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Bennett Lacy

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Ben Lacy is a producer for KPBS Evening Edition and KPBS Roundtable.

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Roundtable: Big Events Make A Return To San Diego

June 11
By Bennett Lacy

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.

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Roundtable: Reflecting On One Year Since The La Mesa Riot

June 4
By Bennett Lacy

The changes to policing in La Mesa one year after a destructive riot, local governments spend millions of dollars on public relations campaigns and Scripps Health recovers from a cyber attack.

Evangelina Garcia, widow of Leon Martinez, who ...

Roundtable: Family Of COVID-19 Victim Files Wrongful Death Claim

May 28
By Bennett Lacy

A Southern California family files a wrongful death claim after an inmate at San Diego County's Donovan State Prison died from COVID-19, conflict of interest investigations shake up operations for Volunteers of America and the San Diego Housing Commission, and a conversation on the role of statues and public building names in the ongoing social justice movement.

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Roundtable: Workers Call Out An Abusive Culture In Craft Beer

May 21
By Bennett Lacy

The leader of a local microbrew steps down after a social media post alleging an abusive culture in the craft beer industry goes viral, local marijuana retail workers unionize, and graduating seniors at SDSU prepare for commencement during a pandemic.

North County businessman and gubernatorial cand...

Roundtable: California Recall Comes To San Diego

May 14
By Bennett Lacy

Gov. Gavin Newsom and one of his republican recall opponents make stops in San Diego this week, local restaurant operators say they're having a hard time filling open positions, and a culinary tour through City Heights.

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Roundtable: Women Become Marines In San Diego

May 7
By Bennett Lacy

The U.S. Marine Corps graduates its first class of female recruits trained in San Diego, the challenge of fighting COVID-19 misinformation in Spanish-language social media, and the Port of Entry podcast dives into the world of cross-border medical tourism.

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Roundtable: Avoiding Eviction During COVID-19

April 30
By Bennett Lacy

Struggles in accessing and using rent relief programs in California, a San Diego lawmaker wants to give fast-food workers more of a voice in the industry, and how San Diego's largest newspaper plans to cover the upcoming recall election.

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Roundtable: Accountability And Justice In Policing

April 23
By Bennett Lacy

Local reaction to the verdict in the Derek Chauvin murder trial, how George Floyd's death led to a national conversation on race and equity, and San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria outlines his spending plan for the upcoming city budget.

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Roundtable: San Diego Public Schools Reopen

April 16
By Bennett Lacy

The San Diego Unified School District begins its return to in-person instruction, police reform is part of Mayor Todd Gloria's Black empowerment plan, and pushback to an inewsource investigation into complaints about a local COVID-19 shelter.

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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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Business Report: Jobs Report Caps Strong Economic Week

Feb. 7, 2020
By Bennett Lacy

The U.S. adds more jobs in January, coronavirus concerns blunt an otherwise strong week for stocks, Macy's announces store closures and San Diego launches a new tourism campaign.