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Stories by Patty Lane

School Is Out But Hunger Lingers For Some San Diego Kids

School Is Out But Hunger Lingers For Some San Diego Kids

June 25
By Matthew Bowler, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

For students who rely on school lunch meals, having enough to eat during summer break can be challenging.

San Diego County Joins Binational Effort To Prevent, Control Tuberc...

San Diego County Joins Binational Effort To Prevent, Control Tuberculosis

June 24
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

A collaborative effort between San Diego County, Imperial County and the state of Baja California will focus on identifying, treating and preventing the spread of tuberculosis on both sides of the border.

San Diego Faith Leaders Plan Multiracial Forum After Charleston Chu...

San Diego Faith Leaders Plan Multiracial Forum After Charleston Church Shooting

June 22
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

Faith leaders in San Diego are planning a multiracial forum for local clergy members to discuss America's racial divide after nine people were killed inside a Charleston, South Carolina, church last week.

Balboa Park To Host First 'Make Music San Diego' Festival

Balboa Park To Host First 'Make Music San Diego' Festival

June 18
By Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

Before Balboa Park is filled with music Sunday for the first "Make Music San Diego" festival, Hot Pstormi previews the event with a live in-studio performance on Midday Edition.

Personal Challenge To Hike Salton Sea Turns Into Environmental Miss...

Personal Challenge To Hike Salton Sea Turns Into Environmental Mission

June 17
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

Triple digit weather didn’t stop a Rancho Cucamonga man on his environmental mission, becoming the first person to complete the 116-mile trek around the Salton Sea.

San Diego Group Working To Increase Number Of Latina Leaders

San Diego Group Working To Increase Number Of Latina Leaders

June 15
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

A local Latina advocacy group has launched a program in an effort to increase the number of Hispanic women in leadership roles, either in business or politics.

What Will San Onofre's New Emergency Plan Look Like?

What Will San Onofre's New Emergency Plan Look Like?

June 10
By Patty Lane, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

Residents living near the now shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant have security questions after a new emergency plan was approved by federal regulators.

Rants And Raves: Guest Blogger Explains Why She Loves Disaster Films

Rants And Raves: Guest Blogger Explains Why She Loves Disaster Films

June 10
By Patty Lane

"San Andreas" (now playing throughout San Diego) takes the disaster film to new heights — or perhaps depths — but quality doesn't matter to guest blogger Patty Lane, who just loves to have the bejesus scared out of her.

Friend Or Frenemy: San Diego Author Raises Red Flags On Manipulators

Friend Or Frenemy: San Diego Author Raises Red Flags On Manipulators

June 4
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

San Diego County Deputy District Attorney Wendy Patrick shares tips on how to read people in "Red Flags: How to Spot Frenemies, Underminers and Toxic People in Every Part of Your Life."

Beating Expectations: San Diego Homeless Program Saves Lives, Money

Beating Expectations: San Diego Homeless Program Saves Lives, Money

June 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Tom Fudge

Community leaders take a look at what is next for Project 25, a program helping the chronically homeless in San Diego County and saving millions of dollars in public resources.

Supreme Court ‘One Person, One Vote’ Test Could Impact San Diego Co...

Supreme Court ‘One Person, One Vote’ Test Could Impact San Diego County

May 27
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case challenging how voting districts are drawn in Texas but the ruling could have far-reaching effects. At issue is whether to use total population or the number of eligible voters when drawing district lines.

What's Next For One Paseo Project After Compromise Reached

What's Next For One Paseo Project After Compromise Reached

May 26
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

As developers head back to the drawing board, a Kilroy Realty spokeswoman and a community group discuss what is next for Carmel Valley after a compromise was reached for the multi-use project.

How To Avoid Being A Starving Artist In San Diego

How To Avoid Being A Starving Artist In San Diego

May 20
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

Artists and accounting experts in San Diego are helping creative minds survive as artists.

'American Sniper' Widow Comes To San Diego To Discuss Life, Loss

'American Sniper' Widow Comes To San Diego To Discuss Life, Loss

May 19
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

Taya Kyle, widow Chris Kyle, is in San Diego to discuss her memoir, "American Wife: Love, War, Faith and Renewal." She talks about her life without Chris and resources for other San Diego military families dealing with grief.

Preparing For San Diego Fire Season: Lessons Learned From May Wildf...

Preparing For San Diego Fire Season: Lessons Learned From May Wildfires

May 13
By Hoa Quach, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

Over a five-day period In May 2014, unusual Santa Ana winds fueled flames to 14 wildfires around San Diego County. Experts revisit what happened and talk about lessons learned.

Swiss Family On Global Climate Expedition Visits San Diego County

Swiss Family On Global Climate Expedition Visits San Diego County

May 12
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

A Swiss family docks their sailboat in Coronado where they are raising awareness about climate change and ocean pollution with tales from their worldwide expedition, fueled by wind and pedal power.

