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Stories by Tarryn Mento

Federal Program To Address Racial, Ethnic Health Disparities May Go...

Federal Program To Address Racial, Ethnic Health Disparities May Go Unfunded

Oct. 17
By Tarryn Mento

Supporters of the program say it is effective and can save money, while opponents say there is just not enough funding.

El Cajon Mayor, Faith Leaders Meet To Talk Community-Police Relations

El Cajon Mayor, Faith Leaders Meet To Talk Community-Police Relations

Oct. 12
By Tarryn Mento

San Diego County faith-based leaders said they were hopeful after meeting with the El Cajon mayor to talk about a citizens' review board and community relations.

Helping San Diego-Resettled Refugees Overcome Trauma

Helping San Diego-Resettled Refugees Overcome Trauma

Oct. 10
By Megan Burke, Tarryn Mento

A City Heights-based organization is bringing community groups and government officials together to provide better services for immigrants suffering from emotional disorders.

City Taps Firm To Find San Diego's Next Police Chief

City Taps Firm To Find San Diego's Next Police Chief

Oct. 5
By Tarryn Mento

Bob Murray & Associates will assist the city of San Diego in its search to replace Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman.

City Heights To Weigh In On San Diego's Police Chief Search

City Heights To Weigh In On San Diego's Police Chief Search

Oct. 3
By Tarryn Mento

The next public forum of hiring the city's new police chief is Wednesday evening at the Mid-City Gym in City Heights.

How A Reduced Ceiling On Refugee Arrivals Could Impact San Diego

How A Reduced Ceiling On Refugee Arrivals Could Impact San Diego

Sept. 29
By Tarryn Mento

This time last year, San Diego County was the number one destination for refugees, but as the fiscal year ends this month, that is changing.

House, Senate Judiciary Committee Members React To 45,000 Refugee Cap

House, Senate Judiciary Committee Members React To 45,000 Refugee Cap

Sept. 27
By Tarryn Mento

Media outlets reported this week President Donald Trump would cut the ceiling on refugee arrivals for next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, from 50,000 to 45,000.

Report: White House To Lower Refugee Cap

Report: White House To Lower Refugee Cap

Sept. 27
By Tarryn Mento

San Diego has been a go-to refugee resettlement destination for years, but it is not clear how the region's federal representatives will get to weigh in on reported proposals to reduce the refugee cap.

San Diego Resettlement Agency Seeks New Leadership After Investigation

San Diego Resettlement Agency Seeks New Leadership After Investigation

Sept. 18
By Tarryn Mento

After a posting for the position appeared online last week, the IRC's national office confirmed the San Diego executive director is no longer with the agency.

National Relief Group Finds San Diego Office Violated Policies In H...

National Relief Group Finds San Diego Office Violated Policies In Housing Refugees

Sept. 6
By Tarryn Mento

The International Rescue Committee began investigating its San Diego office after a series of KPBS reports on refugees who said they were told to sign leases that did not list all family members in their homes.

San Diego Wants To Be An Even More Welcoming City To Newcomers

San Diego Wants To Be An Even More Welcoming City To Newcomers

Sept. 14
By Tarryn Mento

San Diego's long history of immigrant and refugee resettlement paints the city as a welcoming community but a new initiative aims to improve the integration process for newcomers.

City, Community Groups Spar Over Best Way To Find New Police Chief

City, Community Groups Spar Over Best Way To Find New Police Chief

Sept. 13
By Tarryn Mento

The city of San Diego has proposed one method, while a coalition of community groups suggests another.

Refugee Agencies Wading Through The Details Of Appellate Court's Ru...

Refugee Agencies Wading Through The Details Of Appellate Court's Ruling

Sept. 8
By Tarryn Mento

Resettlement agencies are awaiting clarification from the government agency that oversees the U.S. refugee resettlement program.

Skaters' Paradise Nears Completion In City Heights After Youth-Led ...

Skaters' Paradise Nears Completion In City Heights After Youth-Led Campaign

Sept. 5
By Tarryn Mento

City Heights youth have pushed for a skate park since 2011.

