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Stories by Mark Sauer

Roundtable: VA Choice Problems, Hotel Boycott, UCSD Funding Struggle

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The Veterans Choice program for alleviating a doctor visit backlog doesn't turn out well. Chargers fan groups launches a boycott of some area hotels. UC San Diego is having a harder time than similar universities raising major funds.

Roundtable: Duncan Hunter's Expenses, US Senate Debate, San Onofre Deal Reopened

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Rep. Duncan Hunter's campaign paid thousands for questionable expenses. Candidates were in attack mode in the U.S. Senate debate on KPBS this week. After 18 months of criticism, state regulators reopened the San Onofre settlement.

Roundtable: SANDAG Tax Measure, Race For Mayor, City Council And Supervisor

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It's Election Central on the Roundtable as we delve into the SANDAG transit tax measure, update the San Diego Mayor and City Council District 1 races, and look closely at the contest for Dave Roberts' county supervisor seat.

Doctor Who Treated Chargers Linebacker Junior Seau May Lose License

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The California Medical Board has charged David Chao, a former physician to the Chargers who treated linebacker Junior Seau, with negligence in the athlete's death.

What Does Gannett Want With Tribune Publishing?

The media company that owns USA Today offered $815 million for Tribune Publishing, whose newspapers include The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Roundtable: California Politics, Criminal Probe Limits, Rocks For The Homeless

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The election season in California has proved both unusual and predictable. The deadline passes for a probe on a secret San Onofre deal. Rocks installed to deter homeless people from camping out outrage advocates.

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San Diego Transgender Teen's Happy Outcome

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The stories of teenagers feeling trapped inside bodies that are not theirs often have unhappy endings. But the case of San Diego's Sam Moehlig is different.

Roundtable: Kamala Harris And San Onofre, Unenforceable Traffic Tickets, Labor's Richard Barrera

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Is Kamala Harris' heart into investigating the California Public Utilities Commission? Your San Diego speeding ticket may be unenforceable. And Richard Barrera sees no conflict with being a labor leader and school board member.

Roundtable: City Budget, Goldsmith Vs. Briggs, SANDAG And The Media

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Faulconer releases a budget heavy on infrastructure. City Attorney Jan Goldsmith and San Diegans for Open Government Attorney Cory Briggs each say the other is full of hot air. SANDAG spent a lot of money trying to influence the media.

How Jerry Brown Saved The Great State Of California

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Jerry Brown was on the cover of Newsweek in 1979, the first year of his first second term as governor of California. He's on the magazine's cover again, the star of a story about how he saved the state from ruin.

25 Years Of Water Feuding In San Diego Explained

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They've been at odds for years, but the discord between the San Diego County Water Authority and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California seems about to boil over.

Roundtable: San Diego VA Wait Times; JMI's Qualcomm Stadium Plan; Fetal Tissue Research

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San Diego VA Medical Center scolded over wait times. JMI Realty pushes a plan to redevelop the Qualcomm Stadium site. San Diego's BioMed company ordered to testify at a House subcommittee on fetal tissue research.

Roundtable Talks Stadium Details, Zoo Funds, Minimum Wage

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Now we know the details of the Chargers' stadium plan. The San Diego Zoo is flush with funds (and not into sharing). Looks like the state will get a minimum wage hike. Will San Diego get its own?

What Could Purchase Of OC Register, Press-Enterprise By Tribune Mean For San Diego?

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It's confusing. Print newspapers are supposed to be dying. Yet Tribune Publishing, owner of the Los Angeles Times and the Union-Tribune, wants to buy papers in Orange County and Riverside. Why?

Roundtable: SCOTUS Pick, City Attorney Scrum, North County Development Uncertainty

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President Obama proposes a Supreme Court nominee it may be hard to refuse. Two Democrats take the lead in San Diego city attorney's race — in fundraising. Developers take different paths to approval for big North County projects.

Roundtable: Trouble at Lincoln High, Council Race Heats Up, Getting Californians To Vote

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The brawl at San Diego's Lincoln High exposes long-standing problems at the school. The race for the San Diego City Council District 1 seat gets exciting. And what will it take to get more people to the polls?

Roundtable: Super Tuesday, Trump University, TJ Police Chief, MTS Safety

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Tuesday was super for some. Donald Trump may have to testify in a San Diego lawsuit. Tijuana's police chief was ousted. And using your credit card at an MTS pay station is risky.

