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San Ysidro is a neighborhood of the City of San Diego that lies immediately north of the U.S.-Mexico border. Although it has a population of approximately 30,000, San Ysidro Port of Entry is the largest in the world with over 50 million vehicles passing through each year.

Gateway Inn

Gateway Inn To Evict Elderly, Twenty San Ysidro Children

All occupants residing at the 40-room Gateway Inn received a 60-day termination notice on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. The hotel, located one block from the U.S.-Mexico border, is a single room occupancy (SRO) hotel known to provide units to those who might otherwise be homeless. The owner of the property, listed in public documents as […]

Lisa Cuestas

New Executive Director at Casa Familiar: Lisa Cuestas

On Saturday, July 23rd Casa Familiar commemorated Andrea Skorepa’s thirty five years of service as Executive Director by renaming their Social Services Center in her honor. Next month, the long-time border advocate will retire from the non-profit organization. Often known as the “Queen of San Ysidro,” Skorepa started out as a community organizer for VISTA in El Paso, […]


Declining Enrollments In Three South Bay School Districts: What Does It Mean?

Declines in class sizes could be positive, especially when over 80% of students qualify as low-income or English-language-learners, but administrators are left constrained By Barbara Zaragoza While the decades-old stereotype may be that illegal aliens are fleeing over the border and saturating American schools, three districts in the South Bay are currently experiencing declining enrollments: […]

Maria Stacey, Community Justice Coordinator

Let’s Make Peace: NCRC Does It One Neighbor At A Time

Why can’t we all just get along? For the times that we can’t, there’s a fascinating local San Diego organization called the National Conflict Resolution Center. I stumbled upon NCRC while attending a first reading of Raul Castillo’s Border Crossing play. NCRC was looking into collaborating with artists; in particular, the dramatic play would stop during certain […]

Casa Familiar

Andrea Palacio Skorepa: From VISTA Volunteer to Casa Familiar CEO

By Maria E. Garcia / San Diego Free Press Andrea Skorepa has been CEO of Casa Familiar (Casa) since 1980. As we spoke I could not distinguish if Andrea was Casa Familiar or if Casa Familiar is Andrea. Both are so intertwined that it is impossible to separate them. Andrea was born at Paradise Valley […]

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