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San Diego State Students Celebrate Basketball Team's Streak

Jan. 24
By Matt Hoffman

The San Diego State's basketball team is off to one of its best seasons ever and could make history this weekend.

An undated rendering of Father Joe's Village's ...

Father Joe’s Breaks Ground On Affordable Housing High Rise

Jan. 21
By Matt Hoffman

The $145-million downtown project built by Father Joe’s Villages is expected to take more than 550 people off the streets.

Water from a faucet at the public restroom at L...

State: Poway 'Failed To Protect' Water System From Contamination

Jan. 17
By Matt Hoffman

The California Water Resources Control Board is citing the city of Poway for three violations after storm water contaminated already treated water, leaving the entire town without water for a week.

A group of Lime scooters are parked in preparat...

Lime Scooter Company Is Leaving San Diego

Jan. 9
By Matt Hoffman

Lime announced Thursday it was ending operations in San Diego, one of a dozen markets the scooter company is leaving as it aims toward profitability in 2020.

Mehdi Moein, an Iranian community leader in San...

Local Iranian Community Leader Speaks About US-Iran Tensions

Jan. 8
By Matt Hoffman

The two countries no longer appear to be on the brink of war, but Iranian immigrants in San Diego remain concerned about what lies ahead.

Poway city officials provided KPBS these photos...

Poway Officials Now Say Rope Caused Water Contamination

Jan. 7
By Matt Hoffman

Poway water officials said in a report to the state that a rope got stuck a flap, which allowed storm water to flow into already treated water. Several businesses have already filed claims for damages.

Rocio Rebollar Gomez speaks outside the federal...

After 30 Years Building Life In America, San Diego Woman Deported Again To Mexico

Jan. 2
By Matt Hoffman

A mother from Mexico who illegally entered the country more than three decades ago was deported to Tijuana Thursday.

Cars lined up inside the San Diego Convention C...

Get Behind The Wheel Of New Cars At The San Diego International Auto Show

Dec. 31, 2019
By Matt Hoffman

Starting Wednesday hundreds of the newest cars, trucks, SUVs and electric vehicles will be on display at the San Diego Convention Center.

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San Diego Blood Bank Issues Urgent Call For Type O Blood

Dec. 30, 2019
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

Type O positive, the most common blood type, is needed by many hospital patients. Type O negative, the universal blood type, can be given to any patient and is often used in emergency rooms when there is no time to determine the blood type of the patient.

Spiny lobsters sit inside of a crate at Apex Wi...

US-China Trade Tensions Mean Tough Times For Local Lobster Industry

Dec. 24, 2019
By Matt Hoffman

The average price per pound paid to fisherman for spiny lobsters caught off the San Diego coast is about $10 cheaper than in years past because of reduced demand from China.

Brian Bishop demonstrates how his gas leaf blow...

Encinitas Latest California City To Ban Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers

Dec. 20, 2019
By Matt Hoffman

Starting Friday, all businesses and commercial operators in the city are barred from using the gas blowers. Residents have to stop using them by mid-January.

People riding scooters and bicycles on the Miss...

Banning Scooters At The Boardwalks: Fair Or Frivolous?

Dec. 18, 2019
By Matt Hoffman

The San Diego City Council this week voted to ban all motorized devices, except for motorized wheelchairs, at city boardwalks.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and members of ...

SDFD Rolls Out New $20 Million Firefighting Helicopter

Dec. 12, 2019
By Matt Hoffman

The military-style helicopter, which can hold 1,000 gallons of water, is the first new addition to the city's fleet since 2007.

Lakeside Water District Board Member Frank Hill...

Poway Water Crisis Turning Into Political Football

Dec. 10, 2019
By Matt Hoffman

The water in Poway is safe to drink — this after stormwater contaminated the city’s water supply and forced people to turn off their taps for a week. Now comes the political blame game.

Marcus Rouse, his girlfriend Ka Mcmackins and t...

