San Diego 101 by Voice of San Diego

San Diego 101

Keeping up with the issues that shape San Diego can be overwhelming.

That’s where we come in.


The Roles of Local Government

If you want to know how the San Diego region works, you should first understand the difference between the county and the cities within it. Which government handles what? They play different but complementary roles to make the region run. 

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How We Get Our Water

San Diego County doesn’t get enough rain to support the millions people who live here. And as the climate changes, the region is working to keep up with the demand and buy its way out of potential water shortages.

Follow all of our environment stories with the Environment Report.


Choosing a School

Choosing the right school for your child can be daunting. Where do you start? What’s the difference between a charter school and a magnet school? What data should you consider? We walk you through the basics of school choice and explain what information is available for you to consider.

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Who Runs the Border

The border is more than a line separating two countries. It’s a web of entities, intersecting and overlapping. Before you start to sift through all the policies and politics involved, you should get to know each border agency’s role.

Follow all of our border and immigration stories with the Border Report.



Improving how people get around San Diego County remains a central issue in the region. But not much is known about the agency tasked with doing it: the San Diego Association of Governments.

We talk about SANDAG a lot in our weekly newsletter, the Politics Report.