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Business Report: San Diego Home Sales Slowdown

Nov. 2, 2018
By Ebone Monet, Neiko Will

Encouraging jobs numbers could mean a jolly holiday for retailers. But what does the housing sales slump mean for buyers and sellers in San Diego?

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Roundtable: Helping Or Hurting? Immigration Rhetoric On Campaign Trail

Nov. 2, 2018
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

As election day looms large, we take a look at rent control, school bonds and pot measures on city ballots. Plus, the political implications and recent rhetoric on immigration, the caravan and suspicious packages.

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Business Report: Stock Market Veers Into "Correction" Territory

Oct. 26, 2018
By Ebone Monet, Neiko Will

KPBS talks to SDSU Marketing Professor and BottomLine Marketing founder Miro Copic about this week's biggest news in business.

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Roundtable: San Diego Alternative Energy Plan

Oct. 26, 2018
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

San Diego's mayor endorses a new energy program that features non-polluting power. What could that mean for consumers? Plus, Prop. 6, the gas tax repeal measure, lags in the polls this week. And, Democrats pin their hopes for flipping the House on San Diego's 49th District race.

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Business Report: Sears Files For Bankruptcy

Oct. 22, 2018
By Neiko Will

SDSU Marketing Professor and BottomLine Marketing founder Miro Copic has a roundup of this week's biggest business stories.

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Escondido Library Gets Into The 'Spirit' Of Halloween

Oct. 19, 2018
By Neiko Will

Halloween is coming a little early to North County. A special program at the Escondido Library will highlight some of the institution's history, with a spooky twist.

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Roundtable: Gubernatorial Candidates Share Visions For California's Future

Oct. 19, 2018
By Ebone Monet, Neiko Will

In the final stretch before Election Day, gubernatorial candidates Gavin Newsom and John Cox offer their visions of the California Dream. And, as another migrant caravan from Central America heads north, a report on how members of earlier caravans are faring in Mexico.

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Candidates Vivian Moreno And Antonio Martinez On Race For City Council District 8

Oct. 11, 2018
By Andrew Bowen, Neiko Will

Antonio Martinez and Vivian Moreno vie to represent Barrio Logan, Logan Heights, Sherman Heights, San Ysidro and Otay Mesa on the San Diego City Council.

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Roundtable: Parsing Dire Warnings In UN Climate Report

Oct. 12, 2018
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

The new United Nations climate report sounds the alarm on global warming. Is anyone listening? Plus, Roundtable takes a look at competing Mission Valley Stadium measures and the campaign to repeal California's gas tax.

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Rare Birds Spotted In San Diego

Oct. 10, 2018
By Neiko Will

Life list alert! A rare sight in San Diego has birders atwitter.

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Friday Business Report: Amazon Raises Minimum Wage To $15 An Hour

Oct. 5, 2018
By Ebone Monet, Neiko Will

Amazon raises its minimum wage, ALDI gets into the grocery delivery game and the winners and losers of the agreement formerly known as NAFTA.

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Roundtable: Potential Balance Of Power Shift In San Diego Races

Oct. 5, 2018
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

As Election Day draws near, we take a look at a couple contentious city council races, one of which could tip the balance of power at City Hall. Plus, San Diego's Bishop ask for, and gets, an earful about the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal.

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Friday Business Report: Dream Of Homeownership Slipping Away

Aug. 24, 2018
By Neiko Will

To afford a median-priced home in San Diego, potential buyers need to make more than $130,000 per year. That's up 12-percent since last year, according to a report from HSH.com.

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Roundtable: Political Implications Of Hunter, Cohen And Manafort

Aug. 24, 2018
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

A San Diego congressman is indicted on fraud and campaign finance charges. Just one of three bombshells dropped on the GOP and the news cycle this week. The allegations, the political implications and the consequences on this week's Roundtable.

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Business Report: Congressional Budget Office Updates Economic Forecast

Aug. 17, 2018
By Ebone Monet, Neiko Will

This week's Congressional Budget Office report comes with some warnings of slower growth in the coming years and Amazon makes a move to buy Landmark Theatres.

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Roundtable: Still Waiting For Answers In Earl McNeil Death

Aug. 17, 2018
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

National City police say their investigation is done, but the family of Earl McNeil is still waiting for answers. The federal government argues that cross-border sewage pollution is a local problem. And the nation's newspapers clap back at President Trump and his anti-press comments.

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Roundtable: Outrage Over Border Immigration Policy

July 6, 2018
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

North of the border, the government asks for more time to address family separations as outrage continues over zero-tolerance. While down south, Mexico elects a new president. He's described as populist and anti-establishment, but does he have anything in common with his U.S. counterpart?

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Roundtable: Reassembling Fractured Immigrant Families

June 29, 2018
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

The clock is ticking on reuniting immigrant families separated at the border. What now, after Supreme Court Justice Kennedy announces his retirement? And a legal challenge to the Mission Valley stadium site ballot measures. We discuss it all, on KPBS Roundtable.

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Roundtable: President Pivots On Immigration, Zero-Tolerance Policy Remains

June 22, 2018
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

The national debate about what to do about immigrants fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries comes to a head this week, while the dream of retirement fades for many Californians. We discuss both on this week's Roundtable.

