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Stories by Marissa Cabrera

San Diego Group Marks 25 Years Of Affordable Housing Advocacy

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The San Diego Housing Federation continues to advocate for affordable housing in the San Diego region as reports show the challenges in the housing market.

Meal Gap Study Shows How Hunger Hits San Diego County

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A new study finds that while the number of San Diegans suffering from food insecurity is down there are still thousands that are impacted by hunger.

Tax Day: Money Experts Examine Proposed California Earned Income Tax Credit

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On this Tax Day, financial experts talk about a number of proposals aimed at addressing income inequality.

Real Estate Experts Discuss Rise In San Diego Home Prices

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The cost of a single-family home jumped 4 percent from February to March — bringing the median price to $519,540.

Tijuana’s Nortec Collective To Make Bittersweet Appearance At Coachella

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This will be Bostich + Fussible's final appearance at Coachella Music Festival as Nortec Collective. The Tijuana-based electronic duo says its leaving the Nortec sound to pursue new projects.

La Jolla Looks For Next Steps To Address Odor Issues

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The La Jolla Town Council will hold a hearing on sea lion issues at the cove. A sea lion expert from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is scheduled to attend.

Controversial Vaccine Exemption Measure Gets Its First Hearing In California Senate

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A measure that would ban all personal belief exemptions for childhood vaccinations will get its first hearing in the state senate Wednesday.

Ben Vereen Awards Will Honor San Diego's High School Theater Performers

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More than a dozen San Diego County high schools are participating in a musical theater competition, with performers getting a chance to go to Broadway for the top prize.

San Diego Museum Of Art Exhibition Explores Issues Surrounding Role Of Women In Arab Culture

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Ten large-scale photographs from Moroccan-born, New York–based photographer Lalla Essaydi at the Balboa Park museum through Aug. 1.

San Diego IndieFest 9 Is Back, Moves To City Heights

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San Diego IndieFest is the first exclusively independent music festival in the country. It will take place on March 28 and feature 50 musical acts including New York indie-rock band Bear Hands as a headliner.

California's First Latino Supreme Court Justice To Address 'Role Of Latinos In A Changing America'

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Former California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso is in San Diego Tuesday for a lecture at UC San Diego in honor of Cesar Chavez Day.

Tijuana-Based Band Nortec Collective Calls It Quits

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The Grammy Award-winning group Nortec Collective is disbanding after releasing what they're calling their final album, "Motel Baja."

San Diego Dance Theater Presents 'Happy Hour' Dance Show

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Choreographer Monica Bill Barnes, a UC San Diego alumni, and her partner Anna Bass will preview a new show at Liberty Station.

For More Civil Politics — Start With School Kids

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The fourth annual Conference on Restoring Civility to Civic Dialogue gets underway Friday. This year the conference will focus on the classrooms.

Longtime Editor Leaves San Diego CityBeat

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David Rolland, who helped start San Diego CityBeat more than 10 years ago, is leaving the publication to work for Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins.

New Book Offers Advice On How To Refire Your Retirement

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San Diego-based author Ken Blanchard and aging expert Morton Shaevitz teamed up to offer retirees a new approach to retirement.

California Small Farm Conference Opens In San Diego

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The annual conference is hosting small farmers and ranchers at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley. The ongoing drought is high on the list of topics the conference aims to tackle this year.

Economist: Chargers Leaving San Diego Would Have Minimal Impact On Economy

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Sports economist Michael Leeds says San Diego's economy would not take a hit if the Chargers move to Los Angeles.

A Conversation With Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Alicia Garza

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Alicia Garza, a UC San Diego graduate, is in San Diego to discuss the history and future of the Black Lives Matter movement and the role of campus activism.

South Park Tattoo Shop Becomes Stage For THE TRIP's Latest Production

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THE TRIP theater company opens "3 Plays In A Tattoo Shop" this weekend at Full Circle Tattoo in South Park. One member of the audience will get tattooed during the performance.

San Diego To Consider Rules For Airbnb Hosts

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The city of San Diego recently sent 252 letters to Airbnb and other hosts telling them they owe taxes on the rooms they rent.

9th Annual Border Film Week Focuses On Human Side Of Immigration Debate

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Border Film Week at the University of San Diego's Trans-Border Institute kicks off Tuesday. The focus will be the human stories of immigration.

Should All Bike Riders Be Required To Wear Helmets?

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A new bill in the California legislature would require adults to wear helmets. Anyone riding without a helmet could be cited and fined up to $25.

Lunar New Year Tet Festival Celebrates Vietnamese Heritage

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San Diego's 10th Annual Tet Festival takes place in Mira Mesa this weekend.

Comedian Maz Jobrani Discusses 'Memoirs Of A Middle Eastern Funnyman'

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Iranian-American actor and comedian Maz Jobrani tells his story about growing up as an Iranian immigrant in Southern California.

Death Cafe Movement Grows In San Diego

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Talking with a group of strangers about death. It's the premise behind the death cafes popping up in San Diego. And participants say it can be a life-changing experience.

