San Diego

Chula Vista Councilman Steve Padilla announces recovery from COVID-19

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Chula Vista City Councilman Steve Padilla announced Friday he has recovered from COVID-19 and will return home soon to finish recuperation. On March 14, Padilla, also the California Coastal Commission chairman, became the first local elected official to contract the illness. Five days later, he was admitted to UC San Diego Thornton Hospital’s intensive care unit. He released a statement Friday expressing gratitude. “Friends — I’m off the ventilator, out of the ICU, and will be home soon. After an intense 3-week battle with coronavirus, the relief and gratitude I’m feeling right now are overwhelming,” he said. “I’m so grateful to the doctors, nurses and staff at UCSD Medical Center who saved my life, and who are working tirelessly every day to save more. America’s healthcare professionals are true heroes showing undaunted courage on the frontlines of this fight.” “Take it from me: the threat of coronavirus is as serious as it is real. We all need to stay home, and follow County Public Health guidelines to stop the spread and save lives that are at risk. Thank you all for…

City of Chula Vista addresses Park and trail closures, available services amid COVID-19

CHULA VISTA (KUSI) – The City of Chula Vista held a COVID-19 related news conference in front of the Chula Vista Police Department. The city leadership emphasized additional education and enforcement to slow the spread of COVID-19. City of Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas, Police Chief Roxana Kennedy, Fire Chief Jim Geering and City Attorney Glen Googins addressed measuresthe City is taking to keep the community safe and stop the spread of COVID-19. This includes enhanced education of residents about stay at home directives, actions to educate public about closures, what essential business can remainopen, and potential for enforcement actions. Categories: Coronavirus, Health, Local San Diego News

STAR/Pal adjusting to online programs during COVID-19

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The non-profit organization STAR/PAL has been impacted by the state of emergency and COVID-19. The pandemic halted onsite programming concurrent with the school district closures and postponed our major fundraiser event. STAR/PAL said it is turning to virtual programming/mentoring  for a few hours a week officers will be back committed to programming. The organization said they have set up with schools to teach their regularly scheduled programs in their ‘online’ classrooms, and also hosting virtual programs in the evening.     This gives students a chance to see their mentors faces and build consistency which is especially important because they have the ability to make emergency help (police) feel accessible. For more information visit starpal.org Categories: Coronavirus, Good Morning San Diego, In Studio Guests Tags: Coronavirus, Non-Profits, STAR PAL

Balboa Park to launch virtual explorer portal for amid COVID-19 pandemic

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) –  With ‘stay at home’ orders from officials due to COVID-19, people who love arts, science and culture now have one place where they can access content from their favorite Balboa Park venues.  Balboa Park TV is a one-stop portal for video content with activities, fun facts, historical footage, and more represented by over 20 Balboa Park venues, including the Fleet Science Center, San Diego Air and Space Museum, and the San Diego Natural History Museum. This portal not only pulls together new and existing video content from various channels, a new daily vlogger-style show called Balboa Park to You also highlights social media efforts, podcasts, and other information and content being produced by organizations across Balboa Park. Visitors to the portal also benefit from watching recorded Virtual Explorer Experiences featuring experts from park organizations, which are initially ‘live’ and interactive as a benefit for Balboa Park Explorer annual pass holders. Balboa Park TV officially launches on Monday, April 6th. In addition to Balboa Park TV, the portal contains a link to a LiveChat function allowing would-be visitors to ask questions, as well as links to closure information from park organizations. Link…

Barbara Bry and Todd Gloria officially qualify for mayoral election

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Barbara Bry and Todd Gloria have officially qualified for the November 3 mayoral election, the San Diego County Registrar of Voters confirmed Friday. Bry qualified for the mayoral race by winning a contentious race for second in the March 3 primary. The final canvass reported Bry with 22.91% of the vote and her competitor, Scott Sherman, with 22.57%. Todd Gloria came in with 41.48% of the vote. Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: election 2020

Dave Stall: What Lexus dealers are doing during COVID-19

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Good Morning San Diego auto expert Dave Stall along with Dale Weston, Communications Director, Toyota Carlsbad, Lexus Carlsbad and Lexus Escondido discussed what the dealerships are doing during the coronavirus pandemic. Weston said all dealerships are open for business with temporary shortened hours. All showrooms and service areas and other facilities are following all the Covid-19 health and safety guidelines and our frequency of cleaning has increased. People can buy New and Used Toyotas online from the comfort of your home with the Express Purchase feature at Toyota Carlsbad Dot Com with FREE delivery to your home WEBSITE: www.toyotacarlsbad.com www.LexusCarlsbad.com www.LexusEscondido.com Categories: Good Morning San Diego, In Studio Guests

How CARES act will help small businesses in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – There’s a lot going on right now in the business world, specifically around the recently approved CARES Act, Stimulus Bill, approved on Friday last week, and what special loan programs are available to businesses. Seacoast Commerce Bank said they are very involved with the new SBA loan that will be available to businesses whereby they can get a loan to help keep people on the payroll, and if they do use the money to keep people on the payroll, that loan can be forgiven.  It’s called the SBA Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loan.  Its different from the SBA’s Emergency Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). Rick Sanborn talked to Good Morning San Diego about what small businesses can do to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic. Categories: Coronavirus, Good Morning San Diego, In Studio Guests, Local San Diego News

US sheds 701,000 jobs, ending a record-long hiring streak

WASHINGTON (AP) — A record-long streak of U.S. job growth ended suddenly in March after nearly a decade as employers cut 701,000 jobs because of the viral outbreak that’s all but shut down the U.S. economy. The unemployment rate jumped to 4.4% from a 50-year low of 3.5%. The monthly job loss reported Friday by the government, the worst since the depths of the Great Recession in 2009, is still just a small indication of what’s to come. Last month’s actual losses were likely even larger because the government surveyed employers before the heaviest layoffs hit in the past two weeks. Nearly 10 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits in the final two weeks of March, far exceeding the figure for any corresponding period on record. Virus-induced shutdowns have forced widespread layoffs throughout the economy, from hotels, restaurants and movie theaters to auto factories, department stores and administrative offices. The nearly full point increase in the unemployment rate from February to March was the sharpest monthly rise since 1975. One sign of how painfully deep the job losses will likely prove to be: During its…

Public workers scramble to comply with County order to wear face covers

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – All San Diego stores still open and serving the public will scramble Friday to comply with San Diego County’s amended public health orders — requiring all employees who work in essential business and interact with the public to wear facial covering — which go into effect at midnight Friday evening. These industries include pharmacies, grocery stores and gas stations. The California Grocers Associated sought guidance from County officials Thursday on how grocery stores are suppose to acquire face masks for their employees  with such short notice, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Thursday. “The safety of our employees and customers is always our first priority, and even more so during this health crisis,” Ron Fong, president and CEO of the California Grocers Association, said in a statement Thursday. “With such short notice given by San Diego County, grocery companies will be scrambling to be in compliance by Saturday’s deadline. We look forward to hearing from the County quickly on how it will support grocers securing appropriate face coverings for all its workers by April 4.” San Diego County health officials revised the public…

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