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Artist Moves Quickly To Cover Hate Symbol In Hillcrest

Oct. 7, 2020
By Andi Dukleth

Swastika painted on the sidewalk is covered with a more positive message.

From left to right, author George R. R. Martin ...

Criticism Of 2020 Hugo Awards Spotlights A Lack Of Inclusivity In Literary Fiction World

Aug. 12, 2020
By Andi Dukleth

Since 1953, the Hugo Awards have celebrated the work of some of the most visionary creators in science fiction and fantasy literature. The 2020 awards, held on Aug. 1, however, received some criticism, especially toward the host of the ceremony.

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Protesters Demonstrate At San Diego-Based News Outlet Known For Supporting Trump

June 14, 2020
By Andi Dukleth

One America News (OAN) has faced intense criticism nationally for airing a story that suggested a 75-year-old protester in Buffalo who suffered a serious head injury after being knocked to the ground by police has links to the antifa movement.

La Bodega Art Gallery in Barrio Logan, Dec. 5, ...

Barrio Logan's La Bodega Art Gallery Leaves Behind Lasting Legacy

Dec. 12, 2019
By Andi Dukleth

The gallery, which galvanized a community, is closing at six years.

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Diversionary Theatre Creates Winter Wonderland For 'Santaland Diaries'

Dec. 4, 2019
By Andi Dukleth, Beth Accomando, Roland Lizarondo

The forecast at Diversionary Theatre is for snow through Dec. 22. Find out how the creative team behind "Santaland Diaries" is creating a winter wonderland that goes beyond what's onstage.

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Carlsbad Neighborhood Creates Swashbuckling Experience For Halloween

Oct. 31, 2019
By Andi Dukleth

A North County neighborhood offers a visual treat with no tricks. Homeowners of the Bressi Ranch community in Carlsbad are known for their elaborate decorations, but none are quite like the row of homes along Peppertree Way.

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Oceanside Film Festival Runs Wednesday Through Sunday

Aug. 1, 2019
By Andi Dukleth, Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

Since 2009 the Oceanside International Film Festival has been bringing unique screening experiences to North County. The festival runs Aug. 7 through 11 at the Sunshine Brooks Theater.

Native American dancers participate in Pow Wow ...

Inter-Tribal Pow Wow Lights Up San Luis Rey Mission

June 10, 2019
By Andi Dukleth

Tribes and vendors from across the country gathered on the Mission grounds with one purpose in mind: celebrating togetherness.

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'Put Your House In Order' Delivers Rom-Com For The Apocalypse

May 24, 2019
By Andi Dukleth, Beth Accomando

La Jolla Playhouse is premiering Ike Holter’s new play "Put Your House In Order." It’s billed as a “rom-com meets apocalyptic thriller.”

Super-Abled Comics writer and creator Travis Ri...

Super-Abled Comics Packs Empowering Punch

April 12, 2019
By Andi Dukleth

San Diego writer Travis Rivas is putting together a comic anthology about superheroes with disabilities.

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Dogs Vs. Boats: The Future Of Fiesta Island

May 22, 2019
By John Carroll

Users of a dog park and people who enjoy paddle boats are paying close attention to a city decision on Fiesta Island.

Attorney Craig Sherman stands with Pat Sexton o...

Lawsuit Challenges Plan For Bike Lanes On North Park Thoroughfare

Aug. 14, 2019
By Andrew Bowen

A group that calls itself Save 30th Street Parking claims San Diego violated a state law meant to protect the environment when it announced plans to eliminate parking along the road in favor of protected bike lanes.

U.S. Army soldiers belonging to the 1st Platoon...

Lawsuits: Federal Gov't Fails To Protect Military Reservists Returning To Civilian Jobs

Aug. 22, 2019
By Steve Walsh

Claiming they are denied promotions and pay, reservists and guard troops are suing their civilian employers under a federal law designed to protect their civilian careers. Federal agencies are seeing some of the highest number of complaints.

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San Diego County Students, Teachers Join In Global Climate Strike

Sept. 20, 2019
By Andrew Bowen, City News Service

Students around the county participated Friday in the Global Climate Strike by rallying and marching throughout the day.

