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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Burdensome Rules Keep Eligible San Diegans From Receiving Food Stamps

March 30
By Claire Trageser

The complicated process of recertifying for benefits every six months regularly drives out CalFresh recipients who are still eligible for the program, according to a study from UC Berkeley.

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Pandemic Life: A Crippling Year For San Diego County's Small Businesses

March 17
By Claire Trageser

COVID-19 has crushed many small businesses in the county, and the losses go beyond just jobs. In some cases, family wealth meant to sustain generations is gone and the fabric of communities frayed.

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San Diego's Murder Rate Was Up In 2020, But Other Violent Crimes Down

March 9
By Claire Trageser

Overall, violent crimes were up slightly in San Diego and other cities in the county during the pandemic year, but some other large metro areas fared far worse.

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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 42 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.

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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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