Monday, May 12
Surprising no one and enraging cop-critics in Ocean Beach, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis sent a letter to acting San Diego Police Chief John Welter that said officers Patrick Hall and Robert Acosta had no choice but to shoot and kill well known transient Daniel Woodyard back on Feb. 4. Dumanis said Woodyard charged at the cops with an 11-inch knife after they attempted to stop him so they could search his backpack. Some witnesses said Woodyard didn't have to die.
Tuesday, May 13
The driver of a Dodge Stratus got out of his car, walked a few paces to the middle of a road in Otay Mesa, shot a guy three times in the head, slipped into another car and sped away. The murdered man, Uzziel Lopez-Avalos, was bound at the hands and feet and had just freed himself from the trunk of the Stratus and tried to hop away when he was shot dead. Police are looking for his executioner.
Wednesday, May 14
Union-Tribune reporter Chris Moran got Ed Lopez, a member of San Diego Unified School DistrictÕs Board of Education, to announce that he will not run again for re-election, which shows that Lopez is sane, at least to a small degreeÑthe Board of Education is such a dysfunctional political entity that one wonders why any non-masochistic human being would seek election to it. Lopez's absence from the next election guarantees a bitter campaign over the fate of district Superintendent Alan Bersin and his "Blueprint" education reform.
Thursday, May 15
Attorney Michael Conger sued San Diego's embattled City Employees Retirement System because four members of the board that oversees it cast votes in 2002 that resulted in their direct financial benefit. Board members Cathy Lexin, Terri Webster, Mary Vattimo and Ron Saathoff are enrolled in the city's pension system and voted to allow the city to reduce its financial contribution in exchange for increasing pension benefits for current city employees. The pension system is in a big, fat mess, estimated to be in a $2 billion hole by the end of this decade.
Friday, May 16
Right around the time when the bartenders holler "Last call!" at Moondoggies in Pacific Beach, a guy was overcome by rage when he thought another young fellow had sucked on his beer bottle. To avenge the grievous party foul, the angry man reenacted a common movie scene and smashed a beer on the other guy's noggin, no doubt causing him a terrible headache.
Saturday, May 17
Blaming his team's dismal start on what was supposed to have been its only strength this year, San Diego Padres General Manager Kevin Towers gave pitching coach Greg Booker the boot. The pitching staff, featuring some of baseball's best young pitchers, has allowed more than five and a half runs per game, on average, which is way too high for a National League team.
Sunday, May 18
The Padres proved it wasn't all Greg Booker's fault. Starter Brian Lawrence allowed six runs in seven innings as the team fell to the Atlanta Braves under the watch of new pitching coach Darren Balsley.