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San Diego Considers Crackdown On Street Vendors

Sept. 25, 2019
By Priya Sridhar

There have been more street vendors around San Diego this year because there are currently no local restrictions on them.

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TwitchCon Brings Gamers, Fans To Budding San Diego Esports Industry

Sept. 27, 2019
By Shalina Chatlani

San Diego has a small but emerging esport economy, with some major game developers and gaming centers throughout the city.

Immigrant advocates hold a press conference mar...

Activists Say 'Operation Gatekeeper's' Legacy Is Death, 25 Years After It Began

Oct. 1, 2019
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Tuesday marked the 25th Anniversary of “Operation Gatekeeper,” which increased border security in San Diego County. Border arrests dropped in San Diego but thousands have died in the mountains and desert, trying to evade the Border Patrol.

Clothes, shoes and accessories collected during...

'Operation Dress Code' Accepting Clothing Donations For Female Veterans

Oct. 2, 2019
By Matt Hoffman

The campaign to collect clothes for female veterans transitioning into civilian careers kicks off this week.

Young Native American women participate in a Hu...

Study: California's Native American Students Suspended, Expelled At Higher Rates

Oct. 3, 2019
By Joe Hong

Native American students make up less than 1% of California’s public K-12 schools, but a new study found that they’re more likely to be suspended or expelled at a higher rate than the state average.

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Awareness Helps But It’ll Take More To Shed Mental Illness Stigma

Oct. 8, 2019
By Tarryn Mento

Mental health advocates are encouraging San Diegans to think about behavioral health for National Mental Illness Awareness Week.

Jennifer Doudna in this undated photo.

Jennifer Doudna, Co-Founder Of CRISPR, On The Future Of Gene Editing

Oct. 9, 2019
By Shalina Chatlani

KPBS science and technology reporter Shalina Chatlani sat down with Jennifer Doudna to talk about the ethics of editing DNA.

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Del Mar Still Working Out Plans To Deal With Rising Ocean

Oct. 16, 2019
By Erik Anderson

Del Mar and the California Coastal Commission take some extra time to work out a controversial local coastal plan.

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Documents Reveal Serious Abuse Allegations By Minors In Border Patrol Custody

Oct. 17, 2019
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

A new trove of documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union sheds light on years of alleged abuse of detained minors by Border Patrol agents.

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Vista Unified Superintendent Resigns Amidst Fiscal Turmoil

Oct. 18, 2019
By Joe Hong

The superintendent of Vista Unified School District resigned last week as the district expects to cut more than $19 million from next year’s budget.

The proposed site for Newland Communities to de...

Back Country Development Ballot Measure Draws Fire In San Diego

Oct. 29, 2019
By Erik Anderson

The ballot battle is underway over a measure that seeks to give voters a say if a back country development doesn't conform with San Diego County's General plan.

Power lines at an SDG&E facility in North Park ...

SDG&E Talks Power Safety Shut Offs In Face Of Red Flag Warnings

Oct. 30, 2019
By Matt Hoffman

While the power safety shut-offs might be controversial for some, SDG&E has its reasons.

Scott Brown closes the doors at Dons Market aft...

SDG&E Cuts Power Because Of Fire Danger; Businesses Forced To Close

Oct. 30, 2019
By Matt Hoffman

On Wednesday more than 25,000 SDG&E customers had their power cut as conditions were ripe for a wildfire, and businesses who lost electricity were forced to close.

Vince Hall, CEO of Feeding San Diego, a local n...

New App Will Help Fight Hunger In San Diego County

Nov. 5, 2019
By Priya Sridhar

The app, launched Tuesday by a local nonprofit, allows restaurants and other food producers to make their excess food available to organizations that feed the hungry.

San Diego educators and experts meet to discuss...

San Diego Unified Considers Joining Class-Action Suit Against Juul

Nov. 6, 2019
By Joe Hong

As electronic cigarette use and vaping-related injuries become more common throughout the country, San Diego Unified superintendent is calling for the district to join a recent class-action lawsuit filed by Los Angeles Unified against e-cigarette producer Juul.

Martha Abad, a community health worker at the L...

