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Midterm Elections Cheat Sheet: 10 Things You Need To Know

Oct. 31, 2018
By Christopher Underwood, Elma Gonzalez Lima Brandao

You probably have a lot of questions about voting. Am I registered? How can I vote? Where do I go to vote? Don't worry — KPBS has put together this cheat sheet in hopes of answering some of the most common election-related questions.

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California General Election 2018: Where Do Candidates Stand On Big Issues?

Oct. 30, 2018
By Christopher Underwood, Elma Gonzalez Lima Brandao

KPBS partnered with the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund to ask state, county and citywide candidates running for public office where they stand on some of the most contentious issues.

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San Diego 4th Of July: What You Should Know

July 3, 2018
By City News Service, Elma Gonzalez Lima Brandao, Matt Hoffman

Where can you watch July 4 fireworks shows and how will you get there? Get all the information you need for Independence Day here.

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Election Day Cheat Sheet: 10 Things To Know

June 1, 2018
By Christopher Underwood, Elma Gonzalez Lima Brandao

You probably have a lot of questions about voting. Am I registered? How can I vote? Where can I vote? Don't worry — KPBS has put together this cheat sheet in hopes of answering some of the most common election-related questions.

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San Diego Election 2018: Where Do Candidates Stand On Big Issues?

May 24, 2018
By Christopher Underwood, Elma Gonzalez Lima Brandao

KPBS partnered with the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (LWVCEF) to ask state, county and citywide candidates running for public office this year where they stand on some of the most contentious issues.

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San Diegans Ditch Their Cars For Bike To Work Day

May 17, 2018
By Elma Gonzalez Lima Brandao, Katie Schoolov

San Diego celebrated the annual Bike to Work Day Thursday with more than 10,000 participants, event organizers said.

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Thousands Of San Diego Students Walk Out In Protest Of Gun Violence

March 14, 2018
By City News Service, Elma Gonzalez Lima Brandao, Megan Burks

Thousands of San Diego County students walked out of classes Wednesday morning as part of a nationwide action to honor the 17 people killed in last month's school shooting in Florida and urge federal action to curb gun violence.

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Where To Find Free Tax Prep For Low-Income Filers

March 8, 2018
By Elma Gonzalez Lima Brandao, Tarryn Mento

Those who make $54,000 or less may qualify to receive tax preparation at no charge. There are at least two dozen locations around the county and some provide services in multiple languages.

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San Diego Looks Back To The Devastating 2007 Wildfires

Oct. 20, 2017
By Christopher Underwood, Elma Gonzalez Lima Brandao

As many in Northern California begin to pick up the pieces following the deadliest wildfires in the state's history, San Diegans remember the destructive 2007 wildfires that burned 10 years ago this month.

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Homeless Choir Sings In Solidarity With Hepatitis A Victims

Sept. 29, 2017
By Elma Gonzalez Lima Brandao

The Voices of Our City Choir, which is mostly made up of people who are homeless, dedicated their choir practice Friday to remembering the 17 San Diegans who have died in the hepatitis A outbreak.

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Introducing: San Diego Zoo's Newest Baby Hippo

Sept. 28, 2017
By Elma Gonzalez Lima Brandao

Meet San Diego Zoo’s newest addition to the family: a baby hippo.

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San Diego State Students Rally In Support Of DACA

Sept. 7, 2017
By Associated Press, Elma Gonzalez Lima Brandao

More than 100 students, staff and faculty gathered Thursday outside of Hepner Hall at San Diego State University to rally against President Donald Trump’s decision to phase out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

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Where Is San Diego Spending Money On Traffic Safety?

Aug. 18, 2017
By Andrew Bowen, Christopher Underwood, Elma Gonzalez Lima Brandao

San Diego's Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic deaths by 2025 is supposed to be achieved by spending the city's limited dollars improving traffic safety on the most dangerous streets. But an analysis of the city's Vision Zero budget shows the city is spending plenty of money improving streets that are already safe.

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San Diego Removes Confederate Monument Downtown

Aug. 16, 2017
By City News Service, Elma Gonzalez Lima Brandao, KPBS News

As cities and towns nationwide grapple with what to do with their Confederate statues, San Diego leaders took swift action Wednesday to remove one from a public park.

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Tiki Oasis 2017: A Look At The Most Tiki Outfits

Aug. 13, 2017
By Elma Gonzalez Lima Brandao

KPBS stopped by Tiki Oasis to take a look at the best outfits this year. Here’s a sneak peek at how some of the most dedicated tiki fans dressed up.

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Most Talked About Moments At Comic-Con 2017

July 23, 2017
By Elma Gonzalez Lima Brandao

Take a look at the top trending San Diego Comic-Con 2017 moments.

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Lines At Comic-Con's Hall H: Badge Of Honor Or Not Worth It?

