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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.

Voice of San Diego Podcast Voice of San Diego

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    • 4.8 • 174 Ratings

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.

    County Boss Search Gets Mean

    County Boss Search Gets Mean

    This week, the Voice of San Diego hosts have the latest on a couple big stories we've been following.

    But first we'll circle back to a topic we covered a while back — the regulation of street vendors — which is now creating problems for some yoga instructors and luxury picnic businesses that have been operating on public land. 

    Plus: Education reporter Jakob McWhinney on why all schools aren't using research-backed methods for teaching kids how to read. The hunt for a new county CAO sparks threats of a lawsuit. San Diego City Council appears unimpressed by revised lease terms for a proposed homeless shelter.

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    • 50 min
    Trash Talk

    Trash Talk

    This week, the Voice of San Diego hosts dive into three burgeoning beefs between local politicos.

    The hunt for a new county CAO has become highly political, and more recently devolved into a debate over what white people are allowed to say in Spanish. 

    Editor Scott Lewis pulls back the curtain on the backlash from some local leaders over statements candidate Bridgette Browning directed at Chair Nora Vargas during a labor rally.

    Plus: South Bay leaders battle over proposed landfill. A bidding war between the supes and a local nonprofit over a Vista ranch. An update on Mayor Todd Gloria's proposed mega-shelter.

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    • 43 min
    The Man Behind the Mega Shelter

    The Man Behind the Mega Shelter

    Senior investigative reporter Lisa Halverstadt has been watching the city of San Diego's real estate deals for years.

    101 Ash St. was a notorious real estate endeavor in which the the city entered a lease-to-own deal for a downtown high rise. The deal was quickly engulfed in scandal and asbestos. After years of lawsuits and a criminal investigation, taxpayers paid more than $200 million dollars and the building remains vacant.

    So, when Mayor Todd Gloria unveiled a big new deal for a big new building to be a new homeless mega shelter, Halverstadt dug in.

    This week, Halverstadt discussed how this building came to the attention of city staff and the motivations of the man trying to sell it.

    Plus: A new softball scandal. What "fire SDG&E" really means. Goodbye to Nate.

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    • 55 min
    Power Struggles

    Power Struggles

    It wouldn’t be a presidential election year without a massive list of ballot measures. But a big one that would have stuck it to San Diego Gas & Electric's power supremacy was stalled — in large part because of a labor union.

    This week, we discuss a feud between SDG&E and public power proponents that played out in front of a San Diego City Council committee.

    Plus: The forgotten history of Midway. Students walk out of Logan Memorial. Our fight for public records.

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    • 41 min
    The Cannabis Equity Program Got Smoked

    The Cannabis Equity Program Got Smoked

    There was always a theory that if we were going to legalize cannabis, the people who used to get in trouble for selling it should get a chance to sell it again.

    The city of San Diego secured a grant to give people like that a leg up. But now it looks like they'll have to send the grant money back.

    This week, host Andrea Lopez-Villafaña shares an update to the city's Cannabis Social Equity program.

    Plus: The uncanny valley of education. Big questions and budget woes decelerate Mayor Todd Gloria's homeless shelter deal.

    Get the environment report to avoid swimming in poop water: vosd.org/environment
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    • 42 min
    Things That Used to Be Things

    Things That Used to Be Things

    It was a big week for things that used to be things.

    The Republican Party of San Diego County, once a local political juggernaut, lost its chairwoman after an internal battle over Carl DeMaio, who is running for state Assembly against Andrew Hayes.

    Despite DeMaio’s efforts to drag a Democrat to the runoff, he will face Hayes, a fellow Republican.

    This week, we discuss the endorsement battle that threatened to splinter an already weak political faction — and ultimately led to the emergence of a new party leader.

    Plus: Students learning online are performing way worse than their in-person peers. SDSU isn't interested in a Mission Valley arena.

    Join the nature nerds with our biweekly Environment Report: vosd.org/environment
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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
174 Ratings

174 Ratings

downadrain ,

best sd podcast

GreatA

sdbob14 ,

Very great pod

So great to hear insights! The Qanon episode helped so much to try to get at least a small understanding of what this group is about.

RayanLandis ,

Overall great but poor October 1

I’ve learned so much listening to this podcast over the past 2 years but I was frustrated listening to the October 1st podcast because, after 15 minutes spent poking fun at the “return of the Mack” parody issued by Mayor Gloria, I learned nothing about why it’s done, who pays, is there any benefit to the city or a charity or is it just a silly tradition? Please remember to explain all of the details next time! Thank you!

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