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Stories by Megan Burks

Obamacare For Californians: It's Not That Confusing. We Promise.

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Use this easy, click-through web application to find out how the Affordable Care Act impacts you, your family and your business.

Second Opinion: How Do Former Inmates Sign Up For Obamacare?

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Under the Affordable Care Act, many of the California inmates leaving prison under realignment will have access to health coverage for the first time.

Second Opinion: Is It Cheaper To Pay The Fine Than To Buy Coverage?

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A Rancho Peñasquitos family of eight looks at how the Affordable Care Act will impact its budget.

Fishermen, Researchers Gather String On Dockside Fish Market Idea

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San Diego was once the tuna capital of the world. Now, researchers and fishermen are trying to bring a bit of that maritime history back with an effort to open dockside fish markets.

What Neighborhoods Can Expect In A Post-Filner San Diego

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Checking in on where FIlner's skate park, taxi reform and other initiatives are now.

Second Opinion: How Do College Students Fit Into The Obamacare Exchanges?

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Between sending transcripts and buying dorm furnishings, a University City mom tries to understand her college student's insurance options.

How San Diego's Planning Groups Can Jump-Start Community Involvement

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Planning leaders are considering some policy tweaks that could boost community involvement in land-use decisions.

Second Opinion: How Do Undocumented Parents Cover Their Citizen Kids?

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A charter school teacher wants to know what to tell undocumented parents about enrolling their citizen children in health plans.

Training Brings More Voices Into San Diego's Budget Process

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The new fiscal year started about a month ago, but already the city is gearing up to decide which projects make it into next year's budget. How residents are mobilizing to make their voices heard.

Second Opinion: What Is A Grandfathered Health Plan?

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A Ramona artist weighs whether to stick with her current health plan, which is grandfathered into the Affordable Care Act, or seek a new plan with more protections.

CicloSDias Time-Lapse: City Heights To Logan Heights In Two Minutes

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Miss CicloSDias or just want to relive it? Speak City Heights and Media Arts Center video journalist Brian Myers offers this time-lapse video of his 5.2-mile ride.

Second Opinion: How Does Obamacare Address End-of-Life Care?

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A Mira Mesa woman caring for a friend with Parkinson's disease asks how the Affordable Care Act will help with end-of-life planning and care.

Pedestrians, Bikes To Take Over Streets Sunday For CicloSDias

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Streets in five San Diego neighborhoods will be closed to cars Sunday for San Diego's first CicloSDias.

SANDAG Changing How It Prioritizes Highway, Transit Projects

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SANDAG is getting to work on its next regional plan with a special focus on low-income communities, but City Heights residents say the planning agency should go further.

Second Opinion: Does Obamacare Impact My Military Benefits?

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A Vietnam veteran wants to know whether the Affordable Care Act will affect his TRICARE health benefits.

Health Exchange Promises 12 Percent Drop In Small Business Insurance Rates

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Covered California releases its health plan rates for small businesses.

Retiring Assistant Police Chief Reflects On Race, Gangs And The Budget

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Lawrence McKinney, one of three black officers to take a top post at the San Diego Police Department, retires Thursday. He reflects on the headway made on race relations in the mid-city community.

Second Opinion: Is Paying The Fine Cheaper Than Offering Health Care?

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A flight school instructor wonders whether paying an Obamacare fine makes more financial sense than insuring workers.

Second Opinion: Do I Have To Cover My Three Employees Under Obamacare?

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An Encinitas "solopreneuer" wonders whether she'll have to cover future employees' health care premiums if she decides to take on more workers.

Second Opinion: Does Obamacare Cover Acupuncture And Chiropractors?

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A City Heights resident turns to alternative medicine after losing her health insurance. Can she keep it up with an Obamacare plan?

Patients Protest Poor Interpretation At UCSD Medical Center

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City Heights refugees continue their fight for better medical interpretation, this time taking a stand in front of the UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest.

Second Opinion: Does Mom Qualify For Obamacare With A Green Card?

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We're launching a weekly Q&A on the Affordable Care Act. First up: What immigrants should expect.

Bill Would Lift Ban On Food Stamps For Drug Felons

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A bill taking its final steps through the state legislature would reverse a Clinton-era rule that bars drug felons from collecting food stamps.

San Diego Gearing Up for Health Insurance Exchange Enrollment

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A San Diego nonprofit is beginning the work of getting San Diegans enrolled in health plans before the federal government's 2014 deadline.

