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Stories by Ebone Monet

Jackie Robinson Family YMCA Opens After 19-Month Renovation

Jackie Robinson Family YMCA Opens After 19-Month Renovation

Nov. 10
By Ebone Monet

After a 19-month renovation from the ground up, the Jackie Robinson YMCA, which has served San Diego since 1943, is open again.

La Jolla Symphony, UC San Diego Celebrate 50 Years Of Collaboration

La Jolla Symphony, UC San Diego Celebrate 50 Years Of Collaboration

Nov. 3
By Ebone Monet, KPBS News

The La Jolla Symphony and Chorus will be opening its season with a concert featuring music by George Gershwin and Duke Ellington.

On Assignment: 2007 Wildfires Captured Through San Diego Photojourn...

On Assignment: 2007 Wildfires Captured Through San Diego Photojournalist’s Lens

Oct. 20
By Ebone Monet

A decade after the 2007 Harris fires charred tens of thousands of acres in San Diego County, a San Diego Union-Tribune photographer reflects on his career and lessons learned from covering wildfires.

San Diego Activist Reflects On Alfred Olango Protests

San Diego Activist Reflects On Alfred Olango Protests

Sept. 26
By Ebone Monet

Wilnisha “Truth” Sutton said the days she spent in El Cajon, protesting the deadly police shooting of Alfred Olango, made her more aware and better prepared to advocate for communities of color.

Alfred Olango's Brother Advocates For Police Reform With San Diego ...

Alfred Olango's Brother Advocates For Police Reform With San Diego Foundation

Sept. 26
By Ebone Monet

One year after the El Cajon police shooting death of Alfred Olango, Apollo Olango helps keep his brother’s memory alive through a foundation that advocates for training and policy changes that can lead to safer encounters with officers.

Imperial Valley Kids Get A Much-Needed Ride To The Beach

Imperial Valley Kids Get A Much-Needed Ride To The Beach

Aug. 16
By Ebone Monet

San Diego County has 70 miles of coastline. But for kids living in the inner city or in low-income communities, access to the region's beaches can be out of reach.

Proposed California Bill Calls For Later School Start Times

Proposed California Bill Calls For Later School Start Times

Aug. 3
By Ebone Monet, KPBS News

A new California bill may give teenage students more time to sleep every morning. It calls for a mandated later school start time statewide, with classes beginning no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

Under Siege: Women Gamers Shine Despite Online Bullies

Under Siege: Women Gamers Shine Despite Online Bullies

July 21
By Ebone Monet

Video games give fans a chance to outwit and defeat bad guys in any digital realm, but many women gamers find these worlds are not free of real life issues like bullying.

No Strings Attached: GiveDirectly San Diego Founder Helps Change In...

No Strings Attached: GiveDirectly San Diego Founder Helps Change International Giving

July 11
By Ebone Monet

GiveDirectly, the brainchild of a UC San Diego associate professor, has become one of the fastest growing international charities. It allows people to send money directly to people living in extreme poverty.

San Diego Expands Bait Bike Program In Pacific Beach

San Diego Expands Bait Bike Program In Pacific Beach

June 29
By Ebone Monet

San Diego officials announced the expansion the Pacific Beach SDPD BAIT BIKE program. They said while bike theft is a citywide problem, Pacific Beach is the hardest hit area.

Day On The Bay Helps Refugee Students Adjust To Life In San Diego

Day On The Bay Helps Refugee Students Adjust To Life In San Diego

June 23
By Ebone Monet

Several San Diego refugee high school students hit the water Friday to participate in a youth outreach program.

San Diego Symphony Bids Farewell To Maestro Jahja Ling

San Diego Symphony Bids Farewell To Maestro Jahja Ling

May 24
By Ebone Monet

Maestro Jahja Ling conducts his final performance with the San Diego Symphony this weekend, following 13 seasons as music director.

Women Volunteers Build Affordable Housing In Logan Heights

Women Volunteers Build Affordable Housing In Logan Heights

May 12
By Ebone Monet

Hundreds of women volunteers are wielding hammers and sawing wood in Logan Heights this week, in a $3 million project to help relieve San Diego’s affordable housing shortage.

Ousted Labor Leader Mickey Kasparian To Form New Union Coalition

Ousted Labor Leader Mickey Kasparian To Form New Union Coalition

May 9
By City News Service, Ebone Monet

The recently ousted president of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council announced Tuesday he was forming a new coalition and taking some of the unions with him.

Painters From Across US Descend Upon San Diego For "Woodstock Of Ou...

Painters From Across US Descend Upon San Diego For "Woodstock Of Outdoor Painting"

April 28
By Ebone Monet, KPBS

Dubbed the “Woodstock of outdoor painting,” PleinAir Magazine’s 6th Annual Convention and Expo was held this week in San Diego.

'2017 Salute to Veterans' Tour Offers San Diego Public Rides on WWI...

'2017 Salute to Veterans' Tour Offers San Diego Public Rides on WWII B-17 Bomber

April 20
By Ebone Monet

A salute to veterans will soar over San Diego County this weekend with flights on board a restored Boeing B-17. Military fans and visitors will have a chance to experience a World War II icon, on display at Gillespie Field Airport on Saturday and Sunday.

NPR Host Michel Martin Comes To San Diego For Border Discussion

NPR Host Michel Martin Comes To San Diego For Border Discussion

April 17
By Alison St John, Ebone Monet, Marissa Cabrera

Martin has been taking the radio studio on the road as part of her “Going There” series. On May 2, she will visit San Diego for a discussion about life along the U.S.-Mexico border.

