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Stories by Marissa Cabrera

Basketball Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Discusses New Memoir

Basketball Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Discusses New Memoir

Feb. 14
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Abdul-Jabbar is one of the featured speakers at this year’s Writer’s Symposium by the Sea, which runs Feb. 19-23, at Point Loma Nazarene University. His latest book is “Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off The Court."

‘We Said Enough’ Co-Founder Discusses What’s Next In Anti...

‘We Said Enough’ Co-Founder Discusses What’s Next In Anti-Sexual Harassment Movement

Feb. 13
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Adama Iwu, co-founder of the "We Said Enough" movement will be speaking Tuesday at a forum on sexual harassment at the University of San Diego.

San Diego’s Vision Zero Program To Eliminate Traffic Deat...

San Diego’s Vision Zero Program To Eliminate Traffic Deaths Behind Schedule

Feb. 12
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Since January, there have been nine pedestrians killed in traffic accidents in the city of San Diego. That number puts the city on pace for what may be a record year for pedestrian traffic deaths.

Festival Celebrates Fermented Food And Drinks

Festival Celebrates Fermented Food And Drinks

Feb. 8
By Marissa Cabrera, Tom Fudge

The 4th annual Fermented Food Festival takes place Sunday in Encinitas. UC San Diego biologist Rob Knight will deliver the keynote and discuss the links between fermented food and gut health.

Report: Tijuana Homicides Reach Record High In 2017

Report: Tijuana Homicides Reach Record High In 2017

Feb. 6
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

A new report by the Justice in Mexico Project at the University of San Diego examines the resurgence of violent crime in Tijuana.

Human Rights Watch Film Festival Spotlights Social Justic...

Human Rights Watch Film Festival Spotlights Social Justice Issues

Feb. 1
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The 8th annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival runs Thursday through Sunday at the Museum of Photographic Arts at Balboa Park. It features "The Blood is at the Doorstep,” a documentary by a San Diego State graduate about police violence and activism.

Old Voting Machines Are 'Biggest Threat' To California El...

Old Voting Machines Are 'Biggest Threat' To California Elections

Jan. 30
By Marissa Cabrera, Michael Lipkin

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Governor Jerry Brown's proposal to spend $134 million to replace the state's aging voting systems could go a long way.

San Diego Congressman Juan Vargas To Boycott State Of The...

San Diego Congressman Juan Vargas To Boycott State Of The Union

Jan. 29
By Marissa Cabrera, Michael Lipkin

Rep. Juan Vargas, whose district covers the entire California-Mexico border, talks about immigration reform and what he hopes to hear in the 2018 State of the Union.

California Lawmakers Introduce Bills To Prepare For Futur...

California Lawmakers Introduce Bills To Prepare For Future Natural Disasters

Jan. 24
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Last year was one of the most destructive years for natural disasters in the U.S. In response to devastating wildfires and mudslides, California lawmakers proposed a number of bills aimed at helping residents escape in time and recover afterward.

San Diego County Republican Leader Discusses 2018 Elections

San Diego County Republican Leader Discusses 2018 Elections

Jan. 22
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Tony Krvaric has chaired the San Diego County Republican Party for more than 10 years. He joins Midday Edition to outline his priorities for the midterm elections and whether this will be his final year at the helm of the county's GOP.

San Diego Women’s March Organizers Focus On 'Power To The...

San Diego Women’s March Organizers Focus On 'Power To The Polls'

Jan. 18
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The nonprofit Women’s March San Diego is planning to hold the second annual march Saturday in downtown San Diego. This year's theme is "hear our vote."

Sharp To Hold Blood Drive Amid Drop In Donations Due To Flu

Sharp To Hold Blood Drive Amid Drop In Donations Due To Flu

Jan. 18
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

This year’s flu season has already had devastating consequences with thousands of confirmed cases and a record number of deaths in San Diego County. But health officials say there’s been another consequence of the flu epidemic—a drop in blood donations.

Civil Rights Attorney Eva Paterson Headlines All Peoples ...

Civil Rights Attorney Eva Paterson Headlines All Peoples Celebration

Jan. 15
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Civil rights attorney Eva Paterson was the keynote speaker at Monday's All Peoples Celebration in San Diego. She is the president and co-founder of the Equal Justice Society.

San Diego County Democratic Leader Discusses 2018 Elections

San Diego County Democratic Leader Discusses 2018 Elections

Jan. 10
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

It's been nearly a year since Jessica Hayes was named chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party. She joins Midday Edition for a discussion on how the party is preparing for the November election.

What’s In Store For San Diego’s Dining Scene In 2018

What’s In Store For San Diego’s Dining Scene In 2018

Jan. 3
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

From restaurants with on-site childcare to the cannabis culinary arts scene, San Diego food writers weigh in on the most anticipated food trends to dominate the local dining scene in 2018.

On The Environment Beat: Drought, Sewage Spills, Redevelo...

On The Environment Beat: Drought, Sewage Spills, Redeveloping In Mission Valley

Dec. 28, 2017
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Reporter Erik Anderson focuses mainly on stories about the environment. This year that has included drought, the Tijuana sewage spills and how plans for how redeveloping Mission Valley could change our urban environment.

