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Max Rivlin-Nadler

Speak City Heights Reporter - Contributor through July 2021

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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.

He has reported extensively on immigration and criminal justice issues, including the treatment of asylum-seekers along the border, San Diego'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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Community Support Navigators Aim To Give City Heights Hope During Difficult Times

July 2
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

A group of peer counselors in City Heights are trying to heal the community, by both connecting people to much needed resources and mental health services.

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City Heights Youth Aims To Raise Awareness Of Drinking Water Quality

June 24
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

A 12-year-old in City Heights is raising awareness about the drinking water quality in local schools. He says his own experience has shaped his activism.

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Border Patrol Launches New Marine Unit Amidst Rise In Maritime Smuggling

June 22
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

After an increase in both human and drug smuggling off the San Diego Coast, the San Diego sector of the Border Patrol has now launched a new marine unit.

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Exclusive: Deported Veteran Returns To United States

June 18
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Exiled for 11 years, a deported army veteran crossed the border into the U.S. on Thursday.

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New City Office Aims To Help San Diego Youth During Difficult Times

June 15
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Youth in San Diego will soon have a new resource to turn to for support, thanks to this year’s city budget.

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As Gun Violence Rises In San Diego, Local Leaders Call For Greater Awareness

June 4
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

In a Friday morning press conference, Mayor Todd Gloria decried a nationwide epidemic in gun violence. But he and other leaders did not offer clear solutions.

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A Migrant Family Put Their Hopes In President Biden. Now They’re Safe In The United States

June 3
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

They flew a Biden 2020 flag at the migrant encampment, saying it gave them hope. Now they're safely in the United States.

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Friday Night Event In City Heights Looks To Help Residents Tap Rental And Utility Aid Programs

May 28
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Now flush with cash, state and local governments in California are trying to get help as quickly as possible to people who need help paying their bills during the pandemic.

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Hope Arrives In Tijuana Migrant Encampment, As More Asylum-Seekers Allowed To Enter US

May 26
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Increasing numbers of asylum-seekers have been allowed to enter the United States. But with the asylum system still severely curtailed, thousands remain stuck in dangerous conditions.

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City Heights Bites: Thanh Tinh Chay

May 24
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

For long-standing businesses, the COVID-19 pandemic has been brutal. One new City Heights restaurant that is not only trying to survive, but thrive, as it shakes off losses from the past year.

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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.