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The Supreme Court hears a case challenging a Trump administration change to the 2020 census, the city of Imperial Beach considers a stricter ban on plastic bags, and seniors navigate retirement in California.

Aired: April 26, 2019 | Transcript

Census citizenship fight goes to the U.S. Supreme Court

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard a case that will determine whether the Trump administration will be allowed to include a question about citizenship in the 2020 census. Those arguing against the question say it could depress participation in the once-a-decade population count. San Diego County has a variety of immigrant communities and local outreach groups are bracing for a decision that will be announced in June.

RELATED: Census Coalition Wants All Residents In San Diego, Imperial Counties To Be Tallied

Imperial Beach to consider stricter plastic bag ban

The city of Imperial Beach will consider stricter rules on plastic bags, utensils and food containers. The city council will take up the issue next month. Mayor Serge Dedina says the current state ban on single-use plastic bags has led to large retailers giving customers slightly thicker bags. The city still struggles with a pollution problem that includes large amounts of plastic bags and other debris ending up in local waterways.

RELATED: Impact Of China Policy On Recycling In San Diego County

Boom and bust for seniors in California

Amita Sharma is examining two sides of the retirement coin for California’s seniors. Many baby boomers came of age at a time when homes were easy to afford and grew exponentially in value. As a result, home equity serves as another pot of retirement money. On the other hand, California’s homeless population among seniors is rising due to the inability to find work later in life and the state’s soaring cost of living.

RELATED: Graying California: Profiles of Aging in the Golden State

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