It may be sunny and 72 every day here (we won’t tell out-of-towners the truth if you don’t), but San Diego is not just happy talk when it comes to politics. In fact, we’re home to quite a number of feuds. You know, people who have a beef with each other.

We decided to get to the meat of the matter by creating Beef Week. We’ll spend the next few days getting to the bottom of some of the longest-running spats in our fair city.

First up, Briggs vs. Goldsmith. That’s uber-attorney Cory Briggs and City Attorney Jan Goldsmith. “To some extent, you’d expect bad blood between the city attorney and a lawyer who has filed at least 50 lawsuits against the city. But this feud goes beyond that,” reports VOSD’s Liam Dillon. It’s personal — although they’ve gotten back-pattingly cozy at least once.

• A new beef is erupting: KPBS reports on how marijuana shops are trying to use the city permitting process against each other because only a few permits are available.

What’s that Lot? Hillcrest Edition

An empty lot in Hillcrest isn’t quite so empty: It’s home to some peculiar white signboards. No, Tom Sawyer hasn’t been doing any whitewashing. But what is going on? VOSD’s What’s That Lot guru Ry Rivard investigates.

Districts Face Big Water Hurdles

June is a big month for local water districts: They’ve got to slash their water usage or else. KPBS notes that San Diego alone “needs to cut its June water use by 16 percent compared with June 2013. In April, San Diego cut its water use by 3.5 percent from April 2013.”

Water districts have a while to get there, though. They have until February before fines start.

Meanwhile, “City of San Diego residents can now water their lawns only two days a week after 6 p.m. and before 10 a.m. for no more than 5 minutes per day under new water restrictions that took effect June 1.” There are some exceptions and other restrictions. (NBC 7)

Mayor Kevin Faulconer touted the actions taken by the city: “We’ve eliminated irrigation at off leash dog parks, cut back water at city golf courses and reduced the operation of fountains.” Hmm. Maybe he’s not reading the paper. The U-T has questioned water use by city fountains (19 of 24 are still running!) and city golf courses (water use has been up, and two courses use tap water). No word on whether there’s something off about the off-leased parks too.

VOSD Journalists on Sports Radio

VOSDers have been all over sports radio airwaves the past few days. VOSD’s Liam Dillon explained our lawsuit against the city of Carson on an L.A. station, while our Scott Lewis talked to a local station about the lawsuit and what to expect as the Chargers sit down with the city and county in formal negotiations for the first time today.

Also on the airwaves, the public radio show Here and Now is in town this week. Host Robin Young interviewed Mayor Kevin Faulconer, who reiterated his commitment to hold a public vote on any stadium plan that comes together. He also discussed the drought. promising that a recycled water plant would be online by 2021 (right after he leaves office, if he’s re-elected).

“When completed, we will create a third of our city’s water supply from recycled water,” he said. File that away for a future fact check.

Ballot Measure Actually Helps People

The LA Times looks at how the much-maligned Prop. 47 is helping felons escape the livelihood-threatening stigma of being felons, allowing them to improve their lives.

Quick News Hits: You’re Soaking in It

• SDG&E is touting a possible first in solar sufficiency: the tiny community of Borrego Springs relied entirely on solar power… If only for a few hours. (NBC 7)

• The remains of a Civil War-era soldier who won a Medal of Honor will finally be buried with proper military honors next month at Miramar National Cemetery. Somehow, his cremains ended up in an unmarked grave at San Diego’s Greenwood Cemetery. Thousands of other late San Diegans linger in other unmarked graves,forever forgotten by history.

• The California pool industry, Gawker reports, has a great idea about how to save water during the drought: Put in a pool!

I’m not making this up. “A splashy website offers resources and information on how YOU can join the conservational elite, saving water by chlorinating tens of thousands of gallons of it for your own backyard recreation.” The idea is that we’ll save water by replacing grass with pools.

Wow. The marketing genius who thought this up deserves 10 lashes with a bone-dry pool noodle.

Randy Dotinga is a freelance contributor to Voice of San Diego and national president of the 1,200-member American Society of Journalists and Authors ( Please contact him directly at and follow him on Twitter:

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