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Roundtable: Tax Bill, Jail Deaths, Sea Level Rise, City Heights Real Estate

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Tax Bill, Jail Deaths, Sea Level Rise, City Heights Real Estate

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Erik Anderson, reporter, KPBS News

Kelly Davis, freelance journalist

Tarryn Mento, reporter, KPBS News

Alison St John, reporter, KPBS News

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TAX REFORM BILL

The Story

President Trump is looking to get a tax reform bill through Congress by Christmas. But a non-partisan analysis shows 50 percent of taxpayers face higher taxes by 2027 under the Senate version. Public support for the Republican plan is thin.

The Discussion

-How would California fare under the proposed GOP tax plan?

-Does the plan favor corporations and the rich?

-Is there time to get this bill passed by Christmas?

RELATED: San Diego Lawmaker, Educator, Realtor Voice Opposition To GOP Tax Plan

LAW-ENFORCEMENT DEATH INVESTIGATIONS DISMISSED

The Story

The cases of 22 people who died in San Diego in a county detention facility or while being taken into custody will not be investigated by the Citizens’ Law Enforcement Review Board. The cases were dismissed because the board ran up against a deadline.

The Discussion

–Why is this ruling controversial?

–Why was the oversight board unable to complete their investigations on time?

–If investigations are not completed, how will jails and other facilities learn from mistakes?

RELATED: Police Oversight Group Set to Dismiss 22 Death Cases Without Investigation

SEA LEVEL RISE

The Story

A climate change controversy is playing out in Del Mar, where sea levels are expected to rise 12 inches by 2050. But, while some officials are planning for city infrastructure's inevitable move away from the beach, some residents are not ready to talk about retreat just yet.

The Discussion

–Why are residents angry about the city's recent report on sea level rise?

–Are there other options for Del Mar, besides "managed retreat"?

–How are other coastal communities dealing with the issue?

RELATED: Del Mar Beachfront Facing Challenges Of ‘Managed Retreat’

CITY HEIGHTS REAL ESTATE

The Story

Home prices in San Diego are on the rise, and one of the places they are going up fastest is in City Heights neighborhood. In the past, the region has been overlooked by buyers, but now, houses are getting snapped up quickly, and above the asking price.

The Discussion

–How does the real estate market in the City Heights neighborhood compare to other areas of the county?

–How is City Heights changing?

–Are long-time residents being priced out?

RELATED: City Heights Nearly Tops List Of Hottest Zip Codes For County Home Sales

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