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Voice of San Diego is a nonprofit, independent and insightful source of news and investigative reporting focused on issues impacting the San Diego region.

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In one of the first data points that compares student achievement before and after the COVID-19 pandemic, San Diego Unif...
10/21/2022
The Pandemic Erased Five Years of San Diego Test Score Gains

In one of the first data points that compares student achievement before and after the COVID-19 pandemic, San Diego Unified scores on state standardized tests are down, wiping out a half-decade of steady gains. https://bit.ly/3CpRDGd

In one of the first data points that compares student achievement before and after the COVID-19 pandemic, San Diego Unified scores on state standardized tests are down sharply, wiping out a half-decade of steady gains.

San Diegans pay the highest electricity rates in the continental U.S. and that price is slated to rise Jan. 1. SDG&E say...
10/21/2022
A Deeper Dive into SDG&E’s Coming Rate Hike

San Diegans pay the highest electricity rates in the continental U.S. and that price is slated to rise Jan. 1. SDG&E says that’s due to volatile natural gas prices and investments in grid safety against wildfires. https://bit.ly/3EZfvTV

Residents buying all their energy from San Diego Gas & Electric could see their bill rise by at least $34 come January 1.

A criminal conflict-of-interest case has been getting some play in the county assessor’s race. But little has been aired...
10/21/2022
Inside the Criminal Case Coming Up in the Assessor’s Race

A criminal conflict-of-interest case has been getting some play in the county assessor’s race. But little has been aired publicly about it. https://bit.ly/3TZ0d6b

Few details have been aired about a criminal conflict-of-interest case involving a former top deputy in the County Assessor’s Office despite the attention it’s received as candidates Barbara Bry and Jordan Marks vie to lead the office.

Regional leaders have embraced a new outline to tackle the homelessness crisis, calling for 9,000 new long-term housing ...
10/21/2022
San Diego County’s Got a New Homelessness Plan

Regional leaders have embraced a new outline to tackle the homelessness crisis, calling for 9,000 new long-term housing options. https://bit.ly/3CpLrOB

San Diego County needs more than 9,000 new affordable and supportive housing options, at least 850 new shelter beds and thousands more housing aid slots to dramatically reduce homelessness, according to a new regional homelessness plan released Wednesday. The Regional Task Force on Homelessness, the...

Brigette Browning, leader of the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council, said she wishes labor never supported what i...
10/20/2022
Labor Leader: Supporting SDSU West Was a 'Big Mistake'

Brigette Browning, leader of the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council, said she wishes labor never supported what is now SDSU Mission Valley knowing what she knows now about the development. https://bit.ly/3CxUWuV

Brigette Browning, leader of the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council, said she wishes labor never supported what is now SDSU Mission Valley knowing what she knows now about the development.

According to a filing at the California Public Utilities Commission last week, San Diego Gas and Electric wants to raise...
10/20/2022

According to a filing at the California Public Utilities Commission last week, San Diego Gas and Electric wants to raise its price per kilowatt hour of energy by 20 percent. That amounts to about a $23 monthly increase on the average residential energy bill.

It’s precisely what San Diego’s local publicly-run power companies warned a few months ago: SDG&E bills would spike again come 2023.

That’s what San Diego Community Power and Clean Energy Alliance argued after the company did the opposite, lowered rates, a move those public power companies said was deceptive at the time.

Read the Environment Report here: https://voiceofsandiego.org/2022/10/17/sdge-energy-bills-are-slated-to-rise-again/

A San Diego judge vacated a decades-old felony-murder conviction. It opens up the possibility that a man serving a life ...
10/20/2022
How a State Justice Reform Is Playing Out in One Man's Case

A San Diego judge vacated a decades-old felony-murder conviction. It opens up the possibility that a man serving a life sentence will eventually be released from prison. https://bit.ly/3CSEOo2

A judge has vacated a decades-old felony-murder conviction, opening up the possibility that a man serving a life sentence could be released from prison for a homicide he didn’t commit.

A San Diego County Superior Court judge has vacated a decades-old felony-murder conviction, opening up the possibility t...
10/20/2022
How a State Justice Reform Is Playing Out in One Man's Case

A San Diego County Superior Court judge has vacated a decades-old felony-murder conviction, opening up the possibility that a man condemned to die in prison will be released. https://bit.ly/3CSEOo2

A judge has vacated a decades-old felony-murder conviction, opening up the possibility that a man serving a life sentence could be released from prison for a homicide he didn’t commit.

