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Latest Articles

Workshops make taboo the new normal at City College

When it comes to sexuality or mental health, we often find ourselves afraid of asking questions or sharing personal experiences. Two interns at San Diego City College have decided to create a safe space to break these taboos. Laurel Marks, a social work intern, and Tristan Hartley, a mental health counseling intern, are facilitating a weekly event called “Taboo Topics” for City Coll
By Marlena Harvey
City Times

NYCU: City College resources help students navigate through online learning

Find what you need to succeed this semester in this edition of News You Can Use A long list of remote and online Student Services is available at City College. sdcity.edu screenshot With the San Diego City College campus largely closed students may find it hard to access information needed to thrive. City Times staff has created a resource guide to assist students for the upcoming year, which includes deadlines and links to get connected. Students continue to enroll in classes for spring 202
By Marlena Harvey
City Times

Lorena Gonzalez winning the 80th District assembly seat

Lorena Gonzalez tweeted late Tuesday night that she was pleased with the results that had come in for the 80th assembly district, but that she was still patiently waiting for the rest of the votes to be counted. Gonzalez led by 45 percentage points over her rival, John J. Vogel. She had nearly 73 percent of the vote, as of 10:59 p.m. Her win was not a surprise for the 80th district, as she was the predicted winner. But Proposition 22, which addresses app-based driver rights, is headed for def
By Marlena Harvey
City Times

Props got you stumped? has you covered

City Times has created a voters guide focusing on the propositions. Graphic by Vicky Pineda It’s election season and the 2020 presidential elections are in full swing. Ballots have been sent out to California voters and some have already turned in their ballots. But what if you are one of the many still holding onto your mail-in ballot, or maybe waiting until Election Day on Nov. 3 to cast your ballot? City Times is again publishing a voting guide, starting with the California propositions fe
By Marlena Harvey
City Times

Proposition 17: Parolees’ right to vote

Prop. 17 amends state constitution to allow parolees to vote Prop. 17 wants to amend the state constitution to allow parolees the right to vote. Graphic by Marlena Harvey Proposition 17 restores voting rights to people on parole. Upon completion of prison sentence served, their voting rights would be restored, aligning California with other states. The fiscal impact includes annual county costs for voter supplies and one-time state costs for registration materials. Supporters say, according
By Marlena Harvey
City Times

City College SEEDS surviving the pandemic

Seeds@City (pictured in April 2019) is an urban city farm on the campus of San Diego City College. San Diego City College image The SEEDS program at the Urban City Farm had supplied in-person learning for students of the City College agricultural program until it was closed to outside volunteers last March. In March 2020, the garden followed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to close the park to outside volunteers and students due to COVID-19. The garden is still being
By Marlena Harvey
City Times

City College: Register to vote before it’s too late!

A graphic on the front of the City College website reminds students to register to vote. sdcity.edu screenshot The time to register to vote for the November presidential election is running low. California voters can register until Oct. 19. If you miss the deadline, you can register through Election Day and vote in person. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Unless you are an absentee or first-time voter, you will not need to bring ID. To vote by mail, ballot request
By Marlena Harvey
City Times

Prepping for the primaries

The San Diego Registrar of Voters office is the headquarters for elections in the region. Photo by Vicky Pineda/City Times UPDATE: This story has been edited to reflect changes to the democratic presidential candidates’ running in California. This story will be published in the print edition on Tuesday, Mar. 3. This year, the California presidential primaries will be held in March instead of June. Unlike in 2012 and 2016, the 2020 primaries will give California voters the ability to cast thei
By Marlena Harvey
City Times

City College, SDCCD campuses to close due to COVID-19 concerns

Campuses will be closed to students and faculty March 16-20 at San Diego City, Mesa and Miramar campuses Current COVID-19 safety precautions have caused the San Diego Community College District to close campuses including San Diego City College. City Times file photo Current COVID-19 safety precautions have caused the San Diego Community College District to close the week of March 16-20, City College administrators and the district chancellor, Constance Carroll, announced tonight. Instructors
By Marlena Harvey
City Times

Black history should be recognized every day

I want to be able to celebrate Black History any time if I’d like to. As a Caucasian, female student, I don’t know how to even celebrate Black History Month at City College. A few years back, I went to a Historically Black College and University in Augusta, Ga., called Paine College. Being one of the only two white females at a predominately black school, it was different for me being in the minority. Being surrounded by a black majority and focusing on their accomplishments in our American h
By Denise White
City Times

Pro: $15 per hour: Fair or un-fairy tale?

