Monday, June 2
City Councilmember Donna Frye argued that $4.5 million in hotel tax money that the city gives to the Convention and Visitors Bureau to promote tourism should instead go to fund things like parks and recreation services, libraries and cultural events, all slated to endure budget cuts. Representatives of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, meanwhile, weren't happy with the idea, apparently missing the point that tourists don't dig cities with messy parks and nothing fun to do.
Tuesday, June 3
With only seven months left to pursue legal action against the Catholic Church-state law set a Dec. 31, 2003 statute of limitations on lawsuits alleging priestly sexual misconduct-two more people jumped on the legal bandwagon, filing claims in San Diego Superior Court alleging that Monsignor William Kraft, deceased two years, touched them in icky ways back in the 1960s and '70s. This brings the number of recent lawsuit filings up to six.
Wednesday, June 4
The word “Jizzlam” was inserted into the local vocabulary as a magazine bearing that name was distributed around the University of California, San Diego campus. The magazine, subtitled “An Entertainment Magazine for the Islamic Man” and filled with 16 pages of vulgar, sexually oriented content about Muslim women, Jews and Palestinians, prompted a wave of condemnation from university administration and student leaders.
Thursday, June 5
Smokey the Bear always told us not to play with matches, but he never said anything about lighters. Three Taft Middle School students in Serra Mesa obviously took Smokey too literally-they were arrested on suspicion of igniting a two-acre brushfire near their school after reportedly fooling around with a lighter. The students are girls, not boys, as reported in the Union-Tribune. Firefighters extinguished the blaze before it could wreak havoc across the countryside and cause massive death and destruction.
Friday, June 6
For the second time in a month, someone with a bolt cutter and a hankering for some free computers broke into Mission Bay High School and snatched, according to district estimates, somewhere between 20 and 40 Mac laptops worth around $40,000. The theft is currently under investigation and the district asks anyone who knows anything to kick down with the knowledge-you know, for the kids.
Saturday, June 7
Annually, cigarettes kill more than 400,000 Americans-usually as a result of excessive inhaling. This time, a cigarette did its damage the unconventional way, somehow igniting a sofa in an apartment in La Jolla Village and killing 42-year-old Cynthia Fitzgerald, who leaves behind two children.
Sunday, June 8
It looked like talented lefty Brian Lawrence was leading his San Diego Padres to another late-inning meltdown when Torii Hunter of the Minnesota Twins blasted a tie-breaking homer off him in the eighth, but the Padres briefly left their usual Sad Sack character and scored six runs in the ninth for the 9-4 win. The victory left the Padres two whole games ahead of the Detroit Tigers, the worst team in baseball.