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.
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.
Four Mexican journalists have been murdered in less than a month. It's one of the most dangerous countries to be a journalist. Reporter Sandra Dibble has been covering Tijuana — the country's northernmost city — for more than two decades. She joins us to talk about what's going on in the country and how Mexico's programs made to protect the press are failing. Plus: The latest on homelessness and some political intrigue in affordable housing. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 8 Homelessness, and what causes it, is complex. Our own assumptions about people who experience homelessness can often keep us from fully understanding the big, complicated issue that it is. In this episode, we’re going to hear from experts and people who have experienced homelessness to explain what’s right — and what’s wrong — about our most common assumptions. Learn more at sd101.org Support San Diego 101 at vosd.org/give See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A feud between San Diego State University and labor unions has officially boiled over in to the public scene. This week, we review the key players and the stakes, what's been said and what it all means for the mega redevelopment of Mission Valley. Plus: Former San Diego City Attorney Mike Aguirre is suing the NFL. What?! Also: Scott "discovers" a band. Text with us: vosd.org/text Peruse our newsletters: vosd.org/newsletters See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
San Diego can breathe easier. Because there's less garbage wafting in our face. The trash strike that seized the city of Chula Vista and parts of San Diego is over. But how did it all go down? VOSD editor Jesse Marx joins us this week to talk about the negotiations, the workers demands and how Republic Services broke the strike. Plus: Big news from Sheriff Bill Gore and updates on conservatorship for homeless residents. See Jesse's story and his new newsletter at vosd.org/finecity Text with us: vosd.org/text Support the show: vosd.org/give See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
It feels like we’re in the middle of a very awkward transition between treating COVID-19 as a disease we’re collectively trying to contain and one that is part of the spectrum of respiratory diseases humans face without much fear every year. If you get the virus now, you have to manage rules for going back to school and work that are related to collective action to stem the pandemic and yet the virus is being allowed to spread uncontained as though we were already moving on. This week on the podcast, I got to come back as co-host after my own family’s COVID-19 disruption (we’re all good but the kids can’t go to school for a while). Voice of San Diego Managing Editor Andrea Lopez-Villafaña and I discussed the state of the virus in this strange moment. We also broke down some very interesting comments about homelessness from Mayor Todd Gloria in his State of the City speech this week. The mayor hopes to be able to authorize a lot more people a lot faster to take control of the lives of individuals experiencing mental illness in conservatorships. We also discussed a curious story out of Chula Vista where the mayor called a City Councilmember a “gringo” and it led to a $16,000 discrimination investigation. That story was by our intern Julia Woock and you can read it here. Finally, I got to dive in more deeply to my latest obsession: Why I may never look at the Sports Arena the same way again. It’s the fascinating history of San Diego’s Frontier neighborhood – a diverse community with schools, affordable housing, rec centers and churches. You might never have heard about it and that’s because the city deliberately eradicated it. Here’s the story about where it came from and why it disappeared. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 7 The 2020 Census data shows that San Diego is more diverse than ever, with especially large growth in its Asian and Latino populations. But there are also big, thriving communities that we have very little information about. They're effectively hidden by the Census, a standard bearer of data for the country. So, who are these hidden communities? And how can they be revealed? Learn more at sd101.org Support San Diego 101 at vosd.org/give See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
As the new year dawns on us, omicron is letting loose. The latest, super contagious coronavirus variant was fueled from the holidays and is now hampering daily life — and San Diego is no exception. Local public services and government agencies are getting hit hard. Universities are pushing classes back online. Hospitals and firehouses are seeing unprecedented absences due to staff catching "the 'vid." This week, we review the state of the region and how omicron is affecting the region's most vulnerable population: homeless residents. Plus, big news as Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez steps down. So, who will step up? Scott's piece on Sports Arena/Midway Area's history: vosd.org/frontier Support this podcast in the new year: vosd.org/podcast2021 Keep up with all we're doing in 2022 with The Morning Report: vosd.org/morning See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Before we poke our heads in to 2022, let's look back — about 18 years. This week, we're dropping a special interview between Scott Lewis and host of the San Diego 101 podcast, Maya Srikrishnan. Scott was featured on the latest SD101 episode, "A Short History of San Diego Politics," along with Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher and San Diego City Councilman Chris Cate. Lewis has been covering San Diego politics since 2004 — when a whole bunch of political drama boiled over. In this interview, he recounts the so-called "Cheetah-gate" scandal that took down up-and-coming San Diego City Councilmembers, the write-in mayoral campaign of Donna Frye, the Bob Filner scandal and a lot more that didn't make it into the 101 episode. See the full SD101 episode at vosd.org/101podcast Join our year-end fundraising campaign at vosd.org/podcast2021 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
New San Diego City Council president Sean Elo-Rivera joined us this week to talk about why he sought the job, his biggest priorities for the city and how he wants to tackle our biggest issues — like homelessness, government transparency and suffering infrastructure. Join our year-end campaign at vosd.org/podcast2021 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 6 We're going to go back about 18 years — roughly when the region's newest voters were being born. In this episode of SD101, we'll guide you through the scandals that shaped San Diego, explain how the region's leadership shifted from predominantly Republican to Democrat and share tales of those who have risen to power and shaped the region. This episode features VOSD's Scott Lewis, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher and San Diego City Councilman Chris Cate. Learn more at sd101.org Support the project at vosd.org/give See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Shane Crotty, a lead researcher at the La Jolla Institute of Immunology, has helped us out here on the VOSD Podcast throughout the pandemic. He laid out the science of COVID vaccines when they were new. He explained the Delta variant as it swept the country. And this week, he’s back in an interview with Scott Lewis to talk about Omicron — the latest variant that demonstrates, as Crotty put it, “this virus is more clever than most anyone expected.” The interview starts around minute 33 of the podcast. Also: The hunt for San Diego Unified's next superintendent. And a court ruling puts the Midway area's future in jeopardy. Support VOSD — and this podcast — today! Give at vosd.org/podcast2021 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.