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Tips To Avoid Scams While Shopping Online

Nov. 27, 2020
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

Michelle Singletary writes about personal finances for The Washington Post and joins Midday Edition on Friday with tips on protecting our financial wellbeing when shopping online.

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Caring For Our Mental Health During A Pandemic Holiday Season

Nov. 25, 2020
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

According to a CDC study, more than 2 in 5 Americans have said they are experiencing mental health issues associated with the pandemic.


A Pause In San Diego Housing Market Price Increases May Be Temporary

Nov. 24, 2020
By Alison St John

San Diego home prices have continued their upward climb for most of the pandemic, but recent figures suggest they stalled last month.

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Coaster Train Will Go To San Diego Convention Center

Nov. 24, 2020
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

The Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo or LOSSAN rail corridor through Los Angeles and San Diego is the second busiest rail corridor in the country. If extended, people from LA or North San Diego County could buy a ticket to a Padres game, or Comic-Con and arrive on the doorstep of those events by train.

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Food Alliance Seeks Paradigm Shift For San Diego's Food Supply

Nov. 23, 2020
By Alison St John

A consortium of more than 100 organizations in San Diego is working on a plan — a kind of paradigm shift — a new vision of how to make sustainable food sources more available to all San Diegans. The group wants your feedback on the plan before Thanksgiving.

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San Diego's Budget Projections Have Coronavirus Written All Over Them

Nov. 23, 2020
By Alison St John, Pat Finn

The two biggest sources of city revenue, sales taxes and hotel taxes, have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and are likely to remain ailing for some time.

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Robotic Floats Will Collect New Data On How Climate Change Is Affecting Our Oceans

Nov. 16, 2020
By Alison St John

Scripps Institution of Oceanography is part of a consortium that will deploy 500 new robotic floats, to collect data about what is going on under the surface of the ocean as the planet warms.

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Port of San Diego's Plan: 34 Miles To Redesign

Nov. 16, 2020
By Alison St John, Pat Finn

The draft of the newly Revised Port Master Plan Update ditches hundreds of new hotel rooms, postpones the redevelopment of Seaport Village and adds a new way for big trucks to avoid Barrio Logan on their way north.

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Roundtable: Tighter COVID-19 Restrictions Return To San Diego

Nov. 13, 2020
By Alison St John, Bennett Lacy

Many local businesses will be forced to reduce capacity as San Diego slides into the state's most restrictive COVID-19 operating tier, women running for political office in San Diego County tell their stories about confronting receiving threats and harassment on social media, and artists go to court to preserve murals slated for demolition at a middle school in Logan Heights.

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San Diego City College Class Trains Homeless Services Workforce

Nov. 12, 2020
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

The San Diego Housing Commission worked with the college to create the class that will train future housing coordinators, peer mentors and case managers within homeless services organizations.

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'Journeys North' Takes You 2,650 Miles Along the Pacific Crest Trail

Nov. 10, 2020
By Alison St John

San Diego author and hiker-extraordinaire Barney “Scout” Mann’s novel “Journeys North, The Pacific Crest Trial" takes us from the Mexican border to Canada on a trek that is as much an inner journey as an outer journey.

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Legal Challenge Threatens City's Midway District Redevelopment Plans

Nov. 10, 2020
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

San Diego city voters approved Measure E with nearly 57% of the vote, but the will of the people may or may not be enough to overturn the 30-foot height limit in the Midway District.

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Esther Sanchez Is First Woman And First Latina To Be Elected Mayor Of Oceanside

Nov. 10, 2020
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

Oceanside is San Diego County’s third largest city after San Diego and Chula Vista. It has traditionally been seen as a conservative town, but Oceanside voters have elected a new mayor who is a Democrat.


'Gaijin' Explores The Experience Of Being An Outsider

Nov. 9, 2020
By Alison St John

The feeling of being an outsider is the theme explored in San Diego writer Susan Sleeper’s story, titled “ Gaijin.”

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Huge DDT Dumping Ground Found Near Catalina

Nov. 3, 2020
By Alison St John, Pat Finn

In the last decade, a marine scientist photographed evidence of what may be 500,000 barrels of DDT waste dumped into deeper waters closer to Catalina Island.

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Measuring Media Bias

Nov. 3, 2020
By Alison St John

An event hosted by the Center for Ethics in Science and Technology will describe the new media ecosystem we are living in, and technology designed to assess bias in media news stories.

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How Will Blue Wave Impact North County Elections?

