San Diego News Fix
Get the story behind the story every weekday. Host Kristy Totten interviews Union-Tribune reporters about what matters in San Diego.
San Diego County's homeless count is up 10% since 2020
The first homeless count in two years has confirmed what is plain to see in San Diego County – homelessness is up. It’s up 10 percent countywide, 9 percent in the city of San Diego, 19 percent in National City and 31 percent in Oceanside.
What we learned at the UFO congressional hearing
This week, Congress held a hearing on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena for the first time in 50 years. A House subcommittee has been studying UAPs, or UFOs, as they're more commonly known.
SDG&E seeks to raise rates 5.6% for electricity, 18.1% for gas
In two years, San Diego Gas & Electric customers may see another increase in their monthly bills. SDG&E has filed its general rate case — essentially what the utility believes it will cost to maintain and upgrade the power system from 2024 through 2027.
Freeway the sea lion was caught exploring inland San Diego a third time
Freeway the sea lion is back at it again. Since late last year, the land-loving sea lion has made his way inland three times. Jeni Smith is the rescue supervisor at Sea World San Diego.
Gifted and talented education is shrinking in San Diego
Gifted and talented education, often known as GATE, is shrinking in San Diego. Some schools are dropping the programs by choice, but other schools say they don't have enough students who qualify. Kristen Taketa covers public education at the San Diego Union-Tribune.
The Backstory: Debate over public safety amid string of homicides at San Diego parks
Union-Tribune public safety reporter David Hernandez, public safety editor Dana Littlefield, political columnist Michael Smolens, managing editor Lora Cicalo, and editor and publisher Jeff Light discuss the ongoing debate over how the city of San Diego should handle public safety amid rising crime and a string of homicides at municipal parks. The San Diego Police Officers Association and Councilmember Monica Montgomery Steppe disagree over how the city should address the violence.
Meet Aida C. Castañeda, political consultant and champion for the South Bay
Aida comes from a long line of community builders and activists, and she, too, has followed the same path. As a political consultant, she's involved in banning flavored tobaccos statewide and locally, in repealing National City's ban on lowrider cruising, and so much more.
Shining light on missing and murdered Indigenous women
The Department of Justice has reported that Indigenous women in some counties are 10 times more likely to be victims of murder, sexual assault and disappearance.
A former CBP commissioner on Title 42, Ukranian refugees and border wall deaths
Alan Bersin is a former Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection who served under the Obama administration. Bersin was in San Diego Tuesday for a naturalization ceremony at Balboa Park, and joined The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board on Zoom to discuss immigration.
UC San Diego Park & Market opens downtown
UC San Diego Park & Market is now open. The four-story campus takes up a full city block in downtown San Diego, just steps from the blue trolley line, and it aims to be a hub for civic engagement, learning and collaboration.
It's time to vote. Here's how U-T election guides can help.
The election is June 7 and ballots will be delivered starting May 9th. The editorial board's 2022 primary election coverage includes Q&As with all candidates as well as in-person forums. You can find all our 2022 primary election guides at sandiegouniontribune.com/2022primaryguide.
May is Foster Care Awareness Month. Here's how to help your community.
May is National Foster Care Month, a time to recognize foster children and parents across the nation, and to bring awareness to the cause. Teresa Stivers is the CEO of Walden Family Services, a foster care, adoption, and youth services agency based in San Diego County.
Scooters are back, and so are new rules from the city of San Diego
After a two-year lull during the pandemic, scooters are back. With increasing ridership, the city is also proposing new rules for scooters and e-bikes. David Garrick covers the city of San Diego.
Carbon removal is important to fighting climate change. Here's what San Diego is doing.
A new United Nations report says removing carbon from the atmosphere is essential to combating climate change. But making a global air conditioning system won't be easy. Michael Smolens is a political columnist at the U-T.
Mexico says a cartel killed journalists in Tijuana. Tijuana journalists have doubts.
Two Mexican journalists were killed in Tijuana in January. Photographer Margarito Martinez was shot on Jan. 17 as he was leaving his home. Six days later, reporter Lourdes Maldonado was shot outside of her home. Now the Mexican government says it has solved the murders. But local journalists aren't convinced.
The Backstory: 72-hour multimedia project will explore mental health crisis in San Diego County
Union-Tribune topics editor Tarcy Connors, managing editor Lora Cicalo, and editor and publisher Jeff Light discuss an upcoming Union-Tribune multimedia project exploring the status of mental health in San Diego County.Mental health intersects with so many issues: homelessness, policing, criminal justice, the workplace, schooling and health care. A lot of people know on a basic level that we need to be doing more to assist those who are struggling with mental health, but to have that conversation, we all need to understand where our system is now.
Meet Roosevelt Williams III, CEO of Young Black & N Business
Roosevelt Williams III is the president and CEO of Black & N Business, a business networking group here in San Diego that seeks to elevate the "overlooked and underserved."
Happy San Diego Book Crawl to all who celebrate
Saturday is Indie Bookstore Day across the nation, and to celebrate, 11 local booksellers have organized the 2022 San Diego Book Crawl. The crawl begins on Saturday, April 30. Kris Nelson is the owner of Bluestocking Books in Hillcrest.
Patrick Henry High School reinstates some advanced courses
Patrick Henry High School has been quietly cutting honors courses. The principal said she did it to boost equity, but after backlash from students and parents, the school is partially reversing course.
San Diego home prices are up 29 percent. Are we in a bubble?
San Diego home prices are rising at a rate not seem since the housing boom of 2004. Prices rose 29.1 percent year over year in February. Union-Tribune real estate reporter Phillip Molnar has more.
City of San Diego bans flavored tobacco
The San Diego City Council voted 7-2 Monday to ban flavored tobacco within city limits. Locally, bans have been passed by Imperial Beach, Encinitas, Solana Beach and San Diego County.
