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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.

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A Roundtable Discussion About Being Black And An Immigrant In The U.S. Right Now

June 3
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

KPBS hosted a virtual roundtable with three black men from immigrant communities, to hear their thoughts on a difficult time to be black and an immigrant in America.

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San Diego Acts To Fight Discrimination Against Asians, Pacific Islanders

May 27
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

During the coronavirus pandemic, there’s been a startling rise in discrimination and harassment against members of the Asian and Pacific Islander community.

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New Coffee Shop Brews Up Business In The Midst Of Pandemic

May 24
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

It took Marlyn Gonzalez over three years to line everything up for her business. All she needed to do was open — which was scheduled for late March. And then the pandemic hit.

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San Diego County Supervisors Revive Human Relations Commission Amid Rise In Hate Incidents

May 19
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, who pushed for the revival of the commission, said that racial tensions in the county had been further exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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California To Start Sending Relief To Undocumented Immigrants

May 18
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Thousands of undocumented immigrants will receive up to one-thousand dollars from the state government starting Monday. The payments are drawn from a $75 million cash assistance program launched by Gov. Newsom last month.

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California Budget Cuts Target Health Care For Immigrants

May 15
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

On Thursday, the governor announced that an expansion of Medi-Cal to undocumented seniors was no longer being considered, as the state looks to tighten its belt during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.

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Some San Diego Businesses Reopen To Scarce Customers

May 8
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

After almost two months closed, some businesses across the state are being allowed to reopen Friday. But customers have not returned.

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City Heights Senior Croons Through Lockdown

May 8
By Amita Sharma

Esmerelda Sanchez misses her freedom and her friends, but with the help of song she’s discovered another side of herself.

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Top Teachers Celebrated By San Diego Unified Amid Coronavirus Disruption

May 7
By Bennett Lacy

Honoring teachers for their dedication amid the coronavirus disruption, the San Diego Unified School District announced its elementary, middle, and high school teachers of the year.

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San Diego Sheriff Halts Evictions, Hours After They Were Set To Resume

May 7
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Earlier this week notices appeared on the homes of at least 160 San Diego County residents, announcing that eviction enforcement would be resuming in San Diego County. Hours after the news became public, the Sheriff's department announced evictions would be halted.

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Food Assistance Groups Upping Their Game To Aid San Diegans In Need

May 6
By Alison St John, Pat Finn

Local food banks have had to nearly double food distribution to people in need because so many San Diegans are currently out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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DOJ Warns San Diego Landlords Against Tenant Coercion During Pandemic

May 5
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

The U.S. Attorney’s office here in San Diego is warning landlords that they’re on the lookout for anyone who sexually harasses cash-strapped tenants during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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City Heights Fashion Designer Turns To Masks To Stay In Business During Pandemic

May 5
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Lili Klu, a designer who specializes in African fashion, has found a new stream of revenue by making the now-mandatory face masks more fashionable.

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City Heights Neighbors Share Their Backyard Bounty During The Pandemic

April 22
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

A group of business owners and community members in City Heights are making sure spring's backyard bounties find their way to those who need it most during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Trump Moves To Pause Legal Immigration As Border Communities Feel 'Targeted' By Oval Office

April 21
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

On Tuesday, Trump said the executive order will last 60 days, and apply to those in the process of applying for a green card.

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The Census: Still Going, Still Important. What Do You Want To Know?

April 20
By Pat Finn

There may be a coronavirus pandemic, but that has not stopped the Census from taking place. In fact, the problematic distribution of resources during the pandemic has highlighted the importance of knowing how many residents live where.

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California To Send Relief To Undocumented Workers, But Is It Enough?

April 16
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

As federal stimulus checks hit the bank accounts of millions of Americans this week, one group of mostly essential workers have been left out — undocumented workers.

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San Diego Backs Off Furlough Plan For Hundreds Of City Workers

April 10
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

The City of San Diego has abandoned a plan that would have left hundreds of city workers without pay.

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Union: San Diego Poised To Furlough Hundreds Of Workers Deemed 'Non-Essential' To Pandemic Response

April 4
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

The city of San Diego told hundreds of city employees they won't be getting paid starting Monday because their jobs aren't essential to the coronavirus pandemic response. The union representing these workers says the action would violate their contract.

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It's Census Day. What Happens Now?

April 1
By Jade Hindmon, Pat Finn

Wednesday may officially be Census Day in the United States, but the Census has actually been in progress since January when the count began in remote regions of Alaska. What are the challenges involved in counting every person living in the U.S., and what is the process in San Diego?

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Emergency Food Drive-Thru Looks To Relieve Pressure From Local Food Distribution Sites

March 30
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Drivers were instructed to go through the food-distribution lanes with their trunks open, as volunteers filled their cars with emergency groceries.

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Arts Program For Children Works To Adapt Now That Schools Are Closed

March 27
By John Carroll

San Diego arts programs have been struggling under the coronavirus shutdowns. That includes arts education programs for kids. One that's been around for more than 55 years is working to adapt to the new reality.

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San Diego's Somali Community Desperate For Help As Coronavirus Takes Financial Toll

March 26
By John Carroll

San Diego is home to the second-largest Somali community in the United States. Financially, they've been hit hard by the coronavirus, and they face a big barrier when it comes to asking for help.

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As COVID-19 Pandemic Takes Hold, Governments And Schools Face Budget Challenges

March 24
By Jennifer Bowman / inewsource, Mary Plummer / inewsource

The coronavirus outbreak is creating big-budget unknowns for cities, the county and schools. The future of billion-dollar budgets is unclear as local governments, schools respond to the virus.

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San Diego County Officials Give Update On COVID-19, Urge Residents To 'Stay At Home'

March 21
By Max Rivlin-Nadler, Shalina Chatlani

San Diego county officials gave an update Saturday afternoon.

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