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Anchored by seasoned pros, San Diego's First News serves up a full plate of local, national and international news. Complimented by an experienced staff of 25 editors, writers, producers and reporters. Rock steady and reliable. Authoritatively accurate.




Special Podcast: All 12 State Ballot Measures, Explained

Let's get one thing straight right off the bat: The statewide propositions appearing on this year's November ballot aren't as sexy as the ones Californians voted on in 2016 — when voters weighed in on actual sex, as well as blockbuster issues like pot and the death penalty. This time around we've got dialysis clinic profit margins (huh?), daylight savings time (yawn) and bonds — so many bonds. But the confusing and complex nature of these measures is all the more reason to study up. For...


Live Show: Definitely Not a 2020 San Diego Mayoral Debate

The city of San Diego is still two years away from picking its next mayor, but the names of those who might throw their hat in the ring are already circulating. In a special live edition of the Voice of San Diego Podcast, three of the folks rumored to be running for mayor in 2020 — Rep. Scott Peters, Assemblyman Todd Gloria and Councilman Chris Cate — sat down with hosts Scott Lewis, Sara Libby and Andrew Keatts to talk about some of the biggest challenges facing the city but certainly,...


The Big Rent Control Measure Facing California Voters

Rent control is one of the most contentious topics on the November ballot. If passed, Proposition 10 would free up local governments to create new regulations limiting how much landlords can increase rents by repealing the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, a law that seriously limits rent control policies. On this week’s episode, hosts Sara Libby, Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts are joined by former Voice of San Diego reporter Liam Dillon, who now covers housing and state politics and policy...


The Differences Between Two Dems Running to Represent District 8

A City Council seat is up for grabs in District 8. Councilman David Alvarez is termed out, and two Democrats are vying to replace him. Vivian Moreno is Alvarez's community representative. Her opponent Antonio Martinez is a San Ysidro School District school board member who works at a community health clinic in Nestor. Both say they they're ready to take on the biggest issues impacting city's southern neighborhoods – Barrio Logan, Greater Logan Heights, San Ysidro and Otay Mesa. Moreno and...


The Rift That Split SoccerCity and SDSU West

The battle over the future of the Mission Valley stadium site is fierce. Ads for and against SoccerCity and SDSU West are seemingly everywhere, all the time. But before the development proposals became opposing measures on the November ballot, the people behind the plans were working closely together to come up with a deal to transform the city-owned land into a joint soccer-football stadium. On this week's podcast, Voice of San Diego's Scott Lewis, Andrew Keatts and Sara Libby explain...


The Close Race Politicos Didn't See Coming (But Neighbors Did)

Incumbents don't often lose in local political races. But in the District 4 City Council race, Councilwoman Myrtle Cole is fighting to save her seat as challenger Monica Montgomery's grassroots campaign continues gaining steam. This week's show kicks off our podcast series covering the most interesting races in the November election. In this episode, hosts Andrew Keatts, Sara Libby and Scott Lewis break down the biggest issues in D4 communities like Encanto, Lincoln Park and Paradise...


The School District Took a Hard Look at Graduation Rates After All

Voice of San Diego's investigation of graduation rates at the San Diego Unified School District didn't go over very well with district leaders. Former VOSD education reporter Mario Koran found that some of the school district’s lowest-performing high school students transferred to charter schools focused on credit recovery — sometimes at the urging of school employees — which helped the district land a 91 percent graduation rate in 2016. The district worked aggressively to push back...


The Big Questions Facing the Homeless Tents

Three tent shelters for homeless people went up in Barrio Logan, Midway and East Village near the beginning of the year. It happened quickly as part of the city's response to the deadly hepatitis A outbreak, which hit the homeless population the hardest. The city paid for the tents, in part, by pulling from funding set aside to build permanent housing. For a future funding stream, the city floated the idea of using more than $30 million from the $140 million a tax hike measure was expected...


Duncan Hunter's Very Bad Week

It's been a rough week for Rep. Duncan Hunter. Hunter and his wife are free on bond after they were arraigned on charges related to accusations they misused more than $250,000 in campaign funds. The 47-page indictment went into excruciating detail on Hunter's finances, including spending thousands of dollars on lavish vacations, NFL tickets and shopping. In response, the congressmen accused the Justice Department of being politically motivated against him and President Donald Trump, who is...


