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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

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District 5 Candidate Michelle Gomez Wants To Use County Reserves For New Hires

May 23
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Candidate Michelle Gomez is a governmental affairs legislative analyst. She is a Democrat.

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New Book Chronicles The Beginnings Of the San Diego Lifeguard Service

May 23
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The development of the lifeguard service in San Diego began slowly in fits and starts since the late 1800s. It took a tragedy off the coast of Ocean Beach to really mark the start of the modern-day San Diego lifeguard service.

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Local Politics 101: What's The Case For The Ballot Measure System?

May 22
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

In this episode of San Diego Politics 101, we look at ballot measures. Why do we see so many ballot measures and how can voters educate themselves about the issues they address?

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District 5 Candidate Jerry Kern Says He Would Work To Allow Recreational Marijuana In County

May 22
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Jerry Kern has been an Oceanside city councilman for 12 years. He also serves on the community engagement panel for the decommissioning of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Kern is a Republican.

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San Diego Author Explores The ‘Lives’ Of Gay Rights Icon Harvey Milk

May 22
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The new biography, “Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death,” comes out on Harvey Milk Day, May 22, which would have also marked his 88th birthday.

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Does The Public Have The Right To Know About School Employees' Sexual Misconduct?

May 22
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Voice of San Diego is pushing to make school sexual misconduct records public. The fight over those records reveals the tools school districts and individual teachers have to keep them hidden.

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San Diego City Council Considers Banning Motorized Scooters Along Mission Beach Boardwalk

May 21
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Councilwoman Lori Zapf says she is proposing the ban after a series of collisions between pedestrians and people on scooters. If approved, motorized scooters would be banned on the boardwalk in Mission Beach and Pacific Beach.

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District 5 Candidate Jacqueline Arsivaud Says Sticking To General Plan, County Will Reach Housing Goal

May 21
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Candidate Jacqueline Arsivaud is a member of the San Dieguito Planning Group and the chairperson of the Elfin Forest Harmony Grove Town Council. She’s a Democrat.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Jazz, Electro-Punk And Historic Houses

May 18
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend brings jazz and ballet, some electro-punk and a tour of South Park's historic houses.

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Bonnie Dumanis Says Making District 4 Supervisor's Race Partisan Is A Political Tactic

May 17
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Former San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis is one of five candidates, and the only Republican, in the District 4 race.

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Here's What You Should See, Taste And Drink In San Diego This Summer

May 17
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

From summer concerts to outdoor movie venues and the best places to snap a selfie, we review San Diego CityBeat's 2018 Summer Guide.

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San Diego County Voter Registration Hits Record High

May 16
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

There’s a record 1.6 million registered voters in San Diego County. The county’s latest voter registration data also shows independent voters, or voters who don’t belong to a political party may soon outnumber registered Republicans.

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Seismologist Says California Is Waiting For Its Next 'Big One'

May 15
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The Great Flood of 1862 was the last major natural disaster in Calfornia, according to seismologist Lucy Jones. The flood killed one percent of the state’s population and destroyed one-third of its taxable land.

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District 4 Candidate Nathan Fletcher Wants To Drive Board Of Supervisors In New Direction

May 15
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Former California Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher is one of five candidates in the race to represent District 4 on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. He’s a Marine combat veteran and teaches political science courses at UC San Diego. He is a Democrat.

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District 4 Candidate Omar Passons Wants To Invest In Youth, Support Seniors

May 14
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Attorney Omar Passons is running to represent District 4 on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. He has worked on community issues of public health and land use. He's a Democrat. The supervisors positions are officially non-partisan, but right now all five supervisors on the board are Republican.

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El Vez Brings Mr. Bob's "Unhappy Hour" To The Casbah Monday Night

May 14
By Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego’s own Robert Lopez has lived an exciting life performing around the world, but not really as himself. He's better known, either on national television shows or opening for rock stars in a gold lamé Mariachi suit, as the Mexican Elvis, El Vez.

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‘The Madres’ Pays Tribute To Argentina’s Mothers Of The Plaza De Mayo

May 10
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

"The Madres" chronicles a mother's quest to find her pregnant daughter amid Argentina's dictatorship in the late 1970's when thousands of citizens disappeared. The play runs Mother's Day through June 1 at San Diego's Moxie Theatre.

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San Diego Researchers Playing Leading Role In Landmark 'All Of Us' Project

May 10
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

An ambitious effort to speed up medical research by collecting health data from one million participants has just gotten underway. UC San Diego researchers are running part of the landmark research project called "All of Us."

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Video Showing Force Used By Vista Sheriff's Deputies Prompts Investigation

May 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The San Diego County Sheriff's department said it is launching an internal review after a video posted to Facebook appears to show sheriff's deputies hitting one restrained suspect repeatedly in the head and slamming a second handcuffed suspect’s head into a fence.

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Shamus Sayed Says 50th District Needs An 'Outsider'

May 9
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Republican Bill Shamus Sayed is running to represent the 50th District in the House of Representatives. Sayed is a businessman who owns San Diego-based Interpreters Unlimited.

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Politics 101: How Do You Know Your Mail-In-Ballot Was Counted?

