Construction of San Diego State University's Aztec Stadium in Mission Valley is underway. / Photo by Noelani Sapla, The Daily Aztec

An unprecedented heatwave preyed on fans and players during San Diego State University’s first game of the season, christening its stadium in sweat.

Fans said there was nowhere to escape the sun. Reports showed attendees ditching their hard-won seats for shelter and succumbing to heat-related illness.

This comes on the heels of SDSU’s nationwide coverage for its response to an alleged gang rape by its football players last Halloween.

On the VOSD Podcast this week, hosts Scott Lewis, Andrew Keatts and Andrea Lopez-Villafaña discuss SDSU’s recent slate of news-making stories. Among them was this week’s announcement of the university’s plans to open a satellite location in Chula Vista.

Chula Vista leaders have long sought a university presence — a well-worn electoral talking point. Is this not-so-great week for SDSU a pivotal moment in Chula Vista’s academic pursuits? Let’s get into it.

School Board Breakdown

Voice of San Diego education reporter Jakob McWhinney joined the podcast this week to lay the groundwork for San Diego Unified school board elections.

Two seats are open and four candidates vying to represent their sub-districts. This is the first election where winners will be determined solely by voters in those sub-districts — not the whole school district.

McWhinney recently profiled all candidates and discussed with Lewis what the candidates are campaigning on — and how much money they’ve raised — thus far.

Politifest is Nigh!

We’re kicking off Politifest 2022 with an event made for you, a VOSD Pod die hard. Politifest South is our two-part live podcast featuring mayoral candidates for Chula Vista and National City.

Hosting the Oct. 6 shindig are our friends at the Emo Brown Headquarters in Chula Vista. You’ll get great politics, beer, food trucks and live music. Tickets are limited. Get them while you can!

Then on Oct. 8 we are putting on a full day of debates, expert panels, community conversations and ballot breakdowns. Register for that, too.

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Nate John is the digital manager at Voice of San Diego. He oversees Voice's website, newsletters, podcasts and product team. You can reach him at

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  1. Some not to flattering irony here in that former SD Chargers coach Sid Gilman brought the team out to Campo for training camp in the day almost exclusively for the heat. As a footnote, who are these wimps crying heat? I’m 70, an old man and train for endurance for a month at a time in the 117-degree heat of Borrego Springs monitored by a team of medical experts. Stop crying America. And to think that I attended the first Aztec game in San Diego Stadium 1967. Nobody cried!

  2. I’m not allowed by the editor of this publication to attend Politifest for fear of making fools of the candidates as political hookers and worse! Smiechowski PS Why do you folks support these local politicians?

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