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Stories by Marissa Cabrera

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‘Vanishing Frontiers’ Explores Growing Ties Between US-Mexico

June 20
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Despite news reports that may suggest otherwise, Andrew Selee of the Migration Policy Institute, writes in his new book that Mexico and the United States are more connected than ever before: culturally, economically and politically.

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Inaugural San Diego Bike Summit To Focus On Diversity, Equity And Inclusion

June 19
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

The San Diego Bike Coalition will host panels and workshops on strategies to improve bicycling in the region. The three-day conference kicks off Thursday at the Museum of Photographic Arts.

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Mayor Faulconer Proposes Vacation Rental Rules

June 14
By Alison St John, Andrew Bowen, City News Service, Marissa Cabrera

The mayor’s plan would allow homeowners to rent their home for up to 6 months and a second property year round. The city council will take up the proposal July 16.

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Former Coach Bruce Arena On The State Of Soccer In The US

June 14
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Bruce Arena, the former coach of the U.S. men's national soccer team, will be speaking about his new book, “What’s Wrong With US?,” Thursday at Warwick’s in La Jolla.

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Immigrant Rights Advocate Denounces Sessions' Change To Asylum Policy

June 13
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Nicole Ramos, an immigration attorney with the Tijuana-based group Al Otro Lado, says the large majority of asylum seekers she works with are fleeing domestic and gang violence in Central America.

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San Diego Food Writer Calls On Gals To Get Their Grill On

June 12
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Caron Golden of the food blog, San Diego Food Stuff, and chef Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins share some of their favorite summer grilling recipes.

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What An Encinitas Writer Learned From His Father’s Suicide

June 11
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Sebastian Slovin was just 6 years old when his father took his own life. In his new memoir, “Ashes in the Ocean,” Slovin chronicles his experience living through and learning from his father’s suicide.

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New Initiative Aims To Help Family Caregivers In San Diego

June 8
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

CaregiverSD.com is a new website with information, resources and support for the nearly 650,000 family caregivers living in San Diego County.

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Midday Edition 2018 Primary Election Special

June 6
By Brooke Ruth, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Who won, who lost and who's moving on to the general election in November? Wednesday's KPBS Midday Edition has a primary election roundup. Some results were predictable, while some were surprising.

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San Diego Chamber: Steel, Aluminum Tariffs Will Impact San Diego Businesses

June 5
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The tariffs on imported metals from Mexico, Canada and the European Union are expected to affect several key industries including the local shipbuilding and construction industries.

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California Senate Passes Net Neutrality Bill

May 31
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Senate bill 822 would restore net neutrality regulations repealed by the Federal Communications Commission under President Trump. The bill now moves to the assembly.

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San Diego Vocalist Lorena Isabell On The Making Of Her Debut Album ‘Hoy’

May 31
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Lorena Isabell's new album "Hoy" is a compilation of romantic boleros. She'll perform music off the new album at The Music Box in Little Italy on Sunday, June 10.

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How US Gun Laws Impact Mexico

May 30
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

While Mexico’s only gun store sells an average of 38 guns a day, an estimated 580 guns flow daily to Mexico from the U.S. Gun control advocates are taking notice.

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San Diego Author Explores The ‘Lives’ Of Gay Rights Icon Harvey Milk

May 22
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The new biography, “Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death,” comes out on Harvey Milk Day, May 22, which would have also marked his 88th birthday.

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San Diego City Council Considers Banning Motorized Scooters Along Mission Beach Boardwalk

May 21
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Councilwoman Lori Zapf says she is proposing the ban after a series of collisions between pedestrians and people on scooters. If approved, motorized scooters would be banned on the boardwalk in Mission Beach and Pacific Beach.

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Here's What You Should See, Taste And Drink In San Diego This Summer

May 17
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

From summer concerts to outdoor movie venues and the best places to snap a selfie, we review San Diego CityBeat's 2018 Summer Guide.

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San Diego County Voter Registration Hits Record High

May 16
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

There’s a record 1.6 million registered voters in San Diego County. The county’s latest voter registration data also shows independent voters, or voters who don’t belong to a political party may soon outnumber registered Republicans.

