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21 minutes | 9 hours ago
How To Avoid Online Scammers This Black Friday
Shopping online is easier than ever and with the pandemic, more Americans are shopping at home. That’s also creating a perfect haven on online scammers. Plus, on this season of giving thanks, our film critics have some movies to be thankful for.
46 minutes | 2 days ago
Your Thanksgiving Cooking Questions Answered, Maintaining Tradition During An Unusual Year
With record numbers of new coronavirus cases reported daily, concerns are growing about a rise in hospitalizations in San Diego and across California. Plus, the holidays can exacerbate stress triggers, so it’s important to take care of your mental health as well. Finally, a Thanksgiving tradition, Chef Bernard Guillas answers your cooking questions for the big turkey meal tomorrow.
45 minutes | 4 days ago
As COVID-19 Vaccine Nears, Many In The Black Community Are Wary
As a vaccine for COVID-19 nears, memories of past injustices and present-day inequities in medical treatment, many in communities of color remain wary. Plus, the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the city of San Diego’s budget and as a result Mayor-elect Todd Gloria’s budget priorities. And, even as President Trump’s time in the White House comes to an end, many families remained fractured over his policies. Also, a consortium of more than 100 San Diego organizations is rethinking its approach to hunger and food insecurity and wants your input by Thanksgiving. Finally, the mayors of nine San Diego cities collaborated on a children’s book to raise funds for domestic abuse shelters around the county.
20 minutes | 7 days ago
California Imposes Nighttime COVID-19 Curfew But Some Resist
California imposes a new nighttime curfew in lieu of soaring coronavirus figures, but some counties say they won’t enforce it. Plus, more than two weeks after Election Day, two California districts remain uncalled. Next, our weekend picks for the arts include emerging Black playwrights and San Diego Symphony’s innovative new performance.
31 minutes | 8 days ago
Judge Orders US To Stop Expelling Unaccompanied Children Who Cross Border
A federal judge has ordered the Trump administration to stop expelling immigrant children who cross the southern border alone, halting a policy that has resulted in thousands of rapid deportations of minors during the coronavirus pandemic. Plus, San Diego County is working on another climate action plan hoping it can come up with one that stands up to legal scrutiny. And, the effects of COVID-19 on the arts and culture sector in San Diego has been staggering.
46 minutes | 9 days ago
San Diego Hospitals Brace For Surge In COVID-19 Patients
With cooler weather and holidays approaching, hospitals are bracing for a surge in COVID-19 cases that could exhaust medical staff and resources. Plus, hate crimes across the U.S. have risen to the highest level in more than a decade. And, the San Diego VA is making access to mental health care harder for local veterans, outraging therapists who say the agency’s actions are dangerous and irresponsible. Also, students at public colleges and universities in California continue their fight to diversify their campuses despite the failure of Proposition 16. In addition, airlines are hoping new safety protocols they’re adopting, including COVID-19 testings, will bring back flyers. Finally, the Old Globe Theatre is transforming the stage production "Dr Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas" into a made-for-radio musical.
46 minutes | 10 days ago
Some San Diego Businesses Calling Foul On Tighter Pandemic Restrictions
Some San Diego businesses are calling foul on be placed back on restrictions following a surge of the coronavirus in the region. They are vowing to defy closure orders. Plus, news of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine’s efficacy gives hopes of things returning to normal. Also, meet Nora Vargas, a Democrat who will be presententing San Diego County Supervisor District 1 — the first time in 25 years the seat is not held by a Republican. And, nearly 20 years later, how 2-year-old Jahi Turner died was never fully solved. Finally, how you can help local restaurants during Thanksgiving while staying safe inside.
