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Stories by Brooke Ruth

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District 5 Candidate Jim Desmond Says County's Reserves 'Are Fine Where They Are'

May 24
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Candidate Jim Desmond has been the mayor of San Marcos for the last 12 years. He’s also a representative on San Diego Association of Governments and a board member of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. Desmond is a Republican.

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District 5 Candidate Michelle Gomez Wants To Use County Reserves For New Hires

May 23
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Candidate Michelle Gomez is a governmental affairs legislative analyst. She is a Democrat.

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New Book Chronicles The Beginnings Of the San Diego Lifeguard Service

May 23
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The development of the lifeguard service in San Diego began slowly in fits and starts since the late 1800s. It took a tragedy off the coast of Ocean Beach to really mark the start of the modern-day San Diego lifeguard service.

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Local Politics 101: What's The Case For The Ballot Measure System?

May 22
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

In this episode of San Diego Politics 101, we look at ballot measures. Why do we see so many ballot measures and how can voters educate themselves about the issues they address?

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District 5 Candidate Jerry Kern Says He Would Work To Allow Recreational Marijuana In County

May 22
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Jerry Kern has been an Oceanside city councilman for 12 years. He also serves on the community engagement panel for the decommissioning of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Kern is a Republican.

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District 5 Candidate Jacqueline Arsivaud Says Sticking To General Plan, County Will Reach Housing Goal

May 21
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Candidate Jacqueline Arsivaud is a member of the San Dieguito Planning Group and the chairperson of the Elfin Forest Harmony Grove Town Council. She’s a Democrat.

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Bonnie Dumanis Says Making District 4 Supervisor's Race Partisan Is A Political Tactic

May 17
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Former San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis is one of five candidates, and the only Republican, in the District 4 race.

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District 4 Candidate Lori Saldaña Wants To Bring 'Real Change' To Board Of Supervisors

May 16
By Brooke Ruth, Michael Lipkin

Former California Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña is one of five candidates to represent District 4 on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. She’s a professor of business information technology for the San Diego Community College District. She is a Democrat.

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Supervisor Candidate Ken Malbrough Wants To Increase Outreach To District 4 Residents

May 16
By Brooke Ruth, Michael Lipkin

Ken Malbrough is one of five candidates in the District 4 race. He's a retired deputy fire chief with the city of San Diego Fire-Rescue Department and has served on planning boards and town councils in the city. He is a Democrat.

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District 4 Candidate Nathan Fletcher Wants To Drive Board Of Supervisors In New Direction

May 15
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Former California Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher is one of five candidates in the race to represent District 4 on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. He’s a Marine combat veteran and teaches political science courses at UC San Diego. He is a Democrat.

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District 4 Candidate Omar Passons Wants To Invest In Youth, Support Seniors

May 14
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Attorney Omar Passons is running to represent District 4 on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. He has worked on community issues of public health and land use. He's a Democrat. The supervisors positions are officially non-partisan, but right now all five supervisors on the board are Republican.

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Plan To Restore Habitat, Suppress Dust At Salton Sea Is Behind Schedule

May 10
By Brooke Ruth, Michael Lipkin

There are about 20,000 acres of exposed lakebed on California’s largest lake, the Salton Sea. The dust created from the dry lakebed is expected to make the area’s already high asthma rate even higher.

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Shamus Sayed Says 50th District Needs An 'Outsider'

May 9
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Republican Bill Shamus Sayed is running to represent the 50th District in the House of Representatives. Sayed is a businessman who owns San Diego-based Interpreters Unlimited.

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Politics 101: How Do You Know Your Mail-In-Ballot Was Counted?

May 8
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The California gubernatorial primary this year is June 5, but that’s not the only date that’s important. There are other deadlines to keep in mind that could determine whether you get to vote, or if your vote will count.

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Rep. Hunter Wants To Serve The Nation By Continuing To Represent 50th Congressional District

May 3
By Brooke Ruth, Jade Hindmon

Rep. Duncan Hunter, a Republican, is running for re-election in the 50th Congressional District. He has represented the 50th District since 2009.

