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Stories by Tarryn Mento

World Refugee Day: 7 Stories To Read About Resettlement In San Diego

World Refugee Day: 7 Stories To Read About Resettlement In San Diego

June 16
By Tarryn Mento

The region has a long history of welcoming refugees and KPBS has documented it over the years.

First Comes Art, Then Comes A Party, Then Comes Community Empowerment

First Comes Art, Then Comes A Party, Then Comes Community Empowerment

June 15
By Tarryn Mento

Working with neighborhood groups, a trio of community members is setting out to unite residents and shed any negative perception of San Diego's City Heights region.

Is Your Biz In A Business Improvement District? City Reports Show N...

Is Your Biz In A Business Improvement District? City Reports Show Not All Owners Know

June 5
By Tarryn Mento

In the city of San Diego's business improvement districts, owners pay into a fund to promote the area, but not all businesses are aware of their membership in the district.

Early Study Results Show High Rates Of Anxiety Among Syrian Refugee...

Early Study Results Show High Rates Of Anxiety Among Syrian Refugee Kids

May 30
By Tarryn Mento

The preliminary results, shared at the American Psychiatric Association conference, showed within one month of coming to the U.S., nearly two-thirds of kids surveyed had probable anxiety diagnosis and 85 percent had probable separation anxiety.

City Heights Group's Funding For Foreign Trafficking Victims To Con...

City Heights Group's Funding For Foreign Trafficking Victims To Continue

May 24
By Tarryn Mento

This week, we told you about an anti-human trafficking program that was running out of money. Now the organization received some good news.

Trafficking Victims Find Lifeline At City Heights Agency, But Fundi...

Trafficking Victims Find Lifeline At City Heights Agency, But Funding May Run Dry

May 22
By Tarryn Mento

A nonprofit in City Heights runs an anti-human trafficking program focused on assisting immigrant victims, but it may not have enough funding to finish out the fiscal year.

Asylum 101: Different Pathways Asylum-Seekers, Refugees Take To Rea...

Asylum 101: Different Pathways Asylum-Seekers, Refugees Take To Reach The US

May 8
By Tarryn Mento

You may know about refugees but what do you know about asylum-seekers?

Nonprofit, School Board Invest $15 Million In Scientific Future Of ...

Nonprofit, School Board Invest $15 Million In Scientific Future Of City Heights Students

May 2
By Tarryn Mento

The tuition-free learning and research center will boost science education.

Run A Biz Near El Cajon Boulevard? The City Is Stopping By To Hear ...

Run A Biz Near El Cajon Boulevard? The City Is Stopping By To Hear Your Concerns

April 24
By Tarryn Mento

Staff from the city of San Diego's Economic Development Department will join volunteers this week to visit Mid City businesses.

A Dose Of Nature Comes To One Of San Diego's Densest Neighborhoods

A Dose Of Nature Comes To One Of San Diego's Densest Neighborhoods

April 14
By Tarryn Mento

San Diego's City Heights neighborhood is now home to a vast network of canyon trails that offer recreational, educational and environmental benefits.

City Heights Soccer Team Sees Glory In Playing For Syria

City Heights Soccer Team Sees Glory In Playing For Syria

April 7
By Tarryn Mento

As the world witnesses the fallout of a chemical weapons attack in Syria, some of that nation’s youngest refugees are finding a way to move forward in their new home in San Diego.

California To Study Its Medical Interpretation Services

California To Study Its Medical Interpretation Services

April 4
By Tarryn Mento

New law will study and pilot a program on interpretation services for patients who speak a language other than English.

New Police Captain Says He's Going 'Home' To Mid City

New Police Captain Says He's Going 'Home' To Mid City

March 30
By Tarryn Mento

When’s the last time you casually called a police officer about a problem in your community? That’s the kind of open dialogue the new police captain in San Diego’s Mid City region says he wants to create between his officers and the community they serve.

