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San Diego's Spike In Hate Crimes Against Asian Americans Mirrors National Trend

March 4
By Claire Trageser

There were at least 29 reports of racist incidents against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in San Diego County in 2020, according to a national advocacy group.

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California Hospitals Given Leeway To Use ‘Last Resort’ Staffing Waivers, Analysis Shows

March 4
By Jill Castellano / inewsource, Tarryn Mento

An inewsource-KPBS investigation found dozens of facilities that received waivers failed to document that it had tried the state’s alternative options first.

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San Diego County COVID-19 Vaccination Rates Highest In Wealthy ZIP Codes

Feb. 19
By Claire Trageser

County data show vaccination rates in places like Coronado, Del Mar and La Jolla are as high as 25%. Meanwhile, the lower-income areas with high case rates have vaccination rates as low as 7%.

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SDPD, Sheriff Still Owe Public Hundreds Of Police Shooting And Use Of Force Records

Jan. 28
By Claire Trageser

The police agencies are violating a landmark state law passed in 2018. A new bill could impose fines on departments that do not release records quickly enough.

Christa Jones, a nurse in the Sharp Grossmont H...

COVID-19 Deaths In San Diego County Have Doubled Since Thanksgiving

Jan. 15
By Claire Trageser

Between just before Thanksgiving and now, COVID-19 deaths in San Diego County have spiked to more than 2,000. Experts expect the number to continue to rise rapidly for at least another month, if not two.

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COVID-19 Cases Spike At San Diego County Jails And Detention Centers

Dec. 22, 2020
By Claire Trageser, Katy Stegall

More than 1,800 cases have been reported at these facilities from March through mid-December, with hundreds reported in just the past few weeks, according to San Diego County community outbreak records obtained by KPBS.

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Judge Rules San Diego County Can Keep COVID-19 Outbreak Locations Secret

Nov. 20, 2020
By Claire Trageser

In his ruling against local news organizations, Judge Joel R. Wohlfeil said he had to balance the public interest in keeping the information secret with the public interest in releasing it.

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Why Bay Area Counties Are Beating Coronavirus While San Diego Struggles

Nov. 13, 2020
By Claire Trageser

Different demographics, a different attitude toward reopening and a different public health infrastructure have helped the Bay Area region dramatically improve its case rate.

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San Diego Has Sunk Back To Purple Tier. What Does That Mean?

Nov. 12, 2020
By Claire Trageser

San Diego County is now in the dreaded purple tier, the worst possible ranking in the state's system meant to control COVID-19 spread. Could it have been prevented?

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East County Supervisor Race Has Become A Battle Royale Of Attack Mailers

Oct. 28, 2020
By Claire Trageser

The attacks between Republicans Steve Vaus and Joel Anderson run the gamut from claims of unpaid taxes and campaign finance shenanigans to barroom expletives and accusations of stealing money meant for sick children.

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Candidates Trade Attack Mailers, Texts In San Diego City Council District 7 Race

Oct. 22, 2020
By Claire Trageser

Republican Noli Zosa and Democrat Raul Campillo have hit each other with attack mailers, text messages and social media posts. Some are fair game, others are misleading.

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The Origins Of Misleading Texts, Social Media Posts In San Diego Mayoral Race

Oct. 20, 2020
By Claire Trageser

The ads sent by radio host Carl DeMaio promote the baseless claim that Todd Gloria supports sex offenders.

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What Elections Have The 2020 Local Candidates Missed?

Oct. 16, 2020
By Claire Trageser

KPBS pulled records from the San Diego and Orange County registrars of voters to show when candidates registered to vote, what party (or parties) they registered with and whether they neglected to vote in past elections.

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El Cajon Nursing Home Reaped Big Profits While Shortchanging Resident Care, Analysis Shows

Oct. 8, 2020
By Amita Sharma

In recent years, residents at Avocado Post Acute provided its residents with far less care from registered nurses than regulators expected while reporting millions in yearly profits, according to a KPBS analysis of its finances.

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Botched Handling Of Sexual Assault Allegation Jeopardized Residents In El Cajon Nursing Home

Oct. 7, 2020
By Amita Sharma

Administrators at Avocado Post Acute waited eight days before notifying police that a caregiver employed by the facility allegedly sodomized a 73-year-old resident, a state investigation found.

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