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‘The Madres’ Pays Tribute To Argentina’s Mothers Of The Plaza De Mayo

May 10
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

"The Madres" chronicles a mother's quest to find her pregnant daughter amid Argentina's dictatorship in the late 1970's when thousands of citizens disappeared. The play runs Mother's Day through June 1 at San Diego's Moxie Theatre.

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Sheriff Gore Defends Response To Jail Suicides, Deputy Sexual Harassment Claims

May 7
By Marissa Cabrera, Michael Lipkin

Sheriff Bill Gore, a Republican whose law enforcement career spans more than 40 years, is running against Dave Myers, a Democrat and 33-year veteran of the San Diego Sheriff's Department.

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Republican Assemblyman Travis Allen On His Run For Governor

May 3
By Marissa Cabrera, Michael Lipkin

Huntington Beach Assemblyman Travis Allen is hoping to become one of the candidates who moves ahead to the November election.

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Democrat Doug Applegate Discusses His Second Run To Represent 49th Congressional District

May 2
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Retired Marine Colonel Doug Applegate is running for the seat he nearly won back in 2016.

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Asm. Rocky Chavez Discusses His Run For The 49th Congressional District

April 30
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A recent poll shows California Assemblyman Rocky Chavez, R-Oceanside, leading in the race to replace Congressman Darrell Issa.

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Survey: People Living In San Diego Illegally Less Likely To Report Crimes If Police Work With ICE

April 26
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A survey of people living in the United States illegally from Mexico in San Diego County looks at how sanctuary policies shape the way they interact with local law enforcement.

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‘A Growing Passion’ Highlights The Power Of Plants

April 26
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

In season 6 of “A Growing Passion,” host Nan Sterman takes viewers to a fruit farm in the Central Valley, a plumeria festival at Balboa Park and the gardens of several local artists. The new season debuts Thursday on KPBS Television.

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Dave Myers Discusses His Run For San Diego County Sheriff

April 25
By Andrew Bowen, Marissa Cabrera

Democrat Dave Myers, a commander and 33 year veteran of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, is running to unseat incumbent San Diego County Sheriff, Bill Gore. Myers said there has to be a cultural shift in law enforcement and it needs to start now.

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Democrat Mike Levin Aims To Champion Clean Energy, Health Care And Education

April 24
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Orange County environmental attorney Mike Levin is running in a crowded field in the race to replace Republican Darrell Issa in the 49th congressional district seat.

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Democrat Sara Jacobs Wants To Change The Face Of Congress

April 23
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Democrat Sara Jacobs is one of 16 candidates vying to replace Republican Darrell Issa in the 49th Congressional District. At 29, Jacobs could become the youngest woman elected to Congress.

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How A New San Diego Police Division Is Tackling Homelessness, Quality Of Life Issues

April 19
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego Police Department's new neighborhood-policing division is dedicated to homelessness and other neighborhood quality-of-life issues from graffiti to prostitution and theft.

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First Person: The Connection Between Improv Comedy And Therapy

April 16
By Marissa Cabrera

During the day, Zach Stones is a clinical supervisor at the San Diego Center for Children working to support youth and families in foster care and the juvenile justice system. But a few nights a week he has a second career doing improv comedy.

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San Diego City Council Takes First Look At Mayor's $3.8 Billion Budget Proposal

April 16
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The mayor's budget proposal boosts infrastructure spending, maintains public services and funds police raises. It also closes a $49 million deficit by dipping into reserve funds.

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What The Rise, Fall Of San Diego’s Green Flash Means For Local Craft Beer Industry

April 12
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

While there has been a rise in the number of craft breweries closing, there are still many more new breweries entering the market.

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How A Network Of Volunteers Supports San Diego Immigrants Amid Stepped-Up Enforcement

April 9
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Since December, the San Diego Rapid Response Network has answered 700 calls from individuals reporting arrests, immigration enforcement activity or seeking legal resources. The network counts on dozens of volunteers from various organizations including the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties and Jewish Family Service.

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Longtime San Diego Union-Tribune Journalist Retires

April 4
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Roger Showley, who covered growth and development, retired last month after a 44-year career as a newspaper reporter in San Diego. In his final article, he wrote about how his profession provided him a "privileged perspective on the building of San Diego."

