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Roundtable: San Diego's Olympic Dreams; Sailing into Trouble; District 6 Candidates

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Some San Diegans want the city to host the 2024 Olympics. Others want the Chinese to fund local start-ups. The Kaufman family is on dry land and under heavy criticism. Candidates for City Council District 6 are already debating.

Roundtable: Fewer Fire Engines; More Opera Intrigue; Scarce Ensenada Water

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San Diego Fire & Rescue has 32 reserve engines in case of a major wildfire, but only three of them are ready to roll. The intrigue surrounding the San Diego Opera's demise is somewhat, um, operatic. Ensenada is facing a water shortage.

Roundtable: More On Balboa Park Flameout; Minimum Wage; Homeless Housing Under Fire

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There was less to the Balboa Park party plan than met the eye -- much less. There's a campaign afoot to raise the minimum wage in San Diego. And San Diego's approach to housing the homeless may lead to penalties.

Roundtable Opera Bows Out; Water In Imperial Valley; Sweetwater Troubles

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The San Diego Opera will close next month. There may be a drought in California, but not in the Imperial Valley. And the Sweetwater Union High School District seems to be swamped with difficulties.

Roundtable: Decisions At SDPD, Death In Assisted Living, Killer Whales At Sea World

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A discussion of the big questions that face SDPD, an investigation into assisted living facilities and Sea World's game of defense.

Roundtable: Balboa Park Fizzle; City Email Reversal; Affordable Housing Fee; Padres Hopes

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We've spent three years and more than $2 million for a Balboa Park party that may not happen. San Diego wants to purge official emails older than a year. Developers don't want to pay more for affordable housing. And it's spring, which means baseball!

Roundtable: New Top Cop; Rules For Pot; Pentagon Budget Cuts

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On Monday, Shelley Zimmerman takes charge of the San Diego Police Department dealing with personnel and funding challenges. The city of San Diego finally has regulations for selling medical marijuana. And how will the heavy budget cuts proposed by the Pentagon affect San Diego?

Shelley Zimmerman To Replace William Lansdowne As San Diego Police Chief

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Shelley Zimmerman was named Wednesday by Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer to be the new police chief of San Diego.

Roundtable: Alpine Teachers Strike; More SDPD Troubles; Local Vets Get Help

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Negotiations went nowhere, and now Alpine teachers are striking. The SDPD finds itself with a third case of sexual misconduct on its hands. Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan get help to avoid homelessness.

Roundtable: Faulconer's Win; Sex Crimes & SDPD; Surveillance in San Diego

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Kevin Faulconer gets a valentine from San Diego. Another San Diego cop gets arrested. And our region is getting good at watching us all.

Faulconer Defeats Alvarez For Mayor; Vows To Unite San Diego

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New San Diego Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer, who defeated fellow Councilman David Alvarez by a wide margin on Tuesday, vows to be an independent leader for all San Diegans.

Faulconer Wins Big; Alvarez Concedes San Diego Mayor's Race Via Twitter

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Kevin Faulconer will replace disgraced former Mayor Bob Filner; David Alvarez conceded shortly before midnight on social media.

Roundtable: Tactics, Turnout And Money In San Diego Mayor's Race

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The San Diego mayoral run-off election is Tuesday. Do you know where your candidates are -- on the issues, on tactics, in the polls? What can their personal finances tell us about who they are and how they will govern? And how come the lowly referendum has become the tool of corporate interests?

Roundtable: Mayor's Race; Arevalos Victim Accused; State Of The State Of The City

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The San Diego mayor's race gets nasty quick. A victim of convicted San Diego Police Officer Anthony Arevalos is accused of bribery. Assessing the state of the State of the City address.

Roundtable: Vets React To Fallujah Loss; Racial Profiling And SDPD; Chargers In Denver; Jerry Coleman

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U.S. Marines fought fiercely for Fallujah, and now it's gone. The SDPD says racial profiling is not a problem. Will the Broncos be a problem for the Chargers? And, we remember Jerry Coleman.

Roundtable: San Diego's Top Stories of 2013

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The top story of 2013? Mayor Bob Filner's resignation, no contest. But others also left a big impression on our region, including the closings of San Onofre and San Diego Hospice.

