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.

• City Heights Life profiles Jasmine Nguyen and her optometry practice in City Heights. Nguyen, whose family emigrated from Vietnam in the 1970s, remembers being made fun of for her “thick glasses” while growing up. That helped spur decisions about her career. Despite one-time intentions to launch another office in a higher-income area, she’s now focused on staying in City Heights and helping refugees there. You can read the story in Spanish, too.

• Several thousand elementary school students in the Hoover High cluster were set to receive free vision exams, thanks to a joint effort between the City Heights Partnership for Children and the UCSD Shiley Eye Center, reports City Heights Life. More than 1,000 pairs of glasses will be given out for free, too.

You can read the story in Spanish, too.

• In the latest video from Media Arts Center in its teens-and-safety-series, students from Crawford High School share whether they feel secure in discussing violence.

• In this week’s Twitter news roundup: Police funding, a skating event, federal food policies and more.

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Dagny Salas is the web editor at Voice of San Diego. 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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