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Scott Sherman Discusses Bid For San Diego Mayor

Jan. 28
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

It looked for a while as if the contest for San Diego mayor would not have a well-known Republican in the race. But just before the filing deadline, Councilman Scott Sherman, who represents District 7, decided to run.

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More Energy Expected To Come From Geothermal In California

Jan. 27
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

Two new geothermal plants are in the works in the state, one is in the Salton Sea area and the other is in northern California.

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Coffee Lovers Unite For San Diego's Caffeine Crawl

Jan. 23
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Nearly 40 coffee, tea and chocolate shops in San Diego County are participating in the seventh annual San Diego Caffeine Crawl, which kicks off Friday.

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'Cambodian Rock Band' Playwright's Work Back In San Diego

Jan. 22
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

"The Great Leap" runs through Feb. 16 at Cygnet Theatre in Old Town. The playwright, Lauren Yee, is a UC San Diego graduate and one of the two most-produced playwrights in the country right now.

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'The 50th' Tells Story Of Hunter Resignation, Race To Replace Him

Jan. 20
By Brooke Ruth, Jade Hindmon

The scandal that forced Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter to resign his congressional seat is the subject of a new San Diego Union-Tribune documentary series called: "The 50TH: A scandal. A dynasty. An election."

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Trafficking Victims Reclaim Their Stories In Photo Exhibit

Jan. 16
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

A photo exhibit opening Friday in San Diego not only literally puts a human face to the issue of human trafficking but also shows how former victimization does not define lives.

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Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Wants To Ban 'Virginity Tests' In California

Jan. 15
By Brooke Ruth, Jade Hindmon

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, introduced Assembly Bill 1909 last week. It would subject physicians who perform the exam, which involves inspecting a woman's hymen, to professional misconduct penalties.

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San Diego Airport Moves Forward With Plan To Replace Terminal 1

Jan. 14
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The airport’s governing board approved a $3 billion project that includes expanding the terminal to 30 gates, building a new parking garage along with an access road off Laurel Street and reserving a site for a future public transit station at the airport. Airport officials say the redevelopment is needed to manage the continuing increase in flights and passengers at the airport.

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San Diego County Republican Party Plans To Focus On AB 5, School Choice To Win

Jan. 13
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego County Republican Party is summoning the party faithful Monday night to meet and discuss 2020 issues and candidates.

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New Program Clears Minor Infractions For Homeless Who Stay At Bridge Shelter For 30 Days

Jan. 8
By Brooke Ruth, Jade Hindmon

The program gives homeless individuals who face arrest or a ticket for minor quality-of-life issues the option of going to the Alpha Project’s shelter in East Village. If they stay there for 30 days their infraction is cleared.

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US-Iran Tensions Raise Fear Among San Diego's Iranian American Community

Jan. 7
By Brooke Ruth, Jade Hindmon

Zohreh Ghahremani is one of the 60,000 Iranian Americans who call San Diego home. She says the local community is concerned and afraid about the future of U.S.-Iranian relations.

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Who Made This Year's 'Voice Of The Year' List?

Dec. 27, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Who in San Diego made a difference, caused a controversy and perhaps, shaped the future? Voice of San Diego's 'Voice of the Year' 2019 list consists of politicians, civic leaders and ordinary citizens.

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The Good News In The Fight Against Climate Change

Dec. 24, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

On KPBS Christmas Eve Midday Edition, we revisit interviews with people who are taking action on climate change in 2019.

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Curious San Diego: How Did Black's Beach Become A Nude Beach?

Dec. 23, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Jade Hindmon

Black’s Beach is an over two-mile long stretch of sand up against steep 350 foot cliffs. The Torrey Pines Gliderport is above the cliffs and hang gliders can be seen soaring above, while surfers are in the water enjoying this popular and secluded surf spot. The official name of Black's Beach is Torrey Pines beach.

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Meet Ballast Point's New Owner

Dec. 19, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Jade Hindmon

Ballast Point Brewing Company has been sold again. This time to Kings & Convicts, a small brewery from Illinois.

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'Our Wild Calling' Examines The Benefits Of Connecting With Animals

Dec. 17, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

San Diego author, Richard Louv, will be speaking about his new book “Our Wild Calling: How Connecting With Animals Can Transform Our Lives — And Save Theirs” Tuesday at Balboa Park.

