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The pandemic has hit Native American communities especially hard -- not just with illness, but with a loss of elders, and traditions. Plus: San Diego Police tout a decrease in crime las year, vaccinated San Diego’s on the new CDC guidelines for what people with shots can do and more of the local news you need. Support the podcast by becoming a member today:
As eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations expands and case numbers drop, there's growing pressure on the state to allow families to visit nursing home residents. Meanwhile, the Army is asking soldiers and survivors for ideas on how to fix its broken sexual assault and harassment prevention program. Plus, San Diego leaders launch a new program to get communities involved in the effort to stop gun violence.
Local hospitals explain why they asked for waivers to expand nurses’ workloads during a COVID-19 surge. Meanwhile, San Diego's spike in hate crimes against Asian Americans mirrors a national trend. Plus, what can be done to close the wage gap in San Diego?
An inewsource-KPBS investigation found that hospitals in San Diego County and around the state received waivers around the holidays that allowed nurses to take on an extra load of patients. But many of those facilities failed to show that they exhausted all other alternatives before given the waivers. Meanwhile, there’s new information out about Tuesday’s deadly crash in Imperial County. Also, the latest on the status of this year’s Latino Film Festival.
Imperial County’s farm workers have long struggled with poor housing, low wages and barriers to health care. Major outbreaks of COVID-19 have sickened many in the community while at the same time worsening those living conditions--a story from our partners at inewsource. Plus, A new mission for a new San Diego Zoo. And, new efforts at the border for reuniting families.
Governor Gavin Newsom and State Legislatures have reached a deal on reopening California’s public schools. But some fear the return to in-person learning is coming too late for students who have fallen behind.. Meanwhile, Petco Park’s vaccination super station is scheduled to reopen on Wednesday - but many are worried that their rescheduled appointments for the second dose shot are coming long after the interval recommended by the CDC.
California is spending more than 200 million dollars to restore the Salton Sea. But will it be enough? And what will a restored Salton Sea mean for the Imperial County? Meanwhile, troubles over the weekend for the vaccination efforts in San Diego County. Plus, today PG&E’s rate hikes go into effect across northern and central California.
San Diego City Council President Jen Campbell is facing a swell of opposition from some of her constituents --- due mainly to her position on short-term rentals. But there are also deeper issues at play. Meanwhile, misinformation is spreading about California’s efforts to reform single family zoning laws near some of its biggest cities. Plus, as the county expands eligibility -- will there be enough vaccines?
The San Diego Unified School District has made some progress addressing inequities in education for Black students, but advocates say there’s a lot more that needs to be done. Meanwhile, local democratic representatives are pushing for more sick, family and medical leave for California’s workforce. Plus, playwright Douglas Turner Ward’s life and legacy are celebrated in a new production at Common Ground Theatre.
Slowly but surely, More people are getting vaccinated in San Diego county, despite delays in vaccine shipments.. . Meanwhile, San Diego Unified School District leaders announced a targeted date of April 12 to allow students at all grade levels to return to the classroom. Plus, a youth group is trying to get young black men hiking — and they're getting a huge response.
Gov. Newsom’s plans to reopen schools stalls again in the legislature, as lawmakers propose their own alternative plans. Meanwhile, wounded warrior battalions are discharging veterans for misconduct, even those who are suicidal or suffering from PTSD. Plus, some of Governor Newsom’s biggest campaign donors received no-bid contracts during the state’s pandemic response.
A degree too warm, or a room too bright, all problems that could render a vial of Covid-19 vaccine ineffective at a time when shipment delays and shortages plague the distribution system. Meanwhile, after a suicide death at a COVID-19 isolation hotel last year, San Diego County paid a private company millions of dollars to take over operations. Our partners at Inewsource check out the progress. Plus, student loan forgiveness is a hot political topic these days as the student debt crisis deepens.
