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Get the story behind the story every weekday. Host Daniel Wheaton interviews Union-Tribune reporters about what matters in San Diego.








An update on COVID-19 vaccine trials| Jonathan Wosen

That urgent desire for a sense of safety and a return to normalcy has fueled an unprecedented search for a vaccine against the worst pandemic humanity has faced in a century. CEOs of Pfizer and Moderna, two of the vaccine developers furthest along in that search, have said they could request emergency-use authorization for their COVID-19 vaccines by late November and December, respectively, depending on results from trials that have enrolled tens of thousands of volunteers (including San...


Special Election Episode: Key races part II

On the latest special election episode, Daniel Wheaton and Micheal Smolens discuss key races in the city of San Diego: mayor, city council, Measures B and E. Visit our election dashboard:


Vista schools reopen | Deborah Sullivan Brennan

Nearly 10,000 students returned to class in person this week at Vista Unified School District as campuses reopened after more than a half-year of remote learning.


California theme parks threaten legal action over COVID rules | Lori Weisberg

Tensions build as theme parks, from Disneyland to Legoland, push to reopen after being closed seven months because of the coronavirus pandemic Read more:


Baseball at 3:10 in Yuma? Youth sports head to Arizona to skirt COVID rules | Mark Zeigler

Frustrated with the state of COVID-19 restrictions in California, parents have taken to bringing their children to sporting tournaments in Arizona That state has a more lax approach to such gatherings. Citing comparatively low transmission rates among athletes and at outdoor gatherings, many San Diego parents have decided to let their children play. California is also losing much-needed revenue from letting these games slip out of state, something that league leaders hope will make the...


Breaking down San Diego's Measure E | Jennifer Van Grove

The freeway-adjacent, mostly industrial town is what supporters of a November initiative, Measure E, view as a classic fixer-upper, meaning with ample investment it could be transformed into a community where people want to live and recreate. Yet the area’s proximity to the water is a quality that makes it attractive to would-be investors while simultaneously inhibiting their interest. That’s because the Midway District, either accidentally or intentionally depending on who you ask, finds...


Newly released emails detail origin of 101 Ash St. sale | Jeff McDonald

Mayor Kevin Faulconer began meeting with the former owners of the high rise at 101 Ash Street in 2014, a full year before Sempra Energy vacated the property, according to a new cache of emails released by the city under the California Public Records Act. The communications also show the building’s previous owners, Sandor Shapery and Douglas Manchester, enjoyed access to the mayor and his senior aides, allowing them to market their building to city officials. “Does the shortened 25-year...


Special Election Episode: Key races Part I

On this special election episode of San Diego News Fix, we break down key Congressional races, the County Board of Supervisors and a housing measure in Santee. Visit our elections dashboard:


ImmunityBio tests COVID-19 vaccine | Jonathan Wosen

ImmunityBio, an El Segundo-based biotech firm headed by Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, said Thursday it had received approval from the Food and Drug Administration to begin preliminary testing of the company’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate.


San Diego Unified announces changes to how it grades students | Kristen Taketa

Starting this school year San Diego Unified will eliminate non-academic factors, such as student behavior, from academic grades, following a unanimous vote by the school board Tuesday to overhaul the district’s grading practices. Read more:


Issa, Campa-Najjar appear in "Defend East County"; both face different kinds of criticism | Charles Clark

California’s 50th District Congressional Candidates, Darrell Issa and Ammar Campa-Najjar, stirred controversy after virtual Q&A sessions with the local Defend East County Facebook group. Their appearances Friday on the group’s Facebook Live sessions have drawn criticism from some activists and experts who study extremism. Appearing alongside the East County group’s founder, Justin Haskins, Issa seemed to promote citizen groups taking up arms to “defend their communities,” days after a...


Trump has called on his supporters to "observe the polls" -- can they do that? | John Wilkens

Watching, yes. Interfering, no. President Donald Trump’s repeated calls to his supporters to monitor election polling places for fraud have raised questions about what is allowed, and what isn’t, as San Diego County residents begin casting their ballots for the Nov. 3 election. Observers, as they are known in California, have long been part of elections here. Usually they are campaign insiders or political-party volunteers, and they rarely draw public attention as they quietly watch what...


Returned Part III: A legitimate fear of death doesn’t always matter in the US asylum system | Kate Morrissey

For Central American migrants fleeing gang violence, winning protection in the United States can be particularly difficult Read the story: The rest of the series: Previous episodes: Returned Part II: Who gets asylum? | Kate Morrissey...


Special Election Episode: How the U-T's Editorial Board makes endorsements

In preparation for the election, The San Diego Union-Tribune's editorial board is publishing a series of endorsements on many local races. On this special election episode of San Diego News Fix, you'll hear from two members of the board: Matt Hall and Laura Castadñeda about how the process works and how the opinion team highlights community voices. Key links: Election dashboard: 2020 Endorsements:...


Discrepancies in Georgette Gómez tax filings | Andrew Dyer

San Diego City Council President and Congressional candidate Georgette Gómez reported no salary on her federal tax filing in 2017 despite earning more than $90,000 from her job on the council. Gómez, who is facing fellow Democrat Sara Jacobs in the November runoff for the 53rd District congressional seat, through a spokeswoman blamed the errors on her tax preparer and pledged to amend at least one of her returns....


New report explains the causes behind the Aug. blackouts | Rob Nikolewski

A report from three key state groups analyzing what caused a pair of blackouts in mid-August largely conformed to reasons previously cited by California’s grid operator — that a combination of factors, including a sweltering heatwave, pushed the state’s power system to its edge, leading to the first statewide outages in nearly 20 years. Read more:


Poll: Gloria, Bry in virtual dead heat for SD mayor | David Garrick

Assemblyman Todd Gloria and Councilwoman Barbara Bry are in a virtual dead heat among likely voters in the runoff for San Diego mayor, according to a San Diego Union-Tribune/10News SurveyUSA poll released Tuesday. Gloria leads Bry 39 percent to 38 percent, which is within the poll’s 5.3 percent margin of error. That leaves nearly a quarter of likely voters still undecided, with mail voting already underway and Election Day on Nov. 3. More on the poll:...


Will the health equity score keep San Diego in the red COVID tier? | Paul Sisson

Starting with Tuesday’s test, an additional score is now being published. This new number, dubbed a “health equity metric,” calculates a test positivity rate for the most disadvantaged quartile of census tracts in each county. The positivity rate for this subset of a county’s overall population must also meet the positivity rate requirements for a less-restrictive tier before a county will be allowed to move up. The state’s health equity score for San Diego County in Tuesday’s report is 6.2...


San Diego's bitter divorce from a homeless service provider | Gary Warth

The city of San Diego has terminated its contract with the service provider running its Housing Navigation Center downtown. City officials said they will take it over next month and rename it and they will base its homeless services on programs they said have been successful in the temporary shelter in the San Diego Convention Center. Read more:...


Special Election Episode: Voting 101

If you're a registered voter in San Diego County, you'll be seeing a ballot in your mailbox this week. On the first special election episode of San Diego News Fix, Daniel Wheaton speaks with politics reporter Charles Clark about how this election will be different — and what to expect.