Randy Dotinga

Randy Dotinga is a freelance contributor to Voice of San Diego. Please contact him directly at randydotinga@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter: twitter.com/rdotinga

Section 8 housing vouchers are supposed to give needy people access to places to live. But these days, they’re mainly giving people anxiety instead of a path to a better future. “Housing vouchers are a critical tool for housing low-income individuals and families,” reports Maya Srikrishnan. “But in San Diego, where the housing market is becoming […]

East Village is hot. The downtown neighborhood has transformed into a hotspot for sports fans and bookworms, families and hipsters, builders and businesses. But much of East Village’s grit remains, and so does something else: The ever-present homeless people who either wander the streets or settle into tents on the sidewalk. But there weren’t always […]

There’s a big gap between free preschool and paid private preschool: One costs nothing and the other runs $700 to $1,500 a month. But you have to be extremely poor to qualify for free preschool and even a tiny bit of extra income can push a family over the limit and make it no longer eligible […]

Two local water districts are lowering their water rates, and another is considering doing the same. That’s good news for customers in those districts, but it also points to an awkward truth, Ry Rivard writes in a new story: “These agencies are walking a fine line: They are cutting prices because they expect demand to […]

The city of San Diego attracted national attention for its bipartisan Climate Action Plan, which aims to protect the environment over decades. But now, a coalition of environmentalists, including Nicole Capretz, one of the architects of the much-ballyhooed plan, is threatening to go to court. The critics say the community plans for four neighborhoods need to be rewritten. […]