Voice of San Diego Podcast

Voice of San Diego Podcast

This is Voice of San Diego’s weekly spitfire roundup of news. We cover local and regional politics, the environment, education, the border and more. This show features our investigative reporting and interviews with lawmakers and other special guests.... Show More

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October 30, 2020 60 min
Three editors. Three rounds. No mercy. Well, some mercy. Scott Lewis kinda cheated toward the end of the draft. The Voice of San Diego Podcast Election Draft is back! And coming at you this week as our final episode before the election. (The draft starts at minute 31 in the show.)  The first half of the show is dedicated to The Voice Poll and what we found from a scientific survey of San Diegans. See more from The Voice Poll: v...
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This week, we assess the current state of school inequities as San Diego Unified makes plans to open further. Plus, how the Board of Supervisors may change after November. The Voice of San Diego election draft returns next week! Get your picks for local races and measures ready. Subscribe to Scott, Andy and Sara's newsletters at vosd.org/newsletters See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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October 16, 2020 41 min
You asked for it, so here it is. This week, we review the five local ballot measures for the city of San Diego — A through E. Ballot talk starts at minute 12 in the podcast. What precedes is discussion about the Pete Wilson statue and Scott's recent story about plexiglass and how to safely reopen schools and other things. Get the newsletter for this podcast at vosd.org/newsletters See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy inf...
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Here's another highlight from Politifest 2020. After the election, Democrats could control the County Board of Supervisors for the first time in a generation. VOSD host Scott Lewis leads a discussion with Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and candidate Nora Vargas — both Democrats. They're going to talk about what could change if they were in control. Watch more Politifest panels at politifest.org Get Scott's weekly politic...
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October 10, 2020 50 min
More highlights from Politifest 2020 coming at you. In this episode: San Diego mayoral candidates Barbara Bry and Todd Gloria join VOSD host Scott Lewis for a debate about the future of San Diego. They cover a lot of ground here. Watch more Politifest panels at politifest.org Get Scott's weekly politics newsletter, The Politics Report: voiceofsandiego.org/politics See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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October 9, 2020 41 min
The San Diego mayor's race is responsible for a lot of bulging mailboxes and dead trees right now. This week, we sift through political mailers and how each camp is using it to their benefit. Plus: The latest chapter in the 101 Ash St. epic and Politifest memories. Gorge yourself on politics with your Politifest Youtube playlist. Get it at politifest.org Subscribe to our daily newsletter at vosd.org/morning See omnystudio.co...
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Starting this week, we're dropping bonus episodes featuring some of the best conversations from Politifest 2020. In this episode: An overview of each measure on the statewide ballot, from rideshare drivers to affirmative action. VOSD editors Sara Libby and Jesse Marx will help you understand what each measure would do and who’s lining up for and against them. Watch more Politifest panels at politifest.org Get Sara's weekl...
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Starting this week, we're dropping bonus episodes featuring some of the best conversations from Politifest 2020. Up first is a conversation about police reform with California Attorney General Xavier Bacerra and Alain Stephens, reporter from The Trace. In this interview: racial discrimination, the future of policing and realistic reforms. Watch more Politifest panels at politifest.org We'll be back on Friday afternoon, as...
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October 2, 2020 32 min
This week, we hash out San Diego's new homeless planning woes, a suspended City Council campaign and the fluidity of reality around Prop. 15. Check out some of our free Politifest panels, including Sara Libby's ballot measure crash course, at https://www.youtube.com/user/voiceofsandiego Share us with your friends! www.vosd.org/pod See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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September 25, 2020 29 min
This week on the podcast, we're gearing up for Politifest 2020: Pick Your Future. We'll preview some of the most exciting panels, interviews and discussions to look forward to during the week-long virtual conference, including Sara Libby's ballot measure crash course and Attorney General Xavier Bacerra on policing. Plus: A couple hot stories from the 'Jesse Beat' and the Port of San Diego has to pay up. Get yo...
