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    Questions around Proposition 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2022 17:07


    California state lawmakers drafted Proposition 1 to protect abortion rights under the state constitution, but there is a debate on whether it will actually expand abortion rights. In other news, San Diego's city and county governments held a joint meeting Monday on affordable housing. Plus, after two decades of waiting, the San Diego Zoo welcomed 41 tiny Indian narrow-headed softshell turtle hatchlings.

    Sailor acquitted of setting warship on fire

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2022 18:34


    The sailor who was accused of setting fire to the USS Bonhomme Richard in 2020 was acquitted Friday by a military judge. In other news, local activists are not giving up their fight to stop jail deaths despite setbacks. Plus, a youth boxing program in Vista got displaced from their gym last year, but that didn't stop the organizer who decided to build the gym in his backyard.

    New bill on marijuana research

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2022 18:27


    San Diego Congressman Scott Peters is co-sponsoring a bill that would set a national research agenda for studying marijuana. In other news, residents of an apartment complex in Linda Vista are fighting an order from their new landlord to vacate their homes by the end of the year. Plus, we have some weekend arts events worth checking out.

    Pandemic protections ending for San Diego renters

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2022 23:32


    The San Diego County Sheriff's Department says there have been 17 in-custody deaths this year, but advocates say that number is wrong and are demanding accountability. Emergency COVID-19 tenant protections are set to end tomorrow in the city of San Diego. Plus, a local tech giant brought the world of science and engineering to Hoover High School.

    Health and homelessness

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 14:21


    Declaring homelessness a public health emergency in San Diego County allows the county to focus resources on the health issues plaguing those who are unhoused. Then, the possible impact of misinformation at this point in the COVID-19 pandemic. And, San Diego scientists are taking a closer look at a massive underwater DDT dumpsite in the deep ocean waters between Catalina Island and Los Angeles.

    Unauthorized immigration at historic levels

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 13:26


    Unauthorized immigration across the southwest border is at historic levels, how is it impacting the San Diego region? Then, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors will consider declaring homelessness a health crisis in the county. And, a new life for a local coffee shop that didn't make it through the pandemic

    Training veterans through archeological work

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 14:38


    The Army Corps of Engineers is pairing archaeological work with job training for veterans. Then, a UC San Diego lab is experimenting with tiny robots that can deliver drugs inside your body to the place they're needed most. And, a new independent book store in North Park dedicated to romance books.

    Incident spurs new police training

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 18:25


    The arson trial for USS Bonhomme Richard continued Thursday with prosecutors attempting to place the suspect at the scene of the fire. The Miramar Air Show is back this year after a two year hiatus due to the pandemic. And last year, Carlsbad Police used a bean bag gun along with pepper balls on two suspects and it led to big changes.

    Building for UCSD's future

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 14:37


    Description: Oceanside is the largest recipient of county grants intended to start homeless shelters, but millions of dollars are going unused. Fully electric buses are the centerpiece of a new school transportation center in the East County. And a new building opens at UC San Diego Friday. It will house all kinds of engineers that are designing never seen before products.

    Gaps in SD's conservatorship system

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 13:24


    The Navy is making its case for why the 2020 fire onboard the USS Bonhomme Richard was arson. San Diego's elected leaders are looking to conservatorships to address the homeless crisis, but an investigation found gaps in the system. Plus, a library card is all you need to check out laptops and wifi hotspots at San Diego County libraries.

    Opening statements made in Bonhomme Richard arson trial

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 12:31


    A military judge heard opening statements Monday in the trial of a sailor who is accused of setting a fire that destroyed the USS Bonhomme Richard. Plus, the city of San Diego is no longer requiring employees to take weekly COVID tests. And a dispute continues in El Cajon with the city pushing back against a San Diego County program that gives hotel rooms to the homeless.

