CA gubernatorial candidate John Cox urges schools to reopen now

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Schools can and should be opened as in other states, proclaimed John Cox, Republican gubernatorial candidate, California businessman, and Founder of C.H.A.N.G.E.-CA who joined KUSI in a discussion on solutions for reopening schools. The San Diego Union-Tribune recently reported that the City of San Diego has paid a much higher price than the market value for two Residence Inns to house homeless individuals. On this topic, Cox said that someone with a business background would be a better fit for governor of the state so that taxpayer money could be better monitored. Categories: Local San Diego News

CIF says it will comply with judge’s order to resume youth sports

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Attorneys for the San Diego section of the California Interscholastic Federation said today that the CIF will comply with a recent court order allowing youth sports to resume countywide, though whether sports activities resume will largely depend on the individual schools’ ability to meet testing standards and other COVID-19 protocols utilized by professional or collegiate teams. Following Friday’s temporary restraining order ruling by a Vista judge allowing youth sports in San Diego County to resume “as long as the(y) follow the same or similar COVID-19 protocols imposed for competition in professional and/or collegiate sports,” attorneys were back in court Wednesday morning to argue over whether the CIF was in contempt of the judge’s order. Attorneys representing two local high school athletes who sued the state and county to resume youth sports alleged in a recent filing that the CIF has violated the court order by stating it would follow the state’s tiered reopening guidelines rather than the order issued by San Diego Superior Court Judge Earl H. Maas III. In last week’s ruling, Maas wrote that he agreed with the plaintiffs…

Local man shares positive message through rock art

SEAPORT VILLAGE (KUSI) – Visitors to Seaport Village may have already seen Jay, local rock stacker, piling stones to perilous heights. For those seeking, he sometimes shares his wisdom on how he accomplishes his impressive rock stacks. Jay joined KUSI to discuss the philosophies he’s learned from stacking stones. “You just go with the flow, so it’s another way of also learning how to go with the flow, and not spending too much time on something that’s not working. You know, move to the next one or just find a different way of balancing a stack,” Jay said. Categories: KUSI, Local San Diego News

Supervisor Fletcher refuses to comment on teachers union demands

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego Unified School District leaders announced Tuesday that they have set a targeted date of April 12 to allow students of all grade levels to return to the classroom — provided the county drops into the red tier of the state’s COVID-19 monitoring system — nearly a year after the district closed its schools due to the pandemic. Under the plan, teachers — who will have the choice to be vaccinated — will return to classrooms a week before then, on April 5. The plan is a hybrid model and students will have the option to continue learning from home. COVID-19 safety protocols will continue to be observed on campuses indefinitely, officials said. Board of Education President Richard Barrera said the plan is to bring all grade levels back after spring break, provided the vaccination schedule holds up and case rates continue to decrease. As of Tuesday, San Diego County had an adjusted case rate of 15 per 100,000 people — in the state’s purple tier of its four-tiered reopening plan. Wednesday on Good Morning San Diego, Barrera discusses the…

Funky electronics chain Fry’s is no more

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Fry’s Electronics, the go-to chain for tech tinkerers looking for an obscure part, is closing for good. The company, perhaps even more well known for outlandish themes at some of its stores, from Aztec to “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” said Wednesday in an online posting that the COVID-19 pandemic had made it impossible to continue. Fans immediately took to Twitter to post images and memories (good and bad). The chain was concentrated on the West Coast, but had 31 stores in nine states. It was founded 36 years ago. The pandemic has done heavy damage to retailers, but Fry’s was already getting hammered by online competition and a battle between heavy-hitters Best Buy and Amazon.com. Categories: California News, Local San Diego News

Reward offered for tips on stabbing death of teen during Chula Vista birthday party

CHULA VISTA (KUSI) – Authorities reached out to the public Wednesday for help in identifying the assailant or assailants who fatally stabbed a teenage boy over one year ago during a fight in Chula Vista, with a potential reward of $6,000 available. Devin Griffiths, 15, was at a birthday party at a home in the 900 block of Maria Way when a fight between two other teens broke out around 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 31, 2020, according to Chula Vista police. The fight eventually moved out to the street in front of the residence. At one point during the fight, Griffiths — who was not initially involved in the argument — jumped in to help a friend who was being attacked by several young men, police said. Griffiths was then stabbed multiple times in the upper body and fell to the ground. He was taken to UC San Diego Medical Center, where he died on Feb. 16, 2020. The group of suspects fled in at least two unidentified vehicles. Officers detained and interviewed several partygoers who provided limited information about the incident and the potential…

