This week on the Voice of San Diego Podcast, hosts Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts dug through the Politifest 2022 content mines to bring you the spiciest takes from the region’s coolest annual politics summit.

The conceit of Politifest was that purposeful political discussions need to be out in the open, in front of voters and residents. Too often, candidates for office — or opposing sides of a major local issues — settle their differences in private. We’re trying to change that.

Last week’s public affairs extravaganza featured discussions on the sheriff’s race, San Diego City Council District 6, the Midway height limit, local labor, the People’s Ordinance and more. Our capstone convo focused on the region’s biggest crisis — homelessness — featuring San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria and County Supervisor Chair Nathan Fletcher. (Watch it here or hear it in your podcast feed.)

In this episode, Lewis and Keatts reviewed Politifest as a whole to help gauge San Diego’s current political scene: What’s changing? What’s not? And how are our leaders handling the hottest issues?

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  1. It’s obvious Bill Walton has had about enough of the ever increasing homeless/street people crisis plaguing our city and the mayor’s constant rationalizing about how he’s improving it.
    Now it seems Mayor Gloria is throwing in the towel himself.
    His plea for the public to support his efforts in spite of the problems worsening every day is more than a little sad, it’s downright discouraging. Maybe he is finally realizing the crisis is beyond fixing with the same old rhetoric. As we can see with our very own eyes (thanks Bill) whatever has been done in the past and what the mayor is doing now clearly isn’t working.
    I have long maintained that this crisis is an emergency of grand proportions and our government needs to act on it. Period.
    Pete Powell
    East Village

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