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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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Lowriders Promote National City’s Vaccinations

Every second and fourth Saturday at a walk-up clinic in National City, lowrider cars will greet patients and promote the opportunity to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Meanwhile, the City Heights community and it’s leaders gather to discuss remodeling sections of El Cajon Boulevard. And, a preview of arts and cultural happenings this weekend.

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San Diego In The Orange

San Diego’s business community celebrates their first day in the state’s orange covid-19 tier. Also, Donovan state prison in Otay Mesa is among those in the state with the most inmate deaths from covid-19. Our partners at inewsource have new information on what was behind the deaths. Plus, learning how to talk about mental health in the Latino community.

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Reopening California

Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled a plan on Tuesday to reopen California by mid June if Covid-19 trends continue. Meanwhile, San Diego moves into the Orange Covid-19 tier today. Plus, Measure C, the hotel tax increase measure aimed at funding a convention center expansion, gets a second chance.

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Aid For The Events Industry

The events industry - those folks who put on conferences and large gatherings - could see permit fees waived to help them recover financially. Meanwhile, three weeks after opening a rental assistance program, San Diego city leaders are still urging people to apply for the money. Plus, what would Biden’s Infrastructure plan mean for San Diego?

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San Diego’s Vaccine Efforts Praised

Governor Gavin Newsom was in town on Friday, praising San Diego’s vaccine efforts. Meanwhile, crowds will be back later this month at conferences and live performances, according to state rules. Plus, the San Diego Public Library Foundation wants your input on a new library master plan.

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Long Stays At San Diego’s Jails

At least 380 inmates who either can't afford bail, or weren't granted it, have spent more than a year in local jails. That's not how the system is supposed to work. Also, attempts to better regulate nursing homes in the state in the post-pandemic era. And COVID-19 testing at Black churches.

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Haitians At The Border

South of the border, a lot of focus in recent weeks has been on a surge of Central American asylum seekers, but there is also a large group of migrants from Haiti, fighting their own battles in Tijuana against violence and racism. Meanwhile, Two new scooter rental companies have begun operations in San Diego as city officials consider ways to ... Read more →

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'Resilience' Group Helping Kids Get Out Of Gangs

A North County group is helping at-risk youth resist the lure of gangs, and have a chance at a new life. Plus, some landlords in San Diego refused rent relief money in the first round of funding -- a new infusion of money includes incentives for landlords to participate. Meanwhile, the San Diego VA is rolling out it’s vaccine plans ... Read more →

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Food Stamp Benefits Hard To Access For Many

To receive food stamp benefits in California, eligible recipients must recertify every six months. A new study from UC Berkeley finds that complicated processes often drive people out of the program. Meanwhile, as more migrant teenage girls arrive at the San Diego convention center, local social service agencies and educators are stepping up to help them. Plus, a new analysis ... Read more →

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Gender Equity In The Marine Corps

The Marines have the fewest number of women of any of the armed services. Though the Corps has now integrated its two boot camps, that's just one of several hurdles the Corps faces to fully welcoming women to its ranks. Also, the parents of a hiker who drowned in Mission Trails Regional Park in January are working to get a ... Read more →