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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 Anica Colbert and produced by KPBS, San Diego and the Imperial County's NPR and PBS station.

  • California utility regulators have quietly tabled a controversial plan that would drastically reduce the benefits provided to homeowners with rooftop solar panels. Plus, the Otay Mesa Detention Center saw a spike in covid-19 cases last week among federal immigration detainees. Plus, the federal program to order covid-19 at-home testing rolled out this week.
  • On Tuesday telecom giants AT&T and Verizon agreed to limit their rollout of 5G cellular service in response to concerns it could be a danger to air travel. Meanwhile, micro enterprise home kitchens may come soon, after the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to take the first step toward allowing them. Plus, a secret staircase in southeast San Diego is getting a makeover.
  • Reproductive freedom, gun control and offshore oil drilling – In the past year, these national issues have become local flashpoints in votes before the San Diego County Board. Meanwhile, a controversial plan to reduce the benefits of owning solar has been quietly removed from the California Utility regulators late January agenda. But that doesn’t mean it’s gone forever. Plus, the latest update on the situation with cross-border sewage pollution near Imperial Beach.
  • San Diego Unified School officials are invoking emergency procedures to deal with an extreme shortage of teachers in classrooms. Meanwhile, some immunocompromised people will be eligible for additional Covid-19 shots, but is that enough protection? Plus, Turner Classic Movies has created a program of documentary shorts and features in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
  • There is no end in sight to the Republic Services labor strike and a public health emergency has been declared in Chula Vista as trash cans overflow. And – a few weeks ago we had a story about the use of surveillance tools in border cities like Chula Vista. Now, in part 2 of this KPBS investigation, we report that privacy and technology experts are concerned about the use of Chinese made surveillance drones by the Chula Vista police department. Plus, KPBS Cinema Junkie Host Beth Accomando’s ten best films of 2021.
  • San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria gave his 2022 State of the City address on Wednesday night. Meanwhile, the San Diego Unified school district has been forced to put its covid-19 vaccine mandate on hold until further notice. Plus, the city of Chula Vista has become known for its aggressive use of drones and other police surveillance technology. But a KPBS investigation finds that Chula Vista is giving a private corporation wide control over any data on people collected by its police surveillance systems.
  • Teachers in San Diego’s south bay say they’re planning a walkout over contract negotiations. Meanwhile, Governor Gavin Newsom was in the Central Valley on Tuesday promoting his plans for health care. Plus, KPBS speaks with an economist about how San Diego is fairing, and what’s behind the “great resignation.”
  • Rady Children’s Hospital is seeing a record number of children testing positive for COVID-19. But most went to the hospital for a different reason. Meanwhile, some people are reporting waiting up to 13 days for COVID-19 test results. The transit testing site operator is apologizing and promising to fix turnaround times. Plus, how robotrucks could strengthen the American supply chain… and maybe threaten the livelihoods of truckers.
  • As hospitals fill up in the county because of COVID, emergency room delays are causing back-ups with ambulances having to wait longer to drop off patients. Meanwhile, we have more information on San Diego city employees seeking medical or religious exemptions from the covid-19 vaccine mandate. Plus, the United States has officially resumed its policy of sending asylum seekers back to Mexico as their pending cases play out.
  • A hearing regarding a July 2020 sinking of an amphibious assault vehicle continued on Thursday. We have the latest. Meanwhile, our partners at inewsource found that several San Diego County police agencies have been sharing license plate data across the U.S., in violation of state law. Plus, instances of restaurants, grocery stores and other businesses temporarily closing their doors are becoming more common as the highly infectious omicron variant continues to spread at an unprecedented rate among the nation’s population.