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A firefighter battles the Caldor Fire along Hig...

Roundtable: California's Record-Breaking Heat

Sept. 17
By Bennett Lacy, Cristina Kim

California experiences its hottest summer on record as supersized wildfires burn millions of acres, and local Hispanic journalists mentor the next generation of reporters.

The U.S. flag waving in front of the Hall of Ju...

Roundtable: How 9/11 Changed San Diego

Sept. 10
By Bennett Lacy, Cristina Kim

KPBS race and equity reporter Cristina Kim hosts a special look at how the 9/11 attacks were covered in San Diego and how the affects linger in our community 20 years later.

Vanessa Houston (right) and her mother, Frances...

Days After County Eviction Ban Expired, San Diego Tenants Forced Out

Sept. 8
By Cristina Kim

Days after the countywide ordinance expired, tenants across the county received letters terminating their leases forcing them to find housing in an increasingly expensive rental market.

In this photo Feb. 26, 2013 file photo, inmates...

New Bill Helps Recently Released Prisoners Get IDs

Sept. 6
By Cristina Kim

Thousands of prisoners are being released without a California ID, making it difficult to apply for a job or even housing. A new bill on its way to the governor's desk aims to fix that.

The California State Capitol in the early eveni...

Roundtable: California On The Brink

Sept. 3
By Bennett Lacy, Cristina Kim

KPBS race and equity reporter Cristina Kim hosts a special episode of Roundtable dedicated to the 2021 recall election for California's governor.

Kim Desmond at the City Administration Building...

San Diego's Race And Equity Office Now Has A Leader

Aug. 24
By Cristina Kim

Kim Desmond, the City of San Diego’s first Chief Race and Equity Officer, began her new role this week.

Mario Torres (third from the right) with the re...

Increasingly, More Latinos Say They Don't Fit In Census Boxes

Aug. 20
By Cristina Kim

According to the 2020 Census, more Latinos identified as multiracial or "some other race" than in 2010, a change that reflects shifting understandings of race and the limits of the U.S. Census' categories.

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San Diego Grew More Diverse Over The Past Decade, Census Data Show

Aug. 12
By Associated Press, Cristina Kim

The county's overall population grew by nearly 7% between 2010 and 2020, but its white majority is shrinking.

In this July 13, 2021, file photo, conservative...

Roundtable: California Recall Race Tightens

July 30
By Bennett Lacy, Cristina Kim

New polling shows a tightening recall race for governor, far-right groups in east county, and an update on the COVID-19 situation in San Diego.

Erica Miller takes a photo in Chicano Park, Nov...

Exploring The 'X' in Latinx: A Conversation On Identity

July 29
By Cristina Kim, Harrison Patiño

The term "Latinx" has been used increasingly in recent years to describe the Latin-American community as a whole within the United States.

Tenant rights advocates protest the sale of Con...

Tenants' Rights Leaders Protest Foundation’s Billion-Dollar Real Estate Deal With Blackstone

July 27
By Cristina Kim

The San Diego-based Conrad Prebys Foundation sold nearly 6,000 apartment units to the private equity group. Housing advocates say the deal is a blow to local affordable housing.

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Advocates Urge San Diego City Council To Delay Vote On Surveillance Technology Contract

July 26
By Cristina Kim

Councilmembers are set to vote on whether to keep using ShotSpotter, a system that is supposed to detect when gunshots are fired. Advocates say the technology is flawed and creates community distrust.

Surfer Carissa Moore, of the United States, lea...

Surfing Debut At Summer Olympics Resurfaces Issues Over Native Hawaiian Cultural Appropriation

July 21
By Cristina Kim, Harrison Patiño

While surfing fans are rejoicing, some are raising concerns that what was originally a Native Hawaiian cultural practice has been co-opted into a multi-billion dollar industry.

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Former Museum Attendant Talks About Why She Is Suing The San Diego Museum Of Art

July 20
By Brooke Ruth, Cristina Kim

“I froze because I just wasn't, you know, like you don't expect to be inappropriately touched at your job,” Zelina Gaytan told KPBS Midday Edition through tears.

The San Diego Police Department headquarters is...

Measure B Author Applauds Proposal To Get Outside Legal Counsel

July 19
By Brooke Ruth, Cristina Kim

The San Diego City Attorney is proposing using outside legal counsel to help draft an updated ordinance that will create the city’s Commission on Police Practices.

In this Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, file photo, peop...

California Reparations Task Force Grapples With Community Engagement

July 9
By Cristina Kim

The newly established task force met on Friday to define what community engagement will look like as they move forward.

A trolley passes through Encanto in this undate...

Community Advocates Want More Urgent Care In Southeast San Diego

July 5
By Cristina Kim

Community advocates say Southeast San Diego is a health care desert. They want to see more urgent care centers available to the residents of Encanto and Valencia Park.

Racial covenant written in 1914 for a property ...