July 20, 2017
By Elma Gonzalez Lima Brandao

With more than 130,000 attendees every year, lines to get into Comic-Con panels can be daunting. Some fans even wait days.

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Cabrillo National Monument Seeks Public Input On New Trails

March 27, 2017
By Elma Gonzalez Lima Brandao

The Cabrillo National Monument is taking public input on the development of a trails master plan.

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Lockdown Lifted At Morse High School After Unsubstantiated Threats

March 8, 2017
By Elma Gonzalez Lima Brandao

A lockdown at Morse High School near Skyline Hills has been lifted after police find threats unsubstantiated.

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San Diego State President Will Step Down

March 8, 2017
By Elma Gonzalez Lima Brandao, Tom Fudge

San Diego State University President Elliot Hirshman has announced he will be leaving at the end of June, after six years at the helm.

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Vista Town Hall On Health Care Proceeds Without Congressman Issa

Feb. 22, 2017
By Elma Gonzalez Lima Brandao, Susan Murphy

With standing room only, hundreds of people including District 49 constituents, local groups and others gathered Tuesday night at the Jim Porter Recreation Center in Vista for an "Emergency Town Hall On Health Care." Their guest, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, did not attend, as expected.

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Rep. Hunter Says He Will Not Seek Federal Funding For 'Sanctuaries'

Feb. 9, 2017
By Elma Gonzalez Lima Brandao

Rep. Duncan Hunter announced that for Fiscal Year 2018, he will not submit any federal funding requests on behalf of "sanctuaries."

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San Diego Leaders Condemn President Trump's Immigration Order

Jan. 30, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, City News Service, Elma Gonzalez Lima Brandao

President Donald Trump’s temporary immigration ban prompted protests nationwide over the weekend. In San Diego, hundreds of protesters appeared at the San Diego International Airport.

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San Diego Students Head To Washington For Presidential Inauguration

Jan. 17, 2017
By Ebone Monet, Elma Gonzalez Lima Brandao

A group of students at La Jolla Country Day School are counting down to Inauguration Day.

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Be Our Guest: Stone Hotel Brewing Up Tourism Dollars For North County

Sept. 22, 2016
By Ebone Monet, Elma Gonzalez Lima Brandao

Escondido leaders are looking forward to the opening of the new hotel, which is expected to pave the way for tourism dollars and jobs.

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As Koch Steps Down, He Expects New Stone CEO To Continue 'Amazing' Journey

Sept. 5, 2016
By Ebone Monet, Elma Gonzalez Lima Brandao

Before a new executive takes over Escondido-based Stone Brewing Tuesday, co-founder and CEO Greg Koch talks about how his craft beer vision goes beyond the tasting room.

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Visitors To Rio De Janeiro Explore Favela Tourism

Aug. 9, 2016
By Elma Gonzalez Lima Brandao, Maureen Cavanaugh

The Olympics are underway, and the spotlight is on host city Rio de Janeiro. While many tourists are heading south of the equator hoping to catch a glimpse of Christ the Redeemer, others want to take a walk on the “wild side” inside Rio’s favelas.

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Makeup Artists Bring Characters To Life At San Diego Comic-Con

July 22, 2016
By Elma Gonzalez Lima Brandao, Katie Schoolov

Artists at the Cinema Makeup School booth at San Diego’s Comic-Con give fans a little taste of how they pull characters from comic book pages.

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Family Affair Explores Star Trek Final Frontier

July 22, 2016
By Elma Gonzalez Lima Brandao, Matthew Bowler

The play "Klingon Lifestyles," which will stage its 23rd production Friday, has become a classic at Comic-Con in San Diego. Meet the family behind it.

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'Star Wars' Collector Shows Smaller Side Of Comic-Con

July 21, 2016
By Elma Gonzalez Lima Brandao, Nicholas McVicker

While others look forward to the latest blockbuster trailers, some are on the hunt for Comic-Con's exclusive merchandise. Ramie Tateishi, who has been collecting R2-D2 robots for 40 years, explains why he attends the convention year after year.

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Fans Embody Favorite Characters At Comic-Con

July 21, 2016
By Elma Gonzalez Lima Brandao, Kris Arciaga

San Diego native Jamie Lee Cortez explains what it’s like to walk around Comic-Con dressed up as a popular character.

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San Diego Nonprofit Feeds Growing Number Of Seniors

Nov. 9, 2015
By Elma Gonzalez Lima Brandao

A local nonprofit that helps impoverished seniors celebrated a milestone Monday — it served its 10 millionth meal. But, changing demographics and budget cuts could mean the number of seniors forced to seek free food will grow.

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San Diego County Job Training Program Expands With $3.2 Million Grant

Nov. 2, 2015
By Elma Gonzalez Lima Brandao

As the nation celebrates its first National Apprenticeship Week, a local job training nonprofit organization receives a multimillion-dollar federal grant to increase employment in San Diego County.