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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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City Heights Kids' 2-Hour Trek To Beach Highlights Inequities

Aug. 26, 2019
By Priya Sridhar

Countless kids across San Diego County are enjoying their last week at the beach before school starts, but for some getting to the beach can be a long ordeal.

Apartments on Polk Avenue managed by Prime Asse...

San Diego Tenants Union Fights For Refugees And Other Low-Income Renters

Aug. 14, 2019
By Priya Sridhar

The ongoing housing affordability crisis impacts nearly everyone in California, but few are hit harder than the refugee community.

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, entrepreneur Andre ...

Supervisor Fletcher, USD Launch Innovate-Up Business Program

Aug. 13, 2019
By City News Service

The Innovate-Up program will leverage roughly $1.5 million in resources from the county and USD to support and invest in local businesses. The program is funded in part by a $300,000 grant from the county to USD's Brink Small Business Development Center.

Students from Mid-City CAN’s youth council show...

San Diego Moves Closer To Revamping Police Watchdog Commission

July 31, 2019
By Priya Sridhar

A city council committee Wednesday approved proposed amendments to the city charter would make the oversight board wholly independent and include youth members.

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San Diego Restaurants Work To Comply With New Plastic Straw Ban

July 8, 2019
By Priya Sridhar

Earlier this year, San Diego adopted new rules limiting the use of plastic straws and utensils. But, the city has now suspended the enforcement of those rules because it's being sued.

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San Diego Pediatrician Under Investigation For Allegedly Using Dirty Needles On Patients

July 2, 2019
By Priya Sridhar

A San Diego pediatrician is under investigation for allegations that he used expired and unauthorized needles from a box that a medical assistant said contained dead insects and what appeared to be rodent droppings.

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City Heights To Host Inaugural Business Expo

June 28, 2019
By Priya Sridhar

City Heights will host its inaugural business expo on Saturday, where new or aspiring business owners can find services and resources from local organizations.

RVs are parked at the proposed location for a n...

City Chooses Proposed Site For New Homeless Storage Facility In District 9

June 26, 2019
By Priya Sridhar

The San Diego mayor's office has announced a proposed location for a storage facility to keep belongings for people who are homeless.

Nadim Fawzi Jouriyeh, a Syrian refugee who arri...

San Diego Celebrates World Refugee Day, While Refugee Resettlement Numbers At Historic Low

June 20, 2019
By Priya Sridhar

This year's World Refugee Day coincided with a new report from the International Rescue Committee, a global non-profit dedicated to refugee resettlement.

Community leaders in City Heights are working t...

City Heights Leaders Fight For Five Years For Mural In Teralta Park

June 18, 2019
By Priya Sridhar

A handful of community leaders and residents have gathered in City Heights every few weeks for five years to try to get a mural painted in their neighborhood.

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$44 Million Mid-City Bus Rapid Transit Route Is Slower Than Route It Replaced

June 18, 2019
Lauren J. Mapp / inewsource

Federal and local taxes paid $44 million for a bus rapid transit route from San Diego State University to downtown that is slower on average than the route it replaced, according to an inewsource analysis.

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City Heights Activists Call For More Regulation Of Billboards Advertising Marijuana

June 18, 2019
By Priya Sridhar

Activists and community leaders from City Heights want more regulation of billboards advertising marijuana.

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City To Launch Annual Portable Pool Program At City Heights Recreation Center

June 17, 2019
By City News Service

The city of San Diego will launch its annual portable pool program at the City Heights Recreation Center Monday to offer free swimming and water safety lessons to children.

Neighbors of the City Heights Mini Park celebra...

City Heights Mini Park Neighbors Celebrate Clean Park, Curfew

June 14, 2019
By Priya Sridhar

Residents of City Heights and city officials celebrated the one month anniversary of a city-imposed curfew at the Mini Park.

The You Belong Here coworking space in City Hei...

City Heights Coworking Space Strives To Help Entrepreneurs

June 12, 2019
By Priya Sridhar

Coworking is a relatively new concept that is getting more popular around the world, including in San Diego.

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San Diego Police Should Change Hiring Practices To Increase Diversity, Citizens Group Says

June 11, 2019
By Priya Sridhar

A new report on the San Diego Police Department outlines ways to increase diversity on the force.

Coach Stephen Cooper, a former San Diego Charge...

Former Chargers Player Leads City Heights Football Team To National Victory

May 30, 2019
By Priya Sridhar

The Balboa Raiders have been playing football in City Heights for more than 50 years.

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City Heights Slated For 'Opportunity Zone' Development, But Some Residents Fear Gentrification

May 29, 2019
By Priya Sridhar

City Heights is now home to a federal program that gives tax breaks for building in economically distressed areas, but some residents fear it will lead to increased housing costs.

Brittany Hernandez and Dagmawit Assaye won scho...

City Heights Students Are Mixed On New SAT 'Adversity Scores'

May 23, 2019
By Priya Sridhar

Many colleges and universities will get more than just your typical SAT score to determine next year's incoming freshman class. A new score is supposed to give schools more context about a student's background.

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Pilot Bus-Only Lanes Coming To City Heights And North Park

May 17, 2019
By Priya Sridhar

Plans for a bus-only lane on a three-mile stretch of El Cajon Boulevard in North Park and City Heights are moving forward. Officials hope they will improve the speed and reliability of public transit.

The Marlborough Plaza apartment complex picture...

San Diego Landlords Could Face Historic Rent Control Legislation

May 13, 2019
By Priya Sridhar

A bill that could limit rent increases in California is one step closer to becoming law.

This warehouse is being used as a 500 bin stora...

San Diego Exploring New Storage Facility For Homeless In City Heights

May 10, 2019
By Priya Sridhar

The city of San Diego is planning to open a new storage facility for homeless people in City Heights. The city already funds a similar storage facility in Sherman Heights.

Halima Musa, Sahra Mkoma, and Isha Mkoma sit in...

Youth Survey Shows Perception Of Safety, Police And Educators

May 10, 2019
By Priya Sridhar

Young people in City Heights have come together to survey other youth in their community. They say it's an effort to dispel stereotypes about their neighborhood.

Joseph Haquang, one of the photographers whose ...

Little Saigon Welcomes Visitors For Art, Food And Tours

April 26, 2019
By Priya Sridhar

Little Saigon will be welcoming visitors on April 27 to honor San Diego's Vietnamese American community.

University of Southern California graduate stud...

USC Students Help City Heights With Cultural District Designation

April 25, 2019
By Priya Sridhar

City Heights leaders have been working towards applying for a California Cultural District certification from the California Arts Council.