Roundtable: How San Diego’s Lawmakers Handled Trump’s Second Impeachment
Friday, January 15, 2021
Credit: Pool photo via Fox 5 San Diego
Michael Smolens, columnist, The San Diego Union-Tribune
Jonathan Wosen, reporter, The San Diego Union-Tribune
Jennifer Bowman, reporter, inewsource
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Donald Trump made the wrong kind of history yet again this week by becoming the only President to be impeached twice. This latest condemnation from Congress was due to the President inciting a deadly insurrection against the U.S. Capitol as electoral votes were being counted. One of San Diego’s newest members of congress not only voted against impeachment, but also voted to challenge the election certification based on lies about alleged voter fraud. Michael Smolens, columnist for The San Diego Union-Tribune, joins us to talk about how San Diego’s lawmakers weathered the tumultuous week.
Speeding Up Local Vaccinations
San Diego has a plan to vaccinate frontline workers and those deemed a high risk for catching COVID-19. The only problem is that we still don’t have adequate supply. Efforts are being made to improve logistics, including the opening of a new vaccination center near Petco Park and expanding access to those who are age 65 or older. As we wait for more vaccines, there are new efforts to penalize public health violators. Union-Tribune biotech reporter Jonathan Wosen walks us through the latest developments.
Vaccines Arrive In Imperial County
The lack of COVID-19 vaccine supply is a statewide problem. In rural Imperial County, vaccines have arrived, but only for a select number of frontline workers and nursing home residents. The arrival of vaccines is a positive development for a pocket of California that's been among the hardest hit by the pandemic. Jennifer Bowman has been covering the situation in Imperial County and joins us for an update on our neighbors to the east.
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