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Roundtable: California Recall Comes To San Diego

North County businessman and gubernatorial candidate John Cox appearing with ...

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Above: North County businessman and gubernatorial candidate John Cox appearing with Tag the bear at a campaign stop in Shelter Island, May 11, 2021.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom and one of his republican recall opponents make stops in San Diego this week, local restaurant operators say they're having a hard time filling open positions, and ... Read more →

Aired: May 14, 2021 | Transcript


Marisa Lagos, political correspondent, KQED

Lori Weisberg, reporter, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Max Rivlin-Nadler, reporter, KPBS News

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

Candidates For Governor Make Local Campaign Stops

John Cox brought his recall campaign, and his bear, to San Diego. Gov. Gavin Newsom stopped by as well to make a policy pitch on his budget plan. It’s been a busy week for the California gubernatorial recall as candidates made their presence known. Former Mayor Kevin Faulconer is focusing on other parts of the state to shore up support with conservatives. Marisa Lagos is covering the recall for Bay Area public media station KQED and joins us for an update.

RELATED: San Diego Humane Society Investigating Cox’s Use Of Bear On Campaign Trail

Post-Pandemic Hiring Crunch For Restaurants

COVID-19 cases are down across San Diego and businesses are expanding capacity. But for local restaurants, returning to normal is a challenge when it comes to expanding their staff. There are many factors at play, from workers not wanting to accept low industry pay, to lingering concerns about COVID-19 safety measures. Lori Weisberg recently covered this story for The San Diego Union-Tribune and updates us on this important sector of the local economy.

RELATED: Unemployment Rate Decreases To 6.9% In San Diego County

Exploring The Culinary Scene In City Heights

The diversity of San Diego’s City Heights neighborhood extends to its food, where many restaurants are owned and operated by immigrants from around the world. KPBS reporter Max Rivlin-Nadler is exploring the variety of cuisine in a new series called City Heights Bites. In addition to showcasing the food, we also get to know the backgrounds of those who make it and the common experiences they share.

RELATED: City Heights Bites: Minh Ký

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