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Roundtable: San Diego’s Staggering COVID-19 Surge

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Above: A man passes a store that closed as part of efforts to combat the spread of the new coronavirus Thursday, April 9, 2020, in San Diego.


Tarryn Mento, reporter, KPBS News

Gary Robbins, reporter, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Andrew Bowen, reporter, KPBS News

KPBS Roundtable airs on Fridays at 12:30 p.m. on KPBS Radio.

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A special edition of KPBS Roundtable discusses the impact of COVID-19 on local arts, from the cancellation of big events to the pandemic's influence on artistic expression.

Aired: November 27, 2020 | Transcript

San Diego Shifts To Enforcement As COVID-19 Cases Spike

San Diego is wrapping up its first full week under the strongest COVID-19 regulations that are forcing many businesses to scale back operations. Part of the plan includes the San Diego County Sheriff's Department sending out teams of deputies to check on compliance and possibly issue citations. KPBS science reporter Tarryn Mento talks about the local developments and the progress made toward rolling out an effective vaccine.

RELATED: Judge Rules San Diego County Can Keep COVID-19 Outbreak Locations Secret

The Big Gift From Jeff Bezos

Amazon leader Jeff Bezos is parting with some of his fortunes by giving nearly $800 million to organizations doing important work in the fight against climate change. A $30 million chunk will go to San Diego’s Salk Institute. The Union-Tribune’s Gary Robbins joins us to talk about the promising local research and how the nation might deal with the threats posed by climate change under the Biden administration.

RELATED: The Politics Of Climate Change Largely Set Aside In Pandemic Year

Major Mission Valley Development Approved

Riverwalk San Diego is moving forward in Mission Valley. The large-scale development will be built on land currently occupied by the Riverwalk golf course. It features thousands of new homes, a new trolley stop and plenty of green space along the San Diego River. KPBS reporter Andrew Bowen tells us about the city’s ongoing strategy of encouraging growth and development near transit and job centers.

RELATED: In The Midst Of The Pandemic, San Diego Home Prices Keep On Rising

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Roundtable is a lively discussion of the week's top stories. Local journalists join host Mark Sauer to provide insight into how these stories affect residents of the San Diego region.

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