Omicron’s Wrath – The Voice of San Diego

The temporary bridge shelter of the Alpha project in Barrio Logan. / Photo by Adriana Heldiz

At the dawn of the new year, omicron is unleashed.

The latest variant of the super contagious coronavirus has been fueled by the holidays and is now hampering everyday life – and San Diego is no exception.

Local utilities and government agencies are hit hard. The universities are putting the courses back online. Hospitals and fire stations are experiencing unprecedented absences due to staff catching “the video.”

Voice of San Diego reporter Lisa Halverstadt examined the crisis through the region’s most vulnerable population: the homeless.

Even though the wave we are now experiencing was anticipated by local researchers, homeless services in San Diego were caught off guard and are now overwhelmed. Homeless people who catch COVID-19 should be isolated, according to health guidelines. But there are not enough places for them. Now they are housed in tents and other unsanitary places.

This week, hosts Andrew Keatts and Andrea Lopez-Villafaña assess the state of affairs in San Diego as it is yet another pandemic wave.

Shakeup in the United States

The state legislature was back in session this week. And right away, San Diego MP Lorena Gonzalez dropped a bombshell announcing her resignation. Later this year, she will begin leading the California Labor Federation, the largest labor group in the country.

Gonzalez, who will be called out soon, brought the district out from under her with the latest round of redistribution. The once-a-decade political reshuffle has moved her out of her district – the 80th Assembly District – and placed her in the 79th, currently represented by MK Akilah Weber.

With Gonzalez out of the picture, two former San Diego City Council members (and well-known allies) David Alvarez and Georgette Gómez are vying for the seat.

Psst. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our San Diego 101 podcast featuring Gonzalez: “A Short History of San Diego Politics.” It chronicles two decades of San Diego’s political scene and how Gonzalez (and work) made a difference.

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