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

Nov. 20
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
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.

Maribel Estrada, the owner of El Toro Grill Taq...

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

Nov. 12
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?

Campaign mailers sent about former state Assemb...

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

Oct. 28
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
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.

In this Feb. 28, 2018 photo, Matty Nev Luby use...

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

Oct. 20
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
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.

A young Irma Easton, who choked to death on dou...

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

Oct. 8
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.

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

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

Oct. 7
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.

A playground is unused and closed due to the CO...

Outdoor Playgrounds In California Can Now Open

Sept. 29
By Claire Trageser

After being blocked from slides and swings for six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, kids can now use any outdoor playground regardless of what tier their county falls in, according to new state guidelines.

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San Diego County's Contact Tracing Struggles Explained

Sept. 29
By Claire Trageser

COVID continues to spread through our region, and contact tracers are only contacting on average 2.2 people for each person who tests positive. An epidemiologist talks about why it's so hard.

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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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