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How The New Democratic Agenda Is Taking Shape In The California Legislature

Dec. 5
By Jade Hindmon, Marissa Cabrera

On the first day of the new two-year legislative session, lawmakers introduced a number of bills that address wildfire disasters, the housing crisis along with the expansion of early childhood education and health care coverage.

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Classical Pianist Jeeyoon Kim On The Inspiration Behind New Album 'Over. Above. Beyond.'

Dec. 5
By Marissa Cabrera

Kim will mark the release of her new album with a concert Dec. 9 at The Scripps Research Institute.

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San Diego’s New Arts Director Discusses Future Of Arts Funding

Dec. 3
By Jade Hindmon, Marissa Cabrera

Jonathon Glus took over last month as the executive director of the city of San Diego’s Commission for Arts and Culture.

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How Shutting Down San Ysidro Border Crossing Impacts Region's Economy

Nov. 27
By Jade Hindmon, Marissa Cabrera

The San Ysidro Port of Entry is the busiest land border crossing in the Western Hemisphere with about 100,000 people crossing every day.

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Talking Turkey: Chef Bernard Shares Recipes For Thanksgiving Dinner

Nov. 21
By Jade Hindmon, Marissa Cabrera

Chef Bernard Guillas, the executive chef of the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club's The Shores Restaurant and the Marine Room, joins KPBS Midday Edition Wednesday to answer your Thanksgiving dinner questions. Tweet your questions to @kpbsmidday or call us at 1-888-895-5727.

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Reveal: Migrant Children's Lawyers Could Risk Funding If They Challenge Government In Court

Nov. 19
By Jade Hindmon, Marissa Cabrera

There is an all-time high of 14,000 immigrant children in U.S. custody.

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San Diego Federal Judge Formally Approves Family Separation Settlement

Nov. 16
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Hundreds of families who were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border earlier this year will now be given a second chance to seek asylum.

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Monica Montgomery Discusses Win, Future On The San Diego City Council

Nov. 8
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The biggest upset victory in the city of San Diego this Tuesday was the election of civil rights attorney Monica Montgomery in District 4.

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First Person: Remembering And Honoring Departed Loved Ones On Dia De Los Muertos

Oct. 29
By Marissa Cabrera

Pita Verdin, a longtime resident of San Diego’s Sherman Heights neighborhood, has been creating a Dia de Los Muertos altar in her father’s memory for nearly 20 years.

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Monday Is California's Voter Registration Deadline

Oct. 22
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

This November, California voters will choose the state's next governor, decide a winner in the U.S. Senate race and weigh in on 11 state propositions.

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A Conversation With US Senate Candidates Kevin de Leόn And Dianne Feinstein

Oct. 17
By Brooke Ruth, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Midday Edition presents live special coverage of the non-partisan Public Policy Institute of California's discussion with the candidates for U.S. Senate.

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New Book Examines Science, Politics And Crime At The Center Of The Vaquita Crisis

Oct. 11
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Author Brooke Besessen talks about her new book, "Vaquita: Science, Politics and Crime in the Sea of Cortez."

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San Diego-Based Innocence Project Continues Fight For Remaining Members Of The California 12

Oct. 10
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A march was held last weekend from Berkeley to Sacramento to urge Governor Brown to grant clemency to the remaining six members of the California 12, a group of men and women who the Innocence Project believes were wrongly convicted.

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California Political Watchdog Chair Discusses Campaign Finance Ahead Of November Election

Oct. 9
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The California Fair Political Practices Commission is in charge of enforcing the Political Reform Act, which regulates campaign financing, conflicts of interest, lobbying and government ethics.

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Monica Montgomery On The Race For San Diego City Council District 4

Oct. 8
By Claire Trageser, Marissa Cabrera

Monica Montgomery is challenging incumbent City Council President Myrtle Cole to represent voters in District 4, which covers neighborhoods such as Oak Park, Encanto and Paradise Hills.

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A Network Of Safe Houses For Abused Immigrant Women Has Been Operating Quietly Underground

Oct. 4
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new article in The California Sunday Magazine tells the story of the women behind the underground safe houses, some of whom have experienced domestic violence themselves.

