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COVID-19 Has Crippled Many Businesses But One San Diego Bike Shop Is Thriving

Dec. 10, 2020
By Matthew Bowler

2020 has been a tough year. Pandemic restrictions have come with personal and economic challenges for many people. But for one local bike shop business is booming.

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Tijuana Runs Low On Ventilators As COVID-19 Cases Continue To Rise

April 24, 2020
By Matthew Bowler, Max Rivlin-Nadler

Coronavirus knows no borders. In Tijuana, the cases, and the deaths, are beginning to rise. San Diego’s sister city is now in the midst of a dangerous upswing in cases.

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Thousands Line Up For Food, As More San Diegans Lose Their Paychecks Due To Coronavirus

April 10, 2020
By Matthew Bowler, Shalina Chatlani

The latest mass food distribution site in Chula Vista Friday reached capacity before it opened. The site could service one thousand cars.

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Tijuana's Already Strained Hospitals Face Shortages As Pandemic Takes Hold

April 9, 2020
By Matthew Bowler, Max Rivlin-Nadler

While Mexico has lagged behind the United States in coronavirus cases, the pandemic has begun to take hold south of the border. And the largest hospital in Baja, California, Tijuana’s General Hospital, is now straining under the pressure.

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San Diego Photojournalist Uses Work To Inspire Passion For Comics

July 20, 2018
By Matthew Bowler

KPBS Video Journalist Matt Bowler brings us the story of one woman who uses her career as a 10-News photojournalist to inspire her passion as a comic book artist.

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Astraeus Aerial Dance Theatre Artist In Residency Ends This Month At Airport

May 11, 2018
By Beth Accomando, Guillermo Sevilla, Matthew Bowler

In December 2017, Astraeus Aerial Dance Theatre was awarded an Artist in Residency at the San Diego International Airport. Here's a look at the work they have done.

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San Marcos-Based RealDoll Launches AI Sex Dolls

April 20, 2018
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov, Matthew Bowler, Nicholas McVicker

San Marcos is home to RealDolls, a company that makes sex dolls and is about to release its first model with artificial intelligence. WARNING: Mature content.

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'Pandas' Invade Fleet Science Center

April 4, 2018
By Beth Accomando, Matthew Bowler

On an adorability scale of one to 10, pandas are an 11. But the new IMAX documentary "Pandas" (opening at the Fleet Science Center) looks past their fluffy appeal to the hard work that goes into saving the species.

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San Diego Sports Program Teaches Teens Life Lessons Through Cycling

Feb. 13, 2018
By Matthew Bowler

San Diego VeloYouth program teaches students life lessons on and off the bike at Balboa Park.

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La Mesa Police Officer Shown Body Slamming Teenage Girl In Facebook Video Is Reassigned

Jan. 22, 2018
By City News Service, Matthew Bowler, Megan Burks

Dozens of students and community members protested Monday after a La Mesa police officer was shown roughly slamming a teenage girl to the ground in a video posted to Facebook this weekend.

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Advocacy Group Organizes Conference To Fight California's Gang Conspiracy Laws

July 31, 2017
By Claire Trageser, Matthew Bowler

Organizers from the advocacy group Pillars of the Community are planning a conference this weekend to give attendees tools to fight gang documentation laws.

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Globe's New 'Robin Hood!' Stages Swordplay In The Round

July 13, 2017
By Beth Accomando, Matthew Bowler

Errol Flynn defined the swashbuckling heroics of Robin Hood in the 1938 film "The Adventures of Robin Hood." Now the Old Globe takes inspiration from that movie for its newly commissioned play by Ken Ludwig, "Robin Hood!"

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'Megan Leavey' Tells Extraordinary Tale Of A Female Marine And Her Dog

June 8, 2017
By Beth Accomando, Matthew Bowler

Megan Leavey is a U.S. Marine corporal veteran who worked with a bomb sniffing dog during her tour in Iraq. Her story is now the basis for the film opening Friday and bearing her name and directed by "Blackfish's" Gabriela Cowperthwaite.

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Comic Book Artists Stan Sakai And Kevin Eastman At IDW Comic Art Gallery Friday

June 2, 2017
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga, Matthew Bowler

A samurai rabbit and ninja turtles will be meeting up yet again after decades apart for a new IDW comic book coming out in July. To celebrate the reunion, IDW is bringing “Usagi Yojimbo” creator Stan Sakai and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT)” co-creator Kevin Eastman together tonight at Comic Art Gallery in Liberty Station.

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San Diego Auto Show Revs Up For 5-Day Run

Dec. 29, 2016
By City News Service, Matthew Bowler

The annual San Diego International Auto Show began its a five-day run Thursday at the Convention Center.

