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Stories by Hoa Quach

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El Cajon’s New Police Chief On Working In A Diverse City

Dec. 14, 2015
By Hoa Quach, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

After nearly 30 years at the department, Chief Jeff Davis took over as the head of the El Cajon Police Department this month.

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San Diegans Share Thoughts, Fears In Response To Shooting

Dec. 4, 2015
By Hoa Quach

The mass shooting this week in San Bernardino has again rocked the national psyche. KPBS asked you to share your reaction to the incident. Here's what you said.

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San Diego Gets High Marks For Preventing Premature Births

Nov. 5, 2015
By Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

Midday Edition takes a closer look at the March of Dimes 2015 Report Card on Premature Birth Rates and what San Diego researchers are doing to help preterm babies.

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Jails, Prisons Less Crowded A Year After Prop. 47

Oct. 29, 2015
By Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Neiko Will, Peggy Pico

A Stanford Law School study shows the measure is saving the state about $93 million in prison costs, but critics say Proposition 47 has become a get-out-of-jail-free card for repeat offenders.

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What Zombies Say About U.S. Culture, Society

Oct. 28, 2015
By Hoa Quach, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A Cal State San Marcos professor and author examines the horror genre and discusses the deeper meaning of zombies, vampires and ghosts.

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Worker Shortage Places Strain On California Farms

Oct. 27, 2015
By Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Neiko Will, Peggy Pico

Can California continue to provide the rest of the nation with fruits and vegetables if there aren't enough people to work to produce them?

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Sci-Q: San Diego Experts Explore Science Of Fear

Oct. 27, 2015
By Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

What happens to people when they get frightened? What's the line between exploring their fears and being paralyzed by them?

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San Diego Attorney Seeks U.N.'s Help To Free Convicted Killer

Oct. 14, 2015
By Gina Diamante, Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Neiko Will

In an unusual and last-ditch effort to exonerate a woman in a 1992 gang murder, a San Diego attorney has filed an appeal with the United Nations.

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Will California's New Motor Voter Law Boost Turnout?

Oct. 14, 2015
By Hoa Quach, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Peggy Pico

The new motor voter law will automatically register citizens to vote when they obtain or renew their driver's license at the Department of Motor Vehicles. The law goes into effect in 2016.

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Coastal Commission To Vote On SeaWorld Killer Whale Tank Project

Oct. 5, 2015
By Hoa Quach, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Peggy Pico

Hundreds of supporters and opponents of SeaWorld's controversial Blue World project are expected to turn out for Thursday's meeting.

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San Diego Celebrates Banned Book Week

Sept. 29, 2015
By Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Neiko Will

Instituted in 1982, Banned Book Week spotlights "challenged" books, and encourages readers to fight for their right to read whatever they want.

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San Diego's Catholic Bishop Discusses Pope's Visit To U.S.

Sept. 21, 2015
By Hoa Quach, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Peggy Pico

Pope Francis arrives in the U.S. this week. But what does the historic visit mean for the one million Catholics in San Diego and Imperial counties?

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Report: Property Crime Down, Violent Crime Up In San Diego County

Sept. 15, 2015
By Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

Crime around San Diego County has stayed relatively stable, according to a new SANDAG report.

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San Diego Experts Talk Health Benefits Of Eating More Seafood

Sept. 2, 2015
By Hoa Quach, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

What are the health benefits of eating seafood? And what difference does it make what kind of seafood you eat?

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What It Takes For Non-Traditional College Students To Succeed In San Diego

Sept. 1, 2015
By Hoa Quach, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

Roughly 50 percent of San Diego community college students are 25 or older. What does it take for those so-called "non-traditional students" to succeed in college?

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UC San Diego Researchers Study Prevalence Of Minors In Tijuana's Sex Trade

Aug. 25, 2015
By Hoa Quach, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Peggy Pico

A new study finds that 25 percent of female sex workers in northern Mexico entered the sex trade as minors.

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer On Latest Efforts To Keep Chargers In San Diego

July 23, 2015
By Alison St John, Hoa Quach, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer told KPBS Midday Edition on Thursday that the $2.1 million the city agreed to spend on an environmental analysis of a proposed NFL stadium will be money “well-spent.”

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Heal The Bay: Drought Means Good Grades For San Diego County Beaches

June 17, 2015
By Hoa Quach, Susan Murphy

The Santa Monica-based environmental group Heal the Bay gave 93 percent of the region's beaches an A grade for water quality for the dry periods last summer and winter — and there were a lot of dry times.

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Point Loma Event Aims To Help Veterans With PTSD

June 17, 2015
By Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

Coronado residents Howard and Jean Somers lost their veteran son to suicide. They've since started an organization to help veterans with PTSD.

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Third Ex-Staffer Of Supervisor Dave Roberts Files Claim Against County

June 8, 2015
By Hoa Quach

A claim filed by Lindsey Masukawa, the supervisor's former health and human services policy adviser, said Dave Roberts focused more on his re-election and aspirations for higher office than on his job.

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Escondido Mayor Expected To Seek Dave Roberts' County Supervisor Seat

June 5, 2015
By Hoa Quach

Mayor Sam Abed, a Republican, has criticized Supervisor Dave Roberts as he has come under public scrutiny for possible misuse of his office. Abed also has asked Roberts, the only Democrat on the Board of Supervisors, to resign.

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Preparing For San Diego Fire Season: Lessons Learned From May Wildfires

May 13, 2015
By Hoa Quach, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

Over a five-day period In May 2014, unusual Santa Ana winds fueled flames to 14 wildfires around San Diego County. Experts revisit what happened and talk about lessons learned.

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Tribune Publishing To Buy U-T San Diego For $85M

May 7, 2015
By Amita Sharma, City News Service, Hoa Quach

The San Diego newspaper announced Thursday that it will join the parent company of the Los Angeles Times.

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Author Jonathan Eig Talks About The Birth Of The Pill

April 7, 2015
By Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

The birth control pill for women has been around since the 1960s. Former Wall Street Journal reporter Jonathan Eig talks about the impact it has made on society in his new book.

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San Diego Prepares For California's Mandatory Water Restrictions

April 2, 2015
By Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

Gov. Jerry Brown announces mandatory water restrictions as California enters its fourth year of the drought. What does this mean for San Diego residents, businesses and farmers?

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Block Proposes Giving Grants To California Students Who Finish College In 4 Years

April 1, 2015
By Amita Sharma, Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

State Sen. Marty Block is proposing a bill that would invest millions into the University of California and California State University systems. The plan includes giving students money for finishing school on time.

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Ex-SeaWorld Trainer Responds To Video Of Him Using Racial Slurs

April 1, 2015
By Amita Sharma, Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Tarryn Mento

John Hargrove, an ex-SeaWorld trainer who released the book "Beneath the Surface," said the company is attempting to hurt his reputation by releasing a video of him using a racial slur.

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The Latest In Cancer Research And Treatment In San Diego

March 30, 2015
By Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

The first part of a documentary based on the book "The Emperor of All Maladies" will air Monday on KPBS television. The series traces the history of cancer treatment and research.

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New Film At Reuben H. Fleet Takes Visitors On Journey Through Space

March 25, 2015
By Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

"Journey to Space" will debut at the Balboa Park museum on Friday. The film showcases a new era of exploration.

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San Diego Mayor Update: From Chargers Stadium To Homeless Shelters

March 24, 2015
By Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer joined KPBS on Tuesday for his monthly update on the business of the city.

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San Diego Nonprofits Help Tijuana Sex Workers Start New Businesses

March 19, 2015
By Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

More than 100 women who work in the sex industry in Tijuana were selected to receive microloans to start new businesses.

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San Diego Dance Theater Presents 'Happy Hour' Dance Show

March 19, 2015
By Hoa Quach, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Choreographer Monica Bill Barnes, a UC San Diego alumni, and her partner Anna Bass will preview a new show at Liberty Station.

