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Max Rivlin-Nadler

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Max Rivlin-Nadler is an investigative journalist whose reporting has appeared in outlets such as the New York Times, the New Republic, the Village Voice and Gothamist. His years-long investigation into New York City's arcane civil forfeiture laws led to a series of lawsuits and reforms which altered a practice that had been taking millions from poor communities for decades.

Since moving to San Diego, he has reported extensively on immigration and criminal justice issues, including the treatment of asylum-seekers along the border, last year's District Attorney race, and the criminalization of homelessness in the midst of California's deepening affordability crisis. A native of Queens, New York, Max attended Oberlin College in Ohio, where he majored in creative writing.

Recent Stories by Max Rivlin-Nadler

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‘We’re Not Sleeping Because We’re So Happy’: Family Sent Back To Mexico Finally Reaches US

Feb. 26
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

For the past week, some asylum-seekers sent back to Tijuana by the Trump administration have been allowed to re-enter the United States. KPBS spoke to one of those families.

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City Heights Group Blazes Path For Young Black Men Stuck Inside During Pandemic

Feb. 24
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

The youth group is trying to get young black men hiking — and they're finding a huge response.

Asylum-seekers wait at the San Ysidro point of ...

At The San Diego-Tijuana Border, Asylum-Seekers Admitted Back Into The US

Feb. 19
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

At the San Ysidro Port of Entry Friday, 25 asylum-seekers who had been sent to Mexico under the “Remain in Mexico” program were processed. But for others at the border, the waiting continues.

A migrant calls out numbers from the unofficial...

Biden Administration To Start Processing Asylum-Seekers Sent Back To Tijuana

Feb. 18
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Right here at the San Diego-Tijuana border, the Biden administration will officially begin to allow thousands of asylum-seekers to re-enter the United States.

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City Heights Seed Library Cultivates Interest In Native Plants

Feb. 16
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

A new “seed library” in City Heights is lending out native plants and flowers to city dwellers.

Patients waiting in line for a COVID-19 vaccine...

Chula Vista Unveils $16.8 Million Rental And Utility Relief Plan

Feb. 15
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

On Tuesday, the Chula Vista City Council is set to approve over $16 million in rental and other forms of relief to residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Medical professionals administer COVID-19 vacci...

Pop-Up Vaccination Site For The Homeless Opens In Downtown San Diego

Feb. 12
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

As San Diego County looks to get COVID-19 vaccines to its most vulnerable, reaching people who are homeless has been a priority.

A screening tent outside of La Maestra Communit...

Hurdles For City Heights Seniors Looking For COVID-19 Vaccines

Feb. 10
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

The San Diego neighborhood, filled with immigrant communities that have been hit hard by the pandemic, still has limited vaccination sites.

Patients waiting in line for a COVID-19 vaccine...

County Takes Regional Approach To Vaccinations For Border Crossers

Feb. 8
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

As San Diego County continues to administer thousands of vaccines a day, some of those shots are going to Mexican citizens.

Nora Vargas in this undated campaign photo.

First Latina Supervisor Looks To Change The Face of San Diego Politics

Feb. 5
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Nora Vargas brings diversity to the San Diego Board of Supervisors, which serves a large Latino community. Latinos haven’t historically had representation on bodies like this in the county.

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Stories featuring work by Max Rivlin-Nadler

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Lawsuit: US Border Officers Questioned Journalists At Length

Nov. 21, 2019
By Associated Press

Five American journalists sued the U.S. government Wednesday, alleging border authorities violated their First Amendment rights by inspecting their cameras and notebooks and questioning them extensively about their coverage of last year’s migrant caravan.

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7 Songs To Discover In March

Feb. 26, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

Looking to uncover new music this month? Here are some local musicians with new releases as well as some notable acts coming through town.

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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.