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Stories by Mark Sauer

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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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Roundtable: San Diego County Settles In Deputy Sexual Misconduct Investigation

May 4
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

On the Roundtable: San Diego County agrees to pay $412,000 to settle two sexual misconduct claims against a sheriff's deputy this week, while offers to 13 other women are outstanding. Recent lawsuits could put the kibosh on women-only events in San Diego. And, the race to replace Governor Jerry Brown as his tenure as the state's longest-serving governor winds down.

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Roundtable: Asylum Seekers Poised To Cross Border

April 27
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

U.S. and international law dictates people seeking asylum be given a fair hearing, but President Trump wants to turn a caravan of asylum seekers away. A dead-end for some, is a beacon of hope for others; we look at two new programs at Donovan State Prison. And the true cost of a longtime diabetes treatment experts say is a scam.

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Roundtable: Many California Cities Give Cold Shoulder To Marijuana Business

April 20
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

The passing of Proposition 64 made recreational marijuana legal in California, but in more cities than not, pot business isn't welcome. A billionaire doctor is poised to take over the San Diego Union-Tribune. And, the biggest health beat stories over the last couple decades. Join us for the KPBS Roundtable.

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Roundtable: Governor Complies With Request For National Guard Troops

April 13
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

This week on KPBS Roundtable; California Governor Jerry Brown agrees to the president's request for National Guard troops. But there are conditions. There's a debate over how pregnant women inmates are treated at San Diego county jails and whether or not they are routinely shacked while giving birth. And, San Diego buys a building designed for skydiving to help the city's homeless crisis.

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Roundtable: President Pushes For National Guard At Border

April 6
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

President Trump wants to use National Guard troops for border security. Also on KPBS Roundtable: What do you do when you have a degree, and a job, but can't make ends meet? And how magnet schools might be creating divisions in Vista.

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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: How San Diego Schools Assess Threats Of Gun Violence

March 2
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

What are local schools doing to prevent tragedies like the one in Parkland, Florida? How do politics play into how we treat asylum seekers? And can you shoot a horse in the head and call it a "rescue?" Join us for the discussion on The Roundtable.

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Roundtable: Family-Sponsored Visas, IRC Investigation And Cross-Border Animal Smuggling

Feb. 23
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

Chain migration? Or family reunification? A closer look at a program President Trump has vowed to end. Plus, an unpermitted gun range in Escondido has neighbors nervous. And, an alleged cross-border animal smuggling operation is exposed.

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Roundtable: Union-Tribune's Editorial Response To Florida School Shooting, Marijuana Money And Elections, Duncan Hunter's Campaign Finance Scandal, County Goes After Journalist

Feb. 16
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

The San Diego Union-Tribune editorial team responds to another mass shooting. The local marijuana industry is looking to support pot-friendly candidates. Congressman Duncan Hunter fights to keep his seat. And, the county targets a San Diego journalist.

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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: 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: Fight For The 49th, Methane Stalls Development, And Is California Ready For Recreational Pot?

Dec. 22, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

Democrats ramp up efforts to unseat Congressman Darrell Issa. Construction of a massive housing development in Chula Vista hits a snag. And, quasi-legalized pot is almost here. Is California ready?

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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: Fire Danger, Housing Shortage, Restoring Balboa Park's South End

Dec. 8, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

There are unprecedented fire threat warnings and strategic power outages as flames engulf parts of the county. We dive into the whether San Diego can build its way out of the housing crisis. And, proposals and barriers to making Balboa Park great again.

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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: Tax Bill, Jail Deaths, Sea Level Rise, City Heights Real Estate

Nov. 24, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

The negative impact of tax reform would be felt heavily in California. Eyebrows are raised as investigations into the deaths of 22 people while in law enforcement custody in San Diego County are dropped. As the ocean encroaches, Del Mar residents aren't ready to retreat. And, has gentrification come to City Heights?

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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.

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Roundtable: Troubles At Qualcomm, San Ysidro School District, SeaWorld And The San Diego River

Nov. 10, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

There's a big offer from Broadcom to buy Qualcomm Inc., big financial troubles for the San Ysidro School District and SeaWorld, and a big mess along the San Diego River, where the homeless are migrating.