Oct. 27, 2020
By Alison St John, Maureen Cavanaugh

The so-called blue wave appears to be continuing in North County. According to data from the Registrar of Voters as of Sept. 30, there are more registered Democrats than Republicans in Carlsbad, Oceanside, San Marcos and Escondido, Vista, Encinitas, Solana Beach and Del Mar heading into next week's election.

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East County Supervisor Candidates Discuss Coronavirus, Housing, Mental Illness

Oct. 26, 2020
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

Two Republicans are vying to replace Dianne Jacob and represent East County on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. Joel Anderson and Steve Vaus discussed the issues on KPBS Midday Edition.

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Emails Reveal More About City's Ash Street Lease Deal

Oct. 20, 2020
By Alison St John, Pat Finn

The city of San Diego's lease-to-own agreement for the 101 Ash St. high-rise has been called the worst real estate deal in the city's history. Emails reviewed by The San Diego Union-Tribune investigative reporter Jeff McDonald fill in some holes in this complex story.

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San Diego Filmmaker Interviews Former White Supremacists For New Documentary

Oct. 19, 2020
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

In "Love Wins Over Hate," reformed white supremacists talk about their transformations to becoming people who promote empathy and inclusivity.

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History Of San Onofre's Legendary Surfing Beach Remembered

Oct. 8, 2020
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

San Onofre is one of the legendary surf beaches of the world. A 1,500 page book, filled with pictures and mementos, brings its history and culture to life.

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Homelessness During Pandemic Making A Bad Situation Worse

Oct. 5, 2020
By Alison St John, Pat Finn

Pediatrics expert's keynote address to San Diego Housing Federation will stress the importance of "decent, stable" housing for the physical and mental health of children and families.

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'A Growing Passion' Host Nan Sterman Talks About Season 8 Of Her Popular Show

Sept. 24, 2020
By Alison St John, John Carroll

"A Growing Passion" host Nan Sterman joined Midday Edition to give us a sneak peek into season 8 of the popular show. We'll hear her suggestions about what to plant going into the fall and winter, and the challenges COVID-19 has presented in producing this season of the show.

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CA Insurance Commissioner Seeks Public Input On Wildfire Coverage

Sept. 23, 2020
By Alison St John, Pat Finn

As a plague of wildfires torches large sections of the state, many California homeowners are discovering that fire insurance is either out of their reach financially or not available for any price. Ricardo Lara, California's insurance commissioner, is searching for solutions.

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'We Know It Is In The Air,' Local Scientist Reacts To Changing CDC COVID-19 Guidance

Sept. 22, 2020
By Alison St John, Pat Finn

On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control removed language about the spread of the coronavirus through aerosol particles from its website, information they had just posted Friday. A renowned UC San Diego atmospheric chemist explains what science believes about aerosols and the coronavirus on KPBS Midday Edition.

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What To Know If You Receive A Jury Summons

Sept. 22, 2020
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

Jury trials in San Diego are scheduled to begin again in October with safety measures in place. San Diego Superior Court Presiding Judge Lorna Alksne discusses how jury trials will work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Summer Music: Indian K Explores His Identity In 'Duality 2'

Sept. 17, 2020
By Alison St John, Kurt Kohnen

The hip-hop artist Indian K is a member of the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians. He spent the early part of his childhood living on his tribe’s reservation. His life has taken him on a long and winding road through foster care and prison and back into the community as a respected musician.

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Sen. Toni Atkins Reflects On 'Most Difficult Year' In The Legislature

Sept. 15, 2020
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

The turmoil surrounding COVID-19 touched everything this year, including California's State Legislature. When the Senate and Assembly wrapped up their sessions in August, many closely watched bills failed to get the votes they needed to pass.

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KPBS Event Delves Into Childcare Crisis

Sept. 10, 2020
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

A virtual panel discussion on the topic takes place Thursday night at 7 p.m. It's free and open to the public.

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Rooftop Solar And Energy Storage Units Could Help During Emergency Blackouts

Sept. 9, 2020
By Alison St John

With the ongoing threat of blackouts, some people now have questions about whether it's worth getting solar panels and energy storage batteries.

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The University Of California Is Taking The Lead On Phasing Out Single-Use Plastics

Sept. 8, 2020
By Alison St John

Legislation to reduce single-use plastics failed to pass the California Legislature this year, but the University of California has committed to phasing out single use plastics on its 10 campuses in the next ten years.

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San Diego County Releases Limited Coronavirus Outbreak Data

Sept. 4, 2020
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

There have been more than 240 community coronavirus outbreaks since the start of the pandemic in San Diego County, according to a new list released Thursday by the county.

