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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.

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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Here's Where COVID-19 Outbreaks Have Happened In San Diego County

Dec. 21, 2020
By Claire Trageser, Katy Stegall

If you’ve gone out at all since the pandemic first struck, you quite likely walked into a place where an outbreak occurred, according to the KPBS analysis of 1,006 outbreak records dating from March through the end of November.

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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.

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

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.