Roundtable: Tighter COVID-19 Restrictions Return To San Diego
Friday, November 13, 2020
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Many local businesses will be forced to reduce capacity as San Diego slides into the state's most restrictive COVID-19 operating tier, women running for political office in San Diego County tell their stories about confronting receiving threats and harassment on social media, and artists go to court to preserve murals slated for demolition at a middle school in Logan Heights.
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Lori Weisberg, reporter, The San Diego Union-Tribune
Kayla Jimenez, reporter, Voice of San Diego
Andrea Lopez-Villafaña, reporter, The San Diego Union-Tribune
KPBS Roundtable airs on Fridays at 12:30 p.m. on KPBS Radio and at 8:30 p.m. on KPBS TV. Encore presentation Sundays at 10:30 a.m. on KPBS TV.
Can Local Businesses Survive The COVID-19 Purple Tier?
This weekend, San Diego will take a step back in its slow economic recovery. Some businesses will have to scale back operations under the state’s most restrictive COVID-19 tier. Hardest hit will be restaurants and bars that are already struggling financially amid the economic plunge brought on by the pandemic. Movie theaters and gyms are other examples of businesses that will be forced to either close or move outdoors. Lori Weisberg from The San Diego Union-Tribune tells us how some local companies are bracing for more pain.
Online Threats Against Local Women Candidates
San Diego county’s politics are changing as more democrats win positions long held by conservatives. That change is evident as more women of color run for office. Voice of San Diego's Kayla Jimenez talked with several local candidates who say they face harassment, abuse and threats. In some cases, they feel compelled to seek restraining orders to protect them and their families. These local cases are examples of the toxic environment allowed by some social media outlets.
Preserving Public Art In Logan Heights
Memorial Prep Middle School in Logan Heights is part of an ongoing large-scale renovation to combine it with the nearby elementary school as part of a major educational complex. Part of the work includes demolishing buildings that hold several murals that have been part of the campus for decades. Andrea Lopez-Villafaña tells us how artists are suing to gain access to the murals in an effort to preserve them. The legal fight opens a discussion about the role of public art in a community and if it should be saved when it’s time to rebuild.
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