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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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Federal Judge Extends Census Deadline, Barrio Logan Organizers Vow To Keep Pressure On

Sept. 25
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

While the legal fight goes on, community groups in San Diego are still counting as the clock winds down.

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Two Arrested As Kumeyaay Protests Against Border Wall Construction Ordered To Stop

Sept. 22
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

A protest that had gone on for weeks at the border wall construction site has been broken up by the Border Patrol. The protest was part of several separate efforts by members of the Kumeyaay nation and its supporters to stop wall construction.

The Metropolitan Correctional Complex (MCC), si...

Court Filing: COVID-19 Outbreak At San Diego Jail Due To Careless Handling Of Infected Inmate

Sept. 21
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

An inmate is on the verge of death as one of the largest COVID-19 outbreaks in the federal prison system continues to play out in downtown San Diego.

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Whistleblowers Say CBP Knowingly Broke The Law As It Turned Back Asylum-Seekers

Sept. 18
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

A new filing in federal court claims that Customs and Border Protection knew it was breaking the law when it began turning away asylum-seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Worker/Owners at Pixca farms in the south bay p...

South Bay Worker Cooperative Looks To Chart The Future Of Urban Farming

Sept. 18
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

While Pixca aims to increase community access to healthy foods, it’s also trying something equally ambitious — a business model that could point a way forward for urban agriculture.

May Hasan shows off her Iraqi-inspired designs ...

Iraqi Refugee Turned Designer Previews Mask Fashion Show And Giveaway

Sept. 11
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

On Saturday, immigrant designers in City Heights will take part in a fashion show and mask giveaway, meant to highlight how styles are adapting to the pandemic.

Beds fill a homeless shelter inside the San Die...

Over 500 People Find Housing As Part Of City's Pandemic Response

Sept. 10
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

In the five months since the convention center shelter opened, 525 individuals have been housed. Officials say another 200 individuals will find housing by the end of September.

Congressman Juan Vargas (D-San Diego) speaks at...

Local Groups Start Final Sprint For Census Count In Immigrant Neighborhoods

Sept. 9
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Local organizations, joined by San Diego congressman Juan Vargas, are still sprinting to the census finish line — to make sure everyone in San Diego county gets counted. But many barriers still stand in their way.

In this April 1, 2020, file photo, people walk ...

For Latinos Ineligible To Vote, US Census Offers Path To Political Power

Sept. 7
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

The instability wrought by the pandemic could lead to census counts of historically undercounted Latino communities. Organizers are racing to get people to fill it out before the Sept. 30 deadline.

A house is up for rent in Golden Hill, Aug. 7, ...

New Protections Will Cut Down On Most, But Not All Evictions

Sept. 3
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Any tenant in California who can’t pay rent because of the financial or health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic will be protected from evictions until at least January 31st. But tenants are still vulnerable.

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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.