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19 minutes | Oct 15, 2021
In wake of cycling deaths, San Diego ramps up biking infrastructure
The city of San Diego has taken bold measures to greatly expand the number of bike lanes on its streets, a move partly in response to a number of traffic deaths that have occured in recent months. Plus, California will now study how to set up its own zero-fee public bank accounts, the latest step in the state’s exploration of public banking. And, this weekend in the arts, check out a performance from the Takács quartet, a solo exhibition from Perry Vasquez, San Diego Zine Fest and a sugar skull pinata workshop at the Mingei.
47 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
Holiday shopping expected to be impacted by supply chain shortage
The Biden administration announced a new plan to help combat the nation's supply chain shortage ahead of the holiday season. Plus, San Diego has one of the highest inflation rates in the nation, according to data recently released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index for the month of September. Then, California’s Reparations Task Force met this week to explore the impact of racism on housing, education, banking and the environment. And, oceanographer and author Kim McCoy offers his insights on the fascinating world of ocean science and how it furthers our understanding of climate change through his new book: “Waves and Beaches: The Powerful Dynamics of Sea and Coast.” Lastly, just six weeks after the death of the San Diego-born Chicana artist and activist Yolanda Lopez, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego will reopen this weekend with an exhibition of Lopez's work — surprisingly the first solo museum exhibition of her long and celebrated career.
46 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
U.S. will soon allow nonessential travelers from Canada and Mexico again
The Biden administration announced Wednesday it's easing travel restrictions at land border crossings, after 19 months of closure to all but essential travel. The number of new COVID infections are finally going down in California and nationally, but Dr. Eric Topol is warning everyone not to drop their guard. Plus, the San Diego Housing Commission is out with a report on “lessons learned” from its own pilot program building five granny flats in the city of San Diego. Also, in a new episode of KPBS’ border podcast “Port of Entry,” the story of one person’s trash being another person’s treasure often happens in an actual journey from San Diego to Tijuana. Later, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series is back in San Diego after a hiatus due to the pandemic. Finally, the first ever San Diego Filipino Film Festival will run Oct. 14th through 19th in a mix of virtual and in person events.
45 minutes | Oct 12, 2021
Piecing together what happened in Santee plane crash
Federal transportation investigators are on the ground Tuesday, trying to piece together what led to the deadly crash in Santee on Monday afternoon. Plus, in-person school just started up again and now parents have a chance to send their children to their preferred school. And, doctors and hospitals are looking at a new way to treat drug addictions, asking patients, “What do you need from us?”
46 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
Proposal could change how jail deaths are reported
A number of reforms being proposed to the county’s Citizen’s Law Enforcement Review Board would constitute the biggest changes to the board since its beginnings nearly 30 years ago. Plus, caught up in the chaos of the last days of the U.S. engagement in Afghanistan, one former interpreter is getting back to the difficult task of creating a new life in his adopted country. Also, being home to more recognized tribes than any other county in the country, we interviewed a tribal leader about Indigenous Peoples Day. Meanwhile, Project Homekey, California’s multibillion dollar plan to fight homelessness, has a surprising upside for cities — improving blighted properties in neglected neighborhoods. And, stuck at home during the pandemic, many people turned to yoga and some instructors have found ways to create culturally sensitive spaces for students of color, in an industry where many feel that white Westerners have co opted the practice. Finally, in an excerpt from Cinema Junkie, host Beth Accomando speaks with Bond aficionado Gary Dexter about the final Daniel Craig 007 film.
22 minutes | Oct 8, 2021
Judge blocks big Otay Ranch development over wildfire danger
A huge housing development planned for Otay Ranch has been struck down in court. A San Diego judge agreed with environmental groups and California’s attorney general in a lawsuit against the Adara at Otay Ranch project. Plus, the federal commission charged with replacing Confederate names on military bases is getting thousands of suggestions, but that's just one step in a process that will likely take years. And, the big news in the art world this weekend is the celebration for winners of the San Diego Art Prize. Other art events around the county include the Symphony's take on Gabriel García Márquez, a mural walk and a new play commissioned by the Old Globe.
46 minutes | Oct 7, 2021
Addressing COVID-19 misinformation in San Diego County
County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher discusses the ongoing effort to combat misinformation surrounding COVID-19. Plus, in light of increasing gunfire incidents at schools nationwide, KPBS education reporter MG Perez talks about local efforts to keep our schools safe. Also, Congressman Mike Levin talks about his goal of phasing out offshore oil production in light of the Orange County oil spill. Then, a new job placement center in Lincoln Park just opened up to provide people with a pathway to middle-class careers in construction. And, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says as marijuana is legalized in more places across the country, more dogs are munching on edibles and it’s making them sick. Later, the Institute of Contemporary Art San Diego finally opened its doors in September after a merger between two art spaces in the county. Lastly, the California Report visits a well-known restaurant in the Central Valley town of Goshen for their Hidden Gems series.
