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The City Heights neighborhood has long been the first home to newly arrived refugees and immigrants, and boasts a unique blend of African, Asian and Latino cultures.

Young hikers with the group United Women of Eas...

City Heights Group Blazes Path For Young Black Men Stuck Inside During Pandemic

Feb. 24
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

The youth group is trying to get young black men hiking — and they're finding a huge response.

Zubin Eggleston stands in front of the

City Heights Seed Library Cultivates Interest In Native Plants

Feb. 16
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

A new “seed library” in City Heights is lending out native plants and flowers to city dwellers.

A community health worker, or promotora in Span...

Promotoras Bring Vaccination Message To San Diego's Latino Communities

Feb. 12
By Matt Hoffman

Latinos make up the majority of the coronavirus cases in San Diego County, but they are not getting a majority of vaccinations.

A screening tent outside of La Maestra Communit...

Hurdles For City Heights Seniors Looking For COVID-19 Vaccines

Feb. 10
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

The San Diego neighborhood, filled with immigrant communities that have been hit hard by the pandemic, still has limited vaccination sites.

Patients waiting in line for a COVID-19 vaccine...

County Takes Regional Approach To Vaccinations For Border Crossers

Feb. 8
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

As San Diego County continues to administer thousands of vaccines a day, some of those shots are going to Mexican citizens.

Darnell Williams, founder of

Pandemic Profile: The Man Behind 'Take What You Need Tuesdays'

Jan. 22
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

After originally feeling helpless at the start of the pandemic, Darnell Williams found a way to deliver thousands of meals to City Heights residents, drawing from his own life experience.

A migrant calls out numbers from the unofficial...

How Advocates Pushed The Biden Administration To Take Immediate Action On Immigration

Jan. 21
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

A taskforce has been working for weeks on ways to restart the country's asylum system and uphold its international commitments.

A sign thanks patrons of Adams Avenue businesse...

San Diego Foundation Focuses New Round Of Relief Funds On Communities Hit Hard By Pandemic

Jan. 13
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

These are trying to remedy the disproportionate impact the pandemic has had on the Black, Latino and Asian communities.

Pedro Fernandez, who owns Vallarta Taco Shop wi...

San Diego County Officials Push People To Use New Small Business Relief Program

Jan. 4
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

County officials and business leaders are urging small businesses to get with of a state program that’s handing out $500 million in grants.

A colorful pillar in City Heights identifies th...

New Program Serving City Heights Businesses And Residents Hit Hardest By Pandemic

Dec. 31, 2020
By Joe Hong

The City Heights Business Association is hoping to expand a program that has helped residents purchase food and essential supplies, while bringing much needed revenue to small businesses.

Bernardino Loera organizing his stand that the ...

City Heights Farmers' Market Reopens, Providing Fresh Life To Farmers And Community

Dec. 14, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

When the pandemic first forced their shutdown in March, some farmers markets were able to reopen and recover sooner than others. But for the City Heights Farmers' Market, it was a longer journey back to the farm stands.

Chicken's on the menu at Ali's Chicken and Waff...

Pandemic Profile: How A City Heights Restaurant Owner Found Success During COVID-19

Dec. 9, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

With a new stay-at-home order now in effect, restaurants across Southern California have had to shift to takeout or delivery only. But one City Heights restaurant owner has now found success by creating a business geared specifically for the shutdown.

La Maestra Community Health Center on Fairmount...

City Heights Health Center Prepares To Help Patients Survive COVID-19 At Home

Dec. 2, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

As COVID-19 numbers rise across the county, a community health center in City Heights is trying to help those infected to navigate the deadly virus.

Said Abiyow, the Executive Director of the Soma...

California's Crackdown On Unemployment Claims Keeping Immigrants From Their Promised Benefits

Nov. 30, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

As the state combats rampant fraud , some people with legitimate claims are finding themselves locked out of their accounts. Immigrant communities are suffering the most.

The San Diego Unified School District headquart...

San Diego Unified Distributes Extra Meals To Students Ahead Of Holiday

Nov. 24, 2020
By Joe Hong

Since the start of the pandemic, the district has distributed more than 8 million meals to needy students.

Restaurateur Ike Gazaryan stands in the Bedouin...

City Heights Restaurant Owner Tries To Find Success Amid Restrictions And Dwindling Funds

Nov. 20, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

With new COVID-19 restrictions going into effect on Saturday night, and still no federal assistance in sight, businesses are struggling to stay afloat.

San Diego County Sheriff William D. Gore at the...

Ahead of Forum, Immigrant Advocates Say San Diego Sheriff Is Breaking The Law

Nov. 17, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Advocates believe the sheriff is now in violation of state law, which limits cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities.

Salaam, a video game that's meant to encourage ...

Students Bridging Diplomatic Divide Through Videogames

Nov. 13, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Friday, students from both sides of the border will take part in a diplomatic exercise using video games.

The entrance to a virtual exhibit by young City...

New Virtual Exhibit Highlights The Lives Of City Heights Youth

Nov. 11, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Issues that City Heights Youth are fighting for have only become more urgent during the pandemic.

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City Heights Voter Turnout Likely Increased, Along With Rest of San Diego County

Nov. 6, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Voter turnout in San Diego county during this week’s general election is expected to break some local records. And that includes communities that have been trying to increase their voter turnout for years.

A performer with Fern Street Circus interacting...

Street Circus Brings San Diego Schools Message Of Civic Participation

Oct. 26, 2020
By Matt Hoffman

One nonprofit is getting creative to reach under-served communities hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic ahead of the election.

Decorations being prepared in a backyard for th...

City Heights Gets Ready For A Socially-Distanced Dia De Los Muertos

Oct. 16, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Organizers have devised a plan for Saturday’s event, which is being held on a vacant lot on 41st and University Avenue, to allow people to visit altars and watch performances safely and at a distance.

Employees at the Union of Pan-Asian Communities...

City Heights Organizers Fear Undercount After Supreme Court Orders Census Count Halted

Oct. 14, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court issued an order saying this year’s census count must come to an immediate close. Now, organizers in City Heights say the neighborhood is at serious risk of an undercount.

An iPad sits a room at La Maestra Community Hea...

As Mental Health Crisis Builds, City Heights Doctors Turn To Telehealth

Oct. 6, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

As the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn continue, communities across the country are seeing an upsurge in mental illness and addiction. In City Heights, a group of addiction specialists has gone online to meet with people in crisis.

City Council candidate Kelvin Barrios in this u...

Kelvin Barrios Ending Campaign For District 9 Seat

Sept. 28, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Former aide to City Council President Georgette Gómez is ending his campaign for her seat.

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