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Morning Report: Officials Scrutinize Tows Affecting Homeless Residents

Getting towed can be devastating for people living in their vehicles, forcing a person or family onto the street whose car or RV was a makeshift home. A viral story about two moms and their sons whose makeshift homes were impounded earlier this month for vehicle registration violations and a city audit that emphasized how…

Morning Report: High Tech High Has Reached a Deadlock with Its Union

High Tech High has made a name for itself with its unique, project-based learning approach to education. And its influence has drawn teachers to the school from across the country. But two decades after its founding, teachers at its 16 locations unionized, complaining of low pay, arbitrary firings and a revolving door of teachers. The…

Morning Report: Racial Disparities in Covid Deaths Decreased, Class Still Factor

White San Diegans were much less likely to die with Covid-19 than their Black and Latino counterparts at the start of the pandemic. But that gap closed significantly during the second year, thanks in large part to targeted public health campaigns. An estimated 94 percent of South County residents are vaccinated today. Groups like San…

Morning Report: Half as Many San Diegans Died During Year Two of the Pandemic

The second year of the pandemic proved to be less violent than the first. The total number of Covid-19-related deaths were cut nearly in half.  Specialists in the field credit the widespread availability of vaccines. But as Jesse Marx and Will Huntsberry report after analyzing thousands of county records, the median age of death also…

Morning Report: A Historic North Park Building Languishes, Waiting for Renovation

The city of San Diego is trying yet again to renovate the historic Woolworth building in the heart of North Park.  The city added the University Avenue property last week to its list of “surplus land” after a development group walked away from the project complaining of costs. But the site’s facelift is still a…

Morning Report: There’s a New Developer on the Block

The North County Transit District is redeveloping some of its real estate properties into mobility hubs that officials say will change the future of public transit in North County. The public transportation agency is redeveloping its land at several of its transit stations into mixed-use developments. The idea is to include apartments with market-rate and…

Morning Report: Fentanyl Deaths Surge in San Diego’s Homeless Community

A fentanyl epidemic that’s hammering San Diego has been particularly devastating for the county’s homeless population. Data from the County Medical Examiner’s Office reveals more than 200 homeless San Diegans died of overdoses involving fentanyl last year and preliminary data for the first quarter of 2022 showed fentanyl deaths among unhoused residents were up 23…

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