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Roundtable: Turmoil Continues For SANDAG

SANDAG Executive Director Hasan Ikhrata speaks to board members at a meeting,...

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Above: SANDAG Executive Director Hasan Ikhrata speaks to board members at a meeting, April 26, 2019.

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More shakeups at San Diego's regional planning agency, the disappearing Southern California coastline and the proposed tower near Seaport Village.

Aired: July 26, 2019 | Transcript

Roundtable Guests:

Andrew Keatts , Voice of San Diego

Alison St. John, KPBS News

Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune

Leadership shakeup at SANDAG

The San Diego Association of Governments is shaking things up once again. Three top staffers were fired this week. Hasan Ikhrata became the director of SANDAG last year, and has since faced turbulence for attempting to shift the agency’s direction. While Ikhrata said the decision was “difficult but important,” he refused to comment on specific reasoning.

Saving SoCal beaches

Southern California beaches are deteriorating. From Ocean Beach to North County, long time residents and experts are noticing the coastline is widely receding. However, a group of Oceanside residents are putting a plan in motion to save the sand.

RELATED: Oceanside Residents Lobby For New Strategy To Save Disappearing Beach

Seaport San Diego tower

San Diego’s bayfront is missing a “postcard-worthy” destination — that’s according to development company 1HWY1, which is proposing a 500-foot tall tower on the Embarcadero. The tower is part of the $2.4 billion Seaport San Diego project. The problem is, some are concerned this focal point will be nothing more than a labor-intensive eyesore in an area already known for its view.

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