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San Diego County Enforces New Health Restrictions, Imperial County’s High Positivity Rate, Black Youth Are More Likely To Be Detained By San Diego Unified Police

While Governor Gavin Newsom hasn’t ordered San Diego County to close certain indoor businesses, the county plans to enforce new health restrictions. Plus, the spread of COVID-19 in Imperial County has been the focus of statewide concern. Also, a KPBS analysis found Black youth are more likely to be detained by San Diego Unified Police than their white peers. In ... Read more →

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Bars, Restaurants Pay Price For California Virus Surge

July 1
Adam Beam and Kahtleen Ronayne / Associated Press

The order applies to 19 counties with a total of 72% of the state's population, including Los Angeles County. The order also applies to the indoor operations of movie theaters, wineries, tasting rooms, family entertainment centers, zoos and museums.

An emergency treatment area erected for COVID-1...

Imperial County Copes With COVID Increase

July 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

Imperial County, as with other California counties, has seen an increase in positive tests for the coronavirus and cases of COVID-19. How is this mostly rural agricultural region coping with the pandemic?

A photo of a San Diego Unified School District ...

Black Youth More Likely To Be Detained By San Diego Unified Police

July 2
By Joe Hong

A KPBS analysis of more than 9,400 district police records shows that Black youth are up to four times as likely to be arrested or detained as their white peers.

A surfer rides a wave in Imperial Beach in San ...

Border Sewage Projects Secure Funding, But Progress Will Be Slow

July 2
By Erik Anderson

San Diego officials are optimistic that a long-term fix to stop persistent cross-border sewage flows is close.

Volunteers clean up trash at Ocean Beach, July ...

How The Coronavirus Has Impacted Plastic Pollution

July 2
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

In 2020, "Plastic-Free July" comes at a time of setback for those fighting plastic pollution, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A Department of Corrections officer guards the ...

California Prisons Are COVID Hotbeds Despite Billions Spent On Inmate Health

July 1
Dan Morain / California Healthline

California prisons have emerged as raging COVID-19 hot spots, even as the state annually spends more on inmate health care than other big states spend on their entire prison systems.

SDCCU Stadium is shown in this undated photo.

City Approves Agreement For SDSU To Purchase Mission Valley Stadium Site

July 1
By Lara McCaffrey

Leaders at SDSU and the city of San Diego have completed one of the largest most complex real estate deals in the city’s history.

San Diego's seal is shown at the downtown City ...

San Diego Extends Eviction Moratorium Through September

June 30
By Andrew Bowen

The freeze on all residential and commercial evictions comes as the recent spike in COVID-19 infections threatens prolong the economic pain caused by the pandemic.

Tease photo for San Diego Black Panther Chairman Give...

San Diego Black Panther Chairman Gives Context To Current Protests

June 30
By Beth Accomando

San Diego Black Panther Party chairman Henry Lee Wallace V looks to the 1960s to provide context for today's protests.

The San Diego Unified School District headquart...

Petition Calls For Defunding San Diego Unified Police

June 30
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

The Memorial Day police killing of George Floyd has led to a call to defund school police, which has already happened in Minneapolis, where Floyd was killed.

People take the oath of allegiance to become U....

Report: 36,000 Essential Health Care Workers In San Diego Are Immigrants

June 30
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new report from the U.S. Immigration Policy Center at UC San Diego says one-third of the city of San Diego's essential health, food and agricultural workers in the city of San Diego are foreign-born.

The Supreme Court is seen in Washington, Friday...

Advocates Hope The Supreme Court's LGBTQ Ruling Will Help Them Overturn The Military Transgender Ban

June 30
Stephanie Colombini / American Homefront

The recent Supreme Court decision on LGBTQ job discrimination doesn't directly affect the military's transgender service ban, but people opposed to the ban say it may help their own court fight.

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