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Roundtable: Wuterich Resolution, Manchester’s Grand Vision, Retiree Health Agreement

Aired 1/27/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Guests: Mark Sauer, senior editor, KPBS News

Tony Perry, SD Bureau Chief, L.A. Times

Katie Orr, metro reporter, KPBS News


Readers of Sunday's U-T San Diego were treated to several pages detailing Doug Manchester's vision for the San Diego waterfront, a vision decidedly at odds with current plans and past history. We debate the feasibility of his bold idea.

The last man left in the case accusing U.S. Marines of war crimes in Haditha, Iraq, Marine Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich, has avoided prison and discharge.

San Diego has negotiated an agreement with six unions on health benefits for retirees that will save the city millions of dollars.

One piece of the financing for an expansion of the convention center -- an increase in hotel room taxes -- comes up for a vote by hotel owners.

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prkemp | January 27, 2012 at 1:22 p.m. ― 5 years, 1 month ago

One of your editors indicated that San Diego isn't the only city where a major developer owns the [only] newspaper, and this change may "liven up" the newspaper. My reading of this development is quite different. I think it is a further symptom of the transfer of power in this country to the very wealthy minority. I interpret the change in ownership as a huge conflict of interest and great increase in control of the power structure in our "finest city." I think this gives Manchester a tremendous advantage in promoting his development projects and monetary gains over the competition and non-development ideas.
Traditionally, newspapers have provided a great benefit to the citizens of their cities and regions by acting as generally independent reporters and investigators of conflicting ideas, combatants over issues, and other vexing problems. Newspaper reporters have often been the single most important source of factual information that leads to uncovering criminal, corrupt, and other unethical behaviors among city leaders and other prominent individuals.
Sadly, San Diego's newspaper has now lost that capacity, and I think our City and our citizens are much worse off for it. (And I can't imagine that our new "UT" would publish a letter such as this!)
P Kemp

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