Randy Dotinga

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

It must have seemed like a good idea at the time. A few years back, water officials spent hundreds of millions on water treatment plans because Southern California liked to guzzle. Now, we’re conserving water, and treatment plants are going idle. But, as VOSD’s Ry Rivard reports, we’re still paying the price for the debt […]

Everyone knows Barrio Logan is changing. Its location makes it attractive for development and artists are flocking to it. This is causing some tension. In this week’s Culture Report, Kinsee Morlan writes about the launch of her new podcast, the San Diego Culturecast. The first season will be an exploration of what’s happening in Barrio Logan as new wave of […]

San Diego has a problem: Run-down urban areas seeking new development — apartments, homes, retail and job centers — aren’t getting it. Meanwhile, builders eagerly want to build in more upscale parts of town but often face angry opposition. Here’s how Councilman David Alvarez put it: “Where development is economically viable, it isn’t politically viable. And where […]

The Chargers want to boost taxes on hotel customers to help pay for a new stadium/convention center expansion downtown, and they debuted their plan yesterday. You can read all 110 pages here. The reception from local leaders was about as frigid as the team’s famous 1982 Freezer Bowl game in Cincinnati. All the candidates in the major […]

We’re getting more and more details about the Chargers plan for a downtown convadium — a joint convention center and stadium. But we’re also hearing more about the rather big decisions the team’s leaders simply haven’t made. For instance, does their idea include the stadium having a roof of some kind? They don’t know yet. […]


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