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Stories by Pat Finn

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: Replacing Obamacare, New Immigration Ban, Pulpit Politics

Roundtable: Replacing Obamacare, New Immigration Ban, Pulpit Politics

March 10
By Pat Finn

Big stories are affecting our corner of the U.S. this week: Replacement of the Affordable Care Act, another attempt at an immigration ban and a looming fight over free speech in the pulpit.

Roundtable: SoccerCity?; Hard-Hearted Traffic Court; Trauma Trainin...

Roundtable: SoccerCity?; Hard-Hearted Traffic Court; Trauma Training With Live Animals

March 3
By Pat Finn

Getting something — anything — built on the Qualcomm site is a tough goal to reach. A local traffic court and its collection agency seem pretty hard-hearted. Why are the Navy and Marines still using live animals for trauma training?

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.

Roundtable: Gaspar, Issa Victorious; SANDAG's Big Loss; SDPD Traffi...

Roundtable: Gaspar, Issa Victorious; SANDAG's Big Loss; SDPD Traffic Stops; Downtown Homelessness

Dec. 2
By Pat Finn

Kristin Gaspar and Darrell Issa get some final answers. SANDAG's leadership is questioned; SDPD defends its traffic stops. And the number of downtown homeless keeps rising.

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: 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.

Issa On His Race For Congress, Refugees, Climate Change

Issa On His Race For Congress, Refugees, Climate Change

Oct. 12
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

For the first time since 2002, the 49th Congressional District is at the center of a fiercely contested political contest. The incumbent Republican Darrell Issa makes his case on Midday Edition.

Who's Doug Applegate, The Political Newbie Narrowly Trailing Darrel...

Who's Doug Applegate, The Political Newbie Narrowly Trailing Darrell Issa?

Oct. 12
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

Issa's opponent, a retired Marine colonel, was unknown in the 49th Congressional District until this year.

Roundtable: Money And Lilac Hills, Housing Shortage, Haitian Refugees

Roundtable: Money And Lilac Hills, Housing Shortage, Haitian Refugees

Oct. 7
By Kenny Goldberg, Pat Finn

A sudden $50,000 contribution to the county Republican Party is connected to Measure B on the ballot. When squalid, illegal apartments are rehabbed, not everyone benefits. The Haitian refugees at our doorstep cope with changing rules.

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.

Chargers Players Describe The One Game They'll Always Remember

Chargers Players Describe The One Game They'll Always Remember

Sept. 20
By Pat Finn

In San Diego sportswriter Jay Paris' new book, 21 Chargers stars reveal the game that was most important to them. Not all the games were wins.

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.

Author Carl Hiaasen In San Diego To Talk Florida

Author Carl Hiaasen In San Diego To Talk Florida

Sept. 14
By Pat Finn

Carl Hiaasen is in town to explain — if he can — his home state of Florida and talk about his latest comic crime novel, actually, comic novel crime. In this case, it's one perpetrated by the "Razor Girl" of the title.

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.

As Cybercrime Grows, Does Anyone Care?

As Cybercrime Grows, Does Anyone Care?

Sept. 7
By Alison St John, Pat Finn

These days there seem to be hackers rummaging around in databases everywhere: department stores, banks, hotels, the Democratic Party, the Ukrainian power grid, even the formidable National Security Agency. So why aren't we more alarmed?

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.

Bills Inspired By Turner Sexual Assault Case Sent to Governor

Bills Inspired By Turner Sexual Assault Case Sent to Governor

Aug. 31
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

Two bills closing loopholes in California's laws governing rape have been sent to the governor. Both were inspired by the recent Brock Turner case.

This Year's Challenges For Students, Pre-Students, Teachers And Cha...

This Year's Challenges For Students, Pre-Students, Teachers And Charter Schools

Aug. 29
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

As the 2016-17 school year begins, some charter school funds are running out, preschool can be pretty darn expensive, and the chronic absence rate — for teachers — is high.

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?

San Diego Columnist Shares His Experience With Homelessness

San Diego Columnist Shares His Experience With Homelessness

Aug. 25
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

At 32, Dan McSwain found himself living on the streets, addicted to drugs and alcohol. He told his story of degradation and redemption in The San Diego Union-Tribune this week.

San Diego Art Museum's Growth Brings Excitement And Sadness

San Diego Art Museum's Growth Brings Excitement And Sadness

Aug. 24
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

The museum's La Jolla location gets ready to shut down for a major remodel — with a new gallery space, terraces and an expanded sculpture garden in its future.

Chargers Stadium Measure Faces Opposition

Chargers Stadium Measure Faces Opposition

Aug. 23
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

The San Diego County Taxpayers Association concluded the Chargers' ballot measure won't raise enough money. The city's Independent Budget Analyst says it will — if estimates are accurate.

North County Roundup: Candidates Galore And A New Hotel

North County Roundup: Candidates Galore And A New Hotel

Aug. 22
By Alison St John, Pat Finn

In 2012, some cities in the region struggled to find enough candidates to make local races competitive. That's not the case now. Plus, an upscale hotel is coming to Escondido.

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.

Salton Sea Ecosystem May Be On Brink Of Failure

Salton Sea Ecosystem May Be On Brink Of Failure

Aug. 15
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

There's nothing unusual about dead fish washing up on the shore of the Salton Sea. What is unusual is that all of them are fully grown. The lack of young fish and the absence of foraging birds could mean the sea's salinity has reached a critical level.

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.

Peter Navarro Talks About China And Why He Supports Donald Trump

Peter Navarro Talks About China And Why He Supports Donald Trump

Aug. 11
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

Peter Navarro ran for mayor, Congress and the City Council as a San Diego Democrat in the 1990s. Now he's an advisor on Donald Trump's economic team.

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