San Diego Immigration Advocates Vow To Continue To Fight ...

San Diego Immigration Advocates Vow To Continue To Fight For Dream Act

Dec. 22, 2017
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

As members of Congress leave Washington with no deal on immigration reform, advocates say they will continue pushing for passage of the Dream Act in January.

San Diego Sheriff Gore Discusses Impact Of New 'Sanctuary...

San Diego Sheriff Gore Discusses Impact Of New 'Sanctuary State' Law

Dec. 21, 2017
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Senate Bill 54, also known as the California Values Act, limits cooperation between local law enforcement agencies and federal immigration authorities. Supporters say it will help protect law abiding undocumented immigrants from deportation.

Taking Stock Of San Diego's Housing Crisis

Taking Stock Of San Diego's Housing Crisis

Dec. 20, 2017
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

The number of residential building permits issued in the region in 2017 is on pace to be down by 20 percent from the previous year. San Diego housing exerts discuss what is driving the housing shortage and how the new GOP tax bill may impact the housing market.

Elevated Flu Activity Continues In San Diego County

Elevated Flu Activity Continues In San Diego County

Dec. 14, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego County is seeing an outbreak of flu much earlier than normal. The number of confirmed cases is three higher than at the same time last year.

Additional 27 Million Trees Have Died In California In Th...

Additional 27 Million Trees Have Died In California In The Last Year

Dec. 13, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new U.S. Forest Service survey found that another 27 million trees died due to drought and disease since November 2016. That brings the total number of dead trees to a record 129 million since 2010.

Imperial Beach Considers Polystyrene Ban

Imperial Beach Considers Polystyrene Ban

Dec. 6, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Imperial Beach could become the third city in San Diego County to ban the plastic food containers at restaurants.

How To Talk To Children About Sexual Harassment

How To Talk To Children About Sexual Harassment

Dec. 5, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Michael Lipkin

The current wave of sexual misconduct allegations may have some parents wondering how they should approach the topic with their children. One San Diego psychologist suggested the topics can be integrated into general parenting.

Comedian Herbert Siguenza On His Role In Pixar’s ‘Coco’

Comedian Herbert Siguenza On His Role In Pixar’s ‘Coco’

Nov. 30, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Siguenza served as one of several Latino cultural advisors who worked on Pixar's animated film inspired by Día de los Muertos. He is also part of the film's voice cast.

Rep. Susan Davis Discusses GOP Tax Plan, Sexual Harassmen...

Rep. Susan Davis Discusses GOP Tax Plan, Sexual Harassment And A Possible Government Shutdown

Nov. 29, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The end of 2017 is shaping up to be busy for members of Congress as the debate over the GOP tax plan continues along with controversy over sexual misconduct allegations.

San Diego County Traffic Worsens After Economic Recovery

San Diego County Traffic Worsens After Economic Recovery

Nov. 27, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The average commute time in San Diego is now 26 minutes. Regional planners warn traffic will not be getting better anytime soon.

Chef Bernard Guillas Shares 3 Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Chef Bernard Guillas Shares 3 Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Nov. 22, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Cher Bernard Guillas, executive chef at the Marine Room restaurant in La Jolla, joins KPBS Midday Edition Wednesday to answer your Thanksgiving meal questions.

Report: San Diego County's Wine Industry Keeps Growing

Report: San Diego County's Wine Industry Keeps Growing

Nov. 16, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new report commissioned by the San Diego County Vintners Association shows the economic impact of the local wine industry is $30.4 million. The total number of acres of wine grapes harvested has more than doubled since 2010.

Documentary Follows Navajo Code Talkers As They Return To...

Documentary Follows Navajo Code Talkers As They Return To WWII Battlefields

Nov. 8, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The film, "Navajo Code Talkers: A Journey of Remembrance," will be screened Wednesday at the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park.

First Person: Veterans Museum's Poet Laureate On Honoring...

First Person: Veterans Museum's Poet Laureate On Honoring All Who Served

Nov. 6, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera

Alyce Smith-Cooper, the first poet laureate at the Veterans Museum at Balboa Park, talks about how she is paying tribute to the "unsung and unacknowledged" heroes of the U.S. military.

Gold Star Father Khizr Khan Brings Message Of Civility An...

Gold Star Father Khizr Khan Brings Message Of Civility And Unity To San Diego

Nov. 2, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Khan was the keynote speaker Wednesday at the Anti-Defamation League's "No Place For Hate" Leadership Conference. His new book, "An American Family," traces his family's pursuit of the American dream.

California Gas Tax Hike Goes Into Effect Wednesday

California Gas Tax Hike Goes Into Effect Wednesday

Oct. 31, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Gas taxes will go up by 12 cents per gallon Nov. 1 to raise money for rebuilding roads and highways. But drivers may not see a bump at the pump right away.

Acclaimed Chef David Tanis On The Simplicity Of 'Market C...

Acclaimed Chef David Tanis On The Simplicity Of 'Market Cooking'

Oct. 30, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

David Tanis, the former head chef of the famed Chez Panisse restaurant, will be speaking this week about his new cookbook, "Market Cooking," at two San Diego events.

