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Stories by Marissa Cabrera

Monday Is The Last Day To Register To Vote In San Diego County

Monday Is The Last Day To Register To Vote In San Diego County

Oct. 24
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Online registration forms must be completed by midnight. Paper forms must be postmarked Monday or dropped off at the registrar's office by 8 p.m.

Chula Vista District 4 Candidates Discuss Key Issues

Chula Vista District 4 Candidates Discuss Key Issues

Oct. 18
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Former councilman Rudy Ramirez faces retired firefighter Mike Diaz in November to represent the southwestern area of Chula Vista.

District 3 Supervisor Candidates Roberts And Gaspar Discuss Key Issues

District 3 Supervisor Candidates Roberts And Gaspar Discuss Key Issues

Oct. 13
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts and his challenger Kristin Gaspar speak with KPBS reporter Alison St John about the issues in the race.

Native American Rock Opera Comes To San Diego

Native American Rock Opera Comes To San Diego

Oct. 12
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The new production "Something Inside Is Broken" about the Nisenan Indian tribe in Northern California and how it was affected by the gold rush comes to the California Center for the Arts this weekend.

First Person: I Was Kicked Out Of The Marines Under Don’t Ask Don’t...

First Person: I Was Kicked Out Of The Marines Under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

Oct. 10
By Marissa Cabrera

It’s been five years since the end of the ban on gay men and women from serving openly in the military. We check in with a Marine veteran who was discharged under the policy.

San Diego Author Recounts Uncle’s Vietnam War Stories

San Diego Author Recounts Uncle’s Vietnam War Stories

Oct. 4
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

In his new book, “Midair," author Craig Collins talks about his fighter pilot uncle who flew more than 300 combat missions in the Vietnam War.

California Gets New Police Shooting Database

California Gets New Police Shooting Database

Oct. 3
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

With the ongoing debate over policing in America, the new database “URSUS” will record all police shootings and use of force incidents in the state.

Encinitas Voters To Choose New Mayor

Encinitas Voters To Choose New Mayor

Sept. 29
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Mayoral candidates Catherine Blakespear and Paul Gaspar join KPBS Midday Edition to discuss their positions on the major issues facing Encinitas from new housing development to transit.

Film Explores Life And Work Of Latino Activist Willie Velasquez

Film Explores Life And Work Of Latino Activist Willie Velasquez

Sept. 27
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

"Willie Velasquez: Your Vote Is Your Voice" airs on KPBS television Monday, October 3 at 9 p.m.

First Person: Why I Became A Police Officer

First Person: Why I Became A Police Officer

Sept. 26
By Marissa Cabrera

Kofi Agyeman, 30, shares his experience as a young black police officer in San Diego County.

Renters, Homebuyers Feeling Squeezed In San Diego

Renters, Homebuyers Feeling Squeezed In San Diego

Sept. 22
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth, Marissa Cabrera

San Diegans are spending a larger share of their paychecks on housing, whether they're renting or looking to buy a home.

South Bay Roundup: Chula Vista Wants To Crack Down On Illegal Pot S...

South Bay Roundup: Chula Vista Wants To Crack Down On Illegal Pot Shops

Sept. 20
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Robert Moreno, reporter at The Star News joins us for an update on the issues making headlines in San Diego's South Bay.

New Center Aims To Curb School To Prison Pipeline

New Center Aims To Curb School To Prison Pipeline

Sept. 19
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

The Center for Community Cohesion is a partnership between the San Diego-based National Conflict Resolution Center, local law enforcement and the San Diego Unified School District.

San Diego Native Tribes Rally Against North Dakota Oil Pipeline

San Diego Native Tribes Rally Against North Dakota Oil Pipeline

Sept. 16
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A rally is scheduled for Saturday across the street from Belmont Park in Mission Beach.

Event Brings Baja Wines North Of The Border

Event Brings Baja Wines North Of The Border

Sept. 14
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Admirers of Mexican reds, whites and blends are often unable to find any bottles on this side of the border. But that's changing.

‘What The F’: UC San Diego Professor On Why People Swear

‘What The F’: UC San Diego Professor On Why People Swear

Sept. 13
By Marissa Cabrera, Tom Fudge

Linguist and cognitive expert Benjamin Bergen breaks down profanity into four categories: religious, sexual, bodily functions and slurs. His new book is titled “What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves.”

Why Rape Kits Go Untested In San Diego

Why Rape Kits Go Untested In San Diego

Sept. 13
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego Police Department says it has about 2,400 rape kits that have not been sent to the crime lab to be analyzed.

