Who benefits from granny flat give-away? “S.D. aims for more granny flats” (May 8): The facts about “The Granny Flat Pilot Program,” in case you missed the U-T’s article, suggested by the Housing Commission for additional housing. The problem is, the first 40 permits and reduced fees will only go to those affiliated with the Housing Commission, not to the public.Now the city will provide an additional $1 million toward the program, which will be paid by you, the taxpayer. That is $25,000 per unit in the form of a loan going to the same Housing Commission people who suggested the program in the first place and the loan does not have to be paid back. This is nothing more than the city and the Housing Commission’s way of saying “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.” Gene HendersonUniversity City I am quite disturbed by the trend of local communities allowing the construction of rentable “Granny Flats” in single … [Read more...] about Your Opinions: Will San Diego embrace the granny flat movement?
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There is little dispute that hate has largely moved from community clubhouses into virtual spaces, making it easy for like-minded people to fellowship from afar, no membership required.But organized hate groups have not entirely lost their appeal.The Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit that tracks hate and extremist groups across the U.S., found 1,020 such organizations in 2018, up 7 percent from the previous year.Its latest “hate map” places seven such groups as being active in San Diego County last year, with many tied to larger national movements. The groups don’t have to be violent or have committed hate crimes to be included in the annual list. Rather, the center explains its criteria as follows: “All hate groups have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.”Still, its criteria has been controversial at times, with many of the groups, including some in San Diego, … [Read more...] about Which ‘hate’ groups are operating in San Diego?
“Your navel is a round bowl that should never lack for mixed wine” is one of many erotic verses from the “Song of Songs” that gives Bible scholars cause for speculation.Then there are the lines “My beloved is mine and I am his” and “Your lips are like a crimson thread,” suggesting to some a relationship with the divine or that physical devotion can be a state of holiness.While theologians of many faiths have offered explanations for scripture that celebrates romantic love, San Diego Ballet’s artistic director Javier Velasco imagines its meaning with dance. He has teamed with resident composer and jazz saxophonist Charles McPherson and composer/violinist Yale Strom to present this weekend’s ballet production “Song of Songs” at the Lyceum Theatre. “It’s always important to come up with work that will resonate with our audience, and this is something that can be seen through religious eyes or secular … [Read more...] about San Diego Ballet teams with musicians to present ‘Song of Songs’
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Feb. 2, 2019, 1:51 AM GMT By Dennis Romero When President Trump argues that the United States needs a wall along the southern border, he likes to point to San Diego's success. There, double and triple barriers fortify the westernmost stretch of the nearly 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border as U.S. Border Patrol agents drive SUVs along frontage roads and hover overhead in helicopters. The militarized border touching the communities of Imperial Beach, San Ysidro and Otay Mesa contributed to a 75 percent decline in crossings in the years immediately after fencing was installed in the 1990s, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data. The decline mirrors a border-wide decrease.Apprehensions of those suspected of illegally crossing the entire Southwest border experienced an uptick in 2018 over 2017 to nearly 467,000 but remained at less … [Read more...] about Trump says San Diego’s border barrier works, but it pushes migrants to more dangerous areas
Air Force at San Diego State: Subplots, numbers and a quote as Falcons prepare for AztecsOdds and ends to prepare you for Air Force's game at San Diego State at 7 p.m. Friday on CBS Sports Network and KVOR 740 AM.SUBPLOTS WE’LL WATCHAir Force’s tailback situationThere’s a sense this all-important position still hasn’t been settled. Sophomore Kade Remsberg has been perfectly acceptable in his three starts, averaging 5.2 yards per carry with a touchdown. But Remsberg, despite perhaps the best speed on the team, has yet to break a run for 20 or more yards. Junior backup Joseph Saucier scored from 48 yards from Navy and has averaged 7.7 yards on 18 attempts this season. Then there’s junior Nolan Eriksen, who has lingered as a possible starter or No. 2. He drew praise from coach Troy Calhoun for his work in the fourth quarter against the Midshipmen. Maybe this is the week someone firmly grabs the spot.Best Plan BIt’s in the DNA for these teams to try to … [Read more...] about Sublots and more as Air Force football visits San Diego State