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On last week’s podcast, Francine Busby, chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party gave a candid description of what happened in a very important recent meeting where the party decided on endorsements.

In this week’s podcast, Mickey Kasparian, the top labor guy in the region, said it was too candid and she was wrong.

Kasparian clear up what he thought were misrepresentations of what he said at the meeting. Busby had said it appeared as though Kasparian was pushing the Dems to be cautious because of regrets he had for supporting Bob Filner and later David Alvarez for mayor.

Filner, he tells Andy Keatts and Scott Lewis this week, was indeed unfortunate but not labor’s fault.

“Labor didn’t make a mistake,” he said. “He made the mistake – Filner – it wasn’t labor.”

Sacramento Report: $15/hr

Our Anita Chabria’s report from our majestic statehouse is chock full of stuff. But, of course the B.F.D. is the new California minimum wage, which is set to go up to $15 an hour in 2022. Gov. Jerry Brown and labor leaders rocketed that plan through the legislature, taking even some Democratic legislators by surprise. The state of New York is working on a similar plan.

• Just so you know, the city of San Diego’s June ballot measure to also raise the minimum wage is not pointless, though: researcher Peter Brownell put together and tweeted a handy chart comparing the gradual escalation of the state plan to the city proposal. Next year, a full-time minimum wage worker at a large company could make $2,000 more a year in San Diego than elsewhere in the state, though the statewide minimum will be higher than the city’s minimum by 2021 at every workplace.

That’s why Assemblywoman Toni Atkins said she’s still supporting the city measure: “Today’s vote doesn’t change my stance on this year’s ballot referendum to raise the minimum wage in San Diego, which is more aggressive than the state proposal, at least in the early years,” she said.

San Diego Explained: Homeless Camp Cleanups

Our Lisa Halverstadt and NBC 7 San Diego’s Monica Dean explain what’s behind the “clean-up operations” targeting the homeless downtown.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer and City Councilman Todd Gloria both say the goal isn’t to push out the homeless but instead to get them into permanent housing.

News Roundup

• Like basically every politician in the city, some local economists and business leaders are not fans of the Chargers’ new plan to raise taxes to pay for a convadium. Phil Blair, the head of Manpower San Diego, told the Union-Tribune’s “EconoMeter” panel, “San Diego does not need another convention center blocks away from the main center, especially a small one that will compete with the convention centers that large hotel chains like the Marriott are building now within their hotels.”

• U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer will be replaced by another Democrat, either state Attorney General Kamela Harris or Congressomwan Loretta Sanchez, that is unless “Harris were to be kidnapped by space aliens and Loretta Sanchez were to be indicted for something,” a local political science professor tells KPBS.

• A respected federally-funded lab says Californians could get nearly 75 percent of their power from rooftop solar projects. There’s a lot of sun here, obviously, and our energy usage is relatively low per capita. The study doesn’t say that will actually happen.”That’s ultimately up to whatever institutions are making those decisions,” the study’s lead author told reporter Sammy Roth at the Desert Sun. “But they can do it in light of the understanding of how much electricity could conceivably come from rooftop solar.”

• The New York Times put together a little quiz for readers on body camera footage that name checks San Diego, where complaints and use of force incidents dropped after body cameras were donned. The piece demonstrates some of the limits of body camera footage. Of course, for the public to see this footage on a consistent basis, public safety agencies would need to have policies in place to release the footage — which both the city of San Diego’s police department and the Metropolitan Transit System do not have.

Top Stories of the Week

Our list of the 10-most read VOSD stories of this week is here: Below are the Top 5:

1. Inside an Elaborate Mission Valley Homeless Camp With a Kitchen, Shelves, Rooms and a Master Suite
For months, Mac Oson and as many as a dozen others have lived under the Friars Road bridge. (Lisa Halverstadt)

2. Assembling the Properties for a Downtown Convadium Not Nearly the Obstacle It Seemed
Over the past year, a steady stream of voices has reminded San Diegans how hard it would be to assemble the property needed to build a massive convadium in East Village. Many of those perceived issues have either been solved or are less impossible to solve as they once seemed. (Andrew Keatts)

3. San Diego Politicos Pan Chargers’ Convadium Plan
Things seemed to be falling into a place for a downtown convadium. Then the Chargers released their funding plan, and local politicos didn’t have a kind word to say about it. (Lisa Halverstadt and Andrew Keatts)

4. Developer Tries to Make Escondido Bigger to Accommodate 550 Luxury Homes
Concordia Communities LLC is proposing a 550-luxury home development, called Safari Highlands Ranch, north of the San Diego Safari Zoo Park. Previous proposals for the same property have failed. (Maya Srikrishnan)

5. The Elephant in the Room on Balboa Park Funding
The San Diego Zoo has long been the beneficiary of a property tax that’s pulled in more than $10 million annually in recent years. The zoo has managed to hold onto that pot of money despite proposals that would spread the wealth around other portions of Balboa Park. (Lisa Halverstadt)

Ry Rivard

Ry Rivard was formerly a reporter for Voice of San Diego. He wrote about water and power.

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