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Stories by Bennett Lacy

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Roundtable: Election 2018 Major Races

June 1
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

The battle for second place in the race for governor, Democrats risk a possible shutout in the 49th congressional district and controversy hasn't slowed Rep. Duncan Hunter's prospects for re-election.

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Roundtable: Election 2018 Local Races

May 25
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

A discussion on some of the major local races voters will decide in the June 5 primary election, including District Attorney, Sheriff and two open seats for Board of Supervisors.

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Roundtable: California’s Sanctuary Critics Go To Washington

May 18
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

San Diego County political leaders critical of California's sanctuary law go to the White House for a meeting with President Donald Trump, SeaWorld's parent company says business is up for the start of 2018, and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park announces a breakthrough in its rhino breeding program.

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San Diego International Airport Seeks Innovators To Improve Parking, Customer Mobility

May 18
By Bennett Lacy

San Diego International Airport will work with nearly a dozen companies this summer to develop ideas that will better serve travelers. The focus will be on airport parking and customer mobility. Companies selected to participate will work out of the airport's former commuter terminal, which has been repurposed as the Innovation Lab.

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Roundtable: Billionaire Targets San Diego County District Attorney Race

May 11
By Alison St John, Bennett Lacy

The race for San Diego County District Attorney is about to see a flood of ads paid by outside money, the city of Riverside has found a way to effectively end homelessness among veterans and a conversation with NPR White House correspondent Scott Horsley.

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San Diego's Startup Tech Scene Gets Boost From EvoNexus

April 4
By Bennett Lacy

San Diego tech incubator EvoNexus recently showcased several startups at its Demo Day event hosted by Qualcomm. Lynx Biosciences, a company that specializes in helping doctors develop personalized treatment for blood cancers, was chosen as the winner. San Diego was recently ranked among the top five U.S. cities for startups.

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Roundtable: Picking Sides In Sanctuary Fight

March 30
By Bennett Lacy

San Diego County supervisors will soon discuss in a closed-door session whether to join Orange County in supporting a federal lawsuit against California's sanctuary policies, the bike rental craze hits a backlash in two San Diego communities, and Barrio Logan residents say the city needs to do more to regulate trucks driving through small neighborhoods.

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Roundtable: March For Our Lives

March 23
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

Coming up Friday on KPBS Roundtable, the national March for Our Lives will include a large demonstrations in San Diego for tougher gun laws, the company hired to clean up trouble spots during the hepatitis A outbreak is accused of overcharging, and a look at how the war in Iraq, now 15 years old, impacted San Diego.

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Roundtable: Trump In San Diego, Qualcomm Bid, California Middle Class

March 16
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

President Donald Trump gets a first-hand look at his border wall project, Qualcomm won't be under new ownership anytime soon, and the growing challenge of making it in California.

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Roundtable: Sanctuary State Fight, School Sex Assault Investigation, Sewage Spill Lawsuit

March 9
By Bennett Lacy, Kris Vera-Phillips

The Trump Administration battles California over sanctuary state policies, the investigation into the handling of a sexual assault case at Lincoln High School and frustration over cross-border sewage spills leads to a multi-city lawsuit.

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Roundtable: San Diego Union-Tribune Sold, Skyrocketing Water Bills, Public Money For SDSU Expansion

Feb. 9
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

A biotech billionaire is buying The San Diego Union-Tribune and Los Angeles Times, local homeowners are seeing unexplained spikes in their water bills and new questions over whether San Diego State University's planned expansion would use public money.

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Roundtable: San Diego's New Police Chief, San Onofre Settlement, Midway Redevelopment

Feb. 2
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

San Diego's search for a new police chief ends with the hiring of David Nisleit. Ratepayers will be getting some money back in the drawn out settlement over the shuttered San Onofre nuclear plant. And San Diego's Midway District may be poised for major redevelopment.

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Roundtable: Helix High School Use Of Force, Dumanis Campaign Straw Donations, Tijuana’s Condo Craze

Jan. 26
By Bennett Lacy, Ebone Monet

A use of force incident involving a La Mesa police officer at Helix High School draws protests, new revelations regarding campaign contributions to former San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and the forces driving a condo construction boom in Tijuana.

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How To Succeed In The Restaurant Business In San Diego

Jan. 25
By Bennett Lacy

As part of San Diego Restaurant Week, we take a look behind the scenes of running a restaurant.

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Roundtable: Arrests For Feeding Homeless, Detention Center Expansion, Tijuana’s Soaring Homicide Rate

Jan. 19
By Bennett Lacy, Ebone Monet

Police in El Cajon arrest homeless advocates for distributing food at a city park, the Otay Mesa Detention Center is near capacity and planning an expansion and Tijuana's homicide rate reaches a new record high.

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Roundtable: Issa Bows Out, DACA Dealmaking, State Of The City

Jan. 12
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

Rep. Darrell Issa announces he will not seek re-election to congress, a busy week for immigration includes negotiations with President Donald Trump to protect so-called "dreamers" and Mayor Kevin Faulconer delivers San Diego's State of the City address.

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

Jan. 5
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

San Diego is ahead of the pack as recreational marijuana sales begin in California. New questions about the future of Horton Plaza as the struggling mall faces a change in ownership. And, our panel weighs in on the big stories they'll be covering in 2018.

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Roundtable: Top Stories Of 2017

Dec. 29, 2017
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

President Donald Trump brought us "fake news" and a major tax reform package. San Diego dealt with a deadly public health emergency and lost the Chargers. And, the #MeToo movement brings a social reckoning. Some of our regular panel guests look back on the biggest stories of the year.

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Roundtable: Short-term Rentals, Wildfires, Oceanside Mayor

Dec. 15, 2017
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

As the Thomas Fire north of Los Angeles rages on, the question is whether wildfires are the new normal for Southern California. The San Diego City Council fails to come to an agreement to regulate short-term rentals. The mayor of Oceanside announced his resignation after suffering a debilitating stroke in the spring.

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Roundtable: Sexual Harassment, Homeless Tents, Gas Tax Repeal

Dec. 1, 2017
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

With new high profile cases of sexual harassment coming to light, we talk about the challenges victims have when they decide to come forward and why not all outcomes are the same. Plus, a discussion on new tents for people who are homeless in San Diego and an effort to repeal California's gas tax.

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Roundtable: A Closer Look At The Border Wall

Nov. 17, 2017
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

The call for a new border wall between the U.S. and Mexico stretching from California through Texas has been covered by media the world over. But an investigation by KPBS and inewsource reveals new details about the history of the current wall.