Country music icon Trace Adkins previews TRACE 25—Still Dreaming Out Loud Concert

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Country music icon joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss his upcoming, Trace 25: Still Dreamin’ Out Loud, LiveXLive concert. The concert will commemorate Adkin’s 25 years in entertainment featuring hits spanning his amazing career, that includes many acting credits.   Categories: Entertainment, Good Morning San Diego

Dr. Chao on long road to recovery and more surgery to come for Tiger Woods

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a career filled with remarkable comebacks, Tiger Woods faces perhaps his toughest recovery of all. Woods was driving alone through a sweeping, downhill stretch of road through coastal suburbs of Los Angeles when his SUV struck a sign, crossed over a raised median and two oncoming lanes flipped several times before coming to rest on its side. Its airbags deployed. Former Chargers Physician, David Chao, MD, joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss his injuries and lengthy recovery for the gold icon. A sheriff’s deputy poked his head through a hole in the windshield to see Woods, still wearing his seatbelt, sitting in the driver’s seat. The crash caused “significant” injuries to his right leg and he underwent what was described as a “long surgical procedure” at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Anish Mahajan, the chief medical officer, said Woods shattered tibia and fibula bones in multiple locations. He suffered “open fractures,” meaning the skin was broken. The bones were stabilized by a rod in the tibia. He said a combination of screws and pins were used for injuries in the ankle…

Attorney says San Diego CIF is not following judges order to resume youth sports

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – An attorney who helped win a temporary restraining order allowing high school and youth sports to resume in San Diego County amid the coronavirus pandemic said San Diego CIF is not following judge’s orders. On Friday — hours after the state revised its guidelines to allow certain sports activities in counties with relatively low rates of new COVID-19 cases — San Diego Superior Court Judge Earl H. Maas III agreed with the plaintiffs in his written ruling that young athletes were not at greater risk of contracting or transmitting COVID-19 than their professional or collegiate counterparts. Maas briefly referenced the new guidelines issued by the state, but wrote that “competent evidence was not provided to the court in this regard” at Friday’s hearing and thus he declined “to anticipate what the (state) `may’ do in the coming week.” Stephen Grebing of the firm Wingert Grebing Brubaker & Juskie said on Good Morning San Diego that he will seek clarification on the guidance youth sports need to follow from Judge Mass. Grebing also said his firm would be filing similar lawsuits in…

Tucker Carlson Tonight highlights KUSI’s question about San Diego’s slow reopening process

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego County is getting national attention for our extremely slow reopening process compared to the rest of the country. When KUSI’s Tommy Sablan asked why we are so behind, Supervisor Fletcher told us to ask the other states. That interaction continues to get attention, and was aired Tuesday on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight, the most watched cable news show in the country. Carlson then interviewed Attorney Michael Curran, a frequent guest on KUSI News, about the more than 600 businesses he is representing that have reopened as part of a constitutionally protected right to peacefully protest. RELATED STORY: Why is San Diego County so behind on reopening? Nathan Fletcher says ask other states The complete Tucker Carlson Tonight segment is below: Categories: Coronavirus, Entertainment, Local San Diego News, Politics

SDUSD Board President Richard Barrera says no guarantee schools actually resume on April 12

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego Unified School District leaders announced Tuesday that they have set a targeted date of April 12 to allow students of all grade levels to return to the classroom — provided the county drops into the red tier of the state’s COVID-19 monitoring system — nearly a year after the district closed its schools due to the pandemic. Under the plan, teachers — who will have the choice to be vaccinated — will return to classrooms a week before then, on April 5. The plan is a hybrid model and students will have the option to continue learning from home. COVID-19 safety protocols will continue to be observed on campuses indefinitely, officials said. Board of Education President Richard Barrera said the plan is to bring all grade levels back after spring break, provided the vaccination schedule holds up and case rates continue to decrease. As of Tuesday, San Diego County had an adjusted case rate of 15 per 100,000 people — in the state’s purple tier of its four-tiered reopening plan. To fall in the required red tier, the county…

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