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September 18, 2020 39 min
San Diego State University is not an island. That may seem obvious, but Gov. Gavin Newsom had to say so explicitly after county supervisors asked the state to exclude SDSU's COVID cases from the county's overall numbers. At the time of our recording this week, San Diego was poised to head to the most restrictive purple tier, which would tighten rules for businesses. This week on the VOSD podcast, we stewed over these argum...
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September 11, 2020 44 min
We discarded the first podcast recording we did Thursday and recorded a new emergency episode after NBC 7 retracted its bombshell story about Assemblyman Todd Gloria and the 101 Ash St. scandal. Read our latest Politics Report to catch up on the scandal. Come for a breakdown of the unfolding drama. Stay for an exploration of how journalism works and the dilemmas this development opens up. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy ...
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September 4, 2020 40 min
Even by the standards of this new, weird world in which the pandemic and President Donald Trump combine for seemingly a hundred major news items a week, it was a big news week. VOSD alone had major stories about MTS's draconian fare policies, an explosive account from a Sheriff's employee of what she says really happened leading up to a suicide in the Vista jail, two possible ethics violations by Council candidate Kelvin B...
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August 28, 2020 43 min
In San Diego, single-family zoning reigns supreme. So supreme, in fact, that in a whopping 70 percent of the land where it's legal to build housing, only single-family housing is allowed. That jaw-dropper and how we got to it was the subject of a deep dive into the origins of San Diego's single-family zoning laws by Andrew Keatts this week. On the podcast, he gave a rundown of how San Diego's original single-family zo...
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This week, we are trying to keep up with the ever-changing drama of rideshare companies' fight against state labor law. Plus: SANDAG head Hasan Ikhrata makes big waves with small donations to local campaigns. And this November, one race could change transit in the region. Catch Scott Lewis's interview with the guy who's going to run San Diego's election, Michael Vu: voiceofsandiego.org/athome Keep up with our bigg...
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August 14, 2020 58 min
On this week’s VOSD Podcast, hosts Scott Lewis, Andrew Keatts and Sara Libby break down the confusing fight that played out this week over whether candidates should be allowed to tout the Union-Tribune’s endorsement in their ballot statements, and what those endorsements actually mean. The crew also details why it’s such a reversal that Republicans are suddenly warning of the dangers of mail voting. Not only have high-profile Repu...
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August 7, 2020 48 min
This week, we assess the latests city attorney news, a weird yet commonly used language law and a new wave of for-profit school programs.  Plus: An interview with a scientist hoping to open things up with open air solutions. Kim Prather is an atmospheric chemist working with schools around the country to develop plans to reopen schools safely. Keep up with our livestream series, Voice of San Diego at Home: voiceofsandiego.org/ath...
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This week, we unpack the story behind a major building purchase flub by the city of San Diego — and how it fits into the mayor's race. Our livestream show is back! Voice of San Diego at Home streams at 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Find it on social media and vosd.org/athome Subscribe to Scott, Andy and Sara's newsletters at vosd.org/newsletters See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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July 24, 2020 33 min
This week, we review the 2015 shooting of Fridoon Nehad — an illuminating story as San Diegans face a November ballot measure that could give a police oversight committee more power. Plus: when body-worn cameras fail and streetlight cameras that police are watching. We have 10 regular VOSD newsletters. Follow your interests at vosd.org/newsletters Give your local business or nonprofit a boost. Learn about how we can help at vosd....
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July 17, 2020 60 min
This week, we review what COVID testing problems mean for schools and other normal-life things. Plus: Housing advocate Ricardo Flores argues for dismantling single-family home zoning, and thus, racism. Keep up with all our stories and local news with the Morning Report. Get it at vosd.org/morning If you have a local business or nonprofit that needs a boost, we have a project made to help. Find out more at vosd.org/boost See omny...
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