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Trafficking Victims Reclaim Their Stories In Photo Exhibit

Jan. 16
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

A photo exhibit opening Friday in San Diego not only literally puts a human face to the issue of human trafficking but also shows how former victimization does not define lives.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer at Balboa Theat...

Mayor Faulconer Lays Out Ambitious Plans For Final Year In Office

Jan. 16
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Faulconer focused on housing and homelessness. He said he'll ask the City Council to approve an initiative that would let developers build denser and taller housing near transit stops.

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San Diego Mayor Signs Pledge To Help Endangered Monarch Butterflies

Jan. 14
By John Carroll, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer joined hundreds of other U.S. mayors when he signed the Mayors Monarch Pledge. Signing the pledge commits the city to take action to help the endangered butterfly.

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San Diego Airport Moves Forward With Plan To Replace Terminal 1

Jan. 14
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The airport’s governing board approved a $3 billion project that includes expanding the terminal to 30 gates, building a new parking garage along with an access road off Laurel Street and reserving a site for a future public transit station at the airport. Airport officials say the redevelopment is needed to manage the continuing increase in flights and passengers at the airport.

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San Diego County Republican Party Plans To Focus On AB 5, School Choice To Win

Jan. 13
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego County Republican Party is summoning the party faithful Monday night to meet and discuss 2020 issues and candidates.

The U.S. Capitol building is illuminated by the...

Feeding San Diego CEO Testifies Before Congress On Hunger Among Veterans

Jan. 9
By John Carroll, Maureen Cavanaugh

In the richest nation on earth, far too many veterans and active military personnel face food insecurity. In testimony before Congress on Thursday, Feeding San Diego CEO Vince Hall made it clear that Congress needs to do more to help.

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Future Of San Diego's Community Planning Groups Uncertain

Jan. 6
By John Carroll, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego's 42 Community Planning Groups have operated in different ways from each other since they came about in the 70’s. Now, the city is attempting to standardize those operations.

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Who Made This Year's 'Voice Of The Year' List?

Dec. 27, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Who in San Diego made a difference, caused a controversy and perhaps, shaped the future? Voice of San Diego's 'Voice of the Year' 2019 list consists of politicians, civic leaders and ordinary citizens.

This Feb. 25, 2019 file photo shows a banner of...

5G Service Rolls Out In San Diego

Dec. 11, 2019
By John Carroll, Maureen Cavanaugh

5G service has begun to roll out in San Diego. The new service holds the promise of much faster transmission speeds with the capability of moving much more data than the current 4G.

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La Bodega Art Gallery Closing Amid Ongoing Concerns Over Gentrification In Barrio Logan

Dec. 10, 2019
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

After six years in the neighborhood, the gallery will host its final art show Saturday. La Bodega owner Soni Lopez-Chavez and Mary Jhun, a local artist with a studio in Barrio Logan, joined Midday Edition.

In this Sept. 19, 2017 photo, homeless people s...

Supreme Court Considers Taking Up Case On Whether Homeless Can Legally Sleep In Public Places

Dec. 6, 2019
By John Carroll, Maureen Cavanaugh

U.S. Supreme Court justices are meeting Friday to decide whether to take up an appeal of a 9th Circuit ruling on homelessness. Whatever they decide could have a major impact on San Diego and other cities.

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San Diego Rep Play Tells True Story Of Man Who Refused To Be Interned

Dec. 2, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

A play at the San Diego Repertory Theatre tells the story of Gordon Hirabayashi, an American citizen of Japanese descent who refused to enter an internment camp during World War II — firm in the belief that his rights as a citizen should be protected.

This Oct. 14, 2016, photo shows food from a Tha...

Thanksgiving And Politics: How To Navigate The Holidays Amid Trump Impeachment Inquiry

Nov. 26, 2019
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Political scientist Darrell West of the Brookings Institution discusses his new book, “Divided Politics Divided Nation,” which explores polarization in America through his own family history.

Food in the landfill.

How To Reduce Food Waste This Thanksgiving

Nov. 25, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Individuals throw out an average of 20 pounds of food per month, making food the single largest item disposed of in landfills in the United States.

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Meet San Diego's 'Kitten Lady'

Nov. 25, 2019
By John Carroll, Maureen Cavanaugh

Hannah Shaw is a kitten rescuer whose mission is to teach others how to rescue vulnerable kittens and nurse them to health.

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Share Your Holiday Food Traditions On Midday Edition

Nov. 25, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

From latkes to tamales to black-eyed peas and ham, it just wouldn’t be the holidays for some families without these special foods. Does your family have a special holiday food? Share it with us.