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How San Diego's Centro Cultural De La Raza Is Preparing For A Comeback

Oct. 4
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

For years, the Centro has struggled with leadership and financial problems. But now there's an effort underway to revive the art space and introduce new exhibitions and events.

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Diane Harkey On The Race For The 49th Congressional Seat

Oct. 1
By Jade Hindmon, Marissa Cabrera

Republican Diane Harkey, a member of the State Board of Equalization, is running against Democrat Mike Levin in the race to replace Darrell Issa.

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Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo To Be Officially Recognized As Spanish

Sept. 26
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Ahead of this weekend’s annual Cabrillo Festival, the Cabrillo National Monument will install plaques that recognize Cabrillo’s birthplace as Spain, not Portugal.

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First Person: ‘San Diego Has Become My New Puerto Rico’

Sept. 20
By Marissa Cabrera

It's been a year since Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated Puerto Rico. Tens of thousands of people left the island for the mainland, including singer and songwriter Laura Reyes, who settled in San Diego.

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Union-Tribune Documents Stories Of Immigrants In San Diego County

Sept. 19
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego County is home to nearly 800,000 foreign-born residents, according to the most recent estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Mike Levin Discusses Priorities, Issues In 49th Congressional Race

Sept. 18
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Democrat Mike Levin, an environmental attorney from Orange County, is running against Republican Diane Harkey, a member of the State Board of Equalization, in the race to replace Darrell Issa.

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California To Assist With Hurricane Florence Emergency Response Efforts

Sept. 13
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Gov. Brown's Office of Emergency Services says it's deploying two teams to South Carolina and Virginia to help with emergency management and rescue operations.

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How Do You Know If A Restaurant Is Really Serving Locally Grown Food?

Sept. 12
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A 2015 story in San Diego Magazine exposed fraud in the farm to table movement. Now, Farm to Fork San Diego offers diners a directory of local restaurants that are committed to working with San Diego County farmers.

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Surf, Travel Inspire Recipes In ‘First We Surf, Then We Eat’

Sept. 11
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Lifelong surfer and writer Jim Kempton will be speaking about his new cookbook Tuesday at Warwick’s in La Jolla.

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San Diego Rep Opens New Season With Tony Award-Winning Musical 'Fun Home'

Sept. 10
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

The San Diego Repertory Theatre's production of "Fun Home" runs September 6-30.

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Meet Teresa Romero, The United Farm Workers First Woman President

Sept. 3
By Marissa Cabrera

Romero is the first woman and first immigrant to head the organization. She will replace Arturo Rodriguez who plans to step down in December.

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Signatures Submitted For Referendum To Overturn San Diego's Short-Term Rental Rules

Aug. 31
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

On Thursday, vacation rental proponents turned in more than 62,000 signatures to place a referendum on the ballot.

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California Lawmakers Face Friday Deadline To Pass Bills

Aug. 30
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

State lawmakers are required to send legislation to the Governor’s desk by midnight Friday as the legislative session comes to a close.

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Why The ACLU Opposes California's Move To End Cash Bail

Aug. 30
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The American Civil Liberties Union believes the law trades one inequitable system for another and may actually lead to more incarceration.

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Widow Of Former SDSU Football Player Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against NCAA

Aug. 29
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Jeffrey Staggs played football for San Diego State University before becoming a San Diego Charger linebacker in the 1960’s. When he died in 2014, an autopsy found he had been living with CTE, a degenerative brain disease.

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Horton Plaza Poised To Become Tech Office Hub

Aug. 28
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Horton Plaza once transformed downtown San Diego, and its new owners believe they can do it again.

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San Diego Filmmaker Documents The Natural Wonders Of Black's Beach

Aug. 23
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

It’s difficult to get to, with frequent riptides and rock slides, but in spite of and maybe because of its challenges, Black’s Beach is a San Diego landmark.

