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Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, ...

Business Report: Climate Change And Corporate America

Jan. 24
By Bennett Lacy

Global business leaders focus on climate change at the World Economic Forum; a major partnership with San Diego and the U.S. Navy on a new transit hub moves forward; and the high demand for Super Bowl tickets.

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Business Report: A Busy Week For Trade Deals

Jan. 17
By Bennett Lacy, Maya Trabulsi

The U.S. and China agree to phase one of a new trade deal, Target announces its holiday sales were not as strong as expected, and women now outnumber men in the U.S. workforce.

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Business Report: Lime Scooters Leave San Diego

Jan. 10
By Bennett Lacy, Maya Trabulsi

How the ongoing impeachment of President Donald Trump might delay action on the USMCA trade deal; Lime pulls its scooters out of San Diego; and the new television deal for the Mountain West conference.

Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, ...

Roundtable: Top Stories Of 2019

Dec. 27, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

We look back at some of the biggest stories from the past year with our panel of San Diego journalists.

Coalition of business, tourism, and homeless le...

Business Report: What To Watch In 2020

Dec. 27, 2019
By Bennett Lacy

A look ahead to 2020 and the national economic outlook, plus the major business stories to follow locally in the year ahead.

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Business Report: Super Saturday For Holiday Shopping

Dec. 20, 2019
By Bennett Lacy

An important weekend lies ahead for local businesses, the expansion of the San Ysidro border crossing will help cross-border business, and an extension of renewable energy rebates are left out of the new federal budget.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks as...

Roundtable: President Trump Is Impeached

Dec. 20, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

The House of Representatives approves the impeachment of President Donald Trump, Democratic presidential candidates hold a debate in Southern California, and companies cut freelance workers as a result of California's new gig economy law.

Travelers enter the United States in San Ysidro...

Business Report: What The USMCA Trade Deal Means For San Diego

Dec. 13, 2019
By Bennett Lacy

Democrats and President Trump make progress toward approving a new trade deal, a new round of tariffs is on hold, and a leadership change for Jack in the Box.

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Roundtable: The Truth About The Afghanistan War

Dec. 13, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

A Washington Post report details misleading public information over the course of the war in Afghanistan, San Diego has a stark racial gap when it comes to arrests and drug prosecutions, and the new religious themed Legacy International Center opens in Mission Valley.

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Roundtable: Hunter's Guilty Plea; Poway Water Woes; Al Gore

Dec. 6, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

No longer a witch hunt. Duncan Hunter now says he's guilty of corruption. What's next for the East County congressman and those running to replace him? An inconvenient truth. Al Gore brings his climate message to San Diego as scientists escalate their warnings for our planet. And, more than an inconvenience. How the water problem in Poway could end up costing the city millions.

Roundtable: KPBS Podcasts

Nov. 29, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

A special episode of KPBS Roundtable features a discussion with several KPBS podcast hosts about their shows and the growth of the podcast platform.

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Business Report: SeaWorld Gets Another New CEO

Nov. 8, 2019
By Bennett Lacy

This week in business: SeaWorld takes on a new CEO, its fourth in the past five years. Plus, Airbnb makes changes following Halloween rental shooting. And, Target does "Black Friday Preview" shopping throughout November.

People watch coverage of the first round of the...

Business Report: NCAA Reversal On Student-Athlete Pay

Nov. 1, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Jade Hindmon

The NCAA announces it will move forward with a plan to allow student-athletes to get paid for their likeness in response to moves by California and other states. Plus, several car companies side with the Trump administration amid California's legal fight over auto emissions. And, the economy adds more jobs in October.

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Roundtable: Wildfires Burn Across California And Northern Baja

Nov. 1, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

A week of strong Santa Ana winds lead to destructive fires across the state and into Baja California and precautionary power outages in San Diego County. Plus, several car companies join President Trump's push to strip California of its right to set fuel mileage standards. And, the social media rebrand for the San Diego State University College Republicans.

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Business Report: Facebook Under Government Scrutiny

Oct. 26, 2019
By Bennett Lacy

Dozens of states join in an antitrust case involving Facebook; Qualcomm announces a new venture capital fund for innovations in 5G technology; and SeaWorld plans to transform its Aquatica water park in Chula Vista into a Sesame Street theme park.

Armando Espinoza delivers paper products to a c...

Roundtable: Blackouts Return To California Fire Zones

Oct. 25, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

Preemptive power outages return to California for the second time this month; Governor Gavin Newsom asks for an investigation into high gas prices; and critics accuse the San Diego City Council of election shopping in its move to place the hotel tax vote on the March primary ballot.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monda...

Business Report: Will There Be A Brexit Deal?

