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New Head Of Largest State Worker Union Won't Back Newsom

May 26
By Associated Press

The new president-elect of California’s largest state employee union said Tuesday that the influential organization won’t back Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s effort to fend off a likely recall election this fall.

In this July 23, 2019, file photo, Gov. Gavin N...

Cash Windfall Helps Newsom Shake California Recall Election

May 16
Michael R. Blood / AP Political Writer

California’s Gavin Newsom is showing why it’s tough to unseat an incumbent governor. The first-term Democrat unleashed a torrent of new spending after the state's budget was blessed with a $76 billion surplus and $27 billion in federal pandemic aid.

North County businessman and gubernatorial cand...

Roundtable: California Recall Comes To San Diego

May 14
By Bennett Lacy

Gov. Gavin Newsom and one of his republican recall opponents make stops in San Diego this week, local restaurant operators say they're having a hard time filling open positions, and a culinary tour through City Heights.

North County businessman and gubernatorial cand...

Gubernatorial Candidate John Cox Brings Bear, Draws Protest To San Diego Campaign Stop

May 11
By John Carroll

Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox made a stop in San Diego on Tuesday, with a Kodiak bear in tow. Animals activists called the use of the bear a shame.

Cruz Reynoso in El Centro, California as young ...

First Latino Justice On California’s High Court Dies At 90

May 9
Daisy Nguyen / Associated Press

Cruz Reynoso, a son of migrant workers who worked in the fields as a child and went on to become the first Latino state Supreme Court justice in California history, has died.

In this Jan. 18, 2020, file photo Caitlyn Jenne...

Celebrity Politicians Test Voter Interest In Post-Trump Era

May 2
Jill Colvin / Associated Press

From Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger to Al Franken and Donald Trump, there’s a rich history of celebrities trying out new careers in politics. The list could soon grow.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom focused on issues ...

Top Democrats Urge Unity Behind Newsom In California Recall

May 1
Kathleen Ronayne / Associated Press

Top Democrats are urging California activists to stay united behind Gov. Gavin Newsom as he faces a recall election.

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California Democrats To Hear From Newsom As Recall Heats Up

May 1
Kathleen Ronayne / Associated Press

The California Democratic Party faithful will hear from Gov. Gavin Newsom as he mounts a campaign to keep his job. Newsom is set to speak Saturday at the party's annual convention, held virtually.

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Roundtable: Avoiding Eviction During COVID-19

April 30
By Bennett Lacy

Struggles in accessing and using rent relief programs in California, a San Diego lawmaker wants to give fast-food workers more of a voice in the industry, and how San Diego's largest newspaper plans to cover the upcoming recall election.

An undated campaign photo of Akilah Weber.

Weber Wins 79th Assembly District Special Election

April 9
By City News Service

La Mesa City Councilwoman Akilah Weber Thursday evening was elected to the 79th Assembly District seat her mother Shirley held from 2012 until being appointed secretary of state in December.

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Weber Close To Victory In 79th Assembly District Special Election

April 7
By City News Service

La Mesa City Councilwoman Dr. Akilah Weber was close Wednesday to being elected to the 79th Assembly District seat her mother Shirley held from 2012 until being appointed secretary of state in December.

San Diego Convention Center on Jan. 14, 2020.

San Diego Will Ask Judge To Salvage Convention Center Expansion

April 6
By Andrew Bowen

The City Council on Tuesday voted to go ahead with Measure C, a March 2020 ballot measure that seeks to fund an expansion through increased hotel taxes, even though it garnered approval from slightly less than two-thirds of city voters.

At Viejas Arena, a last-minute change moved the...

Voting In 79th Assembly District Special Election Ending

April 6
By City News Service, Max Rivlin-Nadler

Tuesday is the last day to cast a ballot in the 79th Assembly District special election, with both the San Diego County Registrar of Voters office and each voter's assigned polling place open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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What Biden's Infrastructure Plan Means For San Diego

April 5
By Andrew Bowen

The president's $2 trillion infrastructure plan would invest heavily in public transit and intercity rail — goals that are closely aligned with what San Diego transportation planners hope to achieve.

 In this Feb. 26, 2021, file photo, California ...

In Likely California Recall, Energizing Latino Voters Is Key

March 26
By Associated Press

California Latinos, who have borne the brunt of pandemic deaths and job losses in the state, are a critical voting bloc for Gov. Gavin Newsom as he fights to save his political career.

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Monday Voter Registration Deadline For 79th Assembly District Special Election

March 21
By City News Service

Monday is the deadline to register to vote for the April 6 special election in the 79th Assembly District.

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Roundtable: Protecting San Diego's Unsheltered

March 19
By Bennett Lacy

The renewed focus on San Diego's homelessness crisis after a deadly crash downtown, the enormous toll on local small businesses after one year of pandemic closures, and Governor Gavin Newsom's political strategy as a recall effort gains momentum.

The San Diego County Registrar of Voters Office...

Deadline For Mail-In Ballots For 79th District Election Approaches On Monday

March 19
By City News Service

The April 6 election is open only to those who live in the 79th Assembly District, which encompasses southeastern San Diego, the cities of La Mesa and Lemon Grove, and parts of Chula Vista, Bonita and National City.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom addresses the medi...

California Governor Admits Mistakes, Says Recall Unjustified

March 14
By Associated Press

California Gov. Gavin Newsom acknowledged mistakes in his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, but insists the recall effort against him has more to do with politics than the public health crisis.

President Joe Biden, accompanied by Vice Presid...

Roundtable: What The American Rescue Plan Means For San Diego

March 12
By Bennett Lacy

City finances get a major boost from the latest COVID-19 relief package, a look back on one year since the pandemic shutdowns began, and the superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District prepares for the scrutiny of a senate confirmation hearing.

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Voting To Begin Monday In 79th Assembly District Special Election

March 4
By City News Service

Voting will begin Monday in the special election to fill the 79th Assembly District seat vacated by Shirley Weber when she was appointed secretary of state.

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Roundtable: San Diego's Back-To-School Plan

Feb. 26
By Bennett Lacy

The San Diego Unified School District announces a plan to return all grades to in-person learning after a year long COVID-19 hiatus, an examination of California's utility bills show more than $1 billion in past due charges, and San Diego's city council ends years of gridlock on short term home rental regulations.

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Nearly 5,000 San Diegans Left The Republican Party In January

Feb. 15
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

Nearly 5,000 registered Republicans in San Diego County left the party last month. Some re-registered as Democrats, some as members of the American Independent Party and some stated no party preference.

6-Month Delay In Census Redistricting Data Could Throw Elections Into Chaos

Feb. 12
Hansi Lo Wang / NPR

To do more quality checks on the data needed for redrawing voting maps, the Census Bureau is now planning for a release by Sept. 30. The delay puts pressure on states facing tight election deadlines.

Nora Vargas in this undated campaign photo.

First Latina Supervisor Looks To Change The Face of San Diego Politics

Feb. 5
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Nora Vargas brings diversity to the San Diego Board of Supervisors, which serves a large Latino community. Latinos haven’t historically had representation on bodies like this in the county.

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