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Stories by Pat Finn

John Witherspoon, Public Broadcasting Pioneer, First General Manage...

John Witherspoon, Public Broadcasting Pioneer, First General Manager Of KPBS, Dies At 88

Oct. 13
By Amita Sharma, Pat Finn

John Witherspoon, who helped create the Public Broadcasting Act 50 years ago, was KPBS’s first general manager and the first president of the board of National Public Radio, has died.

Roundtable: DACA Demands, Feinstein's Run, Hep A Continues, La Mesa...

Roundtable: DACA Demands, Feinstein's Run, Hep A Continues, La Mesa School Board

Oct. 13
By Pat Finn

President Trump said he wanted to make a deal with Democrats to save DACA and then seemed to make a deal impossible. Dianne Feinstein will keep running. Hepatitis A keeps making people sick. And the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District appoints a novice to fill a vacant seat.

Roundtable: Mass Shootings, 'Categate,' Transparency Law, Jury Tria...

Roundtable: Mass Shootings, 'Categate,' Transparency Law, Jury Trial For Homeless Man

Oct. 6
By Kenny Goldberg, Pat Finn

Another mass shooting in America. Same aftermath? The leaker of a confidential memo comes forward. A city law meant to increase transparency gets a boost. A homeless man gets a jury trial for sleeping on the street.

Roundtable: Hep A Blame Game, Olango's Legacy, The Delta Tunnel

Roundtable: Hep A Blame Game, Olango's Legacy, The Delta Tunnel

Sept. 29
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

San Diego city and county officials blame each other for the glacial reaction to the hepatitis A outbreak. The shooting of Alfred Olango is having a lasting impact. The proposed Sacramento Delta tunnel is a very big deal.

Roundtable: Raising Taxes; More Salk Troubles; Old Problems At SDUS...

Roundtable: Raising Taxes; More Salk Troubles; Old Problems At SDUSD; Bye-Bye Remedial Math

Sept. 1
By Pat Finn

A California Supreme Court ruling may make it easier to build a football stadium -- or a highway. The Salk Institute is facing a lot of challenges. SDUSD begins a new year with old problems. Ditching remedial math may make sense.

Roundtable: Accident-Prone Navy; Paying For Wildfires; Change In Mi...

Roundtable: Accident-Prone Navy; Paying For Wildfires; Change In Mission Valley

Aug. 25
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

The U.S. Navy looks for answers after a string of accidents. Two judges recommend SDG&E bear the costs for the 2007 wildfires. And Mission Valley sees something different in its future.

Roundtable: Cars, Taxis And Walkers At The Border, Housing For Refu...

Roundtable: Cars, Taxis And Walkers At The Border, Housing For Refugees

Aug. 4
By Kenny Goldberg, Pat Finn and pat

On the border: a young man dies from drinking liquid meth; the Tijuana taxi wars are quiet, for now; but "carmageddon" is coming. And finding housing here for refugees is as hard as you might think.

Roundtable: Trump's Tweets, Housing Crisis, Trouble For Snopes

Roundtable: Trump's Tweets, Housing Crisis, Trouble For Snopes

July 28
By Amita Sharma, Pat Finn

President Donald Trump suddenly tweets a major policy change for transgender troops. There's a housing crisis in San Diego, made possible by, well, all of us. And a website that debunks fake news is in real trouble.

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: 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?

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: 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.

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