How would candidates for the newest City Council seat work to develop trust between police and residents in City Heights?

Check out the latest installment in Speak City Heights’ new weekly series helping voters get to know the District 9 candidates. Businessman/activist Mateo Camarillo talked about different efforts he’s been a part of and called for stronger leadership. Current District 7 Councilwoman Marti Emerald discussed endeavors she supports to have police and residents work more closely together, including monthly curfew sweeps. Their answers are available in both English and Spanish.

For more on the District 9 race, check out Speak City Heights’ archive.

You’re reading our roundup of news from Speak City Heights, a collaboration between KPBS, The AjA Project, Media Arts Center San Diego and us.

Here are the rest of this week’s stories:

It’s taking police longer to respond to calls across all call categories for the first time in 10 years, we reported this week. Make sure to check out our nifty graphic.

• The number of Latinos older than 25 with bachelor’s degrees is growing but not as fast as other groups like African Americans or whites, reports KPBS.

• Getting a free and recently refurbished computer made a difference in the lives of City Heights resident Patricia Ocadiz and her kids — it meant her 16-year-old daughter didn’t have to arrange her life around her school’s computer lab anymore. You can read this City Heights Life piece about the program that provided the computer and a center in City Heights that offers other computer services in Spanish too.

• Johnny Sanvichith didn’t usually stray from around the apartment he grew up in City Heights; his mother had told him about “the dangers that lurked when the sun went down.” Now he works with students from Hoover High about how to involve the community in science, he writes in a City Heights Life piece.

• Mark Tran, a local organizer who works on involving kids in having a say about City Heights’ future, was tapped as one of this state’s 18 young adult representatives for the launch of pop star Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, reports KPBS.

For more on the launch, Speak City Heights rounded up coverage, tweets and videos using Storify.

• When Ryan Linstrom’s car died recently, local refugees (a mechanic and a refugee business owner at a taxi company) he knew through his work as marketing coordinator at the International Rescue Committee helped him out. The experience made him reflect in his blog, a post which Speak City Heights has reprinted: “The truth is, I help refugees who, in turn, help you and help me. It’s a cycle, because we all need each other sometime.”

• SAY San Diego is running a free program that offers marriage classes and talks on raising healthy kids for dads, as well as job services. You can read about it in this City Heights Life piece.

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Dagny Salas is the web editor at You can contact her directly at or 619.550.5669.

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Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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