PPR Podcast: Helix High School’s WR/CB Adren Parker

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Helix Charter High School’s football team has historically been impressive. But in the 2022 season, PPR’s Paul Rudy and Burt Grossman want to keep a close eye on the speedy WR & CB, Adren Parker. Parker shared some insight into his athletic career running track and playing football, and what he expects to see from his team as they prepare to start the 2022 season. Click here to listen on Spotify. Click here to listen on Apple Podcasts. Categories: Prep Pigskin Report Podcast

The first Rally with Allie in two years will be this Friday, Aug. 19

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – It’s been nearly two years since KUSI’s Prep Pigskin Report has been able to hold a Rally with Allie, but this week the tradition is coming back to San Diego. Rally with Allie is where local high schools get to showcase their school spirit on live television.  This week’s premier Rally with Allie will be Friday, Aug. 19 at Otay Mesa High. Allie Wagner joined Paul Rudy and Elizabeth Alvarez on Good Morning San Diego, with her newborn on her lap, to talk about the event. Allie said she is pumped up to get back to a “gym full of screaming kids”. Other rallies schedules already for this season are Valhalla, Mt. Helix, Grossmont, and Eastlake high schools. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News

Tatís “took steroids, there’s no doubt about it,” says Burt Grossman

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Padres player Fernando Tatís Jr. claims his use of performance enhancing drugs (PED’s) was an accident. Regardless, the infraction led to an 80 game suspension that will last halfway into next season. KUSI’s Paul Rudy was joined on “Good Morning San Diego” by Burt Grossman, co-host of KUSI’s Prep Pigskin Report, to discuss Tatís’ claims and the position he has left his team in for the remainder of the season. “He took steroids, there’s no doubt about it but, again, he did it to get back on the field. He wasn’t even playing, it wasn’t like he was cheating the numbers or wanted more home runs more, triples, or anything else,” said Grossman.    Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News

San Diego Unified School District officially backs off plans for indoor mask mandate

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – One month ago, San Diego Unified School District Board President, Dr. Sharon Whitehurst-Payne, made national headlines for telling her students not to come back to school if they are uncomfortable wearing a mask. Her comments were shocking as her job is to encourage students to attend school and provide them with their right to an education. Whitehurst-Payne’s comments were not unexpected, but just the latest of her ongoing defense of the unpopular mask mandates, as she repeatedly appeared on KUSI News in the weeks prior to justify masking young, healthy students despite them having no risk to the coronavirus. Whitehurst-Payne has not appeared on KUSI News since her July 18 interview, but we have extended the invitation multiple times. During that interview, Whitehurst-Payne explained the district was going to enforce mask mandates for the last two weeks of summer school, and then reconsider them ahead of the Fall semester. Monday evening, the San Diego Unified School District sent an email to parents announcing their decision to not enforce the mask mandate for the 2022-23 school year. The announcement came after enormous

Supervisor Jim Desmond leads effort to recruit more Sheriff’s Deputies

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is experience a shortage of deputies, and Republican County Supervisor Jim Desmond is leading the effort to change that. Desmond recently sent a letter to the Board of Supervisors calling for incentives for those who apply to become a San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputy. Jim Desmond says these first responders put their lives on the line and should be compensated well for their bravery. Desmond explained what other incentives he is pursuing to resolve the staffing shortage with KUSI’s Hunter Sowards on Good Evening San Diego. Categories: Good Evening San Diego, Local San Diego News, Politics

City of San Diego considers demolishing the California Theatre building

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A major health hazard in Downtown San Diego is finally getting attention from San Diego City Hall. Ironically, the old California Theatre building is just a few steps away from City Hall, and has been neglected for about thirty years. The visual conditions of the building from the outside is no secret, but it only gets worse when you go in. But, nobody wants to go inside, as it has been taken over by homeless, and been a hotbed for drugs and other criminal acts. Over the years, the building has been acquired by various developers, but none of them have followed through with the plans to revitalize the property due to various reasons. KUSI’s Dan Plante spoke with nearby business owners, and property advisors about the neglected building and why it’s taken so long to be demolished.   Categories: California News, Good Evening San Diego, Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News

Wounded Warrior Homes promotes National Nonprofit Day, Weds. Aug. 17

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – National Nonprofit Day is Weds. Aug. 17, and Wounded Warrior Homes is hoping to use donated funds to continue it’s mission of assisting veterans. Gene Jennett, assistant director of Wounded Warrior Homes, joined Elizabeth Alvarez on “Good Morning San Diego” to talk about the nonprofit’s mission to provide transitional housing for recently separated veterans with traumatic brain injuries and PTSD. National Nonprofit Day is a day for donations, so if this cause speaks to you, visit their website. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News, National & International News

Retired USBP Chief Rodney Scott on weekend of cartel violence in Tijuana

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Over the weekend, the people of Baja California experienced some extreme violence initiated by the drug cartels. Dozens of cars were set on fire, deadly shootings reported, and the Mexican government was forced to send in the national guard to try and gain back control. People in the area are now trying to get back to normal after being scared for their lives. Retired U.S. Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott broke down the scary situation and what can be done to prevent any more violence on KUSI’s Good Evening San Diego.   Categories: Good Evening San Diego, Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics