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Ibarra Middle School in City Heights on April 1...

'I Had A Lot More Downtime': City Heights Parents React To School Reopening

April 13
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Children in City Heights are getting back to in-person learning this week. Parents and guardians tell KPBS about what the first day back was like after more than a year of remote learning.

Thousands of people rallied against the militar...

Burmese Refugees In City Heights To Protest Myanmar Military Coup

April 9
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

On Saturday, Burmese refugees and their allies will take to the streets of City Heights, protesting a brutal military crackdown on civilians in their homeland.

A bus pulls up to a stop on El Cajon Boulevard,...

Town Hall Envisions A Transit-Oriented Future For El Cajon Boulevard ‘Hub’

April 8
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

A virtual town hall Thursday night is bringing local politicians, community members and developers together to envision the future of one stretch of El Cajon Boulevard.

At Viejas Arena, a last-minute change moved the...

Voting In 79th Assembly District Special Election Ending

April 6
By City News Service, Max Rivlin-Nadler

Tuesday is the last day to cast a ballot in the 79th Assembly District special election, with both the San Diego County Registrar of Voters office and each voter's assigned polling place open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

A health screening site set up inside the Conve...

As Convention Center Nears Capacity, No Children Have Been Reunified With Families, Sponsors

April 5
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

The San Diego convention center has now neared its capacity, as hundreds of migrant children arrived in San Diego this weekend.

Governor Gavin Newsom speaks at a COVID-19 vacc...

Newsom Hails SD Vaccination Efforts, Hints At Pending Advance To Orange Tier

April 2
By City News Service, Max Rivlin-Nadler

Gov. Gavin Newsom toured a COVID-19 vaccination site in City Heights Friday, hailing San Diego for leading the way in the administration of vaccine doses, particularly in its efforts in hard-hit, underserved communities.

Migrants hoping to claim asylum in the United S...

Haitian Asylum-Seekers Face Discrimination In Tijuana Migrant Camp

April 1
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Black migrants must deal with both racism in Mexico, and unequal treatment from the U.S. government.

Workers prepare burgers for hundreds of migrant...

As Migrant Children Arrive, San Diego's Social Service Providers Step Up

March 29
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

The San Diego Convention Center is sheltering exclusively teenage girls, and will eventually hold 1,450 migrants.

A health screening site set up inside the Conve...

39 Migrant Children Seeking Asylum Test Positive For COVID-19

March 29
By City News Service, Max Rivlin-Nadler

Dozens of the more than 500 unaccompanied migrant children being held at the San Diego Convention Center, girls between the ages of 13 and 17, have tested positive for COVID-19.

City and county leaders tour the San Diego Conv...

Migrant Children Arrive At San Diego Convention Center

March 27
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

The first 500 teenage girls arrived Saturday night and the Convention Center will eventually hold as many as 1,450 children.

Migrants have been camping out at the El Chapar...

Migrant Families Being Flown From Texas To San Diego, So They Can Be Sent To Mexico

March 26
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

As the Border Patrol deals with capacity issues in Texas, the agency is flying families across the country so it can remove them.


Experience Matters To Crowded Field In 79th Assembly District Special Election

March 24
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

The seat for the 79th Assembly district is now vacant after Dr. Shirley Weber was confirmed as California's new Secretary of State. Five candidates are now vying to replace her in the ongoing special election.

The San Diego Convention Center is seen in the ...

San Diego Convention Center To Hold Asylum-Seeking Unaccompanied Minors

March 22
By City News Service, Max Rivlin-Nadler

City and county leaders announced Monday that the San Diego Convention Center is being made available for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to temporarily house unaccompanied migrant children seeking asylum.

DJ Kuttin Kandi speaks at a press conference pu...

San Diegans Rally Against Anti-Asian Hate

March 19
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Across San Diego, younger members of the AAPI community are countering recent attacks, and the legacy of anti-Asian racism in the United States.

Hundreds of asylum-seekers are camping out at t...

Inside Migrant Camp In Tijuana, Asylum-Seekers Are Waiting On A Plan

March 16
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Almost a month after the Biden administration launched a program to process some asylum-seekers along the southern border, hundreds of people are now camped outside of the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

 An outreach worker from PATH helps an unshelte...

City Announces New Approach To Homeless Outreach

March 10
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

San Diego will move to coordinate all its efforts through the People Assisting the Homeless program, sending out a coordinated team of caseworkers assigned to different neighborhoods, to build trust with the homeless community.

The entrance to Safiyo Jama's home-based childc...

Training Program Helps Keep City Heights' Child Care In Business During Pandemic

March 9
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

When the pandemic hit one year ago, many home-based child care providers saw their businesses fall apart overnight. Now, a coalition of local organizations are helping childcare providers in City Heights stay in business, and in some cases, thrive.

A mail-in ballot, envelope and the

Voting Begins Monday In 79th Assembly District Special Election

March 8
By City News Service, Max Rivlin-Nadler

Voting begins Monday in the special election to fill the 79th Assembly District seat vacated by Shirley Weber when she was appointed secretary of state.

Gerson Eduardo Cano and his family pose for a p...

‘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.

Young hikers with the group United Women of Eas...

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.

Zubin Eggleston stands in front of the

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.

Demonstrators attend the

Biden Forms Taskforce To Reunify Families Separated At Mexican Border

Feb. 2
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

The new administration says it wants to join efforts to reunite families that were separated under President Trump.

Father Joe's Villages homeless shelter at 1501 ...

Father Joe's Prepares To Administer Vaccines To Unsheltered San Diegans

Feb. 1
By City News Service, Max Rivlin-Nadler

Homeless services provider Father Joe's Villages is preparing for a large-scale COVID-19 vaccination effort for its clients once they become eligible under the state's vaccination rollout.

The recently completed border fence replacement...

As Work Stops, Opponents Of The Border Wall Chart A New Path Forward

Jan. 27
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

On Wednesday, contractors and government workers building the border wall along America’s southwest border must stop all work, after President Biden ordered a halt a week ago.

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Pandemic Profile: The Man Behind 'Take What You Need Tuesdays'

Jan. 22
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

After originally feeling helpless at the start of the pandemic, Darnell Williams found a way to deliver thousands of meals to City Heights residents, drawing from his own life experience.

A migrant calls out numbers from the unofficial...

How Advocates Pushed The Biden Administration To Take Immediate Action On Immigration

Jan. 21
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

A taskforce has been working for weeks on ways to restart the country's asylum system and uphold its international commitments.

The DoorDash app is shown on a smartphone on Fe...

DoorDash Driver: Vons' Shift To Gig Economy Is Driving Down Wages

Jan. 20
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

As more companies outsource work to the gig economy following the passage of Proposition 22, some app-based delivery drivers are now seeing their pay fall.

A sign thanks patrons of Adams Avenue businesse...

San Diego Foundation Focuses New Round Of Relief Funds On Communities Hit Hard By Pandemic

Jan. 13
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

These are trying to remedy the disproportionate impact the pandemic has had on the Black, Latino and Asian communities.

A Vons supermarket storefront in San Diego is s...

San Diego Delivery Drivers Laid Off As Prop 22 Takes Effect

Jan. 12
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Drivers thought they were getting a raise after a hectic year, but instead were told their positions are being eliminated.

A testing sign is posted outside of a Chula Vis...

COVID-19 Cases Up Sharply Among Grocery Store, Pharmacy Workers

Jan. 11
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Cases are rising among the essential workers San Diego depends on to stock its food and medicine.

Supporters of President Trump in Santee, CA on ...

Difference In Protest Enforcement Has Racial Justice Activists Looking For Answers

Jan. 7
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Wednesday's events in Washington exposed a contrast in how police respond to different groups of protesters.

President Trump tours a section of the southern...

Bipartisan Spending Bill Commits Over $1 Billion To Border Wall Construction

Jan. 5
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Late last month, Congress passed, and the president eventually signed, a government funding bill that includes over $1 billion in border wall spending. This has opponents of the border wall worried that despite protests from Democrats during the Trump administration, border wall construction still enjoys bipartisan support in Congress.

Pedro Fernandez, who owns Vallarta Taco Shop wi...

San Diego County Officials Push People To Use New Small Business Relief Program

Jan. 4
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

County officials and business leaders are urging small businesses to get with of a state program that’s handing out $500 million in grants.

The San Diego Central Jail on Front Street, Aug...

ACLU Asks For More Information As COVID-19 Numbers Surge In County Jails

Dec. 23, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

The ACLU of San Diego is now trying to get some basic answers concerning coronavirus outbreaks that appear to be overtaking local jails.

In this Oct. 5, 2020 photo, California Secretar...

Newsom Taps California Election Chief Padilla For US Senate

Dec. 22, 2020
By Associated Press, Max Rivlin-Nadler and Kathleen Ronayne

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has appointed Secretary of State Alex Padilla as the state’s next U.S. senator, filling the seat being vacated by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Padilla will be California’s first Latino senator.


More Rent Relief Is On The Way For San Diego Tenants And Landlords

Dec. 21, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

With a deal near in Congress, some more support is on the way for renters and landlords struggling during the coronavirus.

Marlene Herrera, an 18-year-old currently livin...

Two Sides Of A Mexican-American Family Show Identity Doesn’t Always Lead To The Same Politics

Dec. 17, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

More Latinos turned out for Donald Trump in 2020 than in 2016. Many were surprised, especially after his administration's hardline immigration stances. One Mexican-American teenager came to terms with her immigrant grandparents’ support of the president.

A free San Diego County COVID-19 testing site a...

Latinas Bear Disproportionate Burden During COVID-19, SANDAG Data Finds

Dec. 15, 2020
By City News Service, Max Rivlin-Nadler

Latinas are bearing a disproportionately high burden from the COVID-19 pandemic in San Diego County.

The border fence as seen from the Tijuana side ...

Border Patrol Rushing To Build New 30-Foot Barriers At Friendship Park

Dec. 14, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

For years, Friendship Park, on the US-Mexico border, has connected communities in the two countries through good times and bad. In the coming months, Border Patrol plans to replace the border wall on the site, drastically altering the park’s landscape.

Bernardino Loera organizing his stand that the ...

City Heights Farmers' Market Reopens, Providing Fresh Life To Farmers And Community

Dec. 14, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

When the pandemic first forced their shutdown in March, some farmers markets were able to reopen and recover sooner than others. But for the City Heights Farmers' Market, it was a longer journey back to the farm stands.

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

San Diego Sheriff Backs Off Policy That Immigrant Advocates Say Helped ICE

Dec. 11, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

The San Diego Sheriff’s Department has backed off a policy of publicly posting the release dates of people in its custody.

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New Data Shows Evictions Increasing During Pandemic

Dec. 10, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

New numbers obtained by KPBS show that evictions are continuing in San Diego County, despite a state bill meant to stop many of them during the pandemic.

Chicken's on the menu at Ali's Chicken and Waff...

Pandemic Profile: How A City Heights Restaurant Owner Found Success During COVID-19

Dec. 9, 2020
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

With a new stay-at-home order now in effect, restaurants across Southern California have had to shift to takeout or delivery only. But one City Heights restaurant owner has now found success by creating a business geared specifically for the shutdown.

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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.

A crane stands at a housing construction site i...

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.

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