School Salaries Published Online, Except San Diego Unified’s

“Everyone expects to have access to salary info for elected officials. Now there is a way to learn how much school district employees are paid.

TransparentCalifornia.com, a conservative nonprofit based in Orange County, has posted that data online. According to Robert Fellner, the group’s projects manager, Freedom of Information requests were sent to every school district in California — more than 1,000 in all.

Not all districts cooperated, including San Diego Unified.”

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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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New Timken Director Will Run Museum From New York

From KPBS.org By Angela Carone

“Just before the Timken Museum of Art’s 50th anniversary in 2015 and after six years of increased attendance, the museum’s board of trustees replaced Executive Director John Wilson with an art conservator who will be based in New York City. David Bull is the new visiting director of the Timken Museum of Art. He will remain based in New York City.

Wilson officially, and abruptly, resigned two weeks ago.”

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For First Time In San Diego, Israeli And Palestinian Teens Work For Peace

As conflict rages in the Middle East, 45 Israeli and Palestinian teenagers visiting the United States came together along the Mexican border Wednesday to work for peace.

Hands of Peace has been bringing young Middle Easterners to the United States for more than 11 years. This was the group’s first time in San Diego.

At Border Field State Park, in the shadow of the international border fence, the teens listened to Roman Catholic priest Dermot Rodgers talk about his life growing up in Belfast, Ireland, a city divided by fences.

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From Ethiopia To Gates: One Man’s Story Of Survival And Fatherhood

Michael Million is a proud father. He raised his two kids alone. Not one, but both of his kids are Bill and Melinda Gates Scholarship winners. That means they can go to any college where they are accepted, and they won’t have to pay a dime.

For most of us, having two children win such a scholarship would be the highlight of our story as parents, but for Million, it’s one part of a much larger story of survival and resilience.

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Refugee Teens Learn San Diego Culture By Playing Outdoors

“A day at the beach is a standard San Diego outing, but not for this group of 80 teenagers from El Cajon Valley High School. These are survivors. All of them are refugee immigrants who came to San Diego County less than three years ago. Most are from Iraq. Many can’t even swim.

El Cajon Valley High School teamed up with the nonprofit Outdoor Outreach to give these teens a chance to play in the water. On this day they were learning how to kayak and paddle board. The secret to success, according to 15-year-old Mustafa Mustafa, is to, “keep doing it and keep falling — you’re going to learn.”

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Sweetwater School District’s Interim Superintendent Starts Monday

Tim Glover, picked last week to be the Sweetwater Union High School District’s interim superintendent, starts the job at the beleaguered district Monday.

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Sweetwater School District Names Interim Superintendent

Sweetwater Interim Superintendent Tim Glover

“Sweetwater Union High School District chose a new interim superintendent on Wednesday, two days after the school trustees placed Superintendent Ed Brand on paid administrative leave.”

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City adopts plan to promote middle-class jobs

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City adopts plan to promote middle-class jobs

Originally posted on FOX5 San Diego – San Diego news, weather, traffic, sports from KSWB:

SAN DIEGO — The City Council Tuesday unanimously adopted an updated San Diego economic development strategy that’s been a decade in the making.

The plan’s goals are to expand the city’s base industries like innovation and manufacturing, international trade and logistics, defense and tourism; focus assistance on emerging businesses in clean-tech, energy efficiency, and food and beverage; increase middle-class jobs; and favoring locally based businesses over chains.

sd-moneyThe strategy, which will be in effect through 2016, seeks to take advantage of a highly skilled labor force, pleasant climate and unique proximity to Mexico and the Pacific Rim to provide competitive advantages. Those assets can retain established businesses and attract ones considering investments in San Diego, according to the proposal.

“By adopting this strategy today, we’re committing to make San Diego more business-friendly and, in turn, deliver more middle-class jobs to increase this region’s economic stability,” said Councilman Sherri Lightner, who…

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