Oct. 19, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Erik Anderson

The impact of Brexit on the U.S. economy. The General Motors strike comes to an end. And some relief for gas prices in San Diego.

President Donald Trump talks to reporters on th...

Roundtable: Dual Crises For The Trump Administration

Oct. 18, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

The Trump White House tries to keep pace with an impeachment inquiry at home and a foreign policy crisis in the Middle East. Congressman Duncan Hunter fails to secure the endorsement of the San Diego County Republican Party for his reelection campaign. And a look at how California is better prepared for earthquakes 30 years after Loma Prieta quake.

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Business Report: The NBA And China

Oct. 11, 2019
By Bennett Lacy

The NBA tries to balance freedom of expression with its business interests in China. Plus, Macy's files a lawsuit over the future plans for Horton Plaza. And, Target partners with Toys R Us ahead of the holiday shopping season.

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Roundtable: Wildfire Risk Leaves California In The Dark

Oct. 11, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

Utility companies across the state enact preventative power outages amid an escalating risk for wildfires. San Diego State University negotiates with the city council over the purchase price for the Mission Valley stadium site. And, an analysis of crime data from the San Diego Police Department reveals a small percentage of vehicle break-ins result in arrests.

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Business Report: Steady Job Growth Amid Economic Warning Signs

Oct. 4, 2019
By Bennett Lacy

Stable job growth gives stocks a boost after a weak manufacturing report rattled investors. Forever 21 becomes the latest retailer to file for bankruptcy. And, California enacts a new law opening the door for college athletes to use their image and likeness for paid work.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens as Presi...

Roundtable: Trump Versus The Media

Oct. 4, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

President Trump lashes out at the media amid new developments in the impeachment inquiry; a new California law will allow college student-athletes to use their image and likeness for paid work; and the San Diego Padres look for a new manager after another losing season.

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Business Report: Signs Of A Housing Market Return In San Diego

Sept. 30, 2019
By Bennett Lacy

This week in business: San Diego home prices pick up, legal marijuana businesses can finally get access to banking, and Twitchcon returns to the downtown convention center.

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Business Report: Trump Says He'll Revoke California's Auto Emission Standards

Sept. 23, 2019
By Anica Colbert, Bennett Lacy

This week in business: Trump says he will revoke California’s right to set vehicle emission standards, an attack on a Saudi oil field shocks global gas prices, and SeaWorld’s CEO is stepping down.

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Business Report: Apple TV+ Set To Launch In November

Sept. 16, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Priya Sridhar

In business news: Apple TV+ set to launch in November, Zillow is now buying homes, and a landmark bill passes in California that could reshape the gig economy.

A parked school bus in San Diego, Nov. 1, 2018.

Roundtable: Back To School 2019

Aug. 30, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

This week's episode focuses on education as San Diego Unified School District begins a new academic year, the Sweetwater Union High School District grapples with a major budget shortfall, and local students sound off on whether they feel safe on campus.

San Diego mayoral candidates Todd Gloria, Tasha...

Roundtable: 2020 Strategy For Local Parties

Aug. 23, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

A big endorsement in the race for San Diego mayor, the local Republican Party launches its own news platform, the United Nations studies homelessness in San Diego, and schools work to update policies on teacher-student interaction.

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Roundtable: SDG&E Wants A Minimum Rate Hike

Aug. 16, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

SDG&E requests a rate increase due to growing use of solar energy, documents show how a building renovation at SDSU was mishandled, and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park says the birth of a new rhino will help save an endangered species.

A Virgin Mary painting, flags and flowers adorn...

Roundtable: Covering The El Paso Mass Shooting

Aug. 9, 2019
By Alison St John, Bennett Lacy

A look at how Spanish-speaking media covered the El Paso mass shooting, 2020 presidential candidates speak at the UnidosUS conference in San Diego, and how a man from Honduras became the first to win asylum under the "Remain in Mexico" policy.

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Roundtable: Turmoil At The Border

June 28, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

A national outcry over conditions at an immigration detention center for children, San Diego mayoral candidates spar over plans for more housing, and election reforms are leading to more diversity in some local governments.

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Roundtable: Mayor Faulconer's White House Meeting

June 21, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer meets with President Donald Trump at the White House, the origins of migrant caravans in Honduras, and the first week of testimony in the murder trial for a San Diego based Navy SEAL.

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Roundtable: Plea Change In Hunter Corruption Case

June 14, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

The wife of Congressman Duncan Hunter pleads guilty in the couple’s corruption case, the military grants media access to its border mission in Texas, and San Diego State University plans to reform its scholarship system after millions of dollars were unawarded.

