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Pandemic Profile: San Diego Symphony CEO On Making It Through The Era Of COVID-19

Jan. 18
By John Carroll

How is one of San Diego's major arts organizations surviving during the pandemic? We find out in a conversation with San Diego Symphony CEO Martha Gilmer.

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Vaccine Rollout Continues Following Allergic Reaction Cluster At Petco Park

Jan. 14
By John Carroll

County and federal authorities work to figure out why six people experienced allergic reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine at the Petco Park super station. A San Diego health care worker shares her unpleasant experience.

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New CDC Vaccine Guidance Gets Positive Reception From State And Local Health Officials

Jan. 12
By John Carroll

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended a change in vaccine guidance Tuesday. The CDC is now urging states to give the vaccine to all adults 65 and older, along with those with pre-existing conditions.

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Trash Going Into Miramar Landfill Up 11% Since The Beginning Of The Pandemic

Jan. 8
By John Carroll

The Miramar Landfill has been getting a couple more tons of trash every month since the pandemic began. San Diego's Deputy Director of Environmental Services explains why.

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Reps. Jacobs, Vargas Describe A 'Horrifying Wednesday,' Call For Consequences For Trump

Jan. 7
By Brooke Ruth, John Carroll

San Diego’s congressional Democrats are calling for the impeachment of President Trump, in the wake of Wednesday’s attack on the U.S. Capitol.

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Carlsbad's Motion For Stricter Enforcement Of Public Health Regulations Fails

Jan. 5
By John Carroll

A motion for stricter COVID-19 restrictions on dining in Carlsbad failed Tuesday night.

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Pandemic Profile: How One San Diego Arts Leader Pivots 3 Performing Arts Groups To Virtual Spaces

Jan. 4
By John Carroll

Ruben Valenzuela is involved with three arts organizations in San Diego. We sat down to talk to him about how they're doing, and lessons learned during the pandemic.

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San Diego Real Estate Prices Are Among The Fastest Rising In Nation

Dec. 31, 2020
By John Carroll

It might seem counterintuitive in the middle of a pandemic, but real estate prices in San Diego continue to climb. They've now seen the third-highest annual gain in the country.

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In The Middle Of A Busy Travel Season, Do People Feel Safe Flying?

Dec. 29, 2020
By John Carroll

This holiday season has brought the busiest days for air travel since the pandemic began. KPBS asked travelers at San Diego International Airport if they felt it was safe to travel by plane.

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Drive Through Event Provides More Than Just Food For San Diego Seniors

Dec. 22, 2020
By John Carroll

The holidays are especially tough this year for some seniors who, because of the pandemic, cannot visit with family and friends in person. But one San Diego senior center provided the next best thing.

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After 37 Years, Woman Who Founded Sushi Deli Restaurants Retires

Dec. 17, 2020
By John Carroll

In 1983, it was just a dream. But Hiroe Otake made it a reality. The woman who founded Sushi Deli restaurants is about to retire after nearly 38 years.

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Will Employers Be Able To Force Employees To Take The COVID-19 Vaccine? It Depends

Dec. 15, 2020
By John Carroll

Groundbreaking vaccines for COVID-19 started to be delivered to healthcare workers in San Diego on Tuesday. But when they're widely available, will employers be able to force employees to take them? The answer depends on a couple of factors.

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Pandemic Profile: How An Imam And His Clairemont Congregation Are Staying In Touch

Dec. 11, 2020
By John Carroll

Imam Taha Hassane leads the largest Muslim congregation in San Diego County. We checked in to find out how he is leading his congregation in the challenging era of COVID-19.

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Pandemic Profile: Carlsbad Rabbi On How He, His Congregation Are Surviving COVID-19 Crisis

Dec. 10, 2020
By John Carroll

"Am I going to curse the darkness, or am I going to try and kindle a light?" A Carlsbad rabbi tells us how he and his congregation are coping with COVID-19.

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While Balboa Park's Museums Endure COVID-19 Closures, They Look To The Future

Dec. 4, 2020
By John Carroll

The months since the pandemic hit have been tough for Balboa Park's museums, attractions and other institutions. But now, with vaccines on the horizon, they look to the day when they can reopen.

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Balboa Park Museums Doing What They Can To Survive During The Pandemic

Dec. 4, 2020
By John Carroll

Some of the museums and attractions in Balboa Park have stayed closed since the pandemic hit. Others have reopened, only to have to close again. It has been a struggle for all of them.

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Small Business Saturday Especially Important During Pandemic

Nov. 27, 2020
By John Carroll

Small Business Saturday is 10 years old now, but it's more important than ever this year due to the pandemic.

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San Diego Humane Society Staying Strong During Pandemic

Nov. 24, 2020
By John Carroll

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many businesses and nonprofits to struggle, but San Diego's Humane Society is actually thriving during this difficult time.

