San Diego's largest school district is starting a new academic year (2023)

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After a 24-hour delay, San Diego Unified begins its new academic year this morning. We'll hear from Chief Lamont Jackson. Is the following. But first... let's go with the titles...######

After a 24-hour delay due to a tropical storm, school campuses from college to T-K will be abuzz with activity today.

It's the first day for the San Diego Unified School District, which is welcoming students back to more than 100 campuses.

Higher education is also making a comeback.

About 50 thousand students in the San Diego Community College District will begin the new academic year.

And San Diego State University is starting in-person classes for the fall semester after a virtual learning day on Monday. For those with children in school, please go to parents kpbs-dot-org and submit any questions that may help with our coverage for next year.

The Aztecs men's basketball team is lending its voice to a new campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of fentanyl.

(Video) Classes Start For San Diego Unified School District

It is a partnership with the local US Attorney's Office.

The following is part of that public announcement.

(nats of music) “My name is Lamont Butler. Jae LeDee. Miles Byrd. Demarche Johnson Jr. Fentanyl kills, creates chaos, destroys families and doesn't care about your race. It doesn't matter how you identify."

Videos are posted on YouTube, Snapchat and other social media platforms.

Local prosecutors recently met with SDSU counselors and student leaders on how to recognize the signs of an overdose and how to properly use Narcan.

No relief yet for rising fuel prices in San Diego.

Triple-A now places the local average for a gallon of regular fuel at $5.32.

We now have 28 consecutive days of growth. San Diego's average is now 37 cents higher than a month ago. We are still about a dollar short of the record price of $6.43 set last October.

(Video) San Diego Unified holds first day of classes

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A one-day delay in the first day of school at San Diego Unified gave administrators and staff time to assess and repair damage from Sunday's storm.

KPBS Education Reporter M.G. Perez has this update.

There are over 170 campuses throughout the San Diego Unified School District...that's enough to fill the classrooms for students to return. Administrators and teachers spent an extra work day assessing for damage...and then making the necessary repairs. Sarah Hillard is a science teacher at Millennial Tech Middle School who discovered rainwater leaking from the ceiling onto an iPad in her classroom. It will make for a teachable moment. "I think it's really important to teach kids about weather ... weather patterns ... climate and what causes a hurricane to happen in a city that hasn't happened in 80 years." Superintendent Lamont Jackson assured parents that the district's abundance of attention is ensuring students return to safe campuses. MG Perez, KPBS News.

As the fall semester begins in San Diego Unified, Superintendent Jackson says he is ready for a successful new school year.

Once again, here is KPBS education reporter M.G. Perez.

Everyone has their own memories of the first day of school. "A new backpack... new pens... there was a bit of excitement... and a bit of nervousness." San Diego United County Superintendent Dr. Lamont Jackson is ready to welcome students back for the fall semester. He tells us their mental health is his first priority. “I think we're doing a much better job of exposing individuals... human beings... to what they've suffered in silence, and it's much more public... and with that comes the citations.. . So we're getting more referrals, you know, students expressing what they're feeling." Jackson's other priorities also include 10 additional community school campuses that will include services for families and their children that go beyond the classroom. New MGP KPBS.

We have much more from Dr. Lamont Jackson on the new school year and how he is trying to help Maui schools affected by the wildfires. You can find it on the KPBS YouTube page.

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Tropical Storm Hilary's impact on county infrastructure was minimal.

Emergency officials say that's partly due to preparation.

Evo by reporter Matt Hoffman.

Forecasters say most urban areas of the county received two to three inches of rain since Hilary with winds gusting up to 50 mph. But the first estimates do not show major damages in the entire prefecture. San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria credits pre-deployed crews across the city doing jobs like clearing clogged pipes and storm drains. “Because of their hard work, the worst we feared never happened. When we asked you to stay home and take precautions, you responded, reducing the need for emergency services, allowing EMS and city crews to do their jobs." There are no reports of deaths or serious injuries. Some roads in low-lying areas were flooded and there were nearly 150 reports of downed trees or branches. Matt Hoffman, KPBS News.

The storm brought a lot of rain to the area and this will reduce the risk of wildfires in the short term.

explains environmental reporter Eric Anderson.

