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Trump, Biden fight for primacy on social media platforms

WASHINGTON (AP) — On an average day, President Donald Trump sends about 14 posts to the 28 million Facebook followers of his campaign account. His Democratic rival, Joe Biden, delivers about half that many posts to an audience of just 2 million. The numbers are similarly skewed in other spheres of the social media landscape. On Twitter, Trump’s 82.4 million followers dwarf Biden’s 6.4 million. The president has spent years cultivating a ragtag digital “army” of meme makers and political influencers who retweet campaign messages hundreds of times daily. Trump is outspending Biden on Google and YouTube advertising by nearly 3 to 1. As his reelection bid faces growing obstacles, his primacy in the dizzying digital world is one of his top advantages, giving him a massive platform to connect with supporters and push a message that ignores his vulnerabilities related to the pandemic, unemployment and race relations. Biden and his allies are now working feverishly to establish a social media force of their own. For the first time, Biden outspent Trump on Facebook advertising in June, pouring twice as much money into the platform…

The 29th annual San Diego Music Awards goes virtual on July 6th

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The 2020 San Diego Music Awards, originally scheduled to be held at House of Blues San Diego, are going virtual this year, on the evening of Monday, July 6 at 7 pm. The event will be available at no cost to worldwide online viewers via the official event website,  the SDMA Facebook page and the SDMA YouTube page. Award winners will be named in 23 categories, with multiple performances by several of the 2020 nominees. Confirmed performers include Gregory Page, MDRN HSTRY, Sully, Rebecca Jade & the Cold Fact, David Maldonado, Evan Diamond, The Sleepwalkers plus Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Richard Livoni (Blitz Brothers) with several special guests expected to be added. Each of the genre category award winners was decided by online voting, which took place between January 27, 2020 and February 26, 2020, with 35149 online votes cast. In addition, each of the various album categories was voted on by members of the San Diego Music Academy, a group of San Diego music industry professionals. All winners will be announced during the virtual awards show, on July 6. The San Diego Music…

Closing the wealth gap as inequality rises in America

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Wealth inequality is on the rise in the United States, especially now as the coronavirus continues to strike down small business owners. The president of Wilsey Asset Management, Brent Wilsey, joined Good Morning San Diego to morning to discuss how to close the wealth gap. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, In Studio Guests

Helen Woodward Animal Center Adopt a Pet: Puptain America

RANCHO SANTA FE (KUSI) – Puptain America came to Helen Woodward Animal Center with nine of her siblings. She 2-months-old and is a blend between Labrador and German Shepherd. All pets adopted from Helen Woodward Animal Center have been spayed or neutered, have up-to-date vaccinations and microchip identification. Helen Woodward Animal Center is also celebrating heroes big and small at the 8th annual PAWmicon – Cosplay for a Cause! People and their furry sidekicks can enjoy the spirit of PAWmicon from the comfort and safety of your home on July 7 and 8. Registration for Virtual PAWmicon 2020 will gain you access to our pet cosplay contests, panel discussions and interviews, trivia rounds, vendor shopping, and an exclusive mobile Augmented Reality app and WebVR experience powered by OMNISCAPE. People can use promo code FLASH10 to save $10 off registration.  Categories: Good Morning San Diego, In Studio Guests, Local San Diego News

TV host’s story about survival and how he changed his mindset to success

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – He stars on HGTV’s hit show “Flip or Flop” but before that Steve Cederquist spent time in prison, was a drug addict, a gang member, and had a whole lot of crazy going on in his life. Cederquist joined Good Morning San Diego to talk about his new book about his struggles through life and how he overcame adversity. His new book is called “Get Out Alive: Surviving and Thriving After Drugs, Guns, Gangs, Dysfunction, and Crazy.” Categories: Good Morning San Diego, In Studio Guests

San Diego NAACP reacts to defund school police protests

SAN DIGO (KUSI) – Defund School Police San Diego youth recently held a protest to call for the complete defunding of the San Diego Unified School District Police in the wake of national attention on racially motivated police violence. The Friday demonstration was at the Eugene Brucker Education Complex located on Normal Street. NAACP San Diego Branch President Francine Maxwell joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss the young protesters and their goals. Los Angeles leaders have voted to slash the Police Department budget by $150 million. The City Council approved the change Wednesday that will reduce the number of LAPD officers to a level not seen for more than a decade and provide services and programs for communities of color. It comes amid nationwide demands to shift money away from law enforcement agencies during America’s reckoning over police brutality and racial injustice. Other cities around the country also have cut police budgets or are moving to do so. New York City lawmakers shifted $1 billion from policing to education and social services in the coming year. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, In Studio Guests,…

