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Stories by Marissa Cabrera

Documentary Chronicles Life And Work Of Civil Rights Leader Dolores...

Documentary Chronicles Life And Work Of Civil Rights Leader Dolores Huerta

Sept. 25
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
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
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 Diego Song...

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

Sept. 18
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 Boxer Paul...

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

Sept. 13
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 California Mu...

Report: 10 Percent Increase In Hate Incidents Against California Muslims

Sept. 7
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
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
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
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.

SDSU Professor On How Smartphones Have Changed Teens

SDSU Professor On How Smartphones Have Changed Teens

Aug. 29
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Psychologist Jean Twenge is the author of the new book, “iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood — and What That Means for the Rest of Us.”

The B-Side Players Tackle Social Justice, Chicano Power In New Albu...

The B-Side Players Tackle Social Justice, Chicano Power In New Album, ‘California Brown’

Aug. 25
By Kurt Kohnen, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The B-Side Players are holding a record release party Saturday at the Music Box. The group joined Midday Edition to perform titles off their latest album.

Database Reveals Purchases Made By City Of San Diego Employees

Database Reveals Purchases Made By City Of San Diego Employees

Aug. 24
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Since 2015, city employees charged $16 million in purchases on the city of San Diego credit cards. Most transactions are routine. But there are others that are raising eyebrows, such as a $3,000 purchase for maracas and a $300 table cloth.

What To Eat Before The End Of Summer

What To Eat Before The End Of Summer

Aug. 24
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego food writer Caron Golden is marking the end of summer by sharing some of her go-to summer dishes, from fresh salads to chilled soups.

California Lawmakers Debate Later School Start Times

California Lawmakers Debate Later School Start Times

Aug. 23
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

SB 328 would prohibit middle and high schools from starting classes earlier than 8:30 in the morning. The bill is up for a vote Wednesday in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

KPBS Film Documents The Vietnam War Through The Eyes Of San Diego C...

KPBS Film Documents The Vietnam War Through The Eyes Of San Diego Combat Pilots

Aug. 21
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

“Distinguished Wings Over Vietnam” tells the personal stories of four combat pilots who served in the Vietnam War. The documentary airs Thursday on KPBS television.

How To Talk To Children About Racism

How To Talk To Children About Racism

Aug. 17
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The violent images broadcast from Charlottesville may leave parents asking themselves how to explain it all to their children. One child psychologist discusses strategies for talking with children about racism.

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.

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