Image via Shutterstock Hosts Scott Lewis, Andrew Keatts and Sara Libby tore in to Senate Bill 615 this week. SB 615, which is being pushed by Sen. Ben Hueso and City Attorney Mara Elliott, and would make it harder for the public to hold government officials accountable for violating the Public Records Act. And it could potentially make the process more expensive for citizens. In an interview with KPBS, Hueso said the bill is a response to increased requests by the public for records. He also said it aims to decrease incentive to sue the government. What ensues on this podcast is a high-decibel discussion by our hosts. If you didn’t see it yet, attorney Felix Tinkov wrote an opinion piece about the bill this week. Elliott also published an op-ed laying out her case for it. Documents Reveal Government Is Tracking Journalists and Advocates at the Border We called NBC 7’s Mari Payton to talk about a big story she helped break this week. A Department of Homeland Security … [Read more...] about VOSD Podcast: We’re Fired Up About Public Records
A plane touches down at San Diego International Airport. / Photo by Dustin Michelson There are a lot of things that need to get done in San Diego. The city still needs to figure out how it will tackle the homeless epidemic, how it’s going to get the money to fund a Convention Center expansion and what type of regulations it will impose on short-term vacation rentals. But there’s been progress on at least one issue. After months of arguing over Airport Authority’s vision for an expanded Terminal 1, region leaders met earlier this week to talk about how that plan will bring the trolley to the airport once and for all. Before the summit took place, Assemblyman Todd Gloria wrote an opinion piece for VOSD stressing that local leaders “cannot let this be another ‘San Diego special’ where obvious solutions to long-running problems die for the lack of vision, leadership and action.” That got us thinking: What exactly defines a … [Read more...] about VOSD Podcast: We Learned What a ‘San Diego Special’ Is and We’re Obsessed
Young adults take a tour of the juvenile detention facility in Kearny Mesa. / Photo by Adriana Heldiz San Diego County is home to two juvenile detention centers — one of which is undergoing a $240 million renovation. Both sit half empty amid an unprecedented drop in juvenile incarceration. Either facility could contain the entire juvenile population. But county officials don’t have a clear explanation for why both facilities continue to stand into the future. Will Huntsberry reports that the facilities in San Diego house juveniles from across the spectrum: They range in age and among those who’ve committed minor and serious crimes. Even still, county officials say it would be bad to close either one facility because it could interfere with their ability to move kids around and provide different programming options. One probation official cited the need to always have “an overflow unit available for when our populations fluctuates.” City Preparing for … [Read more...] about Morning Report: County Will Keep Open Two Half-Empty Juvenile Halls
Westview High School / Photo by Adriana Heldiz For months, Ashly McGlone has been digging into sexual misconduct cases involving public school employees. McGlone’s latest revelation: Two Poway Unified high school teachers ousted after romantic relationships with students were able to continue working in the field thanks to the district’s agreement not to tell potential employers why they’d been forced out, according to records obtained by Voice of San Diego. Both men, who taught at separate schools and whose resignations happened years apart, eventually lost their teaching credentials more than a year after their departures from Poway Unified, but the revocations didn’t hamper efforts to secure jobs at education firms. The Poway cases shed light on how local school district decisions, coupled with the state’s slow-moving educator misconduct reporting system, can leave future employers largely in the dark and allow problem teachers to continue working with … [Read more...] about Morning Report: Poway Unified Agreed Not to Disclose Two Teachers’ Sexual Misconduct
The San Diego Convention Center / Photo by Adriana Heldiz Now that a hotel-tax hike proposal to pay for the San Diego Convention Center expansion will not be on the 2018 ballot, questions are swirling about whether the project is still salvageable and whether the city must still fork over a $5 million deposit to secure the land for the project, VOSD’s Lisa Halverstadt writes. A hasty June deal that secured the land relied on voters to decide if the expansion should happen, but didn’t specify what would happen if voters didn’t get to decide this year. Voters may still get a say in 2020, but the city will have to decide what to do between now and then. Skipping the payment will likely invite a fight with the land’s leaseholders, who’ve said they’re owed the money. But it wouldn’t be the first time the government reneged on its commitment to pay for the lease after expansion funding plans fell apart. An Ideas Lab Is Coming, Naturally, to the IDEA … [Read more...] about Morning Report: What Happens Next With the Convention Center?