Stories by Bennett Lacy
President Trump's trade war with China escalates, Amazon might take on convenience stores, spam calls will only get worse and SeaWorld's multi-million dollar settlement.
The Brett Kavanaugh controversy becomes a campaign issue, documents reveal failed tests for President Donald Trump's border wall prototypes, and San Diego spends more money on homeless transition shelters.
New details in San Diego's clergy abuse scandal, California leading the fight against climate change, and the mission and reality of America's longest war in Afghanistan.
Nike's strategy with Colin Kaepernick, the job market holds steady, and Amazon invests in San Diego.
The battle for Congress heats up, the push to repeal the gas tax in San Diego and the challenges for older workers in seeking employment.
KPBS anchor Ebone Monet and SDSU marketing lecturer Miro Copic discuss some of the week’s top business stories.
California's legislative session ends with a flurry of groundbreaking new laws, a Southern California city experiments with paying seniors cash to cover their rent, and Horton Plaza will be transformed into a major hub for tech companies.
The tourism impact on the failed convention center initiative, SeaWorld reports stronger attendance and San Diego companies stand to benefit from the creation of a new Space Force.
San Diego's convention center expansion plan is put in doubt, a new deportation risk for international college students, and the politics of California's wildfires.
- Aug. 4
- By Bennett Lacy
KPBS anchor Maya Trabulsi and SDSU marketing lecturer Miro Copic discuss some of the week’s top business stories.
California Governor Jerry Brown says recent wildfires are an effect of climate change, presidential politics enters the race for the 50th congressional district, and the Padres struggle to build a winning team.
Evening Edition anchor Ebone Monet and SDSU marketing lecturer Miro Copic discuss some of the week’s top business stories.
The federal government tries to meet a deadline to reunite separated immigrant families, San Diego County leaders weigh whether to bypass its general plan to approve new housing construction, and California's birth rate reaches a record low.
National City faces protests over the death of a man injured in police custody, San Diego approves a plan to regulate short-term home rentals and undisclosed meetings by state energy regulators are made public.
The Trump administration misses a court-ordered deadline to reunite young immigrant children with their parents, big crowds are expected for the annual pride celebration and the serious challenge to one incumbent on the San Diego City Council.
- July 2
- By Bennett Lacy and Donald Bloodworth
Law enforcement in San Diego and across the state are focusing on DUI enforcement during the Fourth of July.
The battle for second place in the race for governor, Democrats risk a possible shutout in the 49th congressional district and controversy hasn't slowed Rep. Duncan Hunter's prospects for re-election.
A discussion on some of the major local races voters will decide in the June 5 primary election, including District Attorney, Sheriff and two open seats for Board of Supervisors.
San Diego County political leaders critical of California's sanctuary law go to the White House for a meeting with President Donald Trump, SeaWorld's parent company says business is up for the start of 2018, and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park announces a breakthrough in its rhino breeding program.
- May 18
- By Bennett Lacy
San Diego International Airport will work with nearly a dozen companies this summer to develop ideas that will better serve travelers. The focus will be on airport parking and customer mobility. Companies selected to participate will work out of the airport's former commuter terminal, which has been repurposed as the Innovation Lab.
The race for San Diego County District Attorney is about to see a flood of ads paid by outside money, the city of Riverside has found a way to effectively end homelessness among veterans and a conversation with NPR White House correspondent Scott Horsley.
- April 4
- By Bennett Lacy
San Diego tech incubator EvoNexus recently showcased several startups at its Demo Day event hosted by Qualcomm. Lynx Biosciences, a company that specializes in helping doctors develop personalized treatment for blood cancers, was chosen as the winner. San Diego was recently ranked among the top five U.S. cities for startups.
- March 30
- By Bennett Lacy
San Diego County supervisors will soon discuss in a closed-door session whether to join Orange County in supporting a federal lawsuit against California's sanctuary policies, the bike rental craze hits a backlash in two San Diego communities, and Barrio Logan residents say the city needs to do more to regulate trucks driving through small neighborhoods.
Coming up Friday on KPBS Roundtable, the national March for Our Lives will include a large demonstrations in San Diego for tougher gun laws, the company hired to clean up trouble spots during the hepatitis A outbreak is accused of overcharging, and a look at how the war in Iraq, now 15 years old, impacted San Diego.
President Donald Trump gets a first-hand look at his border wall project, Qualcomm won't be under new ownership anytime soon, and the growing challenge of making it in California.
The Trump Administration battles California over sanctuary state policies, the investigation into the handling of a sexual assault case at Lincoln High School and frustration over cross-border sewage spills leads to a multi-city lawsuit.
A biotech billionaire is buying The San Diego Union-Tribune and Los Angeles Times, local homeowners are seeing unexplained spikes in their water bills and new questions over whether San Diego State University's planned expansion would use public money.
San Diego's search for a new police chief ends with the hiring of David Nisleit. Ratepayers will be getting some money back in the drawn out settlement over the shuttered San Onofre nuclear plant. And San Diego's Midway District may be poised for major redevelopment.
A use of force incident involving a La Mesa police officer at Helix High School draws protests, new revelations regarding campaign contributions to former San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and the forces driving a condo construction boom in Tijuana.
- Jan. 25
- By Bennett Lacy
As part of San Diego Restaurant Week, we take a look behind the scenes of running a restaurant.
Roundtable: Arrests For Feeding Homeless, Detention Center Expansion, Tijuana’s Soaring Homicide Rate
Police in El Cajon arrest homeless advocates for distributing food at a city park, the Otay Mesa Detention Center is near capacity and planning an expansion and Tijuana's homicide rate reaches a new record high.
Rep. Darrell Issa announces he will not seek re-election to congress, a busy week for immigration includes negotiations with President Donald Trump to protect so-called "dreamers" and Mayor Kevin Faulconer delivers San Diego's State of the City address.
San Diego is ahead of the pack as recreational marijuana sales begin in California. New questions about the future of Horton Plaza as the struggling mall faces a change in ownership. And, our panel weighs in on the big stories they'll be covering in 2018.
President Donald Trump brought us "fake news" and a major tax reform package. San Diego dealt with a deadly public health emergency and lost the Chargers. And, the #MeToo movement brings a social reckoning. Some of our regular panel guests look back on the biggest stories of the year.
As the Thomas Fire north of Los Angeles rages on, the question is whether wildfires are the new normal for Southern California. The San Diego City Council fails to come to an agreement to regulate short-term rentals. The mayor of Oceanside announced his resignation after suffering a debilitating stroke in the spring.
With new high profile cases of sexual harassment coming to light, we talk about the challenges victims have when they decide to come forward and why not all outcomes are the same. Plus, a discussion on new tents for people who are homeless in San Diego and an effort to repeal California's gas tax.
The call for a new border wall between the U.S. and Mexico stretching from California through Texas has been covered by media the world over. But an investigation by KPBS and inewsource reveals new details about the history of the current wall.