The Election Reform Train Has Left the Station

San Diego is shifting. Historically, the region had been a Republican stronghold. But over the last decade, the county's demographics and politics have changed, giving Democrats a boost. Sometimes, the shift has been powered by organic population growth, but other times the change has been engineered through changes in the way local leaders get elected. In this week's podcast, Andrew Keatts, Sara Libby and Scott Lewis explain recent election reform efforts at both the city and county...


A Spectacular Failure

The decade-long push to expand the Convention Center is dead. This week, Mayor Kevin Faulconer's top priority – a tax increase that would have funded an expanded Convention Center, homeless services and road repairs – morphed into the biggest failure of his tenure so far. On the podcast, Andrew Keatts, Sara Libby and Scott Lewis discuss the decisions that led to the epic demise of the mayor's top pursuit.


Sherman on the City's Recent Frustrations and Failures

Scott Sherman is on fire. In a special podcast, the councilman talks about his frustration with a few of the recent decisions his colleagues have made. The new vacation rental regulations – Sherman said they are an infringement on property rights and possibly face a strong legal challenge. The lease extension between San Diego State University and the city for the Mission Valley stadium – Sherman said the City Council should have pushed for a better deal for taxpayers. Listen to more of...


The Pension Issue Is Back and Messier Than Ever

All former Mayor Jerry Sanders had to do was meet with labor unions before leading the effort to reform city employee pensions at the ballot box. He didn't. And now, six years later, the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously he violated the law. He had an obligation as the city’s top manager to first "meet and confer" with unions about the reforms before leading efforts to put a citizens’ initiative on the 2012 ballot. He wasn't required to do anything the unions suggested, but as the...


The Mayor on Vacation Rental Crackdowns, Homelessness and the GOP

Mayor Kevin Faulconer joined Voice of San Diego's Scott Lewis in a special episode of the VOSD Podcast to talk about how the new vacation rental regulations will play out, and other big issues.


Cracks in the County’s Foster Care System

Union-Tribune reporter Morgan Cook joins hosts Andrew Keatts and Sara Libby to talk about a disturbing case of sexual abuse inside the county's foster care system. Also on the podcast: debunking a myth about a hotel pool being open to the public, and a case that could throw a major wrench in the government's policy of omitting from court docs whether a defendant being charged with entering the country illegally has actually asked for asylum.


VOSD Podcast Live: Real and Fake News About What's Happening in San Diego

Chaos in San Diego courts caused by the Trump administration's immigration policies. A dramatic shift in who can rent out homes to vacationers. A potential 2020 ballot measure to raise sales taxes for transit. Plus: lead in school water and doing away with stamps on mail-in ballots. This week, we tackled all those topics and more, and we did it in front of a packed house at the Whistle Stop Bar in South Park. Hosts Andrew Keatts, Scott Lewis and Sara Libby were joined by Assemblywoman Lorena...


Patience With the Water Department Runs Dry

Beginning last summer, hundreds of water customers started seeing unexpected spikes in their water bills. Many of them contacted the city and media outlets to complain. How the city's water department has responded to those customers' concerns, and what might be behind those unusually big bills is the subject of a new joint VOSD and NBC 7 investigation. On this week's podcast, Voice of San Diego's Ry Rivard joins hosts Andrew Keatts, Sara Libby and Scott Lewis to talk about what he learned...


Small Cities Say They've Lost Their Voice at SANDAG

SANDAG meetings have been getting heated. San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond, who sits on the transportation agency's board, talks to VOSD's Andrew Keatts about the issues fueling the flames. Historically, the regional transportation agency's board meetings have been mostly drama-free. But then AB 805 became law, and along with other reforms, SANDAG board members can now call for a vote weighted by population, which gives the representatives from the two biggest cities in the county the power to...


The School Bond Pitch You've Heard Before

The new $3.5 billion school bond being floated by San Diego Unified should give San Diegans a sense of déjà vu. In this week's podcast, Andrew Keatts, Scott Lewis and Sara Libby talk about how many of the projects being proposed in the new bond are identical to those pitched in previous measures passed by voters in 2008 and 2012. Projects promised in those two past ballot measures, like asbestos removal and replacing old plumbing, ended up taking a back seat to things like new classroom...


Zero Tolerance at the Border, Explained

The Trump administration's policy of separating families at the border, and the ensuing confusion over its decision to temporarily walk back some of those policies, has dominated the news. On the latest podcast, hosts Scott Lewis and Sara Libby talk with Voice of San Diego border reporter Maya Srikrishnan about how the chaos at the border began, how the family separations that followed played out and what to expect now that Trump signed en executive order to temporarily keep immigrant...