Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh
KPBS reporter Tarryn Mento covers the community of City Heights. She joins Midday Edition on Thursday to discuss the impact of President Trump's policies on residents of City Heights and other stories that have impacted the community in 2017.
One of the major stories of 2017, was how the Trump administration began moving forward on its hard-line immigration policies, and how those new policies affected U.S.-Mexico relations and immigrants living in the U.S.
Thousands of people who live in the path of the Thomas Fire were under mandatory evacuation orders which were lifted last week. But not everyone who is ordered to leave their homes evacuates.
From box-office hit "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" to coming of age love story in "Call Me By Your Name," film critics give their take on the best holiday releases this year.
This weekend features iconic names in theater and hip hop, as well as an unconventional art show.
New sexual misconduct allegations have surfaced against San Diego labor leader Mickey Kasparian, who is now accused of sexual assault.
San Diego County is seeing an outbreak of flu much earlier than normal. The number of confirmed cases is three higher than at the same time last year.
When Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, one reason he gave was that the program recipients were taking jobs away from U.S. citizens. But a new study finds that competition for jobs between DACA recipients and their corresponding millennial U.S. population is not widespread.
The state estimates these inmates save California $100 million a year it would otherwise have to spend on firefighters.
Gary Taubes says sugar is the cause of an increase in the number of people who suffer from obesity and diabetes.
A new U.S. Forest Service survey found that another 27 million trees died due to drought and disease since November 2016. That brings the total number of dead trees to a record 129 million since 2010.
For over a decade the Zzymzzy Quartet has been transporting audiences back in time with their 1930’s era music. Inspired by Django Reinhardt and the American Songbook, these San Diegans have become an integral part of the swing dance scene.
Journalist Sasha von Oldershausen writes in the latest issue of Marie Claire about the U.S. Border Patrol’s struggles to recruit more women.
Allegations of sexual harassment by state lawmakers continue to come out in Sacramento. And now, there are reports that there has been a backlash by some male legislators against the women who have come forward.
Imperial Beach could become the third city in San Diego County to ban the plastic food containers at restaurants.
California may be a majority-minority state and pride itself on its racial diversity, but diversity does not mean equality.
The number of U.S. Border Patrol agents sickened by the cross-border sewage spills in the Tijuana River Valley has grown to 83, according to a report Monday by The San Diego Union-Tribune.
You can say that in San Diego, the holidays don't officially begin until December Nights weekend. Here's a guide to navigating the popular Balboa Park event.
Siguenza served as one of several Latino cultural advisors who worked on Pixar's animated film inspired by Día de los Muertos. He is also part of the film's voice cast.
A Stanford University climate scientist has taken the relatively rare step of suing another scientist, arguing that a rebuttal paper critiquing his work amounted to defamation.
The end of 2017 is shaping up to be busy for members of Congress as the debate over the GOP tax plan continues along with controversy over sexual misconduct allegations.
California's largest state park covers 600,000 acres in eastern San Diego County.
San Diego Rep. Jim Bates was the first congressman to be reprimanded by the House Ethics Committee for sexual harassment, back in 1989.
A five-part series recounts the miscalculations and corruption that created substandard and hazardous housing developments from Baja California to the Gulf of Mexico.
Even as the chance of living to old age increases, many people avoid thinking about old age, afraid of the choices and challenges it presents.
Host Jordan Jacobo shares his irreverent take on some San Diego icons in "Jordan Loves."
The average commute time in San Diego is now 26 minutes. Regional planners warn traffic will not be getting better anytime soon.
Cher Bernard Guillas, executive chef at the Marine Room restaurant in La Jolla, joins KPBS Midday Edition Wednesday to answer your Thanksgiving meal questions.
Research out of San Diego State University suggests that while law enforcement searches internet ads for keywords indicating sex trafficking they should also look for certain coded emojis.
The concept of the growth mindset has been widely embraced by educators, but San Diego State University Professor J. Luke Wood, Ph.D., said the concept is incomplete when it comes to underserved students, particularly boys and men of color.
The San Diego Natural History Museum’s latest exhibit gives patrons a glimpse of some of the eight million specimens in its permanent collection, part of a renewed focus on its own research.
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.
I Love a Clean San Diego wants San Diegans to send less trash to landfills by recycling more. Its campaign goes into high gear Wednesday, which is America Recycles Day.
A National City teacher profiled 25 women who overcame adversity in her new book "Still I Rise: The Persistence of Phenomenal Women."
Astronaut Scott Kelly has been back on Earth for over a year now, after setting a record for the single-longest American space mission. But in a sense, his mission is far from over.
Next week, KPBS and inewsource will present special coverage on the Trump administration's effort to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. In preparation for that coverage, KPBS Midday Edition spoke with the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Thomas Homan.
'The Grinch' returns, plus standout productions in Rolando and Carlsbad.
Captain Craig A. Clapperton, former commanding officer of USS Theodore Roosevelt, which is home-ported in San Diego, is featured in the film.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that two tourists who visited San Diego for a Metallica concert in August, developed cases of hepatitis A when they returned home to Utah.
House Republicans are planning to vote on the tax reform bill by Thanksgiving. The Senate is expected to release its version of the tax reform bill later this week.
The film, "Navajo Code Talkers: A Journey of Remembrance," will be screened Wednesday at the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park.
The Old Globe's arts engagement program, Globe for All, is offering free performances of "Twelfth Night," Shakespeare's comedy of disguise and mistaken identity, this month at venues throughout San Diego County.
Thousands of scientists and diplomats from around the world gathered in Bonn, Germany on Monday for the latest United Nations climate conference, the first since President Trump announced intentions for the U.S. to leave the historic Paris climate agreement.
San Diego's 'Homegrown' talent takes center stage in a weekend that is filled with locally-produced ballet, visual arts and music.
Harvard international affairs professor Stephen Walt is in favor of using America’s military forces as sparingly as possible and saw some promise in President Trump’s campaign promises. But since the election, Walt sees Trump as basically following the status quo.
The San Diego Union-Tribune editor David Clary isn't much of a gambler. He rarely goes to casinos, has never bought a lottery ticket and doesn't even play fantasy football. But he has spent the past six years researching America's gambling industry.
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.
San Diego Beer Week will celebrate the craft brew industry with festivals, and tasting and pairing events across San Diego County. The events run through Sunday, Nov. 12.
Halloween is the day to celebrate witches. A new book, "Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers," helps readers celebrate witches throughout the year.
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.