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Stories by Tarryn Mento

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.

East African Refugee Goes From City Heights To Olympic Games

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You probably know Olympic athletes Michael Phelps, Simone Biles and Usain Bolt. But on Friday, you'll want to turn your attention to Team USA’s Charles Jock. The former San Diegan and refugee will compete in the 800-meter race.

Memorial For San Diego Officer Killed In 2011 Follows Funeral Of Slain Cop

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After one fallen San Diego cop was laid to rest last week, officers are preparing to honor another. A pre-planned celebration of life for fallen Officer Jeremy Henwood comes at a painful time for the Police Department.

National Event Connects Residents With San Diego Police Officers

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The event is called National Night Out, and communities across the country will participate in the annual event Tuesday. Here in San Diego, it will take place at three mid-city locations.

San Diego Taxi Union Wants City To Better Regulate Uber, Lyft

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The United Taxi Workers of San Diego is calling on cab drivers in the area, many of whom live in City Heights, to come together and push for reforms.

Group Hopes Empty City Heights Lot Will Spur Economic Development

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Following the success of its recent pop-up film night in a vacant City Heights lot, a local business group hopes to further develop the empty space into a community hub.

Pop-Up Latino Film Series Brings Life To Empty City Heights Lot

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Cine Carretera, or Highway Theater, will show family-friendly movies in Spanish this month. The empty spot on El Cajon Boulevard is among the spaces in City Heights that became vacant after California abolished its redevelopment program in 2012.

Activists Hope To Spotlight Local Police And Community Relations

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Law enforcement's treatment of minorities is again dominating the national conversation. In San Diego, activists say they appreciate the renewed focus on the issue. But they question how it will make a difference.

Chula Vista Man Arrested In San Diego Homeless Attacks

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San Diego police arrested Anthony Padgett at 10 a.m. near Broadway and H streets in Chula Vista, homicide Capt. David Nisleit said at an evening news conference.

Suspect In San Diego Homeless Attacks Called 'Extremely Dangerous'

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Police said Thursday the man responsible for a four-day crime spree that has left two homeless men dead and two others severely injured may be using public transportation and urged riders to keep an eye out.

San Diego Improving Pedestrian Safety At Site Of Fatal Hit-And-Run

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The safety upgrades, expected by the end of August, come as preliminary data from the U.S. Department of Transportation shows a nearly 8 percent uptick in national traffic fatalities last year after a 10-year decline.

In Border Fire Aftermath, Potrero Community Prepares For Next Blaze

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While the public awaits confirmation on the identities of two bodies discovered after a fire burned 7,600 acres in southern San Diego County, residents are planning ahead for the next one.

San Diego Library Auction Not Huge Money-Maker But City Says Reduces Waste

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While high profile items like the card catalogue were bought, there isn't much demand for bookshelves and old chairs.

San Diego County Helps Dozens Of Animals Displaced By Border Fire

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Whether your pet is a dog, cat, chicken or even an emu, teams are working to rescue animals from a fire burning in east San Diego County.

San Diego Groups Celebrate World Refugee Day

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The topic of refugees has been a contentious talking point lately in the U.S., but World Refugee Day aims to celebrate and welcome displaced people.

San Diego Mayor, Police Chief Talk Safety With LGBT Businesses

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City officials met with representatives from Hillcrest businesses and organizations to address safety concerns in the LGBT community after a mass shooting in Orlando.

How To Own A Piece Of San Diego's Old Central Library

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You can now own a piece of San Diego's old central library. The city will auction off some of the remaining tables, chairs, bookshelves and even a card catalogue on Saturday.

San Diego Voters Excited, Worried About November Presidential Election

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Hillary Clinton’s claim on the Democratic nomination this week marked progress in American politics. But while many San Diego voters were proud to see a woman leading a presidential ticket, their outlook on the country was a little more complex.

New Initiative Aims To Improve Experience Of Refugees In San Diego

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How do you make a new address into a new home? A study aims to answer that question for the thousands of refugees who arrive in San Diego each year.

