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Roundtable: San Diego's Staggering COVID-19 Surge

Nov. 20
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

New efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in San Diego, Amazon's Jeff Bezos donates millions to help local climate change research, and a major development in Mission Valley gets final approval from the city.

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Roundtable: Tighter COVID-19 Restrictions Return To San Diego

Nov. 13
By Alison St John, Bennett Lacy

Many local businesses will be forced to reduce capacity as San Diego slides into the state's most restrictive COVID-19 operating tier, women running for political office in San Diego County tell their stories about confronting receiving threats and harassment on social media, and artists go to court to preserve murals slated for demolition at a middle school in Logan Heights.

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Roundtable: San Diego's Blue Wave

Nov. 6
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

San Diego embraces democrats at the city and county level, what the presidential election results tell us about the shifting attitudes of voters, and a roundup of some of the election results in north county.

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Roundtable: San Diego Votes

Oct. 30
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

What the latest polling tells us about San Diego's top races, the San Diego Union-Tribune explains its election endorsements and voters prepare to give President Trump four more years or end the MAGA movement.

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Roundtable: California's Most Expensive Ballot Measure

Oct. 23
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

Major money fuels California's Prop 22, how San Diego's Measure E could impact the city's climate plan, and the partisan battle for control of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

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Roundtable: Voting Early In San Diego

Oct. 16
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

The surge in early voting across San Diego county, the Supreme Court sides with President Trump to end the census early, and a look at what happens to asylum seekers who are returned to Central America.

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Roundtable: The Ugly Debate

Oct. 2
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

The presidential debates get off to a chaotic start, what you need to know about the upcoming KPBS Voter Guide and a look at the race to replace Rep. Susan Davis in Congress.

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Roundtable: A Challenging Year For Media

Sept. 18
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

2020 poses a gauntlet of challenges for journalists and the news industry, a student journalist's perspective on the COVID-19 situation at San Diego State University, and California's huge investment in firefighting aircraft.

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Roundtable: SDSU Sees Spike In COVID-19 Cases

Sept. 11
By Bennett Lacy

San Diego State University pauses in-person classes amid a surge in COVID-19 cases among students, San Diego takes steps to help hotel workers reclaim lost jobs, and the tight race for congress in east county.

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Roundtable: A Snapshot Of San Diego's Mayoral Race

Sept. 4
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
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.

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Roundtable: Conventions Kick Off Home Stretch For 2020 Election

Aug. 21
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.

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Roundtable: Joe Biden Looks To California For His Running Mate

Aug. 14
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.

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Roundtable: San Diego's High Rise Money Pit

Aug. 7
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.

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Roundtable: San Diego Braces For A Rent Crisis

July 31
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.

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Roundtable: California Becomes COVID-19 Hot Spot

July 24
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.

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Roundtable: California's COVID-19 Setback

July 17
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.

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Roundtable: The Uncertain Summer For San Diego Schools

July 10
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.'

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Roundtable: The Cultural Divide Over Masks

June 26
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.

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Roundtable: The DACA Decision

June 19
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.

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Roundtable: Pandemic And Protests

June 12
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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Punchlines And Piledrivers Take Over Parking Lots During COVID-19 Closures

June 4
By Bennett Lacy

From standup comedy to pro wrestling, performers claim empty parking lots as venues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Business Report: Summer Travel Season Shaken By COVID-19

May 29
By Bennett Lacy

Major job cuts hit businesses at the heart of the travel industry, and regional destinations like theme parks and casinos prepare to slowly reopen in the coming weeks.

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Business Report: When Will San Diego's Jobs Return

May 22
By Bennett Lacy

California's unemployment rate jumped more than ten percentage points in April to 15.5% due to the COVID-19 shutdowns. As the economy slowly reopens, we look at how quickly workers are likely to return to their jobs.

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El Centro Mayor Describes 'Totally Surreal' Coronavirus Challenge In Imperial County

May 18
By Bennett Lacy

El Centro Mayor Efrain Silva tells KPBS about the process of reopening the economy in Imperial County and the challenges of being an elected official during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Business Report: Money Dries Up For San Diego Tourism Marketing

May 15
By Bennett Lacy

With hotel tax revenue plummeting during the COVID-19 pandemic, San Diego has less money to market itself as a tourist destination. Also, what the cancellation of the Wonderfront Festival means for other big events in San Diego.

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CSU San Marcos To Hold Parade For Graduates With Commencement Canceled By Coronavirus

May 14
By Bennett Lacy

CSU San Marcos will celebrate this year's graduating class with a rolling tribute on campus after COVID-19 forced the cancellation of commencement.

