Monday, April 21
Mike Aguirre, who sues a lot because that?s his job, filed a 50-page objection in court saying Judge Kevin Enright blew it bigtime last week when he ruled that four county supervisors didn?t do anything wrong when they redrew their districts in 2001. Aguirre argued that Supervisors Bill Horn, Greg Cox, Dianne Jacob and Ron Roberts held illegal serial meetings in redrawing their boundaries in a way that benefited Horn politically. Aguirre said in his court filing, essentially, that Enright doesn?t understand the law.
Tuesday, April 22
The City Council wanted nothing to do with the latest proposal for East Village Square, the park-and-buildings development slated to sit just to the north of the Padres? future downtown stadium. The Centre City Development Corp. recently endorsed a plan that would include a small ?park at the park? and three buildings between eight and 22 stories high. No way, said members of the City Council. Back to the drawing board?and don?t come back until those buildings are smaller and that park is bigger.
Wednesday, April 23
A downtown Wells Fargo Bank security manager made like a cop and performed citizen?s arrests of five janitors demonstrating against the lack of health insurance for most of the county?s office-cleaning workers. The five arrestees, whom the security guard thought were blocking the bank entrance, were cited for trespassing and released.
Thursday, April 24
U.S Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, during a visit to the United States-Mexico border region, announced that the U.S. government plans on expanding SENTRI, the technology that identifies friendly, non-threatening vehicles at border crossings and allows them to pass more quickly, to include pedestrians lanes. Since the day 19 very bad men hijacked four planes, destroyed the World Trade Center, damaged the Pentagon and murdered roughly 3,000 people, it takes forever to walk across the border.
Friday, April 25
Nearly nine months after the San Diego City Council said yes to inclusionary housing, an actual policy, written in real black and white, made it to the city?s Housing Commission for consideration. The commission endorsed an ordinance that would require developers to set aside 10 percent of their housing projects as ?affordable? or pay into an in-lieu fund that would buy ?affordable? housing elsewhere. On to the City Council it goes.
Saturday, April 26
President Bush and his policies were criticized in two different places. At the Joan B. Kroc Center for Peace and Justice, former U.S. Senator and ladies? man Gary Hart said Bush?s invasion of Iraq was dumb?too hard to keep that country together and will probably makes us less safe from terrorism. And at the Federal Building, parents, social workers and others rallied against Bush?s proposal to give control of the Head Start early-childhood program to the states and move it into the Department of Education. The moves will doom the effective program, the Bush bashers said.
Sunday, April 27
Thousands upon thousands of really religious people just couldn?t wait for evangelist Billy Graham to get here?they had to start praying. They gathered at Qualcomm Stadium 11 days before Graham?s arrival in San Diego and agreed amongst themselves that God is cool and Graham?s appearance will be bitchin?.