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Jacob Aere

Freelance Reporter and Web Producer

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Jacob Aere reports on many beats including health, politics, sports, arts and culture and breaking news.

While born in Vancouver, Canada, Jacob grew up in San Diego and is bilingual in English and Spanish. He is a graduate from the University of British Columbia and uses his educational background to incorporate data visualizations into news stories.

Jacob is also an adept play-by-play broadcaster and radio host and his work has been recognized for multiple San Diego Press Club awards in politics and sports.

Recent Stories by Jacob Aere

Students and faculty walk on a pathway at the U...

UC San Diego Forced To Cut Out-Of-State Admissions

July 6
By Jacob Aere

A trio of UC schools, including UCSD, have to cut their out-of-state admissions by roughly 4% to make room for California applicants over the next five years.

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CIF Vacates Coronado High Regional Championship Over Tortilla-Throwing Incident

June 30
By Alexander Nguyen, Jacob Aere

Coronado High School’s boys basketball team has been stripped of its championship title and placed on probation following a probe into an incident that involved tortillas being thrown at players from Orange Glen High School.

A man walks through a patch of flowers to garde...

San Diego Hospitality Businesses Struggle To Find Workers As Tourist Season Begins

June 30
By Jacob Aere

Pandemic restrictions have mostly been lifted across California and summer tourists are packing San Diego County. But many restaurants and hotels can’t find the staff to keep up with the rise in demand.

In this June 9, 2021, file photo, a sign announ...

San Diego Lags Behind State And Country In Job Recovery

June 21
By City News Service, Jacob Aere

San Diego County's labor market has lagged behind the rest of the state and nation, even with the loosening of pandemic restrictions, according to a report released Monday.

San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher joi...

San Diego County Fully Reopens Tuesday As First Dose Vaccines Reach Goal

June 14
By City News Service, Jacob Aere

Most COVID-19 restrictions throughout California ended Tuesday as the state retired its Blueprint for a Safer Economy tier system and lifted capacity and physical distancing restrictions for most businesses and activities.

Randy Grossman, acting U.S. Attorney for the So...

San Diego FBI Leads Global 'ANOM' Sting Operation Via Encrypted Phones

June 8
By City News Service, Jacob Aere

Dubbed Operation Trojan Shield, the San Diego-based FBI-led operation was centered around the creation of an encrypted phone company called ANOM.

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San Diego Judge Overturns California Assault Weapons Ban

June 5
By City News Service, Jacob Aere

In a 94-page ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Roger T. Benitez, an appointee of then-President George W. Bush, wrote, "Like the Swiss Army knife, the popular AR-15 rifle is a perfect combination of home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment."

Students walk on UC San Diego campus in this un...

State Senate Proposes Plan To Reduce Nonresidents, Increase Californians At UC Schools

June 1
By Jacob Aere

State lawmakers are considering a plan to slash the share of out-of-state and international students admitted into the University of California system, to make room for more Californians.

Patrons dining outside at Common Theory in the ...

Supervisor Desmond Proposes County-Funded Restaurant Discounts

May 24
By Jacob Aere

San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond unveiled his proposal for the “Dine-in and Help-out” restaurant program which would have the county fund discounts on restaurant meals to help restimulate the San Diego economy.


First-Time Homebuyers Struggle As San Diego County's Median Home Price Soars

May 19
By Jacob Aere

Home prices in California continue to soar, and competition for a limited supply of single-family homes is the new normal in San Diego County.

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Mayor Signs Exec Order Allowing Gyms, Churches, Salons To Expand Outdoors

July 20, 2020
By City News Service

The order comes a week after Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that all indoor operations would be shuttered at a wide variety of recently reopened businesses due to a rise in COVID-19 cases.