Amid a rush of migrants moving into city-funded homeless shelters, one provider now sheltering 45 migrants says he’s loo...
10/19/2022
Migrants Ending Up in City Homeless Shelters Amid Border Surge

Amid a rush of migrants moving into city-funded homeless shelters, one provider now sheltering 45 migrants says he’s looking to the city for guidance. “The reality is I do not know what to do.” https://bit.ly/3VBKJX4

Two homeless-serving nonprofits are now sheltering more than 60 refugees – many of whom fled Venezuela – following a spike in crossings along the southwestern border.

As of Tuesday, Alpha Project was sheltering 45 mostly Venezuelan migrants at three of its shelters while Father Joe’s Vi...
10/19/2022
Morning Report: City Homeless Shelters Are Serving Migrants Amid Border Surge

As of Tuesday, Alpha Project was sheltering 45 mostly Venezuelan migrants at three of its shelters while Father Joe’s Villages said late Monday it was sheltering 20 asylum seekers. https://bit.ly/3s5I2Qe

Two of the city’s homeless shelter providers have taken in dozens of migrants amid a spike in border crossings by migrants who cannot quickly connect with support systems elsewhere. As of Tuesday, Alpha Project was sheltering 45 mostly Venezuelan migrants at three of its shelters while Father Joe....

SDG&E wants to raise its price per kilowatt hour of energy by 20 percent. That amounts to about a $23 monthly increase o...
10/18/2022
SDG&E Energy Bills Are Slated to Rise, Again

SDG&E wants to raise its price per kilowatt hour of energy by 20 percent. That amounts to about a $23 monthly increase on the average residential energy bill. https://bit.ly/3yQf0b4

The utility company is planning on a raise in price that amounts to about a $23 monthly increase on the average residential energy bill.

We reviewed Politifest as a whole to help gauge San Diego’s current political scene: What’s changing? What’s not? And ho...
10/17/2022
VOSD Podcast: The Great Politifest 2022 Recap Show

We reviewed Politifest as a whole to help gauge San Diego’s current political scene: What’s changing? What’s not? And how are our leaders handling the hottest issues? Listen now. 🔊 https://bit.ly/3S3xZFT

This week on the Voice of San Diego Podcast, hosts Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts dug through the Politifest 2022 content mines to bring you the spiciest takes from the region’s coolest annual politics summit. The conceit of Politifest was that purposeful political discussions need to be out in the...

Two years into the program, Project 25 participants had taken fewer ambulance rides and spent fewer days in the hospital...
10/17/2022
Project 25: The Pilot Project Aimed at San Diego’s Most Difficult Homeless Cases Showed Promise, Then Died.

Two years into the program, Project 25 participants had taken fewer ambulance rides and spent fewer days in the hospital compared with the year before. Hospitals saved more than $2 million. And not a single Project 25 client returned to the street. Everyone who entered the program remained housed.

Still, the program ended. Contributor Kelly Davis explains why in a new story. https://bit.ly/3D4C1JN

In 2010, area leaders tried to see if they could save money by housing homeless San Diegans who went to the hospital and rode in ambulances the most. It worked but ended anyway, amid a shifting policy environment and trouble providing the service to more people.

Project 25 set out to identify the 25 most vulnerable and frequent users of public services, house them and manage their...
10/17/2022
Morning Report: Why a Successful Homeless Housing Project Disappeared

Project 25 set out to identify the 25 most vulnerable and frequent users of public services, house them and manage their situations. It wasn’t easy, but it proved to be a success. https://bit.ly/3eDOESO

In 2010, nonprofit leaders launched a program to house the most expensive homeless San Diegans. These were individuals constantly racking up ER hospital visits, ambulance trips, hospital stays and calls to police. Project 25 set out to identify the 25 most vulnerable and frequent users of public ser...

In one of the first data points that compares student achievement before and after the COVID-19 pandemic, San Diego Unif...
10/16/2022
The Pandemic Erased Five Years of San Diego Test Score Gains

In one of the first data points that compares student achievement before and after the COVID-19 pandemic, San Diego Unified scores on state standardized tests are down, wiping out a half-decade of steady gains. https://bit.ly/3CpRDGd

In one of the first data points that compares student achievement before and after the COVID-19 pandemic, San Diego Unified scores on state standardized tests are down sharply, wiping out a half-decade of steady gains.