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Business Report: Worst Unemployment Rate Since Great Depression

May 8
By Bennett Lacy

SDSU Marketing Lecturer Miro Copic reacts to April's severe spike in unemployment and the gradual easing of COVID-19 restrictions for businesses in San Diego.

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Top Teachers Celebrated By San Diego Unified Amid Coronavirus Disruption

May 7
By Bennett Lacy

Honoring teachers for their dedication amid the coronavirus disruption, the San Diego Unified School District announced its elementary, middle, and high school teachers of the year.

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El Cajon Donut Shop Praised For COVID-19 Sweet Relief

May 4
By Bennett Lacy

Mayor Kevin Faulconer praised Holey Donuts for donating sweet confections to San Diego's unsheltered population at the San Diego Convention Center as an example of San Diegans stepping up amid COVID-19.

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Business Report: 30 Million Americans Lose Jobs During COVID-19 Shutdown

May 1
By Bennett Lacy

The latest weekly jobless claims push the COVID-19 total to 30 million as America suffers a steep drop in its gross domestic product.

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Gardening Community Responds To Growing COVID-19 Food Need

April 28
By Bennett Lacy

Nan Sterman, host of the KPBS show A Growing Passion, is working with donors, volunteers and local nonprofits to include entry level gardening kits among traditional food distributions around San Diego County.

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Business Report: Streaming Audience Surges During COVID-19

April 24
By Bennett Lacy

Netflix audience doubles during COVID-19 stay-at-home orders and other streaming sites report a big increases in overall subscribers.

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Business Report: COVID-19 Forces Cancellation Of Comic-Con, Other Major Events

April 20
By Bennett Lacy

San Diego stands to lose millions in economic and tax revenue due to the cancellation of Comic-Con, the San Diego County Fair, and the annual San Diego Pride Festival.

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COVID-19 Changes Daily Life In Borrego Springs

April 16
By Bennett Lacy

Borrego Springs, the small desert community in northeastern San Diego County, has been forced to cancel events and close parks during its busy spring tourism season due to COVID-19.

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Business Report: Shakeup At SeaWorld Amid COVID-19 Closure

April 10
By Bennett Lacy

SeaWorld San Diego's parent company announces its CEO is leaving the position after just a few months on the job, and analysts say closures related to COVID-19 are threatening a major movie theater chain.

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Pala Reservation Following COVID-19 Stay At Home Orders

April 9
By Bennett Lacy

The Pala Band of Mission Indians is following the state's stay-at-home guidance on its reservation as local communities try to limit the spread of COVID-19.

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Business Report: Coronavirus Impacts Local Business, Daily Life

March 13
By Bennett Lacy

Closures and cancellations related to the coronavirus outbreak affect local businesses, more Americans are being told to work from home, and the stock market suffers another week of deep losses.

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Business Report: Travel Industry Struggles With The Coronavirus Effect

March 6
By Bennett Lacy, Maya Trabulsi

Airlines scale back their flight schedules due to reduced demand amid the coronavirus outbreak, mortgage rates fall as a result of the Federal Reserve interest rate cut to boost the global economy and how the failure of Measure C will affect San Diego's convention business.

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Business Report: Stock Market Falls Due to Coronavirus Scare

Feb. 28
By Bennett Lacy

KPBS anchor Maya Trabulsi and BottomLine Marketing co-founder and SDSU marketing lecturer Miro Copic discuss some of the week’s top business stories.

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Business Report: Coronavirus Impact, Pier 1 Closures, USC's New Tuition Deal

Feb. 21
By Bennett Lacy, Maya Trabulsi

This week in business: the coronavirus may take a bite out of Apple's second-quarter profits, retailer Pier 1 plans to close nearly all its stores, and USC announces a new tuition plan for low- and middle-income students.

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Business Report: Surges In Streaming And Household Debt

Feb. 14
By Amita Sharma, Bennett Lacy

This week in business: A new report shows a big jump in streaming TV, and household debt hits a new milestone.

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Business Report: Jobs Report Caps Strong Economic Week

Feb. 7
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.

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Business Report: Coronavirus Rattles Global Economy

Jan. 31
By Amita Sharma, Bennett Lacy

The coronavirus outbreak in China disrupts air travel and international business, and advertisers pay record prices for a spot in this year's Super Bowl.

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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

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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Business Report: Jobs Report Caps Strong Economic Week

Feb. 7
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.

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