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Stories by Marissa Cabrera

Could San Diego Be The Next Silicon Valley?

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The San Francisco Bay Area has long been viewed as the world’s tech mecca, but a vibrant tech scene seems to be emerging in San Diego.

San Diego Registrar Discusses Nonpartisan Voters And The June Primary

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Bernie Sanders supporters have filed a lawsuit alleging widespread confusion over California’s primary rules. But San Diego County’s registrar of voters said his office went to great lengths to inform voters.

Award-Winning Author Talks Diversity In Children's Literature

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National City native Matt de la Peña recently gave a special reading to hundreds of students at his old elementary school.

Report: Police Asset Seizures Disproportionately Affect Minorities, Poor Californians

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The American Civil Liberties Union of California looked into law enforcement's use of an asset forfeiture program.

Study: Human Activity To Blame For 90% Of Wildfires In California

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Researchers at the George Washington University found human activity — everything from cigarette litter to toppled power poles — is as much to blame for how often and where wildfires occur.

San Diego Cereal-Maker Kashi Wants To Help Farmers Switch To Organic

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The company announced efforts to recognize crops grown on farms that are in the process of switching to organic.

Report: San Diego County Rents Have Skyrocketed 32% Since 2000

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The California Housing Partnership says the county has lost more than $109 million annually in federal and state funding for affordable housing projects since 2008.

San Diego Law Enforcement Holds Town Halls On Video Release Policy

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San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis discusses changing the policy on the release of officer-involved shooting videos.

Report: California Voter Registration Experiencing 'Historic Growth'

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More than 850,000 Californians registered to vote in the first three months of 2016, according to a new report from the National University System Institute for Policy Research.

New Documentary Explores The Changing Face Of Peace Officers

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A former sheriff who helped establish Utah's first SWAT team raises questions over tactics and use of force in "Peace Officer."

First-Known Hijacker Gives Personal Account Of His ‘Freedom Flight’

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The book "Freedom Flight: A True Account of the Cold War's Greatest Escape" describes how San Diego author Frank Iszak escaped from the Iron Curtain with his wife and five co-conspirators by completing the first documented commercial airplane hijacking in 1956.

Democrat Mayoral Candidate Ed Harris On His Uphill Battle Against Faulconer

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Harris heads the city's lifeguards union and served as an interim city councilman for District 2.

Lori Saldaña Discusses Her Run For San Diego Mayor

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The former Democratic assemblywoman is running as an independent.

Report: Homicides Up In Mexico For First Time Since Peña Nieto Took Office

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Homicides in Mexico jumped 8 percent from 2014 to 2015 after three years of decline, according to a new report from the University of San Diego.

Wrongful Death Claim Filed Against SDPD Officers

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The claim is over the October killing of 39-year-old Lamontez Jones in downtown San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter. The San Diego County district attorney has said the shooting is legally justified.

How Do We Restore Civility In Politics?

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From "Lyin' Ted" to "short fingers," the 2016 presidential race has seen no shortage of name-calling and insults. A conference kicking off next Monday at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice aims to address over-the-top political rhetoric.

'A Growing Passion' Springs Into 4th Season On KPBS

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From water-wise gardening to beneficial insects and California's citrus industry, the new season of KPBS' television series "A Growing Passion" brings a lot of variety.

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San Diego Author Discusses Ways To Combat Nature Deficit

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Richard Louv, whose New York Times best-seller introduced the concept of nature deficit, is out with a new book with tips to reverse that deficit.

Why John Leguizamo Thinks Trump Is ‘Doing A Great Thing’ For Latinos

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In a new solo act titled “Latin History for Morons,” which premieres Tuesday night at the La Jolla Playhouse, the comic takes on five centuries of Latin history.

Stadium: Chargers Pointman Talks To KPBS; East Village Group Reacts To Proposal

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The Chargers will begin collecting signatures in three weeks in a bid to qualify a $1.8 billion downtown stadium and convention center annex proposal for the November general election.

How UC San Diego Aims To Boost Diversity

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Becky Petitt, vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion at the UC San Diego, discusses some of the school’s new diversity initiatives.

San Diego Ranks 20th In California In New Women's Well-Being Index

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The California Budget and Policy Center released a new index that rates women's overall well-being in the state. Factors include health, employment, economic security, personal safety and political empowerment.

Healthy Eating — From School Breakfasts To Family Meals

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A new study says kids who eat two breakfasts are better off than ones who eat no breakfast. And a National City program is aimed at empowering women to eat healthier.

