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Heriberto Gerardo Gutierrez, dueño de la Tortilleria El Grano de Oro

Empresarios en National City batallan para mantener negocios durante la pandemia de COVID-19 (con podcast)

Negocios pequeños en la avenida Highland enfrentan dificultades con altos casos de COVID-19 y alto desempleo
National City, la segunda ciudad más antigua en el condado de San Diego, ha sido impactada desproporcionadamente por altos casos de COVID-19 y por la oleada de desempleo que sigue subiendo.
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Erwin Mejia, dueño de La Rumba Barbershop

Barbero continúa su negocio solo

La Rumba fue obligada a cerrar dos veces durante las restricciones de COVID-19
Susana Serrano, Multimedia Journalist July 9, 2021
Dentro de la barbería se escuchaba música bachata y las paredes estaban decoradas con los cortes más populares.
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Matt Wray, dueño de Dream Crystals y del Angel Petals

Empresario en National City balancea dos negocios diferentes durante la pandemia

El dueño de una florería y una tienda de regalos artesanales recurre a la creatividad para mantener a sus clientes
Gabriel Schneider, Multimedia Journalist July 9, 2021
Matt Wray, dueño de ambos negocios, se enfrentó con distintas dificultades para cada negocio debido a las restricciones de la pandemia COVID-19.
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Los periodistas-estudiantiles Gabriel Schneider y Susana Serrano entrevistan a Ana Rozo

El Proyecto Highland Avenue

El proyecto multimedio toma una profunda vista al impacto que ha tenido la pandemia en los negocios pequeñas familiares en National City
La pandemia del Coronavirus ha pegado más fuerte a comunidades desatendidas por todo Estados Unidos y empresarios latinos tuvieron que adaptarse a los nuevos retos para mantener sus negocios abiertos.
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Heriberto Gerardo Gutierrez

National City entrepreneurs struggle to keep business afloat during COVID-19 pandemic (with podcast)

A combination of high COVID-19 cases, surging unemployment hinders Highland Avenue’s smallest businesses
The second oldest city in San Diego County has been hit disproportionately hard by a distressing combination of soaring COVID-19 infection rates and surging unemployment throughout the pandemic.
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Erwin Mejia, owner of La Rumba Barbershop

Barbershop owner continues his business on his own

La Rumba was forced to shut down two separate times due to COVID-19 restrictions
Susana Serrano, Multimedia Journalist June 23, 2021
Inside the barbershop, bachata music was blasting and the blue walls were decorated with Dominican Republic memorabilia and posters with the most popular fades, tapers and buzz cuts.
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Rodeo's Meat Market and Catering

National City market uses social media, delivery services to survive the pandemic

Family business improvises to keep its catering income coming in
Katia Pechenkina, Multimedia Journalist June 23, 2021
Rodeo’s Meat Market and Catering stands out on Highland Avenue between an empty parking lot and a smog center. The business originally focused specifically on catering tacos and other Mexican cuisine.
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Tortilleria El Grano de Oro

Tortilleria struggles to keep up with declining sales during COVID-19 pandemic

Owner of El Grano de Oro tried to apply for government grants but was unsuccessful
Susana Serrano, Multimedia Journalist June 23, 2021
The smell of freshly made corn tortillas was in the air of Tortilleria El Grano de Oro, a family-owned business on Seventh Street and Highland Avenue that has been open for 33 years.
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Dream Crystal Gifts

National City entrepreneur balances two different businesses during the pandemic

The owner of a flower shop and novelty gift store gets creative to keep customers coming back
Gabriel Schneider, Multimedia Journalist June 23, 2021
In a corner lot on Highland Avenue and E 16th Street sits a circular-shaped flower store called Angel Petals, which shares a parking lot with Dream Crystals Gifts that sells many eclectic merchandise.
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Gabriel Schneider and Susana Serrano interview Family Decals' Ana Rozo

About The Highland Avenue Project

The multimedia project takes in-depth look at pandemic’s impact on National City’s family-owned small businesses
The coronavirus pandemic hit underserved communities in the United States the hardest and Latinx entrepreneurs had to adapt to new challenges to keep their businesses open. 
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News Radio Midday

PODCAST: City Times Sound team reflects on remote production

Student leaders in the program discuss the difficulty of being online
Assad Khalilzadeh, Program Director June 8, 2021
With San Diego City College still closed for in-person classes, the first news radio class since the start of the pandemic recently wrapped up remote production at the end of the spring 2020 semester.
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City College Food Drive

VIDEO: 5 #CityCookingChallenge recipes you can make in your kitchen this summer

The video series combats food insecurities by cooking delicious food drive meals, one bag at a time
Jesus Lopez, Multimedia Journalist May 31, 2021
Food insecurity is not an easy topic to bring up at the dinner table, even though one in three people in San Diego County is food-insecure.
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