Some cities seek to loosen rules on spending coronavirus relief money

At the Loma Verde Recreation Center south of San Diego, demolition work is underway on a $24 million project that will rebuild the facility from the ground up, complete with a new pool. An hour’s drive to the north, the iconic bridge to the Oceanside pier is deteriorating because the city lacks the money for a roughly $25 million rehabilitation. A reason one project is moving ahead and the other isn’t revolves around the American Rescue Plan — the sweeping COVID-19 relief law championed by President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats that is pumping billions of dollars to states and local governments. Under rules developed by the U.S. Treasury Department, some governments have more flexibility than others to spend their share of the money as they want. That’s why the new swimming pool is a go, and the rehabbed pier — at least for now — is a no. Similar disparities among cities across the country have prompted a pushback from local officials, who want Treasury to loosen its rules before the program progresses much further. “Otherwise, they are penalizing cities for the pandemic, not…

Bill Clinton released from UC Irvine hospital after treatment for blood infection

Bill Clinton was released Sunday from the Southern California hospital where he had been treated for an infection and will head to New York to continue his recovery, a spokesman said. The former president left the University of California Irvine Medical Center around 8 a.m. with Hilary Clinton on his arm. Dressed in jeans and a sports coat and wearing a face mask, he made his way out of the hospital slowly and stopped to shake hands with doctors and nurses lined up on the sidewalk. He gave a thumbs-up when a reporter asked how he was feeling. He and Hilary then boarded a black SUV and departed in a motorcade escorted by the California Highway Patrol. Clinton’s “fever and white blood cell count are normalized, and he will return home to New York to finish his course of antibiotics,” Dr. Alpesh N. Amin said in a statement shared on Twitter by a Clinton spokesman. Clinton, 75, was admitted Tuesday to the hospital southeast of Los Angeles with an infection unrelated to COVID-19, officials said. Spokesman Angel Ureña had said Saturday that Clinton would remain…

Bill Clinton Released From UCI Medical Center After 5 Nights

ORANGE (CBSLA) — Former president Bill Clinton was released Sunday from the Southern California hospital where he was recovering from an infection. Clinton has spent five nights at the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange where he had received IV antibiotics, his spokesperson Angel Urena said in a statement. As of Sunday around 8 a.m., Clinton left the hospital. He was escorted by the Secret Service, the CHP, and local officers. Clinton was admitted on Tuesday. He was put on a broad spectrum of antibiotics. But a decision was made on Friday to switch him to an oral antibiotic. He remained in the hospital for an additional day for observation. Clinton is expected to be OK.

Dave Brubeck once jazzed things up at Riverside’s Mission Inn

A mention here a while back of Riverside’s Mission Inn brought a memory from reader Carl Schafer, an educator and jazz musician from Upland who has retired to Arizona. In the late 1960s the quartet he played with was hired for a party for the Ramona Assistance League at the grand hotel. “We boarded in Pomona and set up in a baggage car that would be used for dancing to and from Riverside,” Schafer recalls. “When we arrived there, we packed up our instruments and they were taken by car to the Mission Inn, where we set up and played for dancing until midnight, after which we all boarded the train for Pomona.” Here’s a band that was taking transit before it was cool. Schafer adds a note for jazz aficionados: “When I corresponded with Dave Brubeck as I prepared for a lecture on his life, he told me that during the war he played piano bar at the Mission Inn. He was stationed in an Army camp adjacent to March Air Force Base.” Brubeck’s Army service was important musically. Sent to Europe with the…

Convicted Murderer Robert Durst Reportedly on Ventilator with Severe COVID-19

Share this article:Robert Durst. Photo Courtesy of HBO New York real estate heir Robert Durst, who was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for killing a longtime friend in her Benedict Canyon home over two decades ago, has contracted COVID-19 and is on a ventilator, according to media reports. Dick DeGuerin, the lead attorney for the 78-year-old Durst, told the Los Angeles Times his client had been hospitalized, and had been in bad shape during his sentencing hearing. “He was having difficulty breathing and he was having difficulty communicating,” DeGuerin told the newspaper. “He looked worse than I’ve ever seen him and I was very worried about him.” It was not clear when or where Durst was hospitalized. Attempts to reach DeGuerin and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for further details were not successful. Durst, who often appeared frail during his lengthy murder trial, was held in a wing of County/USC Medical Center during the proceedings. He sat quietly in a wheelchair Thursday as Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark Windham sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole. DeGuerin…

