Roundtable: Final Push For Lawmakers In Sacramento
Friday, August 31, 2018
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Chris Jennewein, editor and publisher, Times of San Diego
Amita Sharma, investigative reporter, KPBS News
Jennifer Van Grove, reporter, The San Diego Union-Tribune
State Legislature Wraps Up Its Session
California state lawmakers are wrapping up their work for the year. The legislative session produced some groundbreaking new laws on criminal justice reform, climate change, sustainability and gun control.
Meanwhile, the general election is just a couple of months away and voters will have a chance to repeal a law passed in 2017: the gas tax increase. The law generates money for various transportation projects.
Southern California City Helps Seniors Pay Rent
The city of Santa Monica is in the middle of an experimental program that provides cash assistance to dozens of senior citizens to help them pay rent. A recent study shows one in five seniors in California are living in poverty and nearly half struggle with the cost of basic living expenses. This story is part of the California Dream project, a statewide public media collaboration.
Horton Plaza’s Tech Future
More details were released this week over the ongoing saga over Horton Plaza. Stockdale Capital Partners, a Los Angeles-based real estate investment firm, finalized a $175 million dollar deal for the downtown San Diego property. Horton Plaza’s days as a languishing retail mall will come to an end, as the new owner begins a plan to renovate the property as a modern office campus aimed at high-profile technology firms. Some plans will require approval from the San Diego City Council.
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