San Diego County Ramps Up Effort To Protect Seniors

San Diego County Ramps Up Effort To Protect Seniors

May 5
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

As San Diego County continues to go after those accused of abusing seniors in assisted living facilities, county leaders roll out additional resources including a new hotline.

Marine Veterans Remember Final Hours Of Vietnam War

Marine Veterans Remember Final Hours Of Vietnam War

April 24
By Patty Lane

It’s been almost 40 years since U.S. Marine veterans John Valdez and Douglas Potratz were side-by-side in Vietnam, guarding the U.S. Embassy in the final days of the war.

How A San Diego Man Survived The Holocaust

How A San Diego Man Survived The Holocaust

April 16
By Patty Lane, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

Lou Dunst survived concentration camps and slave labor camps, and also eluded death by gas chamber during the Holocaust. He shares his story of survival as Jews around the world commemorate Yom HaShoah.

Chula Vista City Council Vote Count Upheld

Chula Vista City Council Vote Count Upheld

April 14
By Amita Sharma, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Patty Lane

A San Diego Superior Court judge upheld the vote count in Chula Vista's City Council race. Dozens of uncounted provisional ballots were not counted last fall in a race won by two votes.

San Diego Transgender Teen Deaths Prompt Questions On Bullying, Sup...

San Diego Transgender Teen Deaths Prompt Questions On Bullying, Support

April 13
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

Following the suicides of two transgender teens in San Diego County, experts offer a look at the challenges facing LGBTQ teens and advice on what schools and adults can do to help them.

San Diego Groups Weigh In On Proposed Immigration Bills

San Diego Groups Weigh In On Proposed Immigration Bills

April 9
By Patty Lane, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

This week California Democrats proposed an immigration package consisting of 10 bills aimed at extending health care, legal rights and business protections to immigrants living in the state illegally.

Restaurant Group: Freeze Minimum Wage Increase For Tipped Californi...

Restaurant Group: Freeze Minimum Wage Increase For Tipped California Workers

April 8
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

The California Restaurant Association is sponsoring a bill that would freeze state minimum wage at its current level of $9 an hour for workers who get tips.

Author Jonathan Eig Talks About The Birth Of The Pill

Author Jonathan Eig Talks About The Birth Of The Pill

April 7
By Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

The birth control pill for women has been around since the 1960s. Former Wall Street Journal reporter Jonathan Eig talks about the impact it has made on society in his new book.

How Can San Diego Officers Balance Body Cameras And Civil Rights?

How Can San Diego Officers Balance Body Cameras And Civil Rights?

April 6
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

Proposed legislation aims to regulate how body camera videos are used by police across California. The San Diego Police Department has been using body cameras since last summer.

San Diego County Announces Free Access To Mental Health First Aid P...

San Diego County Announces Free Access To Mental Health First Aid Program

April 6
By Megan Burke, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

The training is aimed at giving people the skills to intervene and give some initial help to people struggling with a mental health crisis.

San Diego Prepares For California's Mandatory Water Restrictions

San Diego Prepares For California's Mandatory Water Restrictions

April 2
By Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

Gov. Jerry Brown announces mandatory water restrictions as California enters its fourth year of the drought. What does this mean for San Diego residents, businesses and farmers?

Ex-SeaWorld Trainer Responds To Video Of Him Using Racial Slurs

Ex-SeaWorld Trainer Responds To Video Of Him Using Racial Slurs

April 1
By Amita Sharma, Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Tarryn Mento

John Hargrove, an ex-SeaWorld trainer who released the book "Beneath the Surface," said the company is attempting to hurt his reputation by releasing a video of him using a racial slur.

Mexican Growers Offer 15% In Baja Farm Strike

Mexican Growers Offer 15% In Baja Farm Strike

March 30
By Associated Press, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

Leaders of the farmworkers called the offer of 15 percent unacceptable, and said they want assured benefits, higher wages and an end to abuses.

What's Behind Sea Lion Pups Stranded On California Beaches?

What's Behind Sea Lion Pups Stranded On California Beaches?

March 26
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

More than 2,000 sea lion pups have been stranded along California beaches. Is it lack of food or the changing weather patterns? KPBS takes a look.

New Film At Reuben H. Fleet Takes Visitors On Journey Through Space

New Film At Reuben H. Fleet Takes Visitors On Journey Through Space

March 25
By Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

"Journey to Space" will debut at the Balboa Park museum on Friday. The film showcases a new era of exploration.

San Diego Mayor Update: From Chargers Stadium To Homeless Shelters

San Diego Mayor Update: From Chargers Stadium To Homeless Shelters

March 24
By Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer joined KPBS on Tuesday for his monthly update on the business of the city.

San Diego Drone Manufacturer Talks Regulations, Uses

San Diego Drone Manufacturer Talks Regulations, Uses

March 20
By Associated Press, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

Just this week the Federal Aviation Administration gave retail giant Amazon the green light to begin testing its air-delivery drones. KPBS Evening Edition spoke to the CEO of a Vista company that manufactures drones and drone parts.