How ‘Confidential Recovery’ helps struggling military veterans

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego is home to a large amount of the country’s veteran population. Scott Silverman, otherwise known as Your Crisis Coach from Confidential Recovery, joined KUSI’s Elizabeth Alvarez on Good Morning San Diego to discuss how his organization helps veterans and what can be done to get more San Diego veterans the help they could use. Silverman stressed that for veterans, asking for help is seen as a sign of weakness. But, there’s no need to feel that way, it is okay to ask for help, and it’s the first step, Silverman said. A host of help is available, but if you don’t ask for help, you won’t access it, Silverman answered. If you’d like to talk to Your Crisis Coach, call 619-993-2738. Oct. 23 is National Drug Take Back Day, which allows for a safe, responsible, and anonymous way to dispose of drugs. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Health, KUSI, Local San Diego News

‘Fallbrook Freedom Fighters’ organize anti-mandate sit-out on Oct. 18

FALLBROOK (KUSI) – Concerned parents in Fallbrook have organized an event in protest of vaccine mandates for the area’s students. Courtney S. and Lindsay J. of Fallbrook Freedom Fighters joined KUSI’s Jason Austell on Good Morning San Diego to discuss the rally and the California sit-out, taking place Monday. The Fallbrook Freedom Fighters described the risk of losing their jobs for not taking the vaccine and feeling like they have to choose between their kids’ health and their education. Furthermore, they feel natural immunity is being left out of the discussion. Follow the Fallbrook Freedom Fighters on Instagram here. Email the them at Categories: Coronavirus, Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News

Lucky Duck Foundation urges city leaders to house San Diego’s homeless before winter months

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Lucky Duck Foundation and Tuesday Group are urging city leaders to take action to add shelter beds to help San Diego’s homeless communities before the temperature lowers in the coming winter months. In September, the foundation announced they would deploy more than $2.4 million throughout San Diego County to alleviate homelessness. Drew Moser, Executive Director at the Lucky Duck Foundation, joined KUSI’s Lauren Phinney on Good Morning San Diego to discuss what the foundation is planning. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Health, Local San Diego News, Politics

Group of 17 American missionaries reported as kidnapped by gang in Haiti

A group of 17 missionaries including children was kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, according to a voice message sent to various religious missions by an organization with direct knowledge of the incident. The missionaries were on their way home from building an orphanage, according to a message from Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries. “This is a special prayer alert,” the one-minute message said. “Pray that the gang members would come to repentance.” The message says the mission’s field director is working with the U.S. Embassy, and that the field director’s family and one other unidentified man stayed at the ministry’s base while everyone else visited the orphanage. No other details were immediately available. A U.S. government spokesperson said they were aware of the reports on the kidnapping. “The welfare and safety of U.S. citizens abroad is one of the highest priorities of the Department of State,” the spokesperson said, declining further comment. Meanwhile, a senior U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the United States is in touch with Haitian authorities to try to resolve the case. Haiti is once again struggling…

Fix’n Fidos golf tournament helps raise funds to help low-income pet owners in SoCal

The nonprofit Fix’n Fidos, founded by KTLA’s Kacey Montoya, kicked off its inaugural golf tournament and fundraiser event Sunday to help low-income pet owners pay for pet food, supplies and veterinary care.  The event, which takes place at the Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palms Resort in the City of Industry, includes a golf tournament, dinner and silent auction. There will also be a dog parade and costume contest judged by Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva and his wife, Vivian.  Prizes for the golf tournament include a new car, a $10,000 prize, and a year-long supply of Omaha Steaks. More information about the event can be found here. Christina Pascucci reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Oct. 16, 2021.

Los Gatos community briefs for the week of Oct. 22

‘SHIFTwork’ at NUMU New Museum Los Gatos is partnering with the San Jose Woman’s Club for an event called “SHIFTwork.” The event, which will take place Saturday, Oct. 23, 1-2:30 p.m., will mark the museum’s first in-person program since pandemic restrictions began. “SHIFTwork” aims to highlight the often invisible work done by women by encouraging participants to examine their own work habits. The program will be led by artist Sawyer Rose in conjunction with her exhibition “Carrying Stones” at NUMU, located at 106 E. Main St. Admission to the event is free for museum members and $10 for non-members. Attendees will be expected to follow COVID-19 safety protocols, including wearing masks indoors and proof of vaccination. For more information and tickets, visit New on the beat The Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department hired four new officers this month. The department announced on Oct. 5 that officers Theilen, Frizzell and DeOcampo have completed their field training and have officially joined the force. Officer Scott Floerchinger was sworn in Oct. 11. Pretzel logic Looking to bring Oktoberfest home? On Monday, Oct. 25, 5-6 p.m., the Los…