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Housing Commission CEO Resigns — Voice of San Diego

San Diego Housing Commission CEO Rick Gentry / Photo by Adriana Heldiz

Housing Commissioner Rick Gentry abruptly submitted his resignation to city officials on Tuesday after more than a decade leading the agency.

Our Andrew Keatts made the news that Gentry sent a memo to the City Council and the housing commissioner that he plans to leave his post at the end of March.

Gentry’s announcement comes amid increased scrutiny over the official housing agency headed since 2008. This month the City Council voted for. create a committee responsible for agency reform. Council members also made an initial request to review Gentry’s performance behind closed doors rather than housing commissioners directing the road.

The Commission and Gentry also have faced investigation on its purchase and supervision of hotels it was converted into homeless housing, including the first revelation that Keatts reported that a broker he had hired to find hotels and negotiate acquisitions. made a significant financial investment of the company that sold one of the hotels.

In an interview Tuesday, Gentry said he was considering a departure from the Housing Commission over the past few months and finally decided he should move on as the City Council begins its reform process.

“I needed to either leave here at the beginning, or after it was concluded, but not in the middle of it,” Gentry said. “It will let the Council see what they want the Commission to be, and who they want to replace me. I would hope to finish the job before choosing someone, but not my decision.”

Read more about Gentry’s departure here.

Frustration grows over the mandate to mask students

As more parents protest mask requirements in schools, more district leaders are talking about what they describe as an unfair offensive by families who oppose a continuous state mandate their district has no control over.

The Union-Tribune dig into the discussion and received a letter from Poway Unified Superintendent Marian Kim-Phelps to state leaders Friday summarizing the frustration.

“Our teachers and administrators who have already been taxed should not and cannot police masks. “Students should not and cannot be excluded from their education,” Kim-Phelps wrote. “Peace and conflict over masks are becoming an extreme distraction in our schools.”

Superintendent Carlsbad Unified, meanwhile, told UT that school staff had been put in “a very difficult position” due to misconceptions that they could ignore the state’s mask requirements without consequence.

In August, the state’s Public Health Officer, Tomás Aragón, warned school leaders that they could face “legal, financial and other significant risks” if they do not comply with the mandate.

But the Rancho Santa Fe School District on Monday ruled that it had enforced the mask’s warrant. His school board voted 3-2 to make the masks optional for students.

In other news

  • Despite efforts to attract more Black students in recent years, the black population of Cal State San Marcos remains at about 3 percent. Currently, the Union-Tribune reported, the university agreed to ensure admission of eligible Black students and to provide support programs for such students.
  • Another week, another story about San Diego home price increases. Times of San Diego report that local house prices have risen 26 percent in 2021 and just under 2 percent in December.
  • 10 News reported that there were no public updates from city officials Tuesday after a brief City Council briefing on a trio of lawsuits tied to the 101st Ash St.
  • City officials are compound turned into a proposition to increase fees for police service at special events after blowback from nonprofits, Union-Tribune reported. The city will rather gradually increase fees.

This morning’s report was written by Lisa Halverstadt. Edited by Megan Wood.



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