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Birrias, Chivos & Cheves

Restaurant owner taps his network for help to survive pandemic

Owner of Birrias, Chivos & Cheves struggled to keep the doors open
Susana Serrano, Multimedia Journalist June 23, 2021
In a small shopping center where Highland Avenue connects with 24th street in National City, a Mexican restaurant called Birrias, Chivos & Cheves stands between a pizzeria and a nail salon.
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Ana Rozo, the owner of Family Decals

Family-owned advertising and marketing business finds ways to survive during the pandemic

Family Decals in National City transitioned to its garage to continue filling customer orders
Gabriel Schneider, Multimedia Journalist June 23, 2021
Family Decals is located in National City inside a Price Breakers outlet located where Highland Avenue and Plaza Boulevard meet.
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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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HIGHLAND AVENUE

GALLERY: A tour of Highland Avenue’s small businesses

The street is home to small, locally-owned restaurants, barbershops and markets
Vicky Pineda, Multimedia Journalist June 23, 2021
Highland Avenue was once known for lowrider car cruising. Now it is National City’s downtown, a strip where small businesses reside.
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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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Bethany McKee

City College alumna uses skills to tell stories during the pandemic

Shooting and editing video helped Bethany McKee to explore new projects
Kathy Archibald, Contributor June 11, 2021
McKee uncovered skills during her time at City College in 2018 that have come in especially handy during the pandemic and a cross-country move.
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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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At Joshua Tree National Park, Spencer Fields held his own art installation during Thanksgiving weekend in 2020, using balloons that are spray painted and fishing wire to make it seem that the balloons are floating. Fields photo

MAGAZINE: City College artists navigate the pandemic

City College artists continue to create during the pandemic
Rachel de la Torre, Multimedia Journalist June 4, 2021
Due to COVID-19, artists all over the world have had to navigate creating, showing and selling their art to the public in new ways. San Diego City College is home to incredible artists of all kinds -- performers, painters, ceramicists, sculptors, multimedia artists and everything in between.
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Actors from How We Talk About Racism

MAGAZINE: 6th Annual Festival of New Plays goes digital

The 6th Annual Festival of New Plays was recorded by City Times Media for online streaming
Marlena Harvey, Managing Editor June 3, 2021
Students and staff of San Diego City College spent weeks putting together eight plays, five of which were recorded by the City Times Media Team in the on-campus TV studio production.
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PODCAST: Looking back at the best of Sex and Sexuality podcast

PODCAST: Looking back at the best of Sex and Sexuality podcast

The seven-episode podcast is available online
Vicky Pineda, CTM Operations Manager June 3, 2021
Marlena Harvey, Managing Editor of the City Times has been speaking with counseling interns at San Diego City College, Tristan Hartley and Laurel Marks. 
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Kiyara Long, Women’s Tennis

City College scholar-athletes score in the classroom

75 student-athletes had a 3.0 or better GPA in the fall
Vicky Pineda, Operations Manager June 2, 2021
Despite more than a year with COVID-19 and San Diego City College being closed, student-athletes excelled in their classrooms. 
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