Lisa Halverstadt

Lisa writes about San Diego city and county governments. She welcomes story tips and questions. Contact her directly at or 619.325.0528.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s staff looked at potential homeless shelter sites for months and repeatedly pointed to reasons they couldn’t work. Now, in the midst of a deadly hepatitis A outbreak, they’ve decided sites identified months ago or that previously housed shelters are acceptable after all.

County officials sputtered over bureaucratic steps for weeks after announcing a plan to deploy hand-washing stations in areas where homeless people congregate in hopes of combating a deadly hepatitis A outbreak plaguing that population. On Friday, they sprang into action. I was first to report on a letter from county Chief Administrative Officer Helen Robbins-Meyer demanding that […]