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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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Taboo Topic Of Domestic Violence To Be Center Stage At San Diego Library Performance

March 5
By Tarryn Mento

"The Fire In Me" tells the story of a domestic violence victim and is based on real experiences from members of San Diego’s Filipino community.

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Why It Took A Month To Fix The Heating System For These City Heights Classrooms

March 1
By Tarryn Mento

Teachers say the outage that affected 15 classrooms at a local San Diego middle school went on too long. The district says it offered heaters and a warm space as alternatives while it worked on the issue.

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Board OKs Curfew At City Heights Park After Community Complaints

Feb. 22
By Tarryn Mento

A local board gave preliminary OK to close a City Heights mini-park at night. Community members say the park is causing problems for a neighboring seniors facility.

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City Heights Seniors Want Park Curfew After Alleged Crimes Leave Them Fearful

Feb. 20
By Tarryn Mento

Management and residents at a senior apartment facility say a public park next door is drawing criminal activity that's affecting the building's tenants.

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San Diego Advocate Earns Fellowship, Grant Funds For Work Supporting Immigrants

Feb. 13
By Tarryn Mento

Nonprofit founder Ramla Sahid earned a fellowship from a California foundation that included a $250,000 grant.

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New Outreach Coordinator To Bring One-On-One Support To Mid City Homeless

Feb. 8
By Tarryn Mento

Groups in two San Diego neighborhoods teamed up to create a new role that assists people living on the area's streets.

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City Heights High Schoolers Are Prepping To Become Your Next Doctor

Feb. 4
By Tarryn Mento

An initiative provides on-the-job training to students from disadvantaged communities in the hopes of boosting their wellness and leading them toward a career in health care.

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Vietnamese Community In City Heights Gets Little Saigon Sign Off Interstate 15

Feb. 1
By Matt Hoffman

Soon it will be even easier for people to find the Little Saigon Cultural and Commercial District.

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San Diego’s Crosswalks Could See Colorful Makeover

Jan. 31
By Tarryn Mento

City staff are working on a plan to allow embellishments to pedestrian crossings, which they previously did not permit because of federal guidelines on traffic devices.

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Health Center Trains, Recruits Doctors To Serve Poor Amid Growing Shortage

Jan. 24
By Susan Murphy

A clinic in San Diego's Logan Heights neighborhood provides numerous health and support services with a commitment to serving uninsured and low-income residents.

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Nonprofit Brings Cheap Laptops To San Diego's Low-Income Families

Dec. 27, 2018
By Tarryn Mento

The San Diego Futures Foundation sells refurbished computers to residents that make under a certain amount each year to help address a gap in access.

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State Moves Forward On Study Of Language Services For Non-English Speaking Patients

Dec. 24, 2018
By Tarryn Mento

It has taken more than two years, but California is finally making some progress toward improving medical interpretation services for patients who don't speak English.

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What SDPD Is Doing With All That Identity Data It Must Collect Under New Mandate

Dec. 21, 2018
By Tarryn Mento

The San Diego Police Department must share data required under the Racial and Identity Profiling Act (RIPA) with the state next year and is planning to produce its own local analysis but is releasing the raw data before then.

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After Years As Youth Volunteer, City Heights Activist Hired To Lead Others

Dec. 17, 2018
By Tarryn Mento

The newest community organizer at the nonprofit Mid-City Community Advocacy Network has a long history of pushing for change in her neighborhood and now hopes to inspire others.

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Policing Tactics Can Affect Health Inequity, Association Says

Nov. 23, 2018
By Tarryn Mento

An association of public health officials unveiled policy and research announcements in San Diego during its annual conference.

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Mama's Kitchen Sells 4,000 Pies To Feed The Critically Ill

Nov. 21, 2018
By Katie Schoolov

One local charity sells 4,000 pies before Thanksgiving, hoping to raise $140,000 for those in need.

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Old Globe Helps Underserved Communities Tap Into Their Inner Playwrights

Nov. 21, 2018
By Tarryn Mento

Plays written by residents in communities that don't frequent the theater will appear on stage as part of a storytelling workshop that can lead to professional opportunities.

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The Battle Over Art And Safety On San Diego's Streets

Nov. 12, 2018
By Tarryn Mento

The discussion in City Heights is the latest decorative crosswalk debate that comes amid a years-long struggle in Hillcrest, where a separate but similar project may finally come to fruition.

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County Receives Surprise Notice About Increased Funding For Refugee Programs

Nov. 8, 2018
By Tarryn Mento

A decrease in refugee arrivals to San Diego also meant less funding for programs that help them get jobs, but a state letter about funding this year shows the county will receive more than 2017.

Dennis Smith, 18 (left), and Rosa Olascoaga Vid...

City Heights Get Out The Vote Effort About More Than Just Election Day

Nov. 5, 2018
By Tarryn Mento

The campaign from Mid-City Community Advocacy Network is part of a multi-year plan to establish long-term community advocacy habits.

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San Diego County Has 17K More Youth Voters Than In 2016 — Here's Why

Nov. 1, 2018
By Megan Burks

During the 2014 midterm elections, 22 percent of millennials turned out to vote. This year, an estimated 63 percent of 18 and 19-year-olds alone plan to vote.

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Prop 10 Brings Rent Control Debate Boiling To The Surface

Oct. 24, 2018
By Tarryn Mento

California’s Proposition 10 would help clear the way for local jurisdictions to expand or implement rent control, but opponents think it would further harm the housing affordability crisis.

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Activists Push For Environmental Justice In San Diego Neighborhoods

Oct. 22, 2018
By Erik Anderson

Environmental activists push for benefits to San Diego's low-income neighborhoods as the city advances plans to meet tough climate action plan goals.

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Drivers Ed Helps Women Refugees Navigate Road To Self-Sufficiency

Oct. 18, 2018
By Tarryn Mento

Weekdays are a struggle for Abir Aldabbagh and her family. With four children attending different schools, Aldabbagh’s husband — the family's only licensed driver — juggles shuttling the kids to class with his job as a rideshare driver.

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Lawsuit Challenging SD Unified Elections Seeks To Invalidate This Year’s Board Races

Oct. 1, 2018
By Megan Burks

A lawsuit says San Diego Unified School Board elections disenfranchise minority voters. It seeks changes to how the elections are run and asks the court to invalidate next month’s school board election.