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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.

  • Teachers at Gompers Preparatory Academy have voted to de-certify their union. In other news, the city of Poway has voted on a measure to prevent homeless encampments. And, a San Diego author writes a book series for young readers that features characters who are daring and diverse in every way.
  • Officials at Camp Pendleton had to shut down one of its two water processing plants when tests found levels of PFAS chemicals exceeded new public health guidelines. Now the military is working to fix the problem and it’s affecting more than just the military. In other news, researchers are one step closer to creating a vaccine that can protect us against multiple coronaviruses. Plus, more than 6,000 teachers and other certificated employees of the San Diego Unified School District continue voting on a new contract.
  • Records show that hundreds of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and contractors abused confidential databases. In other news, the San Diego Police Department has released a trove of information about the surveillance technologies it uses to investigate crimes and monitor large gatherings. Plus, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla was at the international border Monday, to discuss efforts to fix the region’s cross border sewage problem.
  • The New Children's Museum opens a native garden across the street. In other news, according to police data, Black San Diegans are far more likely to be stopped for biking and walking infractions. Plus, the San Diego County Fair opens Wednesday, and this year’s theme is “Get Out There.”
  • We hear how Padres owner Peter Seidler is rolling up his sleeves to help solve San Diego’s homelessness crisis. In other news, dozens of asylum seekers are sleeping on the Mexican side of the San Ysidro border crossing, and many of them say they do not feel safe in Tijuana and are in desperate need of help. Plus, we have details on some arts events happening in San Diego County this weekend.
  • The bus driver strike in San Diego is raising questions about the privatization of public transit. In other news, a residential treatment program is proving to be helpful for local teens with mental health struggles. And, MLB takes over production and distribution of Padres game broadcasts.
  • The U.S. government still faces economic peril as the debt ceiling debate remains unresolved. In other news, Carlsbad High School students walked out of class Tuesday to protest what they say is a lack of support for the LGBTQ community. Plus, some school districts are facing First Amendment challenges to their inclusion and protection policies for LGBTQ-plus students at school.
  • It was a double celebration in Logan Heights on Memorial Day, marking the anniversary of a neighborhood monument, and honoring a local veteran who died in World War Two. In other news, people who frequently cross the U.S.-Mexico border are targeted in smuggling schemes run by drug traffickers. Plus, in our ongoing series “Under the Same Roof,” we hear from a couple who moved in with one of their parents temporarily to build their bank balance, but then found a reason to stay.
  • More than 15 months after a Navy Seal candidate died during training at Naval Base Coronado, an investigation says multiple failures led to a number of trainees being put at high risk of serious injury, including undetected use of performance enhancing drugs among sailors. In other news, Kuumba Fest is a celebration of Black American culture, and it will be held in San Diego's newly formed Black Arts and Culture district for the first time this weekend. Plus, we have details on some arts events happening in San Diego County over the holiday weekend.
  • More than a hundred child care centers in San Diego County have reported lead levels above state safety standards in drinking water. In other news, nearly 300,000 county residents could get financial help to pay for groceries, but don’t. Plus, we clear up the confusion of what is and will always be the "real" Star Wars Day.
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.