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Morning Report: Chula Vista’s Big Bet

Morning Report: Chula Vista’s Big Bet

Morning Report: Chula Vista’s Big Bet

Chula Vista’s Big Bet

(Four hours on Saturday at the main one is all residents get on the weekend.) There
seems to be just one tree maintenance worker for the city of about a quarter million
and less than one graffiti guy (he does it just one day a week).
So it seems more than a bit odd that the city wants to take on a new $70 million
job: dismantling a power plant and cleaning up the resulting mess full of potentially
toxic gunk. Why wouldn’t it just let someone else do it?
Because, as investigative reporter Will Carless puts it, “done right, the project
could land the city with a multimillion dollar windfall that it could then use to
further pretty up the bay front and prepare it for potential developer suitors.
thanks in part to city officials seem in the dark about how an apparent deal will
work or even that one is in the works. But the dealmakers say there is a deal, and
they’re waiting for the city to get with the program.
Sign Language for Your Tot
They’re not deaf, but thousands of San Diego babies aged 6 to 15 months have still
learned sign language thanks to Joann Woolley, a local “mompreneur.” Her clients
are parents who want their kids to develop a form of language early on and maybe
even converse with their moms and dads.
Woolley tells us about the logistics (how do you sign with your own hands when they’re
full?), the competition (programs that use invented hand gestures but not American
Sign Language), and the compassion behind the communication (“What we all ultimately
want in life is to be understood”).
Beach Blanket Binge Drinking
Who hates boozers on the beach? Everybody raise your hands! You too, Pacific Beach,
Anyone? Put your beer down and pay attention. Hello?
Voters in those neighborhoods were definitely in favor of allowing beach drinking.
That’s the latest finding from San Diego Fact Check, which evidence supporting a
that those neighborhoods overwhelming stood behind the legality of beach drinking
in 2008 when the issue was on the ballot. La Jollans, however, mostly wanted the
boozers to take a hike.
Teachers, DeMaio and More Lewd-Weatherman Humor
a compilation of commentary across the San Diego landscape, finds opinions about
teacher pay (a suggested $100,000 each), a councilman (uncompromising), a disgraced
local TV weatherman (still titter-worthy) and Planned Parenthood’s unfortunate run-in
(with a phony pimp and prostitute).
Not all commenters are gracious and charitable. How did we get to a place where
in a column for the North County Times. Can the online world can make a stand for
civility and declare a moratorium on snarky jokes about that weatherman? (Psst!
If you’ve got a really good one, you know how to reach me.)
»»»
What We Learned This Week:
» Not So Blighty
Walk around Liberty Station, the sparkling new complex in Point Loma that replaced
the Naval Training Center, and it may take a while to find anything ramshackle and
run-down (unless I’m bringing down the property values by making a visit). Even
so, it may get tens of millions of dollars earmarked for urban renewal, including
lots of money to fix historic buildings.
This is another twist in redevelopment’s ongoing fight for its life, a battle that
their compromise plan (possibly dead on arrival at the governor’s office) and the
» Hurry Up and Wait, Artist!
Some of us can’t bear to have a great idea and then sit on it for more than, I don’t
who work on public art projects: They may have a great project proposal and then
wait years for it to reach reality. The artists behind the public art planned for
the downtown library know this all too well.
The Coffee Collection (engaging stories to savor over a cup of herbal tea)
» The King of Hoards The city’s spent years been trying to get a homeowner in the
Mount Hope to clean up his mammoth collection of junk. Finally, a judge said go
ahead: take it all away. We were on hand to find the personal story behind the eyesore
» Can It Cut the Mustard? A San Diego charter school doesn’t think it’s done a poor
job, but it doesn’t really matter: it got a huge influx of federal money anyway
Is it making a difference?
Quote of the Week:
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HEADLINES
City leaders are considering taking on the task of demolishing and cleaning up the
South Bay Power Plant, a move that brings great risk and possible reward.
Opinions and comment from around the San Diego Internet.
“Pacific Beach, Mission Beach and Ocean Beach residents all voted overwhelmingly
against the alcohol ban,” Pacific Beach resident Gordon Nall wrote in a letter
published by the Union-Tribune Feb. 17.
The parents are not deaf, nor are the children. They go to Joann Woolley to learn
sign language and try to translate some of that baby babble into meaningful conversation.

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HEADLINES Chula Vista’s $70 Million Power Plant GambleCity leaders are considering taking on the task of demolishing and cleaning up the South Bay Power Plant, a move that brings great risk and possible reward. Voices on Teacher Pay, Desal and the WeatherOpinions and comment from around the San Diego Internet. Fact Check: The Beach Booze Ban Vote “Pacific Beach, Mission Beach and Ocean Beach residents all voted overwhelmingly against the alcohol ban,” Pacific Beach resident Gordon Nall wrote in a letter published by the Union-Tribune Feb. 17. She Teaches Babies to Talk with Their HandsThe parents are not deaf, nor are the children. They go to Joann Woolley to learn sign language and try to translate some of that baby babble into meaningful conversation.  

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