More Californians Will Get Help Paying For Health Insurance Through Obamacare

Nov. 6, 2019
By Priya Sridhar

Covered California officials say two state initiatives will provide more financial assistance for nearly one million people, including middle-income consumers.

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SDSU President Announces Task Forces In Response To Student Death

Nov. 12, 2019
By City News Service, Joe Hong

The announcement follows the death of a freshman after he attended an event at one of the university's fraternities.

District Attorney Summer Stephan (center) along...

District Attorney Launches Online Tool To Report Sexual And Physical Abuse Of Students

Nov. 14, 2019
By Matt Hoffman

District Attorney Summer Stephan said the tool will be a resource for parents or others who feel their complaints to schools are going unanswered.

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High Prices Keeping Home Ownership A Dream For Many City Heights Residents

Nov. 15, 2019
By Ebone Monet

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median household income in City Heights is $40,000, which is less than half of what mortgage professionals estimate is needed to afford a median-priced home in the community.

Nathan Fletcher speaks at a candidate forum for...

Supervisor Pushing For Subsidy Program Aimed At Keeping People From Becoming Homeless

Nov. 18, 2019
By Matt Hoffman

Giving money to people to keep them from becoming homeless. That is the idea behind a new program being floated by San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher.

Jewish Family Services plans to operate a safe ...

Encinitas Approves 'Safe Parking Lot' For Homeless

Nov. 21, 2019
By Priya Sridhar

People who live out of their cars will be able to use the lot, which is operated by Jewish Family Services. The nonprofit already operates three others in the county.

District Attorney Summer Stephan, left, and San...

Dealers Indicted Following Undercover Operation Targeting East Village Drug Dealers

Nov. 22, 2019
By City News Service

A grand jury has returned indictments against more than three dozen street-level drug dealers operating a "blatant, open drug market" out of San Diego's East Village neighborhood, many of whom were arrested after a four-month undercover operation, authorities announced Friday.

Acting Defense Secretary Richard Spencer listen...

Pentagon Chief Fires Navy Secretary Over Handling Of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher Case

Nov. 25, 2019
By Associated Press, Steve Walsh

Defense Secretary Mark Esper has fired the Navy’s top official, ending a stunning clash between President Donald Trump and top military leadership over the fate of a SEAL accused of war crimes in Iraq.

Storm clouds over Ocean Beach, November 19, 2019.

Storm Expected To Bring Rain, Snow To San Diego County

Nov. 27, 2019
By City News Service

Gusty winds in the San Diego County mountains this morning will precede significant rain showers throughout Southern California Wednesday, with a cold storm expected to make road conditions challenging for holiday traveler through the end of the week.

Melissa Studer helps her husband Chris put chai...

After Storm, San Diegans Head For Snow In The Mountains

Nov. 29, 2019
By Matt Hoffman

A cold and wet winter storm brought snow to San Diego’s mountains. Residents flocked to see the white stuff, but not before having to put chains on their tires.

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Diversionary Theatre Creates Winter Wonderland For 'Santaland Diaries'

Dec. 4, 2019
By Andi Dukleth, Beth Accomando, Roland Lizarondo

The forecast at Diversionary Theatre is for snow through Dec. 22. Find out how the creative team behind "Santaland Diaries" is creating a winter wonderland that goes beyond what's onstage.

Al Gore addresses the audience about climate ch...

Former VP Al Gore Warns Salk Audience Of Rapidly Warming Climate

Dec. 4, 2019
By Erik Anderson

The former vice president warns a San Diego audience that climate change is already happening.

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How San Diego Schools Fight Hunger During The Holidays

Dec. 13, 2019
By Joe Hong

For some students, school meals are a lifeline. What happens during the holiday break?

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Kaiser's Mental Health Professionals Strike In California

Dec. 16, 2019
By City News Service

Thousands of mental health professionals at Kaiser Permanente facilities in San Diego and across the state hit the picket lines Monday, beginning a five-day strike amid a continued labor standoff.

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San Diego Celebrates Anniversary Of Wright Brothers' Historic Flight

Dec. 17, 2019
By Priya Sridhar

It's been 116 years since Wilbur and Orville Wright first took flight. The San Diego Air and Space Museum celebrated Tuesday by powering up a replica of the engine in the Wright brothers' plane.

