Roundtable: Trump In San Diego, Qualcomm Bid, California Middle Class
Friday, March 16, 2018
Roundtable: Trump in San Diego, Qualcomm Takeover Blocked, California’s Shrinking Middle Class
Erik Anderson, reporter, KPBS News
Jean Guerrero, reporter, KPBS News
Chris Jennewein, editor and publisher, Times of San Diego
Amita Sharma, reporter, KPBS News
President Trump Visits San Diego
President Donald Trump’s first visit to San Diego included a personal viewing of designs for his border wall project and a speech to Marines at MCAS Miramar. During his stay, the President criticized California’s sanctuary policies on immigration and highlighted a surge in defense spending. The whirlwind stop also brought out demonstrators for and against the President.
How did local politicians embrace or distance themselves from President Trump?
How is President Trump tying Mexican drug cartel violence to the need for a border wall?
What was the message from demonstrators on both sides?
Qualcomm Takeover Bid Blocked
The federal government intervened this week to stop an attempted takeover of Qualcomm, arguing recent moves by Singapore-based Broadcom pose a national security risk. After Qualcomm rejected recent buyout offers, Broadcom was seeking to change the makeup of the San Diego-based company’s board of directors to effectively force a sale.
Will the intervention ease unrest from Qualcomm investors?
How important is Qualcomm to San Diego’s economy and image?
How did Mayor Kevin Faulconer praise the Trump administration for this move?
Chasing the California Dream
The California Dream is a new statewide public media collaboration focusing on the changing economic realities in the Golden State. KPBS reporter Amita Sharma will cover wealth and poverty. Her initial report dives into California's shrinking middle class, and how more people are deciding to leave the state due to the rising cost of living.
What is the “California Dream” and how did it emerge during the post World War II economy?
How has the percentage of middle class Californians shrunk in recent years?
Why are more people choosing to leave California?
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