What does it take to remove conditional releases for SVPs in California?

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Sexually violent predators in California can be allowed a conditional release into a home in a neighborhood during their rehabilitation treatment. Sarah Thompson of Kid Safe California, joined KUSI’s Hunter Sowards on Good Evening San Diego to discuss changing the conditional release program for sexually violent predators in California. In Thompson’s view, SVPs should live on trailers on prison properties, instead of spending their rehabilitation treatment in California neighborhoods. Thompson explained the process of SVP conditional release in California and what can be done to change the process. Categories: California News, Good Evening San Diego, Local San Diego News, Politics

California to mail every voter a ballot in future elections

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will mail all registered voters ballots in future elections under legislation signed Monday by Gov. Gavin Newsom. His signature makes permanent a change adopted during the pandemic for the 2020 election and the recent recall. California will join other Western states including Oregon, Washington, Utah and Colorado that already mail every registered voter a ballot. The Democratic governor signed 10 other voting-related bills. He crafted his signature as part of a national push by Democrats to expand voting rights and access. Republicans have expressed skepticism about the security of mail-in voting, but there is no evidence of widespread fraud. Categories: California News, Politics

Local pharmacies prepared to begin administering COVID-19 booster shots

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Vons, Albertsons, and Pavilions pharmacies now offer walk-in COVID-19 booster shots, initial COVID-19 vaccines, and flu shots — with no appointment necessary. Simon To, Patient Care Services Pharmacist from Albertsons Vons Pavilions, joined KUSI’s Logan Byrnes on Good Evening San Diego to discuss the requirements needed to receive a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster shot. While they are not needed, customers may still make pharmacy appointments through at www.albertsons.com/COVID-19 or www.vons.com/COVID-19. The booster shot is strictly for those who have received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine with the second dose at least 6 months before. These individuals are eligible as long as they have received the Pfizer vaccine. • Individuals 65 years of age and older; • Residents of long-term care facilities; • Individuals 50 through 64 years of age with underlying medical conditions; • Individuals 18 through 49 years of age with underlying medical conditions based on individual benefit or risk. • Underlying medical conditions may include, but are not limited to: • Cancer, cerebrovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, COPD, diabetes, heart conditions, obesity (BMI>30), smoking • Risks may include allergic reaction, myocarditis/pericarditis,…

Rancho Bernardo residents oppose the placement of SVP Douglas Badger

RANCHO BERNARDO (KUSI) – Sexually violent predator Douglas Badger was recently recommended for a home placement in a Rancho Bernardo community. Michael Combe, Rancho Bernado resident, was filmed speaking with the owner of the proposed home, who Combe described as having the power to “rip up the contract” which would allow Badger to live there, as well as a judge’s ruling. Combe expressed that Badger would live close to his family, which includes two girls. Email comments on Badger’s placement to sdsafe@sdsheriff.org or call 858-495-3619 beginning Sept. 30 to Oct. 14. RELATED STORIES: Sexually Violent Predator Douglas Badger recommended to be placed in Rancho Bernardo Categories: Good Evening San Diego, Local San Diego News

Holocaust survivors urge Newsom to veto ‘dangerous’ ethnic studies requirement bill

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – California lawmakers recently decided to move forward with Assembly Bill 101, which would make ethnic studies a requirement in public high schools. However, hundreds of Holocaust survivors and members of the Jewish community are urging for Gov. Newsom to veto this bill, arguing that it could promote antisemitic content in the classroom. Naya Lekht, Director of Education from Club Z, a national organization for Jewish teens, joined KUSI’s Hunter Sowards on Good Evening San Diego to discuss AB 101. Lekht described that her organization is not against teaching ethnic studies, but is concerned that the content could promote anti-Zionism, call Israel an apartheid state, and call Jews privileged, Lekht said. Lekht emphasized her concerns that the lessons could traffic dangerous antisemitic content. Categories: California News, Good Evening San Diego, Politics

DEA issues national fentanyl initiative to combat overdoses across the country

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Last week, two local anti-drug task forces revealed that prescription drug and opioid deaths doubled in 2020. In an attempt to lower these deaths in San Diego and across the country, the DEA has launched a new initiative to combat fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine. DEA Special Agent in Charge, John Callery, joined KUSI’s Logan Byrnes on Good Evening San Diego to discuss the new initiative to combat widespread use of fentanyl. The DEA has issued a Public Safety Alert driving focus to the increase of the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills which contain fentanyl and methamphetamine. This is the first time in six years that the DEA has issued a Public Safety Alert. Criminal drug networks are mass-producing the counterfeit pills in labs and falsely marketing them as legitimate prescription pills, resulting in the deaths of many Americans at an alarming rate. Categories: Health, National & International News