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San Diego News Now

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.

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San Diego’s 'Ghost Gun' Ordinance

Mayor Todd Gloria signed an ordinance Thursday officially banning firearms without individual serial numbers — so-called "ghost guns." The ordinance was authored by City Councilwoman Marni von Wilpert and is an attempt to address increasing gun violence in San Diego. Meanwhile, restaurant week San Diego is back, amid a staffing shortage. Plus, the biggest professional tennis tournament in San Diego ... Read more →

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Vaccine Mandates At School

A San Diego Charter school is the first in the county to mandate vaccines for students 12 and older. The move by Urban Discovery School comes as a charter school alliance reports increased enrollment during the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, Governor Gavin Newsom asked for a 15% voluntary water reduction in July but Californians have conserved less than 2%. Plus, the ... Read more →

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Water Rate Hikes In San Diego

It’s official: San Diegans will soon be paying more for water. Meanwhile, Cal Fire firefighters are getting sick, and some have even died, during training. Plus, survivors of past fires have a message for new fire victims considering hiring a lawyer: “buyer beware.”

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Public Pool Closures

Blaming a staffing shortage, the city of San Diego has slashed September weekend public pool hours. Meanwhile, the border remains closed -- the US has once again extended it’s non-essential ground travel restrictions with Canada and Mexico. Plus, with extended families in Afghanistan, those living in this country with special immigrant visas are left in a terrible limbo.

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Alleged Abuse At Private School

A former student at Francis Parker School in Linda Vista went public Friday about a lawsuit filed against school administrators. The student claims the school ignored signs of inappropriate behavior by a former teacher. Meanwhile, there’s a new push by the federal government to reunite children who were separated from their parents at the border during the Trump Administration. Plus, ... Read more →

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Summer Music Series: Skrapez

Our summer music series continues on San Diego News Now with this bonus episode featuring: Skrapez

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Summer Music Series: Sonido De La Frontera

Our summer music series continues on San Diego News Now with this bonus episode featuring: Sonido De La Frontera

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The Debate Over Critical Race Theory

What exactly is critical race theory and why are some people so up in arms about it in our schools? Legal scholars say the concept has been hijacked, rebranded and is being used as a political weapon by conservative activists who don't want ethnic studies taught in school. Plus, at Grossmont College the Puente Program supports Latino students through graduation. ... Read more →

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Vaccine Mandates For Schools

The recall election was, in part, a referendum on the Governor’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, parents and teachers are wondering -- will San Diego follow the lead of the Los Angeles school district and mandate vaccinations for public school kids older than 12? Meanwhile, we have 5 takeaways from the recent recall election. Plus, San Diego State University ... Read more →

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Outdoor Workers At Risk

The warming climate means intense heat will begin to limit when and how long people can work outside. Meanwhile, after a lengthy and at times contentious public hearing, the Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 Tuesday to declare San Diego County a "champion of reproductive freedom." Plus, handling mental health issues in the workplace.