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Downtown San Diego Library Opens A Bike Kitchen

Oct. 28, 2016
By Matthew Bowler

A new program makes it possible for people to fix their bicycles and check out a book at San Diego's downtown library.

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'Lizard Boy,' A Coming-Of-Age Comic Book Superhero Musical

Oct. 6, 2016
By Beth Accomando, Matthew Bowler

It started as a one-man show at Seattle Repertory Theatre and has since evolved into a three-person comic book rock musical now on stage at Diversionary Theatre.

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Moxie Theatre's 'Peerless' Riffs On 'Macbeth'

Sept. 22, 2016
By Beth Accomando, Matthew Bowler

The playhouse strives to showcase female playwrights and plays with dynamic women characters. Its current production "Peerless" offers a reimagining of Shakespeare’s "Macbeth."

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San Diego Opera's 'Listening Tour' Asked What Opera Means To People

Aug. 5, 2016
By Beth Accomando, Matthew Bowler

San Diego Opera General Director David Bennett has been on a "listening tour" to find out what San Diegans think about opera. Here are the results.

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San Diego Opera's David Bennett Enters Second Year As General Director

Aug. 1, 2016
By Beth Accomando, Matthew Bowler

San Diego Opera has survived some tumultuous times but as David Bennett enters his second year as general director the future of opera in San Diego looks strong.

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Family Affair Explores Star Trek Final Frontier

July 22, 2016
By Elma Gonzalez Lima Brandao, Matthew Bowler

The play "Klingon Lifestyles," which will stage its 23rd production Friday, has become a classic at Comic-Con in San Diego. Meet the family behind it.

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The Fight Over Powdered Alcohol In California Comes To San Diego

April 15, 2016
By Matthew Bowler

Cosmopolitans, martinis, gimlets are all popular cocktails, but the next new drink may not be made from any liquor on the market, it could be made from powdered alcohol or Palcohol.

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Miramar National Cemetery Has Room To Grow

April 6, 2016
By Matthew Bowler

San Diego is home to nearly a quarter million veterans. And as they age, they inevitably die. The Department of Veterans Affairs is making room for their graves.

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49 Kids Become Some Of San Diego County's Newest Americans

April 1, 2016
By Matthew Bowler

From school plays to graduations, growing up in the U.S. is full of milestones. But a group of local kids celebrated a less common occasion on Friday: becoming Americans.

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Training Bartenders, Servers On How Much Is Too Much

Feb. 19, 2016
By City News Service, Matthew Bowler

After two of their peers died in a collision with a drunk driver, UC San Diego students work to make "responsible beverage training" mandatory for restaurant and bar workers.

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Monte Vista High School Reopens Technical Education Buildings

Feb. 18, 2016
By Matthew Bowler

Monte Vista High School has finished a $7.5 million renovation of its Career Technical Education buildings.

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North Park's Claire de Lune Coffee Shop Closes For Good

Feb. 17, 2016
By Angela Carone, Matthew Bowler

Claire de Lune staked its claim in North Park before the neighborhood became the trendy hub it is now. But the popularity it helped jumpstart is ultimately what drew customers away.

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Officials Show Off Facility Where Passengers Apply For TSA Pre-Check Program

Feb. 11, 2016
By City News Service, Matthew Bowler

Passengers in the TSA Pre-Check program go through select screening lines at the airport and do not have to take off their shoes, light outerwear, or belts.

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Program Teaches San Diego Students How To Pay For College

Feb. 10, 2016
By Matthew Bowler

For some students the costs of college can be daunting. The program Achieve UC aims to show low-income students that college is within reach.

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Cal State Faculty Plan To Strike In April

Feb. 8, 2016
By City News Service, Matthew Bowler

Stepping up its push for a new labor contract, the union representing California State University faculty announced plans Monday to carry out a five-day strike in April at all 23 campuses — including San Diego State and Cal State San Marcos — if a deal isn't reached before then.

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Commercials Will Upstage Super Bowl For Some San Diegans

Feb. 5, 2016
By Associated Press, Matthew Bowler

Super Bowl 50 promises a gridiron clash that will thrill spectators, but many viewers watch for what’s in between the plays. For them the commercials are the big stars.

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John Lennon Music Education Bus Stops In San Diego

Feb. 4, 2016
By Matthew Bowler

John Lennon’s musical legacy made a stop in San Diego. The John Lennon Educational Bus Tour was at Crown Point Junior Music Academy.

