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San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliot is flexing her power again — though you wouldn’t know it from her office’s announcement about her latest move.
On this week’s podcast, hosts Scott Lewis, Sara Libby and Andrew Keatts discuss the potential far-reaching implications of Elliott’s new lawsuit seeking to boot both of the proposals to redevelop the Mission Valley stadium site off the ballot.
Later in the show, Keatts interviews Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, who was in San Diego this week to support Genevieve Jones-Wright’s DA run. Krasner has gotten national attention for being on the forefront of the criminal justice reform movement.
Keatts and Libby also talk to Susan Munsey, director of GenerateHope, an organization that provides services to women who’ve been sexually trafficked. Munsey came on the show to continue the ongoing sex work debate about the possible distinctions and definitions of sex-trafficked women and sex workers. She said very few people come into the sex trade without being coerced.
Also on the pod: The flame-throwing happening in political mailers this year is intense, differing opinions on San Diego’s cloudy May Gray weather and Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s missed opportunity in the governor’s race.
Hero of the Week
San Diego County’s Grand Jury is our hero. The group has lately been tackling some weighty topics. Their latest reports include looking at ways to improve the citizens’ initiative process, missed opportunities to make money from the stadium in Mission Valley, the county’s handling of the Hepatitis A epidemic and more.
Goat of the Week
The city of San Diego gets goated this week for the $32 million-plus deal it made with a partnership that holds the lease on the crucial piece of land needed for a contiguous Convention Center expansion. The city had the opportunity to secure the lease years ago for a much lower price.