Late last month, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer unveiled his “Housing SD” plan to address the affordable housing crisis.

The plan would make permitting easier and includes a dozen strategies to create affordable homes near transit centers.

Some of it could pass the City Council easily. Some of it might be controversial. On this week’s podcast, Andrew Keatts interviewed David Graham, the deputy chief operating officer for neighborhood services, to go deep on the plan.

“San Diego needs to take control of its own destiny and continue with a lot of the things that we’ve done for many years,” Graham said. “Housing SD is a part of that.”

Also on the podcast, Keatts and Scott Lewis have updates on stories we’ve been following, like the future of the San Diego Association of Governments, which may include a 2018 ballot measure. Plus, they offer some real talk on why the Chargers left and whether the mayor’s support of SoccerCity mattered.

Hero of the Week

Metropolitan Transit System, which entered the 21st century this week by providing a better and easier way to pay for public transit, is this week’s hero. Now, San Diegans can load up to $300 to their Compass cards, avoiding long lines at vending machines.

Goat of the Week

Scripps Ranch High School gets the goat this week. Allegations of a student cheating during an Advanced Placement exam led to an investigation that found the school was not properly seating students during the exam. Now 540 students will have to retake their tests if they want to receive college credit.

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