Supriya Yelimeli


Bay Area

Supriya Yelimeli

A reporter with experience covering crime, local government, business, and human stories in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and San Francisco.


Success and failure on two blocks of SF’s Mission St.

In the past year, Mission activists have turned their sights on Mission Street where they would like to see restrictions on market-rate housing, more commercial controls on bars and upscale restaurants, and protections for small businesses.
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Rapist Sentenced to 36 Years in Prison After Brutally Attacking Woman on UCSB Campus in 2014

Surrounded by friends and family in the Santa Barbara Superior Court on Friday, a young woman delivered a harrowing account of being raped and attacked on the UC Santa Barbara campus three years ago. The woman, referred to as Jane Doe in court proceedings, spoke at a final hearing to sentence Daniel Jiang Chen to 36 years in prison for two felony counts of rape and one felony count of robbery.
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'Build Your Dreams': Activists Hope Bus Contract Will Bring Jobs for Minorities, Former Inmates

Community activists celebrated a recent electric bus contract given to a company that vows to hire minorities and ex-convicts. Several groups from around Los Angeles County applauded the decision at a Los Angeles Metro Board meeting last month to award a bus contract to BYD America, out of Lancaster.

SF Mission District homicides down slightly in 2017

Homicides in the Mission District were down in 2017, with eight murders reported by the end of the year, compared to 10 homicides in 2016. In 2017, 56 homicides occurred citywide, compared to a total of 58 in 2016. The first homicide of 2017 took place on New Year’s Day, but 2018 did not see its first killing until last Thursday, when a 59-year-old homeless man was stabbed to death at 25th Street and Potrero Avenue.
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McNair Program May Be Cut if President Trump’s Federal Budget is Approved

President Donald Trump’s education budget released on May 23 calls for a $9.2 billion rollback in spending for several educational programs. Among them, the McNair Scholars Program may face the steepest cut. The McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement is a federal scholarship offered to first-generation, low-income students or those who belong to underrepresented minorities in the United States.
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Bluff Collapse Leaves 28 Residents Without Homes

A bluff collapse on Sunday evening that left 28 residents without a secure home has UC Santa Barbara students scrambling to find new housing by Thursday. The bluff was a communal backyard for the nine units on 6653 Del Playa Drive, known as The Oasis housing. After emergency personnel responded to the sudden collapse Sunday, a Santa Barbara County building inspector determined that Units 1, 4, 5 and 9 would be evacuated to preserve the residents’ safety.
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How Far Is Isla Vista From the Thomas Fire?

The Nexus is tracking the Thomas Fire to provide updates on its distance from UC Santa Barbara and Isla Vista. Zoom in on the map and click on individual areas for details. The Thomas Fire first began on Monday night north of Santa Paula, according to the Ventura County Fire Department. It had burned across approximately 230,500 acres toward Ventura County by Saturday and is 15 percent contained.
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Mission Activists Push DA for Charges 679 Days After Police Shooting

Public Defender Jeff Adachi stood alongside family and friends of police shooting victims at the Hall of Justice Thursday as they hoisted banners of Amilcar Perez Lopez, a 21-year old Mission District resident who was shot and killed by police on February 26, 2015. Activists in the Justice for Amilcar Coalition have repeatedly asked for charges to be filed against officers in police shootings, and activists Thursday demanded that District Attorney George Gascón conclude an ongoing investigation and charge the officers who shot Perez Lopez nearly two years ago.
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Documents Show 6 UCSB Employees Violated Title IX Policy

Six UC Santa Barbara faculty and staff members violated sexual violence and harassment policy between January 2013 and April 2016, according to documents obtained by the Nexus on Wednesday. UCSB and nine other UC campuses first released Title IX documents on Tuesday in response to a California Public Records Act request made by the Daily Californian over a year ago.
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Interview with Man Who Helped UCSB Student After Attempted Suicide

Santa Barbara resident Jeffrey Brown was biking on his usual route from Hope Ranch to the Bacara Resort when a woman flagged him down for help at the western end of Ellwood Bluffs, asking if he had a knife. She directed him toward a Eucalyptus grove, where a man was hanging from a rope tied to a tree, with his feet approximately three feet from the ground.
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Homeless Man Found Dead in Mission District Driveway

A homeless man was found dead Wednesday morning in a driveway near the intersection of 25th and Shotwell streets. Police have not yet confirmed his cause of death. The man was identified by the San Francisco Medical Examiner as 79-year-old Jose Campos, who neighbors say was homeless and could often be seen near the intersection.
Mission Local Link to Story

Over 1,000 UC Santa Barbara Students Protest After Trump Elected President

Approximately 1,000 UC Santa Barbara students took to the streets in protest early Wednesday morning after Donald Trump was elected president of the United States. The crowd formed on the San Nicolas Residence Hall lawn at 1 a.m. Wednesday, shortly after election results were confirmed. Students soon began running out of the residence halls toward the University Center to join a crowd that swarmed through the Pardall Tunnel into Isla Vista.
Daily Nexus, University of California Link to Story


Supriya Yelimeli

I'm the former editor in chief of the Daily Nexus, UC Santa Barbara's independent student newspaper since 1930. I graduated with a degree in Communication from UC Santa Barbara in January 2018, and am currently looking toward a career in journalism.

I can be reached quickly through messenger and phone call, but I respond best to cats and strong coffee. Live music, candor and food outings make me the most happy.

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