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Roundtable: Restaurant Resistance Of COVID-19 Rules

A sign is shown in a Carlsbad restaurant defying orders to close down in-pers...

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Above: A sign is shown in a Carlsbad restaurant defying orders to close down in-person dining on January 5, 2021.


Kayla Jimenez, reporter, Voice of San Diego

Lilia O'Hara, editorial director, U-T en Español

Joe Hong, reporter, KPBS News

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

Restaurants’ Peaceful Protest In North County

For more than a month, local businesses have endured the latest state-mandated COVID-19 restrictions. But some are fed up with what they view as heavy-handed regulations that threaten their livelihoods. Voice of San Diego reporter Kayla Jimenez joins us to talk about how some restaurants in Carlsbad are disregarding public health orders, claiming they are taking part in peaceful protest by allowing in-person dining. They have some prominent politicians on their side, including north county commissioner Jim Desmond.

RELATED: Pandemic Profile: How A City Heights Restaurant Owner Found Success During COVID-19

Latinos Reflect On The Trump Era

The Trump years brought a major crackdown on asylum seekers, the disproportionate toll of the COVID-19 pandemic, targeted violence such as the El Paso mass shooting and the threatened deportation of those protected by the DACA program. During his first days in office, President Joe Biden has taken steps to undo some of these controversial policies. Lilia O'Hara, the editorial director for The San Diego Union-Tribune's Spanish-language platform, U-T en Español, joins us to reflect on the past four years, and what lies ahead.

RELATED: San Diego County Politicians React To Biden, Harris Inauguration

SDUSD Leader Leaves For D.C.

The San Diego Unified School District is looking for a new leader during a challenging period. Superintendent Cindy Marten has been chosen for a high ranking position in the Department of Education pending senate approval. The shakeup adds a new layer of uncertainty for the district as it navigates the effects of the pandemic on its staff and students as we approach a full year of distance learning. KPBS education reporter Joe Hong joins us to talk about the Marten pick, and updates us on the COVID-19 situation at our largest public school district.

RELATED: San Diego Unified School District Resumes COVID-19 Testing Program With Plans To Expand

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