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Roundtable: San Diego Braces For A Rent Crisis

Apartments in the San Diego neighborhood of Talmadge are shown on Jan. 2, 2019.

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Above: Apartments in the San Diego neighborhood of Talmadge are shown on Jan. 2, 2019.

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A patchwork of local eviction moratoriums could end in the weeks ahead and possibly lead to a rent crisis brought on by the COVID-19 economic collapse, major economic interests urge action on climate change, and a new podcast series takes a look at the experiences of Generation Z.

Aired: July 31, 2020 | Transcript

Roundtable: San Diego Braces For A Rent Crisis

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Max Rivlin-Nadler, reporter, KPBS News

Michael Smolens, columnist, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Abby Hamblin, opinion editor and producer, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Kristy Totten, opinion editor and producer, The San Diego Union-Tribune

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Rent's Due In San Diego

This weekend brings another due date for those who have been unable to pay their rent and mortgage for months as a result of the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. The San Diego City Council is taking steps to extend a deadline for rent repayment to the end of the year. Meanwhile, the $600 federal supplement to unemployment, which has helped people pay their bills, ends this week. KPBS reporter Max Rivlin-Nadler talks about what happens when the eviction moratoriums end and people can’t pay their staggering bills.

RELATED: As Moratoriums End, An Eviction Crisis Looms Over San Diego County

New Pressure To Act On Climate Change

COVID-19 and social justice protests are occupying the news cycle, but climate change hasn’t gone away. Recently, business interests sent letters to the Federal Reserve and other financial regulators, warning more needs to be done on the issue and that climate change will ultimately do serious economic damage. San Diego Union-Tribune columnist Michael Smolens explains the new concerns and looks ahead at how climate change will play in the upcoming general election.

RELATED: Coronado-Based Nonprofit Wins National Climate Prize

Hello, Gen Z

The San Diego Union-Tribune recently launched a new podcast focusing on the next batch of adults coming onto the scene. Gen Z is highly educated, accomplished, and technologically savvy. However, they’re coming of age at a time of political and societal chaos that is informing their activism and culture. Abby Hamblin and Kristy Totten are co-hosts for Hello, Gen Z and join us to explain why there’s so much to talk about when it comes to this generation.

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