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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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  • The White House is preparing to deliver COVID-19 Vaccines to millions of kids ages 5 to 11. We have input from our local health experts. Also, the San Diego Military Advisory Board’s (SDMAC) annual report reveals the military accounts for hundreds of thousands of jobs in the region and billions in economic impact. Plus, Governor Gavin Newsom despised Trump’s border wall, but now he’s hired the same company that built it here in San Diego to help fight COVID-19.
  • San Diego county continues to deliberate how it will meet California's greenhouse gas reductions goals while accommodating new growth. Meanwhile, construction to widen one of San Diego’s deadliest streets, El Cajon Boulevard, goes forward despite concerns over pedestrian safety. Plus, the local organization “Let Them Breathe” has become known nationally for opposing mask mandates in schools. We have a look at the people behind the group.
  • More than a thousand people crowded the front steps of the California Capitol on Monday to protest the state’s requirement that all children get the coronavirus vaccine to attend public and private schools. In San Diego, protestors gathered at Balboa park. Meanwhile, enough people are vaccinated that experts are cautiously optimistic that there won’t be a huge surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths this winter. Plus, the results of a new survey says teenage military dependent’s mental health is suffering.
  • Activists have been pushing to decriminalize jaywalking statewide. In San Diego and elsewhere across the state there are racial disparities in how jaywalking laws are enforced with Black people disproportionately ticketed. However, a recent effort to legalize jaywalking was vetoed by Governor Gavin Newsom. Also, UC San Diego has a record-high number of students on campus now, but students say they are struggling for space in dining, parking and class enrollment. Plus, California Congressman Adam Schiff spoke with our partners at Cap Radio about how he believes claims of election fraud are tearing apart our democracy.
  • California launches a study that will explore how a state government backed public banking system might work. Meanwhile, an underutilized MTS parking lot in San Diego’s South Bay won approval on Thursday to be turned into a housing development. And, federal data shows San Diego has one of the highest inflation rates in the nation.
  • The federal government announced on Wednesday that it would finally lift non-essential travel restrictions at U.S. ports of entry starting in November. San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria thanked federal and local leaders but said the restrictions lasted too long. We look at what impact opening the border will have on San Diego. Meanwhile, federal agents are wrapping up their on-the-ground portion of the investigation into the plane crash in Santee that killed two and injured others, but many questions remain. Plus, some California cities see Project Homekey–an effort to fight homelessness across the state–as a way to turn neglected properties into something that improves the community as a whole.
  • In Santee, family members and friends of those whose houses were destroyed by Monday’s deadly plane crash count their blessings. The National Transportation Safety Board continues the investigation. Meanwhile, the Chula Vista elementary school district now has electric school buses. And, San Diego’s first ever Filipino Film Festival is on.
  • San Diego is one step closer to regulating short-term home rentals such as AirBnb's. Homeowners will need to be licensed and will pay fees to offer short-term rentals more than 20 days a year. Meanwhile, the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance marked Indigenous Peoples’ Day by celebrating the Kumeyaay people. Plus, San Diego’s Rock 'n' Roll Marathon returns after being canceled due to the pandemic.
  • Low intensity burns or prescribed fires are necessary to keep a forest healthy and to prevent large wildfires, many forest managers now believe. A new law in California is encouraging more controlled burns in the Golden State. Meanwhile, Californians can continue to take their favorite cocktails to-go also under a new law. Plus, one former military interpreter from San Diego is rebooting his life after a harrowing escape from Afghanistan.
  • The school choice window is open now for six weeks for parents who want their children enrolled in a specific San Diego Unified school. Meanwhile, advocates are calling for the reopening of friendship park at the border. And, some military base names may be changing. Last month a federal commission began taking suggestions for replacing confederate names for military bases.