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Morning Report: Art Out, Money In?
Morning Report: Art Out, Money In?
Morning Report: Art Out, Money In?
Art Out, Money In?
cuts funding for public art projects. In return, the city has more to spend on services
like parks and libraries and all that jazz. Okay, done, so let’s … oh wait just
As City Council members learned this week, the much decried cuts in arts funding
– which forestall criticism that the city’s spending its sparse money on sculptures
instead of firefighters – don’t necessarily mean money will trickle back and be
spent on, say, a cop’s job. Arts editor Kelly Bennett recaps the intricacies of
why arts cuts might not be big budget gains.
Preparing for the Almost-Worst:
The school board president says it’s “absolutely impossible” to get ready for the
worst-case scenario of dips in state funding for schools. Instead, the board approved
“Rosier” still comes with plenty of thorns: one plan calls for $120 million in cuts,
meaning the elimination of dozens of school bus routes and layoffs of some 1,300
employees. Another plan anticipates a better outcome, but it assumes that statewide
voters will approve tax hikes next summer. And we’ve seen how well tax increases
have gone over lately.
Let There (Not) Be Light:
The inner-city Hoover High School wants to use school bond money to build lights
so teams can play at night at its stadium. Sound good? No, say local residents
(Now that’s not an argument you hear very often: Keep it dark!) So they’re suing.
The ‘Vacuous Nonsense’ Guy’s Ideas:
A physics teacher named Chris Lawrence caught the attention of education reporter
Emily Alpert when he attended a panel moderated by her and complained of its “vacuous
nonsense.” Instead of being deeply offended like a normal person, Alpert sought
him out to hear more of his perspectives.
Lawrence talks about the problems with high schools and the ways to fix them, such
as focusing more on arithmetic, getting parents involved through online means and
helping kids understand finance. He adds: “We have to get away from this fetish
with physics, chemistry and biology. People don’t learn science that way. They learn
science through the Discovery Channel and the world around them. If all you do is
talk about some abstraction, people think, ‘What do I have to do to get out of here?'”
Setting Sail for Urban Legend Debunkery:
San Diego Fact Check has another bit of sad news for those who like to believe outrageous
and you’ll never be able to sail it to Coronado. But there is a bit of truth to
the idea that the convention center is more than a little bit tied to the water:
the city spends $700,000 a year to pump water away from the underground parking
area. There are 16 pumps, one that works all the time and 15 backups; the system
hasn’t failed once. (Just my luck, it’ll happen someday and while my car is innocently
says the U-T headline. Lizura was accused of doing something inappropriate in front
of a woman in Normal Heights; he reportedly said he was just adjusting some blinds.
The KUSI weatherman, who’s long been on the local airwaves, has quit his job, but
not, as is often said in these kinds of situations, to spend more time with his
family. The station says he “resigned to pursue his own business.”
My What a Big Lens You Have:
It was, one journalist said, “the greatest item of interest to the civilized world
in twenty-five years, not excluding the World War.” What was the object of this
hyperbole? The making of the telescope at the observatory on North County’s Mt.
Palomar, reports The Atlantic.
We may have a winner in the Morning Report search for the most pretentious street
name in town thanks to Erin Knight, who submits Walton Heath Row in Bernardo Heights.
“It also happens to be the street where I spent most of my childhood,” Knight says.
“And no, children were not permitted to ride their bicycles, skateboards, scooters
or rollerblades on the street, or really have any sort of fun at all. The street
clearly lived up to its pretentious name!”
Knight says there’s a close second and third in Royal Birkdale Row and Royal Lytham
Streets fit for a king, even if the only throne is in the loo.
What We Learned This Week:
to see how the state got stuck with a bill of hundreds of millions of dollars during
the secret negotiations before the big downtown redevelopment deal.
In a new story posted later, Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher explains how this is actually
for local schools. “I would have had great concern if there had been an argument
that somehow education was going to lose out of this arrangement,” he said. City
Hall reporter Liam Dillon checked with the school district to see what they think
and to provide some caveats.
Also: a former city councilwoman who’s now a state senator wants to do away with
to support redevelopment.
How well have you been paying attention to all this? Check out our opinion section
about redevelopment and see how you score.
We’ve got more about redevelopment in our graphic illustration called the Downtown
it shows how the downtown redevelopment agency – whose job is to promote urban renewal
– will spend $462.5 million. The downtown library is getting a ton of funding, as
is affordable housing. Smaller amounts – but still multi-million-dollar amounts
» Woe is Chula Vista: In a series of posts about the troubles in the South Bay city
may help the city budget.
» The $10 Million Boo-Boo: Let the blames begin! Somehow, the city misunderestimated
(to borrow a term) the deficit for the next fiscal year. It’s $10 million more than
the city thought due to mathematical error: revenue from certain hotel taxes got
Well, there’s a simple way to resolve this. Every tourist who comes to town needs
to bring a guest to get another hotel room. Problem solved!
The Coffee Collection (engaging stories to savor over a cup of overpriced organic
» The Non-Downgrade Downgrade: Funny thing about San Diego schools. Some employees
(at least for a while). Does that sound odd to you? It may to the district’s money-crunchers.
Quote of the Week: “If you make $2,000 a month and you go to $1,200 a month, that’s
a huge impact on your family. This gives them some time to adjust. It’s not going
to be there forever.” – Sylvia Alvarez, president of a San Diego school district
employee union, on the practice of demoting employees without immediately cutting
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Mira Mesa High physics teacher Chris Lawrence thinks we should totally rethink high
school and make mathematics matter.
Stopping projects doesn’t necessarily mean more money for cops and parks.
San Diego Unified moves ahead with two budget plans: one if voters extend taxes
and one if they don’t.
Downtown redevelopment bill means more money for education, assemblyman argues.
Statement: The entire Convention Center is actually floating on water, readers said
in response to our call for local urban legends.
Hoover High’s new lights violate $2.1 billion construction bond’s rules, say Talmadge
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HEADLINES ‘Building a Society That Can Actually Do Things’ Mira Mesa High physics teacher Chris Lawrence thinks we should totally rethink high school and make mathematics matter. Proposed Halt to Public Art Leaves Questions Stopping projects doesn’t necessarily mean more money for cops and parks. Schools ‘In the Middle of a Sea of Uncertainty’ San Diego Unified moves ahead with two budget plans: one if voters extend taxes and one if they don’t. Fletcher: I Love Schools Downtown redevelopment bill means more money for education, assemblyman argues. Fact Check: A Convention Center that Floats? Statement: The entire Convention Center is actually floating on water, readers said in response to our call for local urban legends. Stadium Lights Get School District Sued Hoover High’s new lights violate $2.1 billion construction bond’s rules, say Talmadge residents. Opinion: Take the Redevelopment 101 Quiz How much do you know about the redevelopment in San Diego? Take the quiz and find out.