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.
The California Highway Patrol arrested 15 in San Diego County on suspicion of drunken driving, during the first night of its annual Thanksgiving "maximum enforcement period."
The always-heated topic of whether to begin holiday shopping on Thanksgiving Day will be raised again Thursday, as many chain stores will open their doors around San Diego one day before the so-called "Black Friday."
A charity run, meals for the needy, a long-running music festival and holiday shopping are on tap for Thursday's Thanksgiving Day in San Diego.
Your living room often becomes your work space if you work from home. If you have kids, the house can be even more chaotic. Well now, more women are able to take 10-15 steps out of their home and into their "she shed."
Around 60,000 passengers are expected to pass through San Diego's Lindbergh Field daily during the upcoming holiday weekend.
Thanksgiving meals were provided to the needy around San Diego County Wednesday, one day ahead of the holiday.
A pedestrian was killed Wednesday night in a hit-and-run crash in the Mountain View section of San Diego and police detained the driver, who fled the scene on foot after the vehicle struck a house.