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Stories by Susan Murphy

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San Diego County Faces Rise In Dementia Patients

April 20
By City News Service, Susan Murphy

Two studies released Friday indicate San Diego County will see increasingly devastating health and economic effects from dementia-related diseases in coming years.

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San Diego Trash Cleanup Hits 500-Ton Milestone

April 10
By Susan Murphy

City workers, dressed in hazmat suits and armed with rakes and trash bags, have spent the past seven months clearing away trash and debris from river beds, streets and alleyways as part of the Clean San Diego initiative.

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San Diego Church Offers Sanctuary To Immigrants Facing Deportation

April 4
By Susan Murphy

As San Diego County Supervisors are preparing to vote on whether to join the fight against California’s Sanctuary laws, a San Diego church announced Tuesday it will provide its own sanctuary to immigrants facing deportation.

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Climate Change Threatens Bird Migrations, Habitats In San Diego County

April 2
By Susan Murphy

It’s the most popular time of the year for birds to begin breeding and nesting in San Diego County, but climate change could soon force many feathered creatures to change their schedules.

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Trump's Planned Visit To San Diego Draws Supporters, Protesters and Tight Security

March 12
By Jean Guerrero, Susan Murphy

Security preparations are underway for President Donald Trump's expected visit to San Diego on Tuesday, when he will inspect eight prototypes for his proposed border wall.

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Moving San Diego Homeless From Tents To Permanent Housing Slow But Steady

March 1
By Susan Murphy

Thursday marks three months since the opening of the city of San Diego’s first large tent shelter. Hundreds of homeless people living under the big gray dome are finding healing and a fresh start, but some may end up living there longer than expected.

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San Diego Homeless People To Earn Minimum Wage Cleaning Trash, Graffiti

Feb. 23
By Susan Murphy

The Alpha Project is launching a pilot program this week called Wheels of Change to pay homeless people minimum wage to clean up neighborhoods around San Diego.

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High-Profile Gun Control Groups To Join Forces In San Diego

Feb. 19
By Susan Murphy

In the wake of last week’s mass shooting in Florida, some high profile gun control advocacy groups in San Diego are joining forces to fight for tougher gun laws.

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San Diego Temperatures Hotter Than Average As Region Enters New Drought Cycle

Feb. 2
By Susan Murphy

San Diego has been experiencing a drier and hotter than usual winter as the region enters a new drought cycle.

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'Moderate Drought' Declared Across San Diego County

Feb. 1
By Susan Murphy

A U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday shows all of San Diego County is now in a moderate drought.

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Women Gather In San Diego To Learn To Run For Office

Jan. 17
By Susan Murphy

First, they marched. Now they’re running — for office. At a four day conference in San Diego this week, nearly 100 women from across the nation are learning the important tools for building campaign operations — from communications to fundraising.

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Finally, Rain Is On The Way To San Diego County

Jan. 5
By Susan Murphy

After months of record breaking bone-dry weather dominated by a massive ridge of high pressure, a significant storm is finally on its way to San Diego County.

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More Than 70 Homeless Children Moving Into San Diego's Third Bridge Shelter

Jan. 4
By City News Service, Susan Murphy

The "bridge shelter" opened in the East Village Thursday morning, the last of three large tent shelters for San Diego's homeless.

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Flu Cases On The Rise In San Diego, Patients Pack Into Sharp Grossmont

Jan. 3
By Susan Murphy

As there have been more than 7,000 lab-confirmed flu cases and 45 deaths due to the flu so far this season, hundreds of people have been packing the emergency room at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa.

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San Diego's Third Bridge Shelter Set To Open This Week

Jan. 2
By Susan Murphy

The city of San Diego is expected to open the last of three bridge shelters for homeless people this week. The large industrial tent, located in the East Village, will provide 150 beds for families and single women for the next seven months.

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Climate Change A Major Culprit In Explosive Wildfires, Says San Diego Researcher

Dec. 12, 2017
By Susan Murphy

As wildfires rage across Southern California, burning more than 1,000 homes, displacing nearly 100,000 people and paving a devastating trail of destruction, a San Diego researcher said climate change is playing a major role.

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'Extreme' Fire Warning Issued For Thursday In San Diego County

Dec. 6, 2017
By Susan Murphy

San Diego County’s highest possible wildfire alert has been issued for Thursday as forecasters warn of strengthening Santa Ana winds combined with single digit humidity levels.

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Flu Season Off To Aggressive Start In San Diego County

Nov. 30, 2017
By Susan Murphy

The elevated activity has health officials urging everyone six months and older to get a flu vaccine now, before the peak hits in January or February.