Regional leaders have released a new outline to tackle the homelessness crisis, calling for at least 9,000 new long-term...
10/15/2022
San Diego County’s Got a New Homelessness Plan

Regional leaders have released a new outline to tackle the homelessness crisis, calling for at least 9,000 new long-term housing options and hundreds more shelter beds. https://bit.ly/3CpLrOB

San Diego County needs more than 9,000 new affordable and supportive housing options, at least 850 new shelter beds and thousands more housing aid slots to dramatically reduce homelessness, according to a new regional homelessness plan released Wednesday. The Regional Task Force on Homelessness, the...

San Diego doesn’t have enough homeless shelter beds to meet demand. A new Voice of San Diego analysis of city data revea...
10/15/2022
Homeless Residents Often Can’t Get the Shelter They Seek

San Diego doesn’t have enough homeless shelter beds to meet demand. A new Voice of San Diego analysis of city data reveals just over a third of shelter referrals result in a placement in a typical week. https://bit.ly/3VtWAqo

A Voice of San Diego analysis shows nearly two thirds of shelter referrals by outreach workers and police in the city aren’t fulfilled in a typical week.

Our podcast hosts dug through the #Politifest2022 content mines to bring you the spiciest takes from the region’s cooles...
10/14/2022
VOSD Podcast: The Great Politifest 2022 Recap Show

Our podcast hosts dug through the #Politifest2022 content mines to bring you the spiciest takes from the region’s coolest annual politics summit. https://bit.ly/3S3xZFT

This week on the Voice of San Diego Podcast, hosts Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts dug through the Politifest 2022 content mines to bring you the spiciest takes from the region’s coolest annual politics summit. The conceit of Politifest was that purposeful political discussions need to be out in the...

Labor leader Brigette Browning thinks it was a mistake for San Diego's labor unions to have backed SDSU Mission Valley. ...
10/14/2022
Labor Leader: Supporting SDSU West Was a 'Big Mistake'

Labor leader Brigette Browning thinks it was a mistake for San Diego's labor unions to have backed SDSU Mission Valley. https://bit.ly/3CxUWuV

Brigette Browning, leader of the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council, said she wishes labor never supported what is now SDSU Mission Valley knowing what she knows now about the development.

Brigette Browning, leader of the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council, said she wishes labor never supported what i...
10/13/2022
Labor Leader: Supporting SDSU West Was a 'Big Mistake'

Brigette Browning, leader of the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council, said she wishes labor never supported what is now SDSU Mission Valley knowing what she knows now about the development. https://bit.ly/3CxUWuV

Brigette Browning, leader of the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council, said she wishes labor never supported what is now SDSU Mission Valley knowing what she knows now about the development.

Community schools are in vogue now, but they’re not new. Jim Groth ran the community school program at Chula Vista’s Har...
10/13/2022
Chula Vista Already Had Community Schools – Nearly 50 Years Ago

Community schools are in vogue now, but they’re not new. Jim Groth ran the community school program at Chula Vista’s Harborside Elementary all the way back in the 70’s. https://bit.ly/3RXebEa

Community schools are in vogue now, but they’re not new. Jim Groth ran the community school program at Chula Vista’s Harborside Elementary all the way back in the 70’s.

Backed by new money from the state, San Diego school districts are launching community school programs, which are school...
10/13/2022
Morning Report: After 40 Years, Community Schools Return to Chula Vista

Backed by new money from the state, San Diego school districts are launching community school programs, which are schools that provide students more services than just classroom instruction. https://bit.ly/3EEsHxB

Backed by new money from the state, San Diego school districts are launching community school programs, which are schools that provide students more services than just classroom instruction. Chula Vista Elementary School District recently received $200,000 to plan its community school initiative. Bu...

Regional leaders have embraced a new outline to tackle the homelessness crisis, calling for 9,000 new long-term housing ...
10/13/2022
San Diego County’s Got a New Homelessness Plan

Regional leaders have embraced a new outline to tackle the homelessness crisis, calling for 9,000 new long-term housing options. https://bit.ly/3CpLrOB

San Diego County needs more than 9,000 new affordable and supportive housing options, at least 850 new shelter beds and thousands more housing aid slots to dramatically reduce homelessness, according to a new regional homelessness plan released Wednesday. The Regional Task Force on Homelessness, the...

