Lincoln Fight escalates as Campbell recall crumbles

Councilors Jen Campbell and Monica Montgomery / Photos by Adriana Heldiz

On Thursday afternoon, as we sat down to record this podcast, a proverbial pomegranate was tossed into our virtual podcast studio in the form of this letter. School trustee Sharon Whitehurst-Payne released the letter in response to San Diego Councilor Montgomery Steppe’s own letter a few weeks ago requesting answers to a series of questions about Lincoln High School (as discussed in the podcast from last week).

Whitehurst-Payne’s response made matters considerably worse, including likening Montgomery Steppe’s letter to a racist insult aimed at Lincoln students by students at a wealthy Catholic high school.

Hosts Scott Lewis, Andrew Keatts and Sara Libby read the letter with fresh eyes and unbox the implications.

Another letter of interest this week came from President CSU San Marcos as school officials defended their decision to keep a teacher who harassed students.

All policy is housing policy

This week it was made official: The effort to recall San Diego City Council President Jen Campbell failed. One of the main issues that increased the effort was housing – including its efforts to regulate vacation rentals on the coast and increase the coastal height limit at Midway.

Housing and homelessness are at the heart of most major political struggles in San Diego and across the state.

Lewis, Keatts and Libby on the show envision the near future of housing policy and how a Senate bill could impact housing availability – and how the failure of the recall may have exposed new opportunities for housing initiatives without fear of retaliation NIMBY.

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