Volunteers help clean up beach trash after Fourth of July

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Volunteers Sunday began picking up trash at beaches left by Fourth of July revelers in the Surfrider Foundation San Diego County “Morning After Mess” cleanup, organizers said. Ocean Beach, Mission Beach and Pacific Beach were targeted by more than 60 volunteers, said Roberta Reilly of the local chapter of Surfrider Foundation, an organization that promotes the protection of the ocean and beaches. “This morning went pretty well from what I’ve seen so far,” Reilly said.  “I’m stationed in Ocean Beach and we had a little Surfrider crew out doing cleanup at OB Pier along the grass patches. This morning in OB I saw around 10-15 people doing their own solo cleanups, which was awesome to see.” Reilly said Ocean Beach wasn’t too crowded Saturday night so the trash wasn’t unusually bad, aside from lots of fireworks packaging and fragments. “I’ve been hearing Mission Beach and Pacific Beach are a bit worse off this morning,” she said. “Luckily a lot of volunteers signed up to do those areas.” Reilly said the Surfrider Foundation compiles data sheets during beach cleanups to track what kind…

Coronado celebrated July 4th without annual festivities

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Coronado is known for it’s famous Fourth of July festivities that would normally bring together large crowds. However, with recent coronavirus outbreaks, those events were canceled in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Mayor Richard Bailey joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss how the City handled Independence Day differently and a look ahead with the rise in coronavirus cases. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, In Studio Guests

Parts of Imperial Beach’s shoreline have been closed since November

IMPERIAL BEACH (KUSI) – The beaches in Imperial Beach have been closed for months due to pollution and the coronavirus pandemic, causing the economy and residents to be negatively impacted. Mayor Pro Tem, Paloma Aguirre joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss a new report claiming that an audit done by Baja California governor accuses big US companies of water theft and contributed to raw sewage and hazardous pollutants ending up in the Tijuana River. “The International Boundary and Water Commission could have at any moment collected cross-border sewage flows but chose to allow toxic sludge to freely enter the United States and flow into Imperial Beach beaches. It operates as a rogue agency without any accountability, which is why the City is suing them for violations to the US Clean Water Act,” said Aguirre. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, In Studio Guests, Local San Diego News, National & International News

Mark Larson: State and County COVID-19 regulations

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego County has become the final county in Southern California to be placed on the state’s monitoring list after it saw a steady rise in daily coronavirus cases, which could lead to closures or new business restrictions. KUSI Contributor and AM 760 Radio Host Mark Larson joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss California’s state and county coronavirus response regulations. County health officials said the rate of COVID-19 cases in the region surpassed the state’s threshold of no more than 100 positive cases per 100,000 residents. The county reported a rate of 112.8 positive cases per 100,000 residents Thursday, a number that increased from 103.8 per 100,000 just three days prior. Health officials reported a total of 15,696 COVID-19 cases throughout the county on Friday, with 387 deaths. There were 1,849 hospitalizations, with 503 people in intensive care. Of the 7,307 tests reported Friday, 7% returned positive. The 14-day rolling average of positive tests is 5.3%. No new community outbreaks were reported Friday, lowering the one-week count to 21. The county is still well over the limit of seven, which…

Gig workers face shifting roles, competition in pandemic

NEW YORK (AP) — There were the two-hour, unpaid waits outside supermarkets when San Francisco first started to lock down, on top of the heavy shopping bags that had to be lugged up countless flights of stairs. And yet even after signing up for several apps, 39-year-old Saori Okawa still wasn’t making as much money delivering meals and groceries as she did driving for ride-hailing giant Uber before the pandemic struck. “I started to juggle three apps to make ends meet,” said Okawa, who recently reduced her work hours after receiving unemployment benefits. “It was really hard, because at that time, I could not afford to stay home because I had to pay rent.” Okawa is one of an estimated 1.5 million so-called gig workers who make a living driving people to airports, picking out produce at grocery stores or providing childcare for working parents. Theirs had already been a precarious situation, largely without safeguards such as minimum wage, unemployment insurance, workers compensation and health and safety protections. But with the pandemic pummeling the global economy and U.S. unemployment reaching heights not seen since the…

Woman shot and killed following parking lot fight

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A woman was fatally shot following a parking lot fight in the Bonita area, authorities said. Sheriff’s deputies responded at 7:40 p.m. Saturday to a report of shooting at an apartment complex in the 5100 block of Cedarwood Road, according to Lt. Thomas Seiver of the Sheriff’s Homicide Unit. The initial investigation revealed a fight took place between several women in the parking lot before the woman was shot. When deputies arrived, they found people giving the woman CPR, Seiver said. She was transported to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Unit at 858-285-6330 or after hours at 858-565-5200 or to call Crime Stoppers at 888- 580-8477. Categories: Local San Diego News

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