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Roundtable: How San Diego’s Lawmakers Handled Trump’s Second Impeachment

Rep. Juan Vargas (D-CA 51) in front of the Hall of Justice in downtown San Di...

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Above: Rep. Juan Vargas (D-CA 51) in front of the Hall of Justice in downtown San Diego on Jan. 9, 2021, calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

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San Diego's congressional representatives split on impeachment, a new COVID-19 vaccination center opens near Petco Park, and the vaccine arrives in short supply in Imperial County.

Aired: January 15, 2021 | Transcript

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Michael Smolens, columnist, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Jonathan Wosen, reporter, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Jennifer Bowman, reporter, inewsource

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Impeachment 2.0

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.

RELATED: Republican Issa Lone San Diego Congressional Rep To Vote Against Impeachment

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.

RELATED: Vaccination Rollout At San Diego Senior Care Facilities Lags Far Behind Plan

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.

RELATED: Palomar Field Hospital Could Provide Relief To COVID-19 Patients From Overburdened Imperial County

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