First Person: How I Became A First-Generation College Student

First Person: How I Became A First-Generation College Student

Sept. 6
By Marissa Cabrera

Daniel Noriega, 18, will be the first person in his family to go to college. He's attending San Diego State University this fall.

San Diego Philanthropist Malin Burnham On Putting 'Community Before...

San Diego Philanthropist Malin Burnham On Putting 'Community Before Self'

Sept. 5
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The real estate developer, philanthropist and sailor is opening up about his life in a new book.

More Boys Getting Vaccinated Against HPV

More Boys Getting Vaccinated Against HPV

Aug. 31
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says about half of teen boys received at least one of the recommended human papillomavirus vaccines as of 201 – up 8 percent from the previous year.

Should We Switch To A 5-Hour Work Day? This Local CEO Thinks So

Should We Switch To A 5-Hour Work Day? This Local CEO Thinks So

Aug. 25
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Stephan Aarstol, founder of Tower Paddle Boards in Mira Mesa and winner of the reality TV show "Shark Tank," says moving to a shorter work day transformed his business and the lives of his employees.

'Adnan's Story' Goes Beyond 'Serial'

'Adnan's Story' Goes Beyond 'Serial'

Aug. 24
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Rabia Chaudry brought the story of Adnan Syed to "This American Life" producer Sara Koenig, leading to the popular podcast "Serial." Now, Chaudry has written a book that she says paints a fuller picture of the 1999 Baltimore murder case that sent Syed to prison.

Talking Trash: Reducing Food Waste Starts At Home

Talking Trash: Reducing Food Waste Starts At Home

Aug. 23
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Up to 40 percent of the U.S. food supply goes to waste. A panel discussion on Tuesday night focuses on the environmental impacts of food waste and ways to cut back on how much food is thrown away.

UC San Diego Professor Examines The Cuban Economy

UC San Diego Professor Examines The Cuban Economy

Aug. 23
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

In the new book “Open For Business: Rebuilding the Cuban Economy,” UC San Diego professor Richard Feinberg explores where Cuba's economy is today and what the future may hold.

Lofty Plans To House San Diego’s Homeless Gaining Traction, Officia...

Lofty Plans To House San Diego’s Homeless Gaining Traction, Officials Say

Aug. 17
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The city of San Diego aims to house 1,000 homeless veterans by March 2017, while the county is working to house 1,250 homeless individuals with severe mental illness in the next three years.

What San Diego Can Learn From Utah About Tackling Chronic Homelessn...

What San Diego Can Learn From Utah About Tackling Chronic Homelessness

Aug. 17
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

In the last decade, Utah has reduced its population of chronically homeless individuals by more than 90 percent. How did the state do it?

Four Years Into DACA, Focus Is On Asian Youth

Four Years Into DACA, Focus Is On Asian Youth

Aug. 15
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Alliance San Diego, a community advocacy group, is launching a campaign to enroll Asian youth. It says Asian Pacific Islanders have the lowest rate of enrollment.

Crossing The Railroad Tracks In North County Could Cost You $500

Crossing The Railroad Tracks In North County Could Cost You $500

Aug. 11
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

More than 50 people have been ticketed since Aug. 1 by the North County Transit District for crossing the railroad tracks. Trespassers can be fined up to $500.

Acclaimed Pianist Aruán Ortiz Performs In San Diego

Acclaimed Pianist Aruán Ortiz Performs In San Diego

Aug. 11
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The Cuban-born musician is in San Diego for a solo performance Sunday at Bread & Salt in Barrio Logan.

San Diego Swimmer Hopes To Benefit The Homeless By Making History

San Diego Swimmer Hopes To Benefit The Homeless By Making History

Aug. 8
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Melissa Berkay wants to become the first American to swim the Catalina Channel using the butterfly stroke. The formerly homeless athlete is raising money to support shelters in San Diego.

San Ysidro Community Leader Reflects On 35 Years Of Advocacy

San Ysidro Community Leader Reflects On 35 Years Of Advocacy

Aug. 4
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Andrea Skorepa is retiring as president and CEO of the nonprofit community development organization Casa Familiar.

Art Exhibition Explores 1821 U.S.-Mexico Border

Art Exhibition Explores 1821 U.S.-Mexico Border

Aug. 3
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

“DeLIMITations” at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is a culmination of a multi-media project by two contemporary cross-border artists.

Lilac Hills Initiative To Go On November Ballot

Lilac Hills Initiative To Go On November Ballot

Aug. 2
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday decided to put a controversial housing project near Valley Center on the November ballot.

TheNAT Offers New San Diego Hiking Guide

TheNAT Offers New San Diego Hiking Guide

Aug. 2
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego Natural History Museum has a new guide that features more than 250 trails, maps, photographs and descriptions of habitats and species San Diegans may encounter on hikes.

