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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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  • A new report criticizes the real estate deal behind San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria’s proposed 1,000-bed homeless shelter. Also, a Supreme Court ruling is likely to reshape how many cities regulate homelessness, particularly in the South Bay. And, UC San Diego is seeking approval to spend $2 billion to address its student housing shortage.
  • San Diego County Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer is proposing legal action against Blackstone, a private equity firm that owns thousands of local units. Also, the board that manages the Del Mar Fairgrounds is opposing a plan to re-route the train tracks through the fairgrounds. And, North County lifeguards got much-needed skin cancer screenings.
  • San Diego County is expanding its free COVID-19 testing program in response to a small summer surge of cases. Clinics in Chula Vista, El Cajon and San Diego will have those services starting Monday. Plus, the California Coastal Commission approved a safe parking site near the airport. The permit includes conditions to mitigate environmental impacts, like capturing pollutants in vehicle runoff and providing wastewater disposal for RV’s. And an app helps San Diego bicyclists report vehicles blocking bike lanes.
  • San Diego County Sheriff Kelly Martinez announced that all personnel assigned to county detention facilities, including contractors, will be screened for narcotics and contraband. For the past two years, the Sheriff’s Department has rejected recommendations from the Citizens Law Enforcement Review Board to screen employees for drugs. Plus, the extreme heat gripping most of the county is coming to an end. But California’s grid operator is asking residents to prepare for Flex Alerts if hot weather continues. And UC San Diego researchers published a new study on comb jellies — invertebrates living miles under the ocean.
  • Most migrants who cross the border to San Diego don’t stay here. But homeless outreach workers are seeing more and more migrants among our homeless population. Then, the Salvation Army in Serra Mesa is helping older San Diegans with free AC and tips on staying safe during heat waves. Plus, a new law requires California high schools to teach students about the dangers of fentanyl.
  • San Diego is approaching its self-imposed deadline for ending all traffic deaths — a movement called 'Vision Zero.' But those touched by tragedy say when it comes to traffic safety, the city is asleep at the wheel. Then, a poll has found that the majority of officeholders in San Diego, Riverside and Imperial counties have experienced threats. Plus, Oceanside joins San Diego in banning Styrofoam.
  • San Diego Police Chief Scott Wahl said more surveillance cameras and license plate readers are needed in Hillcrest ahead of Pride festivities. Privacy advocates said the department is bypassing a city process to get community input. Then, a young mountain lion was released after receiving care at the Ramona Wildlife Center. And, the San Diego County Fair has come to a close, we look at the impact.
  • The city of San Diego’s new plan for environmental justice aims to rebuild the health of communities that suffer from high levels of pollution. Then, as interest in microdosing psychedelics for mental health is growing, so are concerns over potential risks. Plus, Palomar Health has released more information on a data breach that happened sometime between the end of April and the beginning of May.
  • Wildfires are one of the biggest dangers San Diego County faces when it comes to climate change. In other news, Oceanside Harbor now has its first fishermen's market, selling local fish caught by local fishermen. Plus, the 2024 Olympics start in just a few weeks, and the U.S. men's rugby team is getting ready in Chula Vista.
  • Migrants desperate to seek asylum in the U.S. are increasingly scaling the border wall due to limited access through ports of entry, and the life-threatening injuries sustained by some migrants are prompting advocates to declare it a public health crisis. In other news, Chula Vista voters will decide whether to renew a major tax that provides funding to repair basic city services this fall. Plus, the U.S. Olympics skateboarding team was announced this week at a training facility in Vista, and the San Diego region is well represented.
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.