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24 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
Child Care Centers Still Struggling
The child care providers that survived the pandemic are struggling to stay afloat with smaller class sizes and more rigorous precautions against illness. Meanwhile, a San Diego County school official says masks are absolutely required when schools reopen – and schools do not have the choice about whether or not to enforce that mandate. Plus, lenders behind the city’s Civic Center Plaza lease are officially trying to evict the city and hundreds of employees from their downtown office space.
19 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
Advocates Fear A Blow To Affordable Housing
The San Diego-based Conrad Prebys Foundation sold nearly 6,000 apartment units to the private equity group Blackstone. Housing advocates fear the deal will be a blow to local affordable housing. Meanwhile, a group of parents and advocates gathered in front of the Coronado Unified School District offices on Tuesday to apologize for a recent racist incident at the high school. Plus, Los Angeles Times Op-Ed Columnist Jean Guerrero talks about her recent column that discussed San Diego's history with white extremism and the local right wing news outlet, One America News.
18 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
City Council To Vote On Surveillance Technology Contract
Councilmembers are set to vote on whether to keep using a system that detects and tracks when gunshots are fired. Advocates want to delay the vote - saying the technology is flawed and increases community distrust. Meanwhile, a new hospital opens up in North County specializing in rehabilitation for patients with strokes, amputations and spinal cord damage. Plus, veterans who served in Afghanistan say that the situation on the ground there is hard to understand if you haven’t been there.
14 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
‘Banking While Black’ In Pacific Beach
A lawyer who spent nearly 2 decades in the finance industry claims he was treated with racist behavior at a local bank. He went into the bank hoping to cash an insurance settlement check. He said the bank’s assistant manager not only refused to cash the check, but also accused him of stealing. And, from the KPBS Investigates podcast, the story of Aaron Harvey: a San Diego native who spent seven months in jail, charged with conspiracy for belonging to the same gang as others who carried out a series of gang shootings. A judge eventually dismissed the charges against him and he is now graduating from UC Berkeley.
21 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
Waiting On A Cross Border Sewage Fix
Federal money has been set aside to fix the cross border sewage flows fouling local beaches, but that solution remains a long way off. And, fact checking on claims by San Diego’s Former Mayor Kevin Faulconer now Republican Recall Election Candidate. Plus, a preview of this weekend’s local arts events.
23 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
Oceanside’s First Year-Round Homeless Shelter
Oceanside will soon have its first year-round homeless shelter. Meanwhile, state windfall money is giving a major boost to San Diego’s budget. Plus, the median home price here hits a record $750,000.
26 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
Coronado Thumbing Its Nose At State Housing Law
State officials last year ordered the city of Coronado to plan for the construction of a lot more affordable housing. But the city is not on board with that change. Plus: A guilty plea for murder and other charges in connection with a deadly shooting at the Chabad synagogue in Poway in 2019. And 30,000 students in the Chula Vista Elementary school district return to the classroom today for the first time in 16 months and more of the local news you need.
17 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
Uptick In COVID-19 Cases
Cases of COVID-19 are rising, a trend that is likely due to the Delta variant, which is now the dominant strain in California. And health officials are beginning to take notice. Plus: San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria unveiled a plan he calls “Housing For All Of Us,” a San Diego DACA recipient discusses the federal judge's ruling that the program is illegal and more of the local news you need.
21 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
Cancelled Sheep Count
The yearly count of the endangered bighorn sheep was canceled after a volunteer died due to heat stroke; so what’s next for the sheep census? Plus: remembering victims of a tragedy in San Ysidro, no-strings-attached money from the state for people in poverty and looking back at two decades of war and how some San Diego families aree not able to turn the page as the U.S. pulls out of Afghanistan.
18 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
San Diego Hospital Addresses Rise In High Risk Pregnancies
One San Diego hospital is expanding its operations to deal with more high risk pregnancies. Meanwhile, San Diego police create a special team to investigate “ghost guns.” Plus, a preview of this weekend’s local arts events.