A pipe sits next a grinder full of ground marij...

Marijuana Culture Has Arrived, But The Science Is Still Catching Up

Dec. 19, 2019
By Shalina Chatlani

More people are buying marijuana since California legalized its retail sale two years ago. But the scientific research to show consumers the risks and benefits of marijuana use is just starting to accelerate.

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San Diego Blood Bank Issues Urgent Call For Type O Blood

Dec. 30, 2019
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

Type O positive, the most common blood type, is needed by many hospital patients. Type O negative, the universal blood type, can be given to any patient and is often used in emergency rooms when there is no time to determine the blood type of the patient.

San Diego City Councilman Mark Kersey speaks to...

San Diego Waives Permit Fees For Sidewalk Repairs

Jan. 15, 2020
By Priya Sridhar

The city of San Diego will temporarily waive permit fees for property owners who want to fix damaged sidewalks in front of their homes and businesses.

Students in the Neighborhood House Associations...

San Diego Preschools Will Benefit From Proposed State Budget

Jan. 17, 2020
By Joe Hong

San Diego preschools and child care centers have big expansion plans thanks to a surge in funding for early childhood education.

Gardeners at New Roots Community Farm in San Di...

AmeriCorps Members Honor MLK At City Heights' New Roots Community Farm

Jan. 20, 2020
By Ebone Monet

The micro farm, founded more than a decade ago by members of San Diego's refugee community, is situated on 54th Street in City Heights.

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Authorities Find Longest Southwest Border Smuggling Tunnel In San Diego

Jan. 29, 2020
Elliot Spagat / Associated Press

U.S. authorities have announced the discovery of the longest smuggling tunnel ever found on the Southwest border. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Wednesday the tunnel stretches more than three-quarters of a mile from a small warehouse in Tijuana, Mexico, into the San Diego area.

Kristin Gaspar (left), Olga Diaz and Terra Laws...

Third District County Supervisor Race Could Create Historic Change

Jan. 31, 2020
By Steve Walsh

Incumbent Republican Kristin Gaspar faces two Democratic challengers in a rapidly shifting third district, Escondido City Council member Olga Diaz and Terra Lawson-Remer, a UC San Diego professor and organizer.

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'Say No To Winter' Campaign Encourages People To Move To San Diego

Feb. 4, 2020
By Priya Sridhar

A new advertising campaign is urging people in cold-weather regions to "Say No To Winter" and move to San Diego.

Salk scientists Paloma Martinez-Redondo and Isa...

Salk Scientists Discover Therapy That Could Reverse Osteoarthritis

Feb. 7, 2020
By Shalina Chatlani

Scientists tested the therapy on rats and human cartilage cells, with promising results.

Farming is a major economic driver in the Imper...

Study: Toxic Elements Around Salton Sea Could Adversely Affect Nearby Residents

Feb. 10, 2020
By Shalina Chatlani

The problem has to do with selenium-rich fertilizers in the wetland areas surrounding the Salton Sea.

Mt. Hope Community Garden. January 21, 2020

Mt. Hope Community Garden Re-Opens With Focus On Food Justice

Jan. 28, 2020
By Jade Hindmon

Diane Moss, managing director of Project New Village, who oversees Mt. Hope Community Garden, spoke with Midday Edition about the vision to turn the area into a hub for good food.

Special education teachers and support staff pr...

Special Ed Teachers: We're Overburdened And Underpaid

Feb. 12, 2020
By Joe Hong

Special education teachers and their aides brought boxes of complaints to the district offices Tuesday that detail high caseloads and a lack of proper training.

An Alzheimer's patient works on a word puzzle a...

County To Get $750,000 For Dementia Studies, Programs

Feb. 12, 2020
By City News Service

San Diego County's public health agency is one of six across the state that will receive $750,000 over three years to help address issues of dementia, the California Department of Public Health announced Tuesday.

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Coronavirus Quarantine Ending For 200-Plus At MCAS Miramar

Feb. 18, 2020
By Matt Hoffman

Around 160 people will leave the base on Tuesday, with another 60 set to depart Thursday after finishing a federally-mandated 14-day quarantine period.

