Among the 130 housing bills before the state Legislature is one sponsored by the city of San Diego that would allow local housing authorities, like the San Diego Housing Commission, to build middle-income housing.
Now that Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act are on hold, State Sen. Toni Atkins is treading carefully as she pursues a single-payer health care plan for California.
The bill would not only give each of the cities on the SANDAG board a vote proportional to their population — making San Diego and Chula Vista far more powerful — it would make San Diego’s mayor the permanent chair of both SANDAG and the Metropolitan Transit System.
Todd Gloria joins hosts Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts this week to talk about his time with the city. Also: It’s becoming impossible to avoid or ignore San Diego’s exploding homeless population.
Most policy conversations about homelessness in San Diego focus on long-term solutions. Yet, the challenge is pressing right now. Landlord incentives, a new shelter and sanctioned tent cities were among short-term ideas floated Thursday by local leaders and advocates.
When it comes to housing the homeless, calling the police, distributing meals or connecting them to a shelter for a few nights aren’t real solutions.
The top two contenders to represent City Council District 3 oppose a downtown football stadium and public financing for it.
Todd Gloria and other officials have explained their support for SANDAG’s transportation plan by touting the fact that “75 percent of transportation funding in the next five years will go to transit, up from 50 percent in the last five years.”
With the legal challenge to the plan renewed, an absent financial backer and two naysayers vying to represent District 3 on the City Council, the future of the potentially revived Jacobs plan is still murky at best.
Instead of changing the City Charter to suit them, Democrats and labor representatives could appeal to a broader coalition, register more voters who agree with them or increase turnout among current voters who agree with them.