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 assess the current state of school inequities as San Diego Unified makes plans to open further. Plus, how the Board of Supervisors may change after November. The Voice of San Diego election draft returns next week! Get your picks for local races and measures ready. Subscribe to Scott, Andy and Sara's newsletters at vosd.org/newsletters See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
You asked for it, so here it is. This week, we review the five local ballot measures for the city of San Diego — A through E. Ballot talk starts at minute 12 in the podcast. What precedes is discussion about the Pete Wilson statue and Scott's recent story about plexiglass and how to safely reopen schools and other things. Get the newsletter for this podcast at vosd.org/newsletters See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Here's another highlight from Politifest 2020. After the election, Democrats could control the County Board of Supervisors for the first time in a generation. VOSD host Scott Lewis leads a discussion with Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and candidate Nora Vargas — both Democrats. They're going to talk about what could change if they were in control. Watch more Politifest panels at politifest.org Get Scott's weekly politics newsletter, The Politics Report: voiceofsandiego.org/politics See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
More highlights from Politifest 2020 coming at you. In this episode: San Diego mayoral candidates Barbara Bry and Todd Gloria join VOSD host Scott Lewis for a debate about the future of San Diego. They cover a lot of ground here. Watch more Politifest panels at politifest.org Get Scott's weekly politics newsletter, The Politics Report: voiceofsandiego.org/politics See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The San Diego mayor's race is responsible for a lot of bulging mailboxes and dead trees right now. This week, we sift through political mailers and how each camp is using it to their benefit. Plus: The latest chapter in the 101 Ash St. epic and Politifest memories. Gorge yourself on politics with your Politifest Youtube playlist. Get it at politifest.org Subscribe to our daily newsletter at vosd.org/morning See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Starting this week, we're dropping bonus episodes featuring some of the best conversations from Politifest 2020. In this episode: An overview of each measure on the statewide ballot, from rideshare drivers to affirmative action. VOSD editors Sara Libby and Jesse Marx will help you understand what each measure would do and who’s lining up for and against them. Watch more Politifest panels at politifest.org Get Sara's weekly newsletter, The Sacramento Report: voiceofsandiego.org/newsletters We'll be back on Friday afternoon, as usual, with your weekly debrief from Scott and Sara. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Starting this week, we're dropping bonus episodes featuring some of the best conversations from Politifest 2020. Up first is a conversation about police reform with California Attorney General Xavier Bacerra and Alain Stephens, reporter from The Trace. In this interview: racial discrimination, the future of policing and realistic reforms. Watch more Politifest panels at politifest.org We'll be back on Friday afternoon, as usual, with your weekly debrief from Scott and Sara. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
This week, we hash out San Diego's new homeless planning woes, a suspended City Council campaign and the fluidity of reality around Prop. 15. Check out some of our free Politifest panels, including Sara Libby's ballot measure crash course, at https://www.youtube.com/user/voiceofsandiego Share us with your friends! www.vosd.org/pod See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
This week on the podcast, we're gearing up for Politifest 2020: Pick Your Future. We'll preview some of the most exciting panels, interviews and discussions to look forward to during the week-long virtual conference, including Sara Libby's ballot measure crash course and Attorney General Xavier Bacerra on policing. Plus: A couple hot stories from the 'Jesse Beat' and the Port of San Diego has to pay up. Get your tickets to Politifest at politifest.org Keep up with all our stories with the Morning Report: vosd.org/morning See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
San Diego State University is not an island. That may seem obvious, but Gov. Gavin Newsom had to say so explicitly after county supervisors asked the state to exclude SDSU's COVID cases from the county's overall numbers. At the time of our recording this week, San Diego was poised to head to the most restrictive purple tier, which would tighten rules for businesses. This week on the VOSD podcast, we stewed over these arguments from the county and how one could slice up numbers to navigate the less-than-intuitive color scheme that determines what counties can and can't do. Register for Politifest 2020 today! We have a full schedule of events at this year's virtual, week-long summit. Check it out at politifest.org See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