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San Diego Unified Piloting Rainwater Collection System

Feb. 1, 2016
By Matthew Bowler

With the drought in mind, two schools in the San Diego Unified School District and one in the Encinitas Union School District are taking part in a new rainwater collection program that saves water and teaches science.

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San Diego Flights Canceled Due To Blizzard

Jan. 22, 2016
By City News Service, Matthew Bowler

The blizzard rolling into the Midwest and East Coast resulted in the cancellation of a couple handfuls of departing flights and a few arrivals Friday at Lindbergh Field in San Diego.

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Erosion Increases Dangers At Sunset Cliffs

Jan. 21, 2016
By Matthew Bowler

The recent rains not only flooded San Diego streets, but also caused erosion along Sunset Cliffs.

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San Diego, Baja High Schoolers Working To Solve Global Problems

Jan. 20, 2016
By Matthew Bowler

A group of San Diego and Baja California high schoolers gathered at the University of San Diego to address some of the world's toughest problems.

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Program Trains Community College Employees To Help Police Stop Active Shooters

Jan. 18, 2016
By Matthew Bowler

A new program at the San Diego Community College District trains officers and college employees to fight back against campus shooters.

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Nurses Union Warns Alvarado Hospital Suffers High Turnover Rate

Jan. 13, 2016
By Matthew Bowler

The California Nurses Association says nurses are leaving San Diego's Alvarado Hospital in alarming numbers.

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Many San Diegans Hit By Flooding May Not Have Insurance

Jan. 7, 2016
By Matthew Bowler

Homeowners and renters who have insurance often don't take the extra step to add flood insurance to the policy.

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San Diegans Prepare For Flooding, High Surf

Jan. 4, 2016
By Matthew Bowler, Susan Murphy

Homeless service providers are handing out boots and tarps, while fire-rescue personnel are providing sandbags.

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San Diego Auto Show Begins 4-Day Run

Dec. 31, 2015
By City News Service, Matthew Bowler

The San Diego International Auto Show is taking place at the convention center Thursday through Sunday. It will feature 400 new-model vehicles, alternative fuel cars, exotics, crossovers and classics.

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San Diego – And Its Burritos – Promoted In New York's Times Square

Dec. 30, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

San Diego is getting a promotional bump in New York's Times Square this New Year's Eve. A flashy billboard ad extols America's Finest City.

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Holiday Bowl Bands Battle It Out Before Big Game

Dec. 29, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

As San Diego prepares to host the 2015 Holiday Bowl game between USC and the University of Wisconsin on Wednesday night, their marching bands battled it out in downtown San Diego.

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City Of San Diego: Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Dec. 28, 2015
By City News Service, Matthew Bowler

The city of San Diego's 42nd annual Christmas tree recycling program began Monday in an effort to keep trees out of landfills and turn them into mulch for gardeners.

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Economy Doing Well, But Many San Diego Families Still Need Holiday Help

Dec. 18, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

The Salvation Army is short thousands of toy donations as more San Diego families need help this holiday season.

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Future Of Robots On Display In San Diego

Dec. 16, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

The future will be led by humans but built by robots, according to organizers of the RoboUnivers Conference at the San Diego Convention Center.

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Free Public Events Build Excitement In San Diego For AMGEN Tour

Dec. 15, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

San Diego organizers for the AMGEN Tour of California are hosting several free public events to get your motor running for bicycle racing.

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San Diego Colleges Use Dogs To Take Bite Out Of Exam Stress

Dec. 9, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

San Diego colleges use canine cuddle programs to calm anxious students during test time with licks, tummy rubs and hugs.

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San Diego Airport Unveils Public Art At Rental Center

Dec. 9, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

Not only is San Diego’s new airport rental car center ready to serve travelers, it is also exhibiting some world-class art.

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California School Admistrators Address Teacher Shortage

Dec. 4, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

The California School Board Association’s annual conference had more than 3,000 educators at the San Diego Convention Center thinking about ways to improve schools.

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San Diego May Get Quicker Water Quality Test For Beaches

Aug. 13, 2019
By Erik Anderson

San Diego County officials could be one of the first places in the nation to use a new water-quality test that speeds up the ability to identify dangerous bacteria in coastal waters.

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Floating Robot Could Clean Plastic Out Of The Ocean

Aug. 12, 2019
By John Carroll

A floating robot to clean plastic out of the ocean was tested by USD engineering students in Mission Bay on Friday.

Baby rhino Edward now weighs more than 220 poun...

Baby Rhino In San Diego Gains Weight, Offers Promise For Saving A Species

Aug. 14, 2019
By Erik Anderson

The baby rhino born at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park two and a half weeks ago is thriving under the watchful protective eye of its mom. It also helps show a way for saving another rhinoceros species.

