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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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Incentives For Affordable Housing

A new housing development going up near Balboa Park is a preview of the city’s "Complete Communities" program, meant to incentivize the construction of affordable housing. Meanwhile, as San Diego employers struggle to fill jobs, it seems employees have gained the upper hand in this post-pandemic job market. Plus, how will our beloved pets adjust to us returning to the ... Read more →

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Words Of Hope And Warning

“The Grand State Reopening” kicked off yesterday and much of San Diego rejoiced. But public health officials are warning that the pandemic still isn’t over. Meanwhile, a grassroots organization called “Let Oceanside Vote,” is collecting signatures to recall Kori Jensen, the Council member for District 1 in Oceanside. Plus, can the movie ‘In The Heights’ change Hollywood’s racial landscape?

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The Unvaccinated Left Behind

Many in San Diego County have chosen to not get a COVID-19 vaccine. But there are a few among us who desperately want to be vaccinated, but can’t due to medical issues. Meanwhile, The San Diego City Council unanimously voted on Monday to pass Mayor Todd Gloria's roughly $4.6 billion proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2022. Plus, summer camp is ... Read more →

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Deported Veterans

Veterans who commit crimes are often deported if they don’t have US citizenship. Many are now looking at the Biden administration for a chance to return. Meanwhile, a new analysis finds the recall election aimed at Governor Gavin Newsom will cost California counties $215 million. Plus, the problem with gun restraining orders is a lot of people, even police, don't ... Read more →

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More Calls For Police Reform

Demands for police reform in San Diego continue as a prominent civil rights leader at The People's Association for Justice Advocates says their organization will soon put out policy suggestions on reforms, including how to better account for use-of-force complaints. Meanwhile, an altercation between sheriffs deputies and Black Lives Matter protestors occurred in Imperial Beach. Plus, we’ll have a preview ... Read more →

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First “Breakthrough” Death

San Diego has reported the first person to die of COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated. This so-called “breakthrough” case was a 70-year old woman who had "many underlying health conditions." Meanwhile, Rady Children's officials are seeing a 25 percent increase in mental health emergency room visits. They’re attributing the increase to the adverse effects of the pandemic, both directly and ... Read more →

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In The Yellow Tier

15 months into the pandemic, San Diego has moved into California’s least restrictive yellow Covid-19 tier, opening up bars and restaurants to bigger crowds. And, a grassroots non-profit called Breakfast Block works to feed, clothe and provide other essential items to San Diego's growing unsheltered population. It was founded early this year by a woman who lost her job in ... Read more →

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San Diego’s Severe Housing Shortage

The Building Industry Association of San Diego County announced last week it was hiring Lori Holt Pfeiler, an affordable housing developer, as its next chief executive, making her the first woman to lead the main lobbying organization for local developers. Meanwhile, San Diego County Supervisors Nathan Fletcher and Nora Vargas outlined the details of their proposed Office of Immigrant and ... Read more →

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Calling Attention To Gun Violence

Mayor Todd Gloria decried a nationwide epidemic in gun violence on Friday, but he and other leaders offered differing solutions. Meanwhile, as the pandemic restrictions ease, airlines are eyeing San Diego. Plus, an examination of San Diego’s spending on outside agencies that handle public relations and social media.

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Rebuilding Trust Between Police And The LGBTQ Community

The San Diego Police Department released new procedures this week for interactions between police and transgender and nonbinary people. Meanwhile, security cameras are poised to go up all over downtown Oceanside. Plus, a look at the San Diego Arab Film Festival and our KPBS Weekend Arts Preview.