Coronado Bay Bridge Lighting Project Gets A Jolt

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InterContinental Hotels is set to donate $100,000 to the San Diego Coronado Bay Bridge Lighting Fund.

Sidewalk Near Dangerous City Heights Intersection Could See Upgrades This Summer

City staff has pulled together funding for a new sidewalk along a busy road where a 15-year-old skateboarder was killed in an accident last fall.

UCSD, Mexican University Launch Engineering Exchange Program

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Leaders from universities in San Diego and Mexico cut the ribbon Tuesday on a new research collaboration for the development of durable materials.

San Diego Launches Street Repair Program

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The street repair program is designed to fix 1,000 miles of bumpy roadways over the next five years.

Navy Holds First Official LGBT Pride Event On West Coast

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The event comes less than a week after the U.S. Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage to be legal, but an organizer said she worked for years to get it approved.

San Diego City Council OK's Tighter Water Restrictions

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The San Diego City Council unanimously approved the changes Monday to bring San Diego closer to the state-mandated 16 percent cut in water use.

Krav Maga Another Non-Lethal Tool For San Diego County Law Enforcement

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Some San Diego County law enforcement officers are training in a technique that could be an extra tool when situations escalate.

Chargers Spike City, County Plan For December Stadium Vote

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San Diego county and city representatives presented the team with several options on how the project could comply with the California Environmental Quality Act, but a Chargers spokesman signaled the team's doubts.

Free Summer Lunches For Kids At San Diego County Libraries

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When school lets out and summer begins, many kids need to find ways to stave off boredom. But some also need help fighting hunger.

San Diego City Council To OK Food Bank Composting Facility

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The nine council members are expected to give final approval for the Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Back to construct an on-site organic composting facility at its Mira Mesa warehouse.

County Supervisor Dave Roberts' Aide Sues 2 Former Colleagues

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Attorney Dan Gilleon has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Harold Meza, an employee of San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts, claiming two former staffers created a hostile work environment.

Injuries Reported In Explosion At Poway Business

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The nature of the explosion is unknown but four people were taken to the hospital.

Escondido Mayor To Challenge Dave Roberts For Supervisor Seat

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Sam Abed said he'll run against Dave Roberts who is facing accusations that he misused county office funds.

Competing San Diego Med Pot Co-Op Applicants Cause Opening Delays

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Medical marijuana dispensaries often face opposition when they try to open, but in the city of San Diego, cooperative hopefuls are facing resistance from competitors in the industry.

Supervisor Dave Roberts Responds To Claims He Misused His Office

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The former staff member alleges San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts misused taxpayer funds, inappropriately delegated campaign responsibilities to government employees and maintained an inappropriate relationship with an employee, according to a claim filed with the county.

San Diegans Favor Parks, Libraries In Upcoming Budget

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For nearly 2½ hours Monday night, community members shared their thoughts on San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer's proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

San Diego Council President Sherri Lightner Gets Analytical About Politics

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District 1 Councilwoman Sherri Lightner is the City Council’s first female president. But it's Lightner’s background in engineering that sets her apart on the council.

San Diegans To Weigh In On Proposed City Budget

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You can share your thoughts on San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer's proposed fiscal 2016 budget at a City Council meeting Monday evening.

San Diego City Council To Begin Budget Hearings This Week

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The City Council on Monday will begin five days of public hearings to scrutinize Mayor Kevin Faulconer's proposed budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

San Diego Opera Settlement With Former Executives Tops $1 Million

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Newly released tax documents show the former head of the San Diego Opera and its chief fundraiser walked away with more than $1 million in a privately negotiated employment settlement.

Budget Analyst: Faulconer's Proposed Budget Is 'Good News' For San Diegans

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A new report out this week shows Mayor Kevin Faulconer's proposed fiscal 2016 city budget has plenty to offer San Diegans, but points to some future areas of concern.

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