Voice of San Diego Podcast
Summary: This is Voice of San Diego’s weekly spitfire roundup of news. We cover local and regional politics, the environment, education, the border and more. This show features our investigative reporting and interviews with lawmakers and other special guests.
This week, we discuss a public records failure by San Diego Unified, a high-profile callout of Lincoln High and some spicy public agency Twitter drama. School up on the region with San Diego 101: vosd.org/sd101 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A lot of parking spots were taken away last year when the city of San Diego let restaurants move their business outside temporarily to keep customers around safely. Now that we're moving to an increasingly maskless and virus-less region, what's the deal with those patio structures? This week, we discuss the mixed messaging that's coming from the city on the structures' future. Plus: The latest on 101 Ash St., Cindy Marten's new job is official and other local news. Watch San Diego 101 – A user's guide to the region: vosd.org/sd101 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The recall election truly earned the criticism this week that the effort is a circus. One San Diegan in the race, John Cox, is pushing some wild tactics that feature an actual bear. The other San Diegan running is former Mayor Kevin Faulconer, a key player in a new investigation by Voice of San Diego. This week, we talk the race, the investigation and a story of potential fraud at a powerful charity. Plus: San Diego 101 is back! We'll break down the latest series of explainers and how you can use it to learn about the region — and change it. Watch them all at voiceofsandiego.org/sd101 Tell us what you want to know at voiceofsandiego.org/contact See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The recall is on. Enough signatures have been gathered to trigger an election to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom, likely sometime in November, just before the next gubernatorial election in 2022. This week, we review the mechanics of a statewide recall election, like what you'll see on the ballot and how you'll be able to vote. Plus: Andy Keatts tells the story of the rise of Reform California, a conservative political advocacy group. Keep up with all our political coverage with the Politics Report: vosd.org/politics See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Last week, San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria released his proposed budget for the city's next fiscal year. Since then, Scott, Andy and Sara — along with a lot of other folks in the city — have been digging into it to suss out where the mayor stands on police and other major city services. This week, we're getting in to the police funding argument. Plus: Rent relief money could get left on the table. High Tech High is set to unionize. And... a new rendering! (Check it out here.) Watch our recent members event unpacking the city budget at vosd.org/events See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
This week, we review some of the latest efforts by elected officials to change policing, from budgets to bills. Plus: Schools are back! And the Convention Center is changing as much as the rest of us. Keep up with all our investigations and news analysis with The Morning Report: vosd.org/morning Join us Wed., April 12 for a happy hour to discuss the San Diego city budget: vosd.org/events See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Akilah Weber is poised to clinch the 79th Assembly District seat vacated by her mother, Secretary of State Shirley Weber, and become the newest state legislator. We're going to conduct a postmortem on this special election (the rules of which we learned in real time) and how some nasty politics shook out leading up the vote. Plus: Next week marks the start of what will totally catch on as “The Great Reopening.” June 15 is gonna be a big deal. And Measure C is back. Join the spring campaign today! Donate a tax-deductible gift at: vosd.org/spring2021 If you write a note to us when you give, we'll thank you on next week's show. Every gift and every donor means a lot to us. Follow our stories all week long: vosd.org/newsletters See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
On this week's podcast, Scott Lewis, Andrew Keatts and Sara Libby ran down three items in the news that were pushing their buttons. First: Several local Republican politicians seized on a local agency's call for teachers to volunteer to conduct some lessons for the migrant girls being temporarily housed at the Convention Center to try and stoke resentment and anger toward the girls. In doing so, they also publicized some outright falsehoods. Meanwhile, as vaccinations continue and life starts inching back toward normal, scooters are making a comeback. We recalled how, pre-pandemic, this was an issue that many San Diego civic leaders actually took seriously. And finally, VOSD's Will Huntsberry reported this week that Lincoln High's leadership team is being shaken up once again. The district responded to the story by doubling down on the narrative that everything is great at Lincoln and that suggesting otherwise demonstrates something sinister, a kind of gaslighting that benefits no one. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The current migration from Central America to the U.S. is one of the biggest national stories right now — often referred to as a "surge." In this podcast, Tom Wong, UC San Diego professor and director of the U.S. Immigration Policy Center, is going to explain what’s really happening and how it all fits within longstanding patterns. Wong and host Andrew Keatts are going to get into the data, how it's captured and how pent-up demand from the 2020 pandemic is catching up to us. Keep up with immigration news with The Border Report: vosd.org/border Support local journalism: vosd.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
When San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten sat in front of a U.S. Senate committee this week as part of the process to confirm her as deputy education secretary, many senators got to ask questions we've been wanting to ask for a while. We're gonna get into those questions now. Plus, the San Diego Convention Center — which has sheltered homeless San Diegans during the pandemic — will soon house migrant children seeking asylum. (Keep an eye on the feed for a bonus episode with a local expert who will zoom out on the longer migration trends and how this moment fits in.) Follow your interests with our newsletters: vosd.org/newsletters See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
This week, Scott Lewis got to talk to Dr. Shane Crotty, an immunologist and vaccine expert who leads the Crotty Lab at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology at UC San Diego. They broke down some of the science of COVID-19 as it tries to thrive in the world — and the race between us and the virus. Plus, Crotty answers listener questions. Support explanatory journalism at vosd.org/parkermatch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
San Diego’s homeless residents have been struck by yet another horrific and deadly tragedy. On the show, we put this week's events into context and discuss the major roadblock to any real homelessness solutions: a lack of truly affordable housing. Plus: San Diego schools are about to get an unprecedented amount of money. So what now? Bonus episode coming soon! Make sure to subscribe to the podcast so you don't miss our upcoming interview about vaccine science and the race against COVID. Support explanatory journalism and your gift will be matched! Join at vosd.org/parkermatch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Educators are scrambling to decide when and how to reopen. But what does "open" really mean? This week, we get in the middle of haggling that's going on between school district officials and the teachers union. It's been three months since Mayor Todd Gloria took office. We check on his progress and promises about homelessness. Plus, a windfall of cash is coming to the region thanks to federal coronavirus relief. So, what next? Join VOSD today and get your donation matched! Support explanatory journalism at vosd.org/parkermatch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Let's talk about leadership. This week, an interview by KPBS's Andrew Bowen caught the attention of Scott, Andy and Sara. He was interviewing San Diego City Council President Jen Campbell, and she voluntarily rehashed the contentious battle she fought to become Council president. We get into that and a brief history of Council presidency. At the state level, California's leadership is trying to wrap up this whole virtual schools nightmare. But former Mayor Kevin Faulconer thinks he can lead better. Plus: VOSD's MacKenzie Elmer joins the show to unpack a binational sewage crisis. Support explanatory journalism! Join now and your contribution will be matched by the Parker Foundation: vosd.org/parkermatch See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
If you live in the 79th Assembly District, you’ve got another election coming up. That’s because Shirley Weber, who represented the area for nearly a decade, was recently appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom to be California’s new secretary of state. VOSD held a debate with the five candidates running for that seat. This is part two of the debate — police, criminal justice and reform. Keep up with state Assembly news with the Sacramento Report: vosd.org/sacramento See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.