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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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California Considers Changing Watchdog Role Of Nursing Home Inspectors

The nursing home industry is pushing a plan to have state public health inspectors double as advisors for the industry in an effort to improve care. Critics argue such a plan would weaken oversight, detracting from the inspectors watchdog role. Meanwhile, state lawmakers are considering reducing how many out-of-state and international students are admitted into the University of California system. ... Read more →

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Final Round Of PPP Loans

Monday was the last day for small business owners to apply for a federal Paycheck Protection Program, or PPP loans. The loans were part of the third round of federal aid aimed at giving businesses owned by people of color, and those in lower income neighborhoods better access to funding. Meanwhile, La Mesa is commemorating the anniversary of a major ... Read more →

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High-Speed Rails And High-Density Housing

The long-term growth strategy of the regional planning agency tries to balance future transportation needs with climate change reduction goals. But–with no plan to widen freeways–It's already facing political opposition. Meanwhile, can businesses require you to show proof of vaccination? Plus, a feature on a local Japanese farming family that has persevered and thrived here despite legal barriers, internment camps, ... Read more →

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Pack Your Patience For The Beach

San Diego Authorities expect the beaches to be mobbed this memorial day weekend -- so be prepared for crowds and get there early to find parking. Meanwhile, a new report finds that more than 100,000 Californians don’t have access to affordable housing and local housing advocates are calling on the state to help preserve affordable housing. Plus, the department of ... Read more →

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Long-Term Outdoor Dining

San Diego City has approved hundreds of outdoor dining permits since the pandemic began. Despite a big loss in parking across the city, the program appears to have widespread support. Meanwhile, the Chula Vista city council voted Tuesday to permanently remove a controversial statue at Discovery Park. Plus, an update on the situation with the cyber attack at Scripps Health.

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SDG&E Continues Its Franchise

The San Diego City Council approved a new franchise agreement with SDG&E, despite many critics who said the deal did not do enough to hold the utility accountable. Meanwhile, San Diego County is spearheading efforts to help vaccinate workers employed in Baja California. Plus, a closer look at who's being allowed into the US and who is chosen to remain ... Read more →

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George Floyd One Year On

It’s been one year since the killing of George Floyd -- what’s happened to police reform in San Diego since then? Meanwhile, across San Diego school officials say there will be a return to normalcy in the fall. Plus, the Yellow Whistle Campaign, a nationwide effort to stand in solidarity with the Asian community, has made its way to Mira ... Read more →

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Julian’s Dark Skies

The town of Julian is now the second in the state to receive recognition as an official Dark Sky Community. The town worked for the honor by reducing outdoor light pollution. Meanwhile, as the pandemic world shifted schools and shopping and everything else online, San Diego’s Refugee population, with limited access to the internet, were left in a tight spot. ... Read more →

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Sexism In San Diego’s Craft Brew Scene

An Instagram page reposting stories of women’s experience of sexism within the craft brew industry rocks San Diego’s own craft brew scene. Meanwhile, there’s been another deadly maritime human smuggling operation, this time near La Jolla. Plus, the impacts of the upcoming Mexican Elections are felt in San Diego.

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Vaccinating Cruise Ship Crews

Over 400 cruise ship crew members received their vaccinations this week due to a partnership between the Port of San Diego and Sharp HealthCare . Meanwhile, activists were disappointed by Mayor Todd Gloria's latest revised budget proposal that keeps police funding where it was before. And, the Quinceaneras industry had a tough pandemic year, but now there’s finally hope of ... Read more →