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Stories by Marissa Cabrera

What Will The 57-Hour Closure Of San Ysidro Border Crossing Mean Fo...

What Will The 57-Hour Closure Of San Ysidro Border Crossing Mean For San Diego Traffic?

Aug. 16
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Anthony Kleppe, land port of entry program manager with the U.S. General Services Administration, speaks about the closure of car traffic headed into Tijuana Sept. 23-25 through the San Ysidro border crossing.

Renowned Psychologist Stephen Hinshaw Discusses ‘Another Kind of Ma...

Renowned Psychologist Stephen Hinshaw Discusses ‘Another Kind of Madness’

Aug. 15
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Psychologist Stephen Hinshaw writes about his experience growing up with a mentally ill father in his new memoir “Another Kind of Madness: A Journey Through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness.”

Coronado Mayor On Why It’s Time To Install Suicide Prevention Barri...

Coronado Mayor On Why It’s Time To Install Suicide Prevention Barriers On The Coronado Bridge

Aug. 9
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Since the Coronado Bridge opened in 1969, nearly 400 people have jumped to their deaths. Caltrans is holding a series of public meetings this week to explore suicide prevention measures.

Why New Homeowners Are Drawn To Otay Ranch

Why New Homeowners Are Drawn To Otay Ranch

Aug. 7
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

As home prices increase, hopeful homebuyers are drawn to the edge of San Diego in search of affordability. A new housing community in Otay Ranch is becoming the largest residential development in San Diego history.

California Bill Would Allow Supervised Drug Consumption Centers

California Bill Would Allow Supervised Drug Consumption Centers

July 31
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

In response to the nation's opioid epidemic, AB 186 would allow drug consumption centers where drug users can get high under the supervision of health care professionals. The centers would offer clean needles, a safe environment and access to treatment.

'Land On Fire' Author Discusses New Reality Of California Wildfires

'Land On Fire' Author Discusses New Reality Of California Wildfires

July 25
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Nature writer Gary Ferguson says heavy fuels, climate change and housing development are mostly to blame for fires that are bigger and hotter than they have been previously.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra Discusses Priorities, DA...

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra Discusses Priorities, DACA Program

July 18
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra spoke to San Diego business leaders Monday as part of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce's "Good Government" speaker series.

How San Diego’s National Conflict Resolution Center Is Tackling Unc...

How San Diego’s National Conflict Resolution Center Is Tackling Uncivil Discourse

July 12
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new poll says Americans believe civility between Democrats and Republicans is getting worse. But the San Diego-based National Conflict Resolution Center has a plan to help elected leaders work through differences and find common ground.

New Exhibit Explores The Plight Of Refugees Through Personal Items

New Exhibit Explores The Plight Of Refugees Through Personal Items

July 11
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The exhibit, "What We Carried: Fragments and Memories from Iraq and Syria," will be on display at the New Americans Museum of San Diego through September 3, 2017.

'All Our Waves Are Water' Chronicles Surfer’s Spiritual Lessons Fro...

'All Our Waves Are Water' Chronicles Surfer’s Spiritual Lessons From The Ocean

July 10
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Author Jaimal Yogis will be speaking about his new memoir “All Our Waves Are Water: Stumbling Toward Enlightenment And The Perfect Ride,” Tuesday at Warwick’s bookstore.

San Diego Zoo Opens New Africa Rocks Exhibit

San Diego Zoo Opens New Africa Rocks Exhibit

July 6
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The $68 million, 8-acre exhibit features lesser known animals of the African continent, including endangered African penguins, baboons, leopards and lemurs.

San Diego City Leaders Launch $80 Million Plan To House The Homeless

San Diego City Leaders Launch $80 Million Plan To House The Homeless

July 5
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The three-year plan aims to get 3,000 people into permanent supportive housing. It will also fund a prevention program to help those on the brink of eviction from falling into homelessness.

Number Of Hepatitis A Cases In San Diego County Continue To Rise

Number Of Hepatitis A Cases In San Diego County Continue To Rise

June 28
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Since November, 196 cases of the viral disease have been confirmed and four people have died in San Diego County. The outbreak is disproportionately affecting the region's homeless population.

Trumpet Legend Herb Alpert Discusses Upcoming San Diego Concert, Ne...

Trumpet Legend Herb Alpert Discusses Upcoming San Diego Concert, New Album

June 27
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Alpert and his wife Lani Hall will be performing July 6 as part of the San Diego Symphony’s Bayside Summer Nights concert series.

San Diego Author Don Winslow Discusses New Novel, 'The Force'

San Diego Author Don Winslow Discusses New Novel, 'The Force'

June 26
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Winslow will be talking about "The Force," his latest crime thriller about a corrupt police officer, at Warwick’s in La Jolla on Monday and Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego on Friday.

Veterans Mural To Be Unveiled This Weekend In Kearny Mesa

Veterans Mural To Be Unveiled This Weekend In Kearny Mesa

June 22
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

The nonprofit Combat Arts San Diego will gather Saturday to unveil its latest mural at the Veterans of Foreign Wars building in Kearny Mesa.

Free Summer Meal Programs Kick Off Around San Diego County

Free Summer Meal Programs Kick Off Around San Diego County

June 20
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

The San Diego Hunger Coalition said more than 125,000 lower income children in the region depend on free or reduced-priced lunches but just a fraction participate in summer meal programs.

San Diego Rescue Mission CEO To Retire At The End Of June

San Diego Rescue Mission CEO To Retire At The End Of June

June 15
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Herb Johnson has served as the president and CEO of the Rescue Mission for more than 10 years. The nonprofit is one of the city's largest homeless providers.

La Jolla Playhouse Artistic Director Reacts To Tony Win

La Jolla Playhouse Artistic Director Reacts To Tony Win

June 14
By Beth Accomando, Marissa Cabrera

Christopher Ashley took home his first Tony Award Sunday for directing “Come From Away,” a musical about the small Canadian town of Gander, which sheltered thousands of airline passengers stranded after their planes were diverted on 9/11.

First Person: ‘We Are Us Because Of The Lovings’

First Person: ‘We Are Us Because Of The Lovings’

June 12
By Marissa Cabrera

As the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia U.S. Supreme Court ruling, which overturned laws prohibiting interracial marriage, Amy and Jamie Wise of San Diego are sharing their own love story.

Exhibit Features Art Of Climate Change Science

Exhibit Features Art Of Climate Change Science

June 8
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The exhibit, "Weather on Steroids" opens at the San Diego Central Library June 10.

Will Planned Upgrades To Tijuana Water Treatment Plant Be Enough To...

Will Planned Upgrades To Tijuana Water Treatment Plant Be Enough To Stop Sewage Spills?

June 7
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Mexican officials say they are moving forward with a nearly $25 million upgrade to Tijuana’s coastal water treatment plant. But the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates the city's sewage system needs $400 million in improvements and repairs.

Advocate Says California’s Aid-In-Dying Law Is Too Restrictive

Advocate Says California’s Aid-In-Dying Law Is Too Restrictive

June 6
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

It has been a year since California’s End of Life Options Act went into effect. But for Faye Girsh, founder and president of San Diego’s Hemlock Society, the law does not go far enough.

Report: SDPD Racial Profiling Study Revisions Raise Questions

Report: SDPD Racial Profiling Study Revisions Raise Questions

June 5
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A report published in Voice of San Diego documents the changes between draft copies of the study and the final version. Researchers softened language and left out findings in the final version.

Report: San Diego Mayor Met Privately With SoccerCity Investors

Report: San Diego Mayor Met Privately With SoccerCity Investors

May 29
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

According to documents released by the mayor’s office, Kevin Faulconer met with SoccerCity developers more than two dozen times over the past year.

10 Years Of Sharing Son Jarocho Music On The US-Mexico Border

10 Years Of Sharing Son Jarocho Music On The US-Mexico Border

May 25
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Fandango Fronterizo, a binational musical gathering of traditional son jarocho-style music, celebrates its 10th anniversary this weekend.

CPUC Holds Public Hearings For SDG&E Natural Gas Pipeline

CPUC Holds Public Hearings For SDG&E Natural Gas Pipeline

May 24
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego Gas & Electric plans to build a 47-mile natural gas pipeline along the 15 freeway from Rainbow to Miramar.

Exhibit Reveals The Art Of Former San Diego City Councilman Tom Hom

Exhibit Reveals The Art Of Former San Diego City Councilman Tom Hom

May 23
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The exhibit “Unseen Portrait: The Art of Tom Hom” is on display now through August 20 at the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum.

Diversionary’s ‘Ballast’ Navigates Changing Relationships

Diversionary’s ‘Ballast’ Navigates Changing Relationships

May 18
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

“Ballast” is a story about two couples each with a transgender partner who is transitioning. The play runs through June 4.

San Diego Unified School District Gets New Police Chief

San Diego Unified School District Gets New Police Chief

May 17
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Capt. Michael Marquez has been named the new police chief of San Diego Unified's Police Department. The 27-year police force veteran previously served as interim chief at the district.

Documentary Explores Struggle Between Native Americans And US Gover...

Documentary Explores Struggle Between Native Americans And US Government Over Land Use

May 15
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The film, "Beyond Standing Rock," focuses on three conflicts: the Dakota Access oil pipeline, oil and gas development on the Southern UTE reservation in Colorado and the designation of the Bear’s Ears National Monument. The film airs Tuesday at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV.

Report: California’s Juvenile Detention Fees Hurt Families

Report: California’s Juvenile Detention Fees Hurt Families

May 10
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A report by UC Berkeley School of Law Policy Advocacy Clinic shows San Diego County charges families $30 for every day a juvenile is locked up in juvenile detention. And the average stay can cost families almost $1,000.

San Diego Mayor To Replace Homeless ‘Czar’

San Diego Mayor To Replace Homeless ‘Czar’

May 10
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Stacie Spector, San Diego’s senior advisor on housing solutions, is out after serving seven months in the position.

Experts Remain Optimistic Over Effort To Save Vaquita Porpoise

Experts Remain Optimistic Over Effort To Save Vaquita Porpoise

May 9
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Despite reports that there may only be 2 or 3 vaquitas left in the northern Gulf of California, a $4 million effort to capture and save the critically endangered porpoise is moving forward.

First Person: First Latina In Space To Be Inducted Into US Astronau...

First Person: First Latina In Space To Be Inducted Into US Astronaut Hall of Fame

May 8
By Marissa Cabrera

In 1993, La Mesa native Ellen Ochoa became the first Latina to travel to space. As a NASA astronaut she went on four space missions and logged almost 1,000 hours in orbit.

'Swift Boats At War In Vietnam' Exhibit Opens At Maritime Museum Of...

'Swift Boats At War In Vietnam' Exhibit Opens At Maritime Museum Of San Diego

May 4
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The exhibit, which runs through Veteran's Day, features the stories of swift boat veterans, photographs and what is believed to be the last remaining swift boat.

San Diego Cartoonist Steve Breen Aims To Humanize The Homeless Thro...

San Diego Cartoonist Steve Breen Aims To Humanize The Homeless Through Artwork

May 2
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Breen, an award winning editorial cartoonist at The San Diego Union-Tribune, has launched a new series called, “Street Art: Portraits of San Diego’s Homeless.”

'Unprecedented' Tree Die-Off Hits Southern California

'Unprecedented' Tree Die-Off Hits Southern California

April 26
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The U.S. Forest Service said an invasive beetle could kill 27 million urban trees across Southern California. That is about 40 percent of the region's 70 million trees.

San Diego Businesses, Residents Oppose Adding Temporary Homeless Sh...

San Diego Businesses, Residents Oppose Adding Temporary Homeless Shelter Downtown

April 25
By Andrew Bowen, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A coalition of downtown businesses and residents are speaking out against plans to convert the old downtown library into a temporary homeless shelter.

First Person: Mother And Son Fight For Environmental Justice

First Person: Mother And Son Fight For Environmental Justice

April 24
By Marissa Cabrera

Like many teens who grew up in Barrio Logan, Francisco Martinez suffers from asthma. His condition led his mom to join the fight for environmental justice. Now, he’s following in her footsteps.

San Diego State Basketball Coach Steve Fisher Discusses Career, Ret...

San Diego State Basketball Coach Steve Fisher Discusses Career, Retirement

April 20
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

After leading the men’s basketball team for 18 seasons and putting the team on the national stage, Fisher announced his retirement last week.

Is It Time To Retire SDSU’s Aztec Mascot?

Is It Time To Retire SDSU’s Aztec Mascot?

April 19
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The Associated Students University Council at San Diego State University will vote Wednesday on a non-binding resolution to get rid of the Aztec name and image because some believe it perpetuates racism.

Gov. Brown’s Pardon Renews Hope For Deported Veteran

Gov. Brown’s Pardon Renews Hope For Deported Veteran

April 19
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Hector Barajas-Varela, the director and founder of Deported Veterans Support House in Tijuana, is among 3 deported veterans who was pardoned by Gov. Jerry Brown on Easter Sunday.

New Book Chronicles The History Of Lowrider Car Culture In San Diego

New Book Chronicles The History Of Lowrider Car Culture In San Diego

April 18
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The authors of "San Diego Lowriders: A History of Cars and Cruising" will be signing copies of their book Tuesday at Bread and Salt in Barrio Logan.

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.

Report: 43,000 Young People Not Working Or Going To School In San D...

Report: 43,000 Young People Not Working Or Going To School In San Diego County

April 12
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The report by the San Diego Workforce Partnership says nearly 10 percent of young people ages 16-24 are “disconnected” from school or work. The issue will be addressed this week at a youth summit.

Amid Civil War, Journalist Returns To Syria To Trace Family History

Amid Civil War, Journalist Returns To Syria To Trace Family History

April 11
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

In her new memoir, “The Home That Was Our Country,” author and civil rights attorney Alia Malek tells the personal and political story of her journey back to Damascus during the early years of the Syrian civil war.

Researchers At The Nat Discover Large Spider In Baja

Researchers At The Nat Discover Large Spider In Baja

April 6
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The spider's legs stretch four inches wide and it has been compared to a tarantula. It was found in a remote mountain range near the town of La Paz in Baja California Sur.

Report: Homicides In Tijuana Rose Sharply In 2016

Report: Homicides In Tijuana Rose Sharply In 2016

April 5
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new report shows there were 871 homicides in Tijuana last year, making 2016 the third deadliest year in the border city in the past decade.

San Diego Repertory Theatre Presents ‘Into The Beautiful North’

San Diego Repertory Theatre Presents ‘Into The Beautiful North’

April 4
By Marissa Cabrera

The play, which is based on the novel by Luis Alberto Urrea, follows a group of Mexican teens who travel to the U.S. on a mission to save their hometown from drug criminals.

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