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Roundtable: Big Events Make A Return To San Diego

Aerial view of the San Diego County Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
San Diego County Fair & Del Mar Fairgrounds
Aerial view of the San Diego County Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
Large events like the San Diego County Fair and the U.S. Open golf tournament come to San Diego as California ends its COVID-19 tier system, a federal judge in San Diego rules the state's assault weapons ban and a new public media podcast reveals how police departments police themselves.

San Diego’s Reopening Includes Big Events


This weekend, the San Diego County Fair returns after being canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic. This year’s version will be slimmed down and coincides with the state’s full reopening next week. KPBS north county multimedia reporter Alexander Nguyen joins us to describe what fair visitors will get this year. We also look ahead to other big events happening in the coming days, including the PGA’s U.S. Open golf tournament, and full crowds returning to baseball games at Petco Park.

RELATED: San Diego County Moves Into State’s ‘Yellow Tier’

Local Judge Wipes Out Assault Weapons Ban

A federal judge based in San Diego issued a blockbuster ruling that would strip California of a law that bans the possession and sale of assault weapons like the AR-15 rifle that’s been used in several mass shootings. The judge has been at the center of a series of similar rulings that gun rights advocates are celebrating. San Diego Union-Tribune reporter Greg Moran joins us for details on this latest ruling, and how the state is responding.

RELATED: California Appeals San Diego Judge’s Ruling Overturning Assault Weapon Ban


A Rare Look Inside Police Internal Investigations

On Our Watch is a podcast recently launched by KQED and NPR. It’s a deep dive into internal police investigations across California, detailing how law enforcement agencies police their own members in use of force, harassment and other cases of alleged misconduct. Each episode features rich audio evidence and follow up interviews with people involved in each particular case, and how their experiences paint a fuller picture of policing in California. KQED race and equity reporter Sandhya Dirks is one of of the reporters on this project.

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