In this week’s San Diego Explained, Voice of San Diego’s Lisa Halverstadt and NBC 7’s Monica Dean detail the county’s reserve funds, the past policies that made the account grow and a new proposal on the table to spend some of it.

County supervisors for years have focused on buildings and the county’s bank account (plus flirtations with the Chargers and a gondola). Two county supervisors’ pitch to dip into reserve funds for affordable housing speaks to a growing movement calling on San Diego County to dip into its bank account to address today’s problems rather than staving off long-term ones.

Monday is a big day for city politics, as the City Council will decide whether to schedule a special election that Mayor Kevin Faulconer badly wants. On Friday, Faulconer made a power move by vetoing certain changes to his budget – he reinserted funding for a special election, and retaliated against the Council members who […]

The union that represents 11,000 San Diego County government employees is using labor negotiations to push a broad set of policy goals: It wants to vastly expand the county’s welfare program, reform the criminal justice system and create a countywide “sanctuary” policy for immigrants.

Project One for All, the county’s commitment to house 1,250 of the most vulnerable homeless San Diegans, has helped get dozens off the streets and drawn praise from even some of the most skeptical local advocates. But the much-celebrated initiative has hit some snags in its early months. Confusion has sometimes plagued its implementation.

On this week’s podcast, Shana Cohen, assistant professor in the department of education studies at UC San Diego, joins co-hosts Scott Lewis and Laura Kohn to talk about how children from different backgrounds sometimes receive varied levels of services for developmental disabilities.