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TSA Debuts Coronavirus-Related Security Upgrades At San Diego International Airport

Nov. 19, 2020
By John Carroll

Just in time for the holiday travel season, the TSA has introduced a number of security upgrades at San Diego International Airport. They're designed to keep passengers and TSA officers safe during the pandemic.

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County Issues Cease-And-Desist Orders To Organizations For Violating COVID-19 Health Regulations

Nov. 18, 2020
By John Carroll

As the county issues cease and desist orders to organizations throughout the county for violating health orders, one county supervisor is calling for further crackdowns in the face of skyrocketing COVID-19 cases.

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San Diego Air & Space Museum To Close Saturday Due To Pandemic Restrictions

Nov. 12, 2020
By City News Service, John Carroll

After reviewing options provided by the state of California regarding the coronavirus epidemic, the San Diego Air & Space Museum will close beginning Saturday, a spokesman said Wednesday.

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San Diego Unified Announces Major COVID Testing Plan For Students & Staff

Nov. 11, 2020
By John Carroll

The San Diego Unified School District has announced a major COVID-19 testing plan for students and staff. It comes from a collaboration with the teacher's union and UC San Diego.

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Stephen Whitburn Wins Race For San Diego City Council District 3

Nov. 3, 2020
By John Carroll

Candidate Stephen Whitburn has defeated Democrat challenger Toni Duran in the race for San Diego City Council District 3.

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Joe LaCava Wins San Diego City Council District 1 Race

Nov. 3, 2020
By John Carroll

Joe LaCava and Will Moore largely agree on what to do about issues like homelessness, but when it comes to the controversial issue of short-term rentals, the two part company.

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Business Owner Describes Roller Coaster Ride Dealing With COVID-19 Regulations

Nov. 2, 2020
By John Carroll

Businesses open, businesses closed. That plus a changing landscape of COVID-19 regulations makes running a bar and restaurant tough. One business owner described what it's like.

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Results From Early Voting Will Include Many More Ballots In San Diego County Than In 2016

Oct. 24, 2020
By John Carroll

The County Registrar of Voters said first returns should come within a half hour of the polls closing at 8 p.m. on election day, Nov. 3. And Michael Vu said those returns will be the result of a huge number of ballots.

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County Offering Free Flu Vaccines To Prevent COVID-19 And Influenza 'Twindemic'

Oct. 22, 2020
By John Carroll

The county said on Thursday that preventing a so-called 'twindemic' where people get COVID 19 and the flu is imperative. They announced free flu clinics and urged everyone to get vaccinated.

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San Diego Has About 60 Miles Of Unpaved Roads, Councilwoman Moreno Wants To Change That

Oct. 19, 2020
By John Carroll

America's Finest City has more than 60 miles of unpaved streets and alleys. District 8 City Councilwoman Vivian Moreno is trying to change that.

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Both Candidates For San Diego City Council District 3 Say Their Experience Makes Them Best For The Job

Oct. 17, 2020
By John Carroll

Democrats Stephen Whitburn and Toni Duran are vying the District 3 seat being vacated by Chris Ward. Both candidates say their background and experience make them best suited for the job.

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Parties That Break COVID Health Regulations Still Taking Place Near San Diego State

Oct. 16, 2020
By John Carroll

Loud parties where students are jammed in together in small spaces are still happening in and around San Diego State.

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Point Loma Nazarene Moves To Stop Outbreak Of COVID Cases

Oct. 14, 2020
By John Carroll

First it was San Diego State. Now Point Loma Nazarene University is dealing with an outbreak of COVID 19 cases among its student population.

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Candidates For San Diego City Council District 1 Disagree On Short-Term Rentals

Oct. 12, 2020
By John Carroll

Joe LaCava and Will Moore largely agree on what to do about issues like homelessness, but when it comes to the controversial issue of short-term rentals, the two part company.

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Answering Your Questions On Reopening In San Diego

Sept. 23, 2020
By John Carroll, Tarryn Mento

San Diegans have many questions about what can and what can't reopen during the current stage of the pandemic. We have some answers.

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New Law Streamlines Environmental Review For NAVWAR Redevelopment

Oct. 1, 2020
By John Carroll

New legislation just signed by Gov. Newsom streamlines the environmental review process for redevelopment of the NAVWAR facility in the Midway district.

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Does La Niña Mean A Drier, Shorter Winter For Southern California?

Sept. 28, 2020
By John Carroll

The weather phenomenon known as La Niña has formed for the first time in two years. But does that guarantee a shorter, drier winter than usual for Southern California?

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'A Growing Passion' Host Nan Sterman Talks About Season 8 Of Her Popular Show

Sept. 24, 2020
By Alison St John, John Carroll

"A Growing Passion" host Nan Sterman joined Midday Edition to give us a sneak peek into season 8 of the popular show. We'll hear her suggestions about what to plant going into the fall and winter, and the challenges COVID-19 has presented in producing this season of the show.

