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New Poll Finds San Diego Mayoral Candidates Neck And Neck

Oct. 7
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

New numbers from a The San Diego Union-Tribune/10News SurveyUSA poll also give an indication which way voters are leaning on city measures that would increase housing for the homeless, and establish a new police review board.

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San Diego Civility Conference Arrives During Belligerent Political Season

Oct. 7
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

The ninth annual Conference on Restoring Civility to Civic Dialogue once again offers San Diegans guideposts on how to avoid vitriol and verbal violence and restore respect to political discussion.


Vu On Voting: Registrar On Where, When and How

Oct. 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

San Diego County Registrar of Voters Michael Vu has got it covered. The 2020 Presidential Election may be unlike any other, but Vu and his staff seem to have prepared for all contingencies, from balloting to tabulating.

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Summer Music: Voices Of Our City Choir

Sept. 10
By Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh

This summer, the entire nation had the chance to meet the group of homeless musicians and singers who first assembled in a small metal church in 2016. As contestants on "America’s Got Talent," the group has wowed the judges and moved into the contest's semi-finals.

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Summer Music: Thee Sacred Souls Bring 'Souldies' To San Diego

Aug. 27
By Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego-based trio only started playing a year ago. But by their second show, they were signed to the same label that backed Amy Winehouse and Sharon Jones.

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Census Caravan Hits The Streets In San Diego County, As Deadline Looms

Aug. 21
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

From National City to Escondido — the United Way's car caravan aims to increase census participation in hard to count communities.

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SummerFest 'Reimagined' For Online Audience

Aug. 19
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Despite the pandemic, social distancing and closed concert halls, the La Jolla Music Society will still hold a SummerFest, but it will be paired down and have a virtual audience.

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San Diego Central Library Is The New Home Of The Robert Frost Society

Aug. 17
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The library will serve as a permanent center for the study of Frost’s work. It’s the society's first permanent home, since its founding in 1978.

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San Diego Political Scandals Inspire Parts Of T. Jefferson Parker's Latest Novel

Aug. 14
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

T. Jefferson Parker’s new novel "Then She Vanished" weaves San Diego headlines and characters, that we almost recognize, into an alternate universe of suspense.

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San Diegans React To Kamala Harris On The Presidential Ticket

Aug. 12
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his newly named running mate Senator Kamala Harris of California will introduce their ticket in Delaware Wednesday.

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'Hatemonger' Investigates Trump Immigration Czar Stephen Miller's Influences And Ambitions

Aug. 11
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A new book by former KPBS investigative reporter Jean Guerrero makes the case that Trump advisor Stephen Miller has realized his life-long ambition to limit immigration and diversity in America by working in the Trump White House.

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Summer Music: Tijuana-Born Guitarist Israel Maldonado On His Musical Roots

Aug. 6
By Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh

From his upbringing in Tijuana to life in Carlsbad, Maldonado opens up about his musical influences.

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Report: Homicides In Mexico Hit A New Record In 2019

Aug. 5
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Tijuana continues to top the list for the city with the highest number of reported homicides in the country, according to researchers with the Justice in Mexico program at the University of San Diego.

Matriarch Of Roberto's Taco Shop Dies

Matriarch Of Roberto's Taco Shop Dies

July 30
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Dolores Robledo co-founded one of the nation's first Mexican fast-food chains in the country. She was 90 years old.

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Summer Music: Blues Artist Whitney Shay Hopes New Album Will Inspire Fans To 'Stand Up'

July 30
By Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh

Shay is a four-time San Diego Music Award winner. Her new album debuted number one on the Billboard Blues Chart.

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Tensions Between Logan Heights Residents Outside Church-Goers Rooted In Cultural Divide

July 28
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Relations have become strained between members of the St. Anne Catholic Church and neighborhood residents. The rift began primarily over street parking but is being fueled by a cultural divide.

