Grossmont College breaks ground on science and technology building project

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Grossmont College broke ground Thursday on the second phase of a $36.2 million science, math and career technology complex, which will house a new Veterans Resource Center. The project will expand classroom, lab and office spaces for programs including physical geography and oceanography, human geography and social sciences, math and geology. Governing Board President Brad Monroe thanked East County taxpayers for supporting Proposition V, the 2012 bond measure financing the new building and other construction and renovation projects at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges. “This building will demonstrate to the community that their investment in our college district through the passage of Proposition V was well spent,” he said. “This building will serve tens of thousands of students in the years to come.” Interim Grossmont College President Marsha Gable said she is excited about the new space for veterans, which will be a center providing counseling, tutoring and a social space for the college’s student veteran population. “With a prime location on Griffin Drive, the new Veterans Resource Center will be an easily accessible space for Grossmont College to help hundreds of…

Dr. Georgine Nanos explains new mask guidelines from the CDC

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is easing mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings. The new guidance announced Thursday is a major step toward returning to pre-pandemic life. The new guidance still calls for wearing masks in crowded indoor settings like buses, planes, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters, but it will help clear the way for reopening workplaces and schools. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky says: “We have all longed for this moment — when we can get back to some sense of normalcy.” Dr. Georgine Nanos with Kind Health Group joined Good Evening San Diego to help explain the new guidance from the CDC. Categories: Coronavirus, Good Evening San Diego, Health, Local San Diego News

Rough arrest of homeless man in La Jolla spurs protest, in-house SDPD probe

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – An internal investigation was underway Thursday into a bystander-videotaped arrest during which San Diego Police Department personnel tackled and repeatedly punched a homeless man on a La Jolla thoroughfare. The internet-posted images of the officers’ protracted struggle to detain the man in the 4100 block of Torrey Pines Road on Wednesday morning prompted dismay on social media, along with a sharp rebuke and call for accountability from the local branch of the NAACP. “We have been made aware of a disturbing incident … involving the brutal handling of a member of our community,” Francine Maxwell, president of the San Diego branch of the civil rights organization, wrote in a letter to SDPD Chief David Nisleit. “We are deeply saddened and angered to see the San Diego Police Department act with such violence against someone who presented no apparent risk to anyone.” The events that led to the rough arrest began about 9 a.m., when a pair of patrolmen saw the transient urinating in public in the coastal neighborhood near Scripps Institution of Oceanography and tried to contact him, according to SDPD…

Mt. Helix resident awaits judge ruling for sexually violent predator placement

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A judge Monday rejected placing a sexually violent predator poised for conditional release at a home in the Mount Helix neighborhood, saying the residence was located in a densely populated neighborhood and in close proximity to children. San Diego Superior Court Judge Albert Harutunian III said the home at 10957 Horizon Hills Drive, which was proposed by state hospital officials to house 64-year-old Merle Wade Wakefield, was “not what the legislature intended for SVP placements.” The home rejected by the judge is the same residence that the Department of State Hospitals proposed for the placement of 78-year-old sexually violent predator Douglas Badger. Dozens of Mount Helix residents and local elected officials urged a judge last month to reject the placement on various grounds, including concerns over how stringently Badger would be monitored and the neighborhood having a much higher population density than the remote, sparsely populated locations where SVPs are typically housed. San Diego Superior Court Judge Theodore Weathers, who is overseeing the case of Badger’s placement, has not yet issued a ruling. Mt. Helix resident Sarah Thompson joined Good Evening…

Dr. Abisola Olulade on new mask guidelines from the CDC

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is easing mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings. The new guidance announced Thursday is a major step toward returning to pre-pandemic life. The new guidance still calls for wearing masks in crowded indoor settings like buses, planes, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters, but it will help clear the way for reopening workplaces and schools. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky says: “We have all longed for this moment — when we can get back to some sense of normalcy.” Dr. Abisola Olulade joined Good Evening San Diego to discuss the new guidance from the CDC.   Categories: Coronavirus, Good Evening San Diego, Local San Diego News

Mayor Gloria outlines `Summer for All of Us’ initiative for recreation

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Mayor Todd Gloria Thursday outlined his “Summer for All of Us” initiative as part of his proposed budget, intended to create more recreation opportunities for youth in historically underserved communities, boost youth employment and ensure youth are better set up for success. “As we move into recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s vitally important we engage and provide supports to our youth which is exactly what this initiative is designed to do,” Gloria said. “By providing young people access to engaging programming that connects them to opportunities that promote physical activity, learning and employment, we are setting them up for success in our city.” As designed in his proposed $4.6 billion budget, the initiative will: — Create programs to help children and families take part in activities at libraries and recreation centers in traditionally underserved communities; — Invest $1 million in the Connect2Careers workforce development program to bolster youth employment; — Invest $500,000 to enhance library youth programming; — Continue and expand the “SDAccess4All” initiative that aims to close the digital divide by increasing Internet and technology access; — Invest $400,000…

California governor seeks $1.5B boost for small businesses

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to use a portion of the state’s federal coronavirus aid to help small-business owners. The Democratic governor said Thursday that he will ask state lawmakers to add $1.5 billion to a program that gives up to $25,000 grants to small businesses. That program already has $2.5 billion to give away, so Newsom’s proposal would push it to $4 billion, if approved. California is scheduled to get $27 billion in federal coronavirus aid. Newsom is scheduled to present his final budget proposal to lawmakers Friday. He also announced new spending this week on homelessness and rebates for taxpayers. Categories: California News, Local San Diego News

Two killed in fiery crash of big rig on I-8 in Pine Valley

PINE VALLEY (KUSI) – A second body was found at the scene of a solo big- rig crash in Pine Valley Thursday afternoon, roughly 17 hours after the commercial vehicle plunged down an embankment alongside Interstate 8 and became engulfed in fire. The driver of the tractor-trailer lost control of it for unknown reasons while heading east near Buckman Springs Road about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, according to the California Highway Patrol. The truck veered to the left across a center median, went off the north side of the freeway and hit a bridge rail before careening down a dirt slope and bursting into flames, CHP public-affairs Officer Travis Garrow said. Emergency crews pronounced the driver dead at the scene, the officer said. Personnel working to document and clean up the crash site found the other victim about 1 p.m., according to the Highway Patrol. “Due to the severity of the crash and the type of vehicle involved, it took a lengthy amount of time and resources to located the (second) victim,” Garrow said. “Both victims in this crash are believed to be males. Their identities,…

‘Great day for America’: Vaccinated can largely ditch masks

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major step toward returning to pre-pandemic life, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people on Thursday, allowing them to stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings. “Today is a great day for America,” President Joe Biden said during a Rose Garden address heralding the new guidance, an event where he and his staff went without masks. Hours earlier in the Oval Office, where Biden was meeting with vaccinated Republican lawmakers, he led the group in removing their masks when the guidance was announced. “If you are fully vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask,” he said, summarizing the new guidance and encouraging more Americans to roll up their sleeves. “Get vaccinated — or wear a mask until you do.” The guidance still calls for wearing masks in crowded indoor settings like buses, planes, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters, but it will help clear the way for reopening workplaces, schools and other venues — even removing the need for social distancing for those who are fully vaccinated. “We…

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