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Summer Music: San Diego Songwriter Alfred Howard Teams Up With His Mom For New Project

Sept. 3, 2020
By Alison St John, Julia Dixon Evans, Kurt Kohnen

As part of a new multimedia project, Alfred Howard is writing 100 songs — each one accompanied by an original watercolor painting by his mother.

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In The Midst Of The Pandemic, San Diego Home Prices Keep On Rising

Sept. 1, 2020
By Alison St John

In spite of job losses and high unemployment, the median price of a single family home in San Diego County is still rising, hitting an all-time high of $700,000 in July.

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Summer Music: How Nature Inspires Musician Jesus Gonzalez

Aug. 20, 2020
By Alison St John, Kurt Kohnen

Gonzalez, who is known for his experimental style and looping techniques, joined Midday Edition on Thursday as part of our annual summer music series.

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State Urges Officials Not To Postpone Planning For Sea-Level Rise

Aug. 18, 2020
By Alison St John

A California report urges local and state governments not to get distracted by COVID-19 from planning ahead for rising seas.

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Facebook Group Leads To Violent Face Offs At Protests

Aug. 18, 2020
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

Some of the confrontations have involved members of a Facebook group called “Defend East County.” The group was started after a La Mesa protest at the end of May turned destructive. It has recently swelled to over 20,000 members.

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San Diego Author Captures 'Spirit Of Chicano Park' In New Children's Book

Aug. 18, 2020
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

The book's release coincides with the 50th anniversary of the founding of Chicano Park in San Diego's Barrio Logan neighborhood.

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Summer Music: Greyboy Allstars Release New Album

Aug. 13, 2020
By Alison St John, Kurt Kohnen

"Como De Allstars" is the bands first album in seven years.

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New Study Says Forecasters Are Overestimating Future Demand For Water

Aug. 11, 2020
By Alison St John

A new report from the Pacific Institute suggests Californians have learned to conserve so well that water forecasters have radically overestimated the amount of water we will need in the future.

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Billions In PPP Loans Still Available But Applications Are Due By Saturday

Aug. 6, 2020
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

Businesses in San Diego County have received about $1 billion through Paycheck Protection Program loans according to the San Diego and Imperial County’s Small Business Development Center but more than $110 billion remain in the national fund.

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San Diego Writers Festival Wraps Up With A Focus On Getting Published

Aug. 5, 2020
By Alison St John

The San Diego Writers’ Festival holds its final day of on-line speakers this Saturday Aug. 8th, focusing on what it takes to get published.

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Your Voting Questions Answered

Aug. 4, 2020
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

Election day is three months away, but voting will start much earlier and already questions are swirling around how safe and secure voting will be. San Diego County Registrar of Voters, Michael Vu, answers your voting questions.

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Managing Your Money During A Pandemic

Aug. 4, 2020
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

A quarter of a million people in San Diego County have lost a job amid business reductions and closures caused by the coronavirus. If you are among those who are still getting a paycheck, the pandemic has likely still impacted your finances.

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San Onofre Decommissioning Update

July 27, 2020
By Alison St John

As summer slips by, work continues to dismantle the San Onofre nuclear power plant. The process of decommissioning the plant is more controversial than its 44 years in operation, due to unanswered questions about where to safely dispose of the nuclear waste.

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SDSU Considers Proposal To Revoke Emeritus Status For Cause

July 23, 2020
By Alison St John, Pat Finn

A committee of SDSU's Faculty Senate is considering a proposal to allow the university president to revoke emeritus status and its privileges held by retired professors who cause harm to the university's reputation.

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Chicano Federation: County's COVID-19 Outreach To Latinos Lacks Urgency

July 23, 2020
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Nancy Maldonado, CEO of the Chicano Federation, said more needs to be done to address the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Latino community.

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San Diego City Ratepayers Overbilled For Industrial Wastewater

July 22, 2020
By Alison St John

A San Diego city audit has revealed that residents and businesses have been improperly charged tens of millions of dollars in fees to cover industrial wastewater services.

'Screenagers' Offers Tips On How To Keep On-Line Screen Time Healthy

July 22, 2020
By Alison St John

Young people are spending more and more time on line during the pandemic quarantine, and parents are often at a loss for how to monitor or modify their children’s screen time.

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Avid San Diego Hiker Offers Advice On Hiking During The Pandemic

July 20, 2020
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

Scott Turner is the co-author of four hiking guides, including the fifth edition of "Afoot and Afield in San Diego County."

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