We discarded the first podcast recording we did Thursday and recorded a new emergency episode after NBC 7 retracted its bombshell story about Assemblyman Todd Gloria and the 101 Ash St. scandal. Read our latest Politics Report to catch up on the scandal. Come for a breakdown of the unfolding drama. Stay for an exploration of how journalism works and the dilemmas this development opens up. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Even by the standards of this new, weird world in which the pandemic and President Donald Trump combine for seemingly a hundred major news items a week, it was a big news week. VOSD alone had major stories about MTS's draconian fare policies, an explosive account from a Sheriff's employee of what she says really happened leading up to a suicide in the Vista jail, two possible ethics violations by Council candidate Kelvin Barrios and more. In this episode of the VOSD Podcast, Scott Lewis, Andrew Keatts and I ran down several of these big developments. (And in a shocking twist, Scott talked about schools.) One programming note: Perhaps bigger than all of these big stories is the drama that unfolded after NBC San Diego published a new story on the 101 Ash St. scandal. That piece broke as we were recording, and the ensuing fallout happened afterward. For more on that, check out this week's Politics Report. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In San Diego, single-family zoning reigns supreme. So supreme, in fact, that in a whopping 70 percent of the land where it's legal to build housing, only single-family housing is allowed. That jaw-dropper and how we got to it was the subject of a deep dive into the origins of San Diego's single-family zoning laws by Andrew Keatts this week. On the podcast, he gave a rundown of how San Diego's original single-family zoning law came to be and how it's defined life in San Diego ever since. KPBS, VOSD Join Forces in COVID Lawsuit Speaking of how life in San Diego is being defined, we have new updates on our effort to force San Diego County officials to provide more detailed information about coronavirus outbreaks locally. KPBS has joined our lawsuit to compel the county to provide records under the California Public Records Act. County Public Health Officer Wilma Wooten drove home the importance of that effort when she was pressed for details about how the county addresses community outbreaks. She said only, confusingly, that the county would "monitor and continue doing the same thing we've always been doing" to address them. Drama in D9 Also on the podcast this week, we broke down the scandal that bubbled up this week involving Kelvin Barrios, a City Council candidate hoping to replace his former boss, Council President Georgette Gómez, in District 9. Barrios is the subject of a criminal investigation through the DA's office and previously paid a fine levied by the state Fair Political Practices Commission related to his spending of campaign funds. Gómez told us this week she's "pausing" her endorsement of Barrios' campaign, which is a tier of endorsement that's new to us. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
This week, we are trying to keep up with the ever-changing drama of rideshare companies' fight against state labor law. Plus: SANDAG head Hasan Ikhrata makes big waves with small donations to local campaigns. And this November, one race could change transit in the region. Catch Scott Lewis's interview with the guy who's going to run San Diego's election, Michael Vu: voiceofsandiego.org/athome Keep up with our biggest stories and local news updates with The Morning Report: voiceofsandiego.org/morning See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
On this week’s VOSD Podcast, hosts Scott Lewis, Andrew Keatts and Sara Libby break down the confusing fight that played out this week over whether candidates should be allowed to tout the Union-Tribune’s endorsement in their ballot statements, and what those endorsements actually mean. The crew also details why it’s such a reversal that Republicans are suddenly warning of the dangers of mail voting. Not only have high-profile Republicans, like San Diego GOP Chairman Tony Krvaric, consistently utilized mail voting themselves, the party as a whole has pioneered outreach efforts to those voters and relies on party members who take part in mail voting. We also hosted a town hall event this week laying out the issues involved with the new crop of private schooling options that have come up in the absence of physical schools. The conversation was great, and we’ve included a snippet of it during the second half of the show. To listen to the entire town hall event, go to vosd.org/schoolsyoutube. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.