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Stories by Marissa Cabrera

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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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UC Health Study Hopes To End Confusion Over Mammogram Screenings

Feb. 20
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The Wisdom study, which is currently looking for 100,000 women across California to volunteer, will examine whether annual mammograms are the best way to screen for breast cancer or whether a more personalized approach could deliver better outcomes.

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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."

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‘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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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