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San Diego mayoral candidates Barbara Bry and To...

Roundtable: A Snapshot Of San Diego's Mayoral Race

Sept. 4, 2020
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

A new poll shows a tight race between the two candidates for San Diego Mayor, time is running out to complete the 2020 Census, and more people in San Diego County are dying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Roundtable: Back To School Amid COVID-19

Aug. 28, 2020
By Bennett Lacy

SDSU begins a subdued fall semester as K-12 schools await reopening guidance as COVID-19 persists, a look at how the nation's asylum system has changed in recent years, and a new documentary series investigating child sex trafficking in San Diego.

Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kam...

Roundtable: Conventions Kick Off Home Stretch For 2020 Election

Aug. 21, 2020
By Bennett Lacy

Democrats begin two weeks of political conventions modified by the COVID-19 pandemic, KPBS dives into how San Diego's women played a role in the suffrage movement 100 years ago, and San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. forces Major League Baseball to rethink its unwritten rules.

Vice President Joe Biden swears in Sen. Kamala ...

Roundtable: Joe Biden Looks To California For His Running Mate

Aug. 14, 2020
By Bennett Lacy

The presidential election matchup is set as Joe Biden chooses California Senator Kamala Harris as his democratic running mate, a local Republican leader rails against voting by mail despite a long history of doing so himself, and the push for more enforcement of COVID-19 public health orders.

San Diego's seal is shown at the downtown City ...

Roundtable: San Diego's High Rise Money Pit

Aug. 7, 2020
By Bennett Lacy

A mismanaged real estate deal for a downtown office building is costing the city of San Diego thousands of dollars per day, the San Diego County Sheriff wants to streamline the outsourcing of inmate health care, and how telecommuting during COVID-19 might change our long term work culture.

Apartments in the San Diego neighborhood of Tal...

Roundtable: San Diego Braces For A Rent Crisis

July 31, 2020
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

A patchwork of local eviction moratoriums could end in the weeks ahead and possibly lead to a rent crisis brought on by the COVID-19 economic collapse, major economic interests urge action on climate change, and a new podcast series takes a look at the experiences of Generation Z.

A San Diego county employee explains the testin...

Roundtable: California Becomes COVID-19 Hot Spot

July 24, 2020
By Bennett Lacy

A recent surge pushes California to the top of the list for new COVID-19 cases, local parents form learning pods to help their kids' virtual education, and how uneven funding in the public justice system creates an advantage for prosecutors.

Cameron Braselton closes the patio to his Ocean...

Roundtable: California's COVID-19 Setback

July 17, 2020
By Bennett Lacy

The state of California reimposes restrictions on certain businesses as COVID-19 cases surge, the city of San Diego wants public input on plans to transform the Midway District, and Comic-Con International prepares an online experience this week due to the convention's cancellation.

Roundtable: The Uncertain Summer For San Diego ...

Roundtable: The Uncertain Summer For San Diego Schools

July 10, 2020
By Bennett Lacy

Local schools prepare for a mix of in-person and distance learning for the upcoming academic year, the San Diego Padres navigate COVID-19 as Major League Baseball tries to salvage a season, and a look inside the police culture behind 'The Thin Blue Line.'

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger jo...

Roundtable: The Cultural Divide Over Masks

June 26, 2020
By Bennett Lacy

How wearing a facial covering to prevent the spread of COVID-19 has become a cultural and political dividing line, congress investigates the San Diego VA for discontinuing the use of ketamine treatments for suicidal veterans, and the internal debate within newsrooms over racial representation and diversity in journalism.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) s...

Roundtable: The DACA Decision

June 19, 2020
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

The U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of DACA recipients, COVID-19 cases surge in Imperial County, and how the Black Lives Matter movement is playing out on social media.

San Diego police officers block demonstrators d...

Roundtable: Pandemic And Protests

June 12, 2020
By Bennett Lacy

The KPBS Roundtable returns from hiatus to discuss the two major stories driving our coverage. A KPBS investigation looks into use of force by local police, residents of Southeast San Diego describe their interactions with law enforcement, and more places reopen in San Diego County as COVID-19 restrictions ease.

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Roundtable: Living With The Coronavirus Pandemic

March 13, 2020
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

Cruise lines, concerts, classes, conventions, conferences, even conversations. The novel coronavirus is disrupting most aspects of daily life in San Diego, just as it is in the rest of the world.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice P...

Roundtable: March Primary Recap

March 6, 2020
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

Our panel parses the (partial) primary results pertinent to San Diego County for president, mayor of San Diego, 50th and 53rd Congressional Districts and Measures A, B and C.

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Roundtable: The California Primary Is Early, Big And Important

Feb. 28, 2020
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

What a difference a date makes. This is the first year the California Primary is early enough to have some influence on the selection of a presidential nominee. And there are plenty of important local races and issues to decide.