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Editors Roundtable

Roundtable Looks At Briggs' Nonprofits, Angry Lifeguards, Loss Of Dental Coverage

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San Diego attorney Cory Briggs seems to have a problem following state and federal rules with his multitudinous nonprofits. San Diego city lifeguards are not happy. They would like to get the same presumptive medical coverage firefighters and police get. And Denti-Cal reimbursement rates are so low, dental clinics are opting out.

Roundtable Dissects One Paseo Compromise, Stadium Plan

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A compromise between rival developers is reached on One Paseo in Carmel Valley. But so far nothing of the sort is in the works between the city and the Chargers on a new stadium.

Roundtable: U-T Sold; SDUSD Construction Priorities; Balboa Park Repair Backlog

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"Papa" Doug Manchester sells his baby, U-T San Diego. With more than $4 billion in construction funds, SDUSD often favors stadiums over classrooms. A sewage backup at Balboa Park last Sunday is emblematic of a huge maintenance backlog.

Roundtable On Early Political Races, Chula Vista Turmoil, Government Water Use

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It's May 2015. Do you know where (or who) your political candidates are? Chula Vista's trouble completing its city council is not over. And water use among public agencies in the city of San Diego went up by 19 percent.

Roundtable On City Budget, Mexican Farmworkers, Jail Suicides

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The mayor proposed a budget for 2016. Most observers liked it. The farmworkers' strike in Baja California has ended, but the ramifications for U.S. companies continue. A Marine's widow files suit over her husband's suicide in the Vista Jail.

Roundtable Looks At Water Restrictions, Oversight At Civic San Diego And Attorney Cory Briggs

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No more lawns, judicious flushing and severe punishments for water wasters could be coming, as state and local agencies unveil conservation plans. Critics call for more oversight of the Civic San Diego development agency. And San Diego reaches a settlement in a conflict of interest case involving San Diego attorney Cory Briggs.

Roundtable Looks At Mandatory Water Restrictions, Unlimited Taxi Permits, And A New Start For The Padres

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For the first time ever, California is under mandatory water restrictions. San Diego has lifted the cap on taxi permits. Baseball season is back, and the Padres actually look pretty good this year.

Roundtable: Another Referendum; The Future of Logan Heights; Bike Lane Backlash

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The battle over the massive One Paseo development may play out in the voting booth. Gentrification fears lead Logan Heights residents to opt for keeping the status quo. And it's bikes versus businesses in Hillcrest.

Roundtable Reviews the SDPD, Baja Press Problems, Salton Sea Crisis

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The results of the federal audit of the SDPD are in. Government leaders in Baja are accusing a newspaper chain of extortion. And the Salton Sea is still in deep trouble and the consequences more apparent.

Roundtable Looks At DA's Conspiracy Charges, Bumpy Ride for Airbnb, Abortion Fight In El Centro

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Aaron Harvey could spend the rest of his life in prison based on his presumed association with gangs. Want to rent a room to a vacationer? It's harder than it seems. And El Centro Regional Medical Center has contracted for abortion services with Planned Parenthood spurring protests.

Roundtable: Chargers Stadium Debate; Landlord Code Violations

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The Chargers have entered into a surprise agreement with the hated Oakland Raiders to occupy a stadium in an L.A. suburb -- together. Landlords with rafts of health and safety code violations aren't called to account by the city.

Roundtable Looks At Sempra Vs. Azano, SDPD Pay Raises, Wacky Waterfront Projects

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Bribery accusations highlight the prolonged battle between Mexican businessman Jose Azano and Sempra Energy. Will increased take-home pay mean more San Diego Police Department officers stay here? And what's up with all the waterfront proposals?

On The Roundtable: Vaccinations; Stadium Cost; Tax Hike

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The improbable rise of measles in California. Building a new stadium turns out to be a questionable business decision for the Chargers. Several tax increases may land on the June and November ballots in 2016.

Roundtable: Dangerous Dentists; Laura's Law; Seizing Drug Assets

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It takes over three years to stop a dentist who harms patients in California. The County Board of Supervisors finally moves to implement Laura's Law, mandating treatment for the dangerous mentally ill. Law enforcement can seize your car, cash, and weapons without charging you with a crime.

Roundtable Digs Into Nuclear Waste Burial, San Diego's Business Climate, SDPD Chief's Challenges

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On Roundtable: Plans to bury San Onofre's nuclear waste along the coast; costs that drive San Diego businesses crazy; challenges facing SDPD Chief Shelley Zimmerman.

