7 days in San Diego...
Monday, Nov. 3
U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey T. Miller decided that the City Hall corruption scandal that's dogging San Diego City Councilmembers Ralph Inzunza, Michael Zucchet and Charles Lewis has turned into a complex trial, and can no longer be speedy. The ruling will delay the case by a matter of months.
Tuesday, Nov. 4
The President of the United States of America visited fire-ravaged communities, hugged people who lost their homes and wished them well.
Wednesday, Nov. 5
Four members of the San Diego City Council's Land Use and Housing Committee might get more Christmas cards this year, now that they've proven themselves to be friends of long-term renters. Members Donna Frye, Michael Zucchet, Toni Atkins and Charles Lewis voted to endorse an ordinance that would require landlords to give tenants a good reason before evicting them. The law, if approved by the full City Council, would apply to tenants who've kept the same residence for at least two years. Scott Peters voted no and might get additional holiday cheer this season from apartment owners.
Thursday, Nov. 6
Sending shockwaves throughout Southern California, Ron Ottinger, the current president of San Diego Unified School District's Board of Education, announced he won't run for reelection. OK, it wasn't so earth shattering-anyone who follows the district has known for months that Ottinger wouldn't see another term. After all, recent redistricting knocked his downtown condo out of his district, meaning he'd either have to run against board member John de Beck or purchase yet another pricey condo where he would have to pretend to live.
Friday, Nov. 7
It was a case of punishment not fitting the crime when a man who allegedly stole a purse from a woman in North Park was smacked by a pickup truck on El Cajon Boulevard after he managed to escape the grasp of a police officer. The guy, who had no I.D. on him, reportedly suffered serious head injuries and was whisked off to the hospital.
Saturday, Nov. 8
Justin Teague, just 19 years old, found himself ramming an Interstate 163 guardrail and rolling down an embankment in Kearny Mesa with bullet holes in his body, courtesy of the San Diego Police Department. Authorities say Teague had stolen a car, had two outstanding warrants and was reported by a member of his family to be armed. Officers say they found him at a gas station, but as they approached, he backed into a police vehicle and tried to run one cop down. He then drove north on 163 but didn't get far.
Sunday, Nov. 9Decaying quarterback Doug Flutie, who must be at least 55 years old by now, defied all applicable laws of physics, heaved the left-for-dead Chargers onto his back and led them to victory over the favored Minnesota Vikings, 42-18. Flutie, who's actually 41, ran for two touchdowns and passed for two more, as the Chargers improved to 2-7. After nine games: opponents 243, Chargers 174.