More

Morning Report: Murder Twins No More

Murder Twins No More

It may sound hard to believe now, but San Diego used to seem about as unsafe as
Tijuana, at least when it came to killings.
San Diego murders topped Tijuana’s some years.
Things have changed for the better – much better – on the American side of the border
and for the worse – incredibly worse – to the south. San Diego had 29 murders last
year, the fewest since 1968 when the city was quite a bit smaller. Tijuana, which
has about as many people as San Diego, reported 688. We’ve created a graphic that
and how it grew over the last two decades.

A Correction
Due to sloppiness on my part, yesterday’s Morning Report incorrectly referred to
the subject of an opinion column. CEO Scott Lewis was referring to a “garbage claim”
by County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, not her colleague Pam Slater-Price. I apologize
for the error.
Redevelopment, An ‘Emergency ATM’
The LAT is sniffing around and discovers this: “Cities throughout California are
using redevelopment funds – intended to fight blight and promote economic development
to pay for core services, including police, fire and code enforcement, and sometimes
the mayor’s salary.”
La Mesa is one of the cities that “sold city land to the redevelopment agency and
used the proceeds to balance their budgets.”
Back on a Redevelopment Track
In San Diego redevelopment, Jerry Groomes, who’s just returned to take his old job,
may have a case of terrible timing. He’s coming in to oversee urban renewal in southeastern
just as there’s talk that the state may eliminate agencies like his.
On top of the possibility that he’ll be out of a job, Groomes has other challenges.
The last permanent person in his post was forced from her job after we discovered
that she’d given secret bonuses to herself and her staff. How will he move the agency
forward? What are his priorities? And what should the community he serves be called,
anyway? Neighborhoods reporter Adrian Florido asked him that question and others
“There are things we can do to rebuild the trust and confidence” in the agency,
he said, adding: “I’m no stranger here. There are a lot of people I don’t know,
but there may be even more people I do know. They know I’m a person who can be trusted
and who’s not going to be involved in scandals. I’m not that kind of person and
I’m certainly not going to change now.”
Getting a Handle on Redevelopment
All the fuss over the future of redevelopment can be hard to track. City Hall reporter
– that will help you keep track of what’s next. Among other things, Dillon raises
the prospect of a deal between the governor and cities. But will it give the governor
the redevelopment-designated taxpayer money he wants to use for other purposes?
City Stuck with Landfill?
the U-T reports, so the city may have to find someone to run it but not own it:
“the potential sale appears to have been doomed by the landfill’s complicated ownership
structure and an unwillingness by the private companies to shoulder the financial
risk of unknown environmental liabilities.”
Ruling on Jessica’s Law
that prevents sex offenders from living near places like schools and parks, but
the ruling is specific and only affects four offenders. It’s not clear what’s next
for other offenders. (U-T)
So That’s What They’re Calling It These Days
Remember the embarassing revelation last week that the city had made a $10 million
in its projections of the next fiscal year’s budget? The Reader published a story
about it the other day, and it includes a classic bureaucratic quote from a city
a technical error in the forecast mechanism.”
»»»
What We Learned This Week
City May Tell Governor to Drop Dead The governor wants to kill redevelopment, but
City leaders may consider approving almost $4 billion in redevelopment projects
before the legislature gets a chance to turn off the tap.
Baby, It’s Cold in Sacramento The forces behind redevelopment are getting a bit
of a chilly reception from local state legislators. Only four of them, all Republicans,
A Brush Past Reality The mayor’s office is pushing to halt some funding for public
art and use it for other purposes, a move that’s got the arts community rattled.
But, as we discovered, there’s more to the story: the mayor actually doesn’t control
that’s slated to be suspended.
Tunneling Through to the Truth Yes, there are tunnels under UCSD. But what about
about them being built to facilitate riot control? That would be pretty awesome
if it was true. It would also have shown some amazing foresight, considering that
UCSD was designed before the huge student protests of the late 1960s.
But the rumors, as San Diego Fact Check found, are false.
The Coffee Collection (engaging stories to savor over a cup of rainy-day hot chocolate):
A Big Giant Mess in Chula Vista A “human chain” around a senior center? Yup, that’s
exactly what appeared in Chula Vista not too long ago as seniors protested cutbacks
en masse. The protest may have helped prevent the city from closing it, but now
it’s just open four hours a day. The county’s second city has a wide swath of other
as we discover. “I was part of the boom, now I’m part of the bust,” says a local
who moved to town in 2003.
– a helpful reminder from John Shirey, head of the California Redevelopment Association,
on local agencies locking up funding after the governor proposed killing redevelopment.
by placing your message here.

– voiceofsandiego.org

HEADLINES
Longtime San Diego residents may recognize Jerry Groomes. In the early 1990s, he
was president of the Southeastern Economic Development Corp. Two decades later,
he’s back to give the job another go.
Murder in San Diego is the lowest it’s been since the late 1960s. It’s just the
opposite across the border in Tijuana, where killings have spiked.
California has sought to get more students in algebra earlier on. A new study finds
it set up many students to fail.
The question now is: Will school districts petition to not have to provide services
the state has told them to do – but not paid for?
The governor wants to kill redevelopment. The mayor wants to spend so much he’d
help make the plan worthless. The next move is the governor’s.

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HEADLINES ‘I’m No Stranger Here’ Longtime San Diego residents may recognize Jerry Groomes. In the early 1990s, he was president of the Southeastern Economic Development Corp. Two decades later, he’s back to give the job another go. Graphic: Murder Across the BorderMurder in San Diego is the lowest it’s been since the late 1960s. It’s just the opposite across the border in Tijuana, where killings have spiked. The State’s Algebra Problem California has sought to get more students in algebra earlier on. A new study finds it set up many students to fail. Schools Lose Out on Money for Mandated ProgramsThe question now is: Will school districts petition to not have to provide services the state has told them to do – but not paid for? Four Things That Matter in the Redevelopment DebateThe governor wants to kill redevelopment. The mayor wants to spend so much he’d help make the plan worthless. The next move is the governor’s.
 

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