Things got tense at City Hall this week.

Earlier this week, when four San Diego City Council members asked Council President Myrtle Cole to docket a discussion about declaring the land under and around Qualcomm Stadium “surplus” land.

FS Investors, the group behind the SoccerCity initiative, then released a statement quoting a memo from San Diego’s City Attorney, Mara Elliot which warned city leaders not to campaign against the measure using city resources.

City Attorney Mara Elliot did not take that well, and even accused whoever leaked the document of committing a crime.

On this week’s podcast, co-hosts Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts break down the City Hall showdown over the continued SoccerCity debate.

Also on the podcast, a fact check of San Diego Unified school board member Sharon Whitehurst-Payne’s claim that the district increased staffing even though enrollment was going down. (She was right.)

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Hero of the Week

San Diego Unified’s Board of Education, which did not accept the district’s plan to delete emails after just six months, is this week’s hero. The board also decided to create a committee to evaluate the district’s progress with graduation rates. Voice of San Diego has tried to understand what went into an especially impressive grad rate last year.

Goat of the Week

SANDAG’s bet on interest rates swaps backfired, and now taxpayers face a big potential liability.

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    Written by Adriana Heldiz

    Adriana Heldiz is Voice of San Diego’s Assistant Digital Manager. She makes videos and helps manage the organization’s online presence. Adriana can be reached at