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New Political Party That Enlisted Voters Without Their Consent Is Now Suing State To Get On Ballot

Sept. 14
By Claire Trageser

California’s Common Sense Party, which KPBS found was signing up voters without their knowledge or consent, is now suing the state to get on the ballot, even though it hasn't collected enough signatures.

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San Diego Beaches, Parks And Restaurants Are Open, But Playgrounds Remain Closed

Sept. 11
By Claire Trageser

While much else in San Diego has been allowed to gradually reopen amid the pandemic, playgrounds appear to be closed indefinitely. They’re not part of any phased reopening plans at the local or state level.

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San Diego Police Have Released All Videos Of Officers Shooting People This Year, Except For One

Sept. 2
By Claire Trageser

The department has followed state law and released videos of seven out of the eight police shootings since July 2019, sometimes within 72 hours of the incident. But one video hasn't been released and it's not clear why.

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Police Are Now Required To Release The Video When An Officer Shoots, But Not All Of It

Sept. 1
By Claire Trageser

A California law that went into effect a year ago mandates, with some exceptions, that police departments release videos when officers fire their weapons or use force that causes great bodily injury. But the videos are edited and don't contain all of the footage.

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KPBS Joining Voice Of San Diego In Suit Against County For COVID Outbreak Information

Aug. 26
By Claire Trageser

The news outlet sued San Diego County after the county denied its request for epidemiological reports sent to the state that include specific locations of outbreaks along with the dates they occurred.

Asma Al Sabag, a contact tracer for San Diego C...

Why Is San Diego Struggling To Keep Up With COVID Contact Tracing?

July 30
By Claire Trageser

The county set a goal that 70% of new case investigations would begin within 24 hours—currently, just 11% of case investigations meet that goal.

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Look At San Diego County COVID Deaths By ZIP Code Reveals Huge Disparity

July 27
By Claire Trageser

More than half of the people who died lived in either the South Bay, City Heights, or Southeast San Diego — the most ethnically diverse areas in the county.

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Some Want Police Out Of Mental Health Calls, But How Would That Work?

July 24
By Claire Trageser

Support is growing for mental health crisis teams that will respond to situations now handled by police. But experts say mindsets need to change in the community, not just in law enforcement.

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San Diego Law Enforcement Still Reluctant To Issue Mask Citations, Even As Virus Cases Surge

July 13
By Claire Trageser

Police agencies throughout San Diego County issued a total of four citations in June to people who violated the county health order requiring face coverings and limiting gatherings. Police say the wording of the order makes it hard to enforce.

Asma Al Sabag, a contact tracer for San Diego C...

San Diego's Contact Tracing Program Not Keeping Up With Virus Surge

July 7
By Claire Trageser

Contact tracing is meant to be one of the big strategies that will allow San Diego County to finally slow the spread of the coronavirus. But it has some big limitations.

People on the beach on June 21, 2020, Pacific B...

Pacific Beach Emerging As Coronavirus Hot Spot

July 7
By Claire Trageser

The COVID-19 case count in the Pacific Beach zip code has tripled since the middle of June, according to a KPBS analysis of county data. Cases have more than doubled in Fallbrook and Point Loma during the same period.

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How A California Police Department Changed Its Mindset On Use Of Force

June 12
By Claire Trageser

While de-escalation is now a buzzword in law enforcement circles in the wake of the George Floyd killing by Minneapolis police, it's been central to the Berkeley Police Department's mission for years.

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Questions Surround SDPD’s Use Of Force Training

June 11
By Claire Trageser

The San Diego Police Department is now requiring that officers learn de-escalation tactics. But experts and advocates say the overall training regimen still fosters an us vs them mentality.

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Records Show Racial Disparities When San Diego Law Enforcement Uses Force

June 10
By Claire Trageser

A KPBS analysis found that when police use force, they’re more likely to shoot if the suspect is a person of color. If the suspect is white, police are more likely to use alternative methods.

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San Diego Nursing Homes With Most Coronavirus Cases Have Long Complaint Records

June 8
By Amita Sharma

Advocates for nursing home residents say there’s a connection between poor safety records and the number of COVID-19 cases, and they are calling for more oversight. Meanwhile, industry representatives say there is no correlation.

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