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Budget Cuts, Layoffs And Closures Hit Refugee-Serving Organizations

Sept. 25
By Tarryn Mento

The administration's recent announcement to slash refugee arrivals for this upcoming fiscal year is causing uncertainty for people overseas and also affecting organizations assisting newcomers in the U.S.

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US Slashes Number Of Refugees To 30,000 For Next Year

Sept. 17
By Associated Press, Tarryn Mento

The Trump administration is cutting the number of refugees allowed into the United States next year to 30,000.

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State Looks To Local Organizations For Help Counting All Californians In 2020 Census

Sept. 10
By Tarryn Mento

The state effort comes amid new challenges posed by the upcoming federal survey.

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State Board Looks To Public For Help Addressing Racial Profiling By Police

Sept. 6
By Tarryn Mento

The state's Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board was created in 2015 and tasked with addressing any instances of bias exhibited by California law enforcement officers.

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Marin, San Diego Counties Work To Keep Offenders From Prosecution Through Restorative Justice

Aug. 30
By Tarryn Mento

Adults who commit a crime in Marin County can avoid prosecution by taking part in "restorative justice." A similar program exists in San Diego for some juvenile offenders.

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Mid-City Program That Addresses School-To-Prison Pipeline Looks To Expand

Aug. 29
By Tarryn Mento

Organizers behind a limited program that steers youth offenders away from detention are exploring expanding to other communities.

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Little Saigon To Get Cultural Landmark Sign On I-15 Freeway

Aug. 27
By Tarryn Mento

The Legislature is expected to push forward a plan to direct motorists from the freeway to the Little Saigon Cultural and Commercial District in San Diego's City Heights neighborhood.

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How City Heights Is Trying To Protect Its Multicultural Roots

Aug. 21
By Tarryn Mento

City Heights groups want to tap a state tool to protect the community's residents and businesses in the face of San Diego's booming housing market and looming gentrification.

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Taco-Centric Fiesta Highlights Diversity In City Heights

Aug. 13
By Tarryn Mento and Mika Kanke / Media Arts Center of San Diego

Tacos, culture and community — that’s the focus of the monthly Fiesta on the Avenue event in the Mid-City neighborhood.

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State Still Seeking Vendor For Medical Interpretation Study Nearly Two Years Later

Aug. 9
By Tarryn Mento

A law passed in September 2016 calls for the study of current medical interpreter requirements and suggestions for pilot projects.

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What The Racial And Identity Profiling Act Can Teach Everyone About Bias

Aug. 1
By Tarryn Mento

The law requires officers track their perceptions about people they stop to evaluate if they exhibit bias. This process can also be enlightening for the public.

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How One San Diego Agency Is Complying With Law To Combat Racial Profiling

July 31
By Tarryn Mento

The Racial and Identity Profiling Act requires California's law enforcement agencies to document and report the perceived race, ethnicity and other information about the people they stop.

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Rady Seeking Volunteer Interpreters To Expand Health Education Program

July 23
By Tarryn Mento

Organizers are looking for support from bilingual speakers to expand an initiative that provides wellness instruction to parents and young kids.

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Cross-Border Production Across San Diego-Baja Region Tops $6B, Report Finds

July 12
By Tarryn Mento

A report produced by World Trade Center San Diego and underwritten by Samsung finds components of goods cross the border multiple times before they're turned into a final product.

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San Diego Protest Of Trump's Immigration Policies Draws 800, Leads To 10 Arrests

July 2
By City News Service, Megan Burks, Tarryn Mento

Demonstrators protesting zero-tolerance immigration-enforcement policies draped a banner from the roof of the Westin hotel in downtown San Diego Monday as part of a "Free Our Future" event.

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Community Mural Initiative Continues At City Heights Convenience Store

June 22
By Tarryn Mento

The bare brick wall of a 7-Eleven store will soon be adorned with colorful artwork as part of a community-led project to beautify a San Diego neighborhood's main avenue.

