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San Diego news; when you want it, where you want it. Get local stories on politics, education, health, environment, the border and more. New episodes are ready weekday mornings. Hosted by Debbie Cruz and produced by KPBS, San Diego and the Imperial County's NPR and PBS station.

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  • Pending legal issues will continue into the summer for Gaza solidarity protesters arrested last month at UC San Diego, and we have details on where their cases stand right now. In other news, President Joe Biden's new executive actions direct asylum seekers toward existing legal pathways, but those pathways aren’t working for the most vulnerable migrants. Plus, tonight, the public will get a chance to ask questions and voice their opinions on SANDAG’s plans for relocating the train tracks through Del Mar.
  • The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday, in the wake of hundreds of legal claims from alleged sexual abuse victims. In other news, the latest San Diego County Respiratory Virus Surveillance report shows a slight increase in COVID-19 cases. We find out whether there is a need for concern. Plus, a Normal Heights nonprofit is helping students turn recycled objects into art, and giving San Diegans a chance to donate and buy second-hand supplies.
  • The federal government is shining a light on how much money credit unions collect in overdraft fees. In other news, a new report documents how the California Coastal Commission blocks and delays housing. Plus, Father’s Day is Sunday, and we’ve put together some well wishes from our newsroom to share with you in celebration of all the dads and caregivers out there.
  • The city of San Diego is spending $37 million to modernize the storm water system in South Mission Beach, but that’s just a drop in the bucket of what’s needed. In other news, immigrants’ rights groups sued the Biden administration Wednesday over the president’s recent executive actions that restrict asylum to migrants who cross the border illegally. Plus, the class of 2024 is graduating in a time of campus protests unmatched since the 1960s. Some UC San Diego students say they are looking forward to graduation, but with heavy hearts.
  • San Diego voters will not decide whether to replace San Diego Gas and Electric with a nonprofit municipal electric utility this November. In other news, we have a recap on the State of North County address. Plus, we learn about a summer enrichment program for more than 24,000 students in the San Diego Unified School District.
  • Thousands of UC academic workers are back in class and research labs this week after a judge ordered a halt on their strike. Then, we look at the long history of extreme political rhetoric around immigration in California. Plus, a new service will make it easier for people to commute to work in Sorrento Valley by train.
  • Operators of migrant shelters in Tijuana are worried that President Joe Biden’s latest executive order will create more chaos along the border. The order severely limits asylum to migrants who cross the border illegally. And as the November election approaches, political rhetoric around immigration is getting more extreme. Plus, 40 students were arrested last month for taking part in the Gaza Solidarity Encampment protest at UC San Diego. Some of those students are now facing a critical situation: they might not be able to graduate later this week.
  • La Mesa and Encinitas have scored the best grades in the annual Climate Action Report Card. Created by watchdog group Climate Action Campaign, the report said La Mesa’s climate change efforts include building dense infill housing, including affordable housing, near businesses and transit. Plus, San Diego County wineries saw record high wine sales in 2023. And with Comic-Con fast approaching, KPBS wants to know your tips and tricks for making the most out of the annual pop culture event.
  • Palomar Health said it won’t grant an easement for the Seguro Battery Storage Project near Escondido. The project needed support from the health system in order to connect transmission lines to the nearest SDG&E substation — the easiest way would be through Palomar’s Escondido medical center. Plus, San Diego officials want to build a new fire station in the Webster neighborhood. The land is on the edge of a canyon, where the city also has plans for a regional park. And this year marks the 100 year anniversary of the Caesar salad, which originates from Tijuana.
  • President Joe Biden signed an executive order closing asylum to migrants entering the country illegally and critics on both sides of the political divide are unhappy. In other news, many California college students are leaving nearly $300 of monthly grocery help on the table. Plus, Barrio Logan is well known for its vibrant arts and culture scene, and now there’s a new addition to further honor the Latino community, a Piñata Art Fest.
Debbie Cruz is the local anchor for All Things Considered and the host of the San Diego News Now podcast. Debbie has over 20 years of experience in the news industry. She joined KPBS in 2020.
Emilyn Mohebbi produces the San Diego News Now podcast. She started at KPBS in 2020 as the Gloria Penner Fellow. She has her bachelor’s in journalism from SDSU.