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Roundtable: Outrage In National City

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Above: Man shouts "Who killed Earl McNeil?!" at National City Police Chief during city council meeting on July 17, 2018.

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Outrage In National City

National City Police Chief Manuel Rodriguez is facing calls to resign amid sustained demonstrations over the death of Earl McNeil. The San Diego man was arrested by National City police on May 26 while suffering a mental health crisis. According to police, McNeil stopped breathing while in custody and then paramedics resuscitated him. He died after being taken off life support two weeks later. The city has refused to release video from police body cameras and details of an official autopsy have not been made public.

RELATED: Who Was Earl McNeil?

New Rules For Short-Term Rentals

After years of debate and failed efforts at regulation, the city of San Diego is moving forward with a plan for short-term home rentals facilitated through websites like Airbnb. Homeowners will be required to pay for licensing and rentals will be limited to primary residences. The new regulations will be implemented next year.

RELATED: Regulations Ban Homeowners From Renting Out Secondary Residences As Short-Term Rentals

Undisclosed Energy Meetings Revealed

A series of closed-door off-the-record meetings in 2014 included top energy regulators and members of Gov. Jerry Brown's administration. The meetings are just now coming to light due to a court-ordered release of related emails. Meeting topics included the San Onofre power plant and dismissive comments about renewable energy.

RELATED: Newly Released San Onofre Emails Show Public Business Done In Private With Gov. Brown Advisers


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