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Roundtable: San Diego Enters The Orange Tier

April 9
By Bennett Lacy

San Diego's reopening expands as progress is made on COVID-19 cases and vaccinations, an encampment for cross-border farmworkers is dismantled by police in Calexico and a look at the revolving door in Chula Vista between the city's police department and the surveillance drone industry.

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Roundtable: Migrant Girls Sheltering In Convention Center, Anti-Asian Hate

April 2
By Maya Trabulsi, Pat Finn

A conversation about anti-Asian hate with former San Diego news anchor Lee Ann Kim and an update on the more than 700 unaccompanied young migrant girls now sheltered in the San Diego Convention Center.

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Roundtable: Misinformation At The Border

March 26
By Bennett Lacy

Supporters of former President Donald Trump use social media to spread misinformation about asylum seekers, immigrants and refugees from Middle Eastern and North African backgrounds are underrepresented in the census, and reflections on the demolition of San Diego Stadium in Mission Valley.

A makeshift memorial is set up under the San Di...

Roundtable: Protecting San Diego's Unsheltered

March 19
By Bennett Lacy

The renewed focus on San Diego's homelessness crisis after a deadly crash downtown, the enormous toll on local small businesses after one year of pandemic closures, and Governor Gavin Newsom's political strategy as a recall effort gains momentum.

President Joe Biden, accompanied by Vice Presid...

Roundtable: What The American Rescue Plan Means For San Diego

March 12
By Bennett Lacy

City finances get a major boost from the latest COVID-19 relief package, a look back on one year since the pandemic shutdowns began, and the superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District prepares for the scrutiny of a senate confirmation hearing.

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Roundtable: Speeding Up School Reopenings

March 5
By Bennett Lacy

A new law provides financial incentives for school districts that accelerate school reopenings, an investigation into the waiver system that increased nurse workloads during the recent COVID-19 surge, and San Diego County moves to eliminate phone call costs for jail inmates.

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Roundtable: San Diego's Back-To-School Plan

Feb. 26
By Bennett Lacy

The San Diego Unified School District announces a plan to return all grades to in-person learning after a year long COVID-19 hiatus, an examination of California's utility bills show more than $1 billion in past due charges, and San Diego's city council ends years of gridlock on short term home rental regulations.

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., left, and Sen. Ted Cru...

Roundtable: The Climate Crisis Gets Political

Feb. 19
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

A deep freeze in Texas and elsewhere becomes the latest political fight over how to deal with climate change, San Diego's push to step up enforcement of COVID-19 violations doesn't materialize and local college students weigh in on the debate over whether to forgive student loan debt.

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Roundtable: Reopening San Diego's Theme Parks

Feb. 12
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

State lawmakers push to accelerate theme park reopenings as SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo reopen with limited capacity, the San Diego Padres prepare for a new season while navigating COVID-19 and housing advocates worry how a large local real estate deal might affect the supply of affordable apartments.

80-year-old Tera Parker gets a COVID-19 vaccine...

Roundtable: More San Diegans Get Their COVID-19 Vaccine

Feb. 5
By Bennett Lacy

San Diego County brings vaccine distribution sites to rural areas, former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer launches his run for California Governor, and residents in Paradise Hills band together to build sidewalks in their neighborhoods.

Border Angels Executive Director Dulce Garcia s...

Roundtable: A New Approach At The Border

Jan. 29
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

President Joe Biden takes steps to undo some of former President Trump's controversial immigration policies, California's public schools experience a significant drop in enrollment during COVID-19 and a San Diego Congressman joins a bipartisan effort to deal with climate change.

A sign is shown in a Carlsbad restaurant defyin...

Roundtable: Restaurant Resistance Of COVID-19 Rules

Jan. 22
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

Local restaurants defy COVID-19 rules as a peaceful protest, San Diego's Spanish-speaking community reacts to the end of the Trump era, and the leader of the San Diego Unified School District is chosen for a position in the Biden administration.

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.

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.

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.

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