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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.

SANDAG Executive Director Hasan Ikhrata stands ...

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.

A worker at the San Diego County Registrar of V...

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.

A makeshift memorial is set up under the San Di...

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.

A worker with a face mask and gloves sorts thro...

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.

A voter casts her ballot during early voting at...

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.

80-year-old Tera Parker gets a COVID-19 vaccine...

Roundtable: More San Diegans Get Their COVID-19 Vaccine

Feb. 5
By Bennett Lacy

San Diego County brings vaccine distribution sites to rural areas, former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer launches his run for California Governor, and residents in Paradise Hills band together to build sidewalks in their neighborhoods.

Real estate signs advertise the sale of three h...

Prop. 19 To Bring Big Changes To Property Tax Law Beginning Feb. 16

Feb. 4
By John Carroll

It was billed as a way to help people who lost their homes in wildfires and other disasters. But Proposition 19 is much more than that. It could cost Californians who inherit property thousands of dollars in property taxes.

Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer gives a ...

Faulconer Blasts Newsom After Announcing Gubernatorial Bid

Feb. 2
By City News Service

Speaking outside Cabrillo Avenue Elementary School in San Pedro, Kevin Faulconer said he was prepared to run in a special election this year if Newsom is recalled via a statewide effort.

Shirley Weber being sworn in as California Secr...

Newsom Names June 8 For Special Election To Fill Shirley Weber's Seat

Feb. 2
By City News Service

Gov. Gavin Newsom Tuesday set June 8 as the date for a special election to fill the 79th Assembly District seat recently vacated by California Secretary of State Shirley Weber.

Border Angels Executive Director Dulce Garcia s...

Roundtable: A New Approach At The Border

Jan. 29
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

President Joe Biden takes steps to undo some of former President Trump's controversial immigration policies, California's public schools experience a significant drop in enrollment during COVID-19 and a San Diego Congressman joins a bipartisan effort to deal with climate change.

A worker at the San Diego County Registrar of V...

More Than 99% Of Mail-In Ballots Accepted In California Election

Jan. 22
Michael R. Blood / Associated Press

The election took place amid the coronavirus pandemic, with the state taking the precautionary step of mailing every voter a ballot. The hope was to discourage large crowds at polling places where infections could potentially spread.

A sign is shown in a Carlsbad restaurant defyin...

Roundtable: Restaurant Resistance Of COVID-19 Rules

Jan. 22
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

Local restaurants defy COVID-19 rules as a peaceful protest, San Diego's Spanish-speaking community reacts to the end of the Trump era, and the leader of the San Diego Unified School District is chosen for a position in the Biden administration.

Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of ...

Live Updates: Fireworks Light Up Sky To Celebrate Inauguration

Jan. 19
By Associated Press

The Latest on Joe Biden's presidential inauguration.

Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove, left, o...

After Losses, Republicans In California Senate Elect Leader

Jan. 20
Adam Beam / Associated Press

Republicans voted unanimously Wednesday to replace Sen. Shannon Grove of Bakersfield with Sen. Scott Wilk of Santa Clarita. The change came after two incumbent Republican senators lost their seats in the November election.

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