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Stories by Marissa Cabrera

Chef Bernard Guillas Shares 3 Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Chef Bernard Guillas Shares 3 Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Nov. 22
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
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 WWII Batt...

Documentary Follows Navajo Code Talkers As They Return To WWII Battlefields

Nov. 8
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 All Who S...

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

Nov. 6
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 And Unity To...

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

Nov. 2
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
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 Cooking'

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

Oct. 30
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
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 Prototypes

Homeland Security Marks Completion Of Border Wall Prototypes

Oct. 26
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 Services

Report: San Diego Nonprofits Face Growing Demand For Services

Oct. 26
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 Violence

San Diego Nonprofit Helps Children Orphaned By Domestic Violence

Oct. 25
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
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 San Diego...

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

Oct. 17
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
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
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 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.

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