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Scott Lewis

Voice of San Diego

San Diego, CA, United States

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Past articles by Scott:

Atkins Makes Big Moves on Abortion, State Budget

San Diego’s Toni Atkins put forward a state Constitutional amendment to ensure the right to an abortion is ingrained in the state’s governing document, not just its laws. → Read More

San Diego Unified Backs Off Vaccine Mandate; Cites Effectiveness

San Diego Unified’s Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to delay mandating COVID-19 vaccines for students until July 2023. → Read More

Tracking the Money Race

Here's how candidates are doing in the money race as the June primary approaches. → Read More

Outsiders Are Funding Chula Vista’s Mayoral Campaigns

Roughly two thirds of individual contributions supporting Chula Vista’s mayoral campaigns have come from outside the city. → Read More

Sheriff Could Be a Republican After All —

The Republican Party of San Diego County endorsed John Hemmerling’s campaign for county sheriff. → Read More

What About Long COVID? Immunologist Follow Up —

This post originally appeared in the Dec. 21 Morning Report. Subscribe to the Morning Report here. If you somehow missed our latest podcast interview with immunologist Shane Crotty, who helped explain the omicron variant and answered many other questions we had about the COVID-19 pandemic as it stands now, we have this summary of the interview […] → Read More

Politics Report: Now Redistricting Is Really Getting Started

We may be beginning the tense part of redistricting. And Republicans send out a lot of competing messages about their worst fears for California. → Read More

Politics Report: Dems Stoked About Bry's New Campaign

Dems let bygones be bygones as the former councilwoman and mayoral candidate picks her next goal. The People's Ordinance talk heated up this week. And a housing story you don't want to miss. → Read More

Politics Report: Water Fights

San Diego has lots of water but the cost of that is causing tensions between the city and Water Authority. Plus, an election is coming so obviously Clairemont has a controversy about housing density. And the GOP comes to town. → Read More

What We Learned This Week Is That Sara Libby Got a New Gig

After nine years as Voice of San Diego's managing editor, Sara Libby has a new job at the San Francisco Chronicle. Scott Lewis writes about her impact at the nonprofit news pioneer. → Read More

Outdoor Dining Structures Don't Have to Come Down Yet After All

Unpermitted outdoor dining structures were supposed to be coming down, but late Monday the mayor’s office confirmed to VOSD that restaurants would have another month to comply. The city is delaying enforcement of the rule. → Read More

VOSD Podcast: Everything We Know About 101 Ash St.

In January, VOSD’s Lisa Halverstadt wrote a long piece on the role Jason Hughes, a commercial real estate broker, had in the mess the city has faced related to 101 Ash St., the building it was never able to move employees into. Hughes had been an unpaid volunteer advising mayors going back to Bob Filner […] → Read More

Politics Report: What Happens Now in Sports Arena Land

Not clear on what happened to the Sports Arena project this week? We got you. Also, the mayor likes bagging on the previous mayor but likes some of his stuff too. → Read More

Politics Report: Why the Recall Failed

In December, after the City Council finally chose a Council president after weeks of unprecedented intrigue and then a marathon meeting, former City Councilwoman Barbara Bry, still stung by her unsuccessful mayoral campaign, announced she would help lead the recall election of the new Council president, Jen Campbell. That’s when people started calling one another […] → Read More

School Board Member Escalates War of Words Over Lincoln High

San Diego Unified escalated its war of words with Councilwoman Monica Montgomery Steppe. → Read More

Politics Report: Homelessness Will Be Everything Again, Soon

The San Diego Downtown Partnership updated its monthly count of homelessness Friday within downtown and revealed a large spike. The group counted 1,157 homeless residents downtown – up from 875 in April and 721 in March. That is roughly the same population of visible homeless individuals downtown as there were during the hepatitis A crisis […] → Read More

Politics Report: The Housing Commission Mess

Learning the broker it hired to negotiate a $67 million hotel purchase had first purchased 40,000 shares of stock in the company selling the hotel appears not to have dissuaded the Housing Commission that it got a great deal on the property. It’s pretty hard to tell the difference between the agency’s view of the […] → Read More

Politics Report: No Longer a Theory

Few laws have constrained San Diego and shaped its future more than the statewide requirement that, to raise taxes for special purposes, local governments must secure two-thirds of the vote of the people. It’s the reason so many tax increases locally have failed, even though they often got large majorities to support them. There were […] → Read More

Ready or Not, the Reopening Is Coming

Why the most important metric to watch is hospitalizations, and how we’re all now betting we’ll win the race with the virus. → Read More

Politics Report: 79th Heats Up —

The big spenders in the 79th Assembly race. The laborers get a Water Authority seat. And Cindy Marten gets her day in D.C. → Read More