San Diego Promise Makes College Dream Come True For Working Mom

San Diego Promise Makes College Dream Come True For Working Mom

April 13
By Ebone Monet

A pilot program from the San Diego Community College District gives students a jump start on life. District leaders say this is not just free tuition at work, but a network of support that gives people who do not have the means to pay for higher education a chance to go to college.

One Wall At A Time: Murals Transform San Diego's Lincoln Park

One Wall At A Time: Murals Transform San Diego's Lincoln Park

April 5
By Ebone Monet

A group of local artists help transform Imperial Avenue in Southeast San Diego with public art one wall at a time. The Urban Collaborative Project has brought them together with projects that continue to give back to the community.

Lawsuit Doesn't Allay San Diego Rapper's Fears Of Arrest

Lawsuit Doesn't Allay San Diego Rapper's Fears Of Arrest

March 1
By Ebone Monet

Brandon Duncan, a San Diego rapper known as "Tiny Doo," and Aaron Harvey are suing the city of San Diego claiming their civil rights were violated when they were arrested during a gang sweep in 2014.

Calls Grow For San Diego Union Boss To Step Down Amid Sexual Harass...

Calls Grow For San Diego Union Boss To Step Down Amid Sexual Harassment, Gender Discrimination Allegations

Feb. 13
By Claire Trageser, Ebone Monet

Calls for Mickey Kasparian to step down or go on leave are amplifying. Two months ago, Kasparian, who is the head of one of San Diego County’s biggest unions, was sued by two former employees for sexual harassment and gender discrimination, among other claims.

San Diego Students Head To Washington For Presidential Inauguration

San Diego Students Head To Washington For Presidential Inauguration

Jan. 17
By Ebone Monet, Elma Gonzalez

A group of students at La Jolla Country Day School are counting down to Inauguration Day.

Life After Aging Out Of California's Foster System

Life After Aging Out Of California's Foster System

Jan. 5
By Ebone Monet

A young San Diego mother is turning her life around with the help of the city's youth services program.

Residents Want Name Change For La Jolla Christmas Parade

Residents Want Name Change For La Jolla Christmas Parade

Dec. 2
By Ebone Monet

The decades old La Jolla Christmas Parade has come under fire by some local residents who say the event needs a name change to be more inclusive and representative of the community’s diversity.

El Cajon Police Shooting: Protests Erupt; Man Fatally Shot Identified

El Cajon Police Shooting: Protests Erupt; Man Fatally Shot Identified

Sept. 27
By Andrew Bowen, Claire Trageser, Ebone Monet, Erik Anderson, Steve Walsh

The man fatally shot by police in El Cajon has been identified as Alfred Olango, a refugee from Uganda.

Be Our Guest: Stone Hotel Brewing Up Tourism Dollars For North County

Be Our Guest: Stone Hotel Brewing Up Tourism Dollars For North County

Sept. 22
By Ebone Monet, Elma Gonzalez

Escondido leaders are looking forward to the opening of the new hotel, which is expected to pave the way for tourism dollars and jobs.

San Diego Artist Shines Light On Homelessness With Her Childhood Story

San Diego Artist Shines Light On Homelessness With Her Childhood Story

Sept. 22
By Ebone Monet

Inocente, whose story was the subject of an Academy Award-winning documentary, will be a keynote speaker at this weekend's Celestial Nights.

San Diego Filmmaker Asks Whether We're Stuck As The World's Umpire

San Diego Filmmaker Asks Whether We're Stuck As The World's Umpire

Sept. 13
By Ebone Monet, Michael Lipkin

The film is based on a book by former San Diego State University history professor Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman, who argued the U.S. must share the burden of protecting our allies more evenly in order to return to "global normalcy."

How A San Diego Denim Company Goes International While Keeping It L...

How A San Diego Denim Company Goes International While Keeping It Local

Sept. 8
By Ebone Monet

As California moves to declare denim its official fabric, a jean company in San Diego becomes an internationally recognized brand.

As Koch Steps Down, He Expects New Stone CEO To Continue 'Amazing' ...

As Koch Steps Down, He Expects New Stone CEO To Continue 'Amazing' Journey

Sept. 5
By Ebone Monet, Elma Gonzalez

Before a new executive takes over Escondido-based Stone Brewing Tuesday, co-founder and CEO Greg Koch talks about how his craft beer vision goes beyond the tasting room.

Interfaith Shelter Network Seeks Help Of Churches To Aid Homeless

Interfaith Shelter Network Seeks Help Of Churches To Aid Homeless

Aug. 17
By Ebone Monet

Leaders with Interfaith Shelter Network, a program that helps hundreds of homeless men, women and children, want to do more with the help of San Diego churches.

Wire Art Hangs Out In City Heights

Wire Art Hangs Out In City Heights

Aug. 10
By Ebone Monet

Spenser Little makes art from wire. Eight of his sculptures, inspired by the community, are now hanging above light poles around City Heights.

TPP Would Benefit San Diego's Export Economy, Report Says

TPP Would Benefit San Diego's Export Economy, Report Says

Aug. 3
By City News Service, Ebone Monet, Michael Lipkin

Though heavily criticized, the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement would benefit San Diego's export economy, according to a report by the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy and the San Diego World Trade Center.