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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?

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More San Diegans Registered To Vote In Primary Than 2008 General Election

May 23
By Megan Burks

We'll be tracking what this year's unconventional election cycle does to local voter rolls with our new online tool, the Voter Registration Tracker.

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Diversity Still Lags Among SDSU Graduates Planning To Be Teachers

May 12
By Megan Burks

The students graduating from San Diego State University with teaching credentials this year won't make the local pool of teachers more diverse, a problem for district's like San Diego Unified where 80 percent of the kids are students of color.

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Man Charged In City Heights Shooting That Injured SDPD Officer

May 11
By City News Service

Ignacio Canela, 33, is charged with premeditated attempted murder, evading police and other counts stemming from the 2013 shooting that seriously injured San Diego police Officer Timothy Bell.

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Assemblywoman Atkins Tries Again To Get Medical Interpretation Covered

May 4
By Megan Burks

San Diego Assemblywoman Toni Atkins and other lawmakers have tried and failed three times to pass bills that would increase access to language interpretation at doctors' offices and hospitals.

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A San Diego Refugee And Real Estate Professional Talk Politics

May 4
By Megan Burks

We recently revisited two of our voters from the neighboring San Diego communities of Kensington and Teralta. Their neighborhoods and backgrounds are drastically different. Their political views? Not so much.

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San Diego District 9 Candidates On The Issues

April 29
By KPBS News

KPBS asked all of the candidates running for San Diego City Council District 9 the same five questions.

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Council District 9 Candidates: No To Stadium, Yes To Sanctuary City

April 27
By Claire Trageser

The four candidates running to replace Democratic Councilwoman Marti Emerald agreed on most of the issues at a League of Women Voters forum on Wednesday night.

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Vacant Lot In City Heights May Soon Be Vacant No More

April 18
By Megan Burks

It's home to a flock of pigeons now, but an empty lot in City Heights could soon be home to a community circus and other events.

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Could All-Latino Slate Motivate Higher Voter Turnout In San Diego Neighborhood?

April 6
By Midday Edition

The wealthy and mostly white Kensington neighborhood has effectively decided who represents an entire City Council district. This year could be different, as all the major City Council candidates in the district are Latino.

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San Diego Storefront Getting Facelift To Become Innovative School

March 30
By Megan Burks

The County Office of Education plans to have students from its alternative schools run businesses out of the renovated site. The development will replace an old car dealership and church goods store on El Cajon Boulevard near Interstate 15.

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Fossils Unearthed Along State Route 15 in San Diego

March 16
By Megan Burks

Caltrans began work this month on a bikeway that will take cyclists from Kensington to Mission Valley by 2018. Discoveries at the job site reveal something very different passed through the route 3.5 million years ago.

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California Bill Would Let Rideshare Drivers, Others Organize

March 14
By Midday Edition

San Diego Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez introduced the bill and said it goes beyond the "gig economy." San Diego's taxi industry and others could also be affected.

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San Diego's 'Latino Empowerment District' Could Get Its First Latino Rep

March 11
By Megan Burks

The city added a ninth council district in the Mid-City area, where Latino residents make up the majority. A year later, it elected City Councilwoman Marti Emerald, who is white.

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California Counts: Mobilizing The State’s Refugee Voters

March 9
By Midday Edition
By Megan Burks

Voter turnout in San Diego's refugee community is low, but those refugees who do vote never miss an election. Now a nonprofit is working to get out the vote among refugees — betting they'll become super voters.

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Much-Wanted Senior Programs Coming To City Heights

Feb. 29
By Megan Burks

The city of San Diego's infrastructure committee has signed off on money for a recreation building at Park de la Cruz in City Heights, where city and county senior programs could find a home if the City Council approves.

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California Law Gives Tenants New Recourse For Moldy Apartments

Feb. 23
By Megan Burks

Until 2016, the state didn't consider mold a condition of substandard housing.

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Silverado Ballroom In City Heights Reopens Following Renovation

Feb. 17
By City News Service

Most of the restoration of the 85-year-old Silverado Ballroom was funded by a $1.38 million city redevelopment loan and $81,000 from the city's Small Business Revolving Loan Fund.

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Bike Lane Coming To San Diego Street Where Skateboarder Died

Feb. 15
By Megan Burks

Four months after a teen was killed in a hit-and-run on 54th Street in the mid-city area, the city of San Diego is taking steps to improve safety there.

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San Diego Neighborhoods Close In Distance, Miles Apart In Voter Turnout

Feb. 10
By Evening Edition

Kensington and the Teralta neighborhood in City Heights butt up against each other geographically, but they have stark differences. One example: In Kensington, 62 percent of registered voters cast ballots in the 2014 general election compared to 27 percent in Teralta.

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President's Budget Could Close Summer Meal Gap For 68K Children In San Diego County

Feb. 8
By Megan Burks

Many children in the county who qualify for free school lunches aren't getting assistance during summer break.

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Family Tradition Survives In Market Creek Mural Project

Feb. 1
By Claire Trageser

The "Community Faces" mural at Market Creek Plaza in southeastern San Diego has come down and will be replaced with a new one showing faces of younger community members. But in one family, the tradition will carry on.

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Why Don't More Californians Vote?

Jan. 28
By Steven Cuevas

Reporters from four California public media newsrooms, including KPBS, are teaming up this election year to ask why some people don't cast their ballots and why others make it a priority. The project is called — California Counts.

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More Cabbies — And New Apps — Enter San Diego Market

Jan. 25
By Megan Burks

Yellow Cab has launched a mobile app to help the new cabbies compete with rideshare services. Another is expected in February.

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In Adult Ed Class, Immigrant Parents Pick Up Where They Left Off

Jan. 21
By Megan Burks

Educators say parent involvement is key to a student's success. But what if a student's parents never went to school themselves? A program in the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego is trying to help.

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San Diego Rally Shows Support For Muslim Women

Jan. 18
By Andrew Bowen

About 400 people attended a rally Monday showing solidarity with Muslim women, many of whom said they've seen an upsurge in prejudice in recent months.

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