Youth sports will commence following CIF’s compliance with court order

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Attorneys for the San Diego section of the California Interscholastic Federation said today that the CIF will comply with a recent court order allowing youth sports to resume countywide, though whether sports activities resume will largely depend on the individual schools’ ability to meet testing standards and other COVID-19 protocols utilized by professional or collegiate teams. Following Friday’s temporary restraining order ruling by a Vista judge allowing youth sports in San Diego County to resume “as long as the(y) follow the same or similar COVID-19 protocols imposed for competition in professional and/or collegiate sports,” attorneys were back in court Wednesday morning to argue over whether the CIF was in contempt of the judge’s order. Attorneys representing two local high school athletes who sued the state and county to resume youth sports alleged in a recent filing that the CIF has violated the court order by stating it would follow the state’s tiered reopening guidelines rather than the order issued by San Diego Superior Court Judge Earl H. Maas III. In last week’s ruling, Maas wrote that he agreed with the plaintiffs…

Steep decline in completed student financial aid applications, data shows

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The California Student Aid Commission has just released data showing a steep decline from 2020 in student financial aid application completions, especially for high school students and undocumented students. Applying for financial aid through the California Dream Act is imperative for San Diego area undocumented students because federal aid is not offered to them. Here on KUSI to urge all students to apply for financial aid was California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley. “For too many students, finances are the main barrier to achieving their college goals,” Oakley said. “While there are many types of financial aid available for California community college students, most financial aid is contingent on filing a FAFSA or California Dream Act Application. However, every year there is money left on the table because students simply don’t apply.” Chancellor Oakley further stressed the importance for every graduating senior to a submit financial aid application even if they don’t think they’ll qualify or have not yet decided. Each year, $6 billion is available to California college students. The deadline to apply for both the FAFSA and the…

San Diego City Council unanimously approves creation of special committee to tackle COVID-19 issues

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – In a unanimous vote, San Diego City Council greenlit the Special Issues Council Committee on COVID-19 Response and Recovery. The committee plans to: Focus and streamline the City’s short-term and long-term response and recovery plans; monitor and evaluate the impact and effectiveness of regulations enacted already; provide a forum for the council to receive input from the community on our response; provide oversight and make recommendations on the distribution of state and federal COVID-19 relief funding and programs so the council directs emergency aid to struggling small businesses, not just big corporations; and, address equity and disparities in our communities that have been exacerbated by the pandemic. District Five Councilmember Marni von Wilpert, who joined KUSI to discuss the new Committee, will serve as Co-chair alongside Council President Jennifer Campbell, and serve together with Council President Pro Tem Stephen Whitburn and Councilmember Sean Elo-Rivera. Councilmember Wilpert represents San Diego’s Fifth District including the communities of Black Mountain Ranch, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Miramar Ranch North, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Encantada (Stonebridge), Rancho Peñasquitos, Sabre Springs, San Pasqual, Scripps Ranch and Torrey Highlands.  …

Western League Cross Country featuring Scripps Ranch vs. Cathedral Catholic.

Western League Cross Country taking place at Morley Field.  We focus our attention on the boys and girls races between Scripps Ranch and Cathedral Catholic.  On the girls side, Falcon sophomore wins the race with a time of 19:25.  Scripps Ranch senior Giancarlo da Silva wins the boys race with a time of 16:07. Categories: All Sports Report, Sports Tags: high school sports, KUSI Sports, sports

FDA says J&J’s coronavirus vaccine is safe and effective, paving way to approval

WASHINGTON (AP) — An analysis by U.S. regulators says Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine provides strong protection against severe COVID-19. The report Wednesday confirmed that overall the vaccine is about 66% effective at preventing moderate to severe COVID-19. On Friday, a panel of experts to the Food and Drug Administration will debate if the evidence is strong enough to recommend the long-anticipated shot. The FDA is expected to make a final decision within days. If the FDA clears the J&J shot for U.S. use, it won’t boost vaccine supplies significantly right away. Only a few million doses are expected to be ready for shipping in the first week. Johnson & Johnson said they have four million doses ready to be shipped as soon as possible and Dr. Wilma Wooten said she is optimistic about this increasing our doses in San Diego County. KUSI’s Hunter Sowards joined viewers live from downtown with more. Categories: Coronavirus, Health, Local San Diego News, National & International News

New laws can affect your 2020 tax returns

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Recent federal laws have changed the amount San Diego residents can deduct when filing taxes for 2020. Among those changes are the new $300 deduction for individuals generous enough to have donated in 2020 and more tax relief for certain cash donations. As the San Diego Foundation engages often with donors, their VP Brian Zumbano joined KUSI to share insider tips on how San Diegans can deftly navigate the new laws this tax season. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is the reason Americans can deduct up to $300 from their 2020 taxes. The CARES Act dictates that these donations are above-the-line deductions, meaning taxpayers don’t have to itemize in order to claim that deduction. What’s more, the deduction lowers both adjusted gross income and your taxable income. Typically, only 60% of your charitable donations are deductible, but the CARES Act makes 100% of your donations deductible this year. Categories: California News, Local San Diego News

Eating Disorders Awareness Week: second most lethal psychiatric disorder is anorexia nervosa

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Anorexia nervosa, a type of eating disorder, is the second most lethal psychiatric disorder — after opioid overdose. Nearly 28.8 million Americans will experience an eating disorder in their life. Prolonged hospitalization and weight restoration is often necessary for treatment, totaling $65 billion annually in the United States and costing 10,000 Americans lives each year. “Anorexia nervosa has the highest rate of death of any psychiatric illness. We are now beginning to understand why people develop these disorders, and we are using this information to develop more effective treatment,” said Walter H. Kaye, MD, who joined KUSI to stress the importance of treating this illness. A task force from the Academy for Eating Disorders, spearheaded by Walter H. Kaye, MD, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, and Cynthia M. Bulik, PhD, Distinguised Professor of Psychiatry at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, have called for urgency in treating patients with anorexia nervosa in the U.S. Categories: Health, KUSI, Local San Diego News

Texas storm dogs arrive at Helen Woodward Animal Center

RANCHO SANTA FE (KUSI) – Twenty-seven dogs from the Lone Star state arrived at Helen Woodward Animal Center today, seeking warmer weather and a second chance at a forever home. Last week, the 12 puppies and 15 adult dogs survived record-breaking winter storms and a shelter left uninhabitable in Texas. However with the dedication of Concho Valley Paws shelter workers, a transporter willing to brave the icy roads and the assistance of Helen Woodward Animal Center staff, the future looks sunny for these Texas critters. The Woodward center began working with Concho Valley Paws in May 2020. As the coronavirus pandemic got worse, shelters across the country were forced into lockdown and struggling with limited staff members. The center has connected with the Texas-based animal welfare facility and welcomed transports of shelter pups over the last nine months. Two weeks ago, Concho Valley Paws faced new challenges. An alert was sent out to all Concho Valley residents regarding toxins found in the water system. Water lines were shut off across the city as repairs were being made. Then, before repairs could be completed, a record-breaking…

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