Union Council's Campaign Puts A Face To Labor

Union Council's Campaign Puts A Face To Labor

Sept. 4
By Tarryn Mento

A coalition of San Diego labor unions has launched a campaign to spotlight workers.

City Adds Forums For Police Chief Search But Critics Not Satisfied

City Adds Forums For Police Chief Search But Critics Not Satisfied

Aug. 30
By City News Service, Tarryn Mento

City of San Diego officials released Wednesday a revised schedule of public meetings designed to get input on its national search to replace retiring Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman. The change comes after community and legal groups last week criticized the city’s initial plan because they said it was not inclusive enough and lacked transparency.

Ticket Fee Limits Some Local Groups From Attending State-Sponsored ...

Ticket Fee Limits Some Local Groups From Attending State-Sponsored Refugee Event

Aug. 30
By Tarryn Mento

Tickets for the California Department of Social Services-sponsored Refugee Summit started at $190.

City Heights Coffee Spot Serves Community More Than Just A Caffeine...

City Heights Coffee Spot Serves Community More Than Just A Caffeine Buzz

Aug. 25
By Tarryn Mento

The menu at a City Heights coffee shop includes job training, community-building and a taste of home.

Community Input Questioned As San Diego Searches For New Police Chief

Community Input Questioned As San Diego Searches For New Police Chief

Aug. 22
By City News Service, Tarryn Mento

Four community meetings will be held in San Diego to take public input on the selection of a new police chief, the city announced Tuesday, but critics say the process is not as inclusive as it should be.

Not-Your-Average Book Drive Brings Curated Titles To City Heights Kids

Not-Your-Average Book Drive Brings Curated Titles To City Heights Kids

Aug. 16
By Tarryn Mento

As part of a national program, the San Diego Housing Commission and San Diego Public Library System will distribute new books that were curated specifically for the local community.

Study Of California’s Medical Interpretation Services Still Mired I...

Study Of California’s Medical Interpretation Services Still Mired In Process

Aug. 14
By Tarryn Mento

Gov. Jerry Brown in September signed AB 635. It directed the state to examine whether California is doing enough to provide interpretation to patients who speak a foreign language.

Refugee Families Forced To Move; Too Many Living In Their Apartments

Refugee Families Forced To Move; Too Many Living In Their Apartments

Aug. 9
By Tarryn Mento

After a KPBS investigation found four refugee families living with more people in their apartments than on their lease, more have come forward, saying a resettlement agency put them in apartments that were too small.

How Community Members Can Help Their Neighbors Thwart Chronic Diseases

How Community Members Can Help Their Neighbors Thwart Chronic Diseases

Aug. 4
By Tarryn Mento

In City Heights on Friday, 40 participants celebrated their completion of a free course in chronic disease prevention.

Investigation: San Diego Refugees Face Housing Dilemma

Investigation: San Diego Refugees Face Housing Dilemma

July 27
By Tarryn Mento

Refugees say resettlement workers faced with a tight rental market crammed them into too-small apartments, under leases that omitted occupants. They say that puts them at risk of losing their homes.

It's San Diego Pride, But This Woman Is Wanted For Being Gay

It's San Diego Pride, But This Woman Is Wanted For Being Gay

July 13
By Tarryn Mento

Sylvie fled to San Diego after she was beaten in her native Cameroon for being a lesbian. There is a warrant for her arrest in her native country.

San Diego Unified Approves New Discipline Policy

San Diego Unified Approves New Discipline Policy

July 12
By Tarryn Mento

The School Climate Bill of Rights prioritizes mediation, counseling and communication over suspension or expulsion. Research shows traditional methods disproportionately affect San Diego students of color and those with disabilities.

City Heights Group Proposes Counseling Instead Of Suspension In SD ...

City Heights Group Proposes Counseling Instead Of Suspension In SD Unified Schools

July 10
By Tarryn Mento

San Diego Unified School District's Board of Education will vote on a community-driven policy that would entitle students to address conflicts through restorative practices instead of punitive measures.

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.

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