Roundtable: Downtown Chargers, Measure A Results, MTS Security Cops, Joel Anderson Out

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The Chargers want to go downtown; Measure A is going down to defeat; MTS officers take a worker down - and injure him; Dianne Jacob defeats Joel Anderson already.

Roundtable Spotlights Foster, Spanos, Televangelist and Body-Cam Videos

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Marne Foster pleads guilty and resigns as San Diego school trustee. Chargers' Dean Spanos reconsiders San Diego. The district attorney deals with tons of body-cam videos. And a televangelist wants to build a Christian resort in Mission Valley.

Roundtable: San Diego Mayor's Race, Methane Leak, Fish Farm

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There's a new face in the San Diego mayor's race, new stats in the mega-methane leak in Los Angeles, and new information on Hubbs-SeaWorld's experiment with farming fish.

Roundtable: Many Questions Remain In San Onofre Debacle

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There have been charges, counter-charges, a criminal probe and a lot of silent avoidance since the radiation leak that eventually closed the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station was discovered.

Roundtable Tackles Chargers, Flooding, State's Budget, City's State

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The Chargers are still here, for now; some residents in San Carlos are flooded out; the details of the governor's conservative budget; and the mayor's take on the state of the city.

Roundtable: Deluge in Tijuana, City Pension Woes, SeaWorld's Legal Trials

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San Diego wasn't the only place hard hit by this week's rains. So was Tijuana. San Diego's pension problems still aren't settled. And SeaWorld spends a lot of time in court.

Roundtable: The Big Stories of 2015

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Much of what made news in 2015 — the Chargers, Mayor Kevin Faulconer, lawyer Cory Briggs, D.A. Bonnie Dumanis, Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman, SeaWorld and the Padres — will be center stage again in 2016.

Roundtable On LA Methane Leak, Police Shooting Video, SDPD Review Board

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A methane leak in Los Angeles is a huge, dangerous, environmental disaster. A judge allows a police shooting video to be released to the news media. The civilian watchdog for the SDPD is pretty toothless.

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Roundtable Visits Pendleton, Carlsbad, Tijuana Airports And Silicon Valley South

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The proposed airport at Camp Pendleton, the expanding airport in Carlsbad, the new, convenient bridge to the international airport in Tijuana -- all could be used when San Diego becomes the new Silicon Valley.

Roundtable: Gun Violence, Climate Action, Electricity Choice & Tony Perry

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The San Bernardino shooting is still shaking up everyone. San Diego's climate plan is heading for a council vote. The prospect of choosing electricity sources excites some people. And a well-known local journalist turns a page.

Roundtable Investigates Investigative Reporting

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We shine a spotlight on local investigative reporting: The fallout from an ineffective whooping cough vaccine; how the cozy relationship of SoCal Edison with the CPUC affected customers; and ineffective fire alarms in Sweetwater schools.

Roundtable On Water Rates, Navy Bribery Scandal, Longest Lawsuit

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San Diego's water rates are rising. "Fat Leonard" is singing about bribery and kickbacks to Navy personnel. Roque de la Fuente's marathon lawsuit against the city is finally settled.

Roundtable On SeaWorld Changes, Dumanis Decision, Airline Curfew Violations

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SeaWorld says orcas will no longer jump through hoops. Bonnie Dumanis says no charges for Officer Neal Browder. Residents near the airport say enough with the airline curfew violations.

Roundtable: 2016 Tax Proposals, Clearing Storm Drains, Future Of Rural Metro

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Numerous tax measures on next year's ballot could confuse San Diego voters. Many storm drains are choked with overgrowth and debris as we head into a big El Niño winter. And, the city's troubled ambulance service that's been missing response-time targets has been sold.

Roundtable On Briggs Initiative, San Diego Democrats, SeaWorld's Battles

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Cory Briggs takes the initiative -- and then changes it. For next year's primary, there are either too many Democrats running, or not enough. And SeaWorld is putting up a whale of a fight.

Roundtable Looks At Street Repair, Big Solar, Shaken-Baby Prosecutions

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The mayor wants to repair 1,000 miles of streets over five years, but the current backlog is in the billions. Big solar is encamped in a big portion of the Imperial Valley. So who's benefiting? The evidence in shaken-baby cases is sometimes far from concrete, yet prosecution is relatively easy.

Roundtable Analyzes Trolley Density Study, New California Laws, Latest Opera Chapter

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It's not that San Diego's trolley stops are bad, it's the lack of density around them, says a new study. There was a huge landslide in Sacramento this year — of new laws. And the new executive director of the San Diego Opera is accused of causing the Gotham Chamber Opera to shut down.