Does Your Home Have A Racially Restrictive Covenant? Share Your Story With KPBS

July 2
By Cristina Kim

For years people who weren’t white were legally prohibited from living in certain areas and homes in San Diego.

A line of police officers observe protesters du...

San Diego City Council Commits To Ongoing Policing Reforms

June 30
By Cristina Kim

The San Diego City Council is calling for data-driven policy changes and more community conversations in response to the latest report detailing racial disparities in San Diego policing.

Ramon Toscano poses with his son in his Vista h...

Rental Relief Aims To Prevent Tsunami Of Evictions, But Will It Be Enough?

June 24
By Claire Trageser, Cristina Kim

While early pandemic predictions of a tsunami of evictions seem unlikely, advocates are worried that there could still be a steady stream.

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Individual Comes Forward Claiming ‘I Brought The Tortillas To The Game’

June 23
By City News Service, Cristina Kim

Responding to outrage over tortillas being flung at a largely Latino team after it lost a championship basketball game at Coronado High School, the visiting team's school board will take up a resolution denouncing racism Thursday.

Arianna Andrade is pictured in this undated pho...

Hispanic, Latino, Latinx — A Question Of Belonging

June 18
By Cristina Kim

Identities are complicated, messy and often incredibly personal. San Diegans weigh in on how they identify and their thoughts on the term Latinx.

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UCSD Students And Faculty Call For Abolishing Campus Police

June 9
By Cristina Kim

Local representatives from an international group called the Cops Off Campus Coalition say eliminating school police departments will contribute to a more just society and free up resources for students.

Athena Bazalaki and her partner Fernando Tabor ...

A Black-Led Mutual Aid Group Fights Homelessness, Injustice Through ‘Solidarity, Not Charity’

June 9
By Cristina Kim

Breakfast Block, a grassroots San Diego group founded early this year by a woman who lost her job amid the pandemic, works to feed, clothe and provide other essential items to San Diego's growing unsheltered population.

A float carrying participants in the San Diego ...

San Diego LGBTQ Community Leaders React To New Police Procedures

June 3
By Cristina Kim

The San Diego Police Department released new procedures this week for how officers should interact with transgender and nonbinary people.

Chinese-Japanese American student Kara Chu, 18,...

New Reports Show Need To Address Racial Trauma In AAPI Communities

May 31
By Cristina Kim

The rise in Anti-Asian hate compounded with the stress of the pandemic has greatly impacted Asian American and Pacific Islander communities' mental health.

A mural of George Floyd, painted by artist Chlo...

Police Reform In San Diego A Year After George Floyd's Death

May 25
By Cristina Kim

Amid widespread calls for police reform, San Diego saw the creation of an independent police oversight commission, but community advocates say progress is slow and are upset by the proposed increase in police spending in the city's fiscal 2021-22 budget.

The murals of Chicano Park in Barrio Logan are ...

Who Are You: Latino? Latinx? Hispanic? Chicana? Or _____?

May 14
By Cristina Kim

Do you identify as Latinx, Latina or Latino? Or do you prefer another term? Why do you use this identifier and what does it mean to you?

Travis Smith visits his grandmother's house on ...

San Diego County's Gang Injunctions Are Gone, But Neighborhood Scars Remain

May 12
By Cristina Kim

In April, San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan announced her office was dissolving the county's last remaining gang injunctions in San Diego County. One man talks of his experiences under the injunction and the pain that lingers.

The sign at the entrance to the Otay Mesa Immig...

San Diego First Border County To Provide Free Legal Aid To People Facing Deportation

May 4
By Cristina Kim

County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to establish the Immigrant Rights Legal Defense Program.

Homeless tents are shown lined up downtown Dieg...

San Diego Mayor Joins Call For A $20 Billion Investment To Fight Homelessness

April 29
By Cristina Kim

If approved, the record-breaking funds would come from the state budget over the next five years.

County Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer speaks at ...

Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer Proposes Immigrant Legal Defense Program

April 27
By City News Service, Cristina Kim

San Diego County Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer introduced a plan Tuesday intended to make San Diego the first southern border county in the United States with a program to provide legal representation for immigrants facing removal proceedings.

Johanna Hester, Vice Chair of Child Care Provid...

San Diego Child Care Providers Urge State To End Child Care Deserts

April 22
By Cristina Kim

Since the pandemic, 535 child care providers have shuttered their doors in San Diego county, roughly 12% of the county’s providers, putting a strain on an already beleaguered child care system.

People rally in support of the verdict in the D...

San Diego Civil Rights Leaders Want Support For The George Floyd Justice In Policing Act

April 21
By Cristina Kim

On the heels of the murder conviction against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd, San Diego civil rights leaders are calling on local governments to formally support H.R. 1280.

The San Diego Police Department headquarters is...

San Diego Councilmembers Discuss Ongoing Racial Disparities In Policing

April 14
By Cristina Kim

They heard from the author of a study showing that San Diego police agencies were twice as likely to stop Black people as white people.