A store in El Cajon, home to the second largest...

San Diego's Chaldean Community Reeling After Deported Chaldean Man's Death In Iraq

Aug. 19, 2019
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Earlier this month, Jimmy Aldaoud, a Chaldean man from Michigan, died shortly after being deported to Iraq. He was one of the first Chaldeans, a group of Iraqi Christians, to be deported to Iraq following a 2017 agreement between Iraq and the United States.

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Carlsbad Commuters Have New Last-Mile Solution

Aug. 19, 2019
By John Carroll

New Carlsbad Connector shuttle service meant to solve "first mile/last mile" gap between the Coaster train and the rest of the city.

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National City Prepares For 2020 Census After Undercount In 2010

Aug. 22, 2019
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Officials and business leaders in National City are aiming to avoid a repeat of the 2010 census when, they believe, their immigrant-heavy city was under-counted.

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UC San Diego Celebrates Release Of New Dr. Seuss Book 'Horse Museum'

Sept. 3, 2019
By Alexander Nguyen

The Dr. Seuss library at UC San Diego held a special celebration Tuesday for the release of a never-before-published Dr. Seuss book.

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ACLU: Supreme Court Ruling Puts Asylum-Seekers In Danger

Sept. 12, 2019
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Tijuana is home to thousands of migrants waiting to ask for asylum in the United States. Now many of them will be turned back after the Supreme Court on Wednesday lifted an injunction on a new Trump administration policy

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Bill To Ban Private Lockups Would Impact Immigrant Detention In San Diego

Sept. 13, 2019
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

A new bill passed by the state legislature on Wednesday bans the use of private prisons and detention centers in California. For San Diego that could mean finding a different place to keep more than a thousand detained migrants.

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San Diego's Climate Crisis: The Risks And Costs Of Living In The Backcountry

Sept. 16, 2019
By Claire Trageser

Higher temperatures caused by climate change mean California’s all-important snowpack in the Sierra Nevada mountains is smaller and melts faster than it did in the past. As a result, forests are dryer for longer and more prone to wildfire.

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Sheriff's Deputy Assault Victims Say Plea Deal Is Not Justice Served

Sept. 19, 2019
By Claire Trageser

Fischer was initially charged with 20 criminal counts that included assault, burglary, forcing oral sex and sexual battery. But his plea deal with the DA did not include the two sex crime charges he faced.

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San Diego's Climate Crisis: How Heightened Wildfire Risk Is Altering The Work Of California's National Guard

Sept. 18, 2019
By Steve Walsh

Members of the California National Guard have always had a role in fighting wildfires, but now there is a task force working year-round on fire prevention efforts.

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San Diego High School Students Confront Migration Crisis In Mock Exercise

Sept. 23, 2019
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Last Friday, students from high schools across San Diego tried to solve a mock diplomatic crisis centering on migration.

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San Diego’s Climate Crisis: The Impacts Of A Warming World On Refugee Communities

Sept. 23, 2019
By Priya Sridhar

The World Bank projects climate change will displace as many as 140 million people around the world by 2050, with Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia the hardest-hit regions.

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Doulas Seen As Key To Battling Maternal, Infant Death Among San Diego's Black Community

Sept. 24, 2019
By Tarryn Mento

San Diego groups are supporting the moms and babies that face the highest rate of death from childbirth.

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SANDAG Shifts Funds To Fast Track Transit, Highway Projects

Sept. 27, 2019
By Andrew Bowen

Elected officials on the SANDAG board approved budget amendments aimed at getting more transportation projects ready for construction. But the agency's executive director warned two proposed freeway widenings could put SANDAG "in legal jeopardy."

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California To Let College Athletes Make Money, Defying NCAA

Sept. 30, 2019
By Associated Press

Defying the NCAA, California's governor signed a first-in-the-nation law Monday that will let college athletes hire agents and make money from endorsements — a move that could upend amateur sports in the U.S. and trigger a legal challenge.

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The Story Of A Cinderella Costume With A Twist Goes Viral

Sept. 30, 2019
By Priya Sridhar

The costume, created by an Oceanside woman who was born without an arm, has inspired children and people with limb differences.

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San Diego Mayor Touts City's Progress In Fixing Potholes

Oct. 2, 2019
By Priya Sridhar

Mayor Faulconer says potholes are being fixed in the city at a record rate. Some residents aren't so sure.

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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.

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Scott Peters' Bill Would Tie Federal Transit Funds To Housing

Oct. 8, 2019
By Priya Sridhar

The bill proposed by Democratic Congressman Scott Peters would require state and local governments applying for federal transit money to show that housing will be located near planned mass transit stops.

