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The current shortage of teachers and school staff has now found its way to the great outdoors — and the largest outdoor ...
05/13/2022
San Diego County Outdoor School hiring staff to help students

The current shortage of teachers and school staff has now found its way to the great outdoors — and the largest outdoor school in California run by San Diego County’s Office of Education.

The San Diego County Office of Education will be holding a job fair on May 20 to staff the Cuyamaca Outdoor School.

Environmentalists oppose the plant and say it will damage marine life and is vulnerable to flooding from sea-level rise.
05/13/2022
Amid drought, California desalination project at crossroads

Environmentalists oppose the plant and say it will damage marine life and is vulnerable to flooding from sea-level rise.

Environmentalists oppose the plant and say it will damage marine life and is vulnerable to flooding from sea level rise.

San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria says he’s proposing the largest infrastructure investment in city history. More than $800 mi...
05/13/2022
San Diego mayor proposes large, diverse infrastructure investment for 2023 budget

San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria says he’s proposing the largest infrastructure investment in city history. More than $800 million for a wide range of improvements. On Thursday, he and other San Diego leaders gathered at Mountain View Park to outline his plan.

San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria says he’s proposing the largest infrastructure investment in city history, with more than $800 million budgeted for a wide range of improvements.

It has been long theorized about, but not seen. Now, we have an image of a supermassive black hole.
05/13/2022
This is the first image of the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way

It has been long theorized about, but not seen. Now, we have an image of a supermassive black hole.

"We finally have the first look at our Milky Way black hole, Sagittarius A*," an international team of astrophysicists and researchers from the Event Horizon Telescope team said.

For years, dealing with people who are experiencing a mental health crisis has fallen to law enforcement officers.  It’s...
05/13/2022
All San Diego County law enforcement now able to refer to Mobile Crisis Response Teams

For years, dealing with people who are experiencing a mental health crisis has fallen to law enforcement officers. It’s a job they didn’t sign up for — and one that most of them aren’t trained to do. But that’s no longer the case in San Diego County.

There are 16 Mobile Crisis Response Teams working different shifts daily all across San Diego County and it is now a 24/7 initiative as of April of this year.

The number of people experiencing homelessness in downtown San Diego and the surrounding area doubled last year. A San D...
05/13/2022
San Diegans experiencing homelessness create maps to define their homes

The number of people experiencing homelessness in downtown San Diego and the surrounding area doubled last year. A San Diego State University professor and his students are now asking people living in the streets what they actually need.

SDSU student researchers work with people experiencing homelessness to reimagine downtown's geography and identify how services can better meet people's needs.

Starting Jan. 1, that limit will increase to $350,000 for people who were injured and $500,000 for the families of peopl...
05/12/2022
California lawmakers raise awards for malpractice lawsuits

Starting Jan. 1, that limit will increase to $350,000 for people who were injured and $500,000 for the families of people who died. The limits will increase gradually over the next decade until they reach $750,000 for injured patients and $1 million for the relatives of deceased patients.

Starting Jan. 1, that limit will increase to $350,000 for people who were injured and $500,000 for the families of people who died, and the limit will gradually increase over the next decade.

President Biden marked the approaching milestone of 1 million U.S. deaths in the coronavirus pandemic."One million empty...
05/12/2022
Biden urges world to renew COVID fight as US nears 1M deaths

President Biden marked the approaching milestone of 1 million U.S. deaths in the coronavirus pandemic.

"One million empty chairs around the dinner table. Each an irreplaceable loss," he said.

Johns Hopkins University says the virus has killed more than 999,000 people in the U.S.

Jerome Powell was confirmed to a second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve, a powerful post from which he'll lead t...
05/12/2022
Fed Chair Jerome Powell is confirmed for a 2nd term. Inflation will be his focus

Jerome Powell was confirmed to a second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve, a powerful post from which he'll lead the central bank's challenging campaign to bring down inflation.

Jerome Powell was confirmed to a second term as Federal Reserve chairman. The Senate vote comes as the central bank faces intense pressure to bring down inflation.

In North Park, Jake Hueras has an apartment that costs $2,100 a month. It’s a one bedroom, one bath, and 650 square-foot...
05/12/2022
Stratospheric home prices leave San Diegans looking at their options

In North Park, Jake Hueras has an apartment that costs $2,100 a month. It’s a one bedroom, one bath, and 650 square-foot place that he shares with his girlfriend. He’s boosted the debt on his credit card and he’s canceled his health insurance to help make ends meet. He was forced out of another apartment in Normal Heights and his new place is smaller and more expensive.

“About a hundred dollars more,” Hueras said. “We lost a bedroom and a bathroom. A hundred square feet. But it was the only place that had the criteria we needed.”