City Heights Initiative Tackles Health Disparities While Providing ...

City Heights Initiative Tackles Health Disparities While Providing Job Skills

March 28
By Tarryn Mento

A nonprofit’s free training program teaches participants how to prevent chronic diseases that ail communities of certain ethnic and racial backgrounds.

First Person: Bosnian Refugee Traces Her Escape From War

First Person: Bosnian Refugee Traces Her Escape From War

March 20
By Tarryn Mento

For a look at what happens long before refugees arrive on America’s doorstep, we revisit the Bosnian war. Former refugee Senka is a biotech executive now living in San Diego.

San Diegans Sign Postcards For The President

San Diegans Sign Postcards For The President

March 15
By Gina Diamante, Tarryn Mento

Nearly 100 San Diegans turned out for a postcard writing event on Wednesday to pen their thoughts and mail them to the White House. It was part of a national effort to send millions of messages to the president on the same day

You Can Mail A 'Dear Mr. Trump' Postcard For Free In City Heights

You Can Mail A 'Dear Mr. Trump' Postcard For Free In City Heights

March 15
By Tarryn Mento

There is a national effort underway to send millions of postcards to the president, and local organizations are encouraging residents in one of San Diego’s most diverse neighborhoods to participate.

San Diego Students Can Become Digital Pen Pals With Iraqi Youth

San Diego Students Can Become Digital Pen Pals With Iraqi Youth

March 9
By Tarryn Mento

Programs organized in part by the San Diego Diplomacy Council connect American students with youth in the Middle East.

Voting Time Again For City Heights Residents

Voting Time Again For City Heights Residents

March 6
By Tarryn Mento

Voters on Monday will cast their ballots for eight seats on the City Heights Area Planning Committee.

City Heights Youth Running Group Sets Personal Record With 5K

City Heights Youth Running Group Sets Personal Record With 5K

March 3
By Tarryn Mento

The group that supports many low-income and immigrant students in City Heights had its most successful fundraiser yet, but still needs more funding to cover an-out-of-town trip.

A Video Tour Of What's To Come In The Canyons Of City Heights

A Video Tour Of What's To Come In The Canyons Of City Heights

Feb. 27
By Tarryn Mento

A nonprofit is upgrading several City Heights canyon trails to create a four-and-a-half mile hiking loop.

City Heights Running Club Supports Students On And Off The Track

City Heights Running Club Supports Students On And Off The Track

Feb. 22
By Tarryn Mento

The club is hosting its fifth annual 5K fundraiser on Saturday to help sustain its operations.

Driving Economic Development In City Heights One Paint Job At A Time

Driving Economic Development In City Heights One Paint Job At A Time

Feb. 20
By Tarryn Mento

A neighborhood nonprofit and community association is encouraging business owners to spruce up their facades to draw more attention to the area.

San Diego Resettlement Agencies Bracing For New Immigration Order

San Diego Resettlement Agencies Bracing For New Immigration Order

Feb. 17
By Tarryn Mento

San Diego’s resettlement agencies are unsure what to expect after reports indicate President Donald Trump will issue a new executive order on immigration.

City Heights Groups Want East African Immigrants To See A Doctor Be...

City Heights Groups Want East African Immigrants To See A Doctor Before They Need One

Feb. 14
By Tarryn Mento

San Diego County and its community partners are marking Valentine’s Day with free health health screenings, including in City Heights.

San Diego Resettlement Groups Continue Operations As Court Weighs T...

San Diego Resettlement Groups Continue Operations As Court Weighs Trump’s Refugee Order

Feb. 8
By Tarryn Mento

At least 59 refugees from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria are scheduled to arrive in San Diego County in the coming days.

After Settling In San Diego, Struggle Doesn't End For Some Syrian R...

After Settling In San Diego, Struggle Doesn't End For Some Syrian Refugees

Feb. 8
By Tarryn Mento

Many refugee families are worried about making ends meet after they’ve resettled in San Diego.

