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Roundtable Features KPBS Editors' Top Stories of 2014

Dec. 26
By Pat Finn, Mark Sauer
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In 2014 there was drama in the 52nd Congressional District, behind the scenes at the San Diego Opera, and among taxi owners and drivers. But pretty much none at all in the residential housing market, which is a good thing.

Roundtable On Mexican Farm Labor, Border Traffic, Chula Vista Politics

Dec. 19
Editors Roundtable
Midday Edition
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Mexican export farms exploit and abuse laborers who harvest produce for the U.S. Do shorter waits at San Ysidro border crossing mean more freeway traffic? Chula Vista has a mayor and a new school board and now it has a full city council.

Roundtable: Gloria Out, Lightner In; Transportation Plan Appealed; Padres Get A Slugger

Dec. 12
By Pat Finn, Mark Sauer
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Todd Gloria is out as council president -- Machiavellian coup or business-as-usual? A state appeals court overrides SANDAG's Regional Transportation Plan. The San Diego Padres spend some money on a slugger at the winter meetings.

Roundtable On SDPD Deadly Shooting, Toothless Water Restrictions, Small Fire Crews

Dec. 5
By Pat Finn, Mark Sauer
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A lawsuit over a deadly 2012 police shooting is given life by a federal judge. The city's "mandatory" water restrictions have no teeth, as yet. And the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department is trying two-person crews to improve response times — over objections.

Roundtable On The Issues That Won't Go Away In San Diego

Nov. 28
By Pat Finn, Mark Sauer
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They are the issues that just won't go away in San Diego, a region allergic to raising taxes: the crumbling infrastructure, a small downtown airport, the cross on the public land of Mt. Soledad and the circa 1967 Chargers stadium.

Roundtable Analyzes Obama's Plan, Wastewater Recycling and The Millions Given To City Heights

Nov. 21
By Pat Finn, Mark Sauer
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President Obama announces executive action on immigration, drawing cheers and jeers. The prolonged drought has made it easier to recycle wastewater. And when philanthropists drop billions in one neighborhood, what can they expect?

Roundtable Digs Into SDPD Pay, Reporting Campus Rape, Vets Charities

Nov. 14
By Pat Finn, Mark Sauer
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San Diego Police Department pay ranks low compared to most other California cities, reporting sexual assault on campus can be a huge ordeal and some well-known veterans charities get failing grades.

Roundtable Reflects On The 2014 Midterm Election

Nov. 7
By Pat Finn, Tom Fudge
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With Scott Peters now ahead in the 52nd Congressional District contest, the post-election Roundtable looks at the vast sums of money spent on a race that won't change anything in Washington and the nastiness of that campaign. It will also look the results of other elections in the City of San Diego, the county and the state.

Roundtable Rounds Up Election Races, SDUSD Graduation Rates

Oct. 31
By Pat Finn, Mark Sauer
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Scary news this Halloween: 40 percent of seniors in the San Diego Unified School District may not graduate in 2016; a candidate for judge embellished his resume; and the election is not over yet.

Roundtable Digs Into DeMaio Scandal, Water Bond

Oct. 24
By Pat Finn, Mark Sauer
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Carl DeMaio finds himself in the midst of a scandal which, like a Star Trek shape-shifter, morphs daily into something else. And Proposition 1, the state's proposed $7.5 billion water bond, is either the answer to California's water prayers, a good first step or completely inadequate.

Roundtable Looks At Props 45 & 46, SDPD Body Cameras, Minimum Wage Reboot

Oct. 17
By Pat Finn, Mark Sauer

Props 45 and 46 are either unfair and will cost consumers big bucks or will save consumers money and level the medical playing field, depending on which side you're on. About 300 San Diego cops are now wearing body cameras. And the San Diego Chamber of Commerce trumps City Council on minimum wage.

Roundtable Analyzes Peters-DeMaio, Cate-Kim Races And San Ysidro Teachers Strike

Oct. 10
By Pat Finn, Mark Sauer
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The hottest spots in San Diego this week are not trendy restaurants. They are the 52nd Congressional District, the 6th City Council District and the elementary schools of San Ysidro.

Roundtable Investigates End-Of-Life Care, San Diego's Climate Plan, Measuring Warming Damage

Oct. 3
Midday Edition
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More than 4,000 nursing home patients are on life support in California, costing Medi-Cal $636 million annually. Mayor Kevin Faulconer released his climate action plan to general approval. And the benchmark climate researchers have used for years to measure environmental damage might be the wrong one.

Roundtable Analyzes Convention Center, Storm Water Fines, Taxi Open Market

Sept. 26
Midday Edition
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Do we or don't we need a bigger Convention Center? San Diego faces big fines and upgrade costs for storm water violations. And a City Council proposal would make the market for taxi permits wide open.

Roundtable Looks At Power And Weather, One Paseo, La Mesa Politics

Sept. 19
By Pat Finn, Mark Sauer
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The recent heat wave was no joke, but no rolling brown-outs resulted. Some SDG&E customers aren't finding the proposed rate structure funny, either. Carmel Valley votes down One Paseo. Longtime La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid wants a seventh term.

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