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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?

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

Feb. 8
By Megan Burks
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Many children in the county who qualify for free school lunches aren't getting assistance during summer break.

Family Tradition Survives In Market Creek Mural Project

Feb. 1
By Claire Trageser
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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.

Why Don't More Californians Vote?

Jan. 28
By Steven Cuevas
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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.

More Cabbies — And New Apps — Enter San Diego Market

Jan. 25
By Megan Burks
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Yellow Cab has launched a mobile app to help the new cabbies compete with rideshare services. Another is expected in February.

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

Jan. 21
By Megan Burks
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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.

San Diego Rally Shows Support For Muslim Women

Jan. 18
By Andrew Bowen
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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.

California Bill Would Restore Mental Health Funding In Elementary Schools

Jan. 18
By Megan Burks
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The conversation about childhood trauma is in vogue among U.S. educators. But increased awareness comes at a time when state funding for children's mental health care is flat.

Karen Refugees In San Diego Celebrate Their New Year

Jan. 11
By Claire Trageser
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Refugees from a Burmese ethnic minority group celebrated the new year this weekend and also discussed the news from their home country.

City Heights Embraces Its Small Markets

Dec. 17
By Megan Burks
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The City Heights neighborhood of San Diego has long been considered a food desert with its sparse supermarkets. But residents are working to make it an oasis of well-stocked corner markets.

Program To Keep San Diego Juveniles Out Of Prison Could Expand

Dec. 14
By Andrew Bowen
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The restorative justice program aimed at helping juvenile delinquents could get $1 million in new funding from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

On Human Rights Day, San Diegans Rally For Refugee Rights

Dec. 10
By Megan Burks
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Refugees and refugee advocates plan to gather downtown Thursday "to stand up against hateful rhetoric" and ask elected leaders to welcome those seeking asylum.

City Heights Program Works To Get Kids To School On Time

Dec. 8
By Megan Burks
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The program places social work interns on school campuses so they can intervene when absences start to pile up.

San Diego Arts Nonprofit To Confront Migrant Debate With Airport Mural

Dec. 4
By Megan Burks
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Travelers at Lindbergh Field will soon come face-to-face with 50 refugees and immigrants living in San Diego through a mural by The AjA Project.

How A San Diego Charter School Beat The Odds

Dec. 1
By Megan Burks
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America's Finest Charter School was the top performing underprivileged school in California on standardized tests last year. We wanted to know why and found out ex-Superintendent Alan Bersin's methods get the credit.

UCLA: As Suspensions Dropped, California Students Performed Better

Nov. 24
By Megan Burks, Brooke Ruth
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A new study begins to debunk fears that school discipline reform would result in rowdy classrooms and poor learning environments. Plus, we lay out the suspension trend district-by-district for San Diego County.

On The Syllabus For San Diego Students, Police: How To Communicate

Nov. 18
By Megan Burks
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County and school officials hope to expand a pilot program that brought together students and police for conflict resolution training.

San Diego Coalition Wants 100% Enrollment In Safety Net Programs By 2020

Nov. 13
By Megan Burks
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Community groups and public employees are calling on San Diego County to get more eligible residents enrolled in CalFresh and CalWORKS.

Double Murder Suspect Wounded In Police Standoff

Nov. 13
By City News Service
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The suspect in a shooting that left a 20-year-old woman and her 22-year-old brother dead was wounded in an officer-involved shooting in City Heights early Friday.

San Diego Unified Expands Halal School Lunch Program

Nov. 11
By Megan Burks
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The district has also increased interpretation services to help refugee and immigrant parents in meetings with teachers and administrators.

Cornel West To Discuss Race, Policing In Southeastern San Diego

Nov. 6
By Megan Burks
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The event continues the discussion around a controversial gang conspiracy law used to jail several men from the neighborhood.

City Heights Residents Create Roving Senior Center

Nov. 6
By Megan Burks
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Federal funding for senior services hasn't kept up with inflation thanks to stalled legislation. As their Baby Boomer neighbors age, a group of City Heights residents aren't waiting for lawmakers to catch up.

San Diego Responds To Calls For Safety Fixes At Fatal Hit-And-Run Site

Nov. 3
By Megan Burks
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City engineers may extend an existing resurfacing project on 54th Street to improve safety for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Release Of San Diego Police Racial Profiling Analysis Delayed

Oct. 28
By Megan Burks
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Councilwoman Marti Emerald wants to release the three-stage study in full despite an existing plan to release information as it becomes available.

Archaeology Program Trains City Heights Students To Think Creatively

Oct. 26
By Dwane Brown
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A pilot program from the San Diego Archaeological Center aims to teach kids to ask questions, carry out an investigation and analyze data.

San Diego School Scores Highest Among Low-Income Schools On State Test

Oct. 26
By Megan Burks
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A charter school in San Diego's Mid-City area is getting top honors for its performance on California's new Common Core-aligned standardized test.

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