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San Diego Scrambling To Plan For Minimum Wage Increase

San Diego Scrambling To Plan For Minimum Wage Increase

July 1
By Claire Trageser

A referendum voters overwhelmingly approved last month meant the city had about a month to get a system in place to enforce the minimum wage increase.

San Diego Groups Celebrate World Refugee Day

San Diego Groups Celebrate World Refugee Day

June 17
By Tarryn Mento

The topic of refugees has been a contentious talking point lately in the U.S., but World Refugee Day aims to celebrate and welcome displaced people.

Get-Out-The-Vote Mural Goes Up In City Heights

Get-Out-The-Vote Mural Goes Up In City Heights

June 16
By Megan Burks

KPBS has teamed up with The AjA Project and the Copley-Price Family YMCA to draw attention to the issue of voter turnout using the public mural that lets people share why they vote.

San Diego Voters Excited, Worried About November Presidential Elect...

San Diego Voters Excited, Worried About November Presidential Election

June 8
By Megan Burks, Tarryn Mento

Hillary Clinton’s claim on the Democratic nomination this week marked progress in American politics. But while many San Diego voters were proud to see a woman leading a presidential ticket, their outlook on the country was a little more complex.

Flores, Gomez Will Vie In November For City Council District 9 Seat

Flores, Gomez Will Vie In November For City Council District 9 Seat

June 7
By Megan Burks, Claire Trageser

City Council District 9, which includes Kensington, City Heights and the College Area, will get its first Latino council member this year. The district was drawn to favor Latinos, but in the last City Council election it went to Councilwoman Marti Emerald.

New Initiative Aims To Improve Experience Of Refugees In San Diego

New Initiative Aims To Improve Experience Of Refugees In San Diego

June 1
By Tarryn Mento

How do you make a new address into a new home? A study aims to answer that question for the thousands of refugees who arrive in San Diego each year.

In Low Voting San Diego Neighborhood, Refugee Groups Want 100% Turnout

In Low Voting San Diego Neighborhood, Refugee Groups Want 100% Turnout

June 1
By Claire Trageser

The City Heights neighborhood has historically had the lowest voter turnout in San Diego, but some refugees are bucking that trend.

City Heights After-School Program Teaches Golf To Low-Income Kids

City Heights After-School Program Teaches Golf To Low-Income Kids

May 30
By Jean Guerrero

Founded by former Chargers player Ernie Wright in 1994, Pro Kids has been using golf to help low-income students — including refugees and immigrants — excel in school.

#ShowUsYourMailers: Bold Claims In San Diego Council District 9 Mailer

#ShowUsYourMailers: Bold Claims In San Diego Council District 9 Mailer

May 30
By Megan Burks

San Diego City Council District 9 candidate Georgette Gómez says she's leading the fight against public funding for a stadium and brought a farmers market to City Heights.

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Sidewalk Near Dangerous City Heights Intersection Could See Upgrades This Summer

May 26
By Tarryn Mento

City staff has pulled together funding for a new sidewalk along a busy road where a 15-year-old skateboarder was killed in an accident last fall.

More San Diegans Registered To Vote In Primary Than 2008 General El...

More San Diegans Registered To Vote In Primary Than 2008 General Election

May 23
By Megan Burks

We'll be tracking what this year's unconventional election cycle does to local voter rolls with our new online tool, the Voter Registration Tracker.

Diversity Still Lags Among SDSU Graduates Planning To Be Teachers

Diversity Still Lags Among SDSU Graduates Planning To Be Teachers

May 12
By Megan Burks

The students graduating from San Diego State University with teaching credentials this year won't make the local pool of teachers more diverse, a problem for district's like San Diego Unified where 80 percent of the kids are students of color.

Man Charged In City Heights Shooting That Injured SDPD Officer

Man Charged In City Heights Shooting That Injured SDPD Officer

May 11
By City News Service

Ignacio Canela, 33, is charged with premeditated attempted murder, evading police and other counts stemming from the 2013 shooting that seriously injured San Diego police Officer Timothy Bell.

Assemblywoman Atkins Tries Again To Get Medical Interpretation Covered

Assemblywoman Atkins Tries Again To Get Medical Interpretation Covered

May 4
By Megan Burks

San Diego Assemblywoman Toni Atkins and other lawmakers have tried and failed three times to pass bills that would increase access to language interpretation at doctors' offices and hospitals.

A San Diego Refugee And Real Estate Professional Talk Politics

A San Diego Refugee And Real Estate Professional Talk Politics

May 4
By Megan Burks

We recently revisited two of our voters from the neighboring San Diego communities of Kensington and Teralta. Their neighborhoods and backgrounds are drastically different. Their political views? Not so much.

San Diego District 9 Candidates On The Issues

San Diego District 9 Candidates On The Issues

April 29
By KPBS News

KPBS asked all of the candidates running for San Diego City Council District 9 the same five questions.

Council District 9 Candidates: No To Stadium, Yes To Sanctuary City

Council District 9 Candidates: No To Stadium, Yes To Sanctuary City

April 27
By Claire Trageser

The four candidates running to replace Democratic Councilwoman Marti Emerald agreed on most of the issues at a League of Women Voters forum on Wednesday night.

Vacant Lot In City Heights May Soon Be Vacant No More

Vacant Lot In City Heights May Soon Be Vacant No More

April 18
By Megan Burks

It's home to a flock of pigeons now, but an empty lot in City Heights could soon be home to a community circus and other events.

Could All-Latino Slate Motivate Higher Voter Turnout In San Diego N...

Could All-Latino Slate Motivate Higher Voter Turnout In San Diego Neighborhood?

April 6
By Claire Trageser

The wealthy and mostly white Kensington neighborhood has effectively decided who represents an entire City Council district. This year could be different, as all the major City Council candidates in the district are Latino.

San Diego Storefront Getting Facelift To Become Innovative School

San Diego Storefront Getting Facelift To Become Innovative School

March 30
By Megan Burks

The County Office of Education plans to have students from its alternative schools run businesses out of the renovated site. The development will replace an old car dealership and church goods store on El Cajon Boulevard near Interstate 15.

Fossils Unearthed Along State Route 15 in San Diego

Fossils Unearthed Along State Route 15 in San Diego

March 16
By Megan Burks

Caltrans began work this month on a bikeway that will take cyclists from Kensington to Mission Valley by 2018. Discoveries at the job site reveal something very different passed through the route 3.5 million years ago.

California Bill Would Let Rideshare Drivers, Others Organize

California Bill Would Let Rideshare Drivers, Others Organize

March 14
By Megan Burks

San Diego Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez introduced the bill and said it goes beyond the "gig economy." San Diego's taxi industry and others could also be affected.

San Diego's 'Latino Empowerment District' Could Get Its First Latin...

San Diego's 'Latino Empowerment District' Could Get Its First Latino Rep

March 11
By Megan Burks

The city added a ninth council district in the Mid-City area, where Latino residents make up the majority. A year later, it elected City Councilwoman Marti Emerald, who is white.

California Counts: Mobilizing The State’s Refugee Voters

California Counts: Mobilizing The State’s Refugee Voters

March 9
By Megan Burks

Voter turnout in San Diego's refugee community is low, but those refugees who do vote never miss an election. Now a nonprofit is working to get out the vote among refugees — betting they'll become super voters.

Much-Wanted Senior Programs Coming To City Heights

Much-Wanted Senior Programs Coming To City Heights

Feb. 29
By Megan Burks

The city of San Diego's infrastructure committee has signed off on money for a recreation building at Park de la Cruz in City Heights, where city and county senior programs could find a home if the City Council approves.