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Stories by Megan Burks

Syrians Could Soon Be Next Refugee Group To Call San Diego Home

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More than 4 million Syrians are fleeing a violent civil war. The U.S. State Department has agreed to bring some of them into the country.

Laboratory To Bring Career Pathways — And A Bit Of The Ocean — To City Heights

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A long-awaited science facility in City Heights now has enough funding to break ground.

San Diego Campus Builds On School Discipline Reform With Wellness Center

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Hoover High School in the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego will soon become one of the first San Diego Unified campuses with a wellness center.

Southeastern San Diego To Get New Playground

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The golden shovels were out Tuesday to break ground on a playground in the Mountain View neighborhood of San Diego.

City Heights Wants Place In San Diego Streetscape Tradition

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City Heights wants to be next on the list of San Diego communities with a neighborhood gateway sign.

San Diego Police Dispute Allegations It Misused Facial Recognition Technology

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A New York Times article alleged San Diego police officers were using facial recognition technology without cause and without proper privacy protections.

San Diego Police Chief Promises More Diverse Force, More Supervision

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Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman told City Council members Wednesday that her department has implemented 21 out of 40 recommendations so far that came out of a federal audit in March after a spate of San Diego police misconduct.

San Diego Police Chief To Present Progress On Federal Audit Recommendations

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The department has increased accountability and cultural sensitivity training for officers, but holes remain in its early warning system for problem officers.

Court Rules San Diego DA Must Extend Proposition 47 Benefits To Juveniles

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Under District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis' interpretation of the law, minors could potentially get charges harsher than those doled out to adults for the same crime.

San Diego Improves Language Access For Renters Seeking Help With Problem Landlords

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A plan to beef up housing code enforcement and better reach renters is now underway in the city of San Diego.

El Cajon Boulevard Night Market Expanding

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First they reclaimed an old strip mall on El Cajon Boulevard. Now, young business owners are reclaiming Utah Street in San Diego's North Park neighborhood.

San Diego Taxi Lawsuit Still Pending As Officials Hand Out First New Permit

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Transit officials approved San Diego's first new taxi permit since the 1980s Tuesday, with hundreds more on deck.

City Heights Residents Celebrate Groundbreaking Of Transit Project

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Offered as reparations for extending Interstate 15 through City Heights, the Centerline project will help residents catch buses to job centers.

San Diego Airport, Rideshare Companies Strike Deal In Time For Comic-Con

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Uber and Lyft will join rideshare company Opoli at the airport after ending a dispute over background checks.

San Diego City Council OKs Plan To Turn Busy Street Into Park

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Zoning changes mean the four-lane Chollas Parkway could one day go from pavement to playground.

Domestic Violence Victim's Family Funds Programs For San Diego County Kids

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Kathy Scharbarth was killed in 2011 by an ex-boyfriend. Now her family is reaching out to other victims of domestic violence.

San Diego Police Give Inside Look At Training To Deter Racial Profiling

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For the first time, the San Diego Police Department is showing the public how it trains against racial profiling. A resident from southeastern San Diego went through the training and shared the experience.

World Refugee Day Event Moves To A Changing El Cajon

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The majority of refugees coming to the San Diego region now settle in El Cajon.

San Diego Faith Leaders React To Charleston Shooting

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Pastors urge San Diegans to think beyond race following the shooting death of parishioners at one of the nation's oldest black churches.

Using 'Darkness' To Shed Light On Racial Profiling Claims

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San Diego State researchers are using a "Veil of Darkness" to examine claims of police racial profiling.

San Diego Committee Considers Loosening Tobacco Restrictions, Adding E-Cigarette Rules

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Rules prohibiting tobacco sales near schools, libraries and parks could soon be lifted in the city of San Diego. But the looser restrictions would come with tighter regulation of e-cigarettes.

San Diego City Council To Take Its Final Vote On The 2016 Budget

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We ask San Diegans for their budget season hits and misses.

San Diego Unified's School Discipline Changes Yield Big Drop In Expulsions

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San Diego school officials took a hard stance last summer on going soft. They cut the number of student offenses resulting in automatic expulsion from 15 to five. The result? Fewer expulsions.

Nonprofit Helps Murrieta Veteran Grow Farm Business

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There's a good chance some of the chicken wings and drumsticks on Southern California barbecues on Memorial Day came from Primal Pastures in Murrieta. The meat farm is growing thanks to a nonprofit called the Farmer Veteran Coalition.

One Paseo Project In Carmel Valley Will Be Scaled Back

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Kilroy Realty, which had won approval for its 23.6-acre mixed-use project in Carmel Valley, will be redesigning the project to reduce traffic and lower the height of buildings, among other changes. The project faced much opposition, and the change of plans was announced just before a San Diego City Council vote.