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Retail Oasis Or Ghost Town? The Future Of San Diego Malls

June 19, 2018
By Neiko Will

Malls have long been blamed for the death of Main Street. But San Diego's Gaslamp District is having its revenge.

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Roundtable: Problem Teachers In San Diego

June 15, 2018
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

San Diego Teachers who harass students aren't always fired. Terminally ill patients who want to end their lives are in limbo. And how do you help PTSD patients who don't believe they deserve to get better? Tune in for this week's discussion on the KPBS Roundtable.

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Roundtable: On To November, Election Roundup

June 8, 2018
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

Candidates still standing after this week's primary are retooling for the general election, with some tight races ahead. We look at what Tuesday's results can forecast about November.

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'American Socialist: The Life And Times Of Eugene Victor Debs' Comes To San Diego

May 11, 2018
By Neiko Will

Looking to dispel some of the misconceptions of the word "socialist", San Diego filmmaker Yale Strom presents his look at the labor leader, and five-time socialist presidential candidate, Eugene Debs.

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Roundtable: San Diego County Settles In Deputy Sexual Misconduct Investigation

May 4, 2018
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

On the Roundtable: San Diego County agrees to pay $412,000 to settle two sexual misconduct claims against a sheriff's deputy this week, while offers to 13 other women are outstanding. Recent lawsuits could put the kibosh on women-only events in San Diego. And, the race to replace Governor Jerry Brown as his tenure as the state's longest-serving governor winds down.

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Roundtable: Asylum Seekers Poised To Cross Border

April 27, 2018
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

U.S. and international law dictates people seeking asylum be given a fair hearing, but President Trump wants to turn a caravan of asylum seekers away. A dead-end for some, is a beacon of hope for others; we look at two new programs at Donovan State Prison. And the true cost of a longtime diabetes treatment experts say is a scam.

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Roundtable: Many California Cities Give Cold Shoulder To Marijuana Business

April 20, 2018
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

The passing of Proposition 64 made recreational marijuana legal in California, but in more cities than not, pot business isn't welcome. A billionaire doctor is poised to take over the San Diego Union-Tribune. And, the biggest health beat stories over the last couple decades. Join us for the KPBS Roundtable.

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Roundtable: Governor Complies With Request For National Guard Troops

April 13, 2018
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

This week on KPBS Roundtable; California Governor Jerry Brown agrees to the president's request for National Guard troops. But there are conditions. There's a debate over how pregnant women inmates are treated at San Diego county jails and whether or not they are routinely shacked while giving birth. And, San Diego buys a building designed for skydiving to help the city's homeless crisis.

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Roundtable: President Pushes For National Guard At Border

April 6, 2018
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

President Trump wants to use National Guard troops for border security. Also on KPBS Roundtable: What do you do when you have a degree, and a job, but can't make ends meet? And how magnet schools might be creating divisions in Vista.

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Roundtable: How San Diego Schools Assess Threats Of Gun Violence

March 2, 2018
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

What are local schools doing to prevent tragedies like the one in Parkland, Florida? How do politics play into how we treat asylum seekers? And can you shoot a horse in the head and call it a "rescue?" Join us for the discussion on The Roundtable.

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How Long Does $1 Million Last In Retirement In San Diego?

Feb. 23, 2018
By Neiko Will

A new study looking at places to retire in the U.S. finds San Diego is not ideal due to high housing costs. But if you are willing to pay for the luxury America's finest city offers, or if you get creative, you can live out your golden years in style.

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Roundtable: Family-Sponsored Visas, IRC Investigation And Cross-Border Animal Smuggling

Feb. 23, 2018
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

Chain migration? Or family reunification? A closer look at a program President Trump has vowed to end. Plus, an unpermitted gun range in Escondido has neighbors nervous. And, an alleged cross-border animal smuggling operation is exposed.

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Roundtable: Union-Tribune's Editorial Response To Florida School Shooting, Marijuana Money And Elections, Duncan Hunter's Campaign Finance Scandal, County Goes After Journalist

Feb. 16, 2018
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

The San Diego Union-Tribune editorial team responds to another mass shooting. The local marijuana industry is looking to support pot-friendly candidates. Congressman Duncan Hunter fights to keep his seat. And, the county targets a San Diego journalist.

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Roundtable: Fight For The 49th, Methane Stalls Development, And Is California Ready For Recreational Pot?

Dec. 22, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

Democrats ramp up efforts to unseat Congressman Darrell Issa. Construction of a massive housing development in Chula Vista hits a snag. And, quasi-legalized pot is almost here. Is California ready?

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Roundtable: Fire Danger, Housing Shortage, Restoring Balboa Park's South End

Dec. 8, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

There are unprecedented fire threat warnings and strategic power outages as flames engulf parts of the county. We dive into the whether San Diego can build its way out of the housing crisis. And, proposals and barriers to making Balboa Park great again.

