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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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Should California Restrict The Felony Murder Rule?

July 10
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Under the felony murder rule, a person involved in a serious felony that results in death may be charged with murder even if they didn’t personally kill anyone. A bill making its way through the legislature would change that.

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First Person: My Coming Out Journey

July 9
By Marissa Cabrera

Napolez will be one of the dozens marching in the 44th annual San Diego Pride Parade on Saturday. As part of our First Person series, Napolez reflects on her coming out journey.

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Border Patrol Chief In San Diego Discusses Border Wall Replacement Project

July 5
By Jean Guerrero, Marissa Cabrera

Construction is underway to replace a 14-mile stretch of border fencing between the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego County.

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Border Patrol Chief In San Diego Discusses Zero-Tolerance Immigration Policy

July 3
By Jean Guerrero, Marissa Cabrera

Rodney Scott, chief patrol agent of the Border Patrol's San Diego sector, says President Trump's zero-tolerance immigration policy remains in effect but due to limited detention space, not every person caught crossing the border illegally is being criminally prosecuted.

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New Birch Aquarium Exhibit Highlights Sea Creatures With 'Super Powers'

June 27
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The comics-inspired exhibit “Oddities: Hidden Heroes of the Scripps Collections” features marine animals that have developed special adaptations to survive. The exhibit opens June 29.

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Federal Government: Court-Imposed Process Will Slow Family Reunification

June 26
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The federal government asked a San Diego federal judge Tuesday for time to implement President Trump's executive order to end family separations and to reject a motion from the American Civil Liberties Union to reunite immigrant families within 30 days.

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‘Vanishing Frontiers’ Explores Growing Ties Between US-Mexico

June 20
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Despite news reports that may suggest otherwise, Andrew Selee of the Migration Policy Institute, writes in his new book that Mexico and the United States are more connected than ever before: culturally, economically and politically.

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Inaugural San Diego Bike Summit To Focus On Diversity, Equity And Inclusion

June 19
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

The San Diego Bike Coalition will host panels and workshops on strategies to improve bicycling in the region. The three-day conference kicks off Thursday at the Museum of Photographic Arts.

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Mayor Faulconer Proposes Vacation Rental Rules

June 14
By Alison St John, Andrew Bowen, City News Service, Marissa Cabrera

The mayor’s plan would allow homeowners to rent their home for up to 6 months and a second property year round. The city council will take up the proposal July 16.

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Former Coach Bruce Arena On The State Of Soccer In The US

June 14
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Bruce Arena, the former coach of the U.S. men's national soccer team, will be speaking about his new book, “What’s Wrong With US?,” Thursday at Warwick’s in La Jolla.

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Immigrant Rights Advocate Denounces Sessions' Change To Asylum Policy

June 13
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Nicole Ramos, an immigration attorney with the Tijuana-based group Al Otro Lado, says the large majority of asylum seekers she works with are fleeing domestic and gang violence in Central America.

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San Diego Food Writer Calls On Gals To Get Their Grill On

June 12
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Caron Golden of the food blog, San Diego Food Stuff, and chef Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins share some of their favorite summer grilling recipes.

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What An Encinitas Writer Learned From His Father’s Suicide

June 11
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Sebastian Slovin was just 6 years old when his father took his own life. In his new memoir, “Ashes in the Ocean,” Slovin chronicles his experience living through and learning from his father’s suicide.

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New Initiative Aims To Help Family Caregivers In San Diego

June 8
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

CaregiverSD.com is a new website with information, resources and support for the nearly 650,000 family caregivers living in San Diego County.

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Midday Edition 2018 Primary Election Special

June 6
By Brooke Ruth, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Who won, who lost and who's moving on to the general election in November? Wednesday's KPBS Midday Edition has a primary election roundup. Some results were predictable, while some were surprising.

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San Diego Chamber: Steel, Aluminum Tariffs Will Impact San Diego Businesses

June 5
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The tariffs on imported metals from Mexico, Canada and the European Union are expected to affect several key industries including the local shipbuilding and construction industries.

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California Senate Passes Net Neutrality Bill

May 31
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Senate bill 822 would restore net neutrality regulations repealed by the Federal Communications Commission under President Trump. The bill now moves to the assembly.

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San Diego Vocalist Lorena Isabell On The Making Of Her Debut Album ‘Hoy’

May 31
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Lorena Isabell's new album "Hoy" is a compilation of romantic boleros. She'll perform music off the new album at The Music Box in Little Italy on Sunday, June 10.

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How US Gun Laws Impact Mexico

May 30
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

While Mexico’s only gun store sells an average of 38 guns a day, an estimated 580 guns flow daily to Mexico from the U.S. Gun control advocates are taking notice.

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