Morning Report: Cleanup program gave homeless residents a rare thing: hope

A pilot project sparked by a question from a homeless resident about why the city couldn’t make it easier for homeless San Diegans to clean up after themselves grew into so much more.

For the past four months, homeless residents have gathered at the border of East Village and Barrio Logan twice a week to pick up trash as part of a pilot project known as the Triangle Project, named for a triangle-shaped area in which they were concentrated and which is bounded by National Avenue and 16th and Commercial streets.

As Lisa Halverstadt of Voice of San Diego and contributor Peggy Peattie report, volunteers handed out heavy-duty trash bags, provided a dumpster, and gave homeless residents $2 for each bag they picked up.

When the pilot ended last Thursday, homeless residents told Halverstadt and Peattie the project gave them extra money and a sense of purpose and community.

Organizer Brian Trotier and the Lucky Duck Foundation, who helped fund the pilot to test the idea, are now hoping another group will step up to lead the long-term effort.

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This is not the first time that San Diego has been a paradise for women

Decades before Roe vs. Wade, San Diego was the last resort for countless pregnant women.

Voice contributor Randy Dotinga reports that women in the 1930s sought abortions at clandestine clinics that dotted the city, including one linked to an infamous abortion syndicate that spanned the entire West Coast.

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These women shared two things in common: desperation and a willingness to take immense risk, she writes.

Dotinga delves into that story in his latest story. Click here to read more.

Related: Voice’s Megan Wood discusses what San Diego leaders are doing to preserve reproductive freedom. She reads her biweekly roundup of stories you don’t want to miss here.

What about 101 Ash?

Early last week, Halverstadt hit us with the news that the City Council wasn’t going to vote on a proposed deal on 101 Ash St. after all.

It serves us well for thinking it would.

Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts explain what could have happened and share some comments from former Mayor Kevin Faulconer, who jumped on KUSI to say he was happy a proposed deal on 101 Ash St. was delayed because it wasn’t something “that should be rushed.” . .”

  • Halverstadt revealed that city attorneys and a former city real estate consultant want to question the city’s former top bureaucrat under oath following a bombshell accusation from the City Attorney’s Office that he ordered related records to be purged. with 101 Ash St. and Civic Center Plaza. .

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It took a global pandemic and the Great Renunciation, but now we’re starting to wonder: what if teachers want…money?

Following San Diego Unified’s announcement that they would offer signing bonuses for certain jobs, the hosts of their VOSD podcast discussed how cash could incentivize local educators to fill the roles and schools where they are needed most. .

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Financially incentivizing teachers was once taboo. But with this option on the table, we asked ourselves what other systemic school problems could be solved with money.

Also on the show, we check out the 101 Ash St. settlement that never existed. And your boy, Andrew Keatts, got the receipts (ie government emails) on that big coastal height limit story.

Catch the latest Voice of San Diego podcast here or wherever great shows are downloaded.

In other news

  • There was a 3.0 west-northwest earthquake from San Diego last night, the Union-Tribune reported. It occurred below the sea floor and did not cause any tremors along the coast.

The Morning Report was written by Lisa Halverstadt, Nate John, and Andrea Lopez-Villafaña.