Roundtable: Reflecting On One Year Since The La Mesa Riot
Friday, June 4, 2021
Photo by Matthew Bowler
Alex Riggins, reporter, The San Diego Union-Tribune
Sofía Mejías Pascoe, contributor, Voice of San Diego
Matt Hoffman, health reporter, KPBS News
KPBS Roundtable airs on Fridays at 12:30 p.m. on KPBS Radio.
La Mesa One Year Later
One year ago, several blocks in downtown La Mesa were in ruin after a day of protest turned into a riot that included looting and arson. The George Floyd case in Minnesota was the national catalyst for many of the marches we saw, but the local case of Amaurie Johnson also got plenty of attention when his violent arrest by La Mesa police was caught on camera in late May 2020. San Diego Union-Tribune reporter Alex Riggins recently caught up with Johnson, who reflected on the past year and the ongoing fallout from his case. We also check in on how the community of La Mesa is moving forward.
Millions Spent On Public Relations For Local Cities
Many local cities have staff to deal with media relations and other public communications. But increasingly, public money is being spent by the millions to hire outside public relations firms to launch highly polished campaigns to improve brands and reputations. In her recent piece for Voice of San Diego, Sofía Mejías Pascoe details the money being spent by the county and other local governments on a range of services from recruiting police officers to publicizing water utility projects.
Scripps Health Moves Forward After Cyberattack
Scripps Health, one of San Diego's largest health care providers, is getting back on track after its online portal was sidelined for several weeks by hackers. A full investigation is underway to determine who was behind the ransom attempt similar to recent cases involving an oil pipeline and meat supplier. Meanwhile, San Diego County is shifting its COVID-19 vaccine strategy as the state nears the end of its pandemic tier system. KPBS health reporter Matt Hoffman joins us for an update on both of these ongoing stories.
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