Michael Smolens

Michael Smolens is a columnist for The San Diego Union-Tribune with a long history of political coverage. He was government and politics editor at the U-T from 1992 until late 2017. During that time he had overseen local, state and national political news. As a reporter, he covered politics at all levels, including San Diego City Hall, and did a four-year stint in the news organization’s Sacramento bureau in the late 1980’s. A native of Wellesley, Mass., Smolens graduated from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, where he majored in English and journalism. Smolens also attended Elmira College in New York and was a goalie on the school’s hockey team. Declining reflexes persuaded him not to seek a career in the NHL.
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In once-red San Diego County, Republicans are searching for way to reverse blue wave

In once solid red San Diego County, Republicans are searching for way to reserve the blue wave

San Diego opens downtown restrooms amid hepatitis A crisis

New portable public restrooms open in downtown San Diego, and more are planned, the latest step in the campaign by the city and county in the fight against a hepatitis A outbreak.