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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 Diego’s First Medical Marijuana Permit Faces Last Bureaucratic Hurdle

San Diego could have its first legal medical marijuana dispensary this week, but the pot pioneer and his opposition have fought at every step in the process.

The medical marijuana collective A Green Alternative is set to become San Diego’s first officially permitted medical pot shop, almost 20 years after voters passed Proposition 215, allowing for medical cannabis.

David Blair holds a doctorate in business, teaches business ethics at San Diego State University and is the chief executive officer of A Green Alternative.

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Big Changes, High Hopes For Sweetwater School Board This Election

All five of the Sweetwater Union High School District’s Board of Trustee seats are up for grabs in November and many hope the new candidates will bring a fresh start to a district plagued with corruption scandals.

The scandals involving the Sweetwater board of trustees began to unfold almost three years ago. Jill Galvez is a Chula Vista voter and former city council candidate. She said the entire district is still recovering from the humiliation.

“Our community has a black eye because of our crooked board members,” Galvez said. “It’s been an embarrassment, frankly, for the whole South Bay.”

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One San Diego Mother’s Battle For Her Dyslexic Son

“Dyslexia was identified as a disorder in 1881 by Oswald Berkhan. Yet San Diego County parents are still fighting with school districts over how to help students with the world’s most common learning disability.

Here’s how the challenge played out for one San Diego mother and her son.

Ten year-old Zachary White is in the fifth grade. He sits in his tutor’s classroom and reads aloud from “Charlotte’s Web.”

“One of the pigs is a runt. It’s very small and weak and will never amount to anything,” he reads.

Today, Zachary can read at his grade level, but that took years of work. Zachary is dyslexic.”

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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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