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Sound Waves Could Make Batteries Better, San Diego Scientists Say

Feb. 18, 2020
By Erik Anderson

San Diego scientists say they have found a way to use sound to improve the efficiency and capacity of certain batteries.

Michael Hernandez speaks to reporters about all...

Boy Scouts Bankruptcy Could Shorten Window For Survivors To File New Suits

Feb. 19, 2020
By Priya Sridhar

The Boy Scouts of America have filed for bankruptcy in the face of more than 300 lawsuits from men who say they were sexually abused as scouts.

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Money Driving Debate Over San Diego County's Measure B

Feb. 24, 2020
By Erik Anderson

The battle over a North County housing development called Newland Sierra is attracting big money ahead of San Diego County's election day.

Veterans practice yoga as part of their treatme...

VA Doubles Down On Treatment For Vets With Gambling Addiction

Feb. 25, 2020
By Steve Walsh

Veterans Affairs opens the second inpatient treatment center for gambling in Las Vegas, part of a long tradition that dates back to the early days when gambling was first seen as an addiction.

Shawn Khalifa tours the San Diego State Univers...

California's Felony Murder Law Change Means Freedom For San Diego Man

Feb. 26, 2020
By Claire Trageser

Shawn Khalifa went to prison at the age of 15 for a murder he was present for but didn't commit. Sixteen years later, he's a free man.

First responders and divers join the search for...

Search Continues For 'Dump And Run' Boat Survivors Off Del Mar Coast

Feb. 28, 2020
By City News Service

Authorities sought Friday morning to find as many as three people missing from a panga smuggling boat off the coast of Del Mar.

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San Diego Unified Officials Detail Plans For School Closures To Stem Coronavirus

March 13, 2020
By David Washburn, Joe Hong

Schools will provide breakfast and lunch to students who are on free or reduced-cost meals, through eight different drive-thru sites.

Public health officials want people to socially...

Explainer: What is 'Flattening the Curve?' And Why Are We 'Socially Distancing?'

March 18, 2020
By Shalina Chatlani

These ideas may not make sense right now, so we've put together an explainer to show why flattening the curve is key to making sure the country's health care system doesn't get overwhelmed.

A shopper checking out at the Trader Joe's near...

California Awakes To New Reality: Homebound Amid Outbreak

March 20, 2020
Brian Melley / Associated Press

Californians awoke to a new reality after the governor issued stay-at-home orders for nearly 40 million people amid the coronavirus outbreak. The move by Gov. Gavin Newsom was the most sweeping in the country in the effort to curb the pandemic.

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Humane Society Responds To COVID-19 Shortages With Pet Food Distribution

March 24, 2020
By John Carroll

The Humane Society is distributing 70,000 pounds of pet food and supplies across the county.

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Job Losses Stagger San Diego's Economy

March 27, 2020
By Erik Anderson

San Diego's economy has slowed significantly as public health officials struggle to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus testing at the San Diego county lab...

County Releases Home ZIP Codes Of COVID-19 Cases, But Does That Tell Us Anything?

April 1, 2020
By Matt Hoffman

This week San Diego County health officials started releasing home ZIP codes for coronavirus cases. But doctors don't want the public to read into those numbers too much.

A closed sign outside of Gossip Grill in Hillcr...

Record Number Of Unemployment Claims Filed As San Diegans Struggle To Make Ends Meet

April 2, 2020
By Matt Hoffman

More than 6 million Americans have filed for unemployment as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise across the country. At least 20,000 San Diegans were laid off in March.

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San Diego Backs Off Furlough Plan For Hundreds Of City Workers

April 10, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

The City of San Diego has abandoned a plan that would have left hundreds of city workers without pay.

Charlie Boghosian, better known as Chicken Char...

Chicken Charlie Laments Loss Of County Fair; Deep-Fried Taffy Will Have To Wait

April 15, 2020
By Matt Hoffman

The San Diego County Fair is the latest major event to be canceled in San Diego because of COVID-19. It was scheduled to run from June 5 to July 5 with more than 1 million people attending.

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202-Bed Federal Hospital In Escondido Ready To Be Deployed, But Will We Need It?

April 23, 2020
By Matt Hoffman

A new federal medical station is being set up in the north county to help reduce strain on hospitals because of COVID-19.