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Dissecting SCOTUS Case Over Trump's Travel Ban As Ruling Imminent

June 20
By Tarryn Mento

The nine justices are expected to decide by the end of June on a challenge to the president's order that blocks some travelers from North Korea, Venezuela and six predominantly Muslim countries.

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Exploring New Ways To Measure A DA's Job Performance

June 11
By Tarryn Mento

San Diego voters picked their new district attorney last week. But how can you tell if a prosecutor is doing a good job?

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Jewelry, Coffee And Women Empowerment At City Heights Boutique

June 8
By Tarryn Mento and Brian Myers / Media Arts Center of San Diego

Entrepreneurship can bring a lot of rewards, but it also requires a lot of risk. A City Heights-based program is uniting low-income immigrant women to overcome the fear of that risk.

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Summer Stephan Keeps Her Seat In San Diego County District Attorney Race

June 5
By Tarryn Mento

With all precincts reporting, District Attorney candidate Summer Stephan, a Republican and currently the acting interim District Attorney, has 63.7 percent of the vote. San Diego County Public Defender Geneviéve Jones-Wright, a Democrat, has 36.2 percent of the vote.

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9 Questions To Test Your San Diego Voter IQ

May 29
By Tarryn Mento

As voters prepare to head to the polls in the upcoming primary election, check how much you know about county races and measures on the ballot.

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Aero Club Owner Finds Home For Second Bar In City Heights

May 28
By Tarryn Mento

The owner of a popular uptown whiskey bar has launched a new place alongside longtime businesses in the immigrant community.

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Effort Launches To Mobilize Vietnamese Voters In San Diego

May 22
By Tarryn Mento

Viet Vote aims to boost civic engagement among San Diego’s Vietnamese community, one of the largest in the country.

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Fact Check: DA Candidate's Campaign Claims Supporting Opponent A 'Threat' To Public Safety

May 17
By Tarryn Mento

The campaign for Summer Stephan, interim San Diego County District Attorney, is behind a recently launched website that claims supporting DA candidate Geneviéve Jones-Wright is a threat to public safety.

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San Diego Immigrants Examine Past Challenges To Help Future Newcomers

May 14
By Tarryn Mento

A nonprofit program is asking the public to contribute ideas for making San Diego more welcoming to immigrants.

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San Diego Coalition Seeks Public Input To Improve Newcomer Experience

May 7
By Tarryn Mento

While the national immigration debate largely focuses on how a person enters the country, a local effort is examining the process after immigrants arrive, and it's tapping the public for help.

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International Museum In San Diego Looks Local For Latest Multicultural Offering

May 3
By Tarryn Mento

San Diego’s museums showcase artwork and artifacts from around the world, but curators at the Mingei International Museum didn't have to travel far for its upcoming demonstration.

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San Diego District Attorney's Race Pits Public Defender Against County's Interim Prosecutor

May 2
By Tarryn Mento

A veteran prosecutor serving as interim District Attorney is running against a deputy public defender seeking change.

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San Diego City Council Committee Hears Suggestions To Address Housing Crisis

April 18
By City News Service, Tarryn Mento

The San Diego City Council's Smart Growth and Land Use Committee hosted discussions Wednesday intended to alleviate the city's affordable housing challenges.

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City Heights Coffee House Grows From Cart To Storefront

April 16
By Tarryn Mento

The nonprofit focuses on employing youth, immigrants and others who may face difficulties finding a job.

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Potential Fair Housing Violations You May Not Know About

April 11
By Tarryn Mento

Facebook and the Fair Housing Act of 1968 are decades away from each other, but the two were referenced in the same breath Tuesday when a U.S. senator questioned the tech company's CEO.

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Redlining's Mark On San Diego Persists 50 Years After Housing Protections

April 5
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin, Tarryn Mento

Decades after it was outlawed, the impact of a federal housing program that fostered racial segregation is still felt in San Diego.

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City Heights Embraces Dockless Bikes While Other Communities Fight Them

April 4
By Tarryn Mento

The city of Coronado and San Diego communities of Little Italy and La Jolla claim their rights of way are overwhelmed by the freestanding bikes, while businesses farther east in City Heights are hoping to see more of them.

