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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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Roundtable: California Recall Comes To San Diego

May 14
By Bennett Lacy

Gov. Gavin Newsom and one of his republican recall opponents make stops in San Diego this week, local restaurant operators say they're having a hard time filling open positions, and a culinary tour through City Heights.

Wonton soup and other dishes at Minh Ky in City...

City Heights Bites: Minh Ký

May 13
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

The COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on long-standing neighborhood restaurants, causing some to close. But in City Heights, many persevered, through hard work and support from their community.

A supporter of farm-workers in San Diego holds ...

Undocumented Immigrants May Get More Stimulus Payments From Gov. Newsom

May 11
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed another round of stimulus payments for undocumented workers in California. But many believe they’re still not adequate.

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San Diego Unified Now Offering Vaccines At High Schools In Under-Served Communities

May 10
By Alexandra Rangel

Partnering with local health care providers, the San Diego Unified School District is hosting vaccine clinics at different high schools located in underserved communities like City Heights.

President Joe Biden walks over to speak to memb...

As Biden Lifts Refugee Cap, San Diego Organizations Prepare For Influx

May 5
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

The Biden administration says it will allow 62,500 refugees into the U.S. over the next six months. But that will be a challenge for refugee organizations, following years of limited refugee numbers under the Trump administration.

Shimeles Kibret outside of Red Sea Ethiopian, t...

City Heights Bites: Red Sea Ethiopian

April 30
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Immigrant-owned restaurants are the backbone of City Heights, nourishing the neighborhood and helping it recover from the pandemic. KPBS is checking in with some of the neighborhood’s beloved longtime establishments as part of a series called “City Heights Bites.”

A colorful pillar in City Heights identifies th...

City Heights Teens Reach Out During Time Of Isolation

April 29
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

The pandemic’s impact on mental health will reverberate for years to come, especially for young people. Some City Heights teens are looking to reach out and support one another during a time of distance.

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

As California Loses Congressional Seat, Power of Immigrant Neighborhoods Gets Further Diluted

April 27
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

After initial census results were released yesterday, California is set to lose a congressional seat this year. Organizers say this underscores just how important last year’s turbulent census will be in the coming years, especially for immigrant communities.

San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria announcing expanded...

Mayor Gloria Expands Access 4 All Program To Provide Free Wi-Fi, Hotspots

April 20
By City News Service

In an attempt to reduce the digital divide that has left 53,000 San Diego households with no internet access, Mayor Todd Gloria Tuesday launched an expansion of the "SD Access 4 All" program with free Wi-Fi at more than 300 new locations.

Ibarra Middle School in City Heights on April 1...

'I Had A Lot More Downtime': City Heights Parents React To School Reopening

April 13
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Children in City Heights are getting back to in-person learning this week. Parents and guardians tell KPBS about what the first day back was like after more than a year of remote learning.

Thousands of people rallied against the militar...

Burmese Refugees In City Heights To Protest Myanmar Military Coup

April 9
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

On Saturday, Burmese refugees and their allies will take to the streets of City Heights, protesting a brutal military crackdown on civilians in their homeland.

A bus pulls up to a stop on El Cajon Boulevard,...

Town Hall Envisions A Transit-Oriented Future For El Cajon Boulevard ‘Hub’

April 8
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

A virtual town hall Thursday night is bringing local politicians, community members and developers together to envision the future of one stretch of El Cajon Boulevard.

Governor Gavin Newsom speaks at a COVID-19 vacc...

Newsom Hails SD Vaccination Efforts, Hints At Pending Advance To Orange Tier

April 2
By City News Service, Max Rivlin-Nadler

Gov. Gavin Newsom toured a COVID-19 vaccination site in City Heights Friday, hailing San Diego for leading the way in the administration of vaccine doses, particularly in its efforts in hard-hit, underserved communities.


Experience Matters To Crowded Field In 79th Assembly District Special Election

March 24
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

The seat for the 79th Assembly district is now vacant after Dr. Shirley Weber was confirmed as California's new Secretary of State. Five candidates are now vying to replace her in the ongoing special election.

DJ Kuttin Kandi speaks at a press conference pu...

San Diegans Rally Against Anti-Asian Hate

March 19
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Across San Diego, younger members of the AAPI community are countering recent attacks, and the legacy of anti-Asian racism in the United States.

The entrance to Safiyo Jama's home-based childc...

Training Program Helps Keep City Heights' Child Care In Business During Pandemic

March 9
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

When the pandemic hit one year ago, many home-based child care providers saw their businesses fall apart overnight. Now, a coalition of local organizations are helping childcare providers in City Heights stay in business, and in some cases, thrive.

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.

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