The mayor and several City Council members have put forth different housing plans this year. And while city leaders agree that we’re facing a major housing shortage that’s caused home prices and rents to surge, there’s less consensus on how to solve the problem.

VOSD’s Lisa Halverstadt read all the plans so you don’t have to looking mostly for what they had in common, since those may be the easiest to implement.

The policies that seem to have the most support include setting annual housing production goals, encourage development near public transit, reduce parking requirements and make it easier to build granny flats.

• KPBS has an update on the Mission Valley community plan, where thousands of new housing units can start to chip away at the city’s housing woes.

The housing crisis isn’t isolated to San Diego. It’s a statewide problem.

CALmatters has a cool visual representation of how bad housing costs are getting throughout the state and how things got that bad.


We Stand Up for You. Will You Stand Up for Us?

State lawmakers have been floating even more solutions to the state’s housing issues than what we’re seeing in the city. Between this week and Sept. 15, more than a dozen housing bills will be coming up for votes – the last opportunity for them to pass before recess, reports the Associated Press.

VOSD pal and LA Times reporter Liam Dillon has been doing stellar reporting on the state’s housing crisis and laid out the three biggest housing-related bills that will be up for votes before Sept. 15 on Twitter: a $3 billion low-income housing bond, a new $75 fee on real estate transactions for a permanent affordable housing fund and a proposal to streamline local development regulations.

Border Report: Border Patrol Losing Agents

Remember President Donald Trump’s pledge to expand the Border Patrol? It doesn’t seem to be happening yet. In reality, the number of border agents in the field has dropped by more than 200 and deportations are on track to be 10,000 people fewer in 2017 than in 2016.

In this week’s Border Report, VOSD contributor Brooke Binkowski, updates us on Trump’s promises, also pointing out that fewer deportations hasn’t meant fewer arrests and that the surge of arrested of undocumented immigrants has been a boon for the private prison industry.

Also in the latest border news, a Tijuana Council member pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor related to a money-smuggling scheme and a lowrider festival in Barrio Logan this Saturday.

This week is the last week Binkowski will write our Border Report. But don’t fret, VOSD’s very own Mario Koran will be taking it over.

How SANDAG’s Outgoing Leader Became a Lightning Rod for Controversy

After months of dogged reporting from VOSD’s Andrew Keatts revealed how the San Diego Regional Association of Governments failed to disclose a series of major problems with the agency’s sales-tax funded transportation program, the agency’s executive director Gary Gallegos stepped down after 15 years.

The Union-Tribune takes a long look at Gallegos career and explains how he had long attracted controversy.

Last November, SANDAG went to the voters with a tax measure to fund transit, highway and other infrastructure projects, Measure A. The agency told voters they would raise $18 billion, even though its staff had determined the tax would bring in far less.

The agency is also running a $17 billion shortfall on TransNet, a sales tax approved in 2004, thanks in part to overstated revenue expectations on the 2004 ballot and a significant increase in project costs.

But before all this, writes the U-T’s Joshua Emerson Smith, Gallegos had trouble, falling out of favor with groups in San Diego County from across the political spectrum. For the Democrats and environmental advocates, there wasn’t enough transit. For North County voters, there weren’t enough freeways.

Gallegos will be fine, though. For all his troubles, he’ll be retiring to Colorado with a retirement package worth $264,000 a year.

Quick News Hits

• The case of the drug-addicted USC medical school dean might be good thing for UC San Diego in the two schools’ continuing legal battle. (LA Times)

• Sempra acquires a bankrupt energy company, beating out Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (Reuters)

• The LA Times, the Union-Tribune’s sister newspaper, is undergoing a major overhaul of its top leadership. (LA Times)

• A proposed Salton Sea deal, involving the San Diego County Water Authority, may clear the way for a Colorado River deal between California, Arizona and Nevada. (Desert Sun) Here’s some background from VOSD’s Ry Rivard on that Colorado River deal.

• Lots of people watched the solar eclipse yesterday. (Union-Tribune)

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    Written by Maya Srikrishnan

    Maya Srikrishnan is a reporter for Voice of San Diego. She writes about K-12 education with a focus on equity. She can be reached at maya.srikrishnan@voiceofsandiego.org.

    2 comments
    John H Borja
    John H Borja subscriber

    Solving this homeless crisis is very much like the case of a hoarder who knows that getting rid of stuff must be done. But, can't get started because the project seems overwhelming. So? Start with the easiest: college-age young people and the already identified and qualified very low income families with school-age children. 

    a. 18+ year olds don't want to live at home. They want to make their own money and go to college. They just want a place to "crash", a room. There are plenty of rooms in homes available. What is needed is to provide the homeowner a way to secure the rest of the home and provide independence for the room renter. The cost of providing both is minimal. The result is a win-win. A win for the student with, most likely, a very low cost rent. And, a win for the homeowner to provide some needed income. 

    b. There are many families that need a home. Why not do a "Katrina" and obtain free mobile homes from the Federal Government. The City could  provide free water and utilities and families can live independently. Families could live this way for a period of three years. After which, families would be required to begin a slow upward sliding scale of rental payments and utility payments.

    c.*The City cannot take care of the hardcore street homeless until the City decides to allow the street homeless to live as they do: smoking and drinking. The street homeless are free to do drugs, smoke, and get drunk. Getting them into supervised homes could reduce their drug and cigarette abuse. no tent city.

    d. The City must begin to purchase land in areas of town with little or no low income housing. The City then would build nicely appointed subsidized housing: high rise apartment buildings, town homes, and single family detached homes. And, the land must be purchased on current or future planned mass transit routes. Mira Mesa, Rancho Bernardo, La Jolla, Pacific Beach, Point Loma, University City, and the College area must carry a load of low income housing. No more NIMBY-ism. And, no more dumping of low income housing in current low income neighborhoods.


    JP de Kervor
    JP de Kervor

    Only the government could claim that adding costs can improve affordability!  Please just get out of the way.  $3 Billion bond?  Who benefits?  A few lottery winners and the well connected.  Just increase density 20% throughout San Diego, reduce the time and cost required for permits and watch the development happen.  Simple - No crony capitalism, less bureaucracy, more innovation.  Let the people decide.