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Roundtable: President Trump’s Tariff Threat

June 7, 2019
By Alison St John, Bennett Lacy

An increase in border crossings leads President Trump to threaten new tariffs on Mexican goods, violent crime is rising in many San Diego neighborhoods, and newly released documents show how the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is responding to public complaints.

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Roundtable: The Census Question

April 26, 2019
By Bennett Lacy

The Supreme Court hears a case challenging a Trump administration change to the 2020 census, the city of Imperial Beach considers a stricter ban on plastic bags, and seniors navigate retirement in California.

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Roundtable: San Diego’s Balancing Act On Homelessness

April 19, 2019
By Bennett Lacy

San Diego moves forward with new support and enforcement on the homelessness issue, a public vote on the Convention Center expansion may be moved to March, and Qualcomm stock rises on the news of its settlement with Apple.

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Why Southern California Is Ripe For A Large Earthquake

April 17, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Jade Hindmon

A recent report by the U.S. Geological Survey shows California has gone more than 100 years without a significant land-rupturing earthquake. It has been nine years since a major earthquake of magnitude 6.0 or stronger was felt in the San Diego region.

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Roundtable: Julian Firefighters Standoff

April 12, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

A standoff in Julian over the future of its volunteer fire department, county supervisors want a comprehensive strategy for electric cars, and Elise Hu talks about her work as a reporter for NPR.

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Roundtable: President Trump’s Border Closure Threat

April 5, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

President Trump visits the border amid his latest closure threat, complaints about privately-run military housing at Camp Pendleton, and the new suicide-prevention barrier on the Coronado bridge.

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Business Report: Record Air Travel In San Diego

March 1, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Ebone Monet

Another busy year for San Diego International Airport, Qualcomm's 5G future and Weight Watchers turns to Oprah Winfrey to help its rebranding.

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Roundtable: Asylum Seeking Family Split Apart

March 1, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

An asylum-seeking family tries to stop their father's deportation, local governments make moves toward community choice energy, and San Diego State University announces its stadium partner.

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Business Report: Manny Mania For Padres

Feb. 22, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Ebone Monet

The Padres stake their future success on one of baseball's young stars, Payless is closing its U.S. stores and the continued slowdown in home sales.

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Roundtable: Money For Misconduct Records

Feb. 22, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

The San Diego Sheriff's Department says it won't charge for misconduct records, a local lawmaker wants to know how ICE is using DMV information to help make arrests, and a local reservation gets into the marijuana business.

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San Diego Visitors Reflect On Kissing Statue After Sailor’s Death

Feb. 20, 2019
By Bennett Lacy and Andi Dukleth

George Mendonsa, a World War II veteran who was photographed kissing a woman in Times Square on V-J Day, died Sunday at 95. A 25-foot-tall statue depicting the famous photo stands near the U.S.S. Midway Museum.

Job candidates take a tour of the Amazon fulfil...

Business Report: Amazon Abandons NYC Plan

Feb. 15, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Ebone Monet

Amazon Abandons New York City, Target considers UC San Diego and millions of late car payments.

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Roundtable: Rethinking Transit In San Diego

Feb. 15, 2019
By Andrew Bowen, Bennett Lacy

SANDAG's new director says the region's transit plan is not meeting climate emission goals, the plan to redevelop Balboa Park's Plaza de Panama is on hold, and a legal fight over asylum policy in San Diego County.

CBS8 Sports Director Kyle Kraska smiles outside...

Sports Anchor's Story Of Survival Inspires New Blood Drive

Feb. 13, 2019
By Bennett Lacy

CBS8 Sports Anchor Kyle Kraska and KFMB are launching a new blood drive this week to celebrate local first responders, four years after Kraska survived being shot multiple times.

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Business Report: SeaWorld's New Leadership

Feb. 8, 2019
By Bennett Lacy

SeaWorld's New CEO, GM's All-Electric Future, and the Trump administration eases up on payday lenders.

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Roundtable: Decriminalizing Homelessness

Feb. 8, 2019
By Andrew Bowen, Bennett Lacy

San Diego repeals an ordinance that banned living in vehicles, Congress will hold a hearing on human research done at San Diego's VA Medical Center, and local police unions fight a new transparency law.

The sun sets behind Mercedes-Benz Stadium ahead...

Business Report: Super Bowl Ads

Feb. 1, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Ebone Monet

The demand for Super Bowl ad time is down, so is consumer confidence after the government shutdown.

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Roundtable: Downtown Homeless Arrests

Feb. 1, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

A spike in arrests may have stymied a recent homeless count, it's been 40 years since San Diego's first school shooting, and how police are using drones in Chula Vista.

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