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San Diego Homeless Task Force Leader Reflects On First Year On The Job

Aug. 20
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Gordon Walker took over as head of San Diego’s Regional Task Force on the Homeless in 2017. The task force oversees the annual homeless census and is responsible for coordinating homeless resources in the county.

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Report: Minor Mistakenly Convicted Under Operation Streamline

Aug. 13
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Operation Streamline, which fast-tracks the prosecution of immigrants who enter the U.S. illegally, has been in effect in San Diego for more than a month.

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Quaker Organization Marks 100 Years Of ‘Waging Peace’

Aug. 9
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The American Friends Service Committee is marking its centennial with a traveling exhibit that showcases the group’s work in past and present social justice movements. The exhibit is on display now through September 30 at the New Americans Museum in Liberty Station.

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Losing Earth: How We Almost Solved Climate Change

Aug. 6
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The New York Times Magazine recently published a history of national efforts to avert a climate change disaster and how it could have been stopped in the 1980s.

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NPR's Sam Sanders Discusses Intersection Of Politics And Pop Culture

Aug. 2
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

NPR's Sam Sanders recaps the week's news with pop culture features and interviews in the show "It's Been A Minute." The program will air on KPBS-FM Saturday mornings starting August 4.

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San Diego Rep Latinx New Play Festival Returns

Aug. 1
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The second annual Latinx New Play Festival celebrates new works by Latino playwrights. The festival runs August 3-5 at the Lyceum Space.

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Frontline Documentary Explores Impact Of Family Separation Policy

July 31
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

"Separated: Children At The Border," which looks at the current U.S. immigration policy, airs Tuesday at 10 p.m. on KPBS television.

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San Diego City Council Takes Up Proposal To Ban Discrimination Against Section 8 Renters

July 30
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The council will consider the proposed ordinance Tuesday. Proponents say it will help ensure low-income San Diegans have access to housing throughout the city. Landlords say the Section 8 housing assistance program is administratively cumbersome.

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San Diego Rabbi Explores 'The Blessing Of Sorrow' In New Book

July 26
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Rabbi Ben Kamin will discuss his new book, "The Blessing of Sorrow: Turning Grief Into Healing," Thursday on Midday Edition.

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Feinstein Calls Out 'Sub-Standard' Conditions At El Centro Border Patrol Facility

July 25
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

In a letter to the Department of Homeland Security, Feinstein said her staff found children sleeping on concrete floors, inadequate access to drinking water and lack of basic hygiene products at the El Centro Border Patrol station. Feinstein is calling on the department to immediately attend to "claims of mistreatment of migrants in DHS facilities" along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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How To Prepare For The Next Wildfire

July 24
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The Red Cross of San Diego and Imperial Counties says before the next fire strikes, get a kit, make a plan and stay informed.

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San Diego Law Enforcement Launches Campaign To Discourage Teens From Becoming Drug Mules

July 23
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The campaign is in response to an increase in the number of minors caught smuggling drugs across the border.

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Who Was Earl McNeil?

July 19
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new story by The Appeal, a national news organization that covers criminal justice issues, has uncovered that Earl McNeil was a jailhouse informant for the San Diego County District Attorney's office.

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5 Things To Know Before You Buy Sunscreen

July 18
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diegans know that sunscreen is an essential part of outdoor gear. But if your sunscreen isn’t working, it may not be the product’s fault. Dr. Robert Dorschner, a dermatologist at UC San Diego Health, offers some advice to find a sunscreen that's right for you.

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Newly Released San Onofre Emails Show Public Business Done In Private With Gov. Brown Advisers

July 17
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The private discussions of public energy officials in California about the now-shuttered San Onofre power plant are still the subject of scrutiny.

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KPBS Journalist Jean Guerrero Traces Family History In New Memoir 'Crux'

July 17
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

In her new book, "Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir," Jean Guerrero writes about her childhood, family history and most especially her father, who she calls the "ultimate migrant."

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Calls To Abolish ICE Getting Louder

July 16
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A group of progressive House Democrats has introduced a bill to abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency and House Republicans say they plan to bring it to the floor for a vote this month.

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