May 8
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The California gubernatorial primary this year is June 5, but that’s not the only date that’s important. There are other deadlines to keep in mind that could determine whether you get to vote, or if your vote will count.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: North Park, 'South Pacific' And Luis Miguel

May 4
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo this weekend with "the sun of Mexico," tacos and micheladas. Or revisit a classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical.

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Democrat Doug Applegate Discusses His Second Run To Represent 49th Congressional District

May 2
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Retired Marine Colonel Doug Applegate is running for the seat he nearly won back in 2016.

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Women Creators, Entrepreneurs Profiled In New Book By National City Teacher

May 2
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

“Women Who Launch” profiles the women who created the Girl Scouts, Mother's Day, Thanksgiving, SPANX, the Women’s March and more.

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Scripps Professor To Discuss Ethics Of Deep Sea Mining

May 2
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

When it comes to unlocking the vast resources in the deep ocean, scientists are raising concerns about the ethics involved. Who owns those resources? And how can the proper extraction and use of fuel and mineral resources be regulated?

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Believing Hunter Will Be Disqualified, Republican Bill Wells Says 50th District Should 'Move On'

May 1
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Wells is running to represent the 50th Congressional District. Wells is the mayor of El Cajon and owns Broadwell Health, a healthcare company that provides psychiatry and psychology services.

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Asm. Rocky Chavez Discusses His Run For The 49th Congressional District

April 30
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A recent poll shows California Assemblyman Rocky Chavez, R-Oceanside, leading in the race to replace Congressman Darrell Issa.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Art Alive, ArtWalk And A Superstar Cellist

April 27
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend brings two major art events and a homecoming for superstar cellist, Tina Guo.

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Survey: People Living In San Diego Illegally Less Likely To Report Crimes If Police Work With ICE

April 26
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A survey of people living in the United States illegally from Mexico in San Diego County looks at how sanctuary policies shape the way they interact with local law enforcement.

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Your Money: How To Invest And Plan For Retirement

April 26
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

In the final installment of KPBS Midday Edition's series, "Your Money," we’ll try to make saving for retirement and investing less intimidating.

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‘A Growing Passion’ Highlights The Power Of Plants

April 26
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

In season 6 of “A Growing Passion,” host Nan Sterman takes viewers to a fruit farm in the Central Valley, a plumeria festival at Balboa Park and the gardens of several local artists. The new season debuts Thursday on KPBS Television.

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Photograph Some Plants And Animals For San Diego Bragging Rights

April 26
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

San Diego is one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet, so it should have a leg up on the competition in this year’s City Nature Challenge.

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Your Money: How To Eliminate Debt

April 25
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

In the third installment of Midday Edition's personal finance series, we’re taking on the subject of paying off debt.

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Report: San Diego Jails Face A Suicide 'Crisis'

April 25
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

San Diego County jails continue to face a suicide crisis and there is probable cause people jailed with disabilities are subject to abuse and neglect, according to a three-year investigation by Disability Rights California.

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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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San Diego Band, The Routine Brings The Funk

April 24
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The Routine joins KPBS Midday Edition on Tuesday with performances of "Funk Like This" and "Babylon Love."

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Your Money: How To Save On Groceries

April 24
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

As KPBS Midday Edition's series on personal finance continues, we’ll explore how you can pare down your food costs.

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Your Money: How Making A Budget Can Help You Save

April 23
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

We're told that budgeting is one of the best ways to get a handle on your personal finances. Yet only about 40 percent of Americans use a budget. Brian Keliher teaches personal finance at Grossmont College. He joins Midday Edition Monday to give listeners tips on creating a budget.

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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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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Spaces And Places

April 20
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend celebrates some of San Diego’s most beloved spaces and places, like Chicano Park and the former Sherwood Auditorium.

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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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La Jolla Playhouse Enlists Vets For 'What Happens Next'

April 19
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

A half dozen or so veterans will gather at the Challenged Athletes Foundation Thursday night, working out some of their trauma using the theater as therapy.

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Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar Counting On Underrepresented Voters In 50th District

April 18
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Campa-Najjar is running to represent the 50th Congressional District. He is a small business owner and a former public affairs officer in the U.S. Department of Labor under President Obama.

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Democrat Josh Butner Walks Back Call For Military Service As A Requirement For Political Office

April 18
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Butner is a member of the Jamul-Dulzura Union School Board and a former Navy Seal. He runs the military division of Aqua Lung, an underwater dive company.

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Local Politics 101: Who Are San Diego's Highest Paid Politicians?

April 17
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Carl Luna joins Midday Edition Tuesday for the third installment of San Diego Politics 101. In the third episode, Luna answers questions about politician pay and endorsements.

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San Diegans Spill Their Secrets In PostSecret Exhibit At Museum Of Man

April 16
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego Museum of Man’s newest exhibit, PostSecret, opened to the public on Saturday. Thousands of postcards of people’s secrets are on display in the exhibit.

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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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'March For Science' To Take Place Saturday In Downtown San Diego

April 13
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Downtown San Diego will be filled with scientists, researchers, teachers and supporters Saturday morning as San Diego's "March for Science" takes place for the second year.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Coachella Edition

April 13
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is considered one of the quintessential music events in the country, and getting Beyoncé as a headliner is just one of the reasons why.

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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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