San Diego Airport Authority Votes Down Taxi Drivers' Calls To Lift ...

San Diego Airport Authority Votes Down Taxi Drivers' Calls To Lift Permit Cap

Feb. 3
By Tarryn Mento

Only a limited number of taxi drivers are allowed to make pickups at the San Diego International Airport. Some drivers want that cap lifted.

San Diego Groups Await Trump's Executive Orders On Refugee Program

San Diego Groups Await Trump's Executive Orders On Refugee Program

Jan. 26
By Tarryn Mento

Refugees and advocacy groups in San Diego are anxiously awaiting the final version of a draft executive order affecting a resettlement program. In its current form, it would temporarily halt the program and ban Syrian refugees entirely.

Behind The Scenes Of Hoover High's Student-Run TV News Show

Behind The Scenes Of Hoover High's Student-Run TV News Show

Jan. 25
By Tarryn Mento

Student journalists in San Diego's City Heights neighborhood prepared for the 50th episode of their school's internal TV news program.

From Mira Mesa To City Heights, San Diego Groups Prep For Lunar New...

From Mira Mesa To City Heights, San Diego Groups Prep For Lunar New Year

Jan. 19
By Tarryn Mento

If you were planning on attending this weekend’s Lunar New Year Tet Festival at Qualcomm, you’ll have to change your plans. The event was rescheduled for next month due to rain. It’s among a handful of upcoming festivals across the region.

Where You Can't Go For San Diego Restaurant Week (But Maybe You Sho...

Where You Can't Go For San Diego Restaurant Week (But Maybe You Should)

Jan. 16
By Tarryn Mento

The City Heights neighborhood features culinary options from across the globe, but eateries from the area aren't part of the bi-annual San Diego Restaurant Week.

Old Globe Program Spotlights City Heights's Stories Of Love And Loss

Old Globe Program Spotlights City Heights's Stories Of Love And Loss

Jan. 13
By Tarryn Mento

Would you let a stranger perform your story on stage? What if it was about the loss of a loved one? That’s what artists working with the Old Globe Theater asked of City Heights residents.

DA Clears Law Enforcement In Five Shootings, Including El Cajon Off...

DA Clears Law Enforcement In Five Shootings, Including El Cajon Officer Who Killed Olango

Jan. 10
By Megan Burks, Tarryn Mento

The San Diego County District Attorney announced Tuesday police officers were justified in five separate fatal shootings, including the September 2016 death of Alfred Olango that sparked protests in El Cajon.

Israeli Artist, Syrian Refugee Make Art Not War In San Diego

Israeli Artist, Syrian Refugee Make Art Not War In San Diego

Dec. 21
By Tarryn Mento

A nonprofit Jewish foundation hosted a refugee artist-in-residence program with an Israeli sculptor to help a Syrian refugee heal through art.

San Diego Restaurants Aim To Keep Intolerance Away With #HateHasNoB...

San Diego Restaurants Aim To Keep Intolerance Away With #HateHasNoBizHere Posters

Dec. 15
By Tarryn Mento

The operators of restaurants in City Heights, Mission Hills and University Heights are encouraging fellow business owners to display a sign that promotes a welcoming environment.

Where Some May See Blight, City Heights Groups See Opportunity

Where Some May See Blight, City Heights Groups See Opportunity

Dec. 15
By Tarryn Mento

Vacant lots and blighted spaces can increase crime rates and lower property values. In City Heights, local groups are transforming them into vibrant community hubs.

California Officials Work To Boost Support For Immigrants Ahead Of ...

California Officials Work To Boost Support For Immigrants Ahead Of Trump's Tenure

Dec. 8
By Tarryn Mento

A series of bills introduced in the state legislature aim to provide additional resources and protections for immigrants.

Council Members, Community Hope Real Change Will Come After SDPD Re...

