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San Diego Resettlement Agency Seeks New Leadership After Investigation

San Diego Resettlement Agency Seeks New Leadership After Investigation

Sept. 18
By Tarryn Mento

After a posting for the position appeared online last week, the IRC's national office confirmed the San Diego executive director is no longer with the agency.

National Relief Group Finds San Diego Office Violated Policies In H...

National Relief Group Finds San Diego Office Violated Policies In Housing Refugees

Sept. 6
By Tarryn Mento

The International Rescue Committee began investigating its San Diego office after a series of KPBS reports on refugees who said they were told to sign leases that did not list all family members in their homes.

San Diego Wants To Be An Even More Welcoming City To Newcomers

San Diego Wants To Be An Even More Welcoming City To Newcomers

Sept. 14
By Tarryn Mento

San Diego's long history of immigrant and refugee resettlement paints the city as a welcoming community but a new initiative aims to improve the integration process for newcomers.

City, Community Groups Spar Over Best Way To Find New Police Chief

City, Community Groups Spar Over Best Way To Find New Police Chief

Sept. 13
By Tarryn Mento

The city of San Diego has proposed one method, while a coalition of community groups suggests another.

Refugee Agencies Wading Through The Details Of Appellate Court's Ru...

Refugee Agencies Wading Through The Details Of Appellate Court's Ruling

Sept. 8
By Tarryn Mento

Resettlement agencies are awaiting clarification from the government agency that oversees the U.S. refugee resettlement program.

Skaters' Paradise Nears Completion In City Heights After Youth-Led ...

Skaters' Paradise Nears Completion In City Heights After Youth-Led Campaign

Sept. 5
By Tarryn Mento

City Heights youth have pushed for a skate park since 2011.

Ticket Fee Limits Some Local Groups From Attending State-Sponsored ...

Ticket Fee Limits Some Local Groups From Attending State-Sponsored Refugee Event

Aug. 30
By Tarryn Mento

Tickets for the California Department of Social Services-sponsored Refugee Summit started at $190.

Trauma And Transitions: How San Diego Schools Grapple With Educatin...

Trauma And Transitions: How San Diego Schools Grapple With Educating Refugees

Aug. 28
Mandy McLaren and Megan Wood / inewsource

California now leads all other states in refugee resettlement, according to State Department figures. But San Diego County — which took in the most refugees in the state last fiscal year — has long been a destination for people escaping war or persecution in their home countries.

City Heights Coffee Spot Serves Community More Than Just A Caffeine...

City Heights Coffee Spot Serves Community More Than Just A Caffeine Buzz

Aug. 25
By Tarryn Mento

The menu at a City Heights coffee shop includes job training, community-building and a taste of home.

Not-Your-Average Book Drive Brings Curated Titles To City Heights Kids

Not-Your-Average Book Drive Brings Curated Titles To City Heights Kids

Aug. 16
By Tarryn Mento

As part of a national program, the San Diego Housing Commission and San Diego Public Library System will distribute new books that were curated specifically for the local community.

Study Of California’s Medical Interpretation Services Still Mired I...

Study Of California’s Medical Interpretation Services Still Mired In Process

Aug. 14
By Tarryn Mento

Gov. Jerry Brown in September signed AB 635. It directed the state to examine whether California is doing enough to provide interpretation to patients who speak a foreign language.

New Science Program Brings City Heights Students To Cabrillo Nation...

New Science Program Brings City Heights Students To Cabrillo National Monument

Aug. 11
By Susan Murphy

More than 500 middle school students from one of San Diego’s most underserved communities are about to embark on a science experiment like no other.

Refugee Families Forced To Move; Too Many Living In Their Apartments

Refugee Families Forced To Move; Too Many Living In Their Apartments

Aug. 9
By Tarryn Mento

After a KPBS investigation found four refugee families living with more people in their apartments than on their lease, more have come forward, saying a resettlement agency put them in apartments that were too small.

How Community Members Can Help Their Neighbors Thwart Chronic Diseases

How Community Members Can Help Their Neighbors Thwart Chronic Diseases

Aug. 4
By Tarryn Mento

In City Heights on Friday, 40 participants celebrated their completion of a free course in chronic disease prevention.

Volunteers Bring 'Free Food Park' To City Heights

Volunteers Bring 'Free Food Park' To City Heights

Aug. 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The volunteer group Eat San Diego launched the city's largest free food park in City Heights on Saturday, planting a peach tree, strawberries, kale and other fruits and vegetables. Once the food is ready this fall and winter, it will be available for anyone to pick and eat.

Investigation: San Diego Refugees Face Housing Dilemma

Investigation: San Diego Refugees Face Housing Dilemma

July 27
By Tarryn Mento

Refugees say resettlement workers faced with a tight rental market crammed them into too-small apartments, under leases that omitted occupants. They say that puts them at risk of losing their homes.

It's San Diego Pride, But This Woman Is Wanted For Being Gay

It's San Diego Pride, But This Woman Is Wanted For Being Gay

July 13
By Tarryn Mento

Sylvie fled to San Diego after she was beaten in her native Cameroon for being a lesbian. There is a warrant for her arrest in her native country.

San Diego Unified Approves New Discipline Policy

San Diego Unified Approves New Discipline Policy

July 12
By Tarryn Mento

The School Climate Bill of Rights prioritizes mediation, counseling and communication over suspension or expulsion. Research shows traditional methods disproportionately affect San Diego students of color and those with disabilities.

City Heights Group Proposes Counseling Instead Of Suspension In SD ...

City Heights Group Proposes Counseling Instead Of Suspension In SD Unified Schools

July 10
By Tarryn Mento

San Diego Unified School District's Board of Education will vote on a community-driven policy that would entitle students to address conflicts through restorative practices instead of punitive measures.

World Refugee Day: 7 Stories To Read About Resettlement In San Diego

World Refugee Day: 7 Stories To Read About Resettlement In San Diego

June 16
By Tarryn Mento

The region has a long history of welcoming refugees and KPBS has documented it over the years.

First Comes Art, Then Comes A Party, Then Comes Community Empowerment

First Comes Art, Then Comes A Party, Then Comes Community Empowerment

June 15
By Tarryn Mento

Working with neighborhood groups, a trio of community members is setting out to unite residents and shed any negative perception of San Diego's City Heights region.

Is Your Biz In A Business Improvement District? City Reports Show N...

Is Your Biz In A Business Improvement District? City Reports Show Not All Owners Know

June 5
By Tarryn Mento

In the city of San Diego's business improvement districts, owners pay into a fund to promote the area, but not all businesses are aware of their membership in the district.

Proposed Rule Change For Adult ESL Classes Could Impact Children

Proposed Rule Change For Adult ESL Classes Could Impact Children

June 1
By Megan Burks

Many parents enroll in English-language courses so they can help their kids with school. The federal government wants to see more of them use the classes to get jobs or go to college.

Early Study Results Show High Rates Of Anxiety Among Syrian Refugee...

Early Study Results Show High Rates Of Anxiety Among Syrian Refugee Kids

May 30
By Tarryn Mento

The preliminary results, shared at the American Psychiatric Association conference, showed within one month of coming to the U.S., nearly two-thirds of kids surveyed had probable anxiety diagnosis and 85 percent had probable separation anxiety.

Find Hidden Parks In San Diego County

Find Hidden Parks In San Diego County

May 30
By Claire Trageser

The website called, "Get Outside San Diego," is funded by The San Diego Foundation to increase access to public parks and open spaces.

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