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San Diego City College President Ricky Shabazz called December’s Fall Fest a trial run for events to come in the spring semester, but a spike in COVID-19 cases due to the omicron variant has delayed the return to on-site activities. Photo by Jakob McWhinney/City Times Media

Amid omicron surge, SDCCD officials announce delayed return to in-person instruction

Students can expect a phased-in return to campus beginning Feb. 22, with a full return by March 7
Jakob McWhinney January 19, 2022
Twelve days before the start of the spring 2022 semester, San Diego Community College District officials updated their already delayed return to full on-campus instruction due to a spike in regional COVID-19 infection numbers.
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Two men stand with a sign at a protest at the headquarters of the San Diego Unified School District headquarters

PODCAST: An infectious disease expert responds to vaccine hesitancy

Despite the heavy toll a year-and-a-half of pandemic has taken on us, some individuals still choose not to get vaccinated
Jakob McWhinney, Multimedia Journalist December 13, 2021
In this episode a caller who doesn’t quite buy the COVID-19 pandemic as a whole, and is hesitant about getting vaccinated left a voicemail. Host Jakob McWhinney took the caller's concerns to infectious disease and public health expert Dr. Sayone Thihalolipavan.
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A Dia de los Muertos style altar

Remembering San Diego venues lost during COVID-19 pandemic

Live music venues like San Diego Content Partners, Bar Pink and Kava Lounge shut their doors permanently due to the financial stress of temporary closure
Jakob McWhinney, Multimedia Journalist December 6, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic affected us all, but small businesses were hit especially hard -- perhaps none more than live music venues. As San Diego gradually reopens following a year-and-a-half of restrictions related to the pandemic, here are some of the venues that didn’t make it through. 
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Matt Lamkin was the frontman for the The Soft Pack, one of a flurry of buzzy San Diego bands to emerge in the late aughts, pictured here performing at the now-defunct Bar Pink circa 2008. From left to right Matt Lamkin on the mic, Matty McLoughlin on guitar, Dave Lantzman on bass, and Brian Hill on drums.  Photo by Chad Kelco

Former frontman of The Soft Pack gets weird on his new pandemic-tinged release

"Dirty Job" is an infectious mix of weirdo pop and pandemic-era anxieties
Jakob McWhinney November 30, 2021
As Matt Lamkin thinks about his new album “Dirty Job,” the former frontman for The Soft Pack finds humor in the fact that it may be his weirdest. At times infectious, and at others perplexing, “Dirty Job” channels all of the wild, uncertain nature of pandemic life. 
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A poster for The Listening Machine

PODCAST: Isolation of pandemic life, struggles of an essential worker shared with The Listening Machine

A year and a half of quarantine has changed the way we interact, but for many essential workers there’s been too little change
Jakob McWhinney, Multimedia Journalist November 29, 2021
This first season of the show, produced by Jakob McWhinney, asked San Diegans to talk about their experiences living through the COVID-19 pandemic.  
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Subirs Maya Ramirez and Alexa Gonzalez

Subir Dreamer Resource Center reopens to in-person visits

The center is seeking to regain student engagement while returning from the pandemic
Aldo Ramirez, Multimedia Journalist November 12, 2021
The Subir Dreamer Resource Center hopes to draw students back and regain their engagement now that it offers in-person visits for the first time since the pandemic shutdown in 2020.
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Tulengua, Kelsey Bair photo

CTM debuts monthly local San Diego music playlist

The first installment features songs from disco-punk mainstays Glass Spells, bedroom pop masters Shindigs, and psych tinged hip-hop of 10-19 & The Numbermen and more
Jakob McWhinney and Skylar Eppler November 9, 2021
In an effort to shine some light on San Diego’s incredible musical offerings, we at City Times Media decided to create a monthly playlist that highlights local musicians.
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Actors perform the Twelfth Night on set

REVIEW: A Southern California version of Twelfth Night debuts

City’s modern take on Shakespeare now playing at the Saville Theater
Marlena Harvey, Editor In Chief November 2, 2021
Originally written in 1601, this modern take of a classic dramatic work by William Shakespeare was executed well by the students of City’s drama program. 
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The Listening Machine

PODCAST: CT Sound debuts first podcast of the fall semester (with video)

The Listening Machine is a call-in show of sorts asking San Diegans questions about the big issues they face every day
Jakob McWhinney, Podcast Director October 4, 2021
The fall season of CT Sound opens with the debut episode of The Listening Machine podcast.
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SDCCD Board of Trustees Meeting, Sept. 9

Staff expresses relief, further frustration at SDCCD Board of Trustees meeting

The return-to-campus timeline has been delayed, but some student services staff want same choices as instructional staff
Jakob McWhinney, Multimedia Journalist September 15, 2021
Public comments from student staff at the San Diego Community College District Board of Trustees meeting on Sept. 9 expressed gratitude for the district’s decision to delay their return-to-campus timeline, but also requested more be done.
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Polling Location at County Registrar of Voters

San Diego officials announce record voter registration for recall

Registrar anticipates between 200,000-250,000 mail-in ballots could be submitted on Sept. 14 alone
Jakob McWhinney and Philip Salata September 14, 2021
Ballots are allowed to arrive up to seven days after election day and county officials project that it may take days to finalize the count.
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Vel the Wonder

REVIEW: Music video featuring Vel the Wonder has City College ties

Director Nahla Valdez in a San Diego City College alum
Candise Berry, Multimedia Journalist June 7, 2021
The music video for the song, "Got Me Like Me" is different from any other video I have ever seen before.
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