San Diego’s perennial housing crunch gets a lot worse, as the median single family home price reaches $1 million.

#BREAKING: House investigators said Thursday that they have issued subpoenas to House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy a...
05/12/2022
Jan. 6 panel subpoenas Kevin McCarthy, four other GOP lawmakers

#BREAKING: House investigators said Thursday that they have issued subpoenas to House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy and four other GOP lawmakers as part of their probe into the violent Jan. 6 insurrection, an extraordinary step that has little precedent and is certain to further inflame partisan tensions over the 2021 attack.

This extraordinary step has little precedent and is certain to further inflame partisan tensions over the 2021 attack.

The year-to-year rise in overdose deaths was much higher from 2019 to 2020, jumping by a historic 30%. While the rise in...
05/12/2022
Overdose deaths continued to rise in 2021, reaching historic highs

The year-to-year rise in overdose deaths was much higher from 2019 to 2020, jumping by a historic 30%. While the rise in deaths slowed down in 2021, the total number of deaths is still the highest annual overdose deaths ever recorded in the U.S.

New numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that synthetic opioid use is driving the overdose crisis in the U.S.

Prices all over the U.S. have been rising astronomically. Boise, Phoenix, Austin and Miami have been particularly hot. B...
05/12/2022
Home prices could fall in some U.S. cities. Here's where and why

Prices all over the U.S. have been rising astronomically. Boise, Phoenix, Austin and Miami have been particularly hot. But prices are up sharply pretty much everywhere. Moody's home price index shows a 32% rise in prices nationally over the past two years. The National Association of Realtors reports an even bigger increase of 39%.

During the past two years, home prices nationally have soared more than 30%. Rising mortgage rates make affording a home even harder. That has many people wondering if we're in another housing bubble.

A jury convicted former certified nursing assistant Matthew Fluckiger in March of sexually assaulting a woman at La Mesa...
05/12/2022
Former nursing home caregiver pleads guilty to multiple sexual assaults

A jury convicted former certified nursing assistant Matthew Fluckiger in March of sexually assaulting a woman at La Mesa’s Parkway Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation in January 2020.

But jurors hung on counts involving two other women. One lived at the Avocado Post Acute nursing home and the other at San Diego Post-Acute Center, both in El Cajon. Eleven jurors voted to convict Fluckiger, one to acquit.

For years, Matthew Fluckiger job-hopped among nursing facilities in eastern San Diego County, assaulting women at each stop, before finally being arrested in 2020.

In October, Baja California legalized abortion — up to 12 weeks of pregnancy and longer in cases or rape or when a perso...
05/12/2022
With Roe v. Wade on the brink, Tijuana abortion clinics ready for more patients

In October, Baja California legalized abortion — up to 12 weeks of pregnancy and longer in cases or rape or when a person's life is in danger.

“I think Tijuana can be the capital of abortion for people who come from the United States and have a procedure in a discreet and convenient manner,” said Luisa Garcia, director of Profem, a company that has four clinics in Mexico.

Americans have long traveled to the border city for root canals, plastic surgery and even liposuctions at a fraction of the price that they pay at home. Abortion services will likely be added to that list.

San Diego Opera had "Aging Magician" on its schedule in March of 2020, but had to cancel the production because of COVID...
05/12/2022
San Diego Opera stages West Coast premiere of 'Aging Magician'

San Diego Opera had "Aging Magician" on its schedule in March of 2020, but had to cancel the production because of COVID-19. Now it presents the West Coast premiere of this hybrid opera-theatre piece that combines singing, choral work, puppetry, and performance art.

Hybrid opera-theater show is part of dētour Series at Balboa Theatre.

JUST IN: A federal appeals court ruled that California's ban on the sale of semiautomatic weapons to adults under age 21...
05/11/2022
Court: California's under-21 gun sales ban unconstitutional

JUST IN: A federal appeals court ruled that California's ban on the sale of semiautomatic weapons to adults under age 21 is unconstitutional. In a 2-1 ruling, the court says a San Diego judge should have blocked what it called "an almost total ban on semiautomatic centerfire rifles” for young adults.

In a 2-1 ruling, the court says a San Diego judge should have blocked what it called "an almost total ban on semiautomatic centerfire rifles” for young adults.

An overturn of Roe v. Wade could open the door to restrictions on other types of reproductive health care, medical and l...
05/11/2022
What would overturning Roe mean for birth control?

An overturn of Roe v. Wade could open the door to restrictions on other types of reproductive health care, medical and legal experts say — like birth control, Plan B, trans-affirming care and in vitro.

Overturning Roe v. Wade could threaten birth control and other care, experts say.

