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Rep. Juan Vargas (D-CA 51) in front of the Hall...

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

Jan. 15
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

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.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., signs the...

Republican Issa Lone San Diego Congressional Rep To Vote Against Impeachment

Jan. 13
By Matt Hoffman

Republican Rep. Darrell Issa was the sole member of the San Diego congressional delegation to vote "no" on impeaching President Trump.

A Vons supermarket storefront in San Diego is s...

San Diego Delivery Drivers Laid Off As Prop 22 Takes Effect

Jan. 12
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Drivers thought they were getting a raise after a hectic year, but instead were told their positions are being eliminated.

Rep. Juan Vargas (D-CA 51) in front of the Hall...

Vargas Calls For Trump's Impeachment, Citing Power To Wage War

Jan. 9
By Alexander Nguyen

Citing Trump’s ability to launch nuclear attacks, San Diego Congressman Juan Vargas (D-CA 51) spoke on Saturday, joining the chorus of lawmakers calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

People shelter in the House gallery as proteste...

Roundtable: Trump Supporters Storm US Capitol

Jan. 8
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

Calls grow for President Donald Trump's removal from office after deadly protest by supporters at the U.S. Capitol, the role social media played in organizing this week's chaos in Washington and the worsening COVID-19 situation in San Diego County.

Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the Ho...

Reps. Jacobs, Vargas Describe A 'Horrifying Wednesday,' Call For Consequences For Trump

Jan. 7
By Brooke Ruth, John Carroll

San Diego’s congressional Democrats are calling for the impeachment of President Trump, in the wake of Wednesday’s attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Police hold off Trump supporters who tried to b...

Lawmakers Vow To Investigate Police After Capitol Breach

Jan. 6
Matthew Daly / Associated Press

The Democratic chairwoman of the House Administration Committee, California congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, says the breach “raises grave security concerns" and that her committee will work with House and Senate leaders to review the police response and preparedness.

Trump supporters try to break through a police ...

Analysis: Trump's Rage Ignites Mob Assault On Democracy

Jan. 6
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press

The riotous mob that laid siege to the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday was the product of the destructive forces that President Donald Trump has been stirring for years, culminating in the disruption of a democratic ritual that would formally end his unconstitutional bid to stay in power.

President-elect Joe Biden campaigned in Atlanta...

Warnock, Ossoff Win In Georgia, Handing Dems Senate Control

Jan. 6
Steve Peoples, Bill Barrow and Russ Bynum / Associated Press

Democrats have won both Georgia Senate seats — and with them, the U.S. Senate majority. That's a stunning defeat for President Donald Trump in his final days in office.

President Trump tours a section of the southern...

Bipartisan Spending Bill Commits Over $1 Billion To Border Wall Construction

Jan. 5
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Late last month, Congress passed, and the president eventually signed, a government funding bill that includes over $1 billion in border wall spending. This has opponents of the border wall worried that despite protests from Democrats during the Trump administration, border wall construction still enjoys bipartisan support in Congress.

San Diego County Supervisors Nora Vargas, Joel ...

Three New San Diego County Supervisors Take Oath of Office

Jan. 4
By City News Service

he three new members of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors Monday took their oaths of office virtually, rather than in person, due to ongoing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

In this Sept. 7, 2019, file photo, San Diego Ma...

Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer To Explore Potential Run For California Governor

Jan. 4
By Andrew Bowen, City News Service

Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced Monday he is launching a gubernatorial exploratory committee, the first step in a potential run for California Governor next year.

A poll worker helps K. Maki (left) fill out a p...

Despite Smooth Election, GOP Leaders Seek Vote Restrictions

Dec. 26, 2020
By Associated Press and Anthony Izaguirre and Christina A. Cassidy

Changes to the way millions of Americans voted this year contributed to record turnout, but that’s no guarantee the measures making it easier to cast ballots will stick around for future elections. Republicans in some states that voted for President-elect Joe Biden already are pushing for new restrictions on absentee voting.