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Voters To Decide Whether To Allow High-Rise Developments In Midway District

July 22
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego City Council voted Tuesday to place a proposal on the November ballot that if approved would repeal the 30-foot height limit for buildings in the Midway District.

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San Diego Teachers, Parents, Students Brace For More Remote Learning

July 20
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

All San Diego County public and private schools will be prohibited from reopening unless more is done to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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Audit Alleges US Corporations Stealing Water, Contributing To Tijuana Sewage Problem

July 7
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

An independent audit of Baja California’s water agency has found that many international companies with operations in Baja California have paid for only a fraction of the water they have used for years and have dumped waste without approval into the overburdened Tijuana sewage system, while water agency officials looked the other way.

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Imperial County Copes With COVID Increase

July 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

Imperial County, as with other California counties, has seen an increase in positive tests for the coronavirus and cases of COVID-19. How is this mostly rural agricultural region coping with the pandemic?

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Report: 36,000 Essential Health Care Workers In San Diego Are Immigrants

June 30
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new report from the U.S. Immigration Policy Center at UC San Diego says one-third of the city of San Diego's essential health, food and agricultural workers in the city of San Diego are foreign-born.

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Should People On Parole Be Allowed To Vote In California?

June 29
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

This November, California voters will decide whether the state should restore voting rights to nearly 40,000 people on parole for a felony.

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Author Writes Memoir About Forgiving Her Parents Who Struggled With Addiction

June 23
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Stephanie Danler, who came to fame several years ago with her novel, "Sweetbitter," has written a memoir about her parents struggle with addiction and her own struggle to overcome that legacy. It's called "Stray."

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San Diego Community Organizer Reflects On Week Of Protests

June 5
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

North Park resident Joshua Williams, 27, says this will be a week he will never forget.

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Proposed Commission On Police Practices Gains Support

June 3
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Mayor Kevin Faulconer and the San Diego Police Officers Association said this week they support a proposed November ballot measure that would create an independent commission to investigate complaints of police misconduct.

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San Diego Leaders React To Weekend Protests

June 1
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego elected officials responded to the protests in San Diego County this weekend.

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Family Of Amazon Worker Who Died Of Coronavirus Questioning Company Hiring Spree

May 28
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Harry Sentoso, 63, died after going to work in an Irvine Amazon warehouse in March. His story is profiled in a Los Angeles Times report on the risks faced by workers at those warehouses. His family is asking why Amazon hired additional workers to help with non-essential online purchases, putting those workers' lives at risk.

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Three Republican Groups Sue Over Newsom's Vote By Mail Plan

May 26
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The lawsuits take issue with Newsom’s authority to mandate voting by mail and claim the order violates state law and the U.S. Constitution.

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San Diegans Ventured Out During Holiday Weekend, But Crowds Lighter Than Usual

May 25
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to summer. But San Diego's beaches and restaurants were not as crowded this weekend as in previous years due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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San Diego Virtual Weekend Events: Seaport Sessions, Drive-Up Art and Experimental Music

May 21
By Julia Dixon Evans, Maureen Cavanaugh

This weekend's virtual arts and culture offerings include Seaport Sessions, a live music and art pop-up festival, your last chance to see artist Michelle Montjoy's installation through Lux Art Institute's front windows and a curated experimental music session.

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San Diego Businesses Prepare To Reopen

May 20
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted to move further into phase two and reopen restaurants for dine-in service and some retailers with modifications.

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UC San Diego Doctor Weighs In On Role Of Underlying Health Conditions In COVID-19 Deaths

May 18
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The COVID-19 death toll in San Diego County is now over 200 people. Most of the fatalities involved patients with underlying health conditions. This has led some to question whether people who have chronic illnesses and succumb to COVID-19, should actually be counted as COVID-19 victims.

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San Diegans Making More On Unemployment Weigh Return To Work

May 13
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

The federal CARES Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, provided jobless benefits of $600 per week to some workers who lost their jobs due to COVID-19. Some workers receiving both state and federal benefits are making more income than when they were working.