After Delays, City's Homeless Navigation Center Brings Services Under One Roof

Dec. 9, 2019
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

The city of San Diego officially opened its first housing navigation center Monday in the East Village, serving as a one-stop-shop for homeless services, resources and support.

Water in a sink inside a bathroom at Lake Poway...

Week After Contamination, Poway Boil-Water Advisory Lifted

Dec. 6, 2019
By Alexander Nguyen, Matt Hoffman

Poway lifted the advisory after test results came back clean and said residents can use tap water for "all purposes."

Lime scooters being loaded inside a truck, July...

Lime Scooters Aren't Going Anywhere, City Loses Battle To Revoke Operating Permit

Dec. 6, 2019
By Matt Hoffman

A city of San Diego administrative hearing officer has decided that, in trying to revoke Lime's permit to operate, city officials did not give proper notice of alleged geofencing violations to Lime or prove that the scooter company failed to comply with the requirements.

Ron Pole stands inside his empty restaurant Pap...

Poway Businesses Hurting In Midst Of Water Crisis

Dec. 6, 2019
By Matt Hoffman

It has been six days since storm runoff contaminated the city's water system, which led the county environmental health department to order the closure of restaurants.

Water in a sink inside a bathroom at Lake Poway...

Poway To Be Cited For Faulty Reservoir System That Contributed To Water Contamination

Dec. 4, 2019
By Matt Hoffman

The city's storm drain and reservoir connections are not in compliance with state regulations and contributed to the contamination of the city's water system, a state official told KPBS.

Water from a faucet at the public restroom at L...

Backed-Up Storm Drain Caused Poway's Water Contamination

Dec. 2, 2019
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

City officials said Monday they believe the drinking water system was compromised by the recent rains.

Melissa Studer helps her husband Chris put chai...

After Storm, San Diegans Head For Snow In The Mountains

Nov. 29, 2019
By Matt Hoffman

A cold and wet winter storm brought snow to San Diego’s mountains. Residents flocked to see the white stuff, but not before having to put chains on their tires.

A truck parked outside the San Diego Internatio...

Weather Will Complicate Busiest Travel Week Of The Year

Nov. 26, 2019
By Matt Hoffman

AAA is estimating more than 55 million people will travel during the Thanksgiving holiday, but plans could be hampered by a winter storm on the way.

Wonderfront light-up sign at the Embarcadero in...

Wonderfront Music Festival Takes Over The Embarcadero This Weekend

Nov. 22, 2019
By Matt Hoffman

The newest entrant in the music festival scene will include more than 130 acts playing on 10 stages spanning the Hilton Bayfront to the Broadway Pier.

Nathan Fletcher speaks at a candidate forum for...

Supervisor Pushing For Subsidy Program Aimed At Keeping People From Becoming Homeless

Nov. 18, 2019
By Matt Hoffman

Giving money to people to keep them from becoming homeless. That is the idea behind a new program being floated by San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher.

Katy Fallon shows off some of her new paper-bas...

Imperial Beach's New Plastic Ban Goes Live

Nov. 15, 2019
By Matt Hoffman

Say goodbye to single-use plastics in Imperial Beach. Starting Friday one of the state’s strictest plastic bans goes into effect.

District Attorney Summer Stephan (center) along...

District Attorney Launches Online Tool To Report Sexual And Physical Abuse Of Students

Nov. 14, 2019
By Matt Hoffman

District Attorney Summer Stephan said the tool will be a resource for parents or others who feel their complaints to schools are going unanswered.

A jar of marijuana sits on a table at Tradecraf...

New Vista Pot Shops Among The First To Open In North County

Nov. 13, 2019
By Matt Hoffman

Two marijuana dispensaries have opened in the last month in the city, with more on the way.

Palomar College President Joi Lin Blake gets re...

