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Morning Report: Not So Fast, Mayor

Morning Report: Not So Fast, Mayor

Morning Report: Not So Fast, Mayor

Not So Fast, Mayor

The mayor’s office has been touting its proposed cutbacks to taxpayer-funded art
projects as a way to save money that could be used for other purposes, like the
on the mayor’s snip list and use the money for extra cops or anything else.
That’s because the city doesn’t pay for the $700,000 worth of public art that’s
planned to be included in the new downtown central library now under construction,
arts editor Kelly Bennett reports. So why is it on a list of art projects that are
slated to be suspended?
“There’s a number of different considerations, and we didn’t want to start treating
each project differently based on what funding comes from what source,” a mayor’s
liaison said. The reality is a bit different.
DeMaio Is Wrong-o
about a mayoral report: “For every $1 more the city will collect in tax revenues
in next 5 years, 77 cents of it will immediately be diverted to the pension system.”
Is he right? Nope. That’s false, San Diego Fact Check discovers.
Long Time No Study
as it works on a study that’s supposed to be released before the retirement system
asks certain employees to consider controversial changes to retirement benefits.
The study is a decade overdue. Employees may vote next month, without waiting for
it, though preliminary results suggest that in an extreme feat of logic, the Deferred
Retirement Option Plan being studied both does and doesn’t cost the city money.
over the governor’s plans to balance the budget by sticking it to government employees.
The paper suggests the drastic moves, including limits on labor rights, could be
a sign of things to come nationwide on both the state and local levels. Schools
in Madison had to close because too many teachers called in sick to go protest.
The governor “would require state employees to contribute 5.8 percent of their
pay to their pensions, where most now pay far less, and require state employees
to pay at least 12.6 percent of health care premiums (most pay about 6 percent now).”
Understanding Why Redevelopment Is a Big Deal
To those who don’t closely follow government matters, redevelopment may seem like
some vague bureaucratic entity that does something or other with buildings somewhere.
to show you both: it shows the reach of $442 million in redevelopment – funded by
taxpayer dollars – in the county. Not surprisingly, San Diego’s chunk of the pie
is huge; there are big slices for two mid-sized cities, San Marcos and Poway, too.
Even upscale Solana Beach, which you might not assume would have run-down neighborhoods
(maybe they’re the ones where the butlers live), gets redevelopment money.

Rushing to School’s Defense
A charter school in San Diego’s Chollas View neighborhood is under attack from parents
too: scores of parents, teachers and others packed a school board meeting this week
to defend the principal of Promise Charter.
at three unusual schools in City Heights. Working with San Diego State, they’ve
gotten charity funding and special freedoms. But the results haven’t been spectacular,
and now it looks like the board might be interested in changing things.
Keeping Tabs
If you’re curious about what local legislators are thinking and doing, check out
about their recently introduced bills, the committees on which they serve and their
top donors.
Take that, Scurrilous Yet Awesome Urban Legends!
We’ve been checking out the veracity of local urban legends for a few months, and
to separate myth from reality. Among the questions we’ve answered: Are there really
bodies under a community park? Were there underground restrooms in downtown, “Wizard
of Oz” Munchkins living on Mt. Soledad and a subterranean blob threatening the city?
And what about watery tales about the Coronado bridge and the convention center?
by our resident Fact Check maven Keegan Kyle to see if you can point us in the truthful
No Books for You
The Borders bookstore chain, which has filed for bankruptcy, will close its stores
There’s talk that there may be no bookstore left in downtown, although the reality
is that Goodwill operates one and there’s another (with new books) in Seaport Village.
But if you want to lounge around for hours in comfy chairs (or, like me, cast grumpy
looks at the rude people in the chairs who prevent me from hogging them for hours),
you may be outta luck.
Slow Down or Vista Will Move Fast
Be extra careful if you’re zipping through the North County city of Vista. If you
cause an accident (because of, say, driving at top speed) the city will send you
for emergency response. It might be around $300; even city residents will get dinged.
Department of Press Releases I Didn’t Finish Reading
Just came across this: “The Oceanside Dryer Vent Cleaning Wizard is Blogging his
about Dryer Fire Prevention.”
Alone Again, Germ-Fully
Live by yourself? A new study – based in part on findings from the homes of San
Diego singletons – says you might be swimming in germs, especially if you’re a guy.
“After testing for germs on four common surfaces – TV remotes, coffee tables, nightstands
and doorknobs – scientists learned that bachelor pads contain 15 times the amount
than do the homes of bachelorettes,” MSNBC reports.
I’m not too worried about germs at my place. It’s enough to fight off the dust bunnies
that keep threatening to turn into dust elephants. (En garde!)
with Partnerships & Technology.

The biggest piece of mayor’s plan to suspend public art spending, the new central
library’s art, isn’t the city’s money to divert.
Revitalization efforts in downtown San Diego get plenty of attention. But as we
illustrate, redevelopment spending stretches far across San Diego County.
Statement: “Take a peek at the Mayor’s 5 Year Outlook: For every $1 more the city
will collect in tax revenues in next 5 years, 77 cents of it will immediately be
diverted to the pension system,” City Councilman Carl DeMaio wrote on his Facebook
page Feb. 9.
The most controversial of all retirement benefits, DROP, costs the city money, but
not enough to require changes, say union leaders.
Two weeks after parents and teachers called for an investigation of a Chollas View
charter school, others countered their complaints.
The district wants to take a closer look at the partnership between three schools
and Price Charities.
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