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Max Rivlin-Nadler

Speak City Heights Reporter

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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

People seeking asylum in the United States wait...

Trump Administration's 'Unprecedented' Asylum Restrictions Could Outlast Pandemic

May 26
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

While major parts of the economy are reopening amid relaxing health measures, policies along the border — first put in place during the pandemic — remain extended indefinitely.

Customers line up outside of Hodad's in Ocean B...

Memorial Day Weekend Serves As A Trial Run For Restaurant Reopenings

May 25
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Many restaurants and outdoor areas opened over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. While residents are excited to enjoy the outdoors, business owners acknowledge it will take awhile for people to get used to the new normal.

Marlyn Gonzalez stands in GEM Coffee, the shop ...

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.

A section of the border wall under construction...

Border Patrol Begins Sending Mexican Border Crossers On Flights To Mexico City

May 21
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Border Patrol has announced that it has begun flying some Mexican citizens caught crossing the border illegally straight from San Diego to Mexico City.

Marlene Herrera, a first-time voter in San Dieg...

Coronavirus Upended Her Family, But This Latina Teen Is Determined To Make Her Vote Count

May 20
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

First-time voter Marlene Herrera is undecided when it comes to the 2020 presidential election. The coronavirus has upended the issues she is watching.

A San Diego county sheriff's deputy stands in f...

San Diego County Supervisors Revive Human Relations Commission Amid Rise In Hate Incidents

May 19
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, who pushed for the revival of the commission, said that racial tensions in the county had been further exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A man passes a store that closed as part of eff...

California To Start Sending Relief To Undocumented Immigrants

May 18
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Thousands of undocumented immigrants will receive up to one-thousand dollars from the state government starting Monday. The payments are drawn from a $75 million cash assistance program launched by Gov. Newsom last month.

A flyer at the Family Health Centers of San Die...

California Budget Cuts Target Health Care For Immigrants

May 15
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

On Thursday, the governor announced that an expansion of Medi-Cal to undocumented seniors was no longer being considered, as the state looks to tighten its belt during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf ta...

Top DHS Official Says ICE Won't Release Detainees Just To Avoid COVID-19 Risk

May 13
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

In a visit to San Diego, acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said it would be "irresponsible" to release all the detainees in ICE custody.

Young people gather in a Google Hangout to disc...

Youth Ambassadors To Raise Awareness Of Social Programs During Pandemic

May 13
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

The county and state have resources for young people, but they’re not always reaching the people they need to during this time of increased isolation. In response, a group of young people have volunteered to act as ambassadors to other youths.

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A Border Patrol agent uses a computer in San Di...

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
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.