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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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New Virtual Exhibit Highlights The Lives Of City Heights Youth

Nov. 11, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Issues that City Heights Youth are fighting for have only become more urgent during the pandemic.

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City Heights Voter Turnout Likely Increased, Along With Rest of San Diego County

Nov. 6, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Voter turnout in San Diego county during this week’s general election is expected to break some local records. And that includes communities that have been trying to increase their voter turnout for years.

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Street Circus Brings San Diego Schools Message Of Civic Participation

Oct. 26, 2020
By Matt Hoffman

One nonprofit is getting creative to reach under-served communities hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic ahead of the election.

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City Heights Gets Ready For A Socially-Distanced Dia De Los Muertos

Oct. 16, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Organizers have devised a plan for Saturday’s event, which is being held on a vacant lot on 41st and University Avenue, to allow people to visit altars and watch performances safely and at a distance.

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City Heights Organizers Fear Undercount After Supreme Court Orders Census Count Halted

Oct. 14, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court issued an order saying this year’s census count must come to an immediate close. Now, organizers in City Heights say the neighborhood is at serious risk of an undercount.

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As Mental Health Crisis Builds, City Heights Doctors Turn To Telehealth

Oct. 6, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

As the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn continue, communities across the country are seeing an upsurge in mental illness and addiction. In City Heights, a group of addiction specialists has gone online to meet with people in crisis.

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Kelvin Barrios Ending Campaign For District 9 Seat

Sept. 28, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Former aide to City Council President Georgette Gómez is ending his campaign for her seat.

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Iraqi Refugee Turned Designer Previews Mask Fashion Show And Giveaway

Sept. 11, 2020
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.

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City Leaders Stress Importance Of Preparedness As Peak Fire Season Begins

Aug. 26, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
By Erik Anderson

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

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

Aug. 4, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

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

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Fewer PPP Loans For Small Businesses In South San Diego County

July 30, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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.

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

July 11, 2020
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, 2020
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.

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

July 6, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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.