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This week, host Sara Libby and Voice environment reporter Ry Rivard took the podcast helm.
For a shorter Fourth of July episode, Libby and Rivard reviewed the latest developments in the 50th Congressional district. They also dove in to the San Diego Pure Water case, the mayor’s race, an investigation in to School Board Trustee Kevin Beiser and topped it off with a Hero & Goat of the week.
The 50th Congressional District
The 50th Congressional district seat, currently occupied by embattled Rep. Duncan Hunter, has an interesting race taking shape. More than a few folks are lining up to replace Hunter, who’s facing potential fallout from a case against him and his wife for misusing campaign finances for a slew of things.
Here are some of the current contenders for the 50th:
Sam Abed, the former mayor of Escondido, has filed paperwork to run for the position. Abed has traveled to the White House to meet with President Donald Trump in the past.
Darrell Issa, a former congressman who previously represented the 49th District — and Trump’s current very-long-time pick to head the U.S. Trade and Development Agency — is eyeing the race according to The Hill.
And of course, Hunter’s opponent from 2018, Ammar Campa Najjar, has basically never stopped running against Hunter.
A Stopper On Pure Water
Pure Water is a big project for San Diego, potentially. It promises to take sewage and turn it into a third of the city’s drinking water.
However, a legal case brought by the Associated General Contractors has delayed the project, one of the city’s most ambitious undertakings ever, Rivard reported.
Hundreds of jobs are on the line, but the stakes may be even higher regionally. A judge’s ruling on the case could be used to determine how union-friendly language is employed in other major projects funded by city taxpayers.
The Housing Debate Marches On
A “They’re Coming for Our Homes” update: Remember that email subject line from Barbara Bry, who’s running for mayor? She was referring to a piece of state legislation, SB 330, that she said would “give Sacramento politicians control of local land use decisions.”
She didn’t mention Assemblyman Todd Gloria by name. But she said his support for the measure was a big distinction between the two of them.
In response, seemingly, Todd Gloria and Senate President Toni Atkins have a new op-ed in the Times of San Diego supporting SB 330. In the podcast, Libby said if you pay attention, there are a few messages for Bry in the Times piece. Here’s an excerpt:
“Crisis breeds tension. That’s natural. What we mustn’t do is demonize each other and lose our heads amid fear and anger. What we must do is understand each other, educate ourselves with accurate information about the proposals being put forth, and work toward planning for more housing where it makes the most sense.”