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Why This NOAA Scientist Is Temporarily Calling City Heights Home

March 28
By Tarryn Mento

An upcoming science education center in the San Diego neighborhood will also house a scientist-in-residence.

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Final Tax Filing Tips Before April 17 Deadline

March 23
By Tarryn Mento

Every taxpayer is responsible for the accuracy of his or her own tax returns — even if they used a paid preparer.

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San Diego’s Somalis Worried About Mental Health Needs

March 12
By Tarryn Mento

Members of San Diego's Somali community share their stories about losing loved ones to suicide in an effort to shed the taboo on psychological disorders.

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Where To Find Free Tax Prep For Low-Income Filers

March 8
By Elma Gonzalez, Tarryn Mento

Those who make $54,000 or less may qualify to receive tax preparation at no charge. There are at least two dozen locations around the county and some provide services in multiple languages.

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Film Editor Looks To San Diego’s Syrian Refugee Kids For Possible Documentary Series

March 2
By Tarryn Mento

A Southern California video editor wants young Syrian refugees in El Cajon to document their lives for a potential TV program.

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Federal Monitors Warned San Diego Refugee Nonprofit Of Problems With Resettlement Practices

Feb. 23
By Tarryn Mento

The International Rescue Committee knew as early as June 2016 that it was improperly placing some San Diego refugee families in homes too small to accommodate them, yet the practice continued.

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San Diego's Little Saigon Cultural District Gets Some Fresh Branding

Feb. 19
By Tarryn Mento and Ernesto Munoz and Brian Myers / Media Arts Center San Diego

The city-designated Little Saigon Cultural and Commercial District received a new landmark mural thanks to artistic nomads.

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First Person: From Refugee To Proprietor

Feb. 19
By Tarryn Mento

Queentabel Banka opened her hair braiding business in San Diego's City Heights neighborhood shortly after arriving in the U.S.

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Coalition Calls On County Supervisors To Add Evening Budget Hearing

Feb. 14
By Tarryn Mento

A handful of speakers Wednesday called on elected officials to reverse their decision to not hold an evening meeting. More than 275 signed petitions in support of an evening meeting were also submitted to the board.

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How San Diego's Needy Families Can Get A Bigger Tax Refund

Feb. 12
By Tarryn Mento

San Diegans lose out on an estimated $137 million in state and federal tax credits each year.

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Mayor's Selection For Next SDPD Chief Says Public Should Expect Transparency

Feb. 6
By Tarryn Mento

Assistant Chief David Nisleit answers questions about community policing, a 2016 report on racial profiling by police and a coalition's public call for specific changes at SDPD.

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Report Finds San Diego's Immigrant Community Tied To Region's Economic Prosperity

Feb. 2
By City News Service, Tarryn Mento

A new report breaks down the contributions of San Diego's immigrant community.

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Hundreds Coming Together In San Diego To Support Newcomers

Feb. 1
By Tarryn Mento

Local leaders in business, education, government and the community will brainstorm how to better serve San Diego’s immigrants.

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Tutoring Nonprofit Looking For Help To Give Refugee Students A Boost

Jan. 31
By Tarryn Mento

A local nonprofit in San Diego's City Heights neighborhood runs an after-school program to bridge that learning gap, but the group said it also needs help.

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Free Puppet Shows In City Heights Aren’t Just For Kids

Jan. 26
By Tarryn Mento

In its second year, an upcoming series will bring professional puppeteers to the City Heights Performing Annex.

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On D.C. Trip, San Diego Mayor Plans To Tout NAFTA’s Success

Jan. 23
By Tarryn Mento

Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s trip comes as representatives from the U.S., Mexico and Canada are in Montreal to renegotiate the trade deal, which President Donald Trump has opposed.

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Some (Not All) Refugees Find New Homes After Improper Resettlement Practices

Jan. 9
By Tarryn Mento

We follow up with some refugee families months after a KPBS investigation found a San Diego resettlement agency's improper housing placement practices put them at risk of losing their homes.

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