NPR's Bill Littlefield Gets Poetic About Sports In New Book

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Bill Littlefield's new book "Take Me Out" is a collection of poems about sports. Littlefield is the host of NPR's nationally syndicated program "Only A Game."

Imperial Valley Aims To Shed 100,000 Pounds

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A new campaign called the "Valley Challenge" aims to rally the community to lose weight to fight the problem of obesity. Nearly 80 percent of Imperial County adults are obese or overweight.

Drunkorexia: Swapping Meals For Drinks

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Binge drinking on college campuses is nothing new, but some experts say more students are now trading food calories for alcoholic calories to stay thin and get drunk faster. It's called "drunkorexia."

San Diego Moxie Theatre Presents 'Trouble In Mind'

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Moxie Theatre is reviving the play 1950's Alice Childress play "Trouble in Mind" which grapples with issues about race and gender.

Judge To Rule On Law That Classifies Marijuana As One Of The Most Dangerous Drugs

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A 1970 federal law labeled marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug but a U.S. judge in California is expected to rule this year on the constitutionality of that law.

Film 'By Blood' To Open San Diego Black Film Festival

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"By Blood" chronicles American Indians who are descendents of black slaves as they battle to regain tribal citizenship. The film's west coast premiere takes place Thursday at the San Diego Black Film Festival.

Why Does Philosophy Matter In The 21st Century?

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Acclaimed philosopher and author Rebecca Newberger Goldstein is in San Diego Tuesday for a discussion about her book "Plato at the Googleplex."

Leucadia Man Documents Global Adventure In New Book

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Allan Karl visited 35 countries in three years on a motorcycle. He shares his adventures through food and photography in his new book "FORKS: A Quest for Culture, Cuisine, and Connection."

San Diego Professor Discusses New Book On Impact Of Drone Strikes

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In her new book, "Drones and Targeted Killing," Thomas Jefferson School of Law Professor Marjorie Cohn includes a collection of writings that examine the "legal, moral and geopolitical" issues surrounding U.S. drone strikes overseas.

San Diego Natural History Museum Hosts 'Coast to Cactus' Exhibit

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Coast to Cactus is a new permanent exhibition focusing on the region's biodiversity. It's a part of the 2015 Balboa Park Centennial Celebration

New Americans Museum At Liberty Station Reopens

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The museum, which celebrates the contributions of immigrants, was forced to close its doors almost five years ago.

'Innovation Industry' Fueling San Diego County's Economy

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Businesses linked to the health sciences, biotech and telecommunications are keeping the region's unemployment rate low and helping drive the region's economy.

San Diego Repertory Theatre Presents World Premier Production Of 'Steal Heaven'

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"Steal Heaven," by playwright Herbert Singuenza, centers on the life and times of the late activist Abbie Hoffman. It runs through Jan. 25 at the Lyceum Theatre.

San Diegans On Targeting Journalists

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A journalism professor, a cartoonist and a newspaper editor react to the Paris shooting that left 12 people dead.

California's New Laws Affect Work, Health, Public Safety

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KPBS Midday Edition discusses new laws for 2015 with legal analyst Dan Eaton. The laws include everything from driver's licenses for immigrants to restrictions to protect youth football players.

San Diego Native Tackles Immigration In New Animated Series 'Bordertown'

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Chicano cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz is on the team working on a new animated comedy sitcom tackling changing demographics and immigration. "Bordertown" debuts on Fox in fall 2015.

Scripps CEO Discusses New Book On Leadership

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Chris Van Gorder has been president and CEO of Scripps Health since 2000. His first book is titled "The Front-line Leader: Building a High-Performance Organization from the Ground Up."

Terminal 1 Focus Of San Diego Airport Development Plan

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Rebuilding Terminal 1 is part of a long-term plan for the San Diego International Airport, which is designed to help the airport meet demand through 2035.

What Motivates People To Give During The Holidays?

The charitable giving season is in full swing and some estimates suggest people being more generous. A San Diego professor explains the psychology behind giving.

Toni Atkins Begins First Full Term As California Assembly Speaker

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A conversation with Atkins for her take on what's cooking at the state capital.

Mexican And Central American Asylum Rates Remain Low

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Many of the young people who surged across the US border this year say they are refugees seeking asylum. A conference in San Diego focuses on how to improve refugee policies.

Chula Vista, Imperial Beach Welcome New Mayors

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Mary Salas was sworn in as the first Latina mayor of Chula Vista on Tuesday as conservationist Serge Dedina is getting ready to take the mayoral oath of office in Imperial Beach.

Little Italy's Juniper & Ivy Tops San Diego's Best New Restaurant List

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San Diego Magazine food critic Troy Johnson's highly anticipated list of the year's best new restaurants includes expected picks and lots of surprises.

What You Need To Know About San Diego County's Criminal Grand Jury

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As protests continue across the country over the grand jury verdicts in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases, we take a look at how San Diego County's criminal grand jury system works.