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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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Community Support Navigators Aim To Give City Heights Hope During Difficult Times

July 2
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

A group of peer counselors in City Heights are trying to heal the community, by both connecting people to much needed resources and mental health services.

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City Heights Youth Aims To Raise Awareness Of Drinking Water Quality

June 24
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

A 12-year-old in City Heights is raising awareness about the drinking water quality in local schools. He says his own experience has shaped his activism.

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New City Office Aims To Help San Diego Youth During Difficult Times

June 15
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Youth in San Diego will soon have a new resource to turn to for support, thanks to this year’s city budget.

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As Gun Violence Rises In San Diego, Local Leaders Call For Greater Awareness

June 4
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

In a Friday morning press conference, Mayor Todd Gloria decried a nationwide epidemic in gun violence. But he and other leaders did not offer clear solutions.

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Mayor Gloria Begins 'Parks For All Of Us' Initiative, Calling For Equity

June 2
By City News Service, Melissa Mae

The initiative includes an emphasis on acquiring new parkland, designates the Chollas Creek watershed as the newest regional park and identifies other efforts needed to ensure the plan is successful.

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Friday Night Event In City Heights Looks To Help Residents Tap Rental And Utility Aid Programs

May 28
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Now flush with cash, state and local governments in California are trying to get help as quickly as possible to people who need help paying their bills during the pandemic.

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City Heights Bites: Thanh Tinh Chay

May 24
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

For long-standing businesses, the COVID-19 pandemic has been brutal. One new City Heights restaurant that is not only trying to survive, but thrive, as it shakes off losses from the past year.

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Digital Equity Gap In Refugee Community Makes Recovering From Pandemic Challenging

May 24
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Our partners at inewsource report that for San Diego’s refugees, digital barriers could imperil their economic recovery even as the pandemic wanes.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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'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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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