County data show vaccination rates in places like Coronado, Del Mar and La Jolla are as high as 25%. Meanwhile, lower-income areas with high case rates have vaccination rates as low as 7%. And, trash from homeless encampments threatens to overwhelm county nature preserves so, in Oceanside, volunteers organize a clean-up. Plus, a full fact check of some questionable statements made at Former President Donald Trump’s latest impeachment trial.
Bad weather around the U.S. has caused delays for some COVID-19 shipments that were expected to arrive this week in San Diego County. Plus: Fernando Tatis Jr. will be a Padre for a very, very, very long time and more local news you need.
The co-founder of the San Diego chapter of the Black Panther Party, died last month at 72. Trunnell Price helped start the local chapter while a student at SDSU in the 1960s. Meanwhile, California’s vaccine rollout has not been equitable, according to early data. And, a new seed library is helping San Diegans plant native plants.
The Chula Vista City Council will vote today on millions of dollars in relief funding for residents impacted by the pandemic. Meanwhile, President Biden is facing increasing pressure at the border. Plus, an update on the female marines training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.
The Chula Vista City Council will vote today on millions of dollars in relief funding for residents impacted by the pandemic. Meanwhile, President Biden is facing increasing pressure at the border. Plus, an update on the female marines training as the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.
With updated school reopening guidance from the CDC, San Diego Unified officials signaled optimism for a partial return to campuses in the coming months Meanwhile, there’s new hope for the Salton Sea and... a conversation about reopening San Diego’s theme parks sometime soon.
Community clinics will be critical to getting vaccines to neighborhoods most affected by COVID-19. The Biden Administration says it will be sending vaccine shipments directly to community clinics starting next week. Plus, the local plan to reopen schools. Also, UC San Diego Craft Center is hosting Afrofuturism Dream Tank this weekend for Black History Month.
A new seniors-only vaccination site opens in San Marcos today. Meanwhile, San Diego county is working on opening the next vaccination super station at the Del mar Fairgrounds. Plus, a closer look at Esther Sanchez, the newly elected first-ever Latina mayor of Oceanside.
No clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccines were done on pregnant or breastfeeding women — so there’s a lack of data on how the vaccine will affect the health of babies and their mothers. But now studies are underway at UCSD and elsewhere to evaluate how the vaccine affects breast milk. Meanwhile, affordable housing advocates are warning that the sale of a massive portfolio of low-cost apartments in San Diego county could displace current residents. Plus, over the next five years, $5.7 billion dollars will be needed to fix the city’s infrastructure, according to a report by the San Diego City staff.
Medical professionals largely agree that pregnant women should be vaccinated because if they do contract COVID-19, they have a higher risk of serious illness. But there is little data on the effect of the vaccine on unborn babies and expectant mothers- so many are hesitating. Meanwhile, Governor Gavin Newsom visited a vaccination super station in San Diego on Monday. Plus, San Diego County is poised to declare a public health crisis over the sewage flow into the Tijuana river.
The U.S. Supreme Court hands a victory to a local church and lifts California’s ban on indoor religious services. Meanwhile, some schools in San Diego return to limited in-person learning. Plus, the Port of San Diego welcomes its first Latina to the Port’s Board of Commissioners.
The Navy has come out with its long-awaited report on racial bias. Meanwhile, Poway Unified School District is considering leasing 27 acres of undeveloped property to Costco but the move is getting push back. Plus, local airport workers are asking state officials to allow them to get the COVID-19 vaccine even though they are not currently eligible.
Specialists agree that Eli Chery-Davenport is hearing impaired. But the San Diego School district has thus far denied him the special education services his parents say he needs. Meanwhile, San Diego has a long history of extremism, so it is not surprising that some San Diegans were part of last month’s riot at the U.S. Capitol, Plus, San Diego Gas and Electric is partnering with Scripps Institution of Oceanography to study the impacts of climate change.
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Mar 2nd, 2017
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Mar 9th, 2021
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