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San Diego Sheriff Releases Details On Disputed Fentanyl Video, But Questions Remain

Aug. 10
By Amita Sharma

Key records on the incident involving a deputy trainee still haven’t been made public, including a toxicology report.

Pictured above is John Pittman III.

San Diego Man Says He Experienced ‘Banking While Black’ In Local Bank of America Branch

July 26
By Amita Sharma

A Black lawyer walked into a branch in Pacific Beach hoping to cash an insurance settlement check. He said the bank’s assistant manager not only refused to cash the check, but also accused him of stealing.

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State Fines San Diego Nursing Homes Over Handling Of Alleged Sexual Assaults By Caregiver

July 9
By Amita Sharma

The fines come months after a KPBS investigation into how state Department of Public Health regulators allowed a former caregiver to continue to work in local nursing homes even as they investigated him for sexual assault.

Ramon Toscano poses with his son in his Vista h...

Rental Relief Aims To Prevent Tsunami Of Evictions, But Will It Be Enough?

June 24
By Claire Trageser, Cristina Kim

While early pandemic predictions of a tsunami of evictions seem unlikely, advocates are worried that there could still be a steady stream.

Pictured above is Avocado Post Acute in El Cajo...

Federal Watchdog: Abuse Allegations Not Adequately Reported In California Nursing Homes

June 18
By Amita Sharma

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General found instances where nursing homes were either late in reporting allegations of abuse or neglect, or didn’t report them at all.

Bianca Santos works from her home in this undat...

As California Reopens, Some Unvaccinated People Feel Left Behind

June 15
By Claire Trageser

While many have chosen to not get a COVID-19 vaccine, there are a few among us who desperately want to be vaccinated, but can’t due to medical issues.

In this Dec. 5, 2019, file photo, a woman walks...

California Considers Changing Watchdog Role Of Nursing Home Inspectors

June 2
By Amita Sharma

State officials say their plan would establish a more frequent presence in nursing homes. Critics argue it would weaken oversight by turning the state’s inspectors into consultants.

The part of Imperial Beach where the lowest per...

Lending Ends Monday For Third Round Of PPP, Which Aims To Correct Inequities

May 31
By Claire Trageser

In the first two rounds of PPP loans, San Diego County lenders gave 61% of loans to businesses in majority-white census tracts and just under 12% to businesses in majority-Latinx census tracts.

A cat peeks through the trees in Paradise Hills...

San Diego Humane Society Releasing More Cats To Streets

May 19
By Claire Trageser

In the city of San Diego between July 2019 and December 2020, the Humane Society released more than 1,300 cats to the streets.

Businesses near the intersection of 13th Street...

Businesses In San Diego's Majority White Communities Received By Far The Most PPP Loans

May 3
By Claire Trageser

In some white and wealthy Census tracts, upwards of 99% of businesses got federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. Meanwhile, in some low-income minority tracts, fewer than 5% received funds.

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Cannabis Industry Is Becoming A Bigger Player In Local Politics

April 30
By Katy Stegall

The industry contributed more than $300,000 in the most recent election cycle to candidates who support looser restrictions on cannabis operations in cities and county unincorporated areas.

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Unions Use Their Advocacy Skills To Get COVID-19 Vaccines In Members’ Arms

April 21
By Claire Trageser

Local unions have lobbied lawmakers to grant eligibility to their members, secured separate supplies of vaccines and launched outreach campaigns.

People gather at Awaken Church's Bressi Ranch l...

How Churches Are Influencing Vaccine Decisions

April 20
By Claire Trageser

Many religious leaders across the county are actively encouraging followers to get vaccinated. Meanwhile, at least one megachurch is advocating against vaccines, while others are trying to avoid the subject.

The shadow of a person in a wheelchair and thei...

State Authorities Allowed Alleged Sexual Predator To Job-Hop Among San Diego Area Nursing Homes

April 14
By Amita Sharma

California Department of Public Health investigators knew that certified nursing assistant Matthew Fluckiger had been accused of sex crimes by women at multiple nursing homes in El Cajon and La Mesa. Yet, the agency waited years to revoke his license.

The San Diego Central Jail on Front Street, Aug...

Hundreds Have Been In San Diego County Jails For More Than A Year

April 1
By Claire Trageser

At least 380 inmates who either can't afford bail, or weren't granted it, have spent more than a year in local jails. That's not how the system is supposed to work.

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