The namesake son of late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos appeared to have been elected Philippine president by a la...
05/11/2022
The son of late dictator Marcos has won the Philippines' presidential election

The namesake son of late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos appeared to have been elected Philippine president by a landslide in an astonishing reversal of the 1986 "People Power" pro-democracy revolt that ousted his father.

It has divided people in the U.S. as much as in the Philippines, including San Diego, which boasts the fifth-largest Filipino population in the nation.

A report from the Labor Department Wednesday shows consumer prices in April were 8.3% higher than a year earlier. That's...
05/11/2022
Inflation may be easing — but low-income people are still paying the steepest prices

A report from the Labor Department Wednesday shows consumer prices in April were 8.3% higher than a year earlier. That's a modest decrease from the March inflation rate of 8.5%, thanks in part to a short-lived drop in gasoline prices last month.

The annual inflation rate eased somewhat in April, but not enough to meaningfully reduce the burden on lower-income Americans.

#ICYMI: David Majchrzak, president of the San Diego County Bar Association joined KPBS Midday Edition to talk about why ...
05/11/2022
San Diego County Bar Association evaluates judges on June primary ballot

#ICYMI: David Majchrzak, president of the San Diego County Bar Association joined KPBS Midday Edition to talk about why the bar association offers judicial evaluations as guidance for voters.

The San Diego County Bar Association published its evaluations for seven candidates running for three San Diego Superior Court judicial seats.

The property is bordered by West Ash to the north, West A to the south, State Street to the west and Front Street to the...
05/11/2022
Downtown San Diego blocks to be redeveloped for affordable housing, retail

The property is bordered by West Ash to the north, West A to the south, State Street to the west and Front Street to the east, and contains an excess state office building, 1350 Front Street, which is expected to be demolished.

The state Tuesday awarded two blocks of Downtown San Diego to the Michaels Organization to develop into affordable housing.

#UPDATE: Democrats in the U.S. Senate have failed to advance a bill that would guarantee access to abortion across the c...
05/11/2022
A bill to codify abortion protections fails in the Senate

#UPDATE: Democrats in the U.S. Senate have failed to advance a bill that would guarantee access to abortion across the country.

West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin joined all Senate Republicans in opposing the legislation.

Senators voted on the Women's Health Protection Act on Wednesday, but, as expected, it did not reach the 60 vote threshold to pass. It failed 49-51.

#ICYMI on KPBS Midday Edition: The suit accused the county of excessive force, negligence and wrongful death after Lucky...
05/11/2022
San Diego County seeks to overturn $85M verdict or have retrial in Lucky Phounsy case

#ICYMI on KPBS Midday Edition: The suit accused the county of excessive force, negligence and wrongful death after Lucky Phounsy called 911 in 2015, saying that someone was going to harm him, his wife and their two young children.

Gregory Moran, who covers criminal justice and legal affairs for The San Diego Union-Tribune, joined Midday Edition to talk about the trial, the next steps in the case and what this means for law enforcement accountability.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reporter Greg Moran joined Midday Edition to talk about details of the case — and what is next.