Imperial Beach's city logo, Sept. 23, 2019.

Concerns Growing Over Rent Hikes Ahead Of California's New Rent Cap Law

Nov. 22, 2019
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Imperial Beach Council Member Paloma Aguirre co-hosted a town hall on housing Thursday to discuss the community's concerns over recent rent increases and hear from mobile home park residents who are fighting to stay in their homes.

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San Diego's Sure Fire Soul Ensemble On New Album, Making Billboard Debut

Nov. 18, 2019
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The group's latest album, "Build Bridges," debuted No. 1 last month on Billboard's contemporary jazz chart.

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San Diego Adult Website Owner Charged With Child Sex Trafficking

Nov. 18, 2019
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The new charges come amid the ongoing civil fraud trial against owner Michael Pratt. The civil trial is expected to wrap up this week.

San Diego Immigrant Affairs Manager Rita Fernan...

Meet San Diego's First Immigration Affairs Manager

Nov. 14, 2019
By John Carroll, Maureen Cavanaugh

Chula Vista native Rita Fernandez is San Diego's first Immigration Affairs Manager. She discusses what she hopes to accomplish in her new position and what she learned from a similar job she held in Los Angeles.

In this Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, photo, Lizbeth p...

Union-Tribune: CBP Agents Altering Asylum Seekers' Court Documents

Nov. 8, 2019
By John Carroll, Maureen Cavanaugh

Customs and Border Protection agents are accused of altering court dates on asylum seekers' documents, keeping some migrants in Mexico indefinitely.

A sign on the edge of the land in Oceanside whe...

Oceanside City Council Narrowly Approves Controversial Housing Development

Nov. 7, 2019
By John Carroll, Maureen Cavanaugh

By a 3-2 vote, the Oceanside City Council on Wednesday night narrowly approved a controversial housing development on some of the city's last agricultural land.

Leonard Maltin's Celebrity Tribute in the Crown...

Coronado Island Film Festival Will Bring New And Old Films To The Big Screen

Nov. 6, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The festival starts Friday and runs through Monday. It will be held at various venues in Coronado, including the Hotel Del, the Vintage Village Arts Theatre and the Coronado Performing Arts Center.

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How Proposition 187 Transformed California

Nov. 4, 2019
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Friday marks the 25th anniversary of the passage of Proposition 187, a measure that aimed to prohibit people living in California illegally from receiving medical, educational and other social services. A new podcast by The Los Angeles Times and Futuro Studios examines its political legacy.

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San Diego’s Fifth Avenue May Become Car-Free 'Gaslamp Promenade'

Oct. 31, 2019
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A plan is in the works to remove cars from a stretch of Fifth Avenue in downtown San Diego to make the area more pedestrian-friendly. The plan is modeled after other car-free zones such as the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica.

NPR Host Shankar Vedantam Discusses Why Parts O...

NPR Host Shankar Vedantam Discusses Why Parts Of The Brain Remain Hidden

Oct. 30, 2019
By John Carroll, Maureen Cavanaugh

From accessing the hidden parts of our brain to machines making decisions that humans used to make, Shankar Vedantam joins Midday Edition to reveal fascinating aspects of our hidden brains.

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SDSU Increases Offer For Mission Valley Stadium Site To $87.7M

Oct. 29, 2019
By Andrew Bowen, Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

In a letter delivered to Mayor Kevin Faulconer Monday, SDSU is offering to pay almost $20 million more for the 135-acre site than it offered earlier this month. The new offer of nearly $87.7 million is due to be discussed by the City Council next week.

Comedian Lewis Black in an undated photo.

Comedian Lewis Black Brings His 'Joke's On Us' Tour To San Diego

Oct. 29, 2019
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Lewis Black will be performing Saturday at Balboa Theatre.

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Victims Of Government Overreach Focus Of New Book

Oct. 28, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new book outlines abuses of constitutional rights, police overreach and bureaucratic nightmares. It's called "When They Come For You: How Police and Government are Trampling our Liberties and How to Take Them Back."

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New Book Explores How Public Spaces Can Fight Polarization

Oct. 24, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Bestselling author and sociologist Eric Klinenberg explores the value of public spaces in his book "Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructures Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life." He's speaking at the Central Library Thursday night.

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Weekend Event Will Celebrate San Diego Landscapes

Oct. 23, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The Cultural Landscape Foundation's What’s Out There tours highlight some of San Diego’s great landscapes, from the Mission de Alcala to Barrio Logan to Scripps Park in La Jolla.

