Monday, May 19
If San Diego City Manager Michael Uberuaga is going to pull his city out of its budget quagmire, he ain't gonna do it by allowing park bathrooms to get filthier and beaches to get trashier. The City Council voted 8-0 to throw Uberuaga's proposed Park and Recreation budget back in his face. Bring back a better parks budget proposal on June 16, and find some other way to cut $30 million, they told him.
Tuesday, May 20
Perhaps adding insult to injury, the San Diego City Schools Board of Trustees convened to declare Classified School Employees Week, honoring the same group of workers who've seen more than 1,000 positions eliminated since February due to severe budget cuts. Honored at the meeting was Gustavo Padilla, a computer tech at Central Elementary. On May 13, Padilla's full-time job with benefits was cut to two hours a day without benefits.
Wednesday, May 21
A Citizens' Review Board on Police Practices report that said two San Diego cops badly handled an incident that led to the fatal shooting of Demetrius DuBose never existed, thanks to a ruling by the city's Civil Service Commission. The commission asked the review board to defend its determination that Tim Keating and Robert Wills unnecessarily tried to put DuBose in handcuffs, which is what DuBose lashed out against before he was shot dead. But members of the review board said defending themselves is not in their job description and refused.
Thursday, May 22
Deputy District Attorney Steve Robinson told Judge John Einhorn that society would be a lot better off if former Port Commissioner and convicted white-collar criminal David Malcolm were required to be locked up for up to three years in a facility manned by armed guards. That way, Malcolm, who got in trouble for getting too cozy with Port District tenant Duke Energy, could be prevented from breaking any more conflict-of-interest laws.
Friday, May 23
Members of the frenzied media were duped by a couple of amateur comedian lawyers, one wearing a brown bag on his head, pretending to be walking into a Grand Jury interview. The Union-Tribune, which reported the hoax on Sunday in a larger story about U.S. Attorney Carol Lam, neglected to mention that it, too, had been fooled into running a photo of the bagged prankster in Saturday's edition.
Saturday, May 24
Perhaps fearing that it would make him sick, Mayor Dick Murphy chickened out of diving into the polluted waters of Mission Bay during a photo-op, preferring instead to wade shin-deep while City Councilmembers Donna Frye and Scott Peters went all the way. The mayor protected himself from forced dunking by using a 4-year-old human shield while he grinned goofily for the cameras. The media event announced the launch of a UC Berkeley study in which researchers will survey thousands of visitors to Mission Bay to find out how ill the icky water makes them.
Sunday, May 25San Diego Padres fans watched in despair as their team lost again, this time to the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix, 9-5, adding to the misery of what's become the Season From Hell for the National League's crappiest team.