San Diego's very ugly city flag is nearing its 90th birthday. / Wikipedia

Did you know San Diego has a city flag? You’d be forgiven if you didn’t: The city of San Diego’s flag is terrible.

It’s ugly, uninspiring and unrepresentative of San Diego’s vibrancy – and come October, it will be 90 years old. With such an excellently round number rapidly approaching, we let Voice reporter Jakob McWhinney go off on why we should lower our city’s flagpoles and replace the embarrassment.

Municipalities across the country have revisited their similarly old and ugly flags and replaced them with new, meaningful symbols.

We can already read your emails: Yes, city leaders should fix the roads and parks and work to alleviate the cost of living crisis and homelessness. If we were to make a list of the most pressing problems this city faces, our awful flag would likely be near the bottom. Still, that shouldn’t stop us from trying to make changes for the better – no matter how small.

Read the full story here.

San Marcos to Consider Homeless Camping Ban

The San Marcos City Council will discuss implementing a new public camping ban on Tuesday following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling late last month that gave cities more power to crack down on homeless encampments.

San Marcos leaders will consider an ordinance that makes it illegal to camp on public property regardless of whether homeless shelter beds are available. If the ordinance is approved, a violation would constitute a misdemeanor and could result in fines or jail time, according to a city staff report.

In the Grants Pass v. Johnson ruling, the Supreme Court granted cities more power to arrest, cite and fine people who camp in public places regardless of shelter availability.

San Marcos has 35 unsheltered homeless people according to this year’s point-in-time count, up from just two unsheltered homeless people in 2023.

About that Supreme Court ruling on camping bans: Our Lisa Halverstadt joined KPBS’s Midday Edition last week to discuss what the high court’s ruling in the Grants Pass might mean for homelessness-related enforcement in San Diego.

Politics Report: Mailbag

It was a mailbag week for the Politics Report. Scott Lewis took questions from you and responded, including one about whether it’s time to rethink the city’s form of government – and that’s how he remembered another gloriously round civic anniversary. It has been 20 years since city of San Diego voters approved the switch to the strong mayor form of government. 

Also: The Politics Report has a section on the details of a deal the mayor made with longtime civic volunteer, Steve Cushman, so he could use Cushman’s help trying to get a new lease done for the large proposed mega-shelter in Middletown.

Related: The Union-Tribune’s Blake Nelson surveyed the country and found only a few shelters that have been able to maintain the capacity Cushman and the mayor envision for this one.

Podcast: Grants Pass, Beach Beers, Biden, Oh My…

The latest Planetcob podcast went national! In the fallout of President Joe Biden’s disastrous debate performance, one local fundraiser echoed the Democratic panic across the country. Our hosts also broke down the New York Times’ full court press on Biden’s fitness (or unfitness) to serve.

Plus, after months of eagerly awaiting a decision, the U.S. Supreme Court did what many assumed it would: It gave cities the greenlight to crack down more harshly on homeless people. What does it mean? Will it change anything? We got into it.

Finally, there are few holidays more synonymous with drinking than America’s birthday. In the wake of that momentous event, our hosts talked about the history of San Diego’s ban on drinking at the beach – and where in public you can still drink legally.

Read more about the podcast and listen to it here.

In Other News

The Morning Report was written by Jakob McWhinney, Tigist Layne and Lisa Halverstadt. It was edited by Lisa Halverstadt and Scott Lewis.

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