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San Diego Padres: What To Expect In The 2018 Season

April 2
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

The 2018 Major League Baseball season is in full swing as the Padres take on the Colorado Rockies Monday at Petco Park after a series sweep loss against the Milwaukee Brewers.

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San Diego Food Blogger On 'How To Eat Your Feelings'

March 29
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Home cook and food blogger Holly Haines discusses the inspiration behind her first cookbook, "How To Eat Your Feelings."

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San Diego County, Escondido Consider Joining Lawsuit Over Sanctuary State Policies

March 29
By Marissa Cabrera, Michael Lipkin

The move comes after the Orange County Board of Supervisors voted to join the Trump administration in its lawsuit against California's sanctuary state policies.

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New San Diego Port Chairman Wants To Focus On The ‘Blue Economy’

March 28
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Rafael Castellanos said San Diego needs to take advantage of the blue economy or ocean economy to help fuel the region's economic growth.

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Coronado Mayor Discusses Suicide Prevention Barriers, Controversial Tweet

March 27
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Caltrans released a feasibility study this week on possible suicide prevention barriers on the Coronado Bridge. But lack of funding may delay the project. The Coronado Bridge is the second deadliest in the nation for suicides after the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, where suicide prevention nets are currently being installed.

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Women Reflect On Their Silver Hair Journey

March 26
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Some women have said they felt empowered after embracing their grey hair. Stylist Lorraine Massey is in San Diego Monday to discuss her latest book, “Silver Hair: A Handbook.”

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New Mingei Exhibition Celebrates The Art Of The Book

March 22
By Marissa Cabrera, Michael Lipkin

"Voluminous Art: Treasures from San Diego’s University Libraries," showcases 75 volumes from the libraries of San Diego State University, UC San Diego and the University of San Diego. It runs through September 3 at the Mingei International Museum at Balboa Park.

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Number Of Americans With Alzheimer's Expected To More Than Double By 2050

March 20
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The Alzheimer’s Association released its latest list of facts and figures about Alzheimer’s disease and its treatment on Tuesday.

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'American Mariachi' Explores The Transformative Power Of Music

March 19
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

"American Mariachi," a new play opening Friday at the Old Globe, follows a teenage girl's quest to form an all-female mariachi group while transforming the lives of those around her.

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New State Arts Council Director Discusses Vision For Advancing The Arts In California

March 14
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The arts community faces a lot of uncertainty as President Trump and Mayor Kevin Faulconer propose reductions in arts funding. Anne Bown-Crawford, the new director of the California Arts Council will be in San Diego Thursday to mee with the arts and culture organizations.

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USD Debates Free Speech On College Campuses

March 7
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A debate at the University of San Diego this week asks the question: Is free speech under threat on America's college campuses?

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1950's Themed Center For Alzheimer's Patients Set To Open In April

Feb. 28
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The Glenner Town Square adult day-care center uses reminiscence therapy to help those struggling with Alzheimer's and dementia. The center is considered the first of its kind in the nation.

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San Diego County Health Officials Warn Of Looming Whooping Cough Epidemic

Feb. 27
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Whooping cough infections tend to be cyclical, peaking about every three to five years. The last big epidemic in San Diego County was in 2014. Based on historical patterns, health officials believe the region could experience another one this year or next.

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Proponent, Opponent Discuss Revived Lilac Hills Ranch Development

Feb. 26
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

More than a year after San Diego County voters overwhelmingly rejected the Lilac Hills Ranch housing development near Valley Center, a new development team is back with an updated proposal.

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Blues Artist Rev. Shawn Amos Gets Ready To ‘Break It Down’ In San Diego

Feb. 22
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Amos' new album is inspired by the freedom songs of the civil rights movement. He will perform Saturday at Prohibition Lounge in downtown San Diego.

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State Treasurer John Chiang Discusses His Run For California Governor

Feb. 22
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A recent poll by the Public Policy Institute of California shows Chiang trailing in third place behind Democratic competitors Antonio Villaraigosa and Gavin Newsom.

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'Safa's Story:' New Interactive Play Inspired By San Diego Teen From Zimbabwe

Feb. 21
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

“Safa’s Story” confronts race-based bullying and ethnic prejudice. The production runs Friday through Sunday at Onstage Playhouse in Chula Vista with an encore performance March 3 at the Old Globe.

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