Roundtable: Use Medical Pot, Lose Your Kids; Somalis Appeal Conviction; Pope Francis Simply Appeals

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In San Diego County, using medical marijuana can cost you your kids. Four Somalis convicted in San Diego file an appeal. Pope Francis seems to appeal to Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

Roundtable: Tuite Not Guilty; Genetic Testing Shutdown; Drones Coming To San Diego?

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Will San Diego County be one of six drone-testing sites? The FDA tells a California company to stop selling genetic test kits. And Richard Tuite's retrial for killing Stephanie Crowe lurches toward a close.

San Diego Jury Finds Richard Tuite Not Guilty In Retrial For The Murder Of Stephanie Crowe

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Richard Raymond Tuite was found not guilty Friday by a Superior Court jury of killing 12-year-old Stephanie Crowe of Escondido.

Roundtable: JFK Assassination Changed TV Forever; Mayoral Race Presents Real Choice

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TV and news coverage were never the same after the assassination of President Kennedy -- and neither were we. The San Diego mayor's race rolls on toward a choice not many thought they would be making.

Election Night: Alvarez And Faulconer Appear Winners, But Votes To Be Counted

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Democrat David Alvarez surged past ex-Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher Tuesday night in the San Diego Mayor's race. With 34,500 provisional ballots still to be counted, it's likely Alvarez will face Republican Kevin Faulconer.

Roundtable: Food Stamp Cuts; Navy Bribery Scandal; Mayoral Race

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The poor now have to get by with even less. A rare bribery scandal ensnares two admirals along with an NCIS agent. And where do we stand now that San Diego's mayoral primary is almost here?

Roundtable: Money, Polls & Debates in Mayor's Race; Anger Developing Over Linkage Fees

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Big money being spent, positions staked out and voter sentiment gauged in the San Diego mayor's race. Plus, local developers angry over higher fees to support affordable housing.

Roundtable: Sara Kruzan Is Out, Mayoral Plans Are In, City Moves Forward On New EMS Provider

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Sara Kruzan, whose life sentence without parole at age 16 became a cause celébré, has been released. The top three mayoral candidates have plans for just about everything. And this week the city decided to move ahead on competitive bids for its 911 ambulance service, effectively eliminating San Diego Fire from the bidding.

Roundtable: Obamacare Lurches Forward; Alarm Over Fire Alarms; Age Discrimination At NCTD

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The launch of Obamacare was pretty rough, but is it smooth sailing for Covered California? Broken fire alarms at Sweetwater USD have set off alarms. The CEO of North County Transit District is sued for firing older women to replace them with younger ones.

Retrial Set In Killing Of Escondido Child, Stephanie Crowe

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The retrial of Richard Tuite is just the latest episode in the legal drama surrounding the death of 12-year old Stephanie Crowe. And despite a finding of factual innocence, Stephanie's brother is likely to once again be implicated by the defense.

Roundtable: Shutdown Is Shut Down; Filner Makes A Plea; Mayoral Candidates Talk It Up

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What's next now that the government shutdown has been shut down? What's in Bob Filner's plea agreement with the California Attorney General? The top candidates for mayor are debating pretty much non-stop — so what are they saying?

Roundtable: Did Sunroad Pay To Play? Will Faulconer Mean Republican Comeback? Longer Runway For Palomar?

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What was behind that $100,000 Sunroad donation to Mayor Filner's pet causes? Will Kevin Faulconer's candidacy mean a comeback for local Republicans? And Palomar Airport in Carlsbad may get a runway extension — or not.

Local Syrians Want Action, Military Suicides And Insurance, Plastic Bags May Get Tossed

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On Roundtable: Local Syrian-Americans were disappointed that air strikes by the U.S. were tabled; a new look at the causes of military suicides reveals some surprises; and plastic bags may be banned in some San Diego stores.

Running For Mayor, Lobbying For The City, Watching CBS Again

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The list of candidates for Mayor of San Diego approaches two dozen, including some you've heard of. San Diego has no outside lobbying firm. Why not? Will the settlement of the school-yard standoff between Time Warner and CBS mean higher cable rates?

Mayor's Race, NFL Settlement, Getting Public Records

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So far, there are 13 declared candidates for mayor of San Diego but only one recognizable name. The NFL proposes a settlement with retired players & their families. And why is it so hard to get public records, which, by definition, are public?

