Plenty of change is in progress or on the way for San Ysidro, thanks in part to major development plans at the border and the ongoing work of community groups down south.

Casa Familiar is one such organization. David Flores, the nonprofit’s community development and design officer, has been focusing heavily on boosting affordable housing in the community, as well as the effort to build a sidewalk that would allow San Ysidro students to get to school safely. That latter effort is finally coming to fruition. But for the time being, students are still forced to walk a narrow path between a dangerous canyon and high-speed traffic. Flores told us, “I’m just glad nothing has happened.”

VOSD Radio co-hosts Caty Green and Andy Keatts talk with Flores about the design challenges of community-minded housing, and the biggest challenges facing San Ysidro.

Listen to the podcast hereon Stitcher or on iTunes.

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Show Notes

• City Council President Todd Gloria joins the list of politicians who decide to temporarily live the issues they try to solve, we took a look at some of the recent politicians who have attempted to experience poverty first-hand.

• Mayor Kevin Faulconer is set to release this month an updated draft of the Climate Action Plan, a set of policies aiming to cut gas emissions in half over the next 20 years. But will Faulconer make the mandates enforceable?

• Hero of the Week goes to the family of San Diego Chargers great Junior Seau for refusing to let the NFL sweep this nasty concussion-related suicide business under the rug. They opted out of a proposed settlement, and will pursue their own wrongful death lawsuit against the league, according to the U-T.

• Carl DeMaio is our Goat of the Week for not very convincingly shrugging off the loss of a major endorsement he clearly wanted. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsed his opponent, Scott Peters.

• ICYMI, San Diego’s bike-share program has been delayed yet again until the end of October.

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Michelle was a reporting intern for Voice of San Diego during the fall of 2014. You can reach her by email.

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