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Morning Report: Volunteers of America Southwest Under Criminal Investigation

Morning Report: Volunteers of America Southwest Under Criminal Investigation

Volunteers of America Southwest, a local charity, previously played a significant role in providing help and shelter to veterans, as well as those experiencing homelessness, mental illness and addiction. But now the charity is under criminal investigation by the Office of the Inspector General, reports Will Huntsberry.  Last year, Huntsberry revealed allegations of potential fraud,…

Morning Report: Ex-City Real Estate Chief Says Landlord Denied Paying ‘Volunteer’ Advisor

Morning Report: Ex-City Real Estate Chief Says Landlord Denied Paying ‘Volunteer’ Advisor

The city’s former real estate chief recently testified under oath that she directly asked the city’s 101 Ash St. and Civic Center Plaza landlord at least twice if the company was paying the city’s purportedly volunteer real estate adviser. On two occasions, ex-city real estate director Cybele Thompson recalled during an April 28 deposition, Cisterra…

Morning Report: ‘I Know the Picture that God has for San Diego’

Morning Report: ‘I Know the Picture that God has for San Diego’

The COVID-19 pandemic changed our world in ways big and small. Few things remained unaltered by the spread of the virus and the shutdowns that followed. Awaken Church, which has five campuses across San Diego and thousands of congregants, has gone through something of a transformation itself. Though it was never a hub of progressivism,…

Morning Report: City Attorney’s Office Believes Ex-COO Ordered Deletion of 101 Ash Docs

Morning Report: City Attorney’s Office Believes Ex-COO Ordered Deletion of 101 Ash Docs

The 101 Ash dumpster fire continues to grow. Our Lisa Halverstadt has yet another bombshell: City Attorney Mara Elliott’s Office on Wednesday delivered a letter to former city Chief Operating Officer Kris Michell accusing her of ordering the city’s Information Technology Department to delete records associated with city dealings on 101 Ash St. and Civic…

Morning Report: How the Race for Sheriff Has Changed

Morning Report: How the Race for Sheriff Has Changed

For the last half-century, the role of San Diego County sheriff has been filled by only a few people. The races were rarely competitive and on occasion the incumbent ran unchallenged. The styles and personalities of the sheriff have changed over the decades, but they all had one thing in common. They were members of…

Morning Report: Gloria Pledges to Sustain Rapid Rehousing Programs After Budgeting Kerfuffle

Morning Report: Gloria Pledges to Sustain Rapid Rehousing Programs After Budgeting Kerfuffle

Mayor Todd Gloria’s team is promising that he will not wind down three rapid rehousing programs designed to help house homeless San Diegans days after city housing commissioners learned that was set to happen at the city’s direction. Last Thursday, a trio of city Housing Commission board members spoke out after learning from agency officials…

Morning Report: Your Guide to the Primary Election

Morning Report: Your Guide to the Primary Election

This week, ballots for the June primary election will be landing in mailboxes across San Diego County. Not sure what will be on the ballot or who to vote for? You’re in luck. The Voice of San Diego team put together a handy guide breaking down major local races including the county sheriff’s race and…

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