Roundtable: California’s Death Penalty Moratorium
Friday, March 15, 2019
Matthew Hall, editorial and opinion director, The San Diego Union-Tribune
Michael Smolens, columnist, The San Diego Union-Tribune
Erik Anderson, environment reporter, KPBS News
Sara Libby, managing editor, Voice of San Diego
Death penalty suspended
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a sweeping order Wednesday to suspend California’s death penalty. The order grants executions reprieves to more than 700 condemned inmates on death row. The governor’s office said the action will suspend executions as long as Newsom is governor. Newsom said he is also considering commuting death sentences. He also plans on pushing to repeal capital punishment either through the courts or at the ballot box.
College admissions scandal
The fallout continues from the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice. Students fought back in court against campuses caught in the bribery scandal, claiming they were denied a fair shot at admission. The federal investigation covers schools around the nation including the University of San Diego.
Salton Sea challenges
Visitors who have flocked to the Salton Sea for years have witnessed a changing ecosystem. As the lake changes, so does the local bird populations. Plus, state efforts to manage the retreating waters also remains largely unfunded. And one key habitat restoration project is behind schedule.
Public records debate
State Sen. Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) pulled back a proposal to change the way people accessed public records Tuesday, following push back from news organizations and other elected officials. San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott sponsored the bill. Critics said the measure introduced changes and standards that would have made it more difficult to access public records.
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