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Border Report: California Reopened, But the Border Didn’t

California reopened last week, but the border remains closed to non-essential travel. And there is no timeline for when it might reopen. The Trump administration first restricted non-essential travel in March 2020, with the stated purpose to slow the spread of COVID-19. Now that vaccination rates are on the rise and infection rates on the decline, that original reason behind the closure becomes less justified.
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What We Learned This Week

I am so, so sick of community forums. They sound great, right? No, they sound important. Any good leader listens to the community and provides a forum for them to offer feedback. When it comes to San Diego and community forums on policing, though, the forums are the end, not...
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VOSD Podcast: Big Questions for the Reopened World

Today is the last day of our summer fundraising campaign. Support this podcast by becoming a member for $3/month. Bonus: All donations will be matched!. Now that the state has officially reopened, it’s time to look forward. On this week’s VOSD Podcast, hosts Scott Lewis and Sara Libby go through...
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Morning Report: Another Report Finds Disparate Police Treatment

Today is the last day of our summer fundraising campaign and we need your help to reach our goal. Become a member today and your donation will be matched by a generous donor. For years, the San Diego Police Department has argued that the racial disparities arising in stop and force data are not evidence of discrimination. The city has also portrayed past studies as politically motivated or lacking context for not taking into consideration a full range of factors.
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Morning Report: Oceanside, State at Odds Over Seawalls

Oceanside officials have for years allowed homeowners to repair the seawalls they’ve built between their properties and the Pacific Ocean. But rising seas and the waves they bring, which batter boulders loose from those seawalls, have created a bureaucratic dispute between the city and the California Coastal Commission, which regulates construction activity along the coast.
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Morning Report: The Catholic School Surge

You depend on local news. We depend on you. Support our reporting today and your donation will be doubled. As public schools across the county transitioned to online learning over the past year, enrollment in local Catholic schools offering in-person classes hit an all-time high. According to the Roman Catholic...
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Morning Report: Franchise Deal Comes With Watchdog Work

The city of San Diego agreed last week to give SDG&E a 20-year extension over the local energy grid. Some had wanted a shorter deal. But the city, in the process, said it would ensure that investors pay certain money to the city instead of ratepayers. The city will also assign staff to make sure the terms are being met and require SDG&E to appear before the public to explain rate increases.
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What We Learned This Week

One of the defining experiences of my life happened in middle school, when school officials called in police after a few girls noticed that some of their lip gloss and CDs were missing from their gym lockers. Police officers brought the girls in the PE class into an area of the locker room, and, one by one, strip-searched them to ensure they weren’t hiding stolen goods inside their bodies.
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VOSD Podcast: About That Housing Plan

Building new homes is paramount. San Diego, and the state, desperately need more housing. A lot, lot more. This week, the San Diego City Council approved changes to a housing plan it submitted to comply with a state housing law. That law requires cities to show they can accommodate enough...
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Morning Report: It’s Budget Season

San Diego County is in the middle of its budget process for the fiscal year that starts in July 2021. It’s planning on doling out more than $7 billion dollars on COVID-19 response and recovery, public safety, homelessness services and more. Our latest San Diego 101 video breaks down the...
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Rape Kit Testing Yields Felony Prosecution

This post originally appeared in the June 10 Morning Report. Get the Morning Report delivered to your inbox. District Attorney Summer Stephan announced Wednesday not only that her office has completed DNA analysis on 2,030 untested sexual assault kits three years after it began sending them to a third-party lab for testing, but also that DNA found in one of the kits has led to new criminal charges.