In our first podcast of the year, VOSD Radio’s Scott Lewis and special guest co-host Liam Dillon round up the people they’re excited to watch in San Diego, and some folks (one mayor in particular) who might need a little extra motivation.

“What I’ve found in writing about this city in particular the last five years is that you have to force people to be brave,” Dillon says. “Their natural politician state is to be not brave, is to be reticent, is to kind of keep their head down, stay under the radar and sort of go along to get along. You have to force people to make change and fix things and you do that by calling them out for what they’re not doing.”

Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Dillon says, has gotten something of a pass since taking office. The city’s in need of some serious infrastructure investment, a point underscored by the influential voices who weighed in for us on what’s on the horizon in San Diego this year. But Faulconer and other city leaders have been dragging their feet on financing repairs. “We want more than just someone who makes the trains run on time,” Dillon says.

Later on in the show, San Diego Magazine Editor-at-Large Troy Johnson makes a call-in cameo to preview the food trends to watch and what he thinks is about to be big on our local restaurant scene. Listen for the new food and drink trends Johnson sees on the horizon, including healthier cocktails like kale juice and gin.

Listen to the podcast hereon Stitcher or on iTunes.

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Catherine Green

Catherine Green was formerly the deputy editor at Voice of San Diego. She handled daily operations while helping to plan new long-term projects.

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