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Where To Find Free Tax Prep For Low-Income Filers

March 8
By Elma Gonzalez, Tarryn Mento

Those who make $54,000 or less may qualify to receive tax preparation at no charge. There are at least two dozen locations around the county and some provide services in multiple languages.

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Federal Monitors Warned San Diego Refugee Nonprofit Of Problems With Resettlement Practices

Feb. 23
By Tarryn Mento

The International Rescue Committee knew as early as June 2016 that it was improperly placing some San Diego refugee families in homes too small to accommodate them, yet the practice continued.

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San Diego's Little Saigon Cultural District Gets Some Fresh Branding

Feb. 19
By Tarryn Mento and Ernesto Munoz and Brian Myers / Media Arts Center San Diego

The city-designated Little Saigon Cultural and Commercial District received a new landmark mural thanks to artistic nomads.

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First Person: From Refugee To Proprietor

Feb. 19
By Tarryn Mento

Queentabel Banka opened her hair braiding business in San Diego's City Heights neighborhood shortly after arriving in the U.S.

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National Study: San Diego’s Fern Street Circus Helps At-Risk Youth Develop Social And Emotional Skills

Feb. 15
By Katie Schoolov

A new study shows an unusual type of after-school program is especially helpful for at-risk youth: the circus.

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Coalition Calls On County Supervisors To Add Evening Budget Hearing

Feb. 14
By Tarryn Mento

A handful of speakers Wednesday called on elected officials to reverse their decision to not hold an evening meeting. More than 275 signed petitions in support of an evening meeting were also submitted to the board.

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How San Diego's Needy Families Can Get A Bigger Tax Refund

Feb. 12
By Tarryn Mento

San Diegans lose out on an estimated $137 million in state and federal tax credits each year.

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Mayor's Selection For Next SDPD Chief Says Public Should Expect Transparency

Feb. 6
By Tarryn Mento

Assistant Chief David Nisleit answers questions about community policing, a 2016 report on racial profiling by police and a coalition's public call for specific changes at SDPD.

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Report Finds San Diego's Immigrant Community Tied To Region's Economic Prosperity

Feb. 2
By City News Service, Tarryn Mento

A new report breaks down the contributions of San Diego's immigrant community.

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Tutoring Nonprofit Looking For Help To Give Refugee Students A Boost

Jan. 31
By Tarryn Mento

A local nonprofit in San Diego's City Heights neighborhood runs an after-school program to bridge that learning gap, but the group said it also needs help.

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Free Puppet Shows In City Heights Aren’t Just For Kids

Jan. 26
By Tarryn Mento

In its second year, an upcoming series will bring professional puppeteers to the City Heights Performing Annex.

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Cleanup In City Heights Benefits Somali Neighborhood

Jan. 12
By Matt Hoffman

More than 250 volunteers gathered near 50th Street and University Avenue on Friday to pick up trash, build benches and lay fresh coats of paint.

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Some (Not All) Refugees Find New Homes After Improper Resettlement Practices

Jan. 9
By Tarryn Mento

We follow up with some refugee families months after a KPBS investigation found a San Diego resettlement agency's improper housing placement practices put them at risk of losing their homes.

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City Heights In 2017: Trump's Immigration Policies, Increasing Housing Costs

Dec. 28, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

KPBS reporter Tarryn Mento covers the community of City Heights. She joins Midday Edition on Thursday to discuss the impact of President Trump's policies on residents of City Heights and other stories that have impacted the community in 2017.

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San Diego Opens Gates To New Skate Park Just In Time For Holiday Break

Dec. 22, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

Young students on vacation from school are rolling over a new expansive skating facility at Park De La Cruz Neighborhood Park in City Heights.

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City Attorney Charges La Jolla Couple For Renting Dangerous Apartments To Refugees

Dec. 21, 2017
By City News Service

The couple's Mid-City apartment complex was leased to seven Congolese refugee families with young children.

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San Diego City Council Members Are Bringing You Hyperlocal Updates

Dec. 13, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

Councilwoman Georgette Gomez is hosting a State of the District event on Thursday. Other council members are offering similar events in 2018.

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How San Diego's Foreign Language Speakers Stay Informed About Wildfires

Dec. 7, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

As the wildfire threat level climbs, how can non-English speakers get informed?

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Coffee House Expansion Aims To Serve More Employees, Not Just Customers

Dec. 4, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

The nonprofit City Heights Coffee House in Mid-City San Diego has a mission to pay, train and mentor workers who often face barriers to employment.

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Local Law Day Event Recognized As Best In The Country

Nov. 27, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

The American Bar Association recognized the City Heights Law Day 2017 event, which focused on informing the public about their 14th Amendment rights.

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San Diego Resettlement Agency Says It Made Changes After KPBS Investigation

Nov. 21, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

IRC San Diego's acting executive director Mireille Cronin Mather discusses changes made after a KPBS investigation found refugee families were placed in homes that were too small.

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Family Business Celebrates 45 Years As 'A Little Bit Of The Country' In The City

Nov. 17, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

San Diego is one of the largest cities in the nation, but in the City Heights neighborhood, there’s a family-owned business that’s resisted urbanization for decades.

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Sidewalk, Streetlight Improvements Could Bring Healthier Future To City Heights

Nov. 16, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

Street enhancements in San Diego's City Heights community may bring more than just well-lit pathways to the underserved area.

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City Heights Nearly Tops List Of Hottest Zip Codes For County Home Sales

Nov. 9, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

One of San Diego’s lowest-income communities is seeing a housing boom, which is pleasing homeowners but stoking fears of gentrification.

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Mid-City Neighborhood Nonprofit Looking For A Few Good Board Candidates

Nov. 6, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

Out of ten available seats, only five candidates are running for the City Heights Town Council, a nonprofit community advocacy group.