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Stories by Mark Sauer

Roundtable: Charlottesville Fallout, NAFTA Makeover, SeaWorld Slump

Roundtable: Charlottesville Fallout, NAFTA Makeover, SeaWorld Slump

Aug. 18
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?

Roundtable: More Visas, More Raids; Women Sue Salk Institute; Imper...

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

July 21
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.

Roundtable: San Diego County Races, Bills On Housing And SANDAG, Pa...

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

July 14
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?

Roundtable: Mayor Faulconer's Future; Homelessness Plan; SDG&E Face...

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

July 7
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.

Roundtable: Leaked Memo, Surplus 'Q,' SDUSD Staffing, Sweetwater Sc...

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

June 30
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.

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

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

June 23
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.

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

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

June 16
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?

Award Recognizes Founder Of International Nonprofit With San Diego ...

Award Recognizes Founder Of International Nonprofit With San Diego Origins

June 14
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.

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

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

June 9
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.

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

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

June 2
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.

Roundtable: City Heights' La Maestra And SoccerCity

Roundtable: City Heights' La Maestra And SoccerCity

May 26
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.

Roundtable: Gompers Investigation, District Attorney Endorsement, D...

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

May 19
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.

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

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

May 12
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.

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

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

May 5
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.

Roundtable: Homeless Count, Government Shutdown, Marines United, Se...

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

April 28
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.

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

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

April 21
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.

Roundtable On SDUSD: Budget, Layoffs, Graduation Rate, Election Pro...

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

April 14
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.

Roundtable: Bad Water, Convention Center, Gas Tax, Tenure And Borde...

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

April 7
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.

Roundtable: SANDAG Investigation; Transit Hits, Misses; Disappearin...

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

March 31
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.

Roundtable: San Diego Encounters Trump's Budget And Tijuana's Sewage

Roundtable: San Diego Encounters Trump's Budget And Tijuana's Sewage

March 24
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

President Donald Trump's proposed budget has ramifications for San Diego, positive and negative. And somewhere between 30 million and 240 million of gallons of untreated sewage drifted north from Tijuana. Why?

Roundtable: Forgotten Transparency Law; Issa And Hunter; More Fat L...

Roundtable: Forgotten Transparency Law; Issa And Hunter; More Fat Leonard; Illegal Hotel Rooms

March 17
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

Looking into the city's forgotten transparency law. Two Republican Congressmen have an interesting weekend. The Navy wishes it had never met "Fat Leonard." And when is a hotel not a hotel? (When it's an apartment.)

Roundtable: Immigration Enforcement; Issa's Big Day; SDUSD Budget Math

Roundtable: Immigration Enforcement; Issa's Big Day; SDUSD Budget Math

Feb. 24
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

Who is harmed the most by strict border enforcement? It might be a toss-up. Rep. Darrell Issa talks — and listens — to his constituents. And the San Diego Unified board gets an earful about potential budget cuts.

Roundtable: Dam Trouble, Labor Union Difficulties, Carlsbad's Power...

Roundtable: Dam Trouble, Labor Union Difficulties, Carlsbad's Power Plans

Feb. 17
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

Was the near-disaster in Oroville a result of negligence? Some express concern about Sweetwater Dam here. Local labor leader Mickey Kasparian is sued for harassment and retaliation. Is Carlsbad getting a power plant that's unnecessary and obsolete?

Roundtable: SANDAG's New Math; Mexican Pride; Nearby Nuclear Waste

Roundtable: SANDAG's New Math; Mexican Pride; Nearby Nuclear Waste

Feb. 10
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

San Diego Association of Governments staff kept quiet about their faulty revenue projections. Many Tijuana residents who routinely cross the border to spend money are staying home. And Edison is now burying nuclear waste from San Onofre, in spite of efforts to stop it.

Roundtable: San Diegans Cope With Trump Order; Veterans Cope With W...

Roundtable: San Diegans Cope With Trump Order; Veterans Cope With Wait Times

Feb. 3
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration was received with shock, awe and general chaos. And it turns out that veterans are still waiting a long time for health care.

Roundtable Special Edition: San Diego's Homeless Crisis

Roundtable Special Edition: San Diego's Homeless Crisis

Jan. 27
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

The number of homeless persons living on the streets has been growing for several months. Why? And where is the political will to put a stop to the misery?

