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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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San Diego Youth Symphony, Qualcomm Honored For STEAM Education

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The hot new movement in education is combining science, technology, engineering, art and math — also known as STEAM education.

Two San Diego organizations — San Diego Youth Symphony and Qualcomm’s Thinkabit Lab — were honored Wednesday for their work on STEAM programs in San Diego schools.

San Diego’s Best Coast Beer Festival

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72 breweries come together Saturday in one big beer festival called ‘Best Coast Beer Fest” all to raise money for charity.

There isn’t any beer here now but Best Coast’s Erik Ulkutekin boasts soon “Beer as far as the eye can see.”

Erik’s wife, Amy, created ‘Best Coast Beer Fest’.

“She said lets do a beer festival and I’m like YES!” Ulkutekin said.

The festival isn’t only about drinking 70 different kinds of beer, they are raising money for the charity Cancer for College. The charity gives college scholarships to cancer survivors. Best Coast founder Amy Ulkutekin said “I knew that partnering with this specific charity and making sure that we had the right team – I have amazing designers, great connections within the brewery world it just made sense.”

Amy said while the whole event cost just over one-hundred thousand dollars to produce – they’re already in the black for the charity.

“A lot of luck and crossing fingers, hahaha,” Amy said.

The park behind the convention center turns from a field of grass into one of San Diego’s larger beer festivals. Erik said choosing all of the beers was grueling.

“The research was every single beer festival we could possibly go to. You know getting dragged into it.” Erik said sarcastically. With a smirk he tries to insinuate he’s ‘working’ and that drinking beer is almost a favor he’s doing his wife.

Best Coast Beer Fest organizers expect close to 5000 attendees.

Owning Enthusiasm: SDSU Wants to Trademark ‘I Believe’ Cheer

San Diego State University is trying to trademark a cheer.

It’s commonly referred to as the “I Believe” cheer. At Aztec games, one fan screams “I” and the crowd repeats it; then “I believe,” adding one word at a time through “I believe that we will win!” It ends with an ear-piercing climax when the whole crowd shrieks, “Win!”

Aztec basketball fans have become famous for using the cheer in recent seasons. The student section, known as “The Show,” will have hundreds of fans jumping and chanting the cheer in unison during games. They are waves of Aztec passion, like breakers to the shore.

The synchronized, undulating mob screams the mantra to both inspire their team and freak out the opposition.

It has been known to work.

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