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Roundtable: Tax Bill, Jail Deaths, Sea Level Rise, City Heights Real Estate

Nov. 24, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

The negative impact of tax reform would be felt heavily in California. Eyebrows are raised as investigations into the deaths of 22 people while in law enforcement custody in San Diego County are dropped. As the ocean encroaches, Del Mar residents aren't ready to retreat. And, has gentrification come to City Heights?

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Roundtable: Hepatitis Spread, Tiny Home Hurdles, Legal Battle Freezes Foundation Donations

Sept. 22, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

Miles of sandy beaches, perennially sunny skies and a worsening hepatitis outbreak: Is San Diego still attractive to tourists? Tiny homes face huge hurdles in San Diego. And a nasty legal battle holds up donations at the Conrad Prebys Foundation.

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Roundtable: Homelessness And Hep A, Fire Season Looms, Catholic Church Sexual Abuse Settlement

Sept. 15, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

San Diego took emergency measures this week, as the city tries to address the deadly outbreak of Hepatitis A. The traditional wildfire season is here, but lots of local fire personnel are elsewhere, battling fires up north. And, is the Catholic Diocese in San Diego doing enough the protect kids from predators, 10 years after settling 144 sexual abuse lawsuits?

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Roundtable: A Deep Dive Into DACA

Sept. 8, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

The Trump administration takes on immigration reform, by announcing the popular DACA program will wind down over the next six months. What does that mean for San Diego "Dreamers"?

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Roundtable: Charlottesville Fallout, NAFTA Makeover, SeaWorld Slump

Aug. 18, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

The president's take on vestiges of the Civil War raises eyebrows and drops jaws in the wake of last weekend's violence in Charlottesville. Local leaders brace for adjustments to NAFTA. And SeaWorld is changing with the times, but is it too late?

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Roundtable: SANDAG Saga Continues, Former Mayor Helps Win Development Deal

Aug. 11, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg, Neiko Will

The head of SANDAG announced his retirement this week. Will the taint of the revenue forecasting scandal go with him? And, a former San Diego mayor helps seal a subsidized housing development deal with the county. Did her chummy ties to a supervisor help?

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Roundtable: Senate Healthcare Bill, Algae As Fuel, Getting To Zero Traffic Deaths

June 23, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

The secret senate healthcare bill is finally revealed. Genetically modified algae takes a step closer to the gas tank. And San Diego begins a plan to drastically reduce traffic deaths.

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Roundtable: Gompers Investigation, District Attorney Endorsement, Dividing Cities Into Districts

May 19, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

On the Roundtable: allegations of grade inflation at a celebrated San Diego charter, the district attorney's chosen successor and the botched Stephanie Crowe murder case, and dividing cities into council districts to comply with state law.

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Roundtable: Taking A Stand On Immigration, Mattis As Defense Secretary, Effects Of Legal Pot

Dec. 9, 2016
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will, Pat Finn

Democrats at the state capitol launch an offensive on the proposed immigration policies of President-elect Donald Trump. Will retired Gen. James Mattis be a good fit for Secretary of Defense? And the recent legalization of recreational marijuana in the state is already having effect on criminal justice in San Diego.

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Roundtable: Update On Local Races, Putting Presidential Race In Perspective And Politics At The Movies

Nov. 4, 2016
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

What can an analysis of "Citizen Kane" tell us about the presidential race? And how will history remember the 2016 election? Find out on the Roundtable.

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Roundtable: Breaking Down San Diego Ballot Measures

Oct. 28, 2016
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

Election Day is fast approaching. Do you know enough to make an informed decision on the local measures on the ballot?

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Roundtable: Final Presidential Debate, Congressional Races, State Propositions

Oct. 21, 2016
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

Presidential candidate Donald Trump continues to flirt with the idea that he won't concede the election, should he lose on Nov. 8. Will there will a Trump Effect on San Diego races? And is California ready to say goodbye to the death penalty...and hello to recreational pot?

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'Gilmore Girls' Fans Flock To Luke's Diner Pop-Ups In San Diego

Oct. 5, 2016
By Kristina Bravo, Neiko Will

Industrial Grind Coffee in Hillcrest and Cafe Virtuoso in Barrio Logan on Wednesday transformed into Luke's Diner, a restaurant on the TV show, and served free coffee.

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Roundtable: Tony Gwynn Tobacco Lawsuit, Maintaining The Border, Future Of Del Mar Fairgrounds

May 27, 2016
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

Ban "dip" from baseball? Tony Gwynn's family hopes their lawsuit will help make that happen. The San Diego border fence as a test case for Donald Trump's "build a wall" campaign promise. And the upside and downside to living where the surf meets the turf.

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Roundtable: Trouble at Lincoln High, Council Race Heats Up, Getting Californians To Vote

March 11, 2016
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

The brawl at San Diego's Lincoln High exposes long-standing problems at the school. The race for the San Diego City Council District 1 seat gets exciting. And what will it take to get more people to the polls?

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Oboe Player Featured In San Diego Youth Symphony Documentary

Dec. 29, 2015
By Neiko Will, Tom Fudge

To mark its 70th anniversary, the San Diego Youth Symphony traveled to China this past summer to perform and participate in musical and cultural exchanges. A documentary about the trip airs Friday on KPBS TV.

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