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

  • As more rain is ready to hit San Diego County, Carlsbad has declared its third storm-related emergency in recent weeks. In other news, California State University professors and other faculty have approved a new contract. Plus, Point Loma Nazarene University is hosting the 29th annual Writer’s Symposium by the Sea this week. We hear from one of the writers appearing at this year’s festival.
  • A California based nonprofit is helping local flood victims clear out their damaged properties. In other news, we’re continuing to bring you information on some of the local races on the primary ballot. Today we learn about the five candidates running for San Diego mayor, and some of the candidates running for Chula Vista’s District 3 seat. Plus, Tuesday, the Oceanside International Film Festival kicks off five days of films, discussions and parties.
  • Transit-oriented development is coming to Rancho Bernardo, with 100 units priced for families and people with lower incomes. In other news, all five of the region’s seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are on the ballot for the March primary election, but only one race is expected to be competitive. Plus, the president of the local American Heart Association branch joins the podcast to talk about how you can get a free blood pressure screening during Love Your Heart month.
  • A policy recommended by the Citizen’s Law Enforcement Review Board has been denied by San Diego County Sheriff Kelly Martinez. In other news, senior military leaders from the Navy and Marine Corps are in town this week for the annual West Conference. Plus, the FAFSA was streamlined and simplified for the coming school year, but technical glitches have stalled the system for students.
  • The group trying to replace San Diego Gas and Electric with a municipal utility spoke out Tuesday. Power San Diego says they don’t appreciate SDG&E’s moves to stop their ballot initiative. In other news, San Diego's underwater kelp forests are a natural wonder that are under threat from climate change. That wonderful and troubling story is being told at the Birch Aquarium in a new exhibit called Hold Fast. Plus, love is in the air and sprouting in North County. While many flowers sold this holiday are imported, it’s also a big day for locally grown flowers, and an even greater sea of color is just around the corner.
  • A local law firm is preparing to file a class action lawsuit against the city of San Diego on behalf of the January 22nd flood victims. In other news, State Assembly District 79 is an open seat this election. We learn about the three candidates running for the position. Plus, low income families across San Diego County could qualify for extra benefits on their EBT cards this summer.
  • San Diego’s District 4, which includes Encanto, Skyline and Valencia Park, has some of the worst pavement conditions in the city. The city’s new pavement management plan directs the least amount of money there. Also in District 4, residents of a Mountain View apartment complex who lost everything in the Jan. 22 flooding said they’re going to sue the city. This isn’t the first time the complex has flooded — Chollas Creek flooded the complex in December 2018. Plus, a history lesson on Coronado’s Black community going back to the 1880s.
  • Some financial help is coming for small business owners trying to recover from damage done in the recent floods across San Diego County. In other news, our KPBS South Bay Engagement Producer joins the podcast to fill us in on what resources are available on KPBS’s Voter Hub. Plus, we highlight one of the traditions of Lunar New Year.
  • This week’s tornado warning surprised many San Diego County residents alerted to the potentially dangerous weather conditions. We hear from a meteorologist about why the warning was issued. In other news, in a series of voice memos a San Diego Navy SEAL says he made a deal with the Navy after an investigation cleared him of extremism allegations, then he uses a slogan associated with a hate group. Plus, a San Diego State University graduate and founder of the medical technology company Masimo celebrates a federal appeals court upholding his patent for a technology he says Apple computers were using illegally.
  • The San Diego Foundation is helping people displaced late last month by flooding, with $800,000 raised from private donors and philanthropic organizations. Plus, the flood damage across San Diego County is amplifying the already growing crisis of unhoused students trying to survive while attending school at the same time. A new project is offering rest and relief for those who need it most. In other news, in March, San Diegans will vote on who will replace Monica Montgomery Steppe as the District 4 city council member. We hear from the candidates.
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.