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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.

City Heights Group's Funding For Foreign Trafficking Victims To Con...

City Heights Group's Funding For Foreign Trafficking Victims To Continue

May 24
By Tarryn Mento

This week, we told you about an anti-human trafficking program that was running out of money. Now the organization received some good news.

Trafficking Victims Find Lifeline At City Heights Agency, But Fundi...

Trafficking Victims Find Lifeline At City Heights Agency, But Funding May Run Dry

May 22
By Tarryn Mento

A nonprofit in City Heights runs an anti-human trafficking program focused on assisting immigrant victims, but it may not have enough funding to finish out the fiscal year.

Asylum 101: Different Pathways Asylum-Seekers, Refugees Take To Rea...

Asylum 101: Different Pathways Asylum-Seekers, Refugees Take To Reach The US

May 8
By Tarryn Mento

You may know about refugees but what do you know about asylum-seekers?

Nonprofit, School Board Invest $15 Million In Scientific Future Of ...

Nonprofit, School Board Invest $15 Million In Scientific Future Of City Heights Students

May 2
By Tarryn Mento

The tuition-free learning and research center will boost science education.

Run A Biz Near El Cajon Boulevard? The City Is Stopping By To Hear ...

Run A Biz Near El Cajon Boulevard? The City Is Stopping By To Hear Your Concerns

April 24
By Tarryn Mento

Staff from the city of San Diego's Economic Development Department will join volunteers this week to visit Mid City businesses.

A Dose Of Nature Comes To One Of San Diego's Densest Neighborhoods

A Dose Of Nature Comes To One Of San Diego's Densest Neighborhoods

April 14
By Tarryn Mento

San Diego's City Heights neighborhood is now home to a vast network of canyon trails that offer recreational, educational and environmental benefits.

City Heights Soccer Team Sees Glory In Playing For Syria

City Heights Soccer Team Sees Glory In Playing For Syria

April 7
By Tarryn Mento

As the world witnesses the fallout of a chemical weapons attack in Syria, some of that nation’s youngest refugees are finding a way to move forward in their new home in San Diego.

California To Study Its Medical Interpretation Services

California To Study Its Medical Interpretation Services

April 4
By Tarryn Mento

New law will study and pilot a program on interpretation services for patients who speak a language other than English.

New Police Captain Says He's Going 'Home' To Mid City

New Police Captain Says He's Going 'Home' To Mid City

March 30
By Tarryn Mento

When’s the last time you casually called a police officer about a problem in your community? That’s the kind of open dialogue the new police captain in San Diego’s Mid City region says he wants to create between his officers and the community they serve.

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