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San Diego’s political universe, poised for a tectonic shift to the left, will have to do so without the keen eyes of two of its most astute and well-regarded watchdogs. And Spin is not happy about it. more

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Compared to other initiatives and political battles on the Nov. 6 ballot, Measure L received relatively scant media coverage, most notably from the mainstream Union-Tribune. more

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If you’ve followed the region’s spotty progress in addressing homelessness, Michael McConnell is likely a familiar name. more

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Political campaigns rarely deliver candy to the trick-or-treat bags of a yearning electorate. We’d be lucky if we get a bruised apple, a box of raisins or some other wrinkly dried fruit more suitable for a lunch box. more

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Give credit to pension-hating former San Diego City Councilmember and current right-wing radio-talking head Carl DeMaio—the guy is relentless in his belief that what he says is the gospel and those who disagree are sycophantic, inferior-brained idiot more

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San Diego City Council members last week got a heaping earful from beach and downtown residents who’ve had enough of the ride-sharing electric scooter craze. Whether the city can come up with a solution is anybody’s guess. more

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Hey, it’s early. No need to panic. That’s the upshot from local Republican stalwarts Spin spoke to this past week. more

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Duncan Hunter Jr. has joined a pantheon of former San Diego dignitaries who have found themselves facing that word every politician hopes to avoid: indictment. more

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Just how pissed is Mayor Kevin Faulconer at four San Diego City Council Democrats who, last week, rejected his last-ditch rescue attempt of a November ballot measure to expand the convention center? more

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When Mayor Kevin Faulconer stepped before reporters last week to spank the city’s Public Utilities Department for a rash of water bill complaints, he had City Auditor Eduardo Luna by his side. more

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Local Republican leaders froth at the mouth at the thought of a Fletcher victory come November. more

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Every couple of years, a citizens committee known as the Salary Setting Commission calls forth from the mountaintop its recommendations to hike the salaries of San Diego’s mayor and councilmembers. more

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If there’s one thing that’ll raise the hackles of the San Diego City Council, it’s being kept in the dark. more

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Former councilmember Donna Frye hasn’t sat at the dais for more than seven years, but she still finds ways to push the buttons of city leaders. more

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Less than two weeks out from the June 5 primary election, and we know what that means: Time for desperate measures from desperate candidates. more

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We’ve come to expect fearmongering in our political battles, but what San Diego has experienced in this race in the last week might even get ol’ red-baiter Joe McCarthy to peer out of his grave in appreciation. more

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The fee—sometimes referred to as DIF—is currently charged on a per-unit basis and varies wildly from neighborhood to neighborhood, based on a community’s public-facilities needs. more

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Want to get depressed? Just hang out at a meeting of the San Diego City Council’s Select Committee on Homelessness. more

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OK, San Diego. Just because Michael Turko up and retired last week doesn’t mean we should go off the rails. more

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State Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher may not have been in the room last Friday during the Executive Committee meeting of the San Diego Association of Governments, but her presence was certainly felt. more

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