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San Diego Explained: Operation Lemon Drop

In this San Diego Explained, VOSD's Andrew Keatts and NBC 7's Catherine Garcia lay out the large-scale sweeps the Sheriff's Department is conducting at trolley stations to try to catch ex-inmates committing crimes.

Trolley Cops Mostly Swarm These Two Areas

Data shows MTS's intense trolley enforcement efforts primarily happen downtown and in southeastern San Diego. Some residents there view MTS officers as a security force they must contend with constantly – even when they're not doing anything wrong.

The Bizarre Unity of the SANDAG Board

SANDAG is a political Never-Never Land: A place where everyone seems to agree. There are reasons for that. “If someone speaks out, they’re ostracized,” said one longtime board member.

Behind the Lone Vote Against SANDAG’s Big Transportation Plan

SANDAG's board of directors voted 20-1 last week to appeal its long-term transportation plan to the state Supreme Court. Chuck Lowery, deputy mayor of Oceanside, was the one. He explains what he’d like to see from a long-term transportation plan and how the board dynamics contributed to the lopsided vote.

How San Diego’s Big Railroad Dreams Went Off Track

The effort to bring a defunct cross-border track back to life has taken some turns lately. Back when San Diego was a backwater burg in the 1880s, local bigwigs tried to turn the city into the western terminus of the cross-country railroad system and the top port south of San Francisco. It didn't happen.

Conflict Pushes Fulton Out of Bay Park Decision

The city is selecting a consultant to rewrite development restrictions around two new trolley stops. Planning director Bill Fulton removed himself from the decision due to a conflict of interest under the city's ethics ordinance.

MTS Almost Got Off Easy on the Desert Line

A company under increasing scrutiny nearly made life easy on county transportation officials this month, when a missed lease payment almost negated its contract to rebuild a cross-border freight line. Now, if public officials want to undo the deal, they'll have to work for it.

The Desert Line Mirage Lives on — for Now

A group of border-region business interests are eager to see the Desert Line become reality, but the project is now mired in conflicts involving its latest owners and the Metropolitan Transit System – and at least two U.S. congressmen want to know just what the heck is going on.