Roundtable:  Dumanis, Mexico Gas Protests, Storm Water, Affordable ...

Roundtable: Dumanis, Mexico Gas Protests, Storm Water, Affordable Housing

Jan. 20
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

It's a big day, and there are big local issues, too, including District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis' big decision, continuing (and big) gas protests in Mexico, the big mess of storm water rules and the big dearth of affordable housing.

Roundtable:  The Chargers Are Dead To San Diego

Roundtable: The Chargers Are Dead To San Diego

Jan. 13
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

The San Diego Chargers skipped town, took a powder, left us in the lurch. So we have to find out how to be a big city without an NFL team and figure out what to do with all that Mission Valley property.

Roundtable: Health Care in California, Poway Says No, Charter Schoo...

Roundtable: Health Care in California, Poway Says No, Charter Schools On The Rise

Jan. 6
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

About 17 million Californians receive some benefits from Obamacare. What happens if it goes away? The City of Poway says no to 22 affordable homes for vets. Trump's choice to head Education is a fierce advocate for charter schools.

Roundtable: California Vs. Donald Trump

Roundtable: California Vs. Donald Trump

Dec. 29
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

California, a state that voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton, is getting ready for a fight — or several fights — against the Trump administration over climate, marijuana, immigration and health care.

Roundtable: 2016 Was Quite A Year In San Diego

Roundtable: 2016 Was Quite A Year In San Diego

Dec. 23
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

Election squeakers in the 49th and 3rd Districts. Victory for pot, defeat for the Chargers. Desperation for the homeless, frustration for renters and home buyers. Fear for migrants without papers. Worry for climate scientists.

Roundtable:  New City Council Prez; (Un)Affordable Housing Plan; Ch...

Roundtable: New City Council Prez; (Un)Affordable Housing Plan; Chollas Creek May Stay Polluted

Dec. 16
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

Myrtle Cole will lead the San Diego City Council. The city of San Diego's plan to expedite affordable housing often fast-tracked mansions. Zinc, copper, pesticides and bacteria flow from Chollas Creek to the bay, possibly forever.

Roundtable: Taking A Stand On Immigration, Mattis As Defense Secret...

Roundtable: Taking A Stand On Immigration, Mattis As Defense Secretary, Effects Of Legal Pot

Dec. 9
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will, Pat Finn

Democrats at the state capitol launch an offensive on the proposed immigration policies of President-elect Donald Trump. Will retired Gen. James Mattis be a good fit for Secretary of Defense? And the recent legalization of recreational marijuana in the state is already having effect on criminal justice in San Diego.

Ret. Marine Major General Details Years In Washington, Trump's Tran...

Ret. Marine Major General Details Years In Washington, Trump's Transition

Dec. 1
By Mark Sauer, Michael Lipkin

Punaro, a former Hillary Clinton supporter, is one of many unofficial advisors to work with President-Elect Donald Trump's transition team.

Roundtable: (Fake) News Wars, Woeful Chargers And Padres, New Moves...

Roundtable: (Fake) News Wars, Woeful Chargers And Padres, New Moves At The Opera And Symphony

Nov. 25
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

What happens when the news media is widely distrusted and largely ignored? How disgusted is San Diego with its professional sports teams? And what happens when San Diego's opera and symphony try to find new audiences?

Roundtable: The Trump Effect, Trump U Lawsuit, Plaza De Panama Reboot

Roundtable: The Trump Effect, Trump U Lawsuit, Plaza De Panama Reboot

Nov. 18
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

The election of Donald Trump promises change and upheaval for California. There's some action on one of the Trump University class-actions. And Balboa Park's going to get a makeover.

Roundtable: Trump Wins, Chargers Lose: Parsing The Results Of Elect...

Roundtable: Trump Wins, Chargers Lose: Parsing The Results Of Election 2016

Nov. 11
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

Who could have predicted a President Donald J. Trump? Turns out some people did. Measures C and D lost, predictably, but the size of the win by opponents to Lilac Hills, not so much.

Roundtable: Update On Local Races, Putting Presidential Race In Per...

Roundtable: Update On Local Races, Putting Presidential Race In Perspective And Politics At The Movies

Nov. 4
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

What can an analysis of "Citizen Kane" tell us about the presidential race? And how will history remember the 2016 election? Find out on the Roundtable.

