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Roundtable: Reopening San Diego's Theme Parks

Senior keeper Weston Popichak wears protective gear while caring for rhinos at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park on Apr. 17, 2020.
Erik Anderson
Senior keeper Weston Popichak wears protective gear while caring for rhinos at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park on Apr. 17, 2020.
State lawmakers push to accelerate theme park reopenings as SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo reopen with limited capacity, the San Diego Padres prepare for a new season while navigating COVID-19 and housing advocates worry how a large local real estate deal might affect the supply of affordable apartments.

San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld Welcome Back Guests

We’re about a week into the limited reopening of San Diego’s world famous theme parks. The San Diego Zoo & Safari Park and SeaWorld are welcoming guests back after another lengthy closure caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. With case numbers continuing a downward trend, we check in with Lori Weisberg, who covers tourism for The San Diego Union-Tribune, on how the reopening is going and how state lawmakers are hoping to accelerate the reopening of other California attractions.

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Padres Prepare For A Pandemic Spring Training

The San Diego Padres will get back to work next week, reporting to Spring Training in Arizona. COVID-19 case levels are improving, but Major League Baseball is expected to implement restrictions for local fans planning to make the trip east. It's also up in the air what the season will look like when it comes to fans attending games at Petco Park. The San Diego Union-Tribune's Annie Heilbrunn joins us to talk about the COVID-19 concerns, as teams attempt a full 162 game season.

RELATED: Gov. Newsom Visits San Diego’s Vaccination Super Station At Petco Park

Major Property Sale Raises Concern About Affordable Housing

Questions are being raised over plans by the Conrad Prebys estate to unload several apartment buildings totaling thousands of units and what it could mean for the supply of affordable housing in San Diego. While the real estate market has a natural cycle of buying and selling older properties, the unintended consequence could involve a buyer renovating the properties and ultimately pricing out families looking for cheaper places in an expensive market. KPBS metro reporter Andrew Bowen talks with us about the pending sale and reaction from housing advocates.

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