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Resigns

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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has resigned. During his brief term as the city's mayor controversy was never far away.

Council Votes To Accept San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's Resignation

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City council members voted 7 to 0 this afternoon to accept a deal that involves the resignation of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner.

The End Of The Filner Saga? Some Educated Speculation

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As we head into what in all likelihood is the most important meeting any member of the San Diego City Council has ever been part of, we look at what we know and what we don't.

Filner Mediation Results In Deal; Council Votes Friday

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The city attorney's office is reporting that a deal has been reached with San Diego Mayor Bob Filner; it likely includes his resignation. But attorney Gloria Allred says she does not know the details of the proposed agreement.

Roundtable: Filner Saga Rolls On; North Park vs Jack In The Box; Issa On Climate Change

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More permutations in the saga of San Diego's mayor, a Jack in the Box in North Park serves up resentment over a remodel and Congressman Darrell Issa receives an award for denying climate change.

More Filner News; Changes For Chargers And Padres; City Ambulances Often Late

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A Filner recall effort gets serious while more accusations surface. There are major changes for both the Chargers and Padres. And the city's ambulances may be frequently late but loopholes keep the contractor fine free.

Filner Must Resign, Women Vets Say

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Saying that “ours was the wrong group to choose,” the leader of the National Women’s Veterans Association today launched a campaign to force Mayor Bob Filner to resign.

Roundtable: More Filner Trouble, UCSD Student Awarded $4.1 Million, Future Of SD's Wild Horses Uncertain

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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has another rough week as more people call for his resignation. A UCSD student who was forgotten in a DEA holding cell for nearly five days was awarded $4.1 million by the Justice Department. The fate of wild horses descended from steeds ridden by the Spanish military here in the 1700s is uncertain in East County.

Roundtable: More Filner Accusations

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More women have come forward with sexual harassment allegations against San Diego Mayor Bob Filner. So far, seven women, all well-known professionals, have accused the mayor of inappropriate touching and language.

Four More Women Accuse Filner

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Four prominent San Diego women came forth today accusing Mayor Bob Filner of unwanted sexual advances.

San Diego Democrats Call For Filner To Resign

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On a day when four more prominent San Diego women accused Bob Filner of sexual harassment, the San Diego County Democratic Party today voted for him to resign.

Filner Harassment Scandal Grows As Second Woman Comes Forward

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A second woman goes public with allegations of sexual harassment against Mayor Bob Filner in an exclusive interview with KPBS.

Impact Of Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Mayor, City

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A former city employee alleges sexual harassment and files a lawsuit against San Diego Mayor Bob Filner. We take a look at the impact on the city and what's next.

Roundtable: Mayor Filner's Bad Week, Part II

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Week two in San Diego's ongoing civic tornado finds Donna Frye erupting with anger, Mayor Bob Filner saying he has a monster inside him, Walt Ekard taking over as Chief Operating Officer and more Democrats calling on Filner to resign.

Roundtable: Filner In Trouble, Says He Needs Help

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Responding to calls for his resignation from former allies over multiple sexual harassment allegations, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner apologized via DVD Wednesday. He says he will stay in office.

Filner Won't Resign; Apologizes, Says He Needs Help

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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner apologizes, but says he will not resign over allegations that he sexually harassed numerous women.

Roundtable: Filner, Goldsmith, Chalk, Yoga

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San Diego's mayor and city attorney are awash in controversy and bad PR: Filner for Sunroad's donation to the city, Goldsmith for a possible violation of the Brown Act and the loss of the prosecution of "Chalkgate." Meanwhile, yoga in schools is not religious.

Roundtable: Gay Rights Victory, San Diego Hospice Bankruptcy, Climate Change Challenge

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The U.S. Supreme Court's dual rulings on same-sex marriage establishes a major victory for civil rights. Creditors are lining up to get their share of what's left of San Diego Hospice. The military cites climate change as a vital national security issue and leads the way on alternative energy.

Roundtable: DeMaio Fundraising, Public Records Access, Teacher Training Grades

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DeMaio asserts that the Reform San Diego funds and his campaign funds are completely separate, even through they shared a P.O. box and a phone number. California legislators are backtracking on a move to gut the state's Public Records Act. Two local universities receive rare good marks in the brand-new U.S. News rankings of teacher training programs. Why don't they seem to care?

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