President Donald Trump stands on the balcony ou...

Trump Threatens To Torpedo COVID-19 Relief With New Demands

Dec. 23, 2020
By Associated Press and Kevin Freking, Andrew Taylor, Lisa Mascaro

President Donald Trump is threatening to torpedo Congress’ massive pandemic relief package in the midst of a raging pandemic and deep economic uncertainty, suddenly demanding changes fellow Republicans have opposed.

California Secretary Of State Alex Padilla To Replace Harris In U.S. Senate

Dec. 22, 2020
Domenico Montanaro / NPR

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has appointed Padilla to fill the vice president-elect's Senate seat. He'll be the state's first Latino senator.

In this Oct. 5, 2020 photo, California Secretar...

Newsom Taps California Election Chief Padilla For US Senate

Dec. 22, 2020
By Associated Press, Max Rivlin-Nadler and Kathleen Ronayne

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has appointed Secretary of State Alex Padilla as the state’s next U.S. senator, filling the seat being vacated by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Padilla will be California’s first Latino senator.

Witchelda Bondoc stands over her husband Joseph...

2020 In Photos — From Our Inewsource Partners

Dec. 22, 2020
By Zoë Meyers / inewsource

Our partners at inewsource share the images and memories this year that no one could have predicted.

Barr Says No Need For Special Counsel For Hunter Biden Probe, Election Fraud Claims

Dec. 21, 2020
Ryan Lucas / NPR

William Barr put a damper on two ideas President Trump has reportedly raised in recent days during what was likely his last press conference as attorney general.

Sonia Garcia, a technician at Rady Children's H...

Roundtable: The COVID-19 Vaccine Arrives As New Cases Soar

Dec. 18, 2020
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

San Diego receives its first batch of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, transportation advocates have high hopes for a major expansion of bus and rail service, and a look back at how KPBS covered the top stories of 2020.

Marlene Herrera, an 18-year-old currently livin...

Two Sides Of A Mexican-American Family Show Identity Doesn’t Always Lead To The Same Politics

Dec. 17, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

More Latinos turned out for Donald Trump in 2020 than in 2016. Many were surprised, especially after his administration's hardline immigration stances. One Mexican-American teenager came to terms with her immigrant grandparents’ support of the president.

Observers look over the shoulders of election w...

Recount Ends With No Changes To Vote Tally In Tight Santee City Council Race

Dec. 14, 2020
By Andrew Bowen

The San Diego County Democratic Party requested the recount after the declared winner won by just five votes. But a full day of counting Monday failed to change the results.

The Supreme Court is seen in Washington, Friday...

Supreme Court Rejects Texas' Suit To Overturn Election

Dec. 11, 2020
Nomaan Merchant and Alanna Durkin / Associated Press

The court’s order was its second this week rebuffing Republican requests that it get involved in the 2020 election outcome. The justices turned away an appeal from Pennsylvania Republicans on Tuesday.

Todd Gloria being virtually sworn in by Califor...

Roundtable: New Leadership At San Diego City Hall

Dec. 11, 2020
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria begins his term with a city council dominated by Democrats, a look back on the Mayor Kevin Faulconer era, and some analysis on San Diego's record-breaking voter turnout in the 2020 general election.

City Councilwoman Jen Campbell smiles while att...

Jen Campbell Chosen As New San Diego City Council President

Dec. 10, 2020
By Andrew Bowen

The decision came after a long and contentious meeting in which the overwhelming support during public comment was for Councilmember Monica Montgomery Steppe.

Todd Gloria being virtually sworn in by Califor...

Todd Gloria Sworn In As San Diego's 37th Mayor

Dec. 10, 2020
By City News Service

The former assemblyman for California's 78th State Assembly District, City Councilman and Interim Mayor in 2013 thanked the diverse San Diegan community for electing him to the position.