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Morning Report: ‘Blight’ Makes Right?

Morning Report: ‘Blight’ Makes Right?

Morning Report: ‘Blight’ Makes Right?

‘Blight’ Makes Right?

Liberty Station, the big complex in Point Loma that used to be the Naval Training
There are nice restaurants, pretty parks and even a school, among lots of other
neat stuff.
Yet the city of San Diego seems to think Liberty Station fits into the category
of “economically depressed older neighborhoods.” It fits so well, the city believes,
that it deserves to have another $81 million in redevelopment funds thrown at it.
That’s more than the $32 million that Barrio Logan, which is nobody’s idea of upscale,
might get.
Our commentator Scott Lewis says he adores Liberty Station but wonders what the
“It is not an economically depressed older neighborhood. Redevelopment’s job is
Maybe not. I feel economically depressed whenever I look at the prices of the salads
at the Tender Greens restaurant in Liberty Station. Hey city, where’s my redevelopment
money?
Talk about Overdue
on paying the $5 million it owes to the city on the construction of the new downtown
library. (The district will open a charter school there.) Why? Because the district
says the city hasn’t lived up to its part of the deal, at least at the moment, on
an issue regarding collateral. But both sides predict things will work out.
Not Close and No Cigar
Yesterday, the Morning Report linked to a CityBeat story that said the county Republican
That’s incorrect, it turns out. The party’s chairman, Tony Kvaric, says the cigars
were actually a donation.
What does CityBeat’s John Lamb, who wrote the story, have to say for himself? He
blames himself but also zings the party’s disclosure paperwork, which noted the
“in-kind donation”: “Mea culpa. I should have put on my reading glasses for the
small-print note. Typically, in-kind contributions are noted clearly – not 45 pages
removed from the listed item. Apparently the local GOP is as tidy with its paperwork
Better News for Community Gardeners
as it moves toward making it easier for residents to launch community gardens. In
(sorry, it is futile to resist saying that) to get permission.
School Scorecard
The results of science testing show that San Diego’s performance compared to other
in the number of kids scoring proficient or better. Not terribly surprising, considering
that we seem to have fewer poor kids than some of the other districts. There was
bad news too: the district “also had some of the biggest achievement gaps between
its white students and their Hispanic and black classmates, as well as economically
disadvantaged students and better off ones, according to an analysis done by the
school district itself,” education reporter Emily Alpert notes. “Boys also outperform
girls.”
Naughty, Naughty!
about the dual art exhibit – a past-and-present combination – of work by British
painters Howard Hodgkin and Thomas Gainsborough at the San Diego Museum of Art.
A museum curatorial staff member has this to say to KPBS about Gainsborough’s subjects:
And they each lived a life very much in the public sphere at a time when publicity
was beginning to create and unmake people’s reputations.”
One in Ever … Oh Never Mind
San Diego Explained, our video series in conjunction with news partner NBC San Diego,
heads to the waterfront to examine the port and the big decisions that loom in its
Riverside-San Berdoo? Seriously?
Realtor.com is out with a list of the metro areas that drew the most searches for
Chicago was No. 1, followed by Detroit (!) and Los Angeles. Poor San Diego ranked
down at 15th, just ahead of Orange County (17th) but behind Riverside-San Bernardino
(11th).
Hey! What have they got that we haven’t besides 110-degree summer days?
So What’s the Sheboygan of the West Coast, Mister?
Lazy-minded pundits have been busy comparing the Midwest (the city of Madison in
But here’s a new comparison, courtesy of a former U-T opinion columnist: “Who would
Huh? Oh, it’s a reference to our municipal pension troubles.
The Sounds of (Employee) Silence
National Public Radio considers the matter of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
and the five-year anniversary of the last time he said something during an argument
a separate breed from loners and introverts? A UCSD psychology professor has some
answers.
He says “there are people who wish to talk, but are too timid to do so” and people
who “simply choose not to say much.” One theory is that their minds are “at least
as productive” as louder people, “but their threshold for saying things out loud
is much higher. In this case, the average utterance of a Quiet Person should be
of higher quality than that of a talkative one. They have had mediocre thoughts,
but declined to share them.”
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HEADLINES
The school district hasn’t paid anything to build the downtown library, saying it’s
waiting on the city to fulfill its side of the deal.
Or so, apparently, says the mayor.
What does this powerful government agency control along the waterfront?
Bumping into art, hip injuries for dancers, engraving guns and other not-as-violent
stories in the weekly roundup of local arts news.
It’s very difficult to get permission to plant a community garden on residential
land in San Diego. The city wants to change that.
Election rules could make it difficult for a campaign to remake the San Diego Unified
school board to get on an early June ballot.
The museum for kids in Escondido changes its name.
What people are saying about the work of Howard Hodgkin and Thomas Gainsborough.
San Diego Unified did well compared to other large urban school districts on a national
science exam, but some students lag behind the rest.

BLOGS
and compelling stories of theater, painting, music, sculpture, and more, and looks
Arts Report, the weekly roundup of Behind the Scene, the art and drama of making

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HEADLINES Schools’ First Library Payment Seven Months Late The school district hasn’t paid anything to build the downtown library, saying it’s waiting on the city to fulfill its side of the deal. Liberty Station Is Economically DepressedOr so, apparently, says the mayor. San Diego Explained: Port of San DiegoWhat does this powerful government agency control along the waterfront? Arts Report: The Shelf Life of Art Plans Bumping into art, hip injuries for dancers, engraving guns and other not-as-violent stories in the weekly roundup of local arts news. San Diego’s Community Garden Plans WidenIt’s very difficult to get permission to plant a community garden on residential land in San Diego. The city wants to change that. Clock Is Ticking for Schools Makeover PlanElection rules could make it difficult for a campaign to remake the San Diego Unified school board to get on an early June ballot. A Children’s Museum by Another Name The museum for kids in Escondido changes its name. A Hanging at the Museum: Reactions What people are saying about the work of Howard Hodgkin and Thomas Gainsborough. Better-than-Average Scores, Big Achievement Gaps in ScienceSan Diego Unified did well compared to other large urban school districts on a national science exam, but some students lag behind the rest.   

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