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Roundtable: Marijuana Sales Begin, Horton Plaza’s Future, Stories To Watch In 2018

Inside Urbn Leaf a consultant explains the options to customers, January 1, 2...

Photo by Steve Walsh

Above: Inside Urbn Leaf a consultant explains the options to customers, January 1, 2018.

Roundtable: Marijuana Sales Begin, Horton Plaza’s Future, Stories to Watch in 2018


Art Castañares, publisher, La Prensa San Diego

Lisa Halverstadt, reporter, Voice of San Diego

Roger Showley, reporter, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Steve Walsh, reporter, KPBS News


Marijuana Sales Begin

The Story

A new year washed away an old taboo as recreational marijuana is now being sold legally in California. San Diego had nearly a dozen retail locations licensed to sell on day one. KPBS reporter Steve Walsh visited Urbn Leaf in Bay Park to talk with customers, staff and management about marijuana’s surge into the mainstream.

The Discussion

Is this a tourist draw?

How will federal marijuana laws impact these businesses?

What are the rules for members of the military?

RELATED: San Diego Marijuana Outlets See Brisk Business

Horton Plaza’s Future

The Story

When Horton Plaza opened in downtown San Diego in 1985, it was a cutting-edge retail destination and an architectural marvel. Today, the mall is struggling to stay relevant as shopping habits change. With new ownership taking over the property this year, there are questions about how the mall will survive in its current form or if it will face a major overhaul.

The Discussion

What are some of the ideas for changing Horton Plaza?

What is the ownership situation?

Why didn’t past expectations for redevelopment materialize?

RELATED: Amid Amazon Competition, Westfield Malls Sold For $15.7B

Big Stories to Watch in 2018

The Story

San Diego will continue to face major issues in 2018, from the Trump administration’s efforts to overhaul immigration to the rising cost of living. We ask our panel what they will be covering in the year ahead.

The Discussion

What are the prospects for bipartisan immigration reform before the midterm elections?

How will voters be asked to deal with the issue of homelessness?

What’s next in the push to redevelop the stadium site in Mission Valley?

How might the local military community be affected by tensions with North Korea?

RELATED: Homeland Security Marks Completion Of Border Wall Prototypes

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