Opioid-Related Deaths In San Diego County Keep Steady

Opioid-Related Deaths In San Diego County Keep Steady

Oct. 27, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

County health officials say there were 253 opioid-related deaths in 2016, that is up just slightly from the year before. The county report was released days before President Trump declared opioid abuse a public health emergency.

Homeland Security Marks Completion Of Border Wall Prototy...

Homeland Security Marks Completion Of Border Wall Prototypes

Oct. 26, 2017
By Jean Guerrero, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The prototypes for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border have made their official debut.

Report: San Diego Nonprofits Face Growing Demand For Serv...

Report: San Diego Nonprofits Face Growing Demand For Services

Oct. 26, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new report by the Nonprofit Institute at the University of San Diego shows the region's nonprofit sector contributes $6 billion in total wages to the economy yet faces growing demand for services outpacing the support for their work.

San Diego Nonprofit Helps Children Orphaned By Domestic V...

San Diego Nonprofit Helps Children Orphaned By Domestic Violence

Oct. 25, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

When a child loses a parent in a domestic-violence related death and the other parent ends up behind bars—Kathy’s Legacy Foundation steps in.

San Diego Educator Named California Teacher Of The Year

San Diego Educator Named California Teacher Of The Year

Oct. 19, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Jaime Brown, an English and film studies teacher at San Diego High School has been selected as one of five educators honored with the California Teacher of the Year award.

Remembering The Migrants Who Lost Their Lives In The 2007...

Remembering The Migrants Who Lost Their Lives In The 2007 San Diego Wildfires

Oct. 17, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Among the 10 people killed in the Witch Creek and Harris fires a group of immigrants from Mexico who were in the U.S. illegally who died as they made their journey across the U.S.-Mexico border.

CAIR San Diego Offering Bystander Intervention Training

CAIR San Diego Offering Bystander Intervention Training

Oct. 5, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is offering training in bystander intervention to community members who want to learn what they can do to deescalate incidents of hate.

A Police Shooting: The Death Of Alfred Olango

A Police Shooting: The Death Of Alfred Olango

Sept. 27, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Michael Lipkin

On the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of Alfred Olango, members of his family are renewing their calls for justice.

Documentary Chronicles Life And Work Of Civil Rights Lead...

Documentary Chronicles Life And Work Of Civil Rights Leader Dolores Huerta

Sept. 25, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

“Dolores,” aims to set the record straight on Huerta’s contributions to the farmworker’s labor movement. The film runs through September 28 at Landmark’s Ken Cinema.

Carmegeddon At The Border Starts Saturday

Carmegeddon At The Border Starts Saturday

Sept. 21, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Interstate 5 will be closed to southbound car traffic entering Mexico from San Ysidro starting at 3 a.m. Saturday. The closure, which is part of ongoing infrastructure improvements, will run through noon on Monday.

How One Writer Built A Career Off Side Hustles

How One Writer Built A Career Off Side Hustles

Sept. 20, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

According to one estimate, more than 44 million Americans have a side hustle and for some, a second job could be more than another stream of income.

First Person: After Nearly 20 Years Of Making Music, San ...

First Person: After Nearly 20 Years Of Making Music, San Diego Songwriter 'Hopes It All Matters'

Sept. 18, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera

As the co-founder of the Redwoods Music, a San Diego-based record label, Alfred Howard writes lyrics for five bands that span various genres. Since moving to San Diego nearly 20 years ago, he's recorded 21 albums.

Documentary Highlights Life And Career Of World-Champion ...

Documentary Highlights Life And Career Of World-Champion Boxer Paul Vaden

Sept. 13, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Michael Lipkin

In 1999 San Diego-native Paul Vaden knocked out his opponent Stephan Johnson. Two weeks later, Johnson died. The film, "Vaden Versus," tells the story of how that event forever changed Vaden.

Report: 10 Percent Increase In Hate Incidents Against Cal...

Report: 10 Percent Increase In Hate Incidents Against California Muslims

Sept. 7, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The Council on American-Islamic Relations California says it received 1,239 cases last year that ranged from hate crimes to discrimination and bullying.

An Undocumented Immigration Attorney Reacts To End Of DACA

An Undocumented Immigration Attorney Reacts To End Of DACA

Sept. 5, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Dulce Garcia of San Diego is one of 230,000 young immigrants who benefitted from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in California.

San Diego Rep Launches Latinx Play Festival

San Diego Rep Launches Latinx Play Festival

Aug. 30, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The festival takes place Sept. 2-3 at the Lyceum Theatre in Horton Plaza. It features four play readings, including "El Cipitio: A Salvadorian Odyssey" by Culture Clash co-founders Herbert Siguenza and Ric Salinas.

Survey: DACA Recipients Continue To Make Economic Strides

Survey: DACA Recipients Continue To Make Economic Strides

Aug. 29, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

As the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program hangs in the balance, a new survey by UC San Diego political science professor Tom Wong shows DACA continues to have a positive impact on the lives of beneficiaries and the economy.

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