46 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
School board threats get Fed’s attention
Contentions over COVID-19 mandates have school boards dealing with increased hostility to the point where Attorney General Merrick Garland ordered the FBI to look into these incidents. Plus, child and teen obesity is believed to have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, what should be done to address it? Also, Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a law intended to address racial disparities in maternal and infant health. Meanwhile, increased wildfires due to climate change are destroying ancient sequoia trees. And, in the California Report’s latest Hidden Gem: a tiny treat shop that sells hand-made mochi. Finally, KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando has a preview of the San Diego Italian Film Festival, which is returning to in-person tomorrow.
47 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
Storm gives San Diego a lightning show
Much of San Diego experienced hours of thunder, lightning and pouring rain, less than 24 hours after a mild Santa Ana. Another rainstorm may be on its way at the end of the week. Plus, the oil spill in Orange County could have an environmental impact for years. Also, San Diego Nobel Prize-winner Ardem Patapoutian talks about the journey that brought him to the U.S. and a career in science. In addition, how will the new sweeping laws on policing affect law enforcement and the people they serve? Meanwhile, as parts of the United States, such as Texas, are restricting access to abortion, in Mexico, things seem to be headed in the other direction. And, while the military has become more racially diverse, a recent survey found Black, Latino, and Asian service members don’t always feel welcome off-base. Finally, the Haunted Hotel reopens to scare people in person after being closed last year because of the pandemic. Owner Greg DeFatta speaks to KPBS Arts Reporter Beth Accomando about what to expect.
47 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
San Diego scientist wins Nobel Prize
Scripps Research scientist Ardem Patapoutian and his partner David Julius at UCSF won the award for their work in discovering how skin receptors allow people to sense temperature and touch. Plus, San Diego State receives a $15 million grant to research Latinx health disparities across San Diego and Imperial counties. Also, the military often falls short in recognizing how the “wounds of war” can lead to incidents of misconduct. How one Marine won a rare victory against the system. Meanwhile, now that California’s statewide eviction moratorium has expired, many tenants are looking for rent relief and legal guidance. And, the effort to establish the city’s first Black Arts and Culture District to bring resources and revitalization to a long-ignored Encanto neighborhood. Finally, if you've lived in California for long enough, you’ve probably seen one of those iconic yellow bumper stickers that say "mystery spot." But do you actually know what the 81-year-old roadside attraction called "The Mystery Spot" is all about?
21 minutes | Oct 1, 2021
California is first state to push COVID vaccine mandate for schoolchildren
Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday announced the nation's first coronavirus vaccine mandate for schoolchildren once they received final approval from the FDA for various grade levels. Plus, legal scholars are calling for the disbarment of a law professor who worked to keep Donald Trump in office after his election loss. And a preview of the arts happenings this weekend.
48 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
Vaccination Deadline For Health Care Workers Is Today, But Many Are Still Not Vaccinated
Health care workers have until today to be vaccinated, but many are not. Plus, an independent investigation into the incident at Valhalla High School where a staff member placed his knee on the neck of a Black student has concluded. The school district is moving forward with the recommendations. Also, “The Wrap” device that the Medical Examiner’s Office said contributed to Earl McNeil’s death continues to be used by law enforcement, raising questions about police tactics that officers continue to use across the country. Meanwhile, in the continuing investigation, we look at how some Californians are coping with the smoke created by wildfires, and why the smoke hits some parts of the state harder than others. And, a recent survey found most Americans greatly overestimate how many veterans have PTSD. In addition, a preview of the Gaslight Steampunk Expo as it returns in-person at the Mission Valley Marriott Hotel. Finally, five songs to highlight Latinx musicians as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
46 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
School Board Approves Vaccine Mandates For Students, Staff
The San Diego Unified school board voted to require COVID-19 vaccinations for school district staff and students 16 and older beginning on Dec. 20. Plus, we speak to Dr. Eric Topol about variants, testing and vaccines. Then, we bring you an interview with San Diego's independent budget analyst, Andrea Tevlin, who announced her retirement this month after working at the city for 16 years. Her office was established by voters in 2004 as an independent check on the mayor. Also, a KQED investigative project shows that children are especially affected by wildfire smoke. And, La Mesa’s Oktoberfest is resuming in person this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, after going virtual last year due to the pandemic. Lastly, a “Port of Entry” interview with the famed animator Jorge Gutierrez about his new show and his cross-border influences between Tijuana and San Diego.
47 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
COVID-19 Booster Is Here, But Who’s Eligible?
