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.
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.
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 one of the debate — schools and education. Keep up with state Assembly news with the Sacramento Report: vosd.org/sacramento See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
This week, San Diego took an actual step toward solving the years-long political puzzle of vacation rentals. But before we go popping bottles over fancy new rental regulations and permitting procedures, our Scott, Andy and Sara assess what the new rules could look like in real life and whether they may have the desired effect anytime soon. Plus: The latest story on San Diego Police mishandling rape kits and a school reopening date is on the horizon (or so it seems). Watch the debate with the candidates running to replace Shirley Weber in the state Assembly: vosd.org/79th Keep up with all our politics coverage with The Politics Report: vosd.org/politics See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Recently, our hosts volunteered at a local vaccination super site. On the show, they recount how that experience went, what they saw and heard and the emotions some folks experienced after getting their shots. While a new crop of local vaccination sites and the promise of more adults getting shots continues, we've still got normal problems like weather getting in the way; insufficient supply forced local vaccination sites to close recently. With all this news, we discuss what it could mean for schools. (Scott Lewis has some ideas for San Diego Unified.) Plus: The race to replace Shirley Weber in the state Assembly is on. Get the details for our town hall for the 79th Assembly District special election at vosd.org/79th See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
This week, we review the short, dramatic history that led to the recall effort of City Council President Jen Campbell. Plus: County Supervisor Joel Anderson tried to get COVID-19 vaccines for cops but was blocked by the Democrat majority. We try to figure out why. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
San Diego's budget is in trouble. This week, we pin down what's going on with the city's books — especially hiring that happened under former Mayor Kevin Faulconer and infrastructure mandates the city must soon comply with. Plus: Faulconer's officially running for governor. Keep up with all our stories and local takes with The Morning Report: vosd.org/morning See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The road back to in-person schooling is filled with some high hurdles. Teachers and their unions are increasingly demanding that educators be vaccinated before officials re-open schools. But mandating vaccines is tricky business. This week, we try to piece together the vexing vaxx puzzle. Plus: San Diego Assemblywoman Shirley Weber is set to make history as secretary of state while the scramble to replace her gets going. Love the show? Share us with a friend! vosd.org/pod See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.