    Electric cars' impact on grid

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 19:47


    A look at whether the grid can handle California adding millions of electric cars. In other news, a group of migrants locked up in the Imperial Regional Detention Center filed a federal complaint alleging medical negligence, retaliatory use of solitary confinement and more. Plus, a UC San Diego study shows greater mortality risk for cancer patients facing housing instability.

    Navy arson trial underway

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2022 16:58


    A Navy arson trial is about to get underway, more than two years after fire destroyed the USS Bonhomme Richard. In other news, a San Diego researcher says the U.S. government's tense relationship with China could be bad for addressing climate change. Plus, we have some weekend arts events worth checking out.

    Health expert urges COVID boosters

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 15:28


    Health experts hope the recent approval of the new COVID booster will lessen the burden of a fall and winter surge. In other news, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department is investigating two incidents at Vista High School. Plus, the San Diego Black Arts & Culture District in the Encanto neighborhood is taking form.

    Depression among local youth

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 18:29


    Rates of depression among local youth have been on the rise for the last decade, according to San Diego County's Behavioral Health Services… and in many places there aren't enough mental health professionals to meet the needs of youth. In other news, California launched a website to provide information on abortion access. Plus, how 3D printing technology is changing manufacturing.

    New homeless shelter opens

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2022 17:58


    A new homeless shelter in the Midway District is now accepting residents. In other news, a place that has served members of the LGBTQ-plus community recovering from addiction is closing its doors. Plus, a new rhino calf at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park represents another step in the effort to save a related rhino species that's nearly extinct.

    How farmworkers can unionize

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 18:09


    A group of farmworkers held a vigil at the state capitol, hoping to convince Governor Gavin Newsom to say yes to a bill that would allow farmworkers to vote on unionizing by mail or by card check. In other news, Congress is considering legislation to streamline the immigration process for Afghan refugees. Plus, a San Diego biotech is asking parents to donate their infant's poop, so they can learn what babies have in their gut and what else they may need.

    Killing at El Cajon nursing home

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 19:05


    The killing of a resident at an El Cajon nursing home raises questions about why the facility admitted a patient with a long history of severe psychiatric illness and allowed him to stay even though he had reportedly assaulted other residents. In other news, how San Diegans are mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth. Plus, we have some weekend arts events worth checking out.

    Nursing home with record of abuse

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2022 18:22


    Details on why an El Cajon nursing home remains open after a long record of poor care and abuse. In other news, a local doctor's monkeypox advice is going viral. Plus, how schools without AC units are dealing with the heat wave.

    Being homeless during the heatwave

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 16:06


    How people living on the streets are dealing with the heat wave. In other news, U.S. Marshals are looking for the man dubbed Fat Leonard. Plus, UC San Diego has broken ground on a new student housing project.

    Giving fast food workers a say

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2022 11:46


    Governor Gavin Newsom signed a new law establishing a Fast Food Council that allows workers to negotiate wage and working conditions on an industry-wide basis. Then, state power officials say the heat wave that has gripped California has increased the chance of rolling blackouts. And, a musical that challenges the expectations of the genre will soon be on a local stage.

    Extreme heat across San Diego County

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2022 15:35


    High temperatures across San Diego County are coinciding with the start of school for many students. In other news, San Diego State University President Adela de la Torre again defended the schools handling of rape allegations against three football players. Plus, some weekend arts events you may want to check out.

    Drought in San Diego County

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2022 17:49


    San Diego County may not be immune from a punishing drought threatening the supply of Colorado River water. In other news, Harborside Park in Chula Vista is now closed, as part of a city effort to clear a homeless encampment. Plus, a flight carrying more than 100 rescued beagles arrived in El Cajon Wednesday.

    Recruiting behavioral health workers

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 18:41


    San Diego County has a new plan to recruit behavioral health workers. In other news, San Diego State University's athletic director confirmed the department hired a rape survivor and victim's advocate to speak to the football team after rape accusations surfaced. Plus, a new analysis gives us a look into what Greenland's melting ice sheets could mean for San Diego.

