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Dear San Diego

Dear San Diego is a public affairs podcast with personality. Hosted by veteran communication specialists Tony Manolatos and Juan Hernandez, Dear San Diego gives newsmakers and others a platform to discuss the big issues of the day, but that’s just the beginning. Tony and Juan’s guests share what’s not in their bios, who they are away from work, secrets to success, and more. Tony and Juan also discuss work, home, fatherhood, health and wellness, and youth sports – where the politics can be way more fierce than they are at city hall. Tony and Juan met a decade ago while working for dueling mayoral candidates in San Diego. Since then, the two friends have worked together on numerous public affairs, land-use, and issue campaigns.

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RECENT EPISODES

Steve Peace on San Diego Politics and Reforming his own California Voting Reform
February 14, 2024

Steve Peace on San Diego Politics and Reforming his own California Voting Reform

You won’t find too many political people as smart as Steve Peace, but what really makes him interesting is his life as a grandfather (an Uber driver to his grandchildren is how he describes it), husband, and father. A former California legislator, Peace blazed a trail from San Diego to Sacramento that may never be surpassed. He also found success in the movie making business. He wrote and produced Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, a parody cult classic.

Family, Labor, Politics & Poker: A Sit-Down with Michael Zucchet
January 17, 2024

Family, Labor, Politics & Poker: A Sit-Down with Michael Zucchet

Michael Zucchet is one of those guys who listens more than he talks, and his calm and thoughtful demeanor has served him well at the poker table and at the negotiating table.

The Women Leading the Building Industry Association
December 15, 2023

The Women Leading the Building Industry Association

The majority of San Diegans are renters, but rents are crazy expensive because supply is so low. Very few new homes are built, so those that are sold come with a steep price. The average home in San Diego sells for $900,000. How did we get here? What caused our region’s housing crisis? How do we fix it? What do we need to do to build more homes San Diegans can afford? Tony and Juan get answers to these questions from two of the region’s leading housing advocates, Lori Pfeiler and Hannah Gbeh, on this episode of Dear San Diego.

Monica Montgomery Steppe on the Importance of Opportunity
November 1, 2023

Monica Montgomery Steppe on the Importance of Opportunity

This episode is dedicated to Tony’s dad, Bobby George Manolatos, who passed away October 5. They discuss Tony's dad at the top of the episode. When Monica Montgomery Steppe was 2 years old she told her family to stop calling her Pumpkin. Her name, she told them, is Monica. It’s that confidence and belief in herself that has carried Councilmember Montgomery to great heights throughout her young political career. Never one to back down from her values or beliefs, the San Diego Councilmember and county supervisor candidate joins Dear San Diego to discuss her motivations; her love for music, government and community; and why it’s important for her, and for people like her, to be at the table.

Chris Cate On Life After City Hall
October 19, 2023

Chris Cate On Life After City Hall

During his 8 years as a San Diego City Councilmember, Chris Cate was known as the smartest guy on the 10th floor, but he became more than a policy wonk. He worked with council members on both sides of the aisle to create positive change for San Diegans, and he became a force for his District 6 constituents, which includes the neighborhoods of Clairemont Mesa, Kearny Mesa, Mira Mesa, Miramar, Park Village, and Sorrento Valley. Chris was only the third Asian American in San Diego’s history elected to the City Council.

Mastering Crisis Communications: James Canning Reveals Strategies for Personal and Professional Success
September 11, 2023

Mastering Crisis Communications: James Canning Reveals Strategies for Personal and Professional Success

James Canning was the PR pro for one the region’s most popular politicians. Everything was going exceptionally well for his boss and for James. And then one morning that all changed.

Navigating the Art of Political Messaging: Insights from Pollster Drew Lieberman
September 4, 2023

Navigating the Art of Political Messaging: Insights from Pollster Drew Lieberman

Drew Lieberman counts San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, Hawaii Governor Josh Green, and the U.S. Navy among his clients. Drew has worked with Tony and Juan on several land-use campaigns.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Jessica Grounds’ push to Level the Playing Field and Advance Young Leaders
September 3, 2023

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Jessica Grounds’ push to Level the Playing Field and Advance Young Leaders

Jessica Grounds does not shy away from a challenge and that’s a good thing considering she spends her days developing young leaders and striving for change in board rooms, on committees, and in corner offices.

Homelessness: Tamera Kohler on Why Homelessness in San Diego is Solvable
September 2, 2023

Homelessness: Tamera Kohler on Why Homelessness in San Diego is Solvable

Tamera Kohler is the leading voice on homelessness in our region. As CEO of RTFH or the San Diego Regional Task Force on Homelessness, Kohler is deeply invested in the region’s most pressing issue.

Beneath the Headlines: Art Castañares’ Mission for the Truth
September 1, 2023

Beneath the Headlines: Art Castañares’ Mission for the Truth

Beginning his journey as a high school intern for a well-known political figure, Art Castañares quickly proved his mettle in the world of state and local politics. As Chief of Staff for former California Senator Steve Peace, Art fostered a deep understanding of public affairs. 

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