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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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  • A self-professed recovering engineer critiques the design of modern roads. Meanwhile, it’s National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week. Father Joe's Villages and Mission Federal Credit Union are partnering to bring awareness to these pressing issues in San Diego. Plus, with the COP26 climate conference finished, global leaders now have the task of following up on ambitious promises made to help fight climate change.
  • Rising prices have forced restaurants and even food suppliers to get creative. Meanwhile, a first draft of a new congressional map was released last week with the approval of California’s independent redistricting commission. Plus, the latest episode in a series of veterans stories told in their own voices.
  • Fire departments around the state are struggling with staffing shortages. COVID-19 is one reason, but San Diego's Fire Chief says there are a lot of other complicating factors hurting the firefighting workforce. Meanwhile, a father and son were reunited in San Ysidro on Veteran’s Day after being separated for nearly two decades. Plus, when COVID-19 hit, funding plummeted for Arts For Learning San Diego.
  • At a Tuesday night meeting, community members demanded Oceanside's chief of police make a policy to de-escalate potential violent encounters mandatory, rather than suggested – changing the word ‘should’ de-escalate to ‘shall’. Meanwhile, the San Diego Redistricting Commission is honing in on two new City Council district maps as they race to meet a mid-December deadline. Plus, this veterans day we bring you the story of army specialist Shoshana Johnson, as part of a series of stories from the American Homefront Project.
  • Cross-border COVID travel restrictions have kept Tijuana shoppers from visiting San Ysidro stores, which means a large number of businesses near the border have closed or have been struggling to stay open. Business owners are hoping that will change now that the travel restrictions at the border have been lifted. Plus: California’s economy is roaring back, food banks are battling rising food prices and more of the local news you need.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency, has decided to spend more than $630 million to expand the existing international sewage plant at the border, build a new sewage plant nearby and add other sewage infrastructure near the border. Plus: climate change at home, hiring more teachers for kids with special needs and more of the local news you need.
  • The U.S.-Mexico border is set to reopen today for all non-essential travel. Long lines and wait times are expected. Meanwhile, carbon emissions related to travel have almost returned to pre-pandemic levels. And, the trucking industry is facing a 80-thousand driver shortage. We’ll check in with one local trucking school trying to help get more drivers on the road.
  • El Centro is in Imperial County, situated on the edge of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. But the region is at risk of becoming another type of desert — a banking desert. Meanwhile, human rights advocates delivered a letter to District Attorney Summer Stephan on Thursday requesting an investigation into secret Border Patrol ‘shadow units’ that allegedly covered up agents' misconduct. A similar letter was sent to Congress last month. Plus, we have a full fact check about kids getting covid-19 vaccines.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic and the continuing uncertain job market has left many San Diego County school districts scrambling for teachers. That means good money for those willing and qualified to work as a substitute. Meanwhile, ports of entry at the U.S.-Mexico border are gearing up for lifting travel restrictions on November 8th. And, as vaccines for children 5 to 11 get emergency authorization, how many parents will actually choose to get their kids vaccinated?
  • The county hired nearly 1,000 people and spent millions on contract tracing, but the program aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19 was too small to actually meet that goal. Still, experts say contact tracing can and will be effective in dealing with flare-ups of the disease. Meanwhile, local researchers are both hopeful and apprehensive about the climate conference underway in Scotland. Plus, for those getting out of jail or addiction recovery centers, transitioning back into society can be a tough journey. Reintegration works to help people find housing and employment.