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Secretary Of State Alex Padilla Urges Mission Bay High Students To Vote

Dec. 2, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

Less than 5 percent of Californians under the age of 24 voted in the last election. California Secretary of State Alex Padilla is trying to change that.

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AIDS Quilt Unveiled At UC San Diego

Dec. 1, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

UC San Diego honored World Aids Day for the 10th year with a display of three portions of the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

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San Diego Miramar College Marks Opening Of Science Building

Nov. 30, 2015
By City News Service, Matthew Bowler

San Diego Miramar College officially opened it's new 49,000-square-foot science building on Monday — and it has all the bells and whistles.

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Rain, Mountain Snow To Continue In San Diego County

Nov. 27, 2015
By City News Service, Matthew Bowler

Snow showers developed over the mountains late Thursday night and are expected to continue off and on through at least early Friday afternoon.

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San Diego Deputies Offer Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

Nov. 24, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

Holiday shopping will soon be at a fever pitch and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday reminded shoppers to take steps to be safe.

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Solana Beach Students Help Fight Global Hunger

Nov. 20, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

Students and parents at Santa Fe Christian School in Solana Beach spent Friday packing meals to help feed starving children in Africa.

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Annual Pie Sale To Benefit San Diego AIDS Patients

Nov. 13, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

The annual bake sale benefits Mama’s Kitchen, which provides meals to people suffering from HIV/AIDS and cancer.

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Cal State Faculty Votes In Favor Of Authorizing Strike

Nov. 4, 2015
By Associated Press, Matthew Bowler

The union that represents faculty, counselors, librarians and coaches at the 23 California State University campuses announced Wednesday that members have voted to authorize a strike if contract negotiations fail.

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Report: More Than Half Of San Diego County’s Muslim Students Bullied

Oct. 30, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

More than half of the Muslim students in San Diego County say they are bullied because of their faith, according to new study by the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

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Sally Ride Science Becomes Part Of UC San Diego

Oct. 26, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

UC San Diego said it will continue what Sally Ride and her co-founders started — an ambitious effort to make science, technology, engineering and math education more accessible to young women and historically underrepresented students.

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San Diego Unified Expands Farm To School Food Program

Oct. 20, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

San Diego Unified School District wants its students to remember cafeteria food fondly, so changes are afoot.

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Environmental Educators In San Diego To Teach Awareness

Oct. 14, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

An Environmental education conference in San Diego is focusing on teaching the facts not the politics of the environment.

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Brown Signs Bill To Help Identify Dyslexic Students

Oct. 12, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

Gov. Brown signed a bill designed to help dyslexic children, but proponents say more needs to be done.

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Controversial Target Store Opens In Historic San Diego Neighborhood

Oct. 7, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

Target has opened a small store in South Park, but neighbors and business owners are cautious.

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San Diego Firefighters, Foundation Seek Funds For Life-Saving Equipment

Oct. 6, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

San Diego’s Fire-Rescue Department along with the Fire Rescue Foundation are fundraising for a kit called the Personal Escape System.

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United Way Helps East San Diego County Students Dress For Success

Oct. 5, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

Students enrolled in Mount Miguel High School’s business academy are required to dress professionally — and the United Way is lending a hand.

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La Mesa Oktoberfest Celebrates 42 Years Of Beer, Bratwurst

Oct. 2, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

Oktoberfest is about more than Germany in La Mesa.

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San Diego’s Sherman Heights Community Fights To Ensure Street Repairs Continue

Sept. 24, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

San Diego streets need repairing, and the Sherman Heights community is fighting to make sure they continue.

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San Diego Chargers Take School Children Shopping For Shoes

Sept. 22, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

San Diego Chargers players, known for being tough on the gridiron, showed their soft side while helping elementary school children pick out new shoes.

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School Lockdowns In San Diego Unified Hit Record High For A Single Day

Sept. 18, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

Responding to telephoned threats on Thursday, San Diego Unified locked down the most schools at once in their history.

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SDSU Professor, Student Use Internet Marketing To Fight Human Trafficking

Sept. 16, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

A San Diego Diego State professor and graduate student are fighting human trafficking by using the same internet marketing tools used by Google and Facebook.

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Summer Storm Douses San Diego County

Sept. 15, 2015
By City News Service, Matthew Bowler

A late-summer storm drenched the San Diego area Tuesday, delivering welcome rain to the drought-weary region while ushering in a spate of traffic accidents and some scattered flooding.

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San Diego's Morse High School Hosts 9/11 Rally For Peace

Sept. 11, 2015
By Andrew Bowen, Matthew Bowler

While many of the students are too young to remember 9/11, organizers say the day is an important opportunity to talk about peace.

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Downtown San Diego Gets First Charter Elementary School

Sept. 2, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

More than 400 students from kindergarten to eighth grade are scheduled to start school at the Urban Discovery Academy’s new 37,000-square-foot building.

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San Diego DA: Increase In DUIs Made For 'Summer Of Shame'

Sept. 1, 2015
By City News Service, Matthew Bowler

Law enforcement officials in San Diego expressed serious concerns over an increase in the number of alcohol-related fatal crashes this summer.

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East County High Schoolers Spotlight Liquor Store Rule Violations

Aug. 31, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

Possibly every liquor store within a mile and a half of Monte Vista High School in Spring Valley is violating ABC rules, according to the East County Youth Coalition.

