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 break down an effort by SANDAG to get a transit tax on the November 2022 ballot and a few other measures that are starting to take shape. Plus: A 101 Ash St. thing we can't let go. And new numbers — and a new idea — on homelessness. Get the newsletter for this podcast at vosd.org/newsletters See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
This week, we're bringing you an episode of the Emo Brown podcast — a Chula Vista-based show recorded at 3 Punk Ales brewery, hosted by Steve Garcia. Garcia recently called up VOSD host and CEO Scott Lewis to join the show. We liked it so much we wanted to share it with you. Lewis and Garcia talked about Lewis' personal history, journalism, VOSD's purpose in San Diego and some of the biggest issues facing the region, such as education inequality, housing and homelessness. Plus, how to keep up with — and support — local news. Note: This podcast contains expletives. Check out The Emo Brown Podcast wherever you like to listen. emobrown.com Support Voice of San Diego and our mission at vosd.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Scott Lewis has called it: The Sports Arena and its surrounding land is officially a San Diego Special. (That is an intractable, San Diego-specific problem brought on by maladministration and/or crummy leadership.) This week, we discussed the state of the current bidding process to remake the area and prioritize a new arena — while the housing crisis looms over us all. Plus: Palm trees are a menace. The "political genius" of 101 Ash St. Charity leaders flip a house. Join us on May 4 for our next in-person event. See details at vosd.org/events See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
For weeks now, we’ve been waiting to see if the San Diego County fair will actually happen. Headlines and rumors suggested San Diego's most prized carnival spectacle was in jeopardy because of a lawsuit that seized the state district that oversees the fair. Voice North County reporter Tigist Layne has been following the fair-y tale and joins us week to explain how this unique slice of San Diego land is governed, the details of the suit and where the Fairgrounds and its CEO stand now. Plus: The Chula Vista mayor's race. And the San Diego City Council decides on potential ballot measures. RSVP to our next live event at vosd.org/events Keep up with our coverages at vosd.org/morning See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nowadays, more resources are being thrown at the homelessness crisis than ever and there are still more unhoused San Diegans than ever — many of whom use camping-style tents as a lifeline, refusing shelter beds. So, what now? This week, we discuss how personal tents changed the homelessness crisis and what it means for leaders fighting for solutions to our region's biggest problem. Plus: Big transit hub news. Midway and Sports Arena updates. And did you hear Gold Coast Drive?! Check out Scott's story on tents and homelessness at vosd.org/tents Subscribe to our newsletters at vosd.org/newsletters See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
When one discusses the future of San Diego, there’s typically a shared, unspoken assumption: We’ll keep growing. Everything we need to power a prospering region hinges on that assumption, too. Infrastructure, housing, the airport, drive-thru Starbucks. But we’re not growing. We're shrinking (dying if you wanna get dramatic about it). This week, we discuss the data that tells the story of our population change — and the questions we must answer about the troubling future of our region. Plus: The Assembly District 80 special election. That big truck problem in Barrio Logan. Andy's mustache. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The City of Oceanside has North County's second largest homeless population (after Escondido). And as of this week, it's gearing up for its first homeless shelter. This week on the pod, Andy and Andrea are joined by Voice's North County reporter, Tigist Layne, to discuss the news from Oceanside and the latest housing issue in Encinitas. Plus: Highlights from this week's State of the County address. Join the campaign! vosd.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
This week, Andy's got the story of David Alvarez and his potential violation of city ethics law. The former San Diego city councilman, and now candidate for the state Assembly, worked for SDG&E before the mandated “cool off” period was over. Whether he was lobbying is the big question. This has led to a fiery campaign for Assembly District 80. Alvarez and the other Democrat seeking the seat, Georgette Gómez, have been dragged in political ads for their violations of public trust. We're going to recap some political history and talk about what it all means for the special election. Plus: Gov. Gavin Newsom's plan to help with gas prices. And local governments are so over COVID. Support this show and our reporting at vosd.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
We planned this for months but it couldn’t have been more timely. Voice of San Diego reporters have been digging into the biggest drivers of San Diego’s high costs: housing, transportation, water, energy and more. This week on the podcast, hosts Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts discuss the biggest findings from our new reporting series, "San Diego's Cost-of-Living Crisis." Check it out at vosd.org/cost Support this type of work at vosd.org/give See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Almost a year ago, Luis Alberto Antonio Armenta disappeared. His family was worried, of course. And they were confused why Antonio Armenta didn't respond to calls or texts. The next day, he was found in his car, in the passenger seat, head on the floorboard, missing some personal items. He was dead. And the family was left with a lot of questions about the odd circumstances of this case. This week, editor Andrea Lopez-Villafaña tells the story of this mysterious death and what questions remain unanswered. Plus: Parents at a local preschool are furious that state child care investigators questioned their children without supervision. That story blew up this week. See it here: vosd.org/maskraid See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
County leaders are pushing San Diego to eliminate carbon emissions in less than two decades. But a new study shows the region isn’t close to that — even if all the cities in the region do everything on their climate to-do list perfectly. This week, we break down what "net zero" really means and what the region is facing as politicians trumpet climate "successes" that are effectively a wishlist for some other elected official to deal with later. Plus: A note from Russia. New rules for street vendors. The latest numbers and proposals on homelessness. Follow all our stories with The Morning Report at vosd.org/newsletters See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Housing nerds unite! This week, our resident housing nerd Andrew Keatts interviews New York Times economics reporter Conor Dougherty, who covers housing and wages in California. Talking points: YIMBYS vs. NIMBYS. Housing and zoning legislation. Accessory dwelling units. Dougherty's book, "Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America," and coverage of Clairemont, "Where The Suburbs End." Support the podcast: vosd.org/give Follow all our work: vosd.org/newsletter See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 9 When parents get involved at school, that generally means their kids will do better. But getting involved isn’t easy — at least not for all parents. School districts can be baffling bureaucracies, filled with tons of committees and confusing acronyms that all impact the quality of a kid’s education. In this final episode of the season, we break down how schools work — and how parents have made it work for them. (Plus, hosts Maya and Adriana call up their own parents.) Resources for parents of kids with disabilities: iepday.org efrconline.org Learn more at vosd.org/101podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
San Diego's cost of living is officially bananas. Multiple reports published this week show San Diego's sunshine and dank waves are not enough to keep up with soaring housing and energy prices. We explain the findings of these reports and what's going on in the housing market as one analysis looked at the number of "investors" who own homes in the area. Plus: Former San Diego City Councilmember Barbra Bry is caught up in a web as she seeks another office this election. Keep up with all our stories: vosd.org/newsletters See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Remember a few weeks back? Holidays were happening, Omicron was everywhere and at-home tests seemingly vanished. It sucked. At that time, free COVID-19 testing sites were popping up at trolley stations. They were a relief to many who needed quick, accessible results so they could live their life. But some results didn't come for weeks — or ever. This week on the pod, we're going to break down that story, the companies behind it, and how it all went wrong. Plus: The race for sheriff. Chula Vista mayoral campaigns. And an important update on housing law. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.