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San Diego Author Writes About Living Without The One You Can't Live Without

March 17, 2015
By Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

Death is a difficult topic many people try to avoid talking about — until they're forced to. Natasha Josefowitz from San Diego talks about how she dealt with loss, grief, and the healing process.

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San Diego School Incorporates CrossFit Kids Into Curriculum

March 2, 2015
By Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

A San Diego school is making sure students take health and physical activity seriously.

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Mayor Faulconer On Stadium Task Force, Assessing Roads

Feb. 19, 2015
By Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer on Thursday said his stadium task force is the kind of group that's needed to make headway on finding a home for the Chargers.

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San Diego Stadium Group Announces Public Forum After Backlash

Feb. 18, 2015
By City News Service, Hoa Quach

Mayor Kevin Faulconer's Citizens’ Stadium Advisory Group said it will hold a public forum in March. The group made its announcement after receiving criticism about meeting privately.

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Obama's Immigration Policy On Hold — What's Next?

Feb. 18, 2015
By Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

President Barack Obama's plan for expanded deportation relief for millions of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally is on hold after a federal judge issued a temporary injunction.

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California Committee Explores Road Usage Charge In Place Of Gas Tax

Feb. 17, 2015
By Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

The state has mandated cars have high-fuel efficiencies, and encouraged drivers to buy hybrid and electric vehicles, all in an effort to reduce gas consumption. And it's been working - so well, that we now have to find a new way to finance road maintenance.

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Young Muslims Killed In North Carolina Honored At SDSU Vigil

Feb. 12, 2015
By Hoa Quach

About 75 people gathered at San Diego State University to remember the three college students who were shot to death this week. Police say a parking dispute sparked the killings, but they're investigating if it was a hate crime.

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Documentary Recounts A Wisconsin Town's Reaction To A Deadly Hate Crime

Feb. 5, 2015
By Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

A documentary about a deadly shooting at a Sikh temple screens in San Diego, and opens up a conversation about how to stop the hate.

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The Arguments For and Against Net Neutrality

Feb. 5, 2015
By Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

Supporters of net neutrality say it's about keeping the Internet open, but opponents predict slower download speeds. We take a look at what it is and why you should care.

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Drunkorexia: Swapping Meals For Drinks

Feb. 4, 2015
By Hoa Quach, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Peggy Pico

Binge drinking on college campuses is nothing new, but some experts say more students are now trading food calories for alcoholic calories to stay thin and get drunk faster. It's called "drunkorexia."

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What The Veteran Suicide Prevention Bill Would Mean For San Diego

Feb. 4, 2015
By Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

President Barack Obama has said he would sign the "Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act" into law. The Senate passed the bill on Tuesday.

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Study: Federal Government Not Enforcing Child Welfare Laws

Feb. 2, 2015
By Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

National child welfare laws are on the books, but a San Diego study finds a lack of enforcement.

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Guide: Balboa Park Centennial Celebration

Jan. 31, 2015
By Hoa Quach

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Panama-California Exposition in Balboa Park, and events are planned at the 1,200-acre park throughout 2015.

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First Women's Studies Department Founder On A Life Committed To Feminism

Jan. 29, 2015
By Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Carol Rowell Council co-founded the first Women's Studies Department in the world at San Diego State University in 1970.

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Faulconer To Announce Chargers Task Force Members This Week

Jan. 28, 2015
By Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

Mayor Faulconer said that the task force, or what he calls an "action group," will research the options available in creating a new stadium for the Chargers.

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Poway City Council: All Boys Club In A Town Of Women

Jan. 27, 2015
By Hoa Quach

Poway Mayor Steve Vaus encouraged a businesswoman to apply for a vacant seat on the City Council — then he voted against her. The vote means the city will be led by five men for the next two years.

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2,600 Visitors Climb California Tower Since Reopening

Jan. 23, 2015
By Hoa Quach, Katie Schoolov

Balboa Park's California Tower, which has been closed for 80 years, has attracted people from 20 different states since it reopened.

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Are We Living In The Golden Age Of Book Publishing?

Jan. 22, 2015
By Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The 31st annual San Diego State University Writers' Conference is this weekend. The keynote address focuses on changing the world of publishing.

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