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Demonstrators Urge San Diego Congressional Reps To Vote Yes On Iran Nuclear Deal

Aug. 26, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

A group of 20 demonstrators protested Wednesday outside of Rep. Susan Davis’s local office in favor of the proposed Iran nuclear deal.

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Hoover High’s Cardinal Camp Helps Jump-Start School For Freshmen

Aug. 19, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

Surviving the transition from middle school to high school can be awkward and intimidating for many students. Hoover High School in City Heights has a solution —it's called Cardinal Camp.

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San Diego Protesters Demand 'No' Vote On Free Trade Pact

Aug. 11, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

A group of protesters called on Representatives Susan Davis and Scott Peters to explain their stances on a proposed free trade pact.

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SeaWorld San Diego's Killer Whale Gets An Electrocardiogram

Aug. 4, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

How do you give an 8,000-pound killer whale an electrocardiogram? It involves suction cups.

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City Heights Gets $3.1M Grant To Renovate YMCA Building

Aug. 3, 2015
By City News Service, Matthew Bowler

The funding from the state Department of Housing and Community Development comes on top of funding last year that will pay for construction of a skate park at the site — Park De La Cruz on Landis Street.

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San Diego Teachers Trade Tips, Tricks At California Teachers Summit

July 31, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

Teachers share education techniques at the statewide California Teachers Summit.

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Elevated Surf, Strong Rip Currents Expected Along San Diego County Coastline

July 29, 2015
By City News Service, Matthew Bowler

The National Weather Service said the long-period southwest swell that was creating conditions favorable for rip currents and elevated surf was expected to decrease through Thursday.

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Students Ask San Diego Unified For More Structure In Discipline Program

July 28, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

The success of a discipline program at Crawford High School has students asking for an expansion.

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Student Robotic Submarine Competition Takes To The Water In Point Loma

July 23, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

College students from universities as far flung as India are competing in the 18th International RoboSub Competition.

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Special Olympic Athletes Visit San Diego On Way To World Games

July 21, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

Special Olympics athletes and coaches came to San Diego on Tuesday as they prepare for the World Games in Los Angeles. They will join more than 6,000 other athletes from 165 countries.

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UC San Diego Health Buys Naming Rights To Trolley Line

July 16, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

The Metropolitan Transit System board of directors unanimously voted to enter into a 30-year agreement giving UCSD naming rights to two on-campus trolley stops.

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San Diego's Voices For Children Honored For Helping LGBT Foster Children

July 15, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

Voices for Children is the first group of its kind to be awarded the Human Rights Campaign's "All Children - All Families" seal of recognition.

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Multitasking at Comic-Con — There's An App For That

July 10, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

A new app is being billed as"Uber for queueing up," and it's helping costumed superheroes and their fans at San Diego's annual pop cultural festival.

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Barrio Logan Wants In On Comic-Con Spotlight

July 9, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

Business owners in the San Diego neighborhood said they don't benefit from the international event so they're hosting Chicano-Con.

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2,000 Health Care Workers, Educators Gather In San Diego To Talk Childhood Obesity

July 1, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

The three-day Childhood Obesity Conference attracted people like Chelsea Clinton and Tom Torlakson, the state's superintendent of public instruction.

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San Diego STEM Conference Focuses On Gender, Diversity

June 29, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

U.S. News and World Report’s STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference is addressing the challenge of how to get more female and minority students interested in science.

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School Is Out But Hunger Lingers For Some San Diego Kids

June 25, 2015
By Matthew Bowler, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

For students who rely on school lunch meals, having enough to eat during summer break can be challenging.

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San Diego County Looks To Law Enforcement To Fight Truancies

June 23, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

Supervisors Bill Horn and Dianne Jacob say unexcused school absences are a problem for San Diego County’s unincorporated areas, and they want to work with the sheriff to fix the problem.

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Downtown San Diego Businesses Gear Up For Comic-Con

June 22, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

Downtown San Diego is beginning to show signs that Comic-Con will soon arrive.

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UC San Diego Report: More Bikes, Less Parking Is Better For Business

June 15, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

Researchers at UC San Diego’s Active Living Institute looked at cities all over the globe, and found increased retail activity in cities designed for physical activity.

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San Diego Teen Arrested In Connection With Bomb Threats, 'Swatting' Incidents

June 11, 2015
By City News Service, Matthew Bowler

A San Diego teen arrested in connection with three separate bomb threats made against Point Loma High School April 5 and 6 was linked to an online group suspected of making similar threats across the United States and Canada, police said Thursday.

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First 5 San Diego Shows Families How To Eat Healthy

June 10, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

A San Diego organization hosted a healthy food event in La Mesa with the hopes of expanding young palates and encouraging parents to give their children quality food.

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City Heights High School Helps Refugees Become Graduates

June 10, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

A young man goes from living in a refugee camp in Thailand to graduating from Crawford high school graduate and the special San Diego School District program that helps immigrant students graduate.

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San Diego Bicyclists Ask SANDAG For More Bike Lanes

June 5, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

The San Diego Association of Governments heard from riders and business owners about changes on University Avenue for bicyclists.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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
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
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
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.

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Congressman Peters Faces Challenge From Fellow Democrat Over Green New Deal

Jan. 29
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.


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

Feb. 18
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.