It’s no secret that the housing situation is tough in San Diego.

VOSD has explored the topic from a bunch of angles, including how one city has pushed back against state mandates to add more housing (exhibits A, B and C), how citizens have taken it into their own hands to enact no-growth measures and how renewed development has affected historic neighborhoods in Oceanside and Solana Beach. And that’s just for North County.

This week, KPBS explores how the middle class is getting squeezed out through a gap between the housing that’s planned, and the housing that’s actually built.

In a few North County examples, Alison St John finds that while there is enough housing planned in the all local general plans, the number of permits issued has fallen far short of what’s needed to keep pace with population growth. And of the houses that are actually built, even fewer are affordable to a middle-class family.

Each city has the power to affect the region’s supply.

Carlsbad, for example, has built only a fraction of its very low- and moderate-income housing requirements, but has built nearly 800 homes beyond what’s needed for above moderate-income housing.

Vista, meanwhile, is pulling in big grants from SANDAG, the regional planning agency, to build affordable housing near transit lines.

North County Leaders Like Trump, Rest of County Not So Much

While many San Diego Republicans are staying away from presidential candidate Donald Trump, he does have a small group of electeds who support him, and who seem to be clustered around North County.

In a story this week that retails the rift Trump is creating among San Diego County Republicans, Andrew Keatts writes that Trump’s local supporters include Reps. Darrell Issa and Duncan Hunter, and state Sen. Joel Anderson, whose districts all include large portions of North County. Joining them is Mayor Kristin Gaspar from Encinitas, where coastal Republicans typically take a more moderate stance. Gaspar is running for county supervisor in the 3rd District.

A Salty Stance on Taxpayer Group’s Support for Desal Plant

The San Diego County Taxpayers Association gave its Golden Watchdog award to the desalination plant in Carlsbad in June.

Regarding the plant, the Taxpayers Association said, “It has been a long, long road to opening this project – and the Taxpayers have been behind it every step of the way.”

That statement left environmentalists baffled, writes Marco Gonzales in an opinion piece. Gonzales is an environmental attorney and executive director of the Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation.

“It’s the most expensive water available. This should be enough of a reason (not to support it),” Gonzales said. “Why would the Taxpayers Association support charging taxpayers for the most expensive water possible?”

Also in the News

 Seaside Courier thinks Gaspar’s husband, Paul, is a viable candidate against Councilwoman Catherine Blakespear to become the next mayor of Encinitas. (Seaside Courier)

 The owner of a pet store that closed down after Oceanside enacted a ban on the sale of puppies from commercial breeders is suing the city. His claim: Ain’t nothing stopping me from using a broker to buy them from the breeder. (Union-Tribune)

 Each of the City Council members in Escondido up for re-election faces a challenger. (Union-Tribune)

 A plan to regulate short-term rentals in Del Mar violated the tenets of coastal suburbanites, and will be reworked to include stronger measures. (The Coast News)

 Progress on the Safari Highlands development, which will ultimately have to include annexing unincorporated land into Escondido, has stalled during preparation of the required environmental documents. (Union-Tribune)

 The city of San Diego is suing Palomar College, which is looking to open a campus near Rancho Bernardo, over traffic, parking and greenhouse gas impacts in its environmental documents. (Union-Tribune)

Ruarri Serpa

Ruarri Serpa is a freelance writer in Oceanside. Email him at and find him on Twitter at @RuarriS.

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