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Roundtable: Housing Commission, El Cajon Gets Tough, Child Sex Trafficking, Sex Workers' Lawsuit

Nov. 3, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

The San Diego Housing Commission says there's a reason its sitting on $278 million in unspent funds. El Cajon cracks down on the homeless. The FBI cracks down on Americans who travel to Tijuana for sex with children. And a lawsuit on behalf of California sex workers reaches federal court here.

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Roundtable: SDG&E Power Plays, Short-Term Rental Mess, Homeless Campground

Oct. 27, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

SDG&E keeps asking to bill its customers for the remaining 2007 wildfire costs. The city of San Diego has had 2 1/2 years to create rules for short-term rentals but nothing has been decided yet. And the new homeless campground near downtown San Diego has unexpected tenants: children.

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Roundtable: Covering The 2007 Fires, SDPD's Salary Deal

Oct. 20, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

What was it like to cover the destructive 2007 wildfires, to send reporters into danger, to get out critical information amidst crashing websites and without smart phones? Well, there was invention, cooperation and pure determination. And a new thing called Twitter.

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Roundtable: Hep A Blame Game, Olango's Legacy, The Delta Tunnel

Sept. 29, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

San Diego city and county officials blame each other for the glacial reaction to the hepatitis A outbreak. The shooting of Alfred Olango is having a lasting impact. The proposed Sacramento Delta tunnel is a very big deal.

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Roundtable: Hepatitis Spread, Tiny Home Hurdles, Legal Battle Freezes Foundation Donations

Sept. 22, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

Miles of sandy beaches, perennially sunny skies and a worsening hepatitis outbreak: Is San Diego still attractive to tourists? Tiny homes face huge hurdles in San Diego. And a nasty legal battle holds up donations at the Conrad Prebys Foundation.

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Roundtable: Homelessness And Hep A, Fire Season Looms, Catholic Church Sexual Abuse Settlement

Sept. 15, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

San Diego took emergency measures this week, as the city tries to address the deadly outbreak of Hepatitis A. The traditional wildfire season is here, but lots of local fire personnel are elsewhere, battling fires up north. And, is the Catholic Diocese in San Diego doing enough the protect kids from predators, 10 years after settling 144 sexual abuse lawsuits?

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Roundtable: A Deep Dive Into DACA

Sept. 8, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

The Trump administration takes on immigration reform, by announcing the popular DACA program will wind down over the next six months. What does that mean for San Diego "Dreamers"?

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Roundtable: Accident-Prone Navy; Paying For Wildfires; Change In Mission Valley

Aug. 25, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

The U.S. Navy looks for answers after a string of accidents. Two judges recommend SDG&E bear the costs for the 2007 wildfires. And Mission Valley sees something different in its future.

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Roundtable: Charlottesville Fallout, NAFTA Makeover, SeaWorld Slump

Aug. 18, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

The president's take on vestiges of the Civil War raises eyebrows and drops jaws in the wake of last weekend's violence in Charlottesville. Local leaders brace for adjustments to NAFTA. And SeaWorld is changing with the times, but is it too late?

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Roundtable: More Visas, More Raids; Women Sue Salk Institute; Imperial Beach Sues Big Oil

July 21, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

The number of temporary work visas increases, as does the number deportations. Three women scientists have now filed gender discrimination suits against the Salk Institute. And tiny Imperial Beach sues global conglomerates.

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Roundtable: San Diego County Races, Bills On Housing And SANDAG, Padres Midseason

July 14, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

There are new and familiar faces vying for County seats. Important bills on housing and SANDAG reform advance in Sacramento. And are the new faces on the Padres helping them advance?

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Roundtable: Mayor Faulconer's Future; Homelessness Plan; SDG&E Faces Energy Alternatives

July 7, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

Kevin Faulconer has been mayor of San Diego for just over three years. Is he going anywhere? San Diego teams up with the county and others for a new homeless initiative. And SDG&E works to save power — its own.

