SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Supporters of a proposal to reform the governing structure of the San Diego Unified School District expressed disappointment Tuesday that they failed to gather enough signatures to qualify the measure for the ballot.
Members of "San Diegans 4 Great Schools" needed to collect more than 93,000 valid signatures and came up 3,000 short, despite turning in more than 129,000 names, according to the San Diego City Clerk's Office.
The most controversial part of the plan was to add four appointed members to the five-person Board of Education.
The proposal also called for 12-year term limits and other reforms that, according to backers, would have reduced the influence of special interests, increased support to teachers and given parents the tools to keep the district accountable.
"We're very disappointed to learn that our measure failed to qualify for the ballot," said Scott Himelstein, a supporter of the measure. "However, we're proud that we started an important conversation on school reform and we hope to see it continue."
The clerk's office reported that the measured failed, in part, because 22,520 people who signed the petitions were not registered to vote and 14,746 duplicate signatures were found in the tabulation conducted by the county Registrar of Voters.
A cloudy start to the week with cooler weather for Monday and Tuesday. At the coast Monday, temperatures will hit the high 60s with high 70s for the inland communities.
Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, commander of the Navy's Third Fleet, is the scheduled keynote speaker Monday at the annual Memorial Day observance at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.
One man was killed and another injured when they were struck by a passenger train in Oceanside, authorities said Monday.
Sunday was all about those who laid their lives on the line and with the number of veterans dwindling each year, many present at a Miramar ceremony hope to keep their memory alive.
A Navy Seal team member has died after his parachute failed to open during a Fleet Week demonstration over the Hudson River.
Metropolitan Transit System is scheduling extra service starting Monday for a three-day game series between the San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs at Petco Park, a spokesperson said.
Veterans are being honored across San Diego County during Memorial Day weekend and dozens of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts were among those spending their Saturday placing American flags at burial sites at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.
Commencement was held Sunday for seniors at the University of San Diego, with ceremonies featuring a pair of distinguished alumni.
A 30-year-old was knocked out and stabbed three times at the Beyer Trolley Station early Sunday morning, according to Officer Robert Heims of the San Diego Police Department.
A bird was responsible for an outage that left thousands without electricity Sunday, a San Diego Gas & Electric spokesperson said.