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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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Iraqi Refugee Turned Designer Previews Mask Fashion Show And Giveaway

Sept. 11
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

On Saturday, immigrant designers in City Heights will take part in a fashion show and mask giveaway, meant to highlight how styles are adapting to the pandemic.

Councilmember Chris Cate, Mayor Kevin Faulconer...

City Leaders Stress Importance Of Preparedness As Peak Fire Season Begins

Aug. 26
By City News Service

Mayor Kevin Faulconer joined San Diego Fire Chief Colin Stowell and Councilman Chris Cate Wednesday to urge residents to stay on high alert, get prepared and stay informed, citing the historic lightning-sparked fires raging in northern California in stressing the need to be vigilant.

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City Heights Restaurants Move Outdoors, Change Menus To Adapt To Pandemic

Aug. 20
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Indoor dining is still banned across the state of California, leading many restaurants to take their business outside. In City Heights, some Vietnamese restaurants are embracing the opportunity and finding success.

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More Cool Zones Open Around San Diego As Heat Wave Continues

Aug. 19
By Jacob Aere

As a record-breaking heat wave continues across the San Diego region, people can seek relief in cool zones.

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Organizers Use Technology, Relief Efforts To Push Past Census Obstacles

Aug. 11
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Door-to-door canvassing in San Diego, to get people to respond to the census, had to be put on hold this spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And a lot of residents in poor neighborhoods have had a lot of other things on their minds. So, census organizers have had to get creative.

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San Diego Urban Corps Helps Clear Brush, Create Defensible Space

Aug. 6
By Erik Anderson

The San Diego Urban Corps works to clear brush in the urban San Diego canyons.

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

With Census Deadline Moved Up, Local Organizations Race Against An Undercount

Aug. 4
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Local organizations have been pushing for an accurate count to make sure federal funding gets to under-resourced areas. Now they’re redoubling their efforts to get the word out about the census.

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As Moratoriums End, An Eviction Crisis Looms Over San Diego County

July 31
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Local and statewide moratoriums have kept a wave of possible evictions on hold for months now. But many of those moratoriums are set to expire in the coming weeks. If legislators don't act, thousands of San Diego residents could end up on the street.

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Youth Ambassadors Debunk Pandemic Myths While Connecting Young People With Help

July 30
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Young people have been feeling the impact of the pandemic, but are often left out of relief plans.

Andrew Benavides, owner of Cafeina in City Heig...

Fewer PPP Loans For Small Businesses In South San Diego County

July 30
By Amita Sharma

While more coronavirus relief for small businesses is likely in store as Congress works on another round of loans under the Paycheck Protection Program, some storefronts in underserved communities south of I-8 couldn’t get any money during the last round.

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Aid For San Diego's Undocumented Workers Dwindles As Pandemic Continues

July 21
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

With many businesses unable to reopen because of rising numbers of coronavirus cases, the situation for San Diego’s undocumented population, who don't have jobs or government assistance, remains perilous.

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Man Fatally Shot Last Week By Police In City Heights ID'd

July 14
By City News Service

Authorities Tuesday publicly identified a 49-year-old man who was fatally shot by police last week when he allegedly pointed an airsoft pellet gun at officers in a residential neighborhood near Hoover High School.

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SDPD Releases Video Of Fatal May City Heights Police Shooting

July 13
By City News Service

The events that led to the officers' use of lethal force, images of which were captured by their uniform-worn video cameras, began about 3:30 p.m., when Kong allegedly left his apartment, climbed over a fence to an adjacent residential complex to the south and fatally shot 62-year-old Juan Gudino Lopez, then returned to his residence.

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

COVID-19 Relief Efforts Offer Census Organizers An Opportunity To Safely Canvass

July 11
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

The health and economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic will be felt for years to come, especially among low-income and immigrant communities.That’s why local organizations are working to make sure that this year’s census count includes everyone, to make sure that federal resources find their way to these communities.

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Police Release Video Of Deadly City Heights Officer-Involved Shooting

July 9
By City News Service

San Diego police fatally shot a man who allegedly pointed a gun at them Thursday afternoon during a confrontation near Hoover High School.

Fatima Ahmed sits at her kitchen table in her C...

Science Suggests Systemic Racism Causes Stress, Increases Disease Within Black, Brown Communities

July 6
By Shalina Chatlani

Blacks are five times more likely than whites to be hospitalized due to coronavirus. Scientists say stress from chronic systemic racism makes it biologically difficult for people of color to respond to disease.

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San Diego Students March To Get Police Out Of Schools

July 2
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Amidst a national reckoning surrounding police budgets and law enforcement’s use of force, students took to the streets on Friday to call on San Diego Unified School District to remove its police department from schools.

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Unemployment Decreases Slowly As Economists Fear Resurgence Of COVID-19

July 2
By City News Service

The region's unemployment rate is estimated to be 14.8%, the SANDAG report found, 1.5% lower than the previous week and 6.4% lower than a month previous.

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Car Caravan Draws Attention To Increasing Inequality During Coronavirus Pandemic

July 1
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

A car caravan of tenants and union members aimed to draw attention to the disparate impacts that the coronavirus pandemic has had on low-income people and their wealthy counterparts.

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Drive-Thru Naturalizations Put New Citizens Behind The Wheel

June 29
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Since the coronavirus pandemic put a hold on naturalization ceremonies in San Diego’s Golden Hall, US Citizenship and Immigration Services had been exploring ways to safely allow people to take the oath of allegiance. They came up with a drive-thru.

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Groundbreaking Held For Mid-City Area Intergenerational Apartments

June 10
By City News Service

The commission awarded a loan of more than $6.75 million for the construction of Mid-City Senior Apartments. The loan consists of $5 million from San Diego's Affordable Housing Fund and $1.75 million from the federal HOME Investment Partnerships Program.

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San Diego's Immigrant Designers Pitch In To Help Protect Their Community

June 8
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

As San Diego slowly reopens during the coronavirus pandemic, facial coverings remain mandatory for entering stores and restaurants. But that doesn’t mean you can’t look stylish. A new pop-up market in City Heights shows off the best of local and international mask fashion.

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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.

Marlyn Gonzalez stands in GEM Coffee, the shop ...

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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