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.
The Primary is nigh! Though it’s not the blockbuster 2020 election that melted our faces and dominated every inch of social media, our next major democratic exercise is nearly here. (Get those ballots in by June 7 with the help of our Election Guide: vosd.org/ballot.) This week, we check in on the main races we've been watching in the region and the stories behind them. County Sheriff, Chula Vista Mayor, Assembly District 80 and San Diego City Council District 2 are the four horsemen of this non-apocalypse. But rest assured, there's plenty of intrigue to unfurl. Let's get to it. Check out all our election coverage at vosd.org/2022 Follow our homelessness reporting at vosd.org/homeless See you at the live show! Tickets at vosd.org/events See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The redevelopment project of 50-ish acres of land in the Midway area — which comprises Sports Arena, derelict streets and serves as a major junction in San Diego — is only getting more complex. Recently dubbed ‘the new San Diego Special’ by podcast host Scott Lewis, the San Diego City Council this week made a move to get the Midway redevelopment rolling again. This week, we review that meeting. Plus: New COVID quandaries at San Diego Unified schools. Join us on June 9 for our live podcast: vosd.org/events See Andrea's full story about Luis Alberto Antonio Armenta: vosd.org/luis See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
We’re coming at you with two interviews this week. First up: Voice's Jakob McWhinney published an authoritative piece on Awaken Church. On the show, McWhinney reviewed some of the historical highlights of the Evangelical Christian movement and its political proclivities. Throughout the pandemic, this church has become highly activated as an anti-vaccine, anti-lockdown, right-wing political engine. And second: The head of the Regional Task Force on Homelessness, Tamera Kohler, called us up to unpack the latest homelessness point-in-time count. We discussed the numbers, the caveats, and a few different ways we can understand the crisis right now. Join us for the next Live Podcast at vosd.org/events See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
June Primary ballots went out this week. And you know what that means: It’s mailer season! This week, we talk about some of the mailers hitting voters for the Chula Vista mayoral race and what the voters really want. Plus: The race for County Sheriff and confusion at the San Diego Housing Commission. See all our election coverage at vosd.org/2022 Get tickets for our live podcast at vosd.org/events See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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.