    SDSU athletics on rape allegations

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2022 18:38


    San Diego State University's athletics director on Monday denied the football program ignored rape allegations. In other news, a journalist from San Diego talks about his book that tells the stories of people living in Afghanistan. Plus, the new school year has begun for the San Diego Unified School District with no mask requirement.

    Remembering Pendleton Marines killed in Kabul

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2022 16:35


    New details emerge about the 13 Camp Pendleton Marines killed in Kabul last year. In other news, Pope Francis officially made San Diego's former Bishop Robert McElroy a Cardinal at the Vatican. Plus, the new Youth Opportunity Pass Pilot program offers free public transit rides to those 18 and under.

    Mental health worker shortage

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2022 16:56


    California's county governments say there are not enough mental health clinicians for the state's CARE court proposal. In other news, Mexican authorities announced the arrest of the man accused of ordering the murder of Tijuana photojournalist Margarito Martinez. Plus, millions of dollars of fruit crops are at risk in North San Diego County after discovering the invasive Mexican fruit fly.

    Student loan forgiveness

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2022 19:04


    President Biden announced a plan to forgive up to $10,000 for those with student loan debt. In other news, San Diego County's plan to meet state mandated emission reductions is in flux. Plus, a Ukrainian refugee in San Diego reflects on the country's Independence Day.

    Eating disorders in the military

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2022 15:29


    Some service members and health experts say the military isn't doing enough to prevent and treat eating disorders. In other news, ​​​​​​​the board that oversees San Diego law enforcement wants everyone who enters their facilities to get scanned for drugs. Plus, a local professor and author talks about the impact of a later school start time for kids.

    Help for Afghans

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2022 16:11


    Local advocates say the U.S. is not doing enough to help Afghan women under threat from the Taliban. In other news, officials broke ground Monday on a project to create a second border port of entry in Otay Mesa. Plus, San Diego State University starts the new semester off with its largest freshman class.

    Experts talk about Tijuana attacks

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2022 16:39


    Experts on Mexican cartels explain the reasons behind the recent Tijuana attacks. In other news, California is spending billions on mental health support for young people. Plus, San Diego's Independent Budget Analyst is out with new reports on the costs of four local measures on the November ballot.

    Investigating the former president

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2022 19:32


    Congressman Adam Schiff talks about his book on the Donald Trump impeachment trial and how congress and politics in America has changed in recent years. In other news, more on the accuracy of at-home COVID tests. Plus, a series of classic children's books is now finding new life on stage and in the wilderness of East County.

    Relaxing COVID precautions

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2022 18:37


    Local health expert reacts to CDC's COVID guidelines being relaxed. In other news, there will be new hiring incentives to recruit more sheriff's deputies. Plus, the homes of two San Diego legend's are on the market.

    Housing in city buildings

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 19:43


    San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria's proposal to build housing on top of new or renovated public facilities is far away from happening. In other news, the county board of supervisors unanimously approved an emergency measure aimed at decreasing overdose deaths in San Diego County jails. Plus, a shortage of Colorado River water is expected to hit some Southwestern states hard.

    Stalled project could've protected town

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2022 19:30


    A new investigation finds a stalled project could have protected a town from being nearly destroyed by the Caldor Fire. In other news, Tijuana residents are on edge after violence broke out over the weekend. Plus, as the new school year starts for some, many school board trustees are back at work on critical issues that caused conflict before.

    Our lifespan vs. our healthspan

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 15:47


    A study of accelerated aging shows a person's biological age may be different from what it says on their birth certificate. In other news, the number of people hospitalized after falling from the border wall is close to surpassing last year's record. Plus, Disney is raising prices at their theme parks to make up for pandemic losses.

    Part 2: Beagles in drug trials

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 16:38


    A look into the current state of science and regulations when it comes to using animals in research. In other news, San Diego County health officials held a monkeypox town hall yesterday, to discuss the virus with community members. Plus, some of the weekend arts events happening around San Diego.

