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Debbie Cruz

Afternoon News Anchor & Host

Debbie Cruz is the local anchor for All Things Considered and the host of the San Diego News Now podcast. Debbie was born and raised in Southern Arizona where she began her journalism career in 1997 as the afternoon anchor at Newsradio KNST in Tucson. Debbie moved with her family to San Diego in 2004 where she continued to enjoy her passion for newsgathering and storytelling as a regional news writer and reporter/anchor at Metro Networks. Debbie most recently worked as the morning news anchor for 24/7 News and 760 KFMB.

  • Each year families have to prove eligibility for Medi-Cal or risk losing coverage. A San Diego assembly member wants to take that burden away from families. Then, some advocates fear Proposition 1 could divert funding from mental health support for kids. And, a group of academics and community leaders are now addressing food deserts by re-imagining the local food industry.
  • Governor Newsom Thursday announced nearly $192 million in grant funding to help clear homeless encampments and move people into housing. Oceanside is the only city in the county that will receive the funding. In other news, supporters of the Homelessness, Drug Addiction and Theft Reduction Act say they have enough signatures to get the measure on the November ballot. Plus, the chairman of the Chicano Park Steering Committee joins the podcast to talk about Chicano Park Day.
  • The latest report from the Regional Task Force on Homelessness once again shows more people became homeless last month than got out of it. In other news, a North County group says the sudden departure of the Citizens' Law Enforcement Review Board’s executive officer is a wake-up call for the county. Plus, we hear about special education for young kids in part of the special KPBS series "Where's My Village."
  • Democrats on the California Senate Public Safety Committee shot down a bill banning homeless encampments Tuesday. In other news, an Arizona supreme court ruling last week has nearly banned access to abortion, some experts worry about what the ruling means for access to reproductive care in the Imperial Valley. Plus, mayor Todd Gloria has proposed cuts to racial and economic equity programs and advocates are pushing back.
  • The San Diego region is set to receive $39 million in federal funding for the care of migrants who cross the border, and advocates are calling this a huge victory. In other news, a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a former nurse at the Otay Mesa Detention Center claims chronic understaffing is resulting in poor medical treatment for immigrants, and lawyers are saying some of these problems have existed for years. Plus, just 10 days into its deployment, the USS boxer returned to San Diego for repairs.
  • San Diego mayor Todd Gloria Friday announced his proposed budget for the next fiscal year, and it includes cuts to the city's efforts to tackle climate change. In other news, former San Diego County supervisor Nathan Fletcher is using money from his abandoned state senate campaign to pay for legal defense bills. Plus, one San Diego chef currently cooks above the rest. We hear why she's achieved something no other San Diego chef has done before.