As Palomar College's Finances Crater, Employees Say President Should Go

Nov. 13, 2019
By Matt Hoffman

Dozens showed up to a board of governors meeting Tuesday to call for the removal of current school president Joi Lin Blake.

Moments before a race at the Del Mar Thoroughbr...

Del Mar Fall Racing Season Kicks Off After Santa Anita Deaths

Nov. 8, 2019
By Matt Hoffman

The fall season is starting off like the summer season ⁠— amid controversy surrounding horse deaths at Santa Anita Park near Los Angeles.

U.S. Marine Veteran Patrick Cagas meets with em...

New Vet Takes On Challenge Of Finding Civilian Career At Job Fair

Nov. 7, 2019
By Matt Hoffman

Dozens of veterans showed up to an Oceanside career center Thursday for the "Honor a Hero, Hire A Vet" job fair.

Inside the new Alpha Project homeless shelter, ...

Fourth Homeless Shelter To Open In San Diego

Nov. 5, 2019
By Matt Hoffman

The new shelter has 128 beds and is located in a section of the East Village with a large homeless population.

Alpine Fire Protection District Chief Bill Pask...

Trump Threatens To Cut Federal Fire Assistance To California, Local Fire Chief Says Aid Is Critical

Nov. 4, 2019
By Matt Hoffman

The Alpine Fire Protection District Chief said federal money is key for helping tackle wildfires and if it is lost, less crews will be fighting fires.

Michelle McClintic stands in front of her new c...

Four-Wheeled Gift Helps Formerly Homeless Family Stay Off The Streets

Nov. 1, 2019
By Matt Hoffman

A Spring Valley woman and her three daughters have a car and a more stable life thanks to the generosity of a local nonprofit and a car dealer.

Scott Brown closes the doors at Dons Market aft...

SDG&E Cuts Power Because Of Fire Danger; Businesses Forced To Close

Oct. 30, 2019
By Matt Hoffman

On Wednesday more than 25,000 SDG&E customers had their power cut as conditions were ripe for a wildfire, and businesses who lost electricity were forced to close.

Power lines at an SDG&E facility in North Park ...

SDG&E Talks Power Safety Shut Offs In Face Of Red Flag Warnings

Oct. 30, 2019
By Matt Hoffman

While the power safety shut-offs might be controversial for some, SDG&E has its reasons.

Athletic directors Bill McGillis of University ...

Local Athletic Directors Weigh-In On College 'Fair Pay For Play' Law

Oct. 29, 2019
By Matt Hoffman

While San Diego State is the only local university with a major football and basketball program, it's not the only school that could be impacted by the new state law allowing college athletes to profit from their images.

A landscaper uses an electric leaf blower in Co...

A Split Coronado Council Votes To Ban Gas Leaf Blowers

Oct. 18, 2019
By Matt Hoffman

A 3-2 majority cited noise and pollution concerns as reason for an ordinance that only allows electric blowers. The mayor voted against the ban.

State legislators talk to the media inside a Ch...

State Lawmakers Talk Prison Reform In Chula Vista

Oct. 16, 2019
By Matt Hoffman

California spends more than $12 billion a year on its prison system. Legislators say they want to spend more so people who leave prison don't return.

Inside the Crossroads of the West Gun Show at t...

Gun Show Promoters Vow To Challenge New Law Banning Gun, Ammo Sales At Fairgrounds

Oct. 15, 2019
By Matt Hoffman

Lawyers representing gun show promoters said they will expand an existing lawsuit to include their fight against a new state law that bans the sale of guns and ammo at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Inside the Live Oaks Springs Market which lost ...

Losses Mount For East County Small Businesses After SDG&E Shuts Off Power

Oct. 11, 2019
By Matt Hoffman

KPBS spoke with two small business owners who said the food in their stores was going bad and they stood to lose thousands of dollars.

This updated map on Oct. 10, 2019, shows a map ...

