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Stories by Pat Finn

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

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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 At The Opera And Symphony

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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

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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 Election 2016

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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 Hills

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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.

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

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

Issa On His Race For Congress, Refugees, Climate Change

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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.

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

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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?

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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; Barrio Logan & The Downtown Stadium

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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

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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 San Diego's Suburbs

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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

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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 Bathrooms

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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?

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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

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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

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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 Charter Schools

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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 Traffic?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 Difficulties

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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

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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; Suing Hillary Clinton

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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

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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.

San Diego Writer Stephen Metcalfe Navigates Life, Literature

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Stephen Metcalfe writes for film and stage. In his first novel for adults, the protagonist navigates his way through life with an autistic son, an absent wife and an ailing mother.

Roundtable: Azano Campaign Finance Trial, Ignored Transparency Law, Otay Mesa RV Park

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Some surprising names surface in federal trial of José Susumo Azano Matsura. For 24 years, San Diego leaders have ignored a law requiring the names of everyone doing business with the city. And a San Diego planning official operates an RV park without permits, electricity or sewer hookups.

San Diego's History With Community-Oriented Policing

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The death of Officer Jonathan De Guzman raises questions about relations between San Diego police and the neighborhoods they serve.

How A Foreign National Could Fund An American Campaign

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Matt Strabone, a San Diego-based attorney specializing in campaign finance, discusses how Vladimir Putin could fund a U.S. presidential candidate and why federal election rules are easier to get around than California's.

Roundtable: Hillary's DNC; Suing Trump University; No Tipping?

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Hillary Clinton's Democratic National Convention was not like Donald Trump's Republican National Convention, for the most part. Class-action suits against Trump and his university will go to trial. A local restaurateur has had enough of tipping.

Roundtable: Trump's Unconventional Convention; Missing, Mangled Waterfront Plans

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Donald Trump's Republican National Convention was, in a word, unusual. The Port of San Diego wants to redevelop the waterfront without an outdated master plan. And its North Embarcadero Visionary Plan was rendered moot by developers.

Roundtable: Rep. Peters' Campaign Donations, SDPD Curfew Sweeps, Poway's Fired Superintendent

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Rep. Scott Peters and others have found a legal way around campaign contribution limits. San Diego police still enforce curfews. And the district's list of reasons for firing Poway Unified Superintendent John Collins is pretty long.

Roundtable: Dallas Police Attack, Homelessness In San Diego And Balboa Park

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A sniper attack in Dallas left five police officers dead. San Diego's homelessness problem took a turn for the worse. Balboa Park and Seaport Village may be about to get makeovers.

Roundtable: Tackling Meth, Transportation And Chargers Stadium

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Every large metropolitan area has large problems. Three of San Diego's: methamphetamine, transportation, and the proposed new Chargers stadium.

Roundtable: Downtown Rocks, Poway School Problems, One Paseo's Second Chance

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Turns out, the residents of Sherman Heights didn't request those jagged rocks after all. Poway Unified has placed its superintendent on leave and is looking for a new one. And One Paseo gets a second chance.

New Biography Chronicles The Life Of U.S. Sen. George McGovern

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“The Rise of a Prairie: The Life and Times of George McGovern” is the first volume of a major biography by author Thomas J. Knock on the 1972 Democratic presidential candidate and America's leading anti-war critic during the Vietnam War.

Roundtable: San Diego's Response To Orlando Shooting

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Thousands of San Diegans were drawn to vigils in Hillcrest on Sunday and Monday to honor and mourn those killed in Orlando, Florida.

Roundtable: The California Primary In Perspective

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We've dug ourselves out from the blizzard of mailers, yard signs and TV commercials so we can focus on what the California primary means for the presidential race and — in San Diego — for the mayoral, city attorney and City Council contests.

Roundtable Is Off To The Races: Trump Vs. Clinton, City Attorney, City Council, Prop. H

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The June 7 primary looms, so the Roundtable casts an eye on Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the five San Diego city attorney candidates, the multiple San Diego council contests, and the proposition that's supposed to fix San Diego roads.

Roundtable: VA Choice Problems, Hotel Boycott, UCSD Funding Struggle

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The Veterans Choice program for alleviating a doctor visit backlog doesn't turn out well. Chargers fan groups launches a boycott of some area hotels. UC San Diego is having a harder time than similar universities raising major funds.

Roundtable: Duncan Hunter's Expenses, US Senate Debate, San Onofre Deal Reopened

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Rep. Duncan Hunter's campaign paid thousands for questionable expenses. Candidates were in attack mode in the U.S. Senate debate on KPBS this week. After 18 months of criticism, state regulators reopened the San Onofre settlement.

Roundtable: SANDAG Tax Measure, Race For Mayor, City Council And Supervisor

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It's Election Central on the Roundtable as we delve into the SANDAG transit tax measure, update the San Diego Mayor and City Council District 1 races, and look closely at the contest for Dave Roberts' county supervisor seat.

Sacramento Update: Smoking Banned, Pot Endorsed, Primary Hopes Dashed

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Our intrepid Sacramento correspondents catch us up on where and what we can smoke and look at how the California primary became irrelevant (again).

Doctor Who Treated Chargers Linebacker Junior Seau May Lose License

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The California Medical Board has charged David Chao, a former physician to the Chargers who treated linebacker Junior Seau, with negligence in the athlete's death.

What Does Gannett Want With Tribune Publishing?

The media company that owns USA Today offered $815 million for Tribune Publishing, whose newspapers include The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Roundtable: California Politics, Criminal Probe Limits, Rocks For The Homeless

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The election season in California has proved both unusual and predictable. The deadline passes for a probe on a secret San Onofre deal. Rocks installed to deter homeless people from camping out outrage advocates.

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San Diego Transgender Teen's Happy Outcome

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The stories of teenagers feeling trapped inside bodies that are not theirs often have unhappy endings. But the case of San Diego's Sam Moehlig is different.

Roundtable: Kamala Harris And San Onofre, Unenforceable Traffic Tickets, Labor's Richard Barrera

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Is Kamala Harris' heart into investigating the California Public Utilities Commission? Your San Diego speeding ticket may be unenforceable. And Richard Barrera sees no conflict with being a labor leader and school board member.

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