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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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Churches And Vaccine Decisions

Many religious leaders across the county are actively encouraging followers to get vaccinated. But, at least one megachurch is advocating against vaccines, while others are trying to avoid taking sides on the subject. Meanwhile, parents and students rallied outside the San Marcos Unified School district offices Monday morning, saying the district has no reopening plans in sight. Plus, a settlement ... Read more →

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Migrant Children At the Border

Central American Migrant families with children who have crossed the US Mexico border are being sent to San Diego, and then deported to Tijuana. There they face tough decisions -- return to their home countries, or send their children north? Meanwhile, the Ocean Beach pier might have to get torn down altogether. And, a fact check on just how many ... Read more →

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Mayor Todd Gloria’s $4.6 Billion Budget

Loans to nonprofit and small businesses, building "sexy" streets, investing in the city's Climate Equity Fund and supporting the San Diego Convention Center are among the highlights of Mayor Todd Gloria's $4.6 billion proposed budget. Meanwhile, clinics in National City were packed with young people now eligible for a covid-19 vaccine. Plus, Pac-Arts has their spring showcase opening next week. ... Read more →

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Alleged Sexual Predator In Local Nursing Homes

Certified nursing assistant Matthew Fluckiger was accused of sex crimes by women at multiple nursing homes in El Cajon and La Mesan-- and California Department of Public Health investigators knew. Yet, the agency waited years to revoke his license. Plus: how animals have fared this pandemic year -- turns out, if you’re a tortoise, not as well as a puppy. ...

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The J&J Vaccine Pause

San Diego County announced Tuesday morning that it’s pausing use of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, following guidance from the federal government. What that means for the city’s vaccination rollout. Plus: a $535 million deal for wildfire prevention in California, examining racial disparities in policing across San Diego County and more of the local news you need.

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Fighting Systemic Racism In San Diego

Mayor Todd Gloria announced an empowerment policy plan for San Diego's Black community. Plus: checking in with students, parents and teachers about the first day back at in-person learning lots of local schools, SeaWorld is opening more... and more of the local news you need.

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After over a year of closure, San Diego’s schools reopen for in-person learning today. The San Diego City council will likely open for in-person meetings in the coming months. But some aspects of the meetings may stay virtual. Plus, Chula Vista’s police drone program was expanded for use across the city, but questions and concerns remain.

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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.