47 minutes | 11 days ago
San Diego County Reports Record Of 1,087 New COVID-19 Cases
San Diego County health officials reported a record number of 1,087 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, the highest one day total yet. Plus, the Port of San Diego has been working on an update to its master plan, which will set the vision for future development on San Diego’s waterfront. Also, President-elect Joe Biden will inherit President Donald Trump’s border wall construction and all of the lawsuits that come with it. In addition, Biden has pledged that on his first day in office he will end Trump’s “travel ban,” which bars entry for most nationals from several Muslim-majority nations, including Iran. And, Scripps Institution of Oceanography is planning to deploy 500 new robotic floats to study what’s going on underneath the waves as the planet warms. Then, if you’re cooking a Thanksgiving meal for the first time because of the pandemic, we have some tips for you. Finally, if you ask people in the city of Mexicali, Mexico, about their most notable regional cuisine, they won’t say street tacos or mole. They’ll say Chinese food.
7 minutes | 14 days ago
National City Mayor Participates In COVID-19 Vaccine Trial
Leading by example, National City Mayor Alejandra Sotelo-Solis participated in the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine trial conducted by UC San Diego. Plus, while San Diego is falling back into the purple tier, the most restrictive of the state’s four-tier reopening guidelines, the Bay Area is able to move to the less restrictive tier. And, here’s a guide for your socially distanced weekend fun.
47 minutes | 15 days ago
Prop. 15 Fails As California Voters Reject Revamp To Property Tax System
California voters rejected a proposal to partially dismantle the state’s 42-year-old cap on property taxes, a move that would have raised taxes for many businesses in a pandemic-hobbled economy. Plus, two new ordinances passed by the San Diego City Council will give the public more say over how surveillance technology, such as cameras and smart street lights, are used. Also, now that San Diego has sunk back into the purple tier, what does it mean for businesses and could it have been prevented? In addition, voters passed Measure B, which will establish an independent commission to oversee the San Diego Police Department. But there are still many details to be worked out regarding how the commission will operate. And, San Diego City College and the San Diego Housing Commission collaborated to create a class that will train people who are interested in working with the homeless. Finally, the rich sounds of the ocean right off San Diego’s coast in this replay of “Rad Scientist” episode.
49 minutes | 16 days ago
US Hits Record COVID-19 Hospitalizations Amid Virus Surge
The news that San Diego County is back in the purple tier of COVID-19 precautions affects every household in the region. What we can do to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed here like is happening in other parts of the country. Plus, San Diego's Mayor-Elect Todd Gloria joined Midday Edition on Wednesday to discuss his plans for the city, he will be sworn in on December 10. And this Veterans Day, African-American veteran Luther Hendricks recalls fighting WWII in the Pacific — and racism at home. Then, the transportation department at Poway Unified has taken cleanliness to a new level as it promises students safe rides to and from school. Plus, a multi-billion dollar energy franchise deal for San Diego could be delayed another year. Finally, in a new episode of KPBS' cross-border podcast "Port of Entry," people who’ve left the U.S. to find some refuge from racism south of the border share their stories.
49 minutes | 17 days ago
San Diego County Enters Purple Tier As COVID-19 Cases Increase
San Diego county falls back into the most restrictive “purple tier” impacting some indoor businesses. Also, reaction to news that Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine is over 90% effective. And, we talk to Oceanside’s Mayor-Elect Esther Sanchez, the city’s first Latina mayor and the first woman to lead the city. Then, how a majority vote may not be enough to overturn Midway’s 30-foot height limit. Additionally, The Poet’s Tree at the Old Globe takes a modern spin on poetry workshops. Finally, a San Diego author takes you on a journey from the Mexican border to Canada along the Pacific Crest Trail.
47 minutes | 18 days ago
Bry Concedes San Diego Mayor’s Race To Gloria
Todd Gloria will be the next mayor of San Diego, City Councilmember Barbara Bry conceded the race. Next, Governor Newsom will decide who will replace Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in the U.S. Senate. Also, how Harris’ political rise will change presidential politics forever. Additionally, how one of Arizona’s largest wildfires has affected forest management. Finally, following Vanessa Guillen’s murder, the Army launched an independent investigation into the climate of Fort Hood, but critics say the problems are systemic.