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New Book Celebrates The Natural History Of The Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Dec. 16, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Jade Hindmon

Authors Mike Wells and Marie Simovich will be speaking about their new book, “A Natural History of the Anza-Borrego Region: Then and Now," Friday at the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor Center.

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City: Despite Zero Waste Goal, Miramar Landfill Needs To Be Expanded

Dec. 10, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Jade Hindmon

A plan to allow the city of San Diego's only landfill to pile waste 25 feet higher got a key approval last week.

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Nonprofit Scoops Up Plastic Pollution From Pacific Ocean

Dec. 5, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch has become a floating symbol of pollution on this planet. Ocean Voyages Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the ocean environment, is one of the groups trying to do something about it.

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San Diego Rep Play Tells True Story Of Man Who Refused To Be Interned

Dec. 2, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

A play at the San Diego Repertory Theatre tells the story of Gordon Hirabayashi, an American citizen of Japanese descent who refused to enter an internment camp during World War II — firm in the belief that his rights as a citizen should be protected.

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Chef Bernard Joins 'Midday Edition' To Answer Your Thanksgiving Day Meal Questions

Nov. 26, 2019
By Brooke Ruth

Marine Room executive chef Bernard Guillas joins Midday Edition on Wednesday to share his pro tips on preparing a Thanksgiving Day meal.

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How To Reduce Food Waste This Thanksgiving

Nov. 25, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Individuals throw out an average of 20 pounds of food per month, making food the single largest item disposed of in landfills in the United States.

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Share Your Holiday Food Traditions On Midday Edition

Nov. 25, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

From latkes to tamales to black-eyed peas and ham, it just wouldn’t be the holidays for some families without these special foods. Does your family have a special holiday food? Share it with us.

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San Diego Council To Hear City Staff's Concerns Over Mission Valley Stadium Offer

Nov. 18, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Jade Hindmon

The city attorney’s office and independent budget analyst raised concerns about the offer last week. Their concerns included the offer only including inflation for a portion of the property and the requirement that the city set aside $10 million for infrastructure surrounding the stadium site.

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What You Need To Know To Vote In California's Presidential Primary

Nov. 12, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Jade Hindmon

This week, the San Diego County Registrar of Voters will begin mailing out 1.8 million postcards to remind voters that their political party registration determines which presidential primary ballot they will receive for the March election.

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San Diego Climate Researcher Joins Thousands Of Scientists In Declaring A 'Climate Emergency'

Nov. 7, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

More than 11,000 climate scientists signed a declaration this week warning of a "climate emergency" and urging the need for new ways to measure the effects of a warming planet.

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Coronado Island Film Festival Will Bring New And Old Films To The Big Screen

Nov. 6, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The festival starts Friday and runs through Monday. It will be held at various venues in Coronado, including the Hotel Del, the Vintage Village Arts Theatre and the Coronado Performing Arts Center.

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New Baja California Governor Promises To Stop Cross-Border Sewage

Nov. 4, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Jade Hindmon

Jaime Bonilla was sworn into office Friday as governor of Baja California.

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New Memoir Tells Writer's 'Wild' Story Of Keeping Her Mother's Secrets

Oct. 31, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Jade Hindmon

When Adrienne Brodeur was 14, her mother woke her to tell her that she and her stepfather’s best friend had kissed. That was the beginning of an affair that lasted for over a decade and was facilitated in part by Brodeur.

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San Diego Nonprofit Helps Grandparents Join The Fight Against Climate Change

Oct. 30, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

Stay Cool for Grandkids aims to inform and engage grandparents and seniors with the goal of them becoming advocates on climate change issues.

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SDSU Increases Offer For Mission Valley Stadium Site To $87.7M

Oct. 29, 2019
By Andrew Bowen, Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

In a letter delivered to Mayor Kevin Faulconer Monday, SDSU is offering to pay almost $20 million more for the 135-acre site than it offered earlier this month. The new offer of nearly $87.7 million is due to be discussed by the City Council next week.

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Victims Of Government Overreach Focus Of New Book

Oct. 28, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new book outlines abuses of constitutional rights, police overreach and bureaucratic nightmares. It's called "When They Come For You: How Police and Government are Trampling our Liberties and How to Take Them Back."

