Monday, June 23San Diego County's mentally ill will have to make do with fewer services over the next couple years after the Board of Supervisors approved a two-year plan to cut $50 million from the county budget. Lack of funding will force the closure of five adult day-treatment facilities and a children's clinic in El Cajon. Gone as well are two of the county's 21 psychiatric emergency response teams (PERT).
Tuesday, June 24San Diego City Schools Board of Education member Katherine Nakamura wins this week's "Always look on the bright side of life" award. After the board approved its 2003-2004 budget, which required $75 million in cuts, Nakamura passed out Harry Potter glasses to her cohorts, entreating them to put the specs on to celebrate-amid the budget crisis-the joys of reading. Trustee Fran Zimmerman put her glasses aside, declining to join in the Potter-fest. At right is what Zimmerman would look like had she played along.
Wednesday, June 25Minutes before city and law enforcement officials assembled at a special public meeting began listening to Mission Beach residents express their concerns about violence in their neighborhood, someone in a light blue sedan unloaded with half a dozen or so gunshots from a handgun in the Mission Beach area. Police later arrested an 18-year-old dude named Charles Weber.
Thursday, June 26What better place to build a drinking-water facility than right next to a nuclear reactor? That's what members of San Diego County Water Authority thought when they voted in favor of studying the idea of building a water-desalination plant at the San Onofre nuclear power plant to help meet future drinking water demands. Officials hope such a plant, a joint project with the Municipal Water District of Orange County and Southern California Edison, would add 50 million gallons of water to the area's supply.
Friday, June 27Democratic presidential aspirant Howard Dean made San Diego's gay community a high priority as his campaign blew through town. The former Vermont governor, whose state has been a national leader on the civil-unions issue, met supporters at Trolley Barn Park in University Heights before heading down the street for a chat with gay activists at the Bourbon Street bar, which hosts rollicking evenings of gay bingo. One might say Dean had a gay ol' time.
Saturday, June 28One of the Padres' highly touted young pitchers is finally coming around. Jake Peavy threw eight shut-out innings as San Diego beat a tough Seattle Mariners team 6-0. As for Adam Eaton, Brian Lawrence and Oliver Perez, we're still waiting.
Sunday, June 29The aquatic free-for-all known as Mission Bay claimed a victim as a 13-year-old boy being towed behind a boat on an inner tube was accidentally mowed down by a Jet Skier. The boy was in critical condition with a serious head injury at Children's Hospital.