SDPD Chief William Lansdowne says the department's current data collection efforts are not enough.
- Sept. 16
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.
- Sept. 5
Local Somalis concerned about the radicalization of American youth are relieved to hear the leader of al-Shabab is dead.
- Sept. 4
Cab driver advocates say an airport regulation to protect customers from cabbie body odor stirs up racial stereotypes.
- Sept. 4
At one point during the local protests, strikers were sitting in the roadway on University Avenue over Interstate 15. About a dozen people were arrested and taken away by police.
- Aug. 28
There could soon be a lot more cabs serving San Diego. Councilwoman Marti Emerald proposed lifting a cap on taxi permits, but current permit holders say the move could dry up their investments.
City Heights skateboarders helped author a report that looks at the health benefits and implications of the skate park coming to their neighborhood. They're part of a growing trend that takes environmental reviews of city projects past wire quality and traffic patterns.
- Aug. 20
El Cajon's Mark Arabo went from calling his congressman to working with the United Nations and its member countries to pull people out of Iraq. He wants the United States to bring more Iraqis to its shores, too.
- Aug. 15
Official efforts to reform the taxi industry and respond to drivers' concerns have been slow-going. But Uber is ushering in change quickly, and taxi drivers are fleeing their costly leases to drive for the app instead.
- Aug. 14
A moment of silence was held at the City Heights Performance Annex on Thursday afternoon to honor Michael Brown and victims of police brutality.
- July 31
Young photographers from The AjA Project, a community arts nonprofit, captured in images local celebrations that marked the end of Ramadan.
- July 29
Hungry kids aren't showing up to programs that exist to feed them when school — and free lunches — are done for the year. A new bill would give their parents extra food stamps to help them eat at home.
- July 28
The city's public safety committee is gaining some traction on taxi reform. It moved a proposal to cap the age of vehicles operating as taxis at 10 years, but is idling on others.
- July 23
Albertsons caused an uproar when it left the so-called food desert in February. Now, a new supermarket is coming to City Heights, but residents aren't welcoming it with open arms.
- July 21
- Midday Edition
Literacy in San Diego is getting a boost from the Traveling Stories nonprofit, a Santee-based group that uses a special space at local farmers markets to encourage kids to read and get "book bucks" in return.
- July 7
Young men and women all over are beginning to pack up their childhood bedrooms to head off to college. But for many Somali refugee girls, they're breaking ties with more than just the comforts of home. They're breaking cultural norms.
- July 2
The policy is designed to make government information available to residents online.
- July 1
City Heights youth have sustained a sophisticated campaign for a skate park for some time. Councilwoman Marti Emerald says they'll finally get their wish, thanks to a state grant.
- June 30
San Diego Muslims will fast for 14 hours a day while worshippers in northern European countries, where the days are longer, will fast for around 20 hours.
- June 25
The bus passes were billed as a school attendance booster, but the majority of program participants had stellar attendance to begin with. School officials say they see gains elsewhere and want to ride the experiment out for another year.
- June 23
Check out photos from Saturday's event at Balboa Park that were taken by youths from the The AjA Project, a photography nonprofit. Many of the young photographers are refugees themselves.
- June 20
Saturday is World Refugee Day. One San Diego refugee is taking the opportunity to lobby Congress for more funds to help refugees rent homes and find jobs.
- June 19
A new contract leaves the Metropolitan Transit System as the regulator of the taxi industry. Drivers hoping for reform will have to turn to the city.
The San Diego City Council has voted to direct staff to begin conferring with the city's labor unions over a proposal to raise the minimum wage in San Diego to $11.50 an hour.
- June 11
City Council has approved a 500 percent development fee increase to help build parks in the mid-city area. But the increase could scare off the very developers needed to pay those fees.
- June 3
School lunches are back in the spotlight this summer as districts try to comply with new nutrition rules. Meanwhile, Muslim residents in City Heights are calling for school cafeterias to offer foods that fit their religious guidelines.
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