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Making Equity A Central Part Of 'San Diego Green New Deal'

Oct. 28, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Jade Hindmon

An event hosted by Climate Action Campaign, a San Diego nonprofit focused on stopping the climate crisis through policy action, will feature panel discussion on making equity a central part of its push for a "San Diego Green New Deal."

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New Book Explores How Public Spaces Can Fight Polarization

Oct. 24, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Bestselling author and sociologist Eric Klinenberg explores the value of public spaces in his book "Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructures Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life." He's speaking at the Central Library Thursday night.

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Weekend Event Will Celebrate San Diego Landscapes

Oct. 23, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The Cultural Landscape Foundation's What’s Out There tours highlight some of San Diego’s great landscapes, from the Mission de Alcala to Barrio Logan to Scripps Park in La Jolla.

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Imperial County Declares Emergency At Salton Sea

Oct. 23, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The emergency declaration is aimed at forcing state and federal officials to take action to decrease the dust around the Salton Sea.

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San Diego's Fourth 'Bridge' Shelter Set To Open In November

Oct. 16, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego City Council on Tuesday approved a contract with Alpha Project to run a fourth temporary homeless shelter at 17th Street and Imperial Avenue in downtown San Diego.

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

San Diego Company Says It Can Extract Lithium From Geothermal Brine

Oct. 16, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

Lithium-ion batteries are central to modern life; from mobile phones to electric vehicles. But the United States lacks a major source of lithium.

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Californians Must Have Health Insurance In 2020, Or Face Penalty

Oct. 14, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Covered California was created in 2014 to offer state residents subsidized health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Covered California's open enrollment for health coverage in 2020 starts Tuesday and runs through January 31.

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What San Diego Can Learn From LA's Effort To House The Homeless

Oct. 8, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Jade Hindmon

Chris Ko, the managing director of homelessness and strategic initiatives for the United Way of Greater Los Angeles will keynote the San Diego Housing Federation's annual conference on affordable housing this week.

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In San Diego Unified, Now's The Time To Choose A School For Your Child

Oct. 3, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The school choice application window for San Diego Unified, the county's largest school district, is open now through Nov. 13.

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San Diego County Considers Banning Vaping Products

Oct. 2, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Jade Hindmon

San Diego County Supervisors Dianne Jacob and Nathan Fletcher, are proposing a temporary ban on vaping devices and flavored tobacco products in the unincorporated areas of the county. The proposal will go before the county board of supervisors on Oct. 15.

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Why A Decrease In 3 Billion North American Birds Matters

Oct. 1, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

In the half-century since 1970, the number of birds in North America has declined by an estimated three billion — that's a 29 percent decrease.

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San Diego Beekeeper's New Books Are All The Buzz

Sept. 26, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Hilary Kearney, the founder of Girl Next Door Honey, has been using her expertise to enlighten the world about bees. She will be speaking about her two new books on bees Thursday at The Book Catapult in South Park.

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Senate President Pro Tem Atkins Reflects On The Year In Bills

Sept. 23, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins joins Midday Edition on Monday to reflect on the legislative session.

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Neil Young Is Vindicated As Amazon Debuts High-Quality Music Streaming Service

Sept. 18, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Jade Hindmon

Young said in a statement that Amazon offering a high-quality streaming option “will be the biggest thing to happen to music since the introduction of digital audio 40 years ago.”

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Lorena Gonzalez On The Controversy Over Gig Work, Vaccine Bills

Sept. 17, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez joins Midday Edition on Tuesday to discuss the contention around two of the bills she authored this legislative session.

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San Diego Congressional Leaders Discuss Climate Crisis

Sept. 16, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

After years of virtually ignoring the issue, some leaders in Washington, at least among Democrats, are directly addressing the climate crisis. KPBS reached four of San Diego’s congressional representatives and asked the same questions about climate change.

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John Leguizamo Returns To La Jolla Playhouse With 'Kiss My Aztec!'

Sept. 10, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Jade Hindmon

Actor John Leguizamo co-wrote "Kiss My Aztec!," a musical that uses humor to tell the story of a group of Aztecs who are leading the resistance against Spanish invaders in the 16th century.

Jenni Brandon, a researcher at Birch Aquarium, ...

Report: Amount Of Plastic In Sediment Has Doubled Every 15 Years

Sept. 4, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

A new study published in the journal Science Advances by researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego analyzed sediment from the Santa Barbara Basin.

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