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Attorney Cory Briggs has built a reputation on challenging developers’ plans and making city projects harder to set in motion. That’s what makes the new ballot measure he just announced so surprising. By raising San Diego’s hotel room tax, Briggs thinks the city can keep the Chargers in San Diego by building a stadium downtown, expand the convention center and raise money for promoting tourism.

Briggs joined Voice of San Diego’s Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts in this week’s podcast to explain his complicated initiative. There’s also some juicy tidbits about his contentious relationship with KPBS and inewsource.

It’s also been a big week for the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA, which requires developers to provide environmental impact reports on potential projects and makes it easier for groups that oppose a certain project to sue. Lewis and Keatts talk about how CEQA lawsuits can slow a project down, but they haven’t done much for the local environment either.

Also in this week’s podcast, Lewis and Keatts discuss a neighborhood advocacy group that wanted to improve their neighborhood but got caught up in the city’s bureaucratic quagmire, they touch on how Bird Rock Elementary parents paid for air conditioning themselves and more.

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

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Amanda Rhoades

Amanda Rhoades is a reporting intern for Voice of San Diego. You can get in contact with her by phone or email at 619-550-5672 or

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