Several August rainfall records were broken across the region. Escondido, Vista and Cuyamaca set rain records. The National Weather Service predicts that rainfall totals will be higher in the mountains. More than six inches fell on Palomar Mountain. At Laguna Mountain, the rainfall recorded exceeded four and a half inches. CAL FIRE's Thomas Shoots says the rain is reducing the risk of wildfires. “Now, with this rain storm, hopefully that will be less of a concern, but the wind can dry out our fuel very quickly. And so, if we get some Santa Ana winds, what's our fuel situation going to be like? That remains to be seen." Shoots says that unlike spring rains that fuel plant growth, this rainfall is unlikely to add fuel to the fires. Erik Anderson KPBS News.

Next... Over the past decade, members of the Ramona Cemetery District have voted to give themselves health benefits totaling more than $400,000.

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Two of the managers paid their own health benefits, which the auditor found unusual.

We'll have that story right after the break.

There are 58 special districts in the county that are paid for by property tax.

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Others, not so much.

Anchor Maya Trabulsi has a story about the cemetery area in Ramona.

Το νεκροταφείο Nuevo memory gardens στη Ραμόνα είναι το τελευταίο μέρος ανάπαυσης για περισσότερες από χίλιες ψυχές. Άνοιξε το 1893 και καλύπτει δέκα εκτάρια. στην είσοδο υπάρχει πλακέτα με αναγνώριση για τα δύο από τα τρία σημερινά μέλη της επιτροπής του κοιμητηρίου. Ο ένας είναι ο Γουίλιαμ Μπιγκς που εντάχθηκε στο διοικητικό συμβούλιο της περιοχής του νεκροταφείου πριν από περισσότερα από 34 χρόνια. Ο άλλος είναι ο Daniel Vengler που είναι μέλος του διοικητικού συμβουλίου για περισσότερα από 30 χρόνια. Δεν υπάρχουν όρια θητείας για ειδικά συμβούλια περιφέρειας στην Καλιφόρνια. Αλλά ένας ειδικός σε θέματα χρηστής διακυβέρνησης λέει ότι δεν έχει ακούσει ποτέ κανέναν να υπηρετήσει τόσο πολύ. Ωστόσο, δεν εκπλήσσεται που συνέβη. «Σχεδόν όλες οι ειδικές περιοχές βρίσκονται υπό το ραντάρ. Κανείς δεν τους δίνει πολλή σημασία». Ο Μπομπ Στερν συνέγραψε το νομοσχέδιο πολιτικής μεταρρύθμισης της πολιτείας, το οποίο ρυθμίζει τον τρόπο λειτουργίας των δημόσιων υπηρεσιών. Ειδικές συνοικίες, όπως εξηγεί, είναι αυτοδιοικούμενες. «Εκεί έξω στη συνοικία, αν δεν τους ακολουθήσει κάποιος, ξεφεύγουν με ό,τι θέλουν». Και "ό,τι θέλουν" είναι αυτό που κάνει αυτός ο πίνακας του νεκροταφείου, λέει ο 40χρονος κάτοικος της Ραμόνα, Πιτ Σμιθ. Ενδιαφέρθηκε για πρώτη φορά πριν από τρία χρόνια ενώ συμμετείχε σε μια επιτροπή που επιβλέπει τους ελέγχους της κομητείας. «Τονίστηκε το σχόλιο του ελεγκτή της κομητείας, ο οποίος, κατά την εξέταση της δήλωσης, διαπίστωσε ότι οι δύο διευθυντές πλήρωναν τα δικά τους επιδόματα υγείας, κάτι που ο ελεγκτής θεώρησε ασυνήθιστο». Η έκθεση εστάλη στην αστική δικαστική επιτροπή της κομητείας, η οποία διερευνά τέτοια θέματα. Αλλά ο Smith λέει ότι τίποτα δεν έχει αλλάξει. Έσκαψε, λοιπόν, βαθύτερα και διαπίστωσε ότι