Emerson College poll found Californians are split on Gov. Newsom’s performance as recall approaches

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A poll conducted by Emerson College found that most California residents are split on whether Gov. Newsom should be recalled. Dr. Gregory Payne, Chair of Emerson College Department of Communication Studies, joined KUSI’s Elizabeth Alvarez on Good Morning San Diego to discuss the poll’s findings. Surprising results from the poll include Larry Elder coming in at 16% despite a last minute entry, and Caitlyn Jenner dragging in at 4%, despite her celebrity status. Dr. Payne described the poll as a snapshot in time that could change later on. Categories: California News, Good Morning San Diego, KUSI, Politics

Firefighters rescue person from Mission Hills Canyon

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A person who was unable to walk was rescued Sunday from a canyon in the Mission Hills neighborhood, fire officials said. A call about a person trapped in a canyon at 4033 Dove Street off West Washington Street was received at 7:47 a.m. Sunday, according to Battalion Chief David Pilkerton of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. The  person was rescued from the canyon at 8:17 a.m., Pilkerton said, and taken by ambulance to UC San Diego Medical Center. The condition of the patient was not immediately released. Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents

Mark Powell: SD City Council can waive all permit fees for affordable housing

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The media price for a home in San Diego is on the rise, making it harder for entry-level teachers, police officers, and nurses to afford a home with their salaries. Mark Powell, President of Parents For Quality Education, joined KUSI’s Jason Austell on Good Morning San Diego to discuss the topic of his most recent op-ed in the San Diego Union Tribune entitled “Opinion: Building new housing in California must involve waiving permitting fees.” These workers have a starting salary of about $60-70,000 a year, but cannot afford to live in the same city that they teach, protect, or care for others in. As a result, they have to travel really far to afford a home, Powell said. San Diego City Council can waive all building permit fees for affordable housing projects, Powell emphasized. Austell asked Powell about the section on solar panels in his op-ed, to which Powell responded, “Okay now this is something where our politicians appear to not be able to get out of their own way,” Powell began. “They’ll say they want affordable housing, yet they’ll do…

‘Let Them Breathe’ files lawsuit against California

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The groups Let Them Breathe and ReOpen California Schools filed a lawsuit last week against the state to end mask mandates for K-12 students. Judge Cynthia Freeland, the same judge who heard Let Them Breathe’s lawsuit on reopening schools in March, has been assigned to hear their case. Currently, the groups are waiting for a court hearing date. A member of Let Them Breathe, Melanie Burkholder, joined KUSI’s Elizabeth Alvarez on Good Morning San Diego to discuss updates with the groups’ lawsuit. Let Them Breathe says that the restriction of children in schools are not justified by the common public health laws. Categories: California News, Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News, Politics

The latest on the recall election with Tom Del Beccaro

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – California’s recall Newsom election takes place Sept. 14 and Chairman of Rescue California, Tom Del Beccaro, joined KUSI’s Jason Austell on Good Morning San Diego to discuss how the election is progressing. A total of 46 candidates are now on the official recall election ballot. Del Beccaro brought to light Gov. Newsom’s slashing of the wildfire prevention budget, contrary to the governor’s own words, and overstated his accomplishments. The Resnicks, one of Gov. Newsom’s biggest donors, own The Wonderful Company, which grows pistachios in the Central Valley, makes many other products — and uses more water than both Los Angeles and San Francisco combined, said Del Beccaro. Meanwhile, the governor doesn’t’ save enough water with reservoirs for a non-rainy day, added Del Beccaro. Overall, there are plenty of reasons to recall Gov. Newsom, Del Beccaro concluded. Categories: California News, Good Morning San Diego, Politics

California’s largest fire torches homes as blazes lash West

INDIAN FALLS, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire raging in rugged terrain in Northern California has destroyed multiple homes as the state’s largest fire intensifies and numerous other blazes batter the U.S. West. The Dixie fire had already destroyed over a dozen homes and other structures when it tore through the tiny community of Indian Falls, in Plumas County, on Saturday night. An updated damage estimate wasn’t immediately available. But fire officials say the blaze has charred more than 181,000 acres and is 20% contained. It’s burning in a rocky, remote area, hampering firefighters’ efforts as it expands eastward. Meanwhile, more than 2,200 crew members are working to corral the nation’s largest wildfire, Oregon’s Bootleg fire. It’s over 40% contained. Categories: California News, Wildfires

Man killed in head-on crash in Vista

VISTA (KUSI) – A 44-year-old man died Saturday when the Mazda sedan he was driving crashed head-on into a pickup in Vista. The crash occurred about 1:35 p.m. in the 1000 block of Vale Terrace Drive, according to San Diego County sheriff’s Sgt. Hernan Gonzalez. A preliminary investigation revealed the white sedan was speeding eastbound on Vale Terrace Drive, lost control and collided head-on with a westbound Chevrolet Silverado, Gonzalez said. The Mazda driver was taken by paramedics to Palomar Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, the sergeant said. His 44-year-old female passenger was hospitalized in serious condition. The 77-year-old man driving the pickup was taken by paramedics to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla with serious injuries not believed life- threatening, Gonzalez said. “At this time, it is unknown if alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in the collision,” he said. Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents

Carlsbad Village Street Faire kicks off all-day event Sunday

  SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce will hold a special edition of the Carlsbad Village Street Faire from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Sunday in the heart of Carlsbad Village at State Street and Grand Avenue. While this will be a smaller version of the usual spring/fall Carlsbad Village Street Faire, it will feature vendors with arts and crafts, antiques, clothing, items from around the world, a food court and more. Currently managed by Kennedy and Associates, this Carlsbad bi-annual tradition started in 1974 and ran consistently every year until 2020, when the global pandemic shut it down. “We are excited to be able to bring this beloved Faire back to Carlsbad and return to some semblance of 2019 “normalcy”, said Bret Schanzenbach, president and CEO of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce. As the event is being held at the height of the tourism season, event organizers recommend taking advantage of the shuttle lots located at The Shoppes at Carlsbad and the Poinsettia Train Station. “We have added more shuttle buses so you won’t have to wait to get a ride,” Schanzenbach…

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