Council Members, Community Hope Real Change Will Come After SDPD Report

Nov. 30
By Tarryn Mento

San Diego elected officials Wednesday publicly discussed a finalized independent report that shows San Diego police treat minority drivers differently than whites in some circumstances.

San Diego Groups Bridge Divides By Breaking Bread With Syrian Refugees

San Diego Groups Bridge Divides By Breaking Bread With Syrian Refugees

Nov. 23
By Tarryn Mento

Thanksgiving is a celebration of different cultures dining together in gratitude. Some San Diegans are following that tradition by welcoming Syrian refugees with a hearty meal.

Southern California Election Officials Respond To Issa’s Allegation...

Southern California Election Officials Respond To Issa’s Allegation Of Vote Count Interference

Nov. 16
By Michael Lipkin, Tarryn Mento

Registrars of voters in Southern California are defending the vote count in a tight congressional race after incumbent Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, questioned its validity.

Gomez Lead Continues To Grow In San Diego's Council District 9

Gomez Lead Continues To Grow In San Diego's Council District 9

Nov. 8
By Tarryn Mento

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Gomez is ahead by nearly 1,000 votes but many mail and provisional ballots are still left to be counted.

Mid-City Group Urges City Heights Voters To Bridge Turnout Gap In D...

Mid-City Group Urges City Heights Voters To Bridge Turnout Gap In District 9

Nov. 7
By Tarryn Mento

A Mid-City nonprofit aims to boost the number of ballots cast on Election Day in a San Diego City Council district that saw poor voter turnout rates during the primary election.

#ShowUsYourMailers: Gomez Targets Flores' Support From 'Republican'...

#ShowUsYourMailers: Gomez Targets Flores' Support From 'Republican' Group

Nov. 2
By Tarryn Mento

A recent flyer from the campaign of City Council District 9 candidate Georgette Gomez paints her opponent Ricardo Flores as a right-wing politician whose supporters align with GOP nominee Donald Trump.

Mid-City Open Streets Event Trades Vehicles For Foot, Bike Traffic ...

Mid-City Open Streets Event Trades Vehicles For Foot, Bike Traffic On San Diego Roads

Oct. 28
By Tarryn Mento

Come Sunday, vehicles will be banned from some of the busiest streets in San Diego’s mid-city neighborhoods. The carless roads will make way for a bike and pedestrian-friendly street fair known as CiclosDias.

Full Analysis On SDPD Racial Profiling To Be Released By Thanksgiving

Full Analysis On SDPD Racial Profiling To Be Released By Thanksgiving

Oct. 27
By City News Service, Tarryn Mento

Researchers reviewed tens of thousands of data cards filled out by San Diego police to figure out whether racial profiling is a problem in San Diego. Preliminary findings were released Wednesday.

City Releases Preliminary Findings In Long-Awaited Study On Police ...

City Releases Preliminary Findings In Long-Awaited Study On Police Racial Profiling

Oct. 26
By Tarryn Mento

A San Diego City Council committee will hear the results of a much-delayed report that aims to answer whether San Diego police disproportionately pulled over drivers of color.

City Heights Groups Take Different Approaches To Driving Social Change

City Heights Groups Take Different Approaches To Driving Social Change

Oct. 21
By Tarryn Mento

Two separate events on Saturday aim to tackle issues within the criminal justice system. They both fall on a national day of protest, but the approach is not the same.

Long-Term Agreement With Civic San Diego Goes Before City Council

Long-Term Agreement With Civic San Diego Goes Before City Council

Oct. 17
By Tarryn Mento

The San Diego City Council will consider a long-term agreement with Civic San Diego Tuesday. That’s the city-owned nonprofit that helps decide what can be built where in downtown San Diego.

City Heights Library Back In Service After Closing For Renovations

City Heights Library Back In Service After Closing For Renovations

Oct. 10
By Tarryn Mento

One of San Diego's busiest library branches reopened its doors after six weeks and more than $300,000 of renovations.

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