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Roundtable: Trump In San Diego, Qualcomm Bid, California Middle Class

Roundtable: Trump in San Diego, Qualcomm Takeover Blocked, California’s Shrinking Middle Class


Erik Anderson, reporter, KPBS News

Jean Guerrero, reporter, KPBS News

Chris Jennewein, editor and publisher, Times of San Diego

Amita Sharma, reporter, KPBS News


President Trump Visits San Diego

The Story

President Donald Trump’s first visit to San Diego included a personal viewing of designs for his border wall project and a speech to Marines at MCAS Miramar. During his stay, the President criticized California’s sanctuary policies on immigration and highlighted a surge in defense spending. The whirlwind stop also brought out demonstrators for and against the President.

The Discussion

How did local politicians embrace or distance themselves from President Trump?

How is President Trump tying Mexican drug cartel violence to the need for a border wall?

What was the message from demonstrators on both sides?

RELATED: America’s Wall: Decades-Long Struggle To Secure US-Mexico Border

Qualcomm Takeover Bid Blocked

The Story

The federal government intervened this week to stop an attempted takeover of Qualcomm, arguing recent moves by Singapore-based Broadcom pose a national security risk. After Qualcomm rejected recent buyout offers, Broadcom was seeking to change the makeup of the San Diego-based company’s board of directors to effectively force a sale.

The Discussion

Will the intervention ease unrest from Qualcomm investors?

How important is Qualcomm to San Diego’s economy and image?

How did Mayor Kevin Faulconer praise the Trump administration for this move?

RELATED: Broadcom Officially Drops Qualcomm Bid After Trump Decision

Chasing the California Dream

The Story

The California Dream is a new statewide public media collaboration focusing on the changing economic realities in the Golden State. KPBS reporter Amita Sharma will cover wealth and poverty. Her initial report dives into California's shrinking middle class, and how more people are deciding to leave the state due to the rising cost of living.

The Discussion

What is the “California Dream” and how did it emerge during the post World War II economy?

How has the percentage of middle class Californians shrunk in recent years?

Why are more people choosing to leave California?

RELATED: California’s Middle Class Is In Decline, Despite The State’s Immense Wealth

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