Hispanic Coronado High alumnus says he brought tortillas to ‘help the team celebrate if they won’

CORONADO (KUSI) – Luke Serna has publicly admitted to being the person who brought the tortillas to the championship basketball game between Coronado and Orange Glen. He posted a series of tweets explaining he had no racist motive, but “was strictly wanting to help the team celebrate if they won.” Serna himself is Hispanic, and graduated from Coronado High School in 1999. He then attended and graduated from the University of Santa Barbara, where tortilla tosses were a traditional celebration for championships. Many other universities across the country hold or have held tortilla tosses as a celebratory tradition, since they can easily be thrown like frisbees to travel long distances. Baylor, Michigan, Cal Poly, and Texas Tech are just a few of the major universities that have traditional tortilla tosses. In another tweet, Serna says he supplied all this information to the Coronado Union School Board before their Tuesday meeting, “but they seemed to feel the need to withhold it.”   KUSI has reached out to the Coronado Unified School District asking why they withheld this information from the public, but have yet to hear…

San Diego golf courses seeing increase of younger golfers, especially girls

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The game of golf is growing as more juniors and women are stepping up to play. Right now, 3 million junior golfers are hitting the sticks with nearly 40% of those players being girls. Bryan Geiberger works with aspiring young players from 8 to 15 years old in junior camps at The Crossings golf course in Carlsbad. It’s outdoors and socially distanced – making it one of the safest things for kids do to under CDC guidelines. Kids divide time on the range hitting balls, chipping, putting, getting out on the course, and playing games with healthy competition. Bryan was born into the game of golf, being the son of PGA Champion Al Geiberger. He’s known as “Mr. 59” for being the first player on tour to card a 59. Now for Bryan, the game he grew up with has evolved into more than just his father’s game. To register for a golf camp, visit www.carlsbadca.gov and click on “parks and recreation.” Categories: Entertainment, Good Evening San Diego, Local San Diego News, Trending

San Diego Border Patrol launches marine unit to fight illegal human smuggling

SAN DIEGO BAY (KUSI) – It’s been a record-breaking year for illegal immigrants being smuggled into California on the high seas. So far, five people have died trying to make the journey this year. Three of those people were on one boat that crashed into the rocks in Point Loma. Now, Border Patrol is getting more aggressive on stopping this dangerous form of smuggling. KUSI’s Dan Plante joined viewers live from the San Diego bay with more on what is happening there. Plante’s live shot from the  4:00 PM hour of Good Evening San Diego is below: Categories: California News, Good Evening San Diego, Local San Diego News, National & International News

Local golf courses seeing increase of younger golfers, especially girls

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The game of golf is growing as more juniors and women are stepping up to play. Right now, 3 million junior golfers are hitting the sticks with nearly 40% of those players being girls. Bryan Geiberger works with aspiring young players from 8 to 15 years old in junior camps at The Crossings golf course in Carlsbad. It’s outdoors and socially distanced – making it one of the safest things for kids do to under CDC guidelines. Kids divide time on the range hitting balls, chipping, putting, getting out on the course, and playing games with healthy competition. Bryan was born into the game of golf, being the son of PGA Champion Al Geiberger. He’s known as “Mr. 59” for being the first player on tour to card a 59. Now for Bryan, the game he grew up with has evolved into more than just his father’s game. To register for a golf camp, visit www.carlsbadca.gov and click on “parks and recreation.” Categories: Entertainment, Good Evening San Diego, Local San Diego News, Trending

Haney Hong discusses issues with Biden’s tax plan

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A new analysis from think tank Tax Policy Center is debunking President Biden’s promise to not increase taxes for America’s middle class. In fact, the analysis has found that more than 60% of Americans will see their taxes increase under Biden’s proposal. Haney Hong, President & CEO of San Diego County Taxpayers Association, joined KUSI’s Logan Byrnes to discuss how Biden’s tax plan will affect the middle class. Hong mentioned that Biden’s tax plan would affect about three-quarters of San Diegan households making $75,000 to $100,000 Categories: KUSI, Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics

Coronado School District votes to release head basketball coach after tortilla-throwing incident

CORONADO (KUSI) – Coronado Unified trustees announced following closed-door board discussions Tuesday, to release the head basketball coach of Coronado High after fallout from a tortilla-throwing incident that’s currently under investigation. The actions came following public comment during the special board meeting about what transpired following the Coronado High and Orange Glen championship basketball game Saturday night. Before tortillas were hurled towards players of the Orange Glen team, Coronado Coach JD Laaperi approached their bench in an aggressive manner, said Escondido assistant coach Brian Gallo. “It’s a shame when people lose their jobs but when you are a leader of young men and student athletes I think there’s no place in the game for that,” Gallo said. “I think that’s the right call. You can watch the video that KUSI took that night, it’s clear what happened.” Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, National & International News, Trending

Tom Del Beccaro discusses the latest on recall Gov. Newsom effort

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – With the upcoming recall election, some say Gov. Gavin Newsom is now trying to buy the favor of California voters. This has come after the governor announced the state will be paying all back rent due, in addition to the most lucrative vaccine lottery program in the nation. Tom Del Beccaro, Chairman of Rescue California, joined KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries to discuss the latest in the effort to remove Gov. Newsom from office. Categories: California News, Good Evening San Diego, KUSI, Politics

San Diego tourism is making a comeback this summer

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Summer is here and with California reopened, San Diego is expecting a much more robust summer than in 2020. Julie Coker, CEO of the San Diego Tourism Authority, joined KUSI’s Logan Byrnes to discuss San Diego’s summer 2021 tourism prospects. Thus far, Coker described, San Diego’s tourism industry is looking bright, not as plentiful as in 2019, but definitely in the right direction, Coker confirmed. International travel could increase, but as other nations are still handling coronavirus, it could take some time. Conventions and meetings often bring international guests, Coker added. Compared to the rest of the west coast, San Diego is doing very well as a vacation destination. Categories: California News, Coronavirus, Entertainment, Local San Diego News, Trending

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