San Diego Kids More Likely To Get Dental Care Than Others In California

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California is among the 10 worst states when it comes to getting kids in to see a dentist. But San Diego may be setting an example for other counties in the state.

Sequestration Hits San Diego Refugee Resettlement Agencies

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Across-the-board federal budget cuts are being felt locally by resettlement agencies and the refugees they help.

San Diego Is Miles Behind On Taxi Safety Standards

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A study last month called into question low wages and poor working conditions for taxicab drivers. But what about conditions for passengers? Are we safe in the cars we hire?

Senate Farm Bill Would Hurt Some San Diego Seniors

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The U.S. Senate proposal would eliminate a program that lets seniors collect food stamps despite their retirement savings.

Construction On Mid-City Rapid Bus Line Begins This Month

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Expect lane closures along Park and El Cajon boulevards during the next year as SANDAG completes a rapid bus line from downtown to San Diego State University.

Little Saigon District Wins Official Designation

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It's been two years in the making, but San Diego's Vietnamese community has finally gotten the recognition it's been asking for.

A Clinical Trial To Lure Doctors Where They're Needed

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A City Heights clinic is starting a residency program to help lure new doctors away from hospitals and specialty care.

City Considers Taxi Industry Overhaul Amid Reports Of Low Wages And Unsafe Cabs

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The city will not renew its five-year contract with MTS for overseeing San Diego's taxi industry due to complaints about poor working conditions, passenger safety and lax oversight.

A Year Later, Dalai Lama Visit Inspires San Diego

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A consortium of faith and community groups hosted a daylong celebration of compassion Saturday. They were inspired to put on the event after hearing the Dalai Lama speak in San Diego last year.

'Bike To Work Day' Highlights San Diego's Infrastructure Needs

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City Heights groups seize on Bike to Work Day to advocate for better bike infrastructure.

A Case Of 'Planning Fatigue' In City Heights

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There's plenty of money for studying how to improve City Heights streets, but not much for actually improving them.

A City Heights Ballroom Stuck in Redevelopment Limbo

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The Silverado Ballroom restoration is stuck in limbo as San Diego sniffs out redevelopment scraps.

Teen Condom Access Project Expands To San Diego County

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California teens in "high STD areas" can request free condoms online and have them delivered to their doorsteps.

Nearly 30 Years Later, Centerline Gets on the Fast Track

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A decades-long wait for a mid-city transit project could be over in 2015, thanks to some unexpected funds.

City Funds Some Half Pipes in City Heights

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The city has identified funds to complete a skate plaza, but the project stops short of the traditional skate park the community wants.

USDA Official Stops In San Diego To Promote Summer Lunch Program

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San Diego students had a power lunch with the federal government's highest agriculture official Thursday.

Mayor's Budget Prioritizes City Heights Parks, But Not For Skaters

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Mayor Filner's budget allocates funds for a long-awaited park on Home Avenue, but not for a popular skate park project.

San Diego's Urban Agriculture Ordinance Sprouts New Business Opportunities

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This spring marks the first anniversary of a city ordinance that lets residents keep chickens, goats and bees in their backyards. The relaxed homesteading rules have had a major impact on business at City Farmers Nursery in City Heights.

SD Unified Approves Free Bus Passes For Low-Income Students

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The school board voted Tuesday to help launch a pilot program that will provide free bus passes for low-income students at four area high schools.

Section 8, Zero Tolerance And One Family Pushed To The Brink

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As zero tolerance falls out of fashion in other sectors, a Clinton-era housing rule remains and puts families at risk of homelessness.

City Heights Transit Project Lurches Forward

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City Heights residents could see movement on the Centerline bus rapid transit project in fiscal year 2014.

44th Street Residents Ask SD Unified To Get Trauma-Informed

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Residents overcoming a double homicide on their block ask the Board of Education to provide training for teachers on recognizing the signs of trauma.

How Budget Cuts Have Forced SD's Hand on Gang Policing

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San Diego Police Chief William Landsdowne's comments to City Council Monday painted a pretty clear -- and frightening -- picture.

State Lawmakers Consider Medical Interpretation Bill

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Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez has introduced a bill that would create a state registry of certified medical interpreters and cover their services through Medi-Cal.

Youth Incarceration Rates Still High In California

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A new report finds youth incarceration is down nationwide, but California still has a fairly high rate: 271 per 100,000 young people. That’s the 11th highest in the country. We take a look at how those numbers break down in San Diego.

San Diego's Somali Population Explained

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Why San Diego has the nation's second-largest population of Somali refugees despite the high cost of living.