Roundtable Analyzes State Of The City, Chargers & LA Stadium, Sheriff's Pre-Crime Squad

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The State of the City speech was heavy on task forces — Chargers/convention center expansion, jobs' skills — and somewhat light on the details. Meanwhile the plan for an NFL stadium in LA moves forward. And the sheriff's department is using intelligence to target ex-offenders likely to commit crimes.

Roundtable On Brown's Plans, High School Football Concussions, Corruption In Calexico

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The governor goes greener — and fiscally leaner. A concussion last fall at a La Jolla High football game has ramifications. And the FBI is on the case of corrupt Calexico cops.

Roundtable And The Big Stories: Campus Rape, Police Profiling, SONGS, Drought

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2014 wasn't all bad. Of course, it wasn't that good either. The national issue of campus sexual assault plagued SDSU. The SDPD had nearly stopped collecting racial data. San Onofre will close, but only with a lot of money from ratepayers. And there's still a drought.

Roundtable Features KPBS Editors' Top Stories of 2014

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In 2014 there was drama in the 52nd Congressional District, behind the scenes at the San Diego Opera, and among taxi owners and drivers. But pretty much none at all in the residential housing market, which is a good thing.

Roundtable: Gloria Out, Lightner In; Transportation Plan Appealed; Padres Get A Slugger

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Todd Gloria is out as council president -- Machiavellian coup or business-as-usual? A state appeals court overrides SANDAG's Regional Transportation Plan. The San Diego Padres spend some money on a slugger at the winter meetings.

Roundtable On SDPD Deadly Shooting, Toothless Water Restrictions, Small Fire Crews

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A lawsuit over a deadly 2012 police shooting is given life by a federal judge. The city's "mandatory" water restrictions have no teeth, as yet. And the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department is trying two-person crews to improve response times — over objections.

Roundtable On The Issues That Won't Go Away In San Diego

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They are the issues that just won't go away in San Diego, a region allergic to raising taxes: the crumbling infrastructure, a small downtown airport, the cross on the public land of Mt. Soledad and the circa 1967 Chargers stadium.

Roundtable Analyzes Obama's Plan, Wastewater Recycling and The Millions Given To City Heights

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President Obama announces executive action on immigration, drawing cheers and jeers. The prolonged drought has made it easier to recycle wastewater. And when philanthropists drop billions in one neighborhood, what can they expect?

Roundtable Digs Into SDPD Pay, Reporting Campus Rape, Vets Charities

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San Diego Police Department pay ranks low compared to most other California cities, reporting sexual assault on campus can be a huge ordeal and some well-known veterans charities get failing grades.

Roundtable Rounds Up Election Races, SDUSD Graduation Rates

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Scary news this Halloween: 40 percent of seniors in the San Diego Unified School District may not graduate in 2016; a candidate for judge embellished his resume; and the election is not over yet.

Roundtable Digs Into DeMaio Scandal, Water Bond

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Carl DeMaio finds himself in the midst of a scandal which, like a Star Trek shape-shifter, morphs daily into something else. And Proposition 1, the state's proposed $7.5 billion water bond, is either the answer to California's water prayers, a good first step or completely inadequate.

Roundtable Looks At Props 45 & 46, SDPD Body Cameras, Minimum Wage Reboot

Props 45 and 46 are either unfair and will cost consumers big bucks or will save consumers money and level the medical playing field, depending on which side you're on. About 300 San Diego cops are now wearing body cameras. And the San Diego Chamber of Commerce trumps City Council on minimum wage.

Roundtable Analyzes Peters-DeMaio, Cate-Kim Races And San Ysidro Teachers Strike

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The hottest spots in San Diego this week are not trendy restaurants. They are the 52nd Congressional District, the 6th City Council District and the elementary schools of San Ysidro.

Roundtable Analyzes Convention Center, Storm Water Fines, Taxi Open Market

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Do we or don't we need a bigger Convention Center? San Diego faces big fines and upgrade costs for storm water violations. And a City Council proposal would make the market for taxi permits wide open.

Roundtable Looks At Power And Weather, One Paseo, La Mesa Politics

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The recent heat wave was no joke, but no rolling brown-outs resulted. Some SDG&E customers aren't finding the proposed rate structure funny, either. Carmel Valley votes down One Paseo. Longtime La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid wants a seventh term.

Roundtable: On ISIS Strategy, Death In Jail, Violence Among Pro Athletes

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The president wants to arm and train warriors against ISIS. A review board blasts the San Diego County Sheriffs' Department over the recent death of an inmate. Violence among professional athletes goes much further than Ray Rice.