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SDG&E Warns Of Possible Outages To Prevent Wildfires In Dry, Gusty Weather

Oct. 9, 2019
By Christopher Underwood, Shalina Chatlani

San Diego Gas & Electric announced this week that the utility may shut off power in certain parts of San Diego County due to forecasted weather conditions that could pose a danger to power lines and increase the risk of wildfires.

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San Diego Officials Push Tourist Tax Hike For Civic Projects

Oct. 10, 2019
By Erik Anderson

San Diego civic leaders revive a ballot measure to pay for the expansion of the convention center, homeless programs and road paving.

Nacho Muñoz, a mechanic at Bicis Disidentes, on...

Tijuana Bike Conference To Bridge Cross-Border Politics

Oct. 11, 2019
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

“We want to seem like a bridge, to rethink what the border means, so the bicycles are really just an excuse to say that the border will not be sold or separated. Tijuana is the point of this.”

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SANDAG: San Diego Jail Inmates Report Higher Rates Of Homelessness

Oct. 17, 2019
By City News Service, Priya Sridhar

The survey of last year's arrestees found that one-third of those surveyed had been homeless in the month prior to being booked in jail, and two-thirds reported experiencing homelessness at some point in their lives.

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Wildfires Scorch A Growing Rosarito In Baja California

Oct. 31, 2019
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

California isn’t the only region dealing with devastating wildfires. South of the border in Baja California, Mexican firefighters and local authorities have squared off against quick-moving fires that have left local residents with little time to get to safety.

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Tracking Flu Data Could Help San Diego Hospitals Be Prepared For 'Flumageddon'

Nov. 1, 2019
By Tarryn Mento

Medical facilities and county officials are using data as part of an all-hazards management plan to prepare for a potential influx of flu patients.

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ACLU Files Suit Over Access To Lawyers For Asylum-Seekers Being Sent Back To Mexico

Nov. 5, 2019
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a class-action lawsuit against Customs and Border Protection on Tuesday, condemning the treatment of asylum-seekers in the “Remain In Mexico” program. The ACLU says that the migrants are not being allowed to see their lawyers.

The campus of CETYS in Tijuana on October 14, 2019

San Diego Students Going To Mexico For College

Nov. 7, 2019
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

A private Tijuana university offers a business degree in English that's become a low-cost alternative for American students. A growing number of U.S. students are crossing into Mexico to pursue college degrees at CETYS.

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Immigrant Activism And The Legacy Of Proposition 187

Nov. 8, 2019
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

While the proposition never took effect, Proposition 187 ushered in a generation of immigrant activists that has transformed the California.

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Climate Activists Cast Shade On San Diego's Ambitious Tree Planting Efforts

Nov. 13, 2019
By Erik Anderson

An ambitious effort to boost the number and size of trees in the city of San Diego faces a difficult timetable.

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9-Year-Old Boy Remains Hospitalized Following Paradise Hills Murder-Suicide

Nov. 18, 2019
By City News Service

A man who killed his estranged wife and three of his four children in Paradise Hills before turning the gun on himself sent his former romantic partner a picture of a handgun with the message "It's sure happening" about two weeks before the shooting rampage, according to court documents obtained Monday.

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After Wet Winter, Why Is Tijuana Running Low On Water?

Nov. 22, 2019
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Earlier this month Tijuana officials announced it would conduct wide-ranging water shutoffs for the next two months, in an attempt to replenish a vital reservoir that is perilously low.

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Rare Platypus On Display At San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Nov. 22, 2019
By Erik Anderson

San Diego Zoo Safari Park welcomes two platypuses from Australia.

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Asylum-Seeker Held Incommunicado For Three Weeks By Border Patrol

Nov. 26, 2019
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

A man in Border Patrol custody was held for three weeks while his family and lawyers had no idea where he was or if he was even alive.

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San Diego City Council President Georgette Gomez Talks Impact And Legacy In District 9

Nov. 29, 2019
By Ebone Monet

With Gomez now running for Congress, what does this mean for District 9 which includes City Heights, where some residents say their community is often overlooked?

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Hunter Pleads Guilty To Misusing Campaign Money

Dec. 3, 2019
By Christopher Underwood

The Republican congressman pleaded to one count of misuse of campaign funds as part of a deal with federal prosecutors.

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Ahead Of Andy Ruiz's Rematch, Young Fighters In Imperial Valley Aim For Boxing Greatness

Dec. 6, 2019
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Six months ago, Imperial Valley boxer Andy Ruiz shocked the world when he became the heavyweight champion, upsetting the heavily favored Anthony Joshua. Now, on the eve of their rematch, young boxers in Calexico are looking to follow in his footsteps.