    Beagles used in drug trials

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 15:22


    A San Diego company is facing backlash for using Beagles in drug trials. In other news, repairs continue in Tijuana after a major sewage rupture last week. Plus, a new safe parking lot is open for homeless people sleeping in their cars in East County.

    Remain in Mexico policy over

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 18:13


    The Department of Homeland Security suspended the Remain in Mexico policy. In other news, the Carlsbad Police Department is creating a Community-Police Engagement Commission. Activists see problems with the effort.. Plus, pickleball players in San Diego find themselves in quite the pickle over where they can play.

    U-Visa requests from immigrants

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 17:36


    U-Visa requests from immigrants are being denied at a high rate by the San Diego Police Department. In other news, local organizations hosted a healthcare fair for people experiencing homelessness. Plus, the deadline to apply for college loan forgiveness is approaching.

    Abortion access limited for servicewomen

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 16:12


    Women in the military are facing challenges accessing abortions. In other news, a new bill has been introduced to increase the number of Border Patrol agents. Plus, as students head back to school, there's a new statewide meal program offering free food for every student.

    San Diego's mayor talks housing

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 18:42


    San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria talks about the city's updated climate action plan and housing and homelessness in the city. In other news, border officials are pressing pause on construction at Friendship Park. Plus, monkeypox cases in San Diego County are on the rise.

    Goats work for SDG&E

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 13:40


    Goats are now working for SDG&E to help with brush mitigation. In other news, a local health expert talks about COVID and monkeypox vaccines in San Diego County. Plus, how the local economy will benefit from the Padres' newest addition.

    Addressing mental health crisis

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 20:08


    Millions of dollars are being allocated to help fight a mental health crisis in San Diego County. In other news, the young woman who reported being sexually assaulted by members of the SDSU football team speaks out. Plus, the San Diego City Council approves a revision of its climate action plan.

    Fitness trackers for troops

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 14:24


    The newest military branch, the Space Force, is skipping annual physical fitness assessments, and will instead provide troops with fitness trackers. In other news, San Diego County received a $6 million dollar grant to help people released from jail. Plus, high school football is back full scale for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

    New youth gang and drug program

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 16:16


    A new mentor program in San Diego County aims to help youth stay away from gangs and drugs. In other news, the compromise climate legislation is getting mixed reactions from local experts. Plus, San Diego has some new regulations for shared electric scooters and bikes.

    Monkeypox vaccines in San Diego

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 20:18


    How San Diego County health officials are distributing limited monkeypox vaccines. In other news, we take a look at San Diego's efforts to recycle food waste. Plus, San Diego will be getting nearly 69 million dollars in state budget funding.

    Monkeypox vaccine in short supply

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 18:47


    Appointments to receive the monkeypox vaccine at San Diego County's vaccine event booked up fast. In other news, a San Diego man who almost died from a heart attack has a reunion with his rescuers. Plus, advocates of Friendship Park meet with Border Patrol as they try to save the park from an extended closure.

    Hope for teens in justice system

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 19:01


    A juvenile transition center in Kearny Mesa helps incarcerated teens. In other news, Scripps researchers are among those with evidence bolstering the theory that the COVID virus jumped from animals to humans in a Wuhan, China market. Plus, San Diego will be the first city in the country to provide a child care center for police officers' families.

    Conversion therapy in Baja California

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 16:27


    The governor of Baja California vetoed a ban on conversion therapy earlier this year, and now the region's gay rights activists are fighting back. In San Diego County, wastewater shows that COVID cases are spiking. Plus, nearly 50,000 pounds of trash were left downtown after Comic-Con festivities ended.

    COVID-related hospitalizations increase

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2022 15:07


    COVID-related hospitalizations are rising, but far fewer people are in ICUs or on ventilators. Meanwhile, new overnight camping options are being considered at Silver Strand Beach in San Diego's South Bay region. Plus, San Diego scientists create a new video game that takes kids on a scientific journey inside their body's cells.

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