County Board Chair Nathan Fletcher at #Politifest2022: CARE Court isn’t a cure-all for homelessness in San Diego. https:...
10/12/2022
Fletcher: CARE Court Won’t Be Homelessness Panacea

County Board Chair Nathan Fletcher at #Politifest2022: CARE Court isn’t a cure-all for homelessness in San Diego. https://bit.ly/3g2xLSb

Nathan Fletcher, chair of the county Board of Supervisors, says an upcoming state mandate to provide and compel mental health treatment won’t make a dramatic dent in the homelessness crisis.

A bill recently signed by the governor raises the stakes for the sheriff and DA elections in November. The winners get s...
10/12/2022
Whoever Wins Top Two Law Enforcement Spots in November Will Serve for Six Years Not Four

A bill recently signed by the governor raises the stakes for the sheriff and DA elections in November. The winners get six rather than four years in office. https://bit.ly/3yyL6bj

Advocates say the change was necessary to boost voter turnout in races for district attorney and sheriff during presidential elections. It also adds a new dynamic in the final weeks of the campaigns and raises the stakes in November.

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In one of the first data points that compares student achievement before and after the COVID-19 pandemic, San Diego Unified scores on state standardized tests are down, wiping out a half-decade of steady gains. https://bit.ly/3CpRDGd
San Diegans pay the highest electricity rates in the continental U.S. and that price is slated to rise Jan. 1. SDG&E says that’s due to volatile natural gas prices and investments in grid safety against wildfires. https://bit.ly/3EZfvTV
A criminal conflict-of-interest case has been getting some play in the county assessor’s race. But little has been aired publicly about it. https://bit.ly/3TZ0d6b
There’s a common myth about homelessness in San Diego: The city’s got ample shelter for those who want it. https://bit.ly/3VtWAqo
Regional leaders have embraced a new outline to tackle the homelessness crisis, calling for 9,000 new long-term housing options. https://bit.ly/3CpLrOB
Brigette Browning, leader of the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council, said she wishes labor never supported what is now SDSU Mission Valley knowing what she knows now about the development. https://bit.ly/3CxUWuV
According to a filing at the California Public Utilities Commission last week, San Diego Gas and Electric wants to raise its price per kilowatt hour of energy by 20 percent. That amounts to about a $23 monthly increase on the average residential energy bill. It’s precisely what San Diego’s local publicly-run power companies warned a few months ago: SDG&E bills would spike again come 2023. That’s what San Diego Community Power and Clean Energy Alliance argued after the company did the opposite, lowered rates, a move those public power companies said was deceptive at the time. Read the Environment Report here: https://voiceofsandiego.org/2022/10/17/sdge-energy-bills-are-slated-to-rise-again/
A San Diego judge vacated a decades-old felony-murder conviction. It opens up the possibility that a man serving a life sentence will eventually be released from prison. https://bit.ly/3CSEOo2
A San Diego County Superior Court judge has vacated a decades-old felony-murder conviction, opening up the possibility that a man condemned to die in prison will be released. https://bit.ly/3CSEOo2
More than 60 migrants are staying in city-funded homeless shelters following a surge in arrivals of border crossers who couldn't quickly move elsewhere. https://bit.ly/3VBKJX4
Amid a rush of migrants moving into city-funded homeless shelters, one provider now sheltering 45 migrants says he’s looking to the city for guidance. “The reality is I do not know what to do.” https://bit.ly/3VBKJX4
As of Tuesday, Alpha Project was sheltering 45 mostly Venezuelan migrants at three of its shelters while Father Joe’s Villages said late Monday it was sheltering 20 asylum seekers. https://bit.ly/3s5I2Qe
Left without other options, dozens of migrants — many of them Venezuelans — are now staying in city homeless shelters. https://bit.ly/3VBKJX4
SDG&E wants to raise its price per kilowatt hour of energy by 20 percent. That amounts to about a $23 monthly increase on the average residential energy bill. https://bit.ly/3yQf0b4
We reviewed Politifest as a whole to help gauge San Diego’s current political scene: What’s changing? What’s not? And how are our leaders handling the hottest issues? Listen now. 🔊 https://bit.ly/3S3xZFT
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