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Women Creators, Entrepreneurs Profiled In New Book By National City Teacher

May 2
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

“Women Who Launch” profiles the women who created the Girl Scouts, Mother's Day, Thanksgiving, SPANX, the Women’s March and more.

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Scripps Professor To Discuss Ethics Of Deep Sea Mining

May 2
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

When it comes to unlocking the vast resources in the deep ocean, scientists are raising concerns about the ethics involved. Who owns those resources? And how can the proper extraction and use of fuel and mineral resources be regulated?

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Believing Hunter Will Be Disqualified, Republican Bill Wells Says 50th District Should 'Move On'

May 1
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Wells is running to represent the 50th Congressional District. Wells is the mayor of El Cajon and owns Broadwell Health, a healthcare company that provides psychiatry and psychology services.

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Your Money: How To Invest And Plan For Retirement

April 26
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

In the final installment of KPBS Midday Edition's series, "Your Money," we’ll try to make saving for retirement and investing less intimidating.

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Your Money: How To Eliminate Debt

April 25
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

In the third installment of Midday Edition's personal finance series, we’re taking on the subject of paying off debt.

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Your Money: How To Save On Groceries

April 24
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

As KPBS Midday Edition's series on personal finance continues, we’ll explore how you can pare down your food costs.

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Your Money: How Making A Budget Can Help You Save

April 23
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

We're told that budgeting is one of the best ways to get a handle on your personal finances. Yet only about 40 percent of Americans use a budget. Brian Keliher teaches personal finance at Grossmont College. He joins Midday Edition Monday to give listeners tips on creating a budget.

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Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar Counting On Underrepresented Voters In 50th District

April 18
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Campa-Najjar is running to represent the 50th Congressional District. He is a small business owner and a former public affairs officer in the U.S. Department of Labor under President Obama.

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Democrat Josh Butner Walks Back Call For Military Service As A Requirement For Political Office

April 18
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Butner is a member of the Jamul-Dulzura Union School Board and a former Navy Seal. He runs the military division of Aqua Lung, an underwater dive company.

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Local Politics 101: Who Are San Diego's Highest Paid Politicians?

April 17
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Carl Luna joins Midday Edition Tuesday for the third installment of San Diego Politics 101. In the third episode, Luna answers questions about politician pay and endorsements.

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San Diegans Spill Their Secrets In PostSecret Exhibit At Museum Of Man

April 16
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego Museum of Man’s newest exhibit, PostSecret, opened to the public on Saturday. Thousands of postcards of people’s secrets are on display in the exhibit.

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'March For Science' To Take Place Saturday In Downtown San Diego

April 13
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Downtown San Diego will be filled with scientists, researchers, teachers and supporters Saturday morning as San Diego's "March for Science" takes place for the second year.

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Chula Vista's Police Officer Shortage Impacts How DUI Officer Does His Job

April 12
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Reports have found that Chula Vista's Police Department has been understaffed for decades. The department has the lowest officer-to-resident ratio in San Diego County.

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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Sonia Nazario Speaking At Restoring Civility Conference

April 11
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The topic of the seventh annual Conference on Restoring Civility to Civic Dialogue is "Media Literacy: Finding Truth in a Post-Truth World."

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What Happens To The Brain When It Becomes Addicted

April 9
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Scripps Research Institute professor Dr. Olivier George estimates that nearly 800,000 San Diego County residents have a substance-use disorder.

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San Diego Veterinarian Writes Memoir About Her Life Treating And Loving Animals

April 5
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego veterinarian Suzy Fincham-Gray writes about the deep and complex relationships between animals and the people who love them in “My Patients and Other Animals: A Veterinarian’s Stories of Love, Loss, and Hope.”

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Local Politics 101: Why Do We Elect Judges?

April 3
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego Mesa College and University of San Diego political science professor Carl Luna is back for the second installment of San Diego Politics 101. Luna answers listener questions about local civics and election rules.

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Oceanside Council Votes Against Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

March 29
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth, Michael Lipkin

The council did approve allowing medical marijuana cultivation, testing, distribution, manufacturing and nurseries within the city of Oceanside following the approval of a regulatory fee schedule.

