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Roundtable: Super Tuesday, Trump University, TJ Police Chief, MTS Safety

Donald Trump speaks during a Republican presidential primary debate in Detroit on Thursday.
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Donald Trump speaks during a Republican presidential primary debate in Detroit on Thursday.
Roundtable: Super Tuesday, Trump University, TJ Police Chief, MTS Safety
HOST:Mark SauerGUESTS:Michael Smolens, government & politics editor, San Diego Union-Tribune Kristina Davis, courts and crime reporter, San Diego Union-Tribune Jean Guerrero, Fronteras reporter, KPBS News Andrew Bowen, metro reporter, KPBS News

Was it a super Tuesday?

The big Super Tuesday winners were Donald Trump — no surprise — and Hillary Clinton. Both captured several southern states.

Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz won Oklahoma. Sanders also won Vermont, Colorado and Minnesota, while Ted Cruz picked up Texas.

One big question this week is where Marco Rubio's strategy will go from here, having won just one contest, Minnesota, and whether Trump can keep racking up the victories.

Trump campaigns while being sued

Trump is facing three lawsuits over his defunct Trump University. One of those suits being heard in San Diego is so advanced that it could come to trial before the November election.

The San Diego class-action was filed in 2010 by lead plaintiff Tara Makaeff. She now wants out due to stress, she said.

Plaintiffs in this and the other two suits say their $35,000 “elite” memberships to Trump University (renamed Trump Entrepreneur Initiative after the California Department of Education objected to the university moniker) were essentially worthless.

For his part, Trump says the students were inept. He also said the San Diego judge, U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, an Obama nominee, was hostile to him because of Trump's stance on the border.

The San Diego suit could go to trial in August, with a pre-trial hearing set for May 6.

Why Was the Tijuana Police Chief Replaced?

Last Friday Alejandro Lares resigned as police chief of Tijuana, saying he hoped his leaving would stop a “perverse media campaign” against the police department.

We wondered if perhaps Lares meant KPBS News, which reported in January on a police campaign to flush homeless migrants out of sewage tunnels and storm drains in the Tijuana River Canal. The story aired nationally on the PBS NewsHour.

Tijuana Mayor Jorge Astiazarán said this week that he had not fired Lares because of that, nor because the murder rate in Tijuana increased by a third last year. He said he wanted someone with more experience.

Can MTS be trusted with your credit card?

The Metropolitan Transit System has admitted is failing to comply with standard credit card security practices. Consumers who use credit and debit cards to purchase passes on their Compass Card are at risk of having their information stolen — and taxpayers could be liable to pay settlements if there were a hack.

On Thursday, San Diego City Council members David Alvarez and Lorie Zapf, both of whom also sit on the MTS board, called on the public transit agency to get into compliance quickly, saying the risk to the public is unacceptable.

What questions do you have about the Statewide General Election coming up on Nov. 8? Submit your questions here, and we'll try to answer them in our reporting.