από το 2011, η κομητεία Ramona έχει πληρώσει συνολικά 402.123 δολάρια για παροχές υγείας των διαχειριστών. Οφέλη που ψήφισαν οι ίδιοι. Το KPBS επιβεβαίωσε όσα αποκάλυψε ο Smith. Και οι έλεγχοι στα άλλα τρία νεκροταφεία του νομού αποκάλυψαν ότι κανένα από τα άλλα δεν πλήρωσε παροχές υγείας στους εντολοδόχους τους. «Η μεγαλύτερη ανησυχία μου ως φορολογούμενος είναι πώς χρησιμοποιούνται αυτά τα χρήματα». Ο Smith ενώθηκε από έναν δημοσιογράφο του KPBS στη μηνιαία συνεδρίαση του διοικητικού συμβουλίου στις αρχές Αυγούστου. Ήταν η δεύτερη εμφάνισή του σε μια συνεδρίαση του διοικητικού συμβουλίου για να ρωτήσει για τα οφέλη τους στην υγεία. Κατά την πρώτη επίσκεψη του είπαν να προσκομίσει αποδείξεις. Σε αυτή την επίσκεψη, το έδωσε - τα δικά του αρχεία της περιοχής. «Από όλες τις περιοχές των νεκροταφείων στην κομητεία του Σαν Ντιέγκο, μόνο η Ραμόνα πληρώνει την υγειονομική περίθαλψη στους διευθυντές της» Ο ιστότοπος του Ελεγκτή της Καλιφόρνια δείχνει ότι το 2021, ο Επίτροπος Μπιγκς έλαβε 15.168 δολάρια σε εισφορές υγείας και ο Επίτροπος Βένγκλερ 34.800 δολάρια. Μετά από περισσότερα από 20 λεπτά συζήτησης μεταξύ του Smith, των μελών του διοικητικού συμβουλίου και ενός δημοσιογράφου, ο Vengler έκανε μια εκπληκτική ανακοίνωση. Λέει ότι το διοικητικό συμβούλιο θα πρέπει να σταματήσει να πληρώνει για τα οφέλη για την υγεία του και του Biggs. «Θέλουμε να ανατρέψουμε το αίτημα που εγκρίθηκε το 2011... να καταβάλει η Περιφέρεια του Κοιμητηρίου της Ραμόνα πλήρως τα οφέλη για την υγεία της Calpers για τους διαχειριστές». Ο Biggs και ο Vengler διορίστηκαν εκ νέου κατά τη διάρκεια της 28χρονης θητείας της Επιτρόπου Diana Jacob. Ο Joel Anderson διαδέχθηκε τον Jabob το 2021 και διόρισε εκ νέου μέλη του διοικητικού συμβουλίου. Του δείξαμε τι βρήκαμε. "Ξέρετε, συγκλονίστηκα όταν έμαθα τι μάθαμε." Ο Έφορος είπε τα δικά του Οι επιλογές είναι περιορισμένες. «Στην πραγματικότητα διερευνούμε τι μπορούμε και τι δεν μπορούμε να κάνουμε. Έκανα μερικούς από αυτούς τους διορισμούς το 2021, όταν εκλέχτηκα για πρώτη φορά, και κανείς άλλος δεν υπέβαλε αίτηση, δεν υπήρχαν παράπονα και δεν είχα ιδέα». Το περιφερειακό συμβούλιο του νεκροταφείου συνεδρίασε ξανά την περασμένη εβδομάδα. Ενήργησαν σύμφωνα με τις προτάσεις που έκανε ο Vengler στην προηγούμενη συνάντηση και προχώρησαν ένα βήμα παραπέρα. «Ήθελαν να δουν τις επιταγές σου, διέγραψα τις πληροφορίες». Ο Vengler επέστρεψε στην περιφέρεια για τα έξοδα ασφάλισής της με δύο επιταγές συνολικού ύψους 303.658 $. Και κάτι ακόμα. «Σχετικά με τα οφέλη για την υγεία για τους παχυντές…» Τα μέλη του διοικητικού συμβουλίου συμφώνησαν να τερματίσουν τα οφέλη για την υγεία τους. Maya Trabulsi, KPBS News.

KPBS freelance reporter J-W August wrote and reported on this story.

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That's it for today's podcast. As always, more San Diego news can be found online at KPBS dot org. Tomorrow we'll have more from the first day of school for San Diego Unified. I'm Debbie Cruz. Thanks for listening and have a nice day.


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