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Sara Libby

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San Diego, CA, United States

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Past articles by Sara:

California Bills 2022: Track Sacramento’s most important legislation

A guide to the most consequential and interesting bills on the agenda this year in Sacramento. Check back regularly for updates as bills move through the California legislature. → Read More

Sacramento Report: Arrest Puts Spotlight on Youth Protection Bill

The latest on the recall, new vaccine requirements and more in our weekly roundup of news from Sacramento. → Read More

What's Changed – and What Hasn't – for Policing in San Diego

In more than a year since George Floyd's death, San Diego police agencies have adopted changes big and small. Yet it’s also true that even this once-in-a-generation moment couldn’t carry some reform measures across the finish line. → Read More

Sacramento Report: What San Diego's Getting Out of the State Budget

From mural restoration in Chicano Park to funding for bluff collapse research, here’s what San Diego is set to get out of the budget. → Read More

Morning Report: The Plan to Spread Parks Money Around

San Diego is proposing a park fee overhaul to improve some of the city’s saddest parks. The proposal is also being used as a tool to encourage developers to build affordable housing near public transit, reports VOSD’s Mackenzie Elmer. The plan would offer discounts to apartment projects built for low- and median-income renters or owners […] → Read More

What We Learned This Week

I am so, so sick of community forums. They sound great, right? No, they sound important. Any good leader listens to the community and provides a forum for them to offer feedback. When it comes to San Diego and community forums on policing, though, the forums are the end, not the means to any meaningful […] → Read More

Sacramento Report: Solar Bill That Split Dems, Environmentalists Fails

Assemblywoman Akilah Weber signs on to her first bill, mayors are split over SB 9 and more in our weekly roundup of news from Sacramento. → Read More

Sacramento Report: Solana Beach Warns Residents About Housing Bills

Solana Beach officials emailed residents last weekend urging them to take note of two housing bills making their way through the Legislature. One person who took note of the missive was Sen. Toni Atkins. → Read More

Sacramento Report: Weber Wins

Dr. Weber will replace Dr. Weber in the 79th Assembly District. → Read More

Sacramento Report: Lawmakers Zero in on Police Hiring and Training —

Two competing bills in the Legislature are seeking to raise the standards for police recruitment and hiring. Meanwhile, police training efforts are also getting a fresh look. → Read More

Sacramento Report: Voepel Under Fire for ‘Shots Fired’ Remarks —

Lawmakers and veterans call for Assemblyman Randy Voepel's removal following his response to the U.S. Capitol riot, the battle over gig workers is continuing in court and more in our weekly roundup of news from Sacramento. → Read More

Morning Report: A Wild, High-Profile Day for San Diego Pols —

Tuesday was one of the biggest days for San Diego politicians in, well, maybe ever. On Tuesday morning, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced he was elevating California’s secretary of state, Alex Padilla, to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy left by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. That meant Newsom also got to tap a replacement for […] → Read More

Sacramento Report: Lawmakers Start Setting the Table —

The first batch of bills filed in the new session target the pandemic, housing and climate change. → Read More

Sacramento Report: Shutdowns Loom as the Legislature Returns —

An extraordinary set of circumstances awaits lawmakers as they return to the Capitol. → Read More

County Officials Dig in to Keep COVID-19 Info Private —

County officials took steps this week to fight the release of COVID-19 information in two separate Public Records Act lawsuits. → Read More

5 Big Questions About How SDPD Used the Seditious Language Law and What’s Next —

Even if the measure is removed from the books, plenty of questions remain about how police wielded the law and what will happen moving forward. → Read More

VOSD Podcast: Seven Stories We're Following —

Even by the standards of this new, weird world in which the pandemic and President Donald Trump combine for seemingly a hundred major news items a week, it was a big news week. VOSD alone had major stories about MTS’s draconian fare policies, an explosive account from a Sheriff’s employee of what she says really […] → Read More

What We Learned This Week —

Over the last several years, law enforcement has seen the writing on the wall. They know the public wants change; and they’ve recognized that the best way to stave off that change is to offer surface-level assurances that they want it too. Take, for example, the evolving response to opening up police misconduct records. Lawmakers […] → Read More

Sacramento Report: Jones, COVID-19 and the Irony of Remote Voting —

Sen. Brian Jones' positive COVID-19 test disrupted the Senate's sprint to the finish line, police reform bills are in trouble and more in our weekly roundup of news from Sacramento. → Read More

Sacramento Report: San Diego Bills Survive Bad Day for Housing Proposals —

Mayor Kevin Faulconer waded into the Uber and Lyft saga, the governor sided with Assemblywoman Shirley Weber on ethnic studies requirements and more in our weekly roundup of news from Sacramento. → Read More