It’s official: Chris Ward and Anthony Bernal will face off in next year’s election to fill Councilman Todd Gloria’s seat.

We wanted to get in early to grill Ward, chief of staff for state Sen. Marty Block, and Bernal, a member of Gloria’s staff, on the issues that most impact the neighborhoods they want to represent – Hillcrest, North Park and other nearby communities. That means the controversial bike plan that would shake up University Avenue, the (maybe) resurrected Jacobs plan for Balboa Park and, more broadly for the city, funding for a new Chargers stadium. Check out their answers starting at about 22 minutes in.

Ward and Bernal were our lucky guests for the first of three live podcasts this summer at Thorn Street Brewery. We’re doing it again July 23. Reserve your spot here to join us next month.

Also on this week’s live show: the sketchy road to a stadium vote, Fifth Avenue Landing’s cushy deal next door to the Convention Center and why San Diego Unified is our Goat of the Week.

Listen to the podcast here, on Stitcher or on iTunes.

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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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