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

The city is finally trying to do something about the tent cities — the encampments of homeless throughout downtown. But its new actions seem to be more about herding than helping. In recent days, “police have cleared East Village sidewalks, a move they say was spurred by the need to power-wash the area,” our Lisa […]

When one retired accountant in Banker’s Hill got hepatitis A in June, he had no idea the city and county of San Diego were grappling with a growing outbreak. Very few people did. It would be several more weeks before major awareness campaigns began. What took so long? In an exhaustive behind-the-scenes account of what happened, […]

Downtown wants to be a place where people can get out of their cars and go for long walks — tourists, office workers, residents. But if they walk, they’ll need restrooms. And for years, there’s been a conflicting urge: Let’s not make the homeless too comfortable by installing easy-to-access public restrooms. Now city officials are scrambling […]