Frank Granda in a video conference interview in...

As Formal Distance Learning Begins, One San Diego Unified Student Finds His Rhythm

April 29, 2020
By Joe Hong

A Serra High student, who is on the autism spectrum, said the transition was tricky at first but now he's getting the hang of it. The change was not as easy for other special needs students.

South Bay United Pentecostal Church in Chula Vi...

South Bay Church's Lawsuit Heads To Supreme Court After Rejection At 9th Circuit Court Of Appeals

May 26, 2020
By John Carroll

South Bay church's lawsuit heads to the Supreme Court after being rejected by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Johanna Bernal,pictured in this undated photo, ...

Building Trust Key To Stopping Coronavirus Spread In Communities Of Color

May 29, 2020
By Shalina Chatlani

Latinos make up just one-third of the county's population. But they account for 60% of positive coronavirus cases. So, cities like San Diego are seeing how critical it is to address the issue of trust and fear in communities of color.

Apartments in the San Diego neighborhood of Tal...

San Diego Approves Relief Fund For Renters Hurt By Pandemic

June 2, 2020
By Andrew Bowen

The city fund would use federal stimulus money to make direct payments to landlords on behalf of tenants who have been unable to pay rent during the coronavirus pandemic.

La Mesa residents paint murals on boards coveri...

La Mesa Businesses Work To Repair Damage

June 3, 2020
By Matt Hoffman

Stores in La Mesa are still repairing the damage after looters broke in following protests over the weekend, and some artists are doing their part to help rebuild.

A proponent of amending Proposition 13 to incre...

San Diego Leaders Tout Change To Prop. 13 That Would Boost School Funding

June 11, 2020
By Joe Hong

A statewide measure on the November ballot would eliminate the property tax protections Prop. 13 has given large corporations in California since 1978.

Lt. Col. Michelle Macander at Camp Pendleton on...

First Female Marine To Head A Combat Brigade Completes Assignment This Week

June 17, 2020
By Steve Walsh

Lt. Col Michelle Macander will move on Thursday after leading the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion at Camp Pendleton for two years.

A vacant county crime lab and future site of af...

San Diego Again Loses Out In State Affordable Housing Grant Program

June 22, 2020
By Andrew Bowen

While projects in the Bay Area and Los Angeles are recommended for more than $400 million, San Diego will likely get zero dollars under the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities grant program.

Marlene Herrera, an 18-year-old currently livin...

How The Coronavirus Pandemic Changed One Latina Teen's Political Outlook

June 24, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Young people in San Diego will be feeling the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on their mental health and political views for decades to come.

Lung-specific CD8 killer T cells, highlighted i...

Salk Scientists: 'Killer' Lung Immune Cells Could Be Potential Weapon Against Coronavirus

June 29, 2020
By Shalina Chatlani

T cells are white blood cells that flare up when the body is infected with a virus. They attack the cells that are already infected and get rid of them, so the body can stay healthy.

Christa Jones, a nurse in the Sharp Grossmont H...

'The Data Is Headed In The Wrong Direction;' San Diego Health Care Systems React To Rising COVID-19 Cases

July 3, 2020
By Matt Hoffman

Local health care systems are seeing an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations that they say could be stemming from Memorial Day Weekend.

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San Diego County To Halt Indoor Restaurant Service As COVID Cases Reach 17,000

July 6, 2020
By City News Service

Restaurants that are open with dine-in indoor service cannot allow any new customers inside past 10 p.m. Monday, and all customers must be off the premises by 11 p.m. Outdoor dining will still be permitted for those restaurants, as will delivery and takeout.

Juan Magana of Sierra Madre Cantina in Escondid...

$17 Million Now Available To Help Struggling San Diego County Businesses

July 8, 2020
By Matt Hoffman

San Diego County officials are setting aside $17 million in CARES Act dollars to help struggling businesses during the pandemic. It is part of a new small business stimulus program that is now accepting applications.

The curb on the north side of Camino De Collado...

Curb In La Jolla Illegally Painted Red To Deter Beach Parkers

July 9, 2020
By John Carroll

Someone painted a curb red on a La Jolla street, ostensibly to deter beach parkers. Now the Surfrider Foundation is trying to do something about it.