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Caltrans Working To Smooth Out Part Of State Route 52

Sept. 22, 2020
By John Carroll

Anyone who's driven on state Route 52 between SR-163 and I-805 knows it feels like a rollercoaster through there. Now, Caltrans is working to smooth the road out, for good.

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Pandemic Forces Red Cross To Change How It Provides Shelter For Wildfire Evacuees

Sept. 18, 2020
By John Carroll

Before the onset of COVID-19, wildfire evacuees were typically housed in school gyms. But the Red Cross has had to change the way they do things.

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SDSU To Play 2021 Football Games In Carson

Sept. 15, 2020
By City News Service, John Carroll

San Diego State University's football team will play its 2021 home games at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson while the university works on its new stadium in Mission Valley, school officials announced Tuesday.

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Collaborative Effort Brings Food To People In Need In North Park

Sept. 14, 2020
By John Carroll

Following the departure of the "North Park Community Fridge," food assistance is being offered at another location just down the street.

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North Park Gets A 'Community Fridge' Helping People Who Need Food

Sept. 1, 2020
By John Carroll

They're popping up across the country, and now North Park has its own 'Community Fridge.' But there is some concern from local businesses.

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With Expected Shortage Of Senior Volunteers, County Will Pay Poll Workers

Aug. 31, 2020
By John Carroll

San Diego County Registrar of Voters Michael Vu says thanks to the pandemic his office still needs hundreds of poll workers for the November election. And they're willing to pay by the hour.

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County Crop Report Shows Bountiful 2019 Harvest

Aug. 28, 2020
By John Carroll

San Diego County released the 2019 crop report this week, and it shows last year was a good one for farmers. The next report probably won't be as good.

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Coronavirus Means Big Business For San Diego Bicycle Shop

Aug. 22, 2020
By John Carroll

Many businesses have struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic. But just the opposite is true at a Normal Heights bicycle sales and repair shop.

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High Heat, Humidity Challenge San Diego Businesses That Have Moved Outdoors

Aug. 19, 2020
By John Carroll

Adjusting to doing business outdoors because of the pandemic is one thing. But now, San Diego businesses are having to deal with record-breaking heat and humidity.

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Living Coast Discovery Center Struggling To Survive During Pandemic

Aug. 17, 2020
By John Carroll

It's a jewel along San Diego's South Bay Coastline. But The Living Coast Discovery Center needs financial help to survive because of COVID-19.

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City Threatens Crackdown On Weekly Drum Circles In Ocean Beach

Aug. 12, 2020
By John Carroll

The city says few people wear masks or physically distance at the events. Locals say they leave behind mountains of trash that locals then have to clean up.

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New Efforts To Be Unveiled To Deter Large Crowds From Gathering In Ocean Beach

Aug. 11, 2020
By John Carroll, Matt Hoffman

Ocean Beach residents have been complaining about big crowds gathering on Wednesday evenings for awhile. Now, the city is moving to do something about it.

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Turning Algae Into Environmentally-Friendly Flip-Flops At UC San Diego

Aug. 10, 2020
By John Carroll

UC San Diego faculty and student researchers have devised a way to turn algae into flip-flops. Once discarded, the flip-flops can decompose in as little as 16 weeks.

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Study Shows Sharks Are Frequently Near Humans In Coastal Waters

Aug. 5, 2020
By John Carroll

Humans are frequently in the company of young white sharks while they're in coastal waters. But a new study indicates humans don't have much to worry about.

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San Diego Coronavirus Deaths Increase By 12, County Advises No Experimental Treatments

April 7, 2020
By City News Service

The new cases are the fewest reported in the county since March 28 and the second fewest in two weeks, but the number of deaths is by far the largest increase since the public health emergency began.

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Confirmed COVID-19 Cases In San Diego County Approaches 2,500, Deaths Near 100

April 22, 2020
By City News Service

The county has reported 24 deaths from the respiratory illness over a two-day period, the deadliest two-day stretch since the coronavirus outbreak began.

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Gov. Newsom Urges People To Avoid Holiday Gatherings

July 2, 2020
Kathleen Ronayne / Associated Press

Gov. Gavin Newsom is urging Californians to use common sense over the Fourth of July weekend by wearing masks and avoiding traditional gatherings with family and friends. The governor says the state won't be “going into everybody's backyard and enforcing" but people should be safe and thoughtful.

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Police Release Video Of Deadly City Heights Officer-Involved Shooting

July 9, 2020
By City News Service

San Diego police fatally shot a man who allegedly pointed a gun at them Thursday afternoon during a confrontation near Hoover High School.

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Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Pushes COVID-19 Worker Protection Bill

Aug. 5, 2020
By City News Service

Gonzalez and others urged their fellow legislators to pass Assembly Bill 685, under which employers would be required to provide a 24-hour notice to all employees at a worksite should any worker be exposed to COVID-19.

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