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Effort Launches To Mobilize Vietnamese Voters In San Diego

May 22
By Tarryn Mento

Viet Vote aims to boost civic engagement among San Diego’s Vietnamese community, one of the largest in the country.

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Fact Check: DA Candidate's Campaign Claims Supporting Opponent A 'Threat' To Public Safety

May 17
By Michael Lipkin, Tarryn Mento

The campaign for Summer Stephan, interim San Diego County District Attorney, is behind a recently launched website that claims supporting DA candidate Geneviéve Jones-Wright is a threat to public safety.

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San Diego Immigrants Examine Past Challenges To Help Future Newcomers

May 14
By Tarryn Mento

A nonprofit program is asking the public to contribute ideas for making San Diego more welcoming to immigrants.

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San Diego Coalition Seeks Public Input To Improve Newcomer Experience

May 7
By Tarryn Mento

While the national immigration debate largely focuses on how a person enters the country, a local effort is examining the process after immigrants arrive, and it's tapping the public for help.

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International Museum In San Diego Looks Local For Latest Multicultural Offering

May 3
By Tarryn Mento

San Diego’s museums showcase artwork and artifacts from around the world, but curators at the Mingei International Museum didn't have to travel far for its upcoming demonstration.

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San Diego District Attorney's Race Pits Public Defender Against County's Interim Prosecutor

May 2
By Tarryn Mento

A veteran prosecutor serving as interim District Attorney is running against a deputy public defender seeking change.

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San Diego City Council Committee Hears Suggestions To Address Housing Crisis

April 18
By City News Service, Tarryn Mento

The San Diego City Council's Smart Growth and Land Use Committee hosted discussions Wednesday intended to alleviate the city's affordable housing challenges.

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City Heights Coffee House Grows From Cart To Storefront

April 16
By Tarryn Mento

The nonprofit focuses on employing youth, immigrants and others who may face difficulties finding a job.

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Potential Fair Housing Violations You May Not Know About

April 11
By Tarryn Mento

Facebook and the Fair Housing Act of 1968 are decades away from each other, but the two were referenced in the same breath Tuesday when a U.S. senator questioned the tech company's CEO.

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City Heights Youth Garden Helps Grow Job Skills

April 6
By Kris Arciaga

Students are growing more than vegetables and fruits at Second Chance Youth Garden in City Heights, which offers them a chance to explore careers and develop job skills.

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City Heights Embraces Dockless Bikes While Other Communities Fight Them

April 4
By Tarryn Mento

The city of Coronado and San Diego communities of Little Italy and La Jolla claim their rights of way are overwhelmed by the freestanding bikes, while businesses farther east in City Heights are hoping to see more of them.

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Why This NOAA Scientist Is Temporarily Calling City Heights Home

March 28
By Tarryn Mento

An upcoming science education center in the San Diego neighborhood will also house a scientist-in-residence.

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Final Tax Filing Tips Before April 17 Deadline

March 23
By Tarryn Mento

Every taxpayer is responsible for the accuracy of his or her own tax returns — even if they used a paid preparer.

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San Diego’s Somalis Worried About Mental Health Needs

March 12
By Tarryn Mento

Members of San Diego's Somali community share their stories about losing loved ones to suicide in an effort to shed the taboo on psychological disorders.

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Where To Find Free Tax Prep For Low-Income Filers

March 8
By Elma Gonzalez, Tarryn Mento

Those who make $54,000 or less may qualify to receive tax preparation at no charge. There are at least two dozen locations around the county and some provide services in multiple languages.

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Federal Monitors Warned San Diego Refugee Nonprofit Of Problems With Resettlement Practices

Feb. 23
By Tarryn Mento

The International Rescue Committee knew as early as June 2016 that it was improperly placing some San Diego refugee families in homes too small to accommodate them, yet the practice continued.

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San Diego's Little Saigon Cultural District Gets Some Fresh Branding

Feb. 19
By Tarryn Mento and Ernesto Munoz and Brian Myers / Media Arts Center San Diego

The city-designated Little Saigon Cultural and Commercial District received a new landmark mural thanks to artistic nomads.

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First Person: From Refugee To Proprietor

Feb. 19
By Tarryn Mento

Queentabel Banka opened her hair braiding business in San Diego's City Heights neighborhood shortly after arriving in the U.S.

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National Study: San Diego’s Fern Street Circus Helps At-Risk Youth Develop Social And Emotional Skills

Feb. 15
By Katie Schoolov

A new study shows an unusual type of after-school program is especially helpful for at-risk youth: the circus.

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Coalition Calls On County Supervisors To Add Evening Budget Hearing

Feb. 14
By Tarryn Mento

A handful of speakers Wednesday called on elected officials to reverse their decision to not hold an evening meeting. More than 275 signed petitions in support of an evening meeting were also submitted to the board.

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How San Diego's Needy Families Can Get A Bigger Tax Refund

Feb. 12
By Tarryn Mento

San Diegans lose out on an estimated $137 million in state and federal tax credits each year.

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Mayor's Selection For Next SDPD Chief Says Public Should Expect Transparency

Feb. 6
By Tarryn Mento

Assistant Chief David Nisleit answers questions about community policing, a 2016 report on racial profiling by police and a coalition's public call for specific changes at SDPD.

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Report Finds San Diego's Immigrant Community Tied To Region's Economic Prosperity

Feb. 2
By City News Service, Tarryn Mento

A new report breaks down the contributions of San Diego's immigrant community.

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Tutoring Nonprofit Looking For Help To Give Refugee Students A Boost

Jan. 31
By Tarryn Mento

A local nonprofit in San Diego's City Heights neighborhood runs an after-school program to bridge that learning gap, but the group said it also needs help.

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Free Puppet Shows In City Heights Aren’t Just For Kids

Jan. 26
By Tarryn Mento

In its second year, an upcoming series will bring professional puppeteers to the City Heights Performing Annex.

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