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Homeless Children In San Diego To Transition From Campground To Large Tent Structure

Nov. 27, 2017
By Susan Murphy

One of the city of San Diego’s three large tent structures for homeless people is scheduled to open on Friday. Two others are expected to open in late December and early January. One will be dedicated to children and families, including the nearly 50 children currently living at the city’s homeless campground.

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San Diego Shoppers Notice Smaller Crowds On Black Friday

Nov. 24, 2017
By Susan Murphy

Black Friday was in full swing across San Diego County marking the start of the holiday shopping season. A strong economy and a 3.7 percent unemployment rate have economists expecting retail sales to increase almost 4 percent over last year.

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Twin Sisters Keep Historic Point Loma Lighthouse Shining Bright

Nov. 14, 2017
By Susan Murphy

Visitors to the Cabrillo National Monument will have a rare opportunity on Wednesday to climb to the top of the Old Point Loma Lighthouse tower to view the massive jewel-like Fresnel lens. It's one of three days of the year it's open to the public. The rest of the year, it’s off limits to almost everyone, except for a pair of identical twin sisters.

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El Cajon Fights Homelessness, Hep A With Tough New Regulations

Nov. 2, 2017
By Susan Murphy

Serving meals to groups of homeless people in parks and other public spaces is now against the law in El Cajon as well as panhandling, sleeping on the sidewalk and setting up encampments.

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Homeless Campground In San Diego Providing Lifeline For 40 Children

Oct. 24, 2017
By Susan Murphy

For dozens of children in San Diego, a city parking lot covered in tents is the best option they have right now for a home.

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San Diego Launches Campground For The Homeless

Oct. 9, 2017
By City News Service, Susan Murphy

The city of San Diego Monday opened a camping area for the homeless, with 24-hour security, bathrooms and storage.

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Homeless Campground Set To Open Near Downtown San Diego

Oct. 3, 2017
By Susan Murphy

A campground for homeless people in San Diego is set to open as early as next week, with 200 new tents set up in a city-owned parking lot at 20th and B Streets near downtown.

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Flu Vaccine Campaign Kicks Off In San Diego County

Oct. 2, 2017
By Susan Murphy

The peak of San Diego’s flu season is weeks away, but health officials are encouraging everyone six months and older to get vaccinated now — especially those with chronic health conditions such as heart and lung disease.

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San Diego Law Enforcement Teams With Mental Health Workers For Psychiatric Emergencies

Sept. 27, 2017
By Susan Murphy

As police are increasingly finding themselves on the front lines responding to people in mental crisis, a San Diego organization is working with them on how to handle the potentially deadly encounters.

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Police Clear Homeless Encampments From San Diego's East Village

Sept. 26, 2017
By Susan Murphy

Homeless encampments have been removed from 17th Street in the East Village, and other streets in downtown San Diego.

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Firefighters Worry About Hep A Exposure After Being Contaminated By Feces

Sept. 25, 2017
By Susan Murphy

About a dozen San Diego firefighters were being seen by doctors on Monday after being contaminated a day earlier with human feces, and possibly exposed to hepatitis A.

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San Diego Congressman Holds Town Hall For Seniors

Sept. 22, 2017
By Susan Murphy

Rep. Scott Peters met with about 200 seniors Friday to talk about health care and other issues.

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Catastrophic Hurricanes A Wake-Up Call To Prepare For Disasters And Climate Change

Sept. 8, 2017
By Susan Murphy

Climate researchers say the catastrophic storms are a preview of global warming, while emergency officials are warning the events should be a wake-up call for everyone to be prepared.

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Neo-Nazi Images In Charlottesville 'Too Much To Bear' For Jewish Seniors In Encinitas

Aug. 17, 2017
By Susan Murphy

“I felt absolutely destroyed because I didn’t think it could happen in America. I just couldn’t believe it,” said Lee Zlotnick, 89, choking back tears at a discussion at her retirement home in Encinitas.

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Rise In White Supremacy Groups Demands Action, Says San Diego Jewish Leader

Aug. 16, 2017
By Susan Murphy

The white supremacy groups that marched with torches, carrying Nazi and Confederate flags through the streets of Charlottesville was not an isolated incident, but rather a movement gaining momentum, including in San Diego, said Tammy Gillies, director of the local chapter of the Anti-Defamation League.

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Cabrillo Offers One Last Chance For Seniors To Get National Parks $10 Lifetime Passes

Aug. 14, 2017
By Susan Murphy

On Aug. 28, the National Park Service’s lifetime pass for seniors is set to jump from $10 to $80. The significant increase and looming deadline are spurring hundreds to flock to San Diego’s only national park, the Cabrillo National Monument, to cash in on the deal.