San Diego's Crawford High School Pilots Halal School Lunches

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Crawford High School in City Heights has been piloting a new lunch menu to reach out to its Muslim students. Once a week, students can pick up a special halal meal.

San Diego Planning Groups Band Together To Defend Role In Land-Use Decisions

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The controversy over the One Paseo development has left community planning groups in other parts of San Diego feeling obsolete.

San Diego Cabbies Oppose Downtown Shuttle

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The on-demand shuttle would pick up downtown residents and visitors for little or no cost. But taxi drivers spoke out against the plan at a budget hearing.

City Heights Skaters Honored By San Diego City Planning Professionals

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The San Diego chapter of the American Planners Association awarded City Heights youth for their efforts to bring a skate park to their community.

Rideshare Companies Idling On Invitation From San Diego Airport

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San Diego airport officials have given rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft the OK to pick up passengers. But a month later, none have staked a claim at Lindbergh Field.

San Diego Mayor Shows Off Latest Street Repairs, Promises More With New Budget

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A $2 million project transformed Holly Street in Lincoln Park from a dirt road to a paved street with sidewalks, speed bumps and trees.

An Alternative To The Water Police In San Diego's Mid-City

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A group of mid-city residents has found a new strategy for coping with drought. They've formed a support group of sorts for neighbors interested in conservation.

Judge Denies Injunction On Open Taxi Market In San Diego

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The Metropolitan Transit System can continue processing the 1,516 permit requests taxi drivers began filing in March when a cap was lifted.

Wait Times Grow Longer In San Diego For Section 8 Housing

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San Diegans who receive rental assistance are having a harder time finding landlords willing to accept their Section 8 vouchers.

How The Fall Of Saigon Made San Diego A Refugee Hub

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Some 50,000 Vietnamese refugees passed through Camp Pendleton in the months following the fall of Saigon. The size and duration of the crisis caused a shift in the way the United States approached resettlement, and paved the path for Burmese, East African and Iraqi refugees arriving in San Diego today.

San Diego DA Says Proposition 47 Doesn't Apply To Juveniles

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In San Diego County, minors are being charged with felonies for crimes considered misdemeanors in adult court.

San Diego Mayor Calls For Special Derelict Housing Enforcement Team

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer's proposal could mean the city will begin treating substandard housing the way it treats marijuana dispensaries and derelict foreclosures: proactively.

6 Months In, San Diego's New Rapid Bus Line Boosts Ridership But Not Speed

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Transit riders and business owners doubted the bus line could bring the same convenience and vibrancy a trolley would.

Number Of California Police Departments With Body Cameras Growing

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In San Diego County, three departments have outfitted officers with cameras. Four others plan to soon.

San Diego Cabbies Brace For An Open Taxi Market

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The city says Wednesday's change will create opportunity in the taxi industry. But taxicab owners predict financial ruin.

San Diego Health Executives To Congress: Back Away From The Funding Cliff

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San Diego community clinic representatives are back from a week of lobbying in the nation's capitol. They're asking Congress to extend a key funding source for safety-net clinics before it expires Sept. 30.

Cab Companies Sue Over Move To Open San Diego's Taxi Market

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The number of cabs allowed on San Diego roadways is set to go from 993 to an unlimited number on April 1. A coalition of cab owners is trying to stop that.

San Diego Cab Company Joins Lawsuit Against Uber

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San Diego Yellow Cab has joined 19 other California cab companies in suing Uber for false advertising.

New San Diego Police Data Shows Little Change In Rate Of Stops For Black, Hispanic Drivers

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Councilwoman Marti Emerald has ordered an independent review of the Police Department's data.

Derelict San Diego Landlord Received $500K In Public Subsidies To House The Poor

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A San Diego landlord has come under scrutiny for renting apartments with roaches and mold, and some of those units are part of a federal program to house low-income residents.

Problem San Diego Landlord Sells Off Apartment Buildings

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A San Diego man who came under scrutiny following an investigation into repeat code violations at his properties appears to be getting out of the landlord business.

San Diego Mayor Pledges More Funds To Help Tenants With Problem Landlords

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer said he would beef up code enforcement following a KPBS and Voice of San Diego investigation that shows the city is leaving tenants in the lurch despite state protections against substandard housing conditions.

San Diego's Shoddy Code Enforcement Keeps Problem Landlords In Business

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San Diego's code compliance team issues thousands of isolated complaints a year against landlords but does little to hold repeat offenders accountable. Residents and city staff have lodged complaints against one landlord for years, but roaches and mold still fester in his apartments.

Study Sheds Light On Mid-City's 'Unauthorized, Uninsured' Immigrants

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A San Diego State demographer is taking a closer look at City Heights immigrants. A study out this month shows one in four children in the neighborhood has a parent without legal status.

San Diego Transit Agency Gives Final OK For Open Taxi Market

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The vote comes after years of contentious debate over how to reform the industry.

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