Stories by Peggy Pico
More than 212,000 people lived in poverty in the city of San Diego in 2014, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
As Pope Francis' begins his first U.S. visit, Midday Edition looks at his much anticipated speech before Congress addressing climate change and how San Diego's interfaith community is responding.
The history of San Diego and Junipero Serra date back to the first mission he founded. On the eve of his canonization, reaction is mixed to the Spanish missionary and his legacy.
The race between California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and state Sen. Marty Block may have local and statewide implications.
The San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation said avoiding a high-tech worker exodus will be beneficial to the local economy.
Pope Francis arrives in the U.S. this week. But what does the historic visit mean for the one million Catholics in San Diego and Imperial counties?
Thursday's lecture wraps up a year-long look at the park, mostly through a variety of historical perspectives. Tonight's event is different in that if focuses on the future, and how best to preserve the park for coming generations.
A new ballot initiative is being proposed in California to end the state's death penalty. Initiative supporters have to collect more than 365,000 signatures in 180 days to get the measure on the November 2016 ballot.
California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) joined Midday Edition Wednesday to discuss wrapping up the 2015 regular legislative session and her future plans as she plans to end her term in state office.
The San Diego chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is organizing a rally and march to coincide with the final leg of an 860-mille "Journey for Justice" from Selma, Ala., to Washington, D.C.
Crime around San Diego County has stayed relatively stable, according to a new SANDAG report.
San Diego resettles 2,700 refugees annually. Midday Edition takes a look at the process and challenges families may face as they search for a new home.
A new study from UC San Diego researchers finds the majority of honey bees found in San Diego are Africanized, and the spread of bees continues northward in California.
Forecasters said slightly less intense heat was expected Thursday but again predicted temperatures would be 5 to 15 degrees above average as a high- pressure system remains over California.
The state Department of Education Wednesday released the first standardized test scores aligned to the new Common Core standards. About 3.2 million students took the online assessments last spring.
With only one more legal hurdle to tackle, the Navy's long-stalled development project headed by Doug Manchester could soon be getting underway.
The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce is hosting a “Candidate Academy” next month to help people who want to run for public office in North County.
The California Budget and Policy Center's annual report shows the number of women and minorities working in the state is higher than ever, but they lag behind their white, male counterparts in wages and benefits.
Amid a nationwide teacher shortage, San Diego Unified held a three-day job fair this week to fill 40 teaching positions.
What are the health benefits of eating seafood? And what difference does it make what kind of seafood you eat?
A public forum in San Diego explores how the issues of homelessness on both sides of the border are related, and what can be done to bring the numbers down.
Roughly 50 percent of San Diego community college students are 25 or older. What does it take for those so-called "non-traditional students" to succeed in college?
Desalination has become a hot topic as California looks to mitigate the ongoing drought. Midday Edition takes a look at lessons learned from Australia's drought.
Many San Diegans gathered this weekend to pick their Fantasy Football teams. Midday Edition discusses the game and who is making money from it.
According to San Diego Coastkeeper, 80 percent of marine debris in the Pacific Ocean comes from inland sources through storm drains.
The U.S. stock market has been rising and falling at an alarming rate. Midday Edition looks into what this means for retirement plans.
A new study finds that 25 percent of female sex workers in northern Mexico entered the sex trade as minors.
A new research nexus in La Jolla aims to anticipate the problems and offer solutions to the inevitable effects of climate change.
Firefighters continue to fight wildfires across Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. As San Diego County prepares for wildfire season, we look at new technologies that will help firefighters and residents.
A new study finds that survival rates for ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) did not improve with invasive treatment, adding fuel to the argument that some cancers are treated too aggressively.
Summer is almost over, but there is still time to plan for a staycation in San Diego or a weekend getaway.
The debate over a plan to build a new outdoor mall near a North County lagoon continues as Carlsbad city leaders prepare to vote on it next Tuesday.
Researchers at UC San Diego find a popular smoking cessation drug is not boosting the numbers of smokers who quit.
San Diego is tens of thousands of units short of the goal for affordable homes for sale, and the rental market is also soaring out of reach for low-income San Diegans.
A program put in place by the Metropolitan Water District to help owners replace their lawns during the drought - ran out of money. We look at what's next.
California's controversial vaccine law doesn't go into effect until the next school year, but San Diego Unified school officials are already getting the word out about the upcoming changes.
It’s the dog days of summer, and San Diego County animal advocates are promoting pet adoptions this weekend.
Four states and the district of Columbia have legalized marijuana, and California could be next. A recent report by the Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy provides a road map for regulating pot.
An account of the Catholic Church crackdown on the American nuns is the subject of "Radical Grace," a new documentary screening in San Diego on Wednesday night.
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds many schools are starting too early making it difficult for teenagers to get enough sleep.
It's been a year since President Obama sent U.S. advisers to Iraq to help that nation's soldiers fight back against the so-called Islamic State. Among those still deployed as trainers are Marines from I Marine Expeditionary Force based at Camp Pendleton.
A San Diego woman shares the story of her father, who survived the atomic blast in Hiroshima 70 years ago. Midday Edition looks at how survivors promote peace in San Diego.
Firefighters from San Diego County have been redeployed around the state to help contain about 20 wildfires.
As the Voting Rights Act turns 50 this year, Midday Edition looks at struggles to get the civil rights law in place and challenges ahead.
The city and county of San Diego have recently authorized a combined $2.5 million to be spent on the effort to keep the Chargers. What if they just let them go?
A new biography focuses on Leon Williams and his contributions to San Diego County. Williams, the first African American to serve on the City Council and the County Board of Supervisors, worked for inclusive policies for all.
A University of Southern California report, "Linking Innovation With Inclusion: Demography, Equity, and the Future of San Diego," found income inequality is more than a social justice issue.
Atkins holds one of the most high-profile legislative offices in the state and she's getting involved in the negotiations to keep the Chargers in San Diego.
The Boy Scouts of America made a big change in policy last week. After years of defending its policy against gay troop leaders, the Boy Scouts' national executive board voted to end the ban on gay adult leaders.
The manuscript for "What Pet Should I Get?" by Theodor Geisel was discovered in 2013 in a box of notes and sketches, which he referred to as the "bone pile."