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Roundtable: California’s COVID-19 Setback

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The state of California reimposes restrictions on certain businesses as COVID-19 cases surge, the city of San Diego wants public input on plans to transform the Midway District, and Comic-Con ... Read more →

Aired: July 17, 2020 | Transcript

Roundtable: California's COVID-19 Setback


Beth Accomando, reporter, KPBS News

David Garrick, reporter, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Mario Koran, reporter, The Guardian

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California Pumps The Brakes On COVID-19 Reopenings

There was a flurry of news this week as California tries to cope with a surge in COVID-19 cases that threatens the state's fragile economic reopening. Certain indoor operations for restaurants, fitness centers, and other businesses deemed high risk have been ordered to close down indefinitely. Major school districts like San Diego Unified say on-campus learning will not resume this fall. When it comes to the health crisis, Imperial County remains the state's biggest trouble spot. Mario Koran, west coast reporter for The Guardian, recaps a busy few days.

RELATED: San Diego County School Districts Taking Different Approaches On Reopening

San Diego's Midway Makeover

A public comment period is underway to gauge how the city of San Diego should move forward with a major development project. The Midway District, anchored by land that includes the aging sports arena, is due for an overhaul in the coming years. Soon, the city will decide on one of two competing proposals that will include new high-density housing, parks and other upgrades to a centrally located neighborhood many view as underutilized. David Garrick, reporter for The San Diego Union-Tribune, explains to us the proposals and the process.

RELATED: With Redevelopment On The Way, Midway District Eyes Change To Height Limit

Comic-Con At Home

This weekend would have been the calm before the Comic-Con storm. Instead, San Diego’s biggest convention is canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers are still trying to bring some of the experience to online audiences. Comic-Con at Home will feature several days of programming, mostly in the form of panel discussions. KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando will give us some recommendations for this virtual event.

RELATED: Comic-Con@Home Launches Next Week

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