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The Conversation with Abby & Luis." Description: Broadcast live The San Diego Union-Tribune, Abby and Luis bring you the stories that will get you talking each day. Good conversation. News you can use.

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The Conversation with Abby & Luis." Description: Broadcast live The San Diego Union-Tribune, Abby and Luis bring you the stories that will get you talking each day. Good conversation. News you can use.






Why San Diego homelessness is still bad, and ways to solve it

San Diego's homeless population was ranked fourth in the nation with approximately 8,500 living in the county. But Michael McConnell thinks that's a low number. Why? He's the leading homelessness advocate in San Diego County and a big critic of programs that don't have much impact on the issue. Here he discusses how he got into this business and what he sees as the solution to end homelessness once and for all.


Faith leaders were arrested at the U.S.-Mexico border. Here's why they went.

On Dec. 10, 32 faith leaders were arrested during a peaceful demonstration at the U.S-Mexico border when they purposefully resisted commands from law enforcement officials to move away from a border barrier. After seeing that these demonstrators were compelled by their faith to head to the border and ultimately find themselves under arrest, we wanted to talk to them about it. Amid policy debates and enforcement of law, is there a moral piece to this discussion?


Can Imperial Beach stop yet another raw sewage spill from Mexico into U.S. beaches?

As many as 7 million gallons of raw sewage per day since Monday have spilled from Tijuana into the U.S. side of the border, contaminating rivers and beaches in San Diego County. The toxic waters have forced Imperial Beach to close its beaches for the foreseeable future. But no matter how much harm it poses to lifeguards, residents and border patrol agents, efforts to contain it have been fruitless.


Jimmie Slack lifts veil on San Diego City Hall inner workings

Few people know as much about San Diego and the work inside the halls of city government as Jimmie Slack. As chief of staff for council members Myrtle Cole and Anthony Young, as well as county supervisor Leon Williams, Slack takes with him a wealth of institutional knowledge. After years behind the scenes of San Diego city politics, he's finally retiring. And he's finally opening up about the past, the present and the future.


Journalists were named Time's Person of the Year for 2018. Here's why.

Jamal Khashoggi, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, Capital Gazette journalists, Maria Ressa. Collectively they’ve been called “The Guardians” -- journalists who have been target for their work -- and this these guardians have been named Time’s Person of the Year for 2018. We bring on two local veterans in the industry to talk about the year in journalism and what's ahead in 2019.


'Latinos' is out, 'Latinx' is in at UC San Diego. Debate over its use continues.

The University of California in San Diego recently adopted the term 'Latinx' to describe those who don't identify as either Latino or Latina. But not everyone sees it as an inclusive term, but rather one that eliminates identity. Listen to two perspective on why the term is disrupting language and culture.


The life and legacy of President George H. W. Bush

On the day of his national funeral, we reflect on President George H. W. Bush's life, presidential impact, and legacy. The San Diego Union-Tribune's Deputy Opinion Editor Chris Reed joins us for a discussion on a man with a fascinating and complex impact on U.S. and world history.


The view from San Ysidro as the migrant caravan saga continues

The hours-long closing of the San Ysidro Port of Entry after migrants from Central America rushed the border had a major economic impact on the area, including the U.S. side. Jason Wells, executive director of the San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce, describes what the community there has experienced as the migrant caravan remains at the border.


How another border shutdown could severely damage San Diego's economy

A chaotic scene at one U.S.-Mexico port of entry resulted in a five-hour shutdown on Sunday when several Central American migrants from the so-called caravan rushed the border. That closure cost local and regional businesses millions of dollars in lost revenue. Now, San Diego and Mexican leaders are watching closely and taking measures to prevent the economic disaster that could follow if the border is shut down once again.


The view from the U.S.-Mexico border as the migrant caravan tension rises

Friction between American federal authorities and hundreds of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday led to the closure of the San Ysidro Port of Entry for several hours on the last day of the long, busy Thanksgiving weekend. Reporter Wendy Fry was there covering the story for The San Diego Union-Tribune. She tells us what she saw.


What San Diego County can be thankful for this Thanksgiving

We asked local residents what they thought the people of San Diego County should be thankful for this Thanksgiving Day. Tune into this episode to hear from prominent and everyday San Diegans, including a trio of religious leaders, baseball’s Tony Gwynn Jr. and musicians Drew Shirley of Switchfoot and Eve Selis.


Migrants are scaling U.S.-Mexico fence. Will they be arrested?

As international attention began to focus on a caravan of migrants arriving in Tijuana, Mexico, this week, images of some migrants scaling the U.S.-Mexico border fence near San Diego have prompted the question about what, if anything, border agents can do about it. To understand what is happening at the border as these migrants arrive and some start scaling the fence, here’s what we’ve been able to learn.


Up close and personal with the deadliest fire in California history

Carolyn Cole is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer covering the Camp Fire in Butte County for the Los Angeles Times. She's seen the deadliest wildfire in California history up close and describes what she's seen and what it's like to visually share this heartbreaking story with the rest of the world.


Why vote counting goes way past Election Day

Election night was more than a week ago and San Diego County is still counting votes. Why? We wanted to find out where these ballots were coming from and why it takes so long to count them all. County Registrar of Voters, Michael Vu, walked us through the process.


Why does SDG&E cut power to some customers under wildfire risk conditions?

Several communities and tens of thousands of SDG&E customers were without power on Nov. 13 as San Diego County was under a red flag warning and other wildfire risk conditions. We asked SDG&E how it decides to cut power and other questions customers and residents of the county may want answered.


Checking in amid California's deadly wildfires

California is suffering another year-end wave of wildfires that have had tragic consequences including loss of life and homes. The Camp Fire in Butte County, Hill Fire in Ventura County and Woolsey Fire spanning Los Angeles and Ventura Counties have also led to major evacuations, and the fires — which all started on Thursday — are still burning as another week unfolds.


How San Diego could make history this election

It's being referred to as "the year of women" as what's expected to be more than 100 women are elected or re-elected to Congress. San Diego could also see several history-making election results. Here's a guide to some of the big "firsts" of the 2018 midterm.


Wrapping up a long and challenging election for Rep. Duncan Hunter and John Cox

The 2018 midterm election is over and we're looking back at two key races affecting San Diego County. Rep. Duncan Hunter was re-elected in the 50th Congressional District and John Cox's campaign for California governor finishes in defeat by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. Here's a recap.


Will Prop. 6 repeal a California gas tax? Here's what you need to know.

SPECIAL ELECTION PODCAST: Proposition 6, if approved, would repeal a California law passed in 2017 which increased taxes and fees designated for road repairs and public transportation. What's the plan for that money? What happens if Prop. 6 passes? Here's what you need to know.


The fate of the Chargers' old stadium is on the hands of voters

SPECIAL ELECTION PODCAST: After the Chargers left San Diego for Los Angeles, the site of its stadium spelled opportunity for developers. Soon, two groups emerged with two different proposals on what to do with the land. On Nov. 6, voters in San Diego will decide what to do with it.