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How San Diego's Foreign Language Speakers Stay Informed About Wildfires

Dec. 7, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

As the wildfire threat level climbs, how can non-English speakers get informed?

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Coffee House Expansion Aims To Serve More Employees, Not Just Customers

Dec. 4, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

The nonprofit City Heights Coffee House in Mid-City San Diego has a mission to pay, train and mentor workers who often face barriers to employment.

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Local Law Day Event Recognized As Best In The Country

Nov. 27, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

The American Bar Association recognized the City Heights Law Day 2017 event, which focused on informing the public about their 14th Amendment rights.

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San Diego Resettlement Agency Says It Made Changes After KPBS Investigation

Nov. 21, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

IRC San Diego's acting executive director Mireille Cronin Mather discusses changes made after a KPBS investigation found refugee families were placed in homes that were too small.

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Family Business Celebrates 45 Years As 'A Little Bit Of The Country' In The City

Nov. 17, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

San Diego is one of the largest cities in the nation, but in the City Heights neighborhood, there’s a family-owned business that’s resisted urbanization for decades.

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Sidewalk, Streetlight Improvements Could Bring Healthier Future To City Heights

Nov. 16, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

Street enhancements in San Diego's City Heights community may bring more than just well-lit pathways to the underserved area.

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City Heights Nearly Tops List Of Hottest Zip Codes For County Home Sales

Nov. 9, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

One of San Diego’s lowest-income communities is seeing a housing boom, which is pleasing homeowners but stoking fears of gentrification.

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Mid-City Neighborhood Nonprofit Looking For A Few Good Board Candidates

Nov. 6, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

Out of ten available seats, only five candidates are running for the City Heights Town Council, a nonprofit community advocacy group.

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City Heights Tattoo Shop Will Ink For Charity

Nov. 3, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

Starting at $50, you can get a new tattoo and a good conscience at Diego Tattoo Gallery on Sunday.

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City Heights Hosts One-Stop Shop For Community Resources

Nov. 2, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

For communities in need of a health screening, employment assistance or a hot meal, an annual resource fair aims to be a one-stop shop.

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California Makes Progress On Launching Medical Interpretation Study

Oct. 30, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

How well do health care providers translate for patients who speak another language? California has taken a key step toward answering that question.

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Introducing Employers To An Untapped Pool Of Skilled Newcomers

Oct. 26, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

The goal of the Skilled and Foreign Credentialed Newcomers Job and Resources Expo is to connect certified and experienced immigrants with training and employment opportunities in their fields.

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Expiration Of Resettlement Suspension May Not Mean A Jump In Refugees

Oct. 24, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

The expected lifting of a temporary ban on refugee arrivals could have little impact on the numbers of newcomers.

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Federal Program To Address Racial, Ethnic Health Disparities May Go Unfunded

Oct. 17, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

Supporters of the program say it is effective and can save money, while opponents say there is just not enough funding.

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Helping San Diego-Resettled Refugees Overcome Trauma

Oct. 10, 2017
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.

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

Oct. 5, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

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

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

Oct. 3, 2017
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.

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How A Reduced Ceiling On Refugee Arrivals Could Impact San Diego

Sept. 29, 2017
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.

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

Sept. 27, 2017
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.

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Report: White House To Lower Refugee Cap

Sept. 27, 2017
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.

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San Diego Resettlement Agency Seeks New Leadership After Investigation

Sept. 18, 2017
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.

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National Relief Group Finds San Diego Office Violated Policies In Housing Refugees

Sept. 6, 2017
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.

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San Diego Wants To Be An Even More Welcoming City To Newcomers

Sept. 14, 2017
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.

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City, Community Groups Spar Over Best Way To Find New Police Chief

Sept. 13, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

The city of San Diego has proposed one method, while a coalition of community groups suggests another.

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Refugee Agencies Wading Through The Details Of Appellate Court's Ruling

Sept. 8, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

Resettlement agencies are awaiting clarification from the government agency that oversees the U.S. refugee resettlement program.