Roundtable Analyzes Debates, Fracking, Testing Violations In Chula Vista Schools

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The Brown-Kashkari debate gave off some heat, but did it enlighten voters? Carol Kim and Chris Cate both want the same City Council seat. The Bureau of Land Management uses an incomplete and flawed study to OK fracking in California. Chula Vista Elementary ignores state law when it tests students.

Roundtable On Minimum Wage, Bill Fulton and Bud Selig Plaza

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The San Diego City Council passed a minimum wage increase by a 6-3 vote and then overrode Mayor Kevin Faulconer's veto. But now the city is in the midst of a referendum drive to negate all that. Bill Fulton, the smart-growth guru called a "planners' planner," is gone from city hall. And the Padres renamed Palm Court Plaza the Selig Hall of Fame Plaza, to fans' dismay.

Roundtable Tackles Iraq Dilemma, Incentives For Businesses, Escondido Golf Course

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says no to more boots on the ground in Iraq. Are businesses leaving San Diego for greener tax pastures or do they stick around for the talent and expertise? A developer wants to build houses on a dying Escondido golf course.

Roundtable On Useless SDPD Surveillance System, No Convention Center Expansion, San Diego Court Backlogs

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SDPD's Secure San Diego surveillance program is nearly useless. The plan to fund the Convention Center expansion was shot down by an appeals court. San Diego will get no relief from drastically cut court budgets.

Court Rejects San Diego Convention Center Expansion Tax

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A court of appeals on Friday dealt a serious blow to the San Diego Convention Center expansion.

Roundtable Tackles Migrant Crisis, Congressional Politics, For-Profit Colleges

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On the Roundtable: House conservatives block Obama's funding request; Carl DeMaio runs against the Republican platform; and the state says for-profit colleges target vets.

Roundtable: Minimum Wage, Six Californias, Water Restrictions, Pride Week

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There's a new minimum wage for anyone working in San Diego, a proposal to divide California into six states with unimaginative names, mandatory water restrictions for us all and a celebration of LGBT Pride for everyone.

Tips For Having A Safe Fourth Of July

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San Diego lifeguards and law enforcement officers are encouraging Fourth of July revelers to be safe over the holiday weekend.

Roundtable: More Darrell Issa, More Funds For County Supervisors, No Shelter In Escondido

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Is Darrell Issa a watchdog? A grandstander? A little of both? Escondido says no to sheltering immigrant children. County supervisors say yes to doubling their discretionary funds and more development in the Cleveland National Forest.

Roundtable: Tony Gwynn, Hit-And-Run Accidents, Congress and Guns

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We celebrate Tony Gwynn, a magnificent baseball player and better human being. There's a worrying uptick in deaths from drivers who flee the scene. The American people seem to want better control of the nation's guns. Will Congress do anything?

Roundtable: Teachers, Iraqis, NCTD Knocked For A Loop

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It didn't take long for a judge to dismiss tenure and other teacher job protections in California or for Sunni militants to overrun Mosul and head toward Baghdad. It may take some time, though, to fill all the managerial vacancies at the North County Transit District.

Roundtable: Analyzing The Primary Election, Concern Over Solar Power

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The voters of San Diego tell Barrio Logan what they can do with their plan. Incumbent District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis cruises to an outright win. The City Council make-up is yet to be decided, as is the race between County Supervisor Bill Horn and challenger Jim Wood. And accessing renewable energy could get tougher in California.

Roundtable: Who Says Primary Politics In San Diego Is Boring?

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For those who think the 2014 primary election in San Diego is a snooze, here's evidence to the contrary. The 52nd congressional race already is fraught — with money and attack ads. The entire city is voting on a revised community plan for one neighborhood. Two new San Diego City Council members could change the balance of power. And Bill Horn has a challenger.

Roundtable: Race For San Diego County District Attorney

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On a special edition of The Roundtable, the candidates for San Diego County district attorney talk about prison realignment, the death penalty and other issues facing that office.

Roundtable: Wind & Fire; Minimum Wage; Sterling Racism

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The marine layer disappeared this week, and suddenly May seemed like your typical October. Donald Sterling was outed as a racist by TMZ, and banned for life by the NBA. Dueling minimum-wage proposals will duke it out, unless they won't.

Roundtable: More Drama At San Diego Opera Unfolds

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Journalists analyze the spell-binding tale of the San Diego Opera, part cliff-hanger, part soap, part farce and part whodunnit. Will the sum of these parts end up a heroic saga or a tragedy?

Roundtable: City Budget, Climate Change Politics, Vets And Painkillers

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San Diego's 2015 budget increases public safety, infrastructure expenses. The U.N. says action on climate change is needed urgently, but the political divide is wide and deep. San Diego's VA leads the way on curbing painkiller abuse among vets.


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.

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