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San Diego Police To Overhaul Racial Profiling Data Efforts

Jan. 22
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SDPD Chief William Lansdowne says the department's current data collection efforts are not enough.

Helping Hungry Kids Eat At Home When School Is Out

July 29
By Megan Burks
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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.

San Diego Committee Wants Worn-Out Cabs Off The Road

July 28
By Megan Burks
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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.

City Heights Residents Want A Grocery Store But Maybe Not El Super

July 23
By Megan Burks
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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.

Traveling Stories Uses Farmers Markets To Get Kids Reading

July 21
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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.

More San Diego Refugee Girls Are College Bound, Flipping The Cultural Script

July 7
By Megan Burks
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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.

San Diego City Council Committee Unanimously Supports Open Data Policy

July 2
By City News Service
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The policy is designed to make government information available to residents online.

City Heights Youth Will Have Their Skate Park

July 1
By Megan Burks
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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.

Long Summer Days Challenging For San Diego Muslims Fasting For Ramadan

June 30
By Megan Burks
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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.

Free Bus Pass Program To Get Kids To School Funded For One More Year

June 25
By Megan Burks
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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.

Scenes From World Refugee Day In San Diego

June 23
By KPBS
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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.

San Diego Refugee Lobbies Congress For More Resettlement Dollars

June 20
By Megan Burks
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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.

San Diego, MTS Approve Taxi Contract But Still Idling On Reform

June 19
By Megan Burks
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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.

Gloria's Modified Proposal To Raise San Diego's Minimum Wage Moves Forward

June 16
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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.

San Diego City Council Approves 500 Percent Increase In Fees For Mid-City Parks And Facilities

June 11
By Megan Burks
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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.

Muslim San Diego Residents Call For Halal School Lunches

June 3
By Megan Burks
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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.

Racial Data Collected From San Diego Police Traffic Stops Shows Irregularities

May 19
By Megan Burks
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Based on figures from January through March, San Diego police pulled over blacks and Hispanics at a higher rate than their percentage of the population. The police chief says more analysis is needed to draw conclusions from the data.

San Diego Anti-Hunger Group Wants Food Stamps Used To Combat Summer Meal Gap

May 12
By Megan Burks
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Hunger groups know parents who can't afford to pack lunches for their children September through May can't do it during the summer either. Now they're looking to EBT cards to make sure kids are eating when school's out.

Not Everyone Is Happy With San Diego's Bike Share Locations

May 8
By Megan Burks
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San Diegans recently got a sneak peek at where they'll be able to rent bikes to explore the city or run errands. Not everyone was happy with what they saw.

Local Farmers Help San Diegans Connect To Their Roots Through Agriculture

May 7
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The New Roots urban farm in City Heights was set up to help new refugees to San Diego use their skills to help put food on the table. Now, the expanding farm has become a business.

A Letter Parents Don't Want To Get From The Cops: Your Kid's In A Gang

May 7
By Megan Burks
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Parents can protest the gang designation, but KPBS found recently that the 10 parents who received the letters from the San Diego police didn't challenge the finding.

City Heights Residents Give Their Neighborhood Canyon A Spring Cleaning

April 29
By Megan Burks
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Mid-city residents took part in a countywide watershed cleanup event, scouring the region's canyons, creeks and beaches.

San Diego Gang Notification Letters Are A Win For Transparency — And So Far Not Much Else

April 28
By Megan Burks
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A new law lets parents step in before police add their child's name to a statewide gang database. So far, no one has taken the cops up on the offer.

City Heights Nonprofit Struggles To Connect With San Diego Businesses

April 23
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Since the City Heights Partnership for Children launched in 2011 it has struggled to team up with San Diego businesses. A recent case study offers some answers behind the trend.

San Diego Cops To Change Tactics That Upset Minority Communities

April 22
By Megan Burks and Liam Dillon / Voice of San Diego
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Officers were told to limit when they sit people on the curb for questioning and when they ask them if they're on probation or parole.

City Heights Residents Rally For Free Bus Pass Program Expansion

April 11
By Megan Burks
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A pilot program that provided free transit passes to students in need is coming to an end. Program advocates are looking to fund an expansion.

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