The city of San Diego is considering 'ranked voting' elections
The city of San Diego is considering changing the way we choose elected officials. A proposed November ballot measure would change city elections to a system called "instant runoff" or "ranked choice" voting. David Garrick covers the city for the U-T.
The Backstory: U-T reporters take an in-depth look at the sale of Tailgate Park
Union-Tribune growth and development reporter Jennifer Van Grove, lead Watchdog reporter Jeff McDonald, managing editor Lora Cicalo, and editor and publisher Jeff Light discuss the sale of Tailgate Park by the City of San Diego to a development team led by the San Diego Padres. The decision by City Council members to sell the city-owned lot a block away from Petco Park for $35.1 million is provoking a debate over what kinds of developments San Diego should prioritize and how the city can best deploy public assets to confront persistent crises in housing and homelessness.
Meet Jeeyoon Kim, concert pianist, author, podcaster
Jeeyoon Kim is a San Diego-based concert pianist who is known for connecting with audiences with her emotional performance style. She's played renown stages such as Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Stradivari Society in Chicago. She has two albums, and is coming out with a third, called "Si-um," this weekend. The project combines piano, poetry and black and white photography.
At the San Diego Asian Film Fest's Spring Showcase, 'every movie is for everybody'
The San Diego Asian Film Festival's Spring Showcase is underway. The festival features 15 films across many genres, and it's taking place at Ultrastar Cinemas Mission Valley through April 18. Brian Hu is the artistic director at Pacific Arts Movement, which puts on the festival.
Chicano Park turns 52 — an anniversary with a special meaning
Chicano Park is celebrating its 52nd anniversary this year. The park is a National Historic Landmark and is home to the highest concentration of chicano murals in the world.
EarthFair returns to Balboa Park, now with solar cars and cannabis
After two years off due to the pandemic, EarthFair will return to Balboa Park on Sunday, April 24th. The 31st annual festival will feature exhibitors, food courts and beer gardens, a parade, live entertainment and more. Carolyn Chase is the founder of the fest.
San Diego County Fair games and rides will go on after claims of a rigged process
Rides and games will be at the San Diego County Fair this year after all. The status of the midway had been in jeopardy since April 5th when a judge issued an injunction blocking a contract that would have allowed a single company to run the midway.
San Diego Zoo is preparing for possible arrival of bird flu
As a highly contagious avian flu spreads across the country, officials at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park are taking steps to try to prevent any of the 3,700 birds in their care from getting infected.
The Backstory: Reporting on the police shooting that killed Yale-trained scientist
Union-Tribune public safety reporters Lyndsay Winkley and David Hernandez, public safety editor Dana Littlefield, managing editor Lora Cicalo, and editor and publisher Jeff Light discuss the fatal shooting of a Yale-educated scientist by law enforcement... after they were trying to serve her with an eviction notice at her home in Little Italy. Advocacy organizations are continuing to seek answers from this incident.
Meet John Highkin, co-founder of Fern Street Circus
John Highkin is the executive director of Fern Street Community Arts, which is best known for its namesake event, the Fern Street Circus. John founded the organization with his wife, Cindy Zimmerman 30 years ago out of Big Kitchen in South Park. Since then, it has grown into a dynamic nonprofit that offers free circus performances and education to San Diego communities.
San Diego is creating a Black arts and culture district
Much like Little Italy or the Convoy District, a Black Arts and Culture District in San Diego is in the works. Eight blocks on Imperial Avenue in Encanto would be designated to celebrate Black arts, food, music and more.
A new transportation plan promises a faster link to San Diego airport
Three years after laying out a plan to link public transit to the San Diego International Airport, regional planners are changing course with a new idea for a so-called people mover that would run above and below ground.
Study finds high number of ‘excess deaths’ in San Diego County jails
San Diego County jails have the highest number of inmate deaths among California’s largest systems, according to a new study commissioned by the civilian review board that oversees the Sheriff's Department. It also found that while Black and Latino people are more likely to be locked up locally, White men and women are more likely to die behind bars.
La Jolla Point will close for six months a year during pupping season
The California Coastal Commission apporved the city of San Diego’s request for a permit to close Point La Jolla to the public during sea lion pupping season. Reporter Ashley Mackin-Solomon has the details.
San Diego’s largest high school eliminated honors courses and parents are outraged
Patrick Henry Highschool in San Carlos has been quietly cutting advanced, honors and gifted education courses, and some parents are upset. Kristen Taketa is the Union-Tribune's education reporter.
The Backstory: Is there a double standard when covering conflicts around the world?
Union-Tribune director of photo and video Samuel Hodgson, deputy editorial and opinion editor Laura Castañeda, managing editor Lora Cicalo and editor and publisher Jeff Light talk about the photos of atrocities in Ukraine. The panel also discusses why some conflicts around the world receive more media coverage than others.
Meet Carmela Prudencio, artist, activist and curator
Carmela Prudencio is one of those people with a lot of talents and a passion for giving back to the community. She's an artist, activist, an arts curator, as well as a marketing director for Pacific Arts Movement, which puts on the San Diego Asian Film Festival. In this interview, Carmela discusses San Diego's art scene and AAPI community, what to expect from the Asian Film Fest's Spring Showcase, which starts later this month, as well as what she's watching on TikTok.
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego's La Jolla flagship reopens
After a serious and seriously stunning renovation, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego's flagship location in La Jolla is now open. Karla Centeno is the director of education and engagement with the museum.
San Diego now has a board to keep an eye on surveillance tech
Who is watching San Diego? A new privacy advisory board at the city of San Diego will weigh in on all future surveillance decisions, making sure they're legal, equitable and transparent.