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SDSU Aztecs Practice Before Marines, Work To Boost Fan Base

Aug. 14, 2017
By Susan Murphy

Football season is underway, and for the first time in more than half a century, San Diego is without an NFL team. But the San Diego State Aztecs say they are here and ready to win over some new fans.

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New Science Program Brings City Heights Students To Cabrillo National Monument

Aug. 11, 2017
By Susan Murphy

More than 500 middle school students from one of San Diego’s most underserved communities are about to embark on a science experiment like no other.

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As San Diego Home Prices Continue To Rise, Some Mortgage Lending Eases

Aug. 4, 2017
By Susan Murphy

If you applied for a mortgage last month and didn’t quite qualify, you might want to try again this month. Some lending standards have been eased to allow more people to get into the market.

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UC San Diego Extension Spreads Education Reach To Downtown

Aug. 2, 2017
By Susan Murphy

A four-story facility managed by UC San Diego Extension will offer academic and cultural programs and provide the community with entrepreneurship and business resources. Attached to the education hub will be a 34-story residential tower providing 426 housing units, some reserved for low-income residents.

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Two Businessmen Announce Plan For Housing San Diego's Homeless

July 21, 2017
By Susan Murphy

Two business leaders in San Diego announced a proposal on Thursday to shelter hundreds of homeless people in large industrial tents.

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San Diego County On Track For A 50 Percent Housing Deficit By 2020

July 13, 2017
By Susan Murphy

San Diego’s housing crisis is expected to worsen over the next three years, driving more seniors and families out of the region, according to a report by the Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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Growing Deportation Fears Prompt Congressman Juan Vargas To Hold Town Hall

July 11, 2017
By Susan Murphy

Rep. Juan Vargas, D-San Diego, invited his constituents and a panel of immigration experts to come together on Monday night to talk about immigrant rights.

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San Diego Housing Homeless To Change Lives, Tent-Covered Landscapes

July 6, 2017
By Susan Murphy

An increasing number of people living on the streets has San Diego County leaders coordinating efforts to build more permanent supportive housing.

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Social Workers Go 'Tent To Tent' In Push To Help San Diego's Homeless

July 5, 2017
By Susan Murphy

As San Diego leaders scramble in boardrooms and high-rise offices to combat one of the worst homeless problems in the nation, social workers are on the front lines of the crisis, putting the plans into action.

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San Diego Airport Janitors Threaten To Strike During July Travel Season

June 23, 2017
By Susan Murphy

Janitors gathered outside of Terminal 1 at the San Diego International Airport on Friday to announce their intent to strike in July if their demands for higher pay are not met.

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Juvenile Great White Sharks Return To San Diego For Summer Season

June 12, 2017
By Susan Murphy

Sightings of dorsal fins piercing the surfline along San Diego’s coastline are common this time of year. The mostly harmless juvenile great white sharks are attracted to the high abundances of fish, stingrays and warming waters.

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San Diego Researcher Troubled Over Trump's Withdrawal From Paris Climate Pact

June 5, 2017
By Susan Murphy

“There’s going to be at some point a cascade of events that happen that we’re not going to be able to just hit rewind,” said Kimberly Prather, distinguished chair in Atmospheric Chemistry at UC San Diego.

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Jimmy Buffett's Broadway-Bound Musical 'Escape To Margaritaville' Launches In San Diego

June 2, 2017
By Susan Murphy

A tropical paradise is sweeping over the La Jolla Playhouse for Parrotheads and non-Parrotheads alike. 'Escape to Margaritaville' includes brand new music, specifically written for the musical by Jimmy Buffett, along with many of his hit songs.

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Dangerous Fire Season Ahead For San Diego County

May 23, 2017
By Susan Murphy

San Diego County leaders and emergency officials Tuesday said the region could be poised for one of its most dangerous fire seasons ever.

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High Unemployment, Low Wages Drive Growing Homeless Population In Imperial County

May 11, 2017
By Susan Murphy

Countywide, nearly 1,100 homeless people were tallied during the annual count taken in January, up from 380 homeless people counted last year.

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Prayer Services, Vigil To Be Held In Honor Of University City Shooting Victim

May 2, 2017
By City News Service, Susan Murphy

Prayer services and a vigil are scheduled Wednesday to remember a woman fatally wounded by a gunman who opened fire at his University City apartment complex, shooting a total of seven people before before being killed by police.

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