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Reggie Brown, who is from Spring Valley, was invited to share his work with second and third graders at Johnson Elementary in El Cajon. Their teacher, Sara Holbert, said she is committed to honoring and celebrating the diversity of her students. "Even if a student isn’t a person of color, I want them to know we need to have diverse voices and they should be listening to and hearing from all kinds of people,” said Holbert. KPBS
Hey Star Fans! Check out this article from KPBS about how we’re making a difference by assisting in the collection of the 1 million signatures needed for a 2022 ballot measure that would provide between $800 million - $1 billion in funding for ARTS & MUSIC education in public schools each year! Signature collection is gaining momentum now, and we are hosting a signing opportunity for patrons during our show run of THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (closing weekend February 18-20)! Supporters of the measure believe that arts education aids in closing the achievement gap, promotes creativity, critical thinking and collaboration along with increasing overall school attendance rates! READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE, and WATCH a great video about the measure and what The Star Theatre Company is doing to help! ****Thank you KPBS and M.G. Perez for this fabulous opportunity!**** • • MainStreet Oceanside Visit Oceanside San Diego Theatre Connection Around The Town City of Oceanside - Government Macaroni Kid San Marcos- Vista, CA KOCT - North County's Channel Oceanside Sunset Market Street Fair City of Oceanside Economic Development California Welcome Center of Oceanside Oceanside Chamber of Commerce https://www.kpbs.org/news/local/2022/02/15/north-county-theater-leads-signature-collection-effort-for-arts-and-music-education
Get to know one of the Directors of The Roots Of Lacrose. Shelby Tsioweri:iohsta Adams is a director from the Akwesasne Mohawk Indian Reservation and co-owner of Dreamcatcher Studio, a production studio that offers a variety of services for native productions, in theatre, commercial, and film production. She has studied directing, acting, and performing arts throughout Canada. A Documentary of San Diego Film Week for KPBS . #SDFWonKPBS #KPBS #SDFWDocs
Wildlife encounters at Living Coast Discovery Center, art-influenced play at The New Children's Museum, boogie boards at California Surf Museum, and marvelous collections at JA Cooley Museum are just a few of the topics covered in this KPBS podcast hosted by Anica Colbert as she talks with reporter and anchor John Carroll on the topic of San Diego Museum Month. See more, including a visit to Maritime Museum of San Diego, in Carroll's full two-part video series at (Part 1) www.kpbs.org/news/local/2022/02/02/over-45-san-diego-county-museums-discount-tickets-during-museum-month and (Part 2) www.kpbs.org/news/local/2022/02/03/an-inside-look-at-the-new-childrens-museum-during-museum-month-2022
This past week, hundreds of people were evicted from a makeshift migrant camp in Tijuana. Speaking of the clearing of El Chapparal, AFSC's Gina Garibo said, “evicting the migrants only hides their plight away from the public eye." Read more from KPBS: https://bit.ly/3sWgT2j The mass expulsion of people seeking asylum is permitted under #Title42, a Trump-era policy continued by the Biden admin that allows officials to turn away migrants rather than giving them due process. Take action today, and tell the Biden administration to #EndTitle42! https://bit.ly/3sCmDxZ
The San Diego History Center's Shelby Gordon joined KPBS Midday Edition to discuss "Celebrate San Diego: Black History & Heritage," a multi-layered exhibition with life in the physical, the digital, as well as the museum's permanent collection to be shared and studied for generations to come. Click to hear more.
Many thanks to KPBS, KIPP Adelante, Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, and MG Perez for this fantastic news clip. Proof positive that it takes a village! We are better together. #communitycollaboration https://www.kpbs.org/news/local/2022/02/02/academics-and-squash-give-charter-students-a-new-choice-for-college #communitymatters #squashplayer #squashtraining #squashlife #Access #AYAsquash #AccessYouthAcademy #equalopportunity #commitment #communitybasedorganization #empoweringyouth #motivation #studentsuccess #successstories #changemakers #sandiego #helpingcommunitiesthrive #smallactsofkindness #bethechange
On location! KPBS reporter/anchor John Carroll and video journalist Carlos Castillo put the spotlight on San Diego Museum Month featuring SDMC Executive Director Bob Lehman and Maritime Museum of San Diego CEO and President Dr. Ray Ashley. Watch it at www.kpbs.org/news/local/2022/02/02/over-45-san-diego-county-museums-discount-tickets-during-museum-month. Save 50% off admission at more than 45 museums during February. Get your FREE Museum Month pass at any San Diego County Macy'sor at 80+ public libraries. Explore the fun with our NEW Museum Month Neighborhood Guides at sandiegomuseumcouncil.org/neighborhood-guides-to-museum-month-2022/. #MuseumFun #SDMuseumMonth
The City of San Diego led a cleanup operation of homeless encampments along Sports Arena Blvd. with help from our Take Back the Streets Program. You can find the full article published by KPBS in the link below, https://www.kpbs.org/news/local/2022/01/31/city-led-cleanup-operation-of-homeless-encampment-in-midway-begins Photos by Matthew Bowler • • • #ALPHAPROJECT #NonProfit #TakeBackTheStreets #TBS #ServingSanDiego #CityofSanDiego #SanDiego #SD #homelessness #HomelessResources #photography #homelessencampments
"Dear Time" is a homemade documental short-film created by João Conde. It's a 3 minute reflection about time, memories and the reality the world is facing right now: Social distancing. The main purpose of the film was to be a birthday present for João's little sister, Gabriela, who turned 13 during the pandemic. Watch the film as part of the Pulling the Heartstrings Block on Film Con TV https://video.kpbs.org/video/pulling-the-heartstrings-quarantine-film-challenge-7blg5y/ #QuarantineFC #SDFWonKPBS #KPBS #QFConKPBS KPBS
Thank you KPBS & Beth Accomando for the great radio piece on our upcoming 2022 Sundance Film Festival screenings here in San Diego! We're excited to host these in-person screenings in conjunction to the "soft-launch" of our new downtown Digital Gym Cinema (Jan 28-30)! VIP passes on sale now. Individual tickets go on sale 1/13. Listen/read article here - https://www.kpbs.org/news/midday-edition/2022/01/04/digital-gym-cinema-re-opens-with-special-sundance-programming