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Ex-Deputy Richard Fischer Sentenced To 5 Years

Dec. 10, 2019
By City News Service

A former San Diego County sheriff's deputy who groped, hugged and tried to kiss more than a dozen women while on duty was sentenced Tuesday to 44 months behind bars followed by 16 months of post-release supervision.

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Frozen Skin Cells Could Create A New Future For Endangered Northern White Rhinos

Dec. 13, 2019
By Erik Anderson

San Diego researchers are making progress on a long-running plan to revive a nearly extinct rhino species. Two rhino births this year were important steps.

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San Diego Culinary Program Takes On Hunger, Waste And Barriers To Employment

Dec. 19, 2019
By Ebone Monet

A San Diego program sets out to give people dubbed "unemployable" the skills to break a cycle of poverty.

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Defense Bill Provides New Rights For Families In Private Military Housing

Dec. 20, 2019
By Steve Walsh

For families in Murphy Canyon military housing, who have had issues with mold, the bill would local commanders more authority to require changes.

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San Diego Library Encourages Family Reading With Winter Challenge

Dec. 30, 2019
By Tarryn Mento

Participants who read five books or log five hours of reading to complete the program will be eligible for a variety of prizes, including passes to the Maritime Museum of San Diego and restaurant vouchers.

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Santa Ana Winds, Warmer Temperatures Expected In San Diego County

Jan. 6, 2020
By City News Service

Gusty winds are expected in San Diego County Monday and could prove hazardous for high-profile vehicles traveling through mountains passes, according to the National Weather Service.

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San Diego-Bound USS Lincoln On Last Leg Of Record-Breaking Deployment

Jan. 16, 2020
By Steve Walsh

Families of the crew of the carrier struggled with making the cross-country move and finding housing in pricey San Diego.

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Border Patrol Reverses Stance On Demolished US-Mexico Friendship Garden

Jan. 16, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

After bulldozing the U.S. side of the longstanding garden, Border Patrol now says it will let gardeners rebuild.

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City Council District 3 Candidates Differ In Approaches To Homelessness

Jan. 22, 2020
By Andrew Bowen

Whoever wins the race for San Diego City Council District 3 will represent some of the city’s most urban neighborhoods. The district includes downtown, Bankers Hill, Hillcrest, Mission Hills, North Park and Normal Heights, and is the epicenter of the local homelessness crisis.

 Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego is shown in thi...

Congressman Peters Faces Challenge From Fellow Democrat Over Green New Deal

Jan. 29, 2020
By Amita Sharma

Democrat Nancy Casady says Congressman Scott Peters' refusal to back the Green New Deal motivated her to try to unseat him citing what she calls a "climate emergency."

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San Diego School Districts Get $45K For Human Trafficking Prevention Education

Jan. 30, 2020
By Priya Sridhar

The gift from the San Diego Rotary Club will be split among the San Diego Unified, San Marcos and Sweetwater Union High School districts for training on how to spot signs of trafficking in schools.

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Federal Money May Soon Help With San Diego's Cross Border Pollution Woes

Jan. 31, 2020
By Erik Anderson

San Diego may soon be in line for a huge infusion of federal money to help deal with a decades long cross border pollution problem.

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Learning Space For Child Migrants Expands In Tijuana

Feb. 4, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Hundreds of children from around the world are living in migrant shelters in Tijuana. A few of those children will have a chance to play and learn in two new places, specially designed to help them grow during a time where their future is uncertain.

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Five Candidates Vying For Two Seats On The San Diego Unified Board

Feb. 10, 2020
By Joe Hong

While school boards of past decades focused largely on test scores and budgets, candidates in 2020 are also concerned about issues like school discipline, student health and building relationships with students.

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A Year Of Trump's 'Remain-In-Mexico' Policy Leaves Migrants Desperate, Vulnerable

Feb. 14, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

It’s been just over a year since the United States began returning asylum-seekers to Mexico under the “Remain-in-Mexico” program. The situation remains desperate for thousands of migrants in Mexican border cities.

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San Diego Civic, Religious Leader Rev. George Walker Smith Dies

Feb. 17, 2020
By City News Service

Smith died at Kindred Hospital in San Diego on Saturday at the age of 91. The cause of death was not immediately released.

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Election 2020: Knowing The Deadlines To Register And To Get A Mail Ballot

Feb. 18, 2020
By John Carroll, Maureen Cavanaugh

As the March 3 California primary nears, San Diego County Registrar of Voters Michael Vu wants the public to know about the voting process.

