As they hustle to mitigate potential damage from El Niño, local, state and federal officials are also locked in another race: the one to assign blame for why San Diego is so unprepared. City officials say it’s because of burdensome environmental regulations. State regulators question the city’s sudden cries for help.

Peppered with questions on the drought, infrastructure woes, economic growth and housing affordability, the mayors of Chula Vista, Encinitas, Poway and San Diego instead made the case for their cities’ greatness.

Astrophysicist Ramin Skibba recognized a need in the world of science: people who know how to explain it in layman’s terms. That’s why he’s decided to focus on science communication full-time. He’s decided to take his PhD north, leaving UCSD and entering UC Santa Cruz’s science communications program. So we asked him to join us this week […]