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San Diego’s Richest Poor Neighborhood, Two Decades Later

Nov. 18
By Megan Burks

In 1993, Sol Price flipped the switch on what has become decades of philanthropic investment in City Heights. Two foundations have spent more than a quarter of a billion dollars there since 2000. So what's become of all that money? Are residents better off because of it?

San Diego Council Members Ask Mayor To Prove Neighborhoods Is Focus In Budget

Jan. 28
By Megan Burks
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Budget season has arrived in San Diego. The City Council kicked off the six-month-long process Wednesday with a call for an investment in neighborhoods south of Interstate 8.

Leaders Attend Ribbon Cutting For New YMCA In City Heights

Jan. 27
By Dwane Brown, City News Service
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The Copley-Price Family YMCA at the site of the old Pearson Ford dealership on El Cajon Boulevard includes two pools, a fitness center and gymnasium, a demonstration kitchen and play fountains.

Glass Pool Enclosure At New Mid-City YMCA Poses Problem For Muslim Swimmers

Jan. 21
By Megan Burks
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Mid-City's new YMCA boasts an impressive glass-enclosed swimming pool. The problem for this largely-immigrant community? It doesn't offer much privacy for Muslim women who want to swim and keep modest.

Suspensions, Expulsions Down In San Diego County

Jan. 15
By Megan Burks
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The Fallbrook Union High School District and the Grossmont Union High School District had some of the highest discipline rates in the county. But both are seeing their rates fall.

City Heights Nonprofit Reality Changers Launches New Campaign

Jan. 14
By Dwane Brown
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The nonprofit that was founded in 2001 launched its "Give to the Future" campaign on Wednesday, and hopes to send 1,000 children to college at the end of this school year.

City Heights Standoff Ends With Arrest

Jan. 13
By City News Service and 10News
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The standoff began around 4:30 a.m. when police tried to serve a search warrant. The last of the five suspects surrendered around 2:45 p.m.

San Diego Board Overseeing Police Misconduct Cases Gets New Boss

Jan. 6
By Megan Burks
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The new executive director of the police citizen review board comes from Albany, New York. We take a look at her work there and ask the chairwoman of San Diego's panel what she wants to see from the new hire.

New YMCA To Open On Former Pearson Ford Lot At 'Fairmount And El Cajon'

Jan. 5
By Megan Burks
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The Copley-Price Family YMCA is bringing life back to an iconic corner in City Heights.

Second Opinion: Tales From Year One Of Obamacare

Dec. 29
By Megan Burks
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We revisit participants in our 2013 series on the Affordable Care Act to ask what worked and what didn't during their first year under the full rollout of Obamacare.

Computer Science Program Opens World To Hoover High Students

Dec. 11
By Matthew Bowler
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More than 80 students at the City Heights high school participate in the "Hour of Code" program.

San Diego Students Want Cap-And-Trade Dollars For Free Youth Bus Passes

Dec. 10
By Megan Burks
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Select students on four San Diego campuses currently have free transit passes as part of a pilot program set to end this spring.

Comparing San Diego Law Enforcement to Ferguson

Dec. 1
By Megan Burks
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Locals demonstrating in response to the Ferguson decision said San Diego law enforcement also treat minority communities unfairly. We look at available data on arrests and traffic stops to put that claim to the test.

San Diego Protests Captured In Photos, Videos

Nov. 26
By KPBS
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Speeches, marches and the blocking of freeways have dominated the protests in San Diego in response to the Missouri grand jury's decision.

Wandering The City Heights Data Desert

Nov. 21
By Megan Burks
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Together, two foundations have spent more than $265 million in City Heights since 2000. But data that quantify their impact is hard to come by. It's not nonexistent, though. Here's some of what we were able to track down.

Roundtable Analyzes Obama's Plan, Wastewater Recycling and The Millions Given To City Heights

Nov. 21
By Pat Finn, Mark Sauer
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President Obama announces executive action on immigration, drawing cheers and jeers. The prolonged drought has made it easier to recycle wastewater. And when philanthropists drop billions in one neighborhood, what can they expect?

Don't Eat All That Halloween Candy; Give It To Overseas Troops

Nov. 3
By Megan Burks
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San Diego County doctors and dentists fund the annual candy buyback program that pays trick-or-treaters to part with some of their sweets. The candy then goes to U.S. troops overseas.

Groups Working To Get San Diegans To Vote Tuesday

Nov. 3
By Megan Burks
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The San Diego Organizing Project and the San Diego Alliance have been working to mobilize voters to cast ballots Tuesday. They want a better turnout than the 27 percent who voted in San Diego County in June.

Civic San Diego Will Remain Its Own Boss — For Now

Oct. 30
By Megan Burks
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A City Council committee considered this week whether to increase government oversight of San Diego's former redevelopment agency. The committee is concerned the voice of residents could be lost as Civic San Diego sets its sights on revitalizing low-income neighborhoods.

San Diego Hip-Hop Artists Teaming Up To Get Out The Vote Among Ex-Offenders

Oct. 17
By Megan Burks
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The San Diego ACLU and local hip-hop artists are hosting a show Friday in Barrio Logan to get out the vote among the formerly incarcerated.

City Breaks Ground On One Of Two City Heights Skate Parks

Oct. 2
By Megan Burks
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The City Heights neighborhood is seeing more investment in parks, thanks in large part to its vocal youth.

A Win For City Heights Refugees Wanting Culturally Competent Health Care

Sept. 22
By Megan Burks
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City Heights refugees have spoken out in recent years about the need for better language interpretation at doctors' offices. They haven't succeeded yet, but a new law could push lawmakers over to their side.

San Diego Cab Owners Line Up At City Hall To Oppose Open Taxi Market

Sept. 18
By Megan Burks
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With City Council chambers at capacity, hundreds line up on the street to make public comment on a proposal to lift the cap on taxis in San Diego.

Young Refugees In City Heights Learn Weaving From Their Elders

Sept. 16
By Megan Burks
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About 1,800 refugees from Burma live in San Diego County. For older refugees, who have a harder time learning English, they can become isolated. A class called Homespun, where elders teach the traditional art of weaving, helps the young and old bond.

Death Of Al-Shabab Leader Is 'Great News' For San Diego Somalis

Sept. 5
By Megan Burks
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Local Somalis concerned about the radicalization of American youth are relieved to hear the leader of al-Shabab is dead.

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