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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.

VOSD Podcast: This Land is Your Land

The redevelopment project of 50-ish acres of land in the Midway area — which comprises Sports Arena, derelict streets and serves as a major junction in San Diego — is only getting more complex. Recently dubbed ‘the new San Diego Special’ by Lewis, the San Diego City Council this week made a move to get…

VOSD Podcast: Awaken Church and the New Homelessness Numbers

We’re coming at you with two interviews this week. First up: Voice of San Diego’s intern darling, Jakob McWhinney, unleashed an authoritative piece on Awaken Church. He sat down to talk about it with VOSD host Andrea Lopez-Villafaña. On the show, McWhinney reviewed some of the historical highlights of the American Evangelical Christian movement and…

VOSD Podcast: Mailer Season is Here

June Primary ballots went out this week. And you know what that means: It’s mailer season! Political mailers are a staple of this special time of year. They take many forms and are full of everything; sometimes they are mundane, or misleading, and often festooned with photoshopped stock images. They are made to sway voters.…

VOSD Podcast: Previewing a ‘Bananas Ballot’

What kind of bananas are we talking here? Big? Small? Organic? Plantains? The deadline is drawing near for ballot measures to be finalized for the November 2022 election. There are a few things we know will be on the ballot — and some that may be in jeopardy. One measure that may come together is…

VOSD Podcast: Sports Arena Is the New San Diego Special

VOSD Podcast host Scott Lewis has called it: The Sports Arena and its surrounding land is officially a San Diego Special. (That is an intractable, San Diego-specific problem brought on by maladministration and/or crummy leadership.) This week, Lewis, along with co-hosts Andrew Keatts and Andrea Lopez-Villfaña discussed the state of the current bidding process to…

VOSD Podcast: Carnival News

This week on the VOSD Podcast, hosts Scott Lewis and Andrea Lopez-Villafaña travel through a carnival of news — and check in on that carnival news which could have paused one of the region’s most popular summer celebrations.


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