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Roundtable: What The American Rescue Plan Means For San Diego
Friday, March 12, 2021
Photo by Andrew Harnik / Associated Press
David Garrick, reporter, The San Diego Union-Tribune
Tarryn Mento, reporter, KPBS News
Kayla Jimenez, reporter, Voice of San Diego
KPBS Roundtable airs on Fridays at 12:30 p.m. on KPBS Radio and at 8:30 p.m. on KPBS TV. Encore presentation Sundays at 10:30 a.m. on KPBS TV.
COVID-19 Relief Saves San Diego’s Finances
Passage of the American Rescue Plan will prove to be a lifesaver for local governments across the country. That includes San Diego, which will be able to close more than a $200 million budget shortfall caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The financial assistance from the federal government will allow the city to avoid any major cuts to jobs or services as it prepares its spending plan for the next fiscal year. The San Diego Union-Tribune’s David Garrick walks us through some of the details.
San Diego Falls Short Of The Red Tier
San Diego’s COVID-19 rates continue to decline, but are still beyond the metric needed to scale back restrictions for indoor businesses and other activity. That could change in the days ahead as the state is expected to revise its reopening tier structure. KPBS health reporter Tarryn Mento joins us with a recap of this week’s developments and a look back on one year since public health orders and shutdowns began in San Diego.
Cindy Marten Faces National Scrutiny With Biden Nomination
The San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten is expected to get her senate confirmation hearing in the weeks ahead. President Joe Biden nominated her to be the Deputy Secretary at the Department of Education. The high-ranking position could bring scrutiny to her leadership of San Diego’s public schools, including her handling of sexual harassment and abuse cases and public disclosure of those investigations.
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