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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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Judge Denies Request From San Diego Businesses To Resume Indoor Operations

Nov. 23
By City News Service, Max Rivlin-Nadler

A judge Monday denied a request from four San Diego County businesses seeking to resume indoor operations following the county's recent slide into the purple tier of the state's coronavirus reopening plan.

Restaurateur Ike Gazaryan stands in the Bedouin...

City Heights Restaurant Owner Tries To Find Success Amid Restrictions And Dwindling Funds

Nov. 20
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

With new COVID-19 restrictions going into effect on Saturday night, and still no federal assistance in sight, businesses are struggling to stay afloat.

A memorial for 39-year-old Jose Alfredo Castro ...

Family Of Mountain View Man Killed By SDPD Makes Claim Against City

Nov. 19
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

A month ago today, a 39-year-old Mexican citizen who was in mental distress was shot and killed by a San Diego police officer. Now his widow is planning to file suit.

San Diego County Sheriff William D. Gore at the...

Ahead of Forum, Immigrant Advocates Say San Diego Sheriff Is Breaking The Law

Nov. 17
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Advocates believe the sheriff is now in violation of state law, which limits cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities.

Salaam, a video game that's meant to encourage ...

Students Bridging Diplomatic Divide Through Videogames

Nov. 13
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Friday, students from both sides of the border will take part in a diplomatic exercise using video games.

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New Virtual Exhibit Highlights The Lives Of City Heights Youth

Nov. 11
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Issues that City Heights Youth are fighting for have only become more urgent during the pandemic.

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Report: Reversing Trump Administration Border Polices Won't Be Simple Or Quick

Nov. 10
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

President-elect Joe Biden has promised to drastically alter America’s policy along its southern border. But reversing four years of Trump administration priorities won’t be so easy.

Normal Heights residents Mary Calhoun (left) an...

San Diego Residents React To Biden, Harris Projected Win

Nov. 7
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Just after The Associated Press and other news organizations declared former Vice President Joe Biden beat President Donald Trump, celebrations erupted across San Diego County.

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City Heights Voter Turnout Likely Increased, Along With Rest of San Diego County

Nov. 6
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Voter turnout in San Diego county during this week’s general election is expected to break some local records. And that includes communities that have been trying to increase their voter turnout for years.

Protesters march in downtown San Diego in suppo...

Protests In San Diego Want Presidential Vote-Counting To Continue

Nov. 4
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

While the president’s campaign lobbies to stop the counting of votes in pivotal swing states, protests in San Diego are springing up to make sure that counting continues.

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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
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
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.