In last week’s question to City Council candidates for District 9, the media collective Speak City Heights asked them to weigh in on how they’d deal with rising energy and water costs.

Businessman/activist Mateo Camarillo said he criticized how the council has handled water rate increases and said he would call for explanations on why past pledges hadn’t been carried out.

Current District 7 Councilwoman Marti Emerald said the city should set a water rate structure to promote more conservation and make water affordable for customers. You can read their answers in both English and Spanish.

Our Andrew Donohue spent last week in District 9, too. He met Ernestina Diaz, a longtime resident who’s studying for the citizenship test with hopes of voting for the first time later this year. He also described key issues he found that residents are concerned about: something he calls “non-car, street-level infrastructure,” as well as development and undergrounding power lines.

He also broke down the makeup of the new seat, introduced the candidates and provided links to their answers on different issues.

You’re reading our roundup of news from Speak City Heights, a collaboration between KPBS, The AjA Project, Media Arts Center San Diego and us.

Here are the rest of last week’s stories:

• We continued our series of posts on getting to know candidates running for San Diego Unified school board seats. In the latest one, our Will Carless talks with Marne Foster, who’s hoping to fill the seat Shelia Jackson’s leaving.

• City Heights Life has a piece on Hoover High’s director of development, Ollie Goulston, and the work he’s done to improve the basketball program there.

• In the Twitter news compilation: Stories on a young City Heights activist, language barriers with immigrant parents and a poll on a hypothetical state soda tax.

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Dagny Salas is the web editor at You can contact her directly at or 619.550.5669.

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Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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