Former San Diego Journalist Traces Civil Rights Battle

Former San Diego Journalist Traces Civil Rights Battle

Aug. 1
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Kristen Green, a former reporter at The San Diego Union-Tribune, talks about her first book, New York Times bestseller “Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County.”

Hip-Hop Production 'The Best Goodbye' Hits San Diego Stage

Hip-Hop Production 'The Best Goodbye' Hits San Diego Stage

July 21
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The community theater group Circle Circle Dot Dot presents “The Best Goodbye,” a drama by San Diego playwright Gill Sotu. The play opens Saturday.

Ex-San Diego Cop: 'American Policing Is In A Crisis'

Ex-San Diego Cop: 'American Policing Is In A Crisis'

July 20
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper started his law enforcement career with the San Diego Police Department in 1966. He's written a new book, "To Protect and Serve: How To Fix America's Police."

The Healing Power Of Superheroes

The Healing Power Of Superheroes

July 19
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Dr. Janina Scarlet, founder of Superhero Therapy, incorporates pop culture characters to help patients cope with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression.

Examining The Effects Of Climate Change On Barrio Logan

Examining The Effects Of Climate Change On Barrio Logan

July 14
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The Air Resources Board is holding 15 workshops in low-income communities across California this month to inform the next update to the overarching document that will help the state meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals.

San Diego Concert Honors Latin Jazz Artist Tito Puente

San Diego Concert Honors Latin Jazz Artist Tito Puente

July 14
By Marissa Cabrera

The concert will kick off the San Diego Symphony’s new Thursday Night Jazz series, which runs through August 25.

How Filipino WWII Veterans Are Being Reunited With Family Overseas

How Filipino WWII Veterans Are Being Reunited With Family Overseas

July 12
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The new program will allow relatives of Filipino WWII veterans to come to the U.S. before their immigrant visas become available.

Tony Gwynn's Widow Discusses Legacy Of Padres Great

Tony Gwynn's Widow Discusses Legacy Of Padres Great

July 11
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The athlete's widow, Alicia, talks about All-Star Game memories and the opening of a museum honoring her late husband, who played his entire Hall of Fame career for the San Diego Padres.

Navy SEAL Death Puts Spotlight On Training Program

Navy SEAL Death Puts Spotlight On Training Program

July 11
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

In light of the recent homicide ruling in the drowning of a Navy SEAL trainee, KPBS Midday Edition speaks to a former officer about the elite force’s rigorous training program.

San Diego Civil Rights Group Reacts To Recent Police Shootings

San Diego Civil Rights Group Reacts To Recent Police Shootings

July 7
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

The San Diego chapter of the civil rights group National Action Network is organizing a rally Saturday in response to two deadly police shootings involving black men that made national headlines this week.

San Diego Transgender Vet On The Military's New Policy

San Diego Transgender Vet On The Military's New Policy

July 7
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

The Department of Defense last week lifted the military's ban on transgender troops. A transgender woman from San Diego who served in Vietnam discusses her experience in the military and what she hopes its new policy can achieve.

ACLU Report Documents Struggle Of Deported Veterans

ACLU Report Documents Struggle Of Deported Veterans

July 6
By Alison St John, Jean Guerrero, Marissa Cabrera

The report released Tuesday highlights 84 cases of immigrants who served in the U.S. military and have been deported or are currently facing deportation.

San Diego Assemblywoman Toni Atkins Discusses New State Budget

San Diego Assemblywoman Toni Atkins Discusses New State Budget

July 5
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

California's $122.5 billion budget took effect on July 1. Among its highlights: more money for schools and the state's rainy-day fund. There's also changes to the state’s welfare-to-work program.

Higher Voter Approval May Be Required For Chargers Stadium Plan

Higher Voter Approval May Be Required For Chargers Stadium Plan

June 30
By Marissa Cabrera, Tom Fudge

The California Supreme Court is reviewing an appellate court ruling that said tax hikes from initiatives need just a simple majority for approval.

The Lafayette Hotel Celebrates 70 Years

The Lafayette Hotel Celebrates 70 Years

June 30
By Kristina Bravo, Marissa Cabrera

The historic hotel became a hideaway resort to Hollywood stars like Bob Hope and Ava Gardner.

Meth's Impact Goes Beyond Addiction In San Diego County

Meth's Impact Goes Beyond Addiction In San Diego County

June 28
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

More meth is coming across the border into San Diego County from "super labs" in Mexico. It's cheaper and more potent than it used to be, and the consequences go far beyond addiction.