Roundtable: Breaking Down San Diego Ballot Measures

Roundtable: Breaking Down San Diego Ballot Measures

Oct. 28
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

Election Day is fast approaching. Do you know enough to make an informed decision on the local measures on the ballot?

Roundtable: Final Presidential Debate, Congressional Races, State P...

Roundtable: Final Presidential Debate, Congressional Races, State Propositions

Oct. 21
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

Presidential candidate Donald Trump continues to flirt with the idea that he won't concede the election, should he lose on Nov. 8. Will there will a Trump Effect on San Diego races? And is California ready to say goodbye to the death penalty...and hello to recreational pot?

Roundtable: Trump And Women, Gaspar And Roberts, Measure A, Lilac H...

Roundtable: Trump And Women, Gaspar And Roberts, Measure A, Lilac Hills

Oct. 14
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's troubles include sexual assault allegations now filtering into San Diego races. The race for supervisor in District 3 should have been a cakewalk for the incumbent. Measure to increase sales tax has an uphill road. Lilac Hills could bloom, or not.

Is Water A Battleground In The West?

Is Water A Battleground In The West?

Oct. 5
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

Author John Fleck says that states and individuals don't fight over water so much as they conserve it and cooperate over how much to use.

Roundtable: Issa v. Applegate; Unproven Stem Cell Treatments; Barri...

Roundtable: Issa v. Applegate; Unproven Stem Cell Treatments; Barrio Logan & The Downtown Stadium

Sept. 23
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

Darrell Issa's congressional race is closer than he would perhaps like. A local company refers a patient for a costly, unproven stem cell treatment. And Barrio Logan braces for a very large new neighbor.

Roundtable: Untested Rape Kits, Zoo's Big Bank Account, Opioids In ...

Roundtable: Untested Rape Kits, Zoo's Big Bank Account, Opioids In San Diego's Suburbs

Sept. 16
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

The San Diego Police Department has a backlog of some 2,400 untested rape kits. The San Diego Zoo has a huge bank account and a taxpayer subsidy. Suburban cities like Poway and La Mesa have more and more cases of opioid and heroin abuse.

Roundtable:  Soledad Cross, Housing Crisis, Living Wage, Public Bat...

Roundtable: Soledad Cross, Housing Crisis, Living Wage, Public Bathrooms

Sept. 9
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

The Mt. Soledad cross case is finally over. San Diego's housing crisis is getting worse. San Diego's living wage ordinance is a 10-year success. Downtown public toilets are often not functional.

Roundtable: San Diego's Pot Tax, Lofty Transit Goals, Preschool Costs

Roundtable: San Diego's Pot Tax, Lofty Transit Goals, Preschool Costs

Sept. 2
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

If recreational pot becomes legal, San Diego wants to tax its sales. The city's Climate Action Plan predicts thousands will quit driving to work. And San Diego's school district makes pre-K available to all — for a price.

Roundtable: Officer-Involved Shooting; Chargers; More Money, Less T...

Roundtable: Officer-Involved Shooting; Chargers; More Money, Less Traffic?

Aug. 26
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

An officer's deposition reveals a surprising outcome in the 2015 shooting of Fridoon Nehad. The Chargers defend their stadium plan. And does more funding mean less traffic?

Roundtable: The Trump Effect, Straw Donors, Border Crossing Difficu...

Roundtable: The Trump Effect, Straw Donors, Border Crossing Difficulties

Aug. 19
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

The presidential race continues to make headlines. Turns out, there were quite a number of straw donors to the Dumanis mayoral campaign. And American wives are being denied SENTRI passes when their husbands are deported to Mexico.

Latest 'One Book, One San Diego' Selection Revealed

Latest 'One Book, One San Diego' Selection Revealed

Aug. 15
By Mark Sauer, Michael Lipkin

Inspired by the the "custody battle" over Cuban student Elián González, the 2003 memoir by a Yale University professor traces the author's own experiences growing up in Castro's Cuba.

Roundtable: San Diego Election News; Not Much Middle-Class Housing;...

Roundtable: San Diego Election News; Not Much Middle-Class Housing; Suing Hillary Clinton

Aug. 12
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

San Diego's District 1 City Council race is surprisingly settled when the Republican withdraws. New homes in the county are built for those with above-average incomes. A San Diegan sues Hillary Clinton in federal court.

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