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Helping San Diego-Resettled Refugees Overcome Trauma

Helping San Diego-Resettled Refugees Overcome Trauma

Oct. 10
By Megan Burke, Tarryn Mento

A City Heights-based organization is bringing community groups and government officials together to provide better services for immigrants suffering from emotional disorders.

City Taps Firm To Find San Diego's Next Police Chief

City Taps Firm To Find San Diego's Next Police Chief

Oct. 5
By Tarryn Mento

Bob Murray & Associates will assist the city of San Diego in its search to replace Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman.

City Heights To Weigh In On San Diego's Police Chief Search

City Heights To Weigh In On San Diego's Police Chief Search

Oct. 3
By Tarryn Mento

The next public forum of hiring the city's new police chief is Wednesday evening at the Mid-City Gym in City Heights.

How A Reduced Ceiling On Refugee Arrivals Could Impact San Diego

How A Reduced Ceiling On Refugee Arrivals Could Impact San Diego

Sept. 29
By Tarryn Mento

This time last year, San Diego County was the number one destination for refugees, but as the fiscal year ends this month, that is changing.

House, Senate Judiciary Committee Members React To 45,000 Refugee Cap

House, Senate Judiciary Committee Members React To 45,000 Refugee Cap

Sept. 27
By Tarryn Mento

Media outlets reported this week President Donald Trump would cut the ceiling on refugee arrivals for next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, from 50,000 to 45,000.

Report: White House To Lower Refugee Cap

Report: White House To Lower Refugee Cap

Sept. 27
By Tarryn Mento

San Diego has been a go-to refugee resettlement destination for years, but it is not clear how the region's federal representatives will get to weigh in on reported proposals to reduce the refugee cap.

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.

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