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law this month raising California’s mandatory minimum wage to $15 by 2022. “Economically, (raising) minimum wages may not make sense,” he said at the signing. “Morally and socially and politically, (minimum wages) make every sense because it binds the community together and makes sure that parents can take care of their kids in a much more satisfactory way.” The new law is seen as an effort to head off a ballot measure that would have asked voters to raise w
By Denise White
City Times

How basketball changed my life

I was only 9 the first time I played basketball. I was a shy kid and my parents encouraged me to try something new. Back then, I wasn’t that good but I knew for sure that I wanted to get better. After my first season of playing in a recreational league, my dad got me a basketball hoop for the driveway. He got a legit hoop that was cemented in the ground. Everyday I practiced. Dribbling, free throws, layups. You name it, I was out there practicing with my dad as often as I could. I may not have
By Denise White
City Times

New club hits the campus

Next year is looking good so far; a new semester, new facilities to inaugurate and a new student club. Even though San Diego City College has 37 clubs like MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan), the Honors Club, the Science Club and many more, none of them is dedicated to students interested in journalism and mass media. The National Association of Hispanic Journalism student chapter club was established a couple semesters ago at City College, but was never formalized until now. Ch
By Heder Casas
City Times

Around the world in 84 days

Have you always dreamed about traveling around the world and learning about new cultures? If your answer is yes, then studying abroad may be an option for you. San Diego City College “offers students the opportunity to study in different countries around the world in order to develop global competencies and to increase cultural awareness while making progress towards completion of academic goals,” according to its website. Study abroad programs are offered during the fall and spring semester f
By Heder Casas
City Times

Perspective: The Internet that stole Christmas

Earlier this month, Joshua Feuerstein called out Starbucks in a video that went viral, claiming that the company was waging a war against Christmas. Feuerstein goes on to say that the company’s choice of using the plain two-tone red cup this season was a Starbucks campaign against the holiday. What comes to my mind is Tina Fey’s recent comment when she herself got caught in controversy. “I don’t worry about what the Internet says. Getting in trouble with the Internet is not real. The Internet
By Ricky Soltero
City Times

New advisers for a new semester

Two adjunct instructors are joining San Diego City College’s Digital Journalism program during the upcoming spring semester. One an experienced photojournalist, Tara Pixley, and the other a seasoned news writer, Jerry McCormick, are set to join the program alongside current adjunct instructor Aida Garcia as full-time professor Roman S. Koenig scales back to adjunct instructional duties. “I’m so excited to work on Legend with the talented City College journalists, photographers, designers and e
By Ricky Soltero
City Times

Renovating into the 21st century

An early rendering of an aerial view of the A building post renovation. Photos courtesy of Tom Fine and RJC Architects One of San Diego City College’s upcoming changes in the next few years includes the renovation of the A building, which will give the campus a transformed look. The A building’s new design, which took 18 months to plan out, has a $25.7 million budget. The other new and renovated buildings at City College opened double the number of classrooms since the start of the Propositio
By Justine Schulz
City Times

What’s in a name?

Performing Arts and Radio, Television and Film are two programs scheduled to move into the newly remodeled C building at San Diego City College on Jan. 5. Laura Castañeda is the chairwoman of the Communications program at San Diego City College. She has consistently pushed to have the C building named for late professor Hope Shaw. Castañeda spoke before the Board of Trustees regarding the issue in May. Not long ago, buildings, ballparks, stadiums and parks were named for people. Then, somewher
By Phoenix Webb
City Times

Third time’s the charm

As the fall semester comes to a close, the City Times newspaper staff can look forward to some changes for next semester. Aida Garcia will be taking over as one of the new advisers as Roman Koenig steps down from full-time to adjunct instructor. This won’t be her first time leading the school’s newspaper, and will in fact be her third semester in recent years. “I have a lot of experience in journalism, for both print and online,” Garcia said. She was a senior editor at The San Diego Union-Tri
By Denise White
City Times

Going the extra mile

At only 19 years old, Ishmael Fernandez is no ordinary student athlete at City College. Fernandez is currently a freshman cross-country runner who balances practice, working part-time and classes, taking an astonishing 22 units. Not only is Fernandez a busy student, he is also a successful cross-country runner after only starting in the summer. “He’s never ran before, he started in June and he was a pitcher at Hoover High School. He’s just a very talented athlete,” Head Coach Peter Gregory sai
By Denise White
City Times

Voices spoken though their eyes

San Diego County has been a home base to the U.S. Military for many generations. With Naval Base San Diego and Camp Pendleton (Marines) being two of the larger facilities of their respective branches, many families in San Diego have a deep-rooted connection to the veterans. From Nov. 10 through Dec. 10, “VOICES – Exhibition Honoring Veterans” will be open in the LUXE Gallery at the CTC-V Building on campus. “It is about the veterans, some were students and faculty, then there were some like th
By Mike Madriaga
City Times

City College journalism program wins the Pacemaker Award

City Times and Legend, the official newspaper and magazine of San Diego City College, were both recognized on a national level for excellence in news reporting and design. Largely considered in the industry to be the Pulitzer Prize of college journalism, City Times was the winner amongst six other publications for the 2015 Newspaper Pacemaker Award, under the two-year college newspaper entries. The award was handed out on Oct. 31, at the Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Association Nat
By Mike Madriaga
City Times

New students gather for the 10th annual Student Success Conference

Students coming back from a long period off school or fresh from high school full of questions and concerns gathered at Harry West Gym on Nov. 20 for the 10th Student Success Conference, presented by the First Year Experience Program at San Diego City College. FYE is a program designed to help all the new students that are coming to City College by helping them set up and sign up for the classes they are going to need for the next semester. It gives support and guidance to students who wants t
By Heder Casas
City Times