17 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
Gay Bars Are Back
With San Diego Pride Week upon us, these cultural hubs have re-opened and are again providing safe havens for many in the LGBTQ community. Meanwhile, One of California's hallmark anti-poverty programs is failing to reach hundreds of thousands of low-income residents, according to a report by the California Policy Lab. And, despite another being in another drought emergency, we haven’t seen state-mandated water restrictions.
17 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
California Changes Course On Schools Enforcing Mask Mandate
California public health officials say they will now let local school districts decide how to enforce new mask rules. Meanwhile, a new state measure outlines billions of dollars towards broadband infrastructure. Plus, veterans in tiny homes.
15 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
Audit: San Diego’s Poor Implementation Of Climate Action Plan
San Diego’s auditor found city departments are far behind the goals set in the 2015 Climate Action Plan, and that the city has no estimate for how much it will cost to fully implement the plan. Meanwhile, Father Joe Carroll, the legendary San Diego priest who built a nationally known nonprofit organization to help the homeless, has died at the age of 80 after a battle with diabetes. Plus, the struggles Latinas face in the San Diego Region’s workforce.
24 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
California Reparations Task Force Grapples With Community Engagement
The newly established California task force met on Friday to define what community engagement will look like as they move forward. Meanwhile, a new citizens group claims Palomar Health violated the Brown Act in awarding a new contract to a physicians' group last month. Plus, how is San Diego doing when it comes to housing the homeless?
30 minutes | Jul 9, 2021
Delta Variant Dominates Covid-19 Cases In California
The Delta Covid-19 variant is becoming the dominant strain in California, meanwhile research shows one dose of a two-dose covid-19 vaccine is not enough protection. Meanwhile, California regulators have fined two local nursing homes for violations relating to how they handled sexual assault allegations against a former caregiver. But the fines may not be enough to force change. Plus, ‘Say Their Names’ memorial exhibit opens this weekend in San Diego.
19 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
Microgrid Tech In San Diego
The City of San Diego is outfitting eight of its rec centers, fire and police stations with solar panels and giant batteries. Meanwhile, a new law changes who investigates police shootings. Plus, San Diego Supervisor Nora Vargas talks environmental and climate justice.
21 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
Push To House Homeless Focuses On Downtown This Month
Housing officials are just over a week into their downtown push to connect homeless residents to shelters and housing. Meanwhile, the San Ysidro Transit Center has been inadequate for years. Now, something might be done about it. Plus, Sandbox VR gaming center opened in Mission Valley shortly before the pandemic hit. KPBS Arts reporter Beth Accomando checks it out.
16 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
San Diego Holiday Travelers Not Deterred By Delta Variant Threat
The San Diego International Airport saw an increase in travelers over the July Fourth weekend, even with the news that the delta variant of COVID-19 has become the dominant strain in California. Meanwhile, volunteers remove trash and debris left behind at county beaches by thousands of residents and visitors who flocked to the shores for the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Plus, a new training program has debuted at Fort Hood, Texas, trying to teach leaders to be more open and compassionate.
16 minutes | Jul 5, 2021
Community Advocates Want More Urgent Care In Southeast San Diego
Community advocates say Southeast San Diego is a healthcare desert. They want to see more urgent care centers available to the residents of Encanto and Valencia Park. Meanwhile, doctors are questioning the motives in Palomar Health's contract change. Plus, a group of local breast cancer survivors are helping to heal the pain associated with mastectomy surgery, one stitch at a time.
26 minutes | Jul 2, 2021
Migrant Shelter At Convention Center Closing
The emergency shelter set up at the San Diego Convention Center to house unaccompanied migrant children is shutting down. Meanwhile, state prisoners who play a crucial role in fighting fires are still under strict covid-19 protocols that continue to impact their lives. Plus, a new study finds segregation in San Diego has gotten worse over the years.
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