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First Pure Water Plant In San Diego County Breaks Ground In Oceanside

Feb. 19, 2020
By Erik Anderson

Oceanside's new water treatment plant adds 3 million to 5 million gallons of drinking water to the city's supply each day.

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San Diego Judicial Candidate Sparks Controversy With Facebook Posts

Feb. 21, 2020
By Amita Sharma

Shawn McMillan, one of 11 candidates vying for four open seats on the San Diego County Superior Court bench, acknowledged sharing posts that, among other things, have sexist, racist and anti-transgender themes.

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Pregnant Asylum-Seekers In Tijuana Being Denied Access To Court Hearings

Feb. 21, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

In recent months, pregnant asylum-seekers sent back to Tijuana under the "Remain-In-Mexico" program have been barred from entering the United States for their court dates.

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Head Of San Diego's Veterans Village Poised To Stand Down

Feb. 28, 2020
By Steve Walsh

Kim Mitchell took over the group in 2017, creating a sea change for an organization once created mainly to aid Vietnam Veterans.

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San Diego Nonprofits Seeking Donations For Coronavirus Worker Relief Fund

March 16, 2020
By Andrew Bowen

The fund launched with $1.3 million to respond to three key areas impacting San Diegans: food insecurity, rental and utility assistance and income replacement — also known as gap funding.

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San Diego Gun Stores See Huge Uptick In Sales Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

March 19, 2020
By Matt Hoffman

While some businesses are struggling or closing during the coronavirus outbreak, gun stores are seeing a huge uptick in sales.

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San Diego's Somali Community Desperate For Help As Coronavirus Takes Financial Toll

March 26, 2020
By John Carroll

San Diego is home to the second-largest Somali community in the United States. Financially, they've been hit hard by the coronavirus, and they face a big barrier when it comes to asking for help.

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San Diego Airport Business Grounded By Coronavirus

March 27, 2020
By Erik Anderson

San Diego’s International Airport is open, but the flying business is taking a beating.

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Emergency Food Drive-Thru Looks To Relieve Pressure From Local Food Distribution Sites

March 30, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Drivers were instructed to go through the food-distribution lanes with their trunks open, as volunteers filled their cars with emergency groceries.

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Employee At Detention Center Tests Positive for COVID-19, As Fears Of Outbreak Grow

April 2, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Immigrant advocates are alarmed at what they see as the beginning of a larger possible outbreak at a facility they believe has not taken enough precautions to protect its detainees and staff.

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San Diego Grocers Scrambling To Comply With County Mask Order

April 3, 2020
By David Washburn

County requiring employees of grocery stores and many other retail outlets to wear masks as of midnight Friday. That’s a tall order, says the California Grocers Association.

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6 Detainees, 5 Employees Test Positive For Coronavirus At Otay Mesa Detention Center

April 7, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

There are now six confirmed cases of COVID-19 among detainees at the Otay Mesa Detention Center and five among employees. Immigrant advocates now fear a wider coronavirus outbreak in the facility is inevitable.

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California To Send Relief To Undocumented Workers, But Is It Enough?

April 16, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

As federal stimulus checks hit the bank accounts of millions of Americans this week, one group of mostly essential workers have been left out — undocumented workers.

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Nursing Home Worker Details The Harsh Realities Inside a Pacific Beach Facility

April 17, 2020
By Amita Sharma

A driver at the facility was assigned to be a caregiver for two elderly COVID-19 patients. He received little training and was not tested for the virus before interacting with other residents.

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Senior Care Facilities Seek Legal Immunity During Coronavirus Pandemic

April 21, 2020
By Amita Sharma

Groups representing California nursing homes and assisted living facilities, along with other health providers, say such protections are needed. Advocates say they would excuse elder abuse.

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Immigrant Advocates Try To Deliver Masks To Otay Mesa Detention Center

April 24, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Immigrant rights organizations teamed up with medical professionals Friday to deliver 1,000 face masks to the detention center. But their donation was met with silence from center operator CoreCivic, which declined to accept the masks.

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San Diego Protesters, Angry About Coronavirus Restrictions, Rally Downtown

May 1, 2020
By Erik Anderson

Hundreds of people defied public health restrictions to protest government rules linked to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Detainee Who Died From Coronavirus At Otay Mesa Detention Center Eligible For Release

May 7, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Carlos Escobar-Mejia was on a list of detainees considered medically vulnerable and eligible for immediate release.

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Some San Diego Businesses Reopen To Scarce Customers

May 8, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

After almost two months closed, some businesses across the state are being allowed to reopen Friday. But customers have not returned.