Panda Watch At San Diego Zoo After Bai Yun Is Artificially Inseminated

Panda Watch At San Diego Zoo After Bai Yun Is Artificially Inseminated

March 18
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

San Diego zookeepers are keeping busy these days. The zoo is hoping for a giant panda pregnancy while they also try to save the northern white rhinos.

San Diego Author Writes About Living Without The One You Can't Live...

San Diego Author Writes About Living Without The One You Can't Live Without

March 17
By Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

Death is a difficult topic many people try to avoid talking about — until they're forced to. Natasha Josefowitz from San Diego talks about how she dealt with loss, grief, and the healing process.

Fabiani Says Chargers Not Optimistic About Mission Valley

Fabiani Says Chargers Not Optimistic About Mission Valley

March 16
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico, Tarryn Mento

A San Diego Chargers spokesman said the team doesn't think a task force’s site selection for a new stadium will be successful and is prepared to pursue a Los Angeles-area stadium plan on its own.

Initiative To Open San Diego To Global Investment Unveiled

Initiative To Open San Diego To Global Investment Unveiled

March 12
By City News Service, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

San Diego has the 17th largest economy in the country but ranks 61st when it comes to export intensity and 49th in the percentage of jobs at foreign-owned firms.

Lessons From The Fukushima Disaster For California

Lessons From The Fukushima Disaster For California

March 10
By Patty Lane, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

It's been four years since the devastating Fukushima nuclear meltdown. Like Japan, California's coast has many earthquake faults and seaside nuclear reactor sites. How vulnerable is California's coastline to a similar disaster?

California Small Farm Conference Opens In San Diego

California Small Farm Conference Opens In San Diego

March 9
By Marissa Cabrera, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

The annual conference is hosting small farmers and ranchers at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley. The ongoing drought is high on the list of topics the conference aims to tackle this year.

San Diego Rain Season Quickly Ending

San Diego Rain Season Quickly Ending

March 4
By City News Service, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

Weekend temperatures will peak in the mid-70s this weekend after a wild week of rain, snow and even hail in parts of California. Meanwhile in Boston, there's record snowfall.

Zahi Hawass Talks 'Discovering Tutankhamun'

Zahi Hawass Talks 'Discovering Tutankhamun'

March 3
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

The man responsible for the discovery of tombs of the Giza pyramid builders and the Valley of the Golden Mummies will be in San Diego on Tuesday.

San Diego School Incorporates CrossFit Kids Into Curriculum

San Diego School Incorporates CrossFit Kids Into Curriculum

March 2
By Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

A San Diego school is making sure students take health and physical activity seriously.

The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Feb. 26
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

A San Diego author, war correspondent and former Marine gives a comprehensive and personal look at post-traumatic stress disorder in his new book.

Report: San Diego Classrooms Lack Technology To Prepare Students Fo...

Report: San Diego Classrooms Lack Technology To Prepare Students For Future

Feb. 25
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

How are San Diego County schools addressing the technology needs of students? A University of San Diego report finds they are falling short.

Chula Vista Woman Signs Up For One-Way Ticket To Mars

Chula Vista Woman Signs Up For One-Way Ticket To Mars

Feb. 23
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

Have you ever looked up to the stars and wondered what it would be like to venture out into space or inhabit another planet? A Chula Vista woman may find out. She's one of 100 finalists vying for a one-way trip to Mars to colonize the planet.

Mayor Faulconer On Stadium Task Force, Assessing Roads

Mayor Faulconer On Stadium Task Force, Assessing Roads

Feb. 19
By Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer on Thursday said his stadium task force is the kind of group that's needed to make headway on finding a home for the Chargers.

Obama's Immigration Policy On Hold — What's Next?

Obama's Immigration Policy On Hold — What's Next?

Feb. 18
By Hoa Quach, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

President Barack Obama's plan for expanded deportation relief for millions of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally is on hold after a federal judge issued a temporary injunction.

Report: San Diegans Used More Water Despite Drought

Report: San Diegans Used More Water Despite Drought

Feb. 17
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

As California deals with one of the most severe droughts in state history, a new report finds San Diegans used more water last year than they did in each of the preceding four years.

Sports Psychologist Says Females Compete Differently Than Males

Sports Psychologist Says Females Compete Differently Than Males

Feb. 16
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

Joan Steidinger, a sports psychologist, has written a book looking at how female athletes collaborate and compete. It may not only help athletes but also coaches, teammates and parents.

Travel And Adventure Show Comes To San Diego

Travel And Adventure Show Comes To San Diego

Feb. 12
By Amita Sharma, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

It's never too early to start thinking about vacation. This weekend the San Diego Travel & Adventure Show returns with 1,500 travel experts to help attendees plan their next trip.