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San Diego Unified, Union Declare Contract Negotiation Impasse

After 10 months of labor negotiations, San Diego Unified School District and its teachers union declared an impasse.

In a statement, Superintendent Cindy Martin said they have “reached tentative agreements on nearly all issues including adding more counselors, nurses and special education support; increasing time for teacher preparation; maintaining benefits; and supporting consistent Visiting Teacher coverage. There are still a few areas where we have been unable to reach agreement.”

Lower class size and pay are the two sticking points — two of the most expensive issues.

The district can’t afford to pay teachers what they are asking for, Martin said.

“It does come down to money when you’re at the very end of the negotiations,” Martin said. ”We have mutually declared an impasse, which is simply another step in the bargaining process.“

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Temporary Fire Station Coming To San Diego’s Skyline Area

A temporary fire station will soon open in the Skyline area of San Diego, which suffers from slow response times.

The $400,000 station, which is slated to open in April, will serve as a placeholder until a permanent facility can be built for the neighborhood. Construction for the temporary station began on Monday.

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San Ysidro School District Teachers Strike

“Teachers in the San Ysidro School District went on strike Wednesday after last-minute negotiations with the school district failed to produce a new contract.

“Teachers are being forced to pay for the mistakes that our school board has been making all this time,” said Ray Lozada who was one of 44 teachers striking at Willow Elementary, the largest school in the San Ysidro district. Lozada is a seventh grade history teacher.”

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San Ysidro Teachers Strike Possible; Contract Talks Resume Tuesday

“Students in the San Ysidro School District went back to school Tuesday after a mid-session break, but their teachers are on the verge of a strike.

The school district and the teachers union are at odds over pay, the length of the school year and class sizes. They resumed contract negotiations at 9 a.m. Tuesday, but both sides are preparing for a strike.”

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Roundtable Analyzes #Debates, #Fracking, Testing Violations In #ChulaVista Schools

KPBS Roundtable talks about the top stories from the week.

1: California Gov. Jerry Brown, and challenger Neel Kashkari, debate.

2: Fracking possible in California

3: Chula Vista Elementary Ignores State Rules On Tests

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Labor Day Jobs Report Has Good and Bad News for California and San Diego

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The annual Labor Day report on jobs and the economy from the nonpartisan California Budget Project has some good and bad news on the state of jobs in California.

Some good economic news is that California has some of its lost jobs back.

Luke Reidenbach author of the report said, “The state has regained a number of jobs that were lost in the recession.” He said, “Between July 2007 and February 2010 the state lost a little over 1.3 million jobs and since then the state has regained a similar number of jobs.”

But those jobs don’t pay as much. According to the report middle and low-income workers earn less today than in 1979, when adjusted for inflation. And the number of low wageworkers has grown. Meanwhile top earners take in 17 percent more.

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Read the report for yourself. California Budget Project Report on the Economy and Jobs.

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Assemblywoman Shirley Weber Wants To Make Chula Vista University A Reality

Above: A graduate dressed in a robe and cap peers over a crowd of his colleagues at a commencement ceremony.

“California State Assemblywoman Shirley Weber wants a university in Chula Vista. Weber sits on the Assembly’s committee on higher education and she said in an interview that the need is there.

“In San Diego County we have three state institutions. That’s not enough for the third largest county, second largest city in the state,” Weber said.”

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