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Doctors Without Borders Treating COVID-19 Patients In Converted Tijuana Basketball Arena

May 7
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Medical personnel from Doctors Without Borders are treating patients who have tested positive for the disease but who do not need to be in the hospital's intensive care unit.

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Want To Reduce The Amount Of Clothes In Your Closet? A Guide For Paring Down

May 6
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

That daily encounter with the clothes closet, trying to figure out what to wear to work, isn’t that much of a problem these days. If being homebound is motivating you to tackle an overfilled closet, there’s a new book that might help.

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Coronavirus Pandemic Makes Telemedicine Mainstream, And It's Probably Here To Stay

May 5
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Advances in digital technology have been inching health care toward remote access for years — but now that doctors, health care workers and patients have seen its advantages, it may become standard practice.

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Mayor Faulconer To Announce San Diego's Reopening Plan Tuesday

May 4
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Mayor Kevin Faulconer said he'll be announcing policies and procedures on Tuesday to safely reopen businesses in San Diego.

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New SANDAG Analysis Finds Nearly 25% Of County Residents Are Unemployed

April 29
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

SANDAG found about 20%, or about 360,000 San Diego County residents, have lost their jobs since March 7 when the COVID-19 pandemic began.

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San Diego Businesses Planning For Eventual Reopening

April 28
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Governor Gavin Newsom said, some businesses in the state may begin to reopen in a matter of weeks, in his COVID-19 update on Tuesday.

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Rep. Scott Peters Discusses Latest Coronavirus Relief Package

April 27
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The nearly $500 billion package aims to help small businesses, hospitals and includes funding to expand testing.

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Contact Tracing: How Does It Work?

April 23
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a plan this week to train 10,000 contact tracers. The state is also exploring the use of digital apps to backtrack the movement of sick people and find out who they may have been in contact with.

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UC San Diego Chancellor On Devastating Impact of Coronavirus

April 20
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

The financial impact of the coronavirus on higher education is enormous. At UC San Diego students and faculty are working from home. There is no revenue from tuition or dining contracts. The university's vast medical system is not taking elective surgeries. Yet, online costs are soaring, and research goes on.

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Newsom: Physical Distancing 'Extraordinarily Impactful' In California

April 10
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday said an analysis of state mobility data shows physical distancing has been “extraordinarily impactful” in California.

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How Coronavirus Has Changed Life Along US-Mexico Border

April 9
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Stay-at-home orders and closed businesses on both sides of the border have led to empty streets and reduced border traffic.

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Deacon Jim Vargas On Utilizing Convention Center For Homeless San Diegans

April 9
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

On Wednesday, Father Joe’s Villages relocated the last group of homeless men from one of its shelters to the convention center.

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Innocence Project Discusses Recent Wins, COVID-19 Concerns Inside California Prisons

April 8
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

California Governor Gavin Newsom granted clemency to more than two dozen prisoners last week. Four of the cases have been championed by the San Diego-based California Innocence Project.

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San Diego Coronavirus Testing Capacity Ramps Up

April 7
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

UC San Diego's coronavirus testing capacity is expected to increase from 700 to up to 1,500 tests per day by mid-April.

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Sheriff Gore Discusses Response To COVID-19

April 6
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Over the weekend, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department ticketed 22 beachgoers for violating the stay-at-home order. Meanwhile, the department also confirmed four employees and one inmate have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

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Chamber Discusses Resources For San Diego Small Businesses During The COVID-19 Virus Crisis

April 6
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Many of San Diego’s small businesses are completely closed, with employees out of work and owners struggling to figure out if their businesses will be able to make it through the new coronavirus pandemic. The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce's Stefanie Benvenuto joins Midday Edition on Monday to discuss federal, state and local programs to help small businesses.

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San Diego County Democratic Leader Shares His Story After Surviving COVID-19

April 3
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Will Rodriguez-Kennedy is out of the hospital and in quarantine after spending nearly a week in an intensive care unit fighting COVID-19.

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