Stories by Neiko Will
- May 11
- By Neiko Will
Looking to dispel some of the misconceptions of the word "socialist", San Diego filmmaker Yale Strom presents his look at the labor leader, and five-time socialist presidential candidate, Eugene Debs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Feb. 23
- By Neiko Will
A new study looking at places to retire in the U.S. finds San Diego is not ideal due to high housing costs. But if you are willing to pay for the luxury America's finest city offers, or if you get creative, you can live out your golden years in style.
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.
Roundtable: Union-Tribune's Editorial Response To Florida School Shooting, Marijuana Money And Elections, Duncan Hunter's Campaign Finance Scandal, County Goes After Journalist
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.
Roundtable: Fight For The 49th, Methane Stalls Development, And Is California Ready For Recreational Pot?
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?
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.
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?
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.
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?
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"?
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?
The head of SANDAG announced his retirement this week. Will the taint of the revenue forecasting scandal go with him? And, a former San Diego mayor helps seal a subsidized housing development deal with the county. Did her chummy ties to a supervisor help?
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.
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.
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.
Roundtable: Update On Local Races, Putting Presidential Race In Perspective And Politics At The Movies
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.
Election Day is fast approaching. Do you know enough to make an informed decision on the local measures on the ballot?
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?
Industrial Grind Coffee in Hillcrest and Cafe Virtuoso in Barrio Logan on Wednesday transformed into Luke's Diner, a restaurant on the TV show, and served free coffee.
Ban "dip" from baseball? Tony Gwynn's family hopes their lawsuit will help make that happen. The San Diego border fence as a test case for Donald Trump's "build a wall" campaign promise. And the upside and downside to living where the surf meets the turf.
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?
To mark its 70th anniversary, the San Diego Youth Symphony traveled to China this past summer to perform and participate in musical and cultural exchanges. A documentary about the trip airs Friday on KPBS TV.
Is it possible that light could be contained in a lightsaber? Could a weapon destroy a planet? How long would it take to hop around a galaxy, even one far, far away?
Hershey Felder channels the composer for a special holiday engagement that runs through Jan. 3.
"Tomorrow Is A Long Time: Tijuana's Unchecked HIV/AIDS Epidemic" pairs writing by Jon Cohen, and photos by Malcolm Linton.
San Diego officials urge caution as marijuana enthusiasts turn to a synthetic substitute known as "spice" that reportedly doesn't show up readily on drug tests.
Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas is one of 11 U.S. mayors attending COP21, the climate conference in Paris. She's there because her city has been a leader in carbon reduction for over a decade.
The U.S. Navy is seeking a new permit to conduct training exercises off the San Diego coast, and is collecting concerns and comments from the public about potential ill effects on marine life.
UC San Diego scientists, students and the mayor of Chula Vista are scheduled to take part in the climate meeting in Paris this week.
Americans throw away 5 million tons of food between Thanksgiving and New Year's. I Love A Clean San Diego wants to change that.
A study from Pew Research Center found that in recent years the number of Mexicans leaving the U.S. is larger than the number coming to the U.S.
How realistic is Mrs. Hughes in "Downton Abbey"? "The Housekeepers Tale: The Real Women Who Ran The English Country House" by Tessa Boase takes a look.
"Indecent" is a play about another play — one that got the cast and producer arrested when it premiered on Broadway in the 1920s.
An ambitious study launched at UC San Diego will look at practical ways to make the "American Dream" a reality.
Governors from several U.S. states balk at taking in Syrian refugees after attacks in Paris.
A San Diego mental health counselor was instrumental in helping Boston Globe investigative reporters uncover the priest sex abuse scandal in 2002 and cover-up that followed. The investigation is depicted in the new film "Spotlight."
Diana Nyad accomplished something at 64 that she had set out and failed to do at 28: swim from Cuba to Florida. She is the only person to make the 100-plus mile swim without the aid of a shark cage.
Author Simon Winchester likes big topics. He has followed up on his 2010 book on the history of the Atlantic Ocean with an even more enormous subject, the Pacific.
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.
California has lost an astounding number of trees to the ongoing drought. Among them, many of San Diego's beloved Torrey pines.
A Stanford Law School study shows the measure is saving the state about $93 million in prison costs, but critics say Proposition 47 has become a get-out-of-jail-free card for repeat offenders.
Can California continue to provide the rest of the nation with fruits and vegetables if there aren't enough people to work to produce them?
California will now pay for transgender inmates who meet certain criteria to have sex-reassignment surgery.
Paul Espinosa has been making films about issues affecting people on and near the U.S.-Mexico border since the 1980s. He recently donated his entire professional archive, including scripts, research and interviews, to UC San Diego.
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