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Stories by Megan Burks

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.

San Diego Council Members To Mayor: Make Our Neighborhoods A Budget Priority

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Budget season has arrived in San Diego. The City Council kicked off the six-month-long process Wednesday with a call for investment in neighborhoods south of Interstate 8.

After Two Decades, Mexico May Get Its Own International Cottage At Balboa Park

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Balboa Park's world got bigger when the San Diego Planning Commission approved adding nine cottages to the park's international village, including one to represent Mexico.

Glass Pool Enclosure At New Mid-City YMCA Poses Problem For Muslim Swimmers

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Mid-City's new YMCA boasts an impressive glass-enclosed swimming pool. The problem for this largely-immigrant community? It doesn't offer much privacy for Muslim women who want to swim and keep modest.

Martin Luther King Jr. Remembered At All Peoples Celebration

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Voting rights attorney Ryan Haygood of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Legal Defense & Educational Fund spoke at the All Peoples Celebration Monday morning.

Suspensions, Expulsions Down In San Diego County

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The Fallbrook Union High School District and the Grossmont Union High School District had some of the highest discipline rates in the county. But both are seeing their rates fall.

California Governor Calls $113B Budget Precariously Balanced

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California Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday released a record $113 billion state spending plan that asks the University of California to do more with less so the nation's largest public university system can avert tuition hikes.

Pope: El Cajon Priest Does Not Have To Return To Iraq

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In a rare decision, Pope Francis had sided with a local bishop in his appeal against a church patriarch.

San Diego Board Overseeing Police Misconduct Cases Gets New Boss

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The new executive director of the police citizen review board comes from Albany, New York. We take a look at her work there and ask the chairwoman of San Diego's panel what she wants to see from the new hire.

New YMCA To Open On Former Pearson Ford Lot At 'Fairmount And El Cajon'

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The Copley-Price Family YMCA is bringing life back to an iconic corner in City Heights.

Second Opinion: Tales From Year One Of Obamacare

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We revisit participants in our 2013 series on the Affordable Care Act to ask what worked and what didn't during their first year under the full rollout of Obamacare.

Covered California Announces Grace Period For Applicants Who Missed Deadline

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Last-minute shoppers are in luck, if health insurance is on their holiday list. Consumers on the state's insurance exchange now have until Sunday to apply for January coverage. But finding enrollment help this weekend could be tough.

San Diego Students Want Cap-And-Trade Dollars For Free Youth Bus Passes

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Select students on four San Diego campuses currently have free transit passes as part of a pilot program set to end this spring.

Medi-Cal Enrollment Effort In San Diego County Jails Picks Up

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Under the Affordable Care Act, many inmates now have access to health insurance for the first time.

San Diego Fast-Food Workers Rally For $15 An Hour

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McDonald's released a statement saying it supports fair pay and that franchise owners set the wages for most of its workers.

City College Students Walk Out To Protest Ferguson Decision

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About 200 City College students walked out of classes Tuesday. They gathered beneath gray skies to honor slain Ferguson, Missouri, teen Michael Brown.

Comparing San Diego Law Enforcement to Ferguson

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Locals demonstrating in response to the Ferguson decision said San Diego law enforcement also treat minority communities unfairly. We look at available data on arrests and traffic stops to put that claim to the test.

Wandering The City Heights Data Desert

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Together, two foundations have spent more than $265 million in City Heights since 2000. But data that quantify their impact is hard to come by. It's not nonexistent, though. Here's some of what we were able to track down.

San Diegans React To Obama's Immigration Orders

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Some long-term immigrant residents living in San Diego County illegally were comforted by the announcement that people with no criminal records won’t be targeted for deportation.

San Diego’s Richest Poor Neighborhood, Two Decades Later

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In 1993, Sol Price flipped the switch on what has become decades of philanthropic investment in City Heights. Two foundations have spent more than a quarter of a billion dollars there since 2000. So what's become of all that money? Are residents better off because of it?

Almost All San Diego Water Districts Report Decreases In Water Use

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A new report shows the average gallons of water used per capita each day in California water districts. Overall, San Diegans are using less water, but some communities are conserving more than others.

Don't Eat All That Halloween Candy; Give It To Overseas Troops

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San Diego County doctors and dentists fund the annual candy buyback program that pays trick-or-treaters to part with some of their sweets. The candy then goes to U.S. troops overseas.

Groups Working To Get San Diegans To Vote Tuesday

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The San Diego Organizing Project and the San Diego Alliance have been working to mobilize voters to cast ballots Tuesday. They want a better turnout than the 27 percent who voted in San Diego County in June.

Civic San Diego Will Remain Its Own Boss — For Now

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A City Council committee considered this week whether to increase government oversight of San Diego's former redevelopment agency. The committee is concerned the voice of residents could be lost as Civic San Diego sets its sights on revitalizing low-income neighborhoods.

Suspended Chaldean Priest Continues To Work, Awaits Word From Pope

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The Rev. Noel Gorgis will continue serving the Chaldean Catholic Church in El Cajon despite his suspension. The head of the Chaldean church told him and other priests in the U.S. to return to Iraq or leave the church.

Chaldean Catholic Leader Suspends Priests Across Western U.S.

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The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church is calling for Iraqi-American priests who fled violence in Iraq to return home or leave the church. San Diego County Chaldeans say they will appeal to the Vatican to stop the action.

San Diego Hip-Hop Artists Teaming Up To Get Out The Vote Among Ex-Offenders

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The San Diego ACLU and local hip-hop artists are hosting a show Friday in Barrio Logan to get out the vote among the formerly incarcerated.

City Breaks Ground On One Of Two City Heights Skate Parks

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The City Heights neighborhood is seeing more investment in parks, thanks in large part to its vocal youth.

A Win For City Heights Refugees Wanting Culturally Competent Health Care

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City Heights refugees have spoken out in recent years about the need for better language interpretation at doctors' offices. They haven't succeeded yet, but a new law could push lawmakers over to their side.

San Diego Cab Owners Line Up At City Hall To Oppose Open Taxi Market

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With City Council chambers at capacity, hundreds line up on the street to make public comment on a proposal to lift the cap on taxis in San Diego.

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