Roundtable: Mental Illness, Salton Sea And Complaints Over New Flight Path

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Mental illness strains medical facilities in San Diego. As the Salton Sea dries up, an environmental disaster looms. And, residents west of Lindbergh Field are not happy with proposed flight path adjustments.

Roundtable Looks At YMCA Investigation, Future Of Medicine And Smart Growth

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The results are in, sort of, for the independent investigation into alleged mismanagement at the San Diego YMCA. Your primary care physician may soon fit into your pocket. And as most San Diego County cities struggle to implement smart growth principles, one is getting it right.

San Diego's Dueling Transportation Plans Under Fire

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A report co-authored by two San Diego environmental groups finds a disconnect between the city of San Diego's Climate Action Plan and the San Diego Association of Government's regional transportation plan.

KPBS Launches New Arts Calendar

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From the latest art exhibitions to theater and concerts, KPBS’s new arts calendar offers a variety of events happening around San Diego.

Roundtable: Atkins Vs. Block, Right To Die, End Of A Disappointing Padres Season

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Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins doesn't want to be seen as a bully, but her decision to try to unseat fellow Democrat Marty Block is causing consternation in the party.

Roundtable: Publisher's Firing, Press Freedom Suit, El Niño, Drought

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Austin Beutner leaves the newspaper biz unwillingly. Cory Briggs' lawsuit against INewsource is thrown out of court. This year's El Nino still looks really big -- could it bust the drought?

Roundtable On Navy Broadway, Toni Atkins, Poway Unified

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Manchester's Navy Broadway complex is one step closer to breaking ground. Toni Atkins has lost her speakership. Two county supervisors find themselves fighting for their seats. And Poway Unified's superintendent altered a critical report.

Roundtable Looks At How The Police Deal With Parole, Transparency, Mental Illness

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Local police departments have issues to deal with. The killer of SDPD officer Archie Buggs is up for parole — again. Chief Shelley Zimmerman's efforts at transparency, especially with videos, have come up short. A lethal shooting in Oceanside highlights how little cops know about mental illness.

Roundtable Digs Into Coastal, Backcountry Development Controversies

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Huge planned developments are riling up residents of Carlsbad and the rural backcountry near Valley Center. Meanwhile, three luxury hotels on Harbor Island may not be built at all, unless developers can comply with a little-known law.

Roundtable: Edison-Mitsubishi Fight; Stadium Financing; Formidable Drug Prices

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Southern California Edison vs. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries over who's to blame for San Onofre. The city's stadium financing plan may (or may not) be moot. And new life-saving drugs are available, but cost as much as a house.

Roundtable Dissects San Onofre Settlement, Transit District Discrimination Suits

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Edison's in hot water over secret meetings with utility regulators, while ratepayers foot a huge bill for San Onofre's closure. The CEO of the North County Transit District is under fire and in court over charges of age and gender bias.

Roundtable On Qualcomm Troubles, UCSD Assault Case, Saving Balboa Park

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Increased competition and other factors led Qualcomm to announce layoffs this week and perhaps consider a restructure. A San Diego Superior Court judge has ruled that UC San Diego prevented a student accused of sexual assault from getting a fair hearing. And hopes are high that the Balboa Park Conservancy can raise millions for needed repairs.

Roundtable: Stadium EIR, One-Sided Mayor's Race; UCSD v. USC; Chula Vista Districts

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The San Diego City Council authorizes $2.1 million for an environmental report for a new Chargers stadium. Who's running against the mayor? So far, nobody. UCSD sues USC over alleged poaching of an Alzheimer's study. Chula Vista breaks itself into four districts.

Roundtable On Chargers Deal, Juveniles In Solitary Confinement, Route 94

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Is a new Chargers stadium a bad deal for the city? California may ban holding juvenile offenders in solitary confinement. And a proposed expansion of State Route 94 runs into opposition.

Roundtable: Electricity Rates And Solar, Concealed Carry Case, High School English

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The CPUC is changing electricity rates, which won't be good for the solar industry. A lawsuit over concealed weapons permits is in the 9th Circuit. A local high school says students can learn to speak English and master other subjects at the same time.

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Roundtable Looks Into Dave Roberts' Troubles, Chargers Stadium Ploys, Seawall Issues

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Supervisor Dave Roberts' troubles threaten his seat on the county board. Is the city's call for a Dec. 15 vote on the stadium genuine? The skirmish between homeowners and beach protectors in North County heads to court.

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