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Roundtable: Leaked Memo, Surplus 'Q,' SDUSD Staffing, Sweetwater Scandal Revisited, Zoo News

June 30, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

City Attorney's SoccerCity strategy memo is leaked. Is Qualcomm Stadium surplus property? SDUSD staffing rises while enrollment shrinks. Looking back at Sweetwater scandal. The Zoo looks ahead -- to Africa.

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Roundtable: Senate Healthcare Bill, Algae As Fuel, Getting To Zero Traffic Deaths

June 23, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

The secret senate healthcare bill is finally revealed. Genetically modified algae takes a step closer to the gas tank. And San Diego begins a plan to drastically reduce traffic deaths.

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Roundtable: No Special Election, Toxic Plume In El Cajon, Driving Stoned

June 16, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

There will be no special election for the city of San Diego this November. Probably. A plume of toxic contaminants lurks under El Cajon. And how can we tell who is driving while high?

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Award Recognizes Founder Of International Nonprofit With San Diego Origins

June 14, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

Project Concern International is now in 16 countries and helps millions each year. It was started in the San Diego-Tijuana region 55 years ago.

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Roundtable: San Diego's Budget, SoccerCity, Convention Center

June 9, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

On Monday the San Diego City Council passed the budget without funding a special election this November, potentially dooming SoccerCity and a tax increase for a Convention Center expansion.

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Roundtable: Climate Action, Border Sewage, SoccerCity Secrets, Gang Database

June 2, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

The U.S. may have withdrawn from the Paris climate deal, but not California. Raw sewage from Tijuana is fouling San Diego waters. San Diego Mayor Faulconer met privately with SoccerCity investors. California's gang database is flawed.

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Roundtable: City Heights' La Maestra And SoccerCity

May 26, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

The SoccerCity initiative easily qualified for the ballot. But the San Diego city attorney does not like it that much, and SDSU has left the building. Meanwhile, critical funding to help human trafficking victims almost disappears.

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Roundtable: Gompers Investigation, District Attorney Endorsement, Dividing Cities Into Districts

May 19, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

On the Roundtable: allegations of grade inflation at a celebrated San Diego charter, the district attorney's chosen successor and the botched Stephanie Crowe murder case, and dividing cities into council districts to comply with state law.

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Roundtable: Local Pols On Comey, Labor Split-up, Returning Seized Funds

May 12, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

The fallout from the Comey firing is not dying down yet. The AFL-CIO takes over a local labor group and ousts its leaders. The district attorney is ordered to give back a family's savings.

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Roundtable: Shooting Aftermath; Race For DA; County Jail & Mental Health

May 5, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

Was the University City shooting a hate crime, or not? District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis wants Summer Stephan to take her place. Q: When is a county jail something else entirely? A: When it's a huge mental health facility.

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Roundtable: Homeless Count, Government Shutdown, Marines United, Secret Service

April 28, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

There are more homeless in the county this year. Now you see a government shutdown, now you don't. The Marines United scandal is hanging on like a bad cold. And a retired Marine general takes over the Secret Service.

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Roundtable: Hugo Castro, Border Wall, Tuna Harbor, Holocaust Memorial

April 21, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

What in the world happened to border activist Hugo Castro? Local companies want to build the border wall. Tuna fishermen and Seaport Village plans. The Holocaust memorial that won't be built.

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Roundtable On SDUSD: Budget, Layoffs, Graduation Rate, Election Process, Homeless Students

April 14, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

Roundtable on schools: San Diego Unified's budget, coming layoffs and astounding graduation rate. Also: a proposal to change the election process for SDUSD's Board of Trustees and endangered funding for homeless students.

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Roundtable: Bad Water, Convention Center, Gas Tax, Tenure And Border Biz

April 7, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

Bad water is bad news for San Diego schools. And another round of voting on the San Diego Convention Center is coming right up! Trading higher gas prices for better roads. San Diego and Tijuana want to work together, no matter what.

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Roundtable: SANDAG Investigation; Transit Hits, Misses; Disappearing Affordable Housing; Vegas Raiders

March 31, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

The story of SANDAG's faulty revenue projections has reached the investigation stage. Taking a bus is getting easier — and harder. Watching affordable housing disappear. Las Vegas welcomes Oakland's Raiders.

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