While many Americans are eager to bolster their immunity against COVID-19, questions remain about who’s exactly eligible to receive the booster shot. Meanwhile, time and money is running out for San Diego’s rental assistance program. Plus, while San Diego was spared from the recent wildfires, smoke from western wildfires is causing air pollution problems and health issues far away from fire zones. Also, despite lofty expectations, and a high-priced roster, the Padres were eliminated from the postseason. Where does the team go from here? And, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance has hatched an Egyptian vulture. It’s the first time the species has reproduced in captivity in North America. Finally, from the archive, the story of Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space, is being told, along with the stories of other inspiring women in a series of young adult books called “She Persisted.”
46 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
San Marcos Parents Alarmed Over COVID-Positive Students Knowingly Attending School
Parents of children enrolled in the San Marcos Unified School District were given cause for alarm after being informed that some students had been “attending school with known COVID-19 positive test results.” Meanwhile, COVID-19 outbreaks at schools are having big impacts on families, especially those in rural communities. Plus, both the city and county of San Diego want to right the wrongs from the “War of Drugs,” but plans for a cannabis social equity program are still not in place. Also, San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria is pushing for more protected bike lanes in San Diego, but for some families, these changes haven’t come soon enough. And, Encinitas is saying no to gas, natural gas that is. City leaders say the building electrification ordinance is part of the city’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gases. Finally, from the California Report, a hidden gem in Joshua Tree and it’s not the striking scenery from the National Park. It’s a salon that’s an oasis of style in this small desert community.
20 minutes | Sep 24, 2021
UCSD Sees Huge Crush Of Students On First Day Of School
After a year of virtual classes, UC San Diego came roaring back this week in-person, welcoming what could be the largest number of fall semester students in its history. Plus, The biggest professional tennis tournament in San Diego history is being served up next week. And, this weekend in the arts: a 21st birthday party (and exhibition) for Art Produce, Bodhi Tree Concerts, art meets science at La Jolla Historical Society, “The Garden” and Burn All Books + Teros.
50 minutes | Sep 23, 2021
FDA, CDC Panel Backs Pfizer COVID-19 Boosters For Seniors, High-Risk
The FDA and a CDC panel approved a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine for seniors and high-risk groups. Plus, care workers who visit people’s homes are not required by the state to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Then, a private prison in Downtown San Diego remains open despite an executive order by President Joe Biden. Also, the San Diego City Council cleared the way for another attempt to revitalize the city’s Midway district. And, The California Creative Workforce Act is the first of its kind: it aims to grow and diversify the arts workforce and provide a living wage to artists. Lastly, a decades-old San Diego community choir shares the history, trauma, encouragement and rejoicing found in gospel music.
45 minutes | Sep 22, 2021
San Diego City Council OKs Water, Sewer Rate Increases
The San Diego City Council on Tuesday approved increasing water rates and a new set of sewer rates that will increase the fees for single-family homes, but decrease it for multi-family units. Plus, the latest wave of Haitian migrants heading to the United States is centered on a little town in Texas called Del Rio, but its effects could be felt in Tijuana where there’s a sizable Haitian population. Also, since 2003, five Cal Fire fighters have died during training exercises and experts have attributed their deaths to the high heat. Meanwhile, doctors in the Central Valley are told to be on the lookout for a rare complication related to COVID-19 in children. And, National Suicide Prevention Month is bringing awareness to the issue and where to get help. Finally, in a “Cinema Junkie” podcast excerpt, how Hollywood moved away from negative Asian stereotypes to the heroics of Bruce Lee and Shang-Chi.
46 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
What Lifting Travel Restrictions Means For San Diego Tourism
Come November travel restrictions on foreign travellers will be lifted for those who are vaccinated, what will that mean for San Diego tourism? Plus, a recent analysis shows disparities in COVID testing across San Diego Unified schools. Also, summer ends today, but the weather is still warm and many kids don't have places to swim because the city of San Diego has drastically cut back on weekend pool hours since 2019. Then, from the archive, many people don’t know how local government works, so they hit a brick wall when it comes to having community issues addressed. A book by two Encinitas residents seeks to demystify the process. And, the return of an all-California Michelin guide sees the addition of several San Diego restaurants. Finally, a new song from Oakland-based artist Fantastic Negrito reflects the zany vibe of California and explores the dissonance between the California Dream and the reality of living in the Golden State today.
47 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
Pfizer Says COVID-19 Vaccine Safe For Kids 5 To 11
Pfizer on Monday said its COVID-19 vaccine is safe for children ages 5 to 11 and plans to seek authorization for the age group soon. Plus, tensions appear to be rising between city leaders and the San Diego Housing Commision, as a recent conflict-of-interest case has come to light. Also, one man thought he was doing the right thing to become a permanent resident of the United States, but because of the Trump administration’s “public charge” rule, he’s been separated from his family for two years. Then, the state's efforts to boost food recycling as a way to fight climate change are on full display. And, in the depths of a basement of a library on the CSU San Marcos campus lies an archive rich with the history of San Diego’s craft brew industry. Finally, SDSU is using comics to teach students about critical thinking at a time when such skills are most needed.
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