New Public Market Creating A Buzz In San Diego

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The Liberty Public Market just opened in Point Loma and attracted an estimated 12,000 people during its first week in business.

San Diego Politics: Do Endorsements Matter?

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Presidential hopeful Donald Trump has done well without support from the establishment. But in local races, a party endorsement could give candidates a boost.

Study: San Diego Graduation Rates Expected To Drop

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UC San Diego researchers found that while more high school seniors at San Diego Unified School District may be eligible for college this year, more students may not graduate at all.

Should The US Change Its Cuban Immigration Policy?

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The Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966 grants Cubans special status that allows them to live and work legally in America.

What Role Did 'Blackfish' Play In SeaWorld's Decision To Stop Breeding Orcas?

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Filmmaker Gabriela Cowperthwaite spoke about how her 2013 documentary might have influenced SeaWorld’s big move.

New California Tax Credit For Low-Wage Workers

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The income tax filing deadline is a month away and among the new forms and provisions is a new state earned income tax credit.

San Diego Sheriff's Department Has Eyes On Drones

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The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is thinking about purchasing drones to use in case of wildfires, search and rescue missions and SWAT operations. But concerns over privacy remain.

Report: Criminal Justice System Errors Cost Taxpayers Millions In California

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A new report shows mistakes in California's criminal justice system cost taxpayers more than $282 million between 1989 and 2012.

Remembering Japan's 2011 Earthquake, Tsunami

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On March 11, 2011, a 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan, triggering a tsunami that helped cause a nuclear meltdown.

Mexican Journalist Discusses Struggle In Drug War Reporting

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More than 100 journalists have been killed in Mexico in the past decade. But that hasn't stopped investigative journalist Marcela Turati from seeking the truth.

Judge Orders Stricter Security Measures In Release Of California Student Data

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A federal judge had a change of heart over the potential release of educational records for 10 million California students.

Analysis: $1 Billion Later, San Diego Schools Still Need Fixing

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Voters passed San Diego city school bonds for repairs, but a story by online news organization Voice of San Diego finds school conditions continue to get worse.

Birders Flock To San Diego For 20th Annual Bird Festival

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The bird festival features trips to popular birding sites, speakers and workshops. It runs March 3-6.

Pulitzer Prize Winner Jose Antonio Vargas Talks Race, Immigration, Politics

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The journalist-turned-documentary filmmaker and activist revealed in 2011 that he had been living in the U.S. illegally since the age of 12.

San Diego Researchers Await NASA Astronaut's Return

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San Diego researchers are playing a pivotal part in NASA's study on how long-term space travel impacts the human body.

Weekend Preview: From Modern Dance To Cat-Inspired Fashion Show

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KPBS Arts Calendar producer and editor Nina Garin previews some of this weekend's top arts and cultural events.

Remembering San Diego’s Role In The Gulf War

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February 28th marks 25 years since the end of Operation Desert Storm.

Border Film Week Kicks Off At USD

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The 10th annual Border Film Week focuses on documentaries and feature films about U.S.-Mexico border issues.

Craft-Coffee Culture Brewing In San Diego

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The craft-coffee scene is big in San Francisco, Portland, Seattle and New York. It's gaining traction in San Diego.

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San Diego Mom Writes Book On Raising Transgender Child

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In the book "Raising Ryland," Hillary Whittington opens up about the emotional decision to transition her child Ryland from girl to boy.

Innovative Musical Duo Black Violin Comes To San Diego

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Black Violin uses classical and hip-hop music to break barriers and shatter stereotypes.

Latin Alternative Band Las Cafeteras Takes On Race And Immigration

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The Los Angeles-based ensemble performs in Escondido Friday at the California Center for the Arts.

San Diego Chef Shares Romantic Recipes For Valentine's Day

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Valentine's Day is Sunday, and if you need advice on how to make your loved one feel special, we've got you covered.

San Diego Lecture Explores How Neuroscience Can Promote World Peace

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology cognitive scientist Emile Bruneau will share his research on empathy at the University of San Diego Wednesday.

Weekend Preview: From A Dark Comedy To A Night Of Jazz And Dance

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KPBS Arts Calendar producer and editor Nina Garin discusses some of this weekend's top arts events happening around San Diego.

A New Vision For The San Diego County Taxpayers Association

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Haney Hong, a small business owner and Navy Reservist, took over as president and CEO of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association.

Rubio, Sanders Gaining Momentum With San Diego County Donors

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The San Diego Union-Tribune Watchdog team compiled the latest fundraising data released by the Federal Election Commission.

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