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How Are People Still Contracting Coronavirus After Weeks Of Restrictions?

May 11, 2020
By Tarryn Mento

As part of our ongoing Curious San Diego series, KPBS Health Reporter Tarryn Mento tracked down the answer.

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New Coffee Shop Brews Up Business In The Midst Of Pandemic

May 24, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

It took Marlyn Gonzalez over three years to line everything up for her business. All she needed to do was open — which was scheduled for late March. And then the pandemic hit.

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San Diego Acts To Fight Discrimination Against Asians, Pacific Islanders

May 27, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

During the coronavirus pandemic, there’s been a startling rise in discrimination and harassment against members of the Asian and Pacific Islander community.

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New Affordable Housing Report Offers 10 Strategies To Keep Units In San Diego

May 28, 2020
By City News Service

The study, "Preserving Affordable Housing in the City of San Diego," offers its strategies in four categories: Preservation policies, capital resources, tenant protections and capacity building.

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La Mesa Residents Unite To Help Business Owners Recover From Riot

June 1, 2020
By Joe Hong

A GoFundMe page for downtown business owners has raised nearly double its original goal.

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San Diego Zoo Welcomes Visitors, Tourist Industry Hopes For Same

June 18, 2020
By Erik Anderson

The San Diego Zoo prepares to welcome back the public and the region's tourism sector is hoping to do more of the same in the coming months.

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San Diego International Airport Is Seeing More Passengers, But Numbers Still Low

June 25, 2020
By Erik Anderson

More travelers are passing through San Diego's biggest airport but the totals are only about 20% of traffic a year ago.

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Drive-Thru Naturalizations Put New Citizens Behind The Wheel

June 29, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Since the coronavirus pandemic put a hold on naturalization ceremonies in San Diego’s Golden Hall, US Citizenship and Immigration Services had been exploring ways to safely allow people to take the oath of allegiance. They came up with a drive-thru.

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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.

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San Diego Police Routinely Blow Past Overtime Budgets

July 23, 2020
By Andrew Bowen

A decade of city budget data show the San Diego Police Department has repeatedly failed to abide by the overtime budgets approved by the City Council. Now the council is trying to crack down.

Andrew Benavides, owner of Cafeina in City Heig...

Fewer PPP Loans For Small Businesses In South San Diego County

July 30, 2020
By Amita Sharma

While more coronavirus relief for small businesses is likely in store as Congress works on another round of loans under the Paycheck Protection Program, some storefronts in underserved communities south of I-8 couldn’t get any money during the last round.

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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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COVID-19 Adds To The Heat Of Battling Wildfires

Aug. 24, 2020
By Erik Anderson

California firefighters are already struggling to fight fires this year and the hottest part of the year is still in front of them. COVID-19 is making that work even more difficult.

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Federal Judge Denies Kumeyaay Attempt To Stop Border Wall Construction

Aug. 27, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

On Thursday afternoon, U.S. District Judge Anthony Battaglia denied a motion that would have halted construction on the border wall. He said that the Kumeyaay nation did not provide enough evidence needed to put an immediate stop to the work.

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Unhealthy Air Quality From Wildfires Putting Vulnerable Communities At Risk

Sept. 15, 2020
By Tania Thorne

As fires continue burning in California, San Diego County has advised vulnerable populations to stay indoors due to poor air quality caused by particles from the smoke.

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North County Family Left In Hardship After Losing Breadwinner To COVID-19

Sept. 23, 2020
By Tania Thorne

As families throughout San Diego County confront the impact of the pandemic, some communities struggle more than others to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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No Reports Of Unofficial Ballot Drop Offs In San Diego, Says Registrar Of Voters

Oct. 13, 2020
By Shalina Chatlani

Registrar of Voters Michael Vu says there are already 1.9 million registered voters here that would be able to tip off the registrar of voters office if there’s any unofficial activity.

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Charities Lend A Helping Hand During A Pandemic Holiday Season

Nov. 25, 2020
By Shalina Chatlani

As many San Diegans suffer from housing and food insecurity, services like hot meals from Father Joe's Villages can go a long way.

Pedro Fernandez, who owns Vallarta Taco Shop wi...

San Diego County Officials Push People To Use New Small Business Relief Program

Jan. 4
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

County officials and business leaders are urging small businesses to get with of a state program that’s handing out $500 million in grants.

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Coffee Is Growing, Thriving In San Diego's North County

Jan. 6
By Jacob Aere

There are currently 42 farmers in San Diego County who are growing some of the world’s rarest and most expensive coffee varieties.

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