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VOSD Podcast: The Rock Arena

The city of San Diego has decided the Sports Arena be demolished and a new arena should arise. And the three bidders who want to take over the redevelopment of that spot want to build a new one. The lead bidder, Midway Rising, wants to make a big new arena — but not big enough…

VOSD Podcast: Spice Up Your Life… And City Hall

The San Diego City Council this week decided — with the mayor’s urging and the city attorney’s opposition — to settle its lawsuit against Cisterra and CGA Capital. This $132-million-dollar decision paves the way for the city to buy its two most problematic buildings that were caught up in the suit (101 Ash St. and…

VOSD Podcast: How Much Poo Is Too Much Poo?

Imperial Beach and Coronado are grappling with new water quality test results. San Diego is the first in the nation to deploy a new technology to test the safety of our beaches. As Voice of San Diego’s MacKenzie Elmer reported, the new tests count bacteria by its DNA; it looks for the presence of the…

VOSD Podcast: Unanswered Calls

This week on the VOSD Podcast, hosts Andrew Keatts and Andrea Lopez-Villafaña discuss how former mayor Kevin Faulconer is testing the waters for a new citizens initiative to address homelessness that could land on the November 2024 ballot. As it’s so far out, the details remain unclear. While Faulconer has championed his legacy on the…

VOSD Podcast: What if We Paid Teachers With Money?

Earlier this month, San Diego Unified leaders announced they would offer $10,000 dollar signing bonuses for new special education teachers and nurses. This is a new effort by the district to combat a massive labor shortage happening right now. It may seem totally logical: The district has a lot of COVID relief money and needs…

VOSD Podcast: One Family’s Story Says It All About Homelessness

Four months ago, Voice of San Diego reporter Lisa Halverstadt got an email. A local woman, Natalie Raschke, asked Halverstadt to tell her family’s story. “My kids matter, they have faces, they deserve to be heard and seen. I’m hoping you can help me achieve that,” she wrote. The Raschke’s are a family of six,…

VOSD Podcast: How SANDAG’s Transit Tax Died

Over the next eight years, the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) needed to pass three different tax increases. These increases would fund the grandest of their plans to improve transportation for the whole region and update the ways we get around, large and small. But this week, the first of those three initiatives failed.…

VOSD Podcast: Live! From Chula Vista

This week your favorite podcast hosts took their banter, politics chisme and love for mini schnauzers (OK, that’s just me) to a LIVE audience at Novo Brazil Brewing Co. in Chula Vista. The crew hung out with special guests Chula Vista Councilwoman Andrea Cardenas and Steve Garcia, owner of Thr3e Punk Ales Brewing and host…

VOSD Podcast: The Races We’re Watching

This week on the VOSD Podcast, hosts Scott Lewis, Andrew Keatts and Andrea Lopez-Villafaña checked in on the main races we’ve been watching in the region and the stories behind them.

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