A a county employee waits for a person to swab ...

Testing Hurdles: County Working To Overcome Equipment Shortage, Hiring More Lab Staff

July 16, 2020
By Matt Hoffman

Recently San Diego county officials have been able to increase the daily number of tests performed, but now there is a new roadblock — staff and equipment shortages.

A sign blinks in the entrance of a clothing sto...

Aid For San Diego's Undocumented Workers Dwindles As Pandemic Continues

July 21, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

With many businesses unable to reopen because of rising numbers of coronavirus cases, the situation for San Diego’s undocumented population, who don't have jobs or government assistance, remains perilous.

MTS CEO Sharon Cooney stands in front of a trol...

New MTS Chief Sharon Cooney: Safety 'Underlies Everything We Do'

Aug. 3, 2020
By Andrew Bowen

The Metropolitan Transit System got a new CEO, Sharon Cooney, after the sudden death of her predecessor in May. She spoke with KPBS about her priorities.

Police speak with people in Ocean Beach, August...

Ocean Beach Residents Feel 'Disrespected' By Crowds Flouting COVID-19 Rules

Aug. 6, 2020
By Matt Hoffman

People gathering for "drum circles" have not been wearing face coverings or practicing social distancing. Residents say they're fed up.

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher in front of the Coun...

Supervisor, Community Leaders Propose Additions To County Budget

Aug. 25, 2020
By City News Service

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher proposed almost $50 million in additional social services Tuesday, including assistance for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, ahead of the county board's vote on the fiscal year 2020-21 budget Tuesday afternoon.

San Diego Events Coalition and industry workers...

With Empty Gear, San Diego Events Workers March To Spotlight Industry's Hardship

Sept. 8, 2020
By Tania Thorne

Event workers marched Monday from Waterfront Park to the San Diego Convention Center with empty gear cases symbolizing the void of events this year and the impact the pandemic has brought to the events industry.

Worker/Owners at Pixca farms in the south bay p...

South Bay Worker Cooperative Looks To Chart The Future Of Urban Farming

Sept. 18, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

While Pixca aims to increase community access to healthy foods, it’s also trying something equally ambitious — a business model that could point a way forward for urban agriculture.

The Metropolitan Correctional Complex (MCC), si...

Court Filing: COVID-19 Outbreak At San Diego Jail Due To Careless Handling Of Infected Inmate

Sept. 21, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

An inmate is on the verge of death as one of the largest COVID-19 outbreaks in the federal prison system continues to play out in downtown San Diego.

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November Election Around The Corner, With Some Tweaks From Prior Years

Oct. 5, 2020
By Shalina Chatlani

This year voters will have more time and more ways to cast their ballots. But, there will be fewer polling sites.

The San Marcos Senior Center was transformed in...

San Marcos Creates Learning Hubs Program For Employees

Oct. 8, 2020
By Tania Thorne

The San Marcos Senior Center has been transformed into a COVID-19-era school setting to help out the children of the city of San Marcos employees.

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County Offering Free Flu Vaccines To Prevent COVID-19 And Influenza 'Twindemic'

Oct. 22, 2020
By John Carroll

The county said on Thursday that preventing a so-called 'twindemic' where people get COVID 19 and the flu is imperative. They announced free flu clinics and urged everyone to get vaccinated.

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San Diego Officials Prepare For Surge Of Voters Ahead Of Election Day

Oct. 28, 2020
By Shalina Chatlani

More than 875,000 mail ballots have been returned. That's 450,000 more than in 2016.

Signs put in the front yards of some Coronado h...

Who Is Putting These Signs Up In Coronado Front Yards? Police Are Trying To Find Out

Oct. 29, 2020
By Matt Hoffman

Some Coronado homeowners who publicly display their support for President Trump are waking up to signs reading, "Racism Lives Here" in their front yards.

A San Diego resident drops off her ballot at a ...

Election Officials Prepare As San Diego Polls Open Saturday For In-Person Voting

Oct. 30, 2020
By Shalina Chatlani

Officials say it’s up to voters to try to be patient with long lines, try to vote over the four day period to reduce crowds and wear their masks and socially distance.