SDG&E Lowers Number Of Customers Affected By Potential Outage

Oct. 11, 2019
By Alexander Nguyen, Matt Hoffman

SDG&E may shut off power to 17,771 customers, down from the 30,000 customers announced Wednesday because of weather conditions that could pose a danger to power lines and increase the risk of wildfires.

Gov. Gavin Newsom appearing at the Legal Aid So...

Newsom Visits San Diego And Takes Aim At California's Housing Crisis

Oct. 10, 2019
By Matt Hoffman

Gov. Gavin Newsom is touting a number of new laws that he hopes will slow rent increases and spur more affordable housing. In San Diego Wednesday, he highlighted a bill that provides more than $300 million to protect renters and homeowners.

Earl McNeil, who died after an encounter with t...

Review Of McNeil In-Custody Death Finds Sheriff's Deputy Violated Procedure

Oct. 10, 2019
By Matt Hoffman

San Diego County's Citizens Law Enforcement Review Board sustained a finding that a San Diego sheriff's deputy violated procedure when he placed a shirt over Earl McNeil's head while detaining him.

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, heading into cour...

Duncan Hunter Corruption Trial Pushed Back Till Late January

Oct. 7, 2019
By Alexander Nguyen, Matt Hoffman

A federal judge on Monday pushed Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter's corruption trial further back in January.

In this Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, customers l...

New California Law Targets Scam Robocalls

Oct. 4, 2019
By Matt Hoffman

The law, authored by state Sen. Ben Hueso, requires telecom providers to implement software that protects against robocalls by 2021.

Chelsea Romo, who lost an eye in the Las Vegas ...

Temecula Woman Among Victims To Benefit From Las Vegas Shooting Settlement

Oct. 3, 2019
By Matt Hoffman

Chelsea Romo, who lost an eye and suffered severe head trauma, was among hundreds of victims in the massacre at the Mandalay Bay Hotel two years ago.

Clothes, shoes and accessories collected during...

'Operation Dress Code' Accepting Clothing Donations For Female Veterans

Oct. 2, 2019
By Matt Hoffman

The campaign to collect clothes for female veterans transitioning into civilian careers kicks off this week.

San Diego State football players Parker Houston...

SDSU Football Players Cheer New Collegiate Pay Law While Expert Warns Of Chaos

Oct. 1, 2019
By Matt Hoffman

Bernhard Schroeder, a brand and marketing expert, said only a few athletes will benefit from the law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom this week.

San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott outside of...

San Diego City Attorney Moves To Dismiss 5,000-Plus Marijuana Convictions

Sept. 25, 2019
By Matt Hoffman

State law requires prosecutors to review convictions for some marijuana charges that are eligible for dismissal or reduction under Proposition 64.

Fire crews battle the Gate fire in Jamul in San...

San Diego County Supervisors OK 5-Year Firefighting Plan

Sept. 24, 2019
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday formally approved a strategic, five-year plan that focuses on better firefighting and medical services in unincorporated areas.

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Vino Rosso and jockey John Velazquez, center le...

At Del Mar Meeting, Racing Board Approves Santa Anita License On Conditions

Nov. 21, 2019
By Associated Press

Led by new chairman Gregory Ferraro, the California Horse Racing Board approved Santa Anita’s racing license by a 5-0 vote Thursday, contingent on several restrictions.

Storm clouds over Ocean Beach, November 19, 2019.

Storm Expected To Bring Rain, Snow To San Diego County

Nov. 27, 2019
By City News Service

Gusty winds in the San Diego County mountains this morning will precede significant rain showers throughout Southern California Wednesday, with a cold storm expected to make road conditions challenging for holiday traveler through the end of the week.

Mental health professionals picketing in front ...

Kaiser's Mental Health Professionals Strike In California

Dec. 16, 2019
By City News Service

Thousands of mental health professionals at Kaiser Permanente facilities in San Diego and across the state hit the picket lines Monday, beginning a five-day strike amid a continued labor standoff.

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