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Imperial County Declares Emergency At Salton Sea

Oct. 23, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The emergency declaration is aimed at forcing state and federal officials to take action to decrease the dust around the Salton Sea.

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San Diego's Fourth 'Bridge' Shelter Set To Open In November

Oct. 16, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego City Council on Tuesday approved a contract with Alpha Project to run a fourth temporary homeless shelter at 17th Street and Imperial Avenue in downtown San Diego.

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San Diego Author Shares Stories Of 15 Years Of Adventures On The High Seas

Oct. 14, 2019
By John Carroll, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego boat builder, Lew Maurer, was commissioned to build an 80-foot luxury catamaran. Soon, he would find out he was destined to be its captain, leading a family on 15 years of adventures around the world.

A mother and daughter wait to meet with an enro...

Californians Must Have Health Insurance In 2020, Or Face Penalty

Oct. 14, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Covered California was created in 2014 to offer state residents subsidized health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Covered California's open enrollment for health coverage in 2020 starts Tuesday and runs through January 31.

Samin Nosrat, author and host of the Netflix se...

'Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat' Chef Makes Hometown Debut

Oct. 10, 2019
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Samin Nosrat is a chef, best-selling author, La Jolla High School grad and host of the popular Netflix show "Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat." She'll make her hometown debut Friday at Balboa Theatre as part of UC San Diego's ArtPower event series.

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In San Diego Unified, Now's The Time To Choose A School For Your Child

Oct. 3, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The school choice application window for San Diego Unified, the county's largest school district, is open now through Nov. 13.

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Community Groups Call On SDPD To Stop Using Controversial Neck Restraint

Oct. 1, 2019
By John Carroll, Maureen Cavanaugh

In town hall meeting Monday, activists called on the San Diego Police Department to stop using the controversial carotid restraint hold.

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California To Play Pivotal Role In Impeachment Probe

Oct. 1, 2019
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

From Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy, Californians on both sides of the political aisle are becoming the public faces of the Trump impeachment inquiry.

President Donald Trump meets with Ukrainian Pre...

Union-Tribune Editorial: Trump Impeachment Needs To Draw A Line

Sept. 30, 2019
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

While the Union-Tribune's Editorial Board has been critical of President Trump, this is the first time the newspaper has called for formal impeachment hearings.

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San Diego Beekeeper's New Books Are All The Buzz

Sept. 26, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Hilary Kearney, the founder of Girl Next Door Honey, has been using her expertise to enlighten the world about bees. She will be speaking about her two new books on bees Thursday at The Book Catapult in South Park.

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San Diego County Jail Deaths Outpace Other Large California Counties

Sept. 24, 2019
By John Carroll, Maureen Cavanaugh

The findings are the result of a six-month investigation by The San Diego Union-Tribune.

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Senate President Pro Tem Atkins Reflects On The Year In Bills

Sept. 23, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins joins Midday Edition on Monday to reflect on the legislative session.

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'Voice Of Romance' Singer Johnny Mathis To Perform In San Diego On Sunday

Sept. 17, 2019
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Mathis, who will be 84 at the end of September, is marking his 63rd year as a recording artist.

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez rallies workers f...

Lorena Gonzalez On The Controversy Over Gig Work, Vaccine Bills

Sept. 17, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez joins Midday Edition on Tuesday to discuss the contention around two of the bills she authored this legislative session.

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San Diego County Suicide Rate Continues To Climb

Sept. 13, 2019
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego County Suicide Prevention Council's annual report shows an increase in suicides for the fourth year in a row.

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San Diego Bluegrass Band Prairie Sky Performs In The KPBS Studio

Sept. 5, 2019
By Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh

In the final installment of Midday Edition's first summer music series we hear from one of San Diego's finest bluegrass bands. Prairie Sky stopped by the KPBS studio to perform and talk about Appalachian music.

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What's Your Favorite California Song?

Aug. 28, 2019
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The New York Times has put together a Spotify playlist filled with California-inspired music. Times chief pop music critic Jon Pareles will be in San Diego Friday to talk about the project and share some of his favorite tracks.

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San Diego Rep's Latinx New Play Festival Returns

Aug. 27, 2019
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The third annual Latinx New Play Festival opens Friday and runs through Sunday at the San Diego Repertory Theatre's Lyceum Space.

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San Diego Marks 99th Anniversary Of Women Getting Right To Vote With March, Rally

Aug. 26, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Women dressed in white will be leading a march and rally in Balboa Park Tuesday. It’s the kick-off to a yearlong 100th-anniversary celebration of American women winning the right to vote.

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