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Stories by Tarryn Mento

First Person: Bosnian Refugee Traces Her Escape From War

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 Before They Need One

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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 Trump’s Refugee Order

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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 Refugees

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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 Permit Cap

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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

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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

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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 Year

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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 Should)

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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

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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 Officer Who Killed Olango

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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

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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 #HateHasNoBizHere Posters

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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

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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 Trump's Tenure

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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 Report

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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

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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 Of Vote Count Interference

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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

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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 District 9

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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' Group

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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 On San Diego Roads

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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

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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 Racial Profiling

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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

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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

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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

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

City Heights Residents Look To Their Own Neighbors To Increase Voter Turnout

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Residents will complete training with the nonprofit Environmental Health Coalition and knock on their neighbors’ doors to encourage voters to cast a ballot this November.

International Food Market Near City Heights Aims To Launch New Businesses

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A home to many immigrants and refugees, San Diego’s City Heights neighborhood is known for its diversity. Organizers in the area are tapping into that and launched a new weekly international food market at the edge of the community.

Candidates Flores, Gomez Must Cater To Many Issues In Diverse District 9

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Ricardo Flores and Georgette Gomez are in a tight battle to represent the diverse district that can roughly be separated into four distinct communities.

Atkins' Bill For Medical Interpretation Study, Pilot Program Receives Brown's OK

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The legislation introduced by San Diego Assemblywoman Toni Atkins calls for a study of the current translation services and a pilot program based on that review.

Politifest Features Candidates In San Diego Races

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Attendees had a chance to brush up on the numerous local and state measures and races at Saturday's Politifest at San Diego State University.

City Heights Event Welcomes Refugees To San Diego

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As part of a national campaign, the YMCA of San Diego County organized an event in City Heights to help U.S.-born residents and newcomers connect.

Outdoor International Food Market Coming To City Heights

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A group of community organizations is turning a lot at El Cajon Boulevard and 44th Street into a future hub for local food vendors.

Bill Supporting Translation Services For Medi-Cal Patients Moves To Gov. Brown

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California may be on its way to bringing translation services to Medi-Cal patients who don’t speak English.

City Heights Commercial Plaza Could See Multimillion-Dollar Renovation

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The funding program that helped bring Copley-Price YMCA to the San Diego neighborhood could lead to another major project.

San Diego Unified Works To Boost Attendance

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San Diego schools start class a week earlier this year, and students and education officials are encouraging kids to begin the year on a positive note.

Kenya's Change Of Heart Brings Temporary Relief To San Diego's Somali Population

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The decision to close the world's largest refugee camp has been put on hold, at least for now. The development is welcome news to San Diego's Somali residents, many of whom have friends and family still at the camp in Kenya.

Bike Valet Pilot Program Coming To City Heights

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In an effort to foster bike culture, a vacant space on El Cajon Boulevard and Central Avenue will soon be home to a volunteer-run collective that will serve the area's cyclists.

City Heights YMCA Taps Into Olympic Fervor With Rugby Clinic

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The addition of rugby to this year’s Olympic games has brought renewed attention to the sport and now kids can learn the game for free in City Heights.

Kenyan Refugee Camp Closure Shakes San Diego's Somali Population

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The news that the complex will close in November has left San Diego's Somali population on edge as the fate of loved ones still living in the complex is unknown.

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