It’s been a crazy week for news. The scandals unraveling from the White House seem to be never-ending and constantly evolving. Does anyone even have time for, or care about, what’s happening locally?

Since the 2016 election, folks have been eager to become more informed on a variety of issues swallowing up national headlines.

On this week’s podcast, Andrew Keatts and Sara Libby discuss how big new events around the country have affected the way folks digest local news.

Plus, VOSD’s Mario Koran joins the podcast to discuss a stunning revelation made by the San Diego Unified school board president as part of our ongoing look at how the district achieved its unprecedented graduation rate.

Also on this week’s podcast, Lynn Reaser, chief economist at Point Loma Nazarene University, calls in to explain the NAFTA negotiations and what’s at stake for San Diego’s economy.

“If we start to raise barriers on areas of traditional trade … or other kinds of import restrictions, that would misaddress this focus on the trade deficit,” Reaser said. “It’s really to look at more, hopefully, at these areas that have been neglected in the past.”

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Hero of the Week

This week, our hero is the city of San Diego. City officials quickly removed a Confederate-friendly monument from Horton Plaza Park downtown.

Goat of the Week

Our goat this week goes to San Diego Superior Court Judge Gary Kreep. He received a “severe public censure” by the state’s Commission on Judicial Performance – the worst penalty apart from being removed from the bench. Kreep faced 29 charges of misconduct, including making misogynistic comments about female lawyers.

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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

    Gayle Falkenthal APR
    Gayle Falkenthal APR subscriber

    Andrew and Sara, you describe the "Trump effect" beautifully. Those of us who represent various San Diego regional businesses and organizations despair of even making the attempt to secure any media coverage while the national political scene sucks the news air out of the room. Throw in an eclipse and we've decided to shut down until after Labor Day. The minority of interested citizens who always cared still care. The rest are exhausted.