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  • Whistleblowers alerted San Diego County about alleged poor treatment of employees in its public defender office in late 2020, before a multi-million dollar verdict. In other news, volunteers took to the streets to do the annual point-in-time count Thursday. Plus, we have details on some weekend arts events happening around San Diego County.
  • In the wake of the recent mass shootings in the state, San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott talks about gun violence restraining orders or red flag laws. In other news, a new report finds pesticide use is expected to increase and become more hazardous as the climate warms. Plus, we have details on a restaurant in Barrio Logan that’s run by culinary students learning the industry.
  • Two professors talk about looking at gun violence as a public health issue. In other news, the state of California shared links from an anti-immigrant hate group on its Department of Social Services website. Plus, a play about Leonardo Da Vinci is now on stage in San Diego.
  • After the recent shooting in Monterey Park, a local psychologist talks about the impacts mass violence has on mental health. In other news, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department announced a new effort to get a life-saving drug out to places where opioid overdoses are likely to happen. Plus, four plants and a bird species are being removed from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife’s endangered list.
  • San Diego Gas and Electric customers are opening surprisingly high utility bills this month, as natural gas rates are more than double what they were a year ago. In other news, homelessness has been dropping among veterans in San Diego County, but Supervisor Nathan Fletcher wants a regional strategy to end it completely. Plus, a local author talks about her new novel about the pressures of being a teen.
  • Asylum seekers are struggling to navigate a new app that's supposed to let them schedule appointments to be considered for entry into the U.S. Then, people who clean the county administration building say they are being mistreated and retaliated against by the company that employs them.
  • The number of women choosing to give birth at home has been steadily rising. In other news, the city of San Diego’s ambulance provider, Falck, is still not meeting expectations. Plus, the San Diego premiere of the play “Ripped” kicks off this weekend.
  • The U.S. military is struggling to meet is recruiting goals, so now the Navy has decided to give older people a chance to enlist. In other news, the Tijuana River Valley in South Bay remains flooded after this week's stormy weather. Plus, a local author t about their new novel set in a dystopian, future America.
  • Court transcripts show San Diego County Public Defender Randy Mize admitted under oath last month that he signed off on an investigative report knowing it contained false statements. In other news, the Chula Vista Elementary School District is moving ahead with plans to convert two of its campuses to Community Schools. Plus, we rounded up some of the most popular New Year's resolutions, and the most popular ones were about getting in shape.
  • The number of people living on the streets in downtown San Diego is at record levels. In other news, the San Diego Humane Society is over capacity and is waiving adoption fees for dogs seven months and older. Plus, we have some weekend arts events worth checking out.