21 minutes | 21 days ago
Biden Takes Leads In Pa., Ga., Putting Him On Cusp Of Electoral College Win
Biden takes the lead in key battleground states. But with the country clearly divided, what’s needed to move the nation toward a more civil discourse? Plus, Faulconer pushes for one final affordable housing plan. Next, our top picks for art events this weekend. Finally, discussing San Diego’s Blue Wave on our Roundtable podcast.
47 minutes | 22 days ago
Biden Pushes Closer To Win As Trump Presses Legal Threats
As more battleground states are called for former Vice President Joe Biden, the path to the White House narrows for President Donald Trump. Also, San Diego takes one step toward the dreaded “purple tier,” the most restrictive of the state’s four-tier reopening plan. Plus, two North County measures meant to create more housing there received different results Tuesday night. In addition, the VA is cautiously reopening its medical clinics, which is happening at a slower pace than many civilian health systems. And, a pilot project to replace police intervention with social workers to help San Diego’s homeless population has been called a success. So, last week, the San Diego city council officially approved the Coordinated Street Outreach Program. Finally, with the election far from being over, there is a list of the 10 best Hollywood films about politics to help you escape the real-life political drama happening now.
48 minutes | 23 days ago
Gloria Lead Against Bry For San Diego Mayor Shrinking But Still Substantial
Assemblymember Todd Gloria is leading against City Councilmember Barbara Bry in the race for San Diego’s next mayor. Plus, Republican Darrell Issa and Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar are neck and neck for the 50th Congressional District seat. And Democrat Terra Lawson-Remer upset Republican incumbent Kristin Gaspar in the District 3 County Board of Supervisors race. Plus, Sara Jacobs has been declared the winner in the race for the 53rd Congressional District. Finally, a roundup of the results of the state propositions.
46 minutes | 24 days ago
Huge DDT Dumping Ground Found Near Catalina
Tuesday is the last day to vote in person, or drop off or postmark your mail ballot. Plus, the San Diego city Council has put plans in motion to preserve the city’s affordable housing. And in our ongoing series on the region's COVID-19 data, KPBS looks at how hospitals are maintaining staffing during the pandemic. Then, the Center for Ethics in Science and Technology will host an event about the new media ecosystem we are living in and technology designed to assess bias in media news stories. Finally, a marine scientist photographed evidence of what may be 500,000 barrels of DDT waste dumped near Catalina.
20 minutes | a month ago
Plurality Of San Diego County Residents Support Reallocating Police Funding
Nearly half of San Diego county residents support reallocating some law enforcement funding toward social services. Plus, a break down of Proposition 20, which would roll back some of the criminal justice reforms California has passed in recent years. And, a preview of some of the creepiest (in a good way) events this Halloween weekend.
46 minutes | a month ago
SDPD Releases Body Camera Footage Of Officer Killing Man In Mountain View Neighborhood
SDPD waited over a week to release body camera footage of an officer-involved shooting. Also, a new poll shows the 50th Congressional District has a wider gap between the candidates than previously thought. Next, who and what is on the ballot for East County residents. Plus, the rundown on Prop. 18. Additionally, a look at how wildfire can damage drinking water. And, veterans traditionally vote Republican, but polls show their support for Trump are dwindling. Finally, an avant-garde show swaps out King George III with Donald Trump.
46 minutes | a month ago
San Diego Unified Won’t Expand In-Person Learning Until January
With COVID-19 infections occurring among students in school districts that have reopened in-person learning, San Diego Unified officials say they won’t consider expanding the district’s limited in-person learning until at least January. Plus, some of the biggest political players in town are pouring money into some of the most contentious local races this election. Also, a round up of some of the biggest political races in the South Bay. In addition, with revenue dropping by nearly 90% because of the pandemic, the Del Mar Fairground is struggling to survive and had to reduce its staff by nearly 60%. Also, San Diego researchers, using weather balloons, are getting a better understanding of the storm systems that bring the region most of its rain. And, the effects of wildfires don’t end when the fire’s out, some homeowners living nearby are also facing increased threats of flooding. Finally, meet Austin Coley, a neuroscientist researching mental illness who was once told he was not “Ph.D. worthy” in an excerpt from the Rad Scientist podcast.
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