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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.

San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, co...

As COVID-19 Pandemic Takes Hold, Governments And Schools Face Budget Challenges

March 24
By Jennifer Bowman / inewsource, Mary Plummer / inewsource

The coronavirus outbreak is creating big-budget unknowns for cities, the county and schools. The future of billion-dollar budgets is unclear as local governments, schools respond to the virus.

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San Diego County Officials Give Update On COVID-19, Urge Residents To 'Stay At Home'

March 21
By Max Rivlin-Nadler, Shalina Chatlani

San Diego county officials gave an update Saturday afternoon.

A box of food prepared at a food bank distribut...

Local Leaders Urge Immigrants To Access Public Health Resources Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

March 19
By Alexander Nguyen

Local elected officials on Thursday encouraged immigrants to access government health care and other community resources as COVID-19 continues to spread in San Diego.

We All We Got SD aims to connect people who nee...

San Diego Community Members Help Each Other During Coronavirus Pandemic

March 18
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

While the county continues to coordinate its response to the pandemic, neighbors in San Diego are reaching out and offering assistance to one another. It’s called mutual aid and it could save lives.

San Diego City Council District 9 candidate Sea...

City Council D9 Candidate Barrios Headed To Runoff To Replace His Boss, Likely Against Elo

March 4
By Alexander Nguyen

Council President and D9 representative Georgette Gomez's former policy advisor Kelvin Barrios was headed toward the November runoff with just more than 30% of the vote while nonprofit executive Sean Elo, who was behind with 20.6%, was likely to join him.

Martha Romero canvasses in City Heights to let ...

For City Heights, The Path To Power Runs Through The Ballot And The Census

March 3
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Neighborhoods like City Heights are considered “hard-to-count” areas because of their high immigrant population. An "undercount" in this year's census could be devastating for the neighborhood.

Josie Ruíz at La Maestra Community Health Cente...

Health Care Providers Developing Plan To Better Treat Homeless Patients With Hep C

Feb. 25
By Tarryn Mento

A new report from the county looks at infectious diseases among a small group of people experiencing homelessness and chronic Hepatitis C is the most prevalent.

Dante Ortíz sits in the La Maestra Community He...

County's Free Health Screenings An Attempt To Catch 'Silent Killer' Before It's Too Late

Feb. 14
By Tarryn Mento

Valentine’s Day is a holiday to remember our loved ones but San Diego County hopes Feb. 14 reminds residents to look after their own hearts, too.

A volunteer part of the effort to count San Die...

Governor Gavin Newsom Joins Volunteers In San Diego's Homeless Count

Jan. 23
By City News Service

Gov. Gavin Newsom joined Senate President pro tem Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, and 100 volunteers downtown Thursday in a federally mandated effort to count the county's homeless population.

San Diego City Council District Candidates are ...

Residents In San Diego City Council District 9 Speak Their Minds

Jan. 23
By Ebone Monet

Several are vying to replace San Diego City Council President Georgette Gomez in the district that includes City Heights, Kensington and the College Area. Neighborhood residents talk about issues that matter to them.

San Diego mayoral debate at Hoover High school,...

Hoover High Students Grill Mayoral Candidates On City Heights Issues

Jan. 21
By Ebone Monet

Questions from the students, who attend the school's Social Justice Academy, focused on issues impacting the City Heights neighborhood.

Gardeners at New Roots Community Farm in San Di...

AmeriCorps Members Honor MLK At City Heights' New Roots Community Farm

Jan. 20
By Ebone Monet

The micro farm, founded more than a decade ago by members of San Diego's refugee community, is situated on 54th Street in City Heights.

Household items that tested positive for lead a...

Thousands Of San Diego Kids Test Positive For Lead

Jan. 15
By Ebone Monet

A state audit has revealed thousands of San Diego children tested positive for lead poisoning and thousands more went untested despite a state mandate.

Workers preparing for a phone bank campaign to ...

New Call Center Encourages Apprehensive Immigrants To Complete The Census

Jan. 14
By Ebone Monet

"Community messengers" in City Heights try to advise immigrants who may not trust or understand the census.

Goodwill Industries of San Diego's City Heights...

Does Your Stuff Really Get A Second Life When You Give It To Goodwill?

Dec. 27, 2019
By Ebone Monet

Consumer culture makes it hard for Goodwill Industries and other second-hand stores to make a dent in the world's waste problem, according to one second-hand expert.

Gifts on a table at John Marshall Elementary Sc...

A Young Brain Tumor Survivor Gets Christmas 'Love' From City Heights Nonprofit

Dec. 24, 2019
By Ebone Monet

Love City Heights, an organization known for its public art projects, surprised the Osuna family with an unexpected gift.

San Diego City Council President Georgette Góme...

Chollas Creek Restoration Project Gets Boost From State

Dec. 23, 2019
By Joe Hong

A $3.5-million grant will help restore the habitat along the creek and provide the residents of park-poor City Heights with more open space.

Inside Kitchens for Good, Dec. 2019.

San Diego Culinary Program Takes On Hunger, Waste And Barriers To Employment

Dec. 19, 2019
By Ebone Monet

A San Diego program sets out to give people dubbed "unemployable" the skills to break a cycle of poverty.

Students eat lunch at Edison Elementary school ...

How San Diego Schools Fight Hunger During The Holidays

Dec. 13, 2019
By Joe Hong

For some students, school meals are a lifeline. What happens during the holiday break?

A worker gets ready to pass out instructions in...

The Census Sets Out To Hire Thousands Of People

Dec. 12, 2019
By Ebone Monet

The U.S. Census is rolling out efforts to amp up outreach and education in communities such as City Heights.

Ryan Bros Coffee's new City Heights location, D...

New City Heights Coffee Shop Owners Retain Commitment To Youth

Dec. 10, 2019
By Ebone Monet

City Heights Coffee House changes name and shifts focus from java to youth employment.

Water flowing through Chollas Creek at 54th Str...

City, Nonprofit Unite To Stave Off Flood-Prone Chollas Creek

Dec. 5, 2019
By Ebone Monet

The city of San Diego and community members monitor a creek known for pollution and flooding.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer at a press conference in ...

Storage Center For Homeless Opens In City Heights

Dec. 2, 2019
By Ebone Monet

The City of San Diego has opened a new storage center in for people experiencing homelessness. City Heights is now the third community to get such a site.

Council President Georgette Gomez sits in Cafei...

San Diego City Council President Georgette Gomez Talks Impact And Legacy In District 9

Nov. 29, 2019
By Ebone Monet

With Gomez now running for Congress, what does this mean for District 9 which includes City Heights, where some residents say their community is often overlooked?

A dirty sidewalk is shown in front of the City ...

City Heights Residents Using 'Get It Done' App To Clean Up Neighborhood

Nov. 27, 2019
By Ebone Monet

So far this year the city has received 21,538 reports from City Heights. That figure is second only to downtown.