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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh
An Encinitas woman who lost her son to opioid addiction in 2019 says that the recently announced $26 billion settlement involving four major producers of prescription opioids doesn't truly hold the pharmaceutical giants accountable.
San Diego North County Congressman Mike Levin has announced the formation of a bipartisan congressional caucus to explore solutions to the spent nuclear waste problem.
An extremely low inventory of homes for sale and low mortgage rates are two big factors driving prices up, but so is migration from buyers moving to San Diego from even higher-priced housing markets in California.
A news magazine developed by The San Diego Union-Tribune and The Los Angeles Times premiered on Sunday. It will offer bilingual coverage to San Diego County's Latino population in a one-a-month broadcast that will also be available to stream online.
San Diego saw a sharp increase in fentanyl related deaths during the region's COVID lockdowns in particular.
A comprehensive report on San Diego's worsening homelessness situation has identified the need for more affordable housing, among a number of other recommendations, to Mayor Todd Gloria's administration.
A new article in National Geographic outlines both the necessity of shade for a warming planet and the unequal distribution of shady, tree-lined streets in our cities, including in San Diego.
- June 25
- By Maureen Cavanaugh
Following strong outcry over a number of loopholes and potential red flags, the San Diego City Council’s Public Safety & Land Use Committee has agreed to send its new ordinance on police practices back to the drawing board.
The first phase of the effort, which launches on Monday, includes outreach to those living on the street and the reopening of some city-funded shelter beds closed during the pandemic.
The rush is on for a California Assembly bill that addresses learning loss suffered by students during the pandemic. AB-104, introduced by San Diego area Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, has passed the legislature.
A new Biden administration policy grants legal protections for undocumented immigrants to ease deportation concerns when reporting crimes within the U.S.
In a new book, a newly retired state lifeguard recalls the highlights and lessons learn from nearly 50 years in the profession.
The city of San Diego is in the process of rolling out a whole extra layer of waste pickup — food waste will soon need to be combined with yard waste and placed in new green bins.
- June 2
- By Maureen Cavanaugh
UC San Diego sponsored the first large vaccination venue in San Diego at Petco Park. It was later moved to the RIMAC arena when the Padres baseball season began and now it has closed its doors.
To the pleasant surprise of marine biologists, a group of highly social turtles has been discovered living year-round off the coast of La Jolla.
La Mesa author's debut novel envisions a post-catastrophic world where human memories are erased every four years to preserve peace — but what about love?
The new week begins with good and not-so-good health care news. COVID-19 cases and deaths are down county-wide. But so are some services of Scripps Health, as it enters the fourth week of a debilitating cyberattack.
- May 20
- By Maureen Cavanaugh
Three San Diego public health experts wrote in an op-ed published by Voice of San Diego that lifting the mask requirement at this time could result in further risk of infection for the most vulnerable among us.
After a lengthy preparation, including enacting new outdoor lighting ordinances, Julian received the designation from the International Dark Sky Association.
One of San Diego County's most famous classical music groups, Los Romeros, will perform a 60th anniversary concert on Sunday. It will be livestreamed from the Belly Up in Solana Beach.
A San Diego Superior Court ruling that overturned an Oceanside ballot initiative could have widespread consequences on housing development in the state.
The sweeping, county-wide purchase of dozens of San Diego apartment complexes by a massive New York-based private equity company is prompting concern from some residents over whether or not the properties will remain affordable.
While activists are calling for immediate reform, some San Diego City Council members say a thorough analysis of how, where and when to shift portions of the police department budget is needed first.
In his new novel, author Eric Nguyen details the hardships faced by Vietnamese immigrants to America in the wake of the Vietnam War.
San Diego County supervisors ended a controversial program that was supposed to detect public assistance fraud through a process of unannounced home inspections.
Local climate activists are questioning whether or not the region is doing the work necessary to achieve its climate action goals and play its part in stopping a climate disaster.
Dr. Wilma Wooten, San Diego County Public Health Officer, informed the county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that a case of the COVID-19 variant that is ravaging India has been found in San Diego.
SDG&E said its roadmap to net zero includes green hydrogen projects and increased clean energy storage capacity. But critics doubt the utility’s climate-friendly goals, as long as the fossil fuel natural gas remains such a big part of its portfolio.
The Regional Task Force on the Homeless estimates the number of people experiencing homelessness for the first time last year nearly doubled — from 2,300 in 2019 to 4,100 in 2020.
- April 26
- By Maureen Cavanaugh
A new book “Death on Ocean Boulevard: Inside the Coronado Mansion Case” examines the event, the investigation and the lingering questions. San Diego crime writer Caitlin Rother outlines the facts of the case.
The San Diego Association of Governments has published a notice of preparation or NOP for a project that’s been dubbed "San Diego’s Grand Central Station." The notice is the first step in an environmental review for the transit hub.
Some scientists are now saying the only way to achieve a limit to global temperature rise is to pair emission reduction efforts with a massive investment in carbon capture technology.
Following guilty verdicts on all three counts charged to former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd, San Diego's community leaders are reacting to what many see as a turning point for equality.
The cost of housing, gas and food have been increasing, bringing San Diego’s inflation rate to one of the highest in the nation.
The San Diego Union-Tribune's data analysis, which shows who gets stopped, searched or experiences violence at the hands of police and deputies, suggests San Diego law enforcement has a racial bias problem.
San Diego Unified, San Diego County's largest school district, welcomed students back to campus Monday. About half of the district's students opted to return to the classroom while the other half will continue learning remotely.
This week, the city of San Diego got some bad news about plans to renovate the Midway District after an overlooked state law called the project into question.
Hiring concerns, capacity issues and common sense safety measures are all among the long list of topics that California restaurants will have to reckon with before the state's reopening on June 15th.
San Diego Schools are set to receive nearly a billion dollars in stimulus funding as part of the latest COVID relief package.
A project created by a San Diego woman is recruiting the family stories of people of color whose stories got left out of the American history traditionally taught in school.
The San Diego Public Library Foundation wants the community to think about the future of its libraries.
A healthcare leader from the South Bay is now receiving recognition for her work. Ana Melgoza of San Ysidro Health has helped to lead the organization through some of the worst of the pandemic — and she’s among three women honored by the MANA de San Diego organization during Women’s History Month.
An altercation between conservationists and fishermen in a marine refuge for the vaquita porpoise resulted in the death of a Mexican fisherman. Now, lawmakers are considering ending protections for the critically endangered porpoise.
The SONGS Community Engagement Panel will discuss the report at a virtual meeting 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
The repercussions of a shooting rampage in Atlanta Tuesday are being felt in Asian American and Pacific Islander American communities across the U.S., including in San Diego County.
On Midday Edition Tuesday, we speak to the founder of UC San Diego Health's post-COVID-19 clinic about what we are learning about the lingering effects of COVID-19 long after the infection is gone.
It’s been just over a year since COVID-19 was officially declared a pandemic. A year of anxiety, hardship, confusion and loss. A year like no other.
Residents will put the food waste in their green bins and it will be processed at EDCO's new anaerobic digestion facility in Escondido. Microorganisms, along with heat, convert the material to natural gas and fertilizer.
Sally Ride’s story is being told along with 12 other inspiring women profiled in the "She Persisted" young adult book series.
Before the pandemic, the sound of mariachi was synonymous with parties, gatherings and celebrations. Now, with restrictions on in-person gatherings, San Diego's mariachi bands have had to adapt and change their business models to survive.
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