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Activists Hope To Spotlight Local Police And Community Relations

By Tarryn Mento After the fatal police shootings earlier this week of two African American men, Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota, law enforcement’s treatment of minorities is again dominating the national conversation. More violence followed when … Continue reading

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San Diego Improving Pedestrian Safety At Site Of Fatal Hit-And-Run

Traffic cones are lined along a protected bike lane and new sidewalk installed at 54th Street near Chollas Parkway, July 5, 2016. | Photo by Tarryn Mento By Tarryn Mento Orange traffic cones and neon netting near the busy intersection … Continue reading

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Bike Class Prepares Riders for Street Traffic

Video Credit: Brian Myers, Media Arts Center San Diego By Brian Myers A bicycle class in City Heights aims to build confident bike riders that commute on city streets. Cars and bikes share the same roads and the same traffic … Continue reading

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Sidewalk Near Dangerous City Heights Intersection Could See Upgrades This Summer

By Tarryn Mento A dangerous City Heights intersection where a young skateboarder was killed in a hit-and-run accident last fall could see safety upgrades this summer. Activists have lobbied city officials for a new sidewalk along 54th Street near Chollas … Continue reading

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New School Discipline Program Has Fans and Results, But Few Participating Schools

Hoover High, one of the few schools with a restorative justice program, reduced the amount of student suspensions from 321 in 2013-2014 to only 58 the next school year. | Photo Credit: Dustin Michelson, Voice of San Diego By Rachel Evans … Continue reading

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A Mother’s Plea for Safety Improvements On 54th Street

Video Credit: Brian Myers, Media Arts Center San Diego By Brian Myers Last October, Veronica Cortez’s son Jonathan was killed on 54th Street near Lea Street. He was skateboarding to his father’s house when he was struck by multiple drivers. … Continue reading

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Youth Reclaim Public Space From Gangs With Mural

By The AjA Project In partnership with the Karen Organization, The AjA Project ran a nine-month program with young Southeast Asian refugee women called Photographers for Change (P4C). During the program, 15 Karen participants, ages 13 to 18 years old,in … Continue reading

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San Diego Leaders, Nonprofits And Schools Meeting This Week On Restorative Justice

By Megan Burke and Tom Fudge San Diego County government agencies, non-profits and schools are coming together on Feb. 26 for a summit on restorative justice, an alternative to traditional law enforcement practices. “Everyone who gets handcuffed does not necessarily … Continue reading

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California Bill Would Restore Mental Health Funding in Elementary Schools

Cherokee Point Elementary School Principal Godwin Higa talks with a student. | Photo Credit: Jane Stevens By Megan Burks A San Francisco Bay Area lawmaker has introduced a state bill that would restore mental health care funding for young children … Continue reading

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Program to Keep Juveniles Out of Prison Could Expand

By Andrew Bowen The San Diego County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday is set to vote on expanding a restorative justice program to keep juvenile delinquents out of prison. The National Conflict Resolution Center has been operating a pilot program … Continue reading

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