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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.

VOSD Podcast: The Tents Changed Everything

Homeless tent encampments are growing in San Diego. You know it. I know it. We see it all the time. And recently, in an op-ed to the Union-Tribune, San Diego mayor Todd Gloria acknowledged how big of a deal tents are — and how they’re changing the conversation about the region’s single-biggest issue: “One of…

VOSD Podcast: A Truckload of Troubles

When one discusses the future of San Diego, there’s typically a shared, unspoken assumption: We’ll keep growing. Everything we need to power a prospering region hinges on that assumption, too. Infrastructure, housing, the airport, drive-thru Starbucks coffee shops. But the reality is we’re not growing. We haven’t been growing for years. We are, in fact,…

VOSD Podcast: ‘We Take Housing Seriously’

The city of Oceanside has North County’s second largest homeless population (after Escondido). And as of this week, it’s gearing up for its first homeless shelter. To bring this much-needed resource to life, the city and The San Diego Rescue Mission had to come together in a rare confluence of energy, money and opportunity. Till…

VOSD Podcast: Alvarez Versus Gómez

This week, VOSD Podcast host Andrew Keatts had the story of David Alvarez and his potential violation of city ethics law. The former San Diego city councilman, and now candidate for the state Assembly, worked for SDG&E before the mandated “cool off” period was over. Whether he was lobbying is the big question. This has…


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