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Search Continues For Man Who Went Missing In Joshua Tree 8 Years Ago

March 28
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

A feature article in the New York Times Magazine details the case of Bill Ewasko who went missing in Joshua Tree National Park eight years ago and has never been found.

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Nemr Brings Comedy Tour To His Hometown, San Diego

March 27
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Nemr Abou Nassar's stand-up comedy has taken him across the Middle East and the U.S. He will be performing in San Diego, his hometown, on Saturday.

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San Diego Man's Challenge To California Gang Database Fails

March 26
By Brooke Ruth, Claire Trageser, Maureen Cavanaugh

One of the first legal challenges to the California gang database by an individual named as a gang member failed in a San Diego court Friday.

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San Diego County Students To March For Stricter Gun Laws

March 23
By Brooke Ruth, Michael Lipkin

Students across the country on Saturday will be participating in what organizers are calling the "March For Our Lives." Organizers said eight hundred marches are planned in 80 U.S. cities on Saturday including three marches in San Diego County.

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How San Diego Is Responding To The Dockless Bike Craze

March 22
By Andrew Bowen, Brooke Ruth

It's been an invasion of brightly colored bicycles. In the past month, thousands of new bikes have appeared on San Diego street corners, brought by dockless bike sharing companies.

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Homeless San Diegans Tell Their Stories In New Documentary

March 21
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new documentary, “The Homeless Chorus Speaks,” profiles 14-members of the Voices of Our City Choir who reveal the stories of how they became homeless and their struggles to find housing

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Local Politics 101: Running For School Board

March 20
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new series on KPBS Midday Edition will answer questions about local civics and election rules — with the hope that the information can help listeners better understand other political reporting throughout the year.

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San Diego County Sees Increased Number Of School Shooting Threats After Parkland

March 19
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

There have been 19 school shooting threats reported to San Diego County authorities since the Feb. 14 shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, according to the San Diego District Attorney's Office.

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San Diego County Gun Owners To Hold California Gun Laws Convention Saturday

March 15
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

This Saturday, a gun show and a California Gun Laws Convention at the Del Mar Fairgrounds brings together gun rights advocates, many of whom feel there are already too many restrictions on gun ownership, especially in California.

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Author: Changing What You Eat Saves More Water Than Shorter Showers

March 8
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new book, “Eat Less Water,” describes how water is used in the production of what we eat and gives guidelines on how to choose lower water-use foods.

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Effort To Pass Vacation Rental Regulations In San Diego Continues

March 8
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego City Council is preparing again to take on the issue of short-term vacation rentals.

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First Person: Living In A Car In San Diego With 3 Children

March 5
By Brooke Ruth

More than 500 families in San Diego County are homeless, according to the last point-in-time count. Lola Cheatham and her three daughters are one of those families.

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UC San Diego Announces Data Science Institute

March 1
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The Halicioğlu Data Science Institute will officially be launched Friday and is funded by a $75 million gift from computer science alumnus Taner Halicioğlu who was one of Facebook's first software engineers.

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'The California Field Atlas' Is A Love Story To The State

Feb. 28
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

“The California Field Atlas” author and illustrator, Obi Kaufmann, will be at a series of events on Saturday to raise funds for the Anza-Borrego Foundation, the nonprofit partner of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

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San Diego Gun Control Group Holds Launch Event

Feb. 27
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego chapters of the Brady Campaign and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, Sandy Hook Promise and Survivors Empowered are banding together to advocate for stricter gun control.

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El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells Challenging Rep. Duncan Hunter For 50th District Seat

Feb. 20
By Brooke Ruth, City News Service, Jade Hindmon

El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells, a Republican, announced Tuesday he would run for the 50th Congressional District seat.

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Primatologist And Author: Morality Wasn't Invented By Religion

Feb. 20
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Primatologist and author Frans de Waal, Ph.D., says several species of mammals exhibit cooperative, even empathetic behavior, which is one of the hallmarks of morality. De Waal is speaking at SDSU Tuesday.

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