San Diego

Supervisor Kristin Gaspar deserves the credit for beginning to reopen San Diego County beaches

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego County public health officials will lift restrictions on entering the ocean for swimming, surfing, kayaking and paddleboarding at sunrise on Monday morning. Parking lots, piers and boardwalks will remain closed. Individual jurisdictions can still place restrictions on beach usage. The San Diego County Public Health team suggested local jurisdictions close the beaches amid the coronavirus pandemic, which led to 100-percent of San Diego’s beaches closing. The closed beaches and overreaching regulation led hundred of San Diego County residents to participate in various “Freedom Rally” protests to show their opposition the county wide closures. People who participated in the “Freedom Rally” told KUSI News they believe beaches, trails, bays, and the ocean should be open for use if social distance guidelines can still be followed. On April 17, County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar wrote two letters to the County of San Diego Chief Administrative officer. One outlining rules for county golf courses to reopen with limitations, and the other (shown below), requesting “that the County reconsider the current restriction on swimming, surfing, paddle boarding, and recreational boating.” A week later, April…

Beaches reopened for surfing, swimming starting Monday

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The long, painful wait is almost over. After more than a month of closing off the coastline to all of humanity, the Ocean will be open again this Monday. “This changes everything. We’ve been deprived of so many things and it’s been hard. I feel better already just knowing it’s going to happen,” Pacific Beach local, Will Nestor, said. At sunrise Monday morning, surfers will surf again, joggers will jog again and the most precious resource of all will be returned to the people of San Diego. “Well I know it’s going to be crowded for sure. I’m just stoked to paddle out somewhere. For the first time in a while surfing is not a crime,” Nestor said. The much awaited announcement came on Friday, when the County Health Officer lifted the very strict regulations along the coastline. Now it’s up to the individual cities to develop their own set of rules moving ahead. Shortly after the word got out, the Mayor of San Diego confirmed the news. Starting Monday morning, the ocean is open for surfing, paddle boarding, swimming, snorkeling…

13.1 mile journey helping East county runner fill 3,000 mile divide

Danielle Edmonds is a grad student at NYU, but due to the effects of the Coronavirus in New York had to come home to San Diego. She was scheduled to do two half marathons in the city that were both canceled given the circumstances in the world, but she didn’t want to just give up. So, on the day she was supposed to run one through Central Park, she mapped out a course and decided to do it alone right here in San Diego. Categories: All Sports Report, Sports Tags: east county, new york city, running

San Diego asks for public input on new master parks plan

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego is asking the public for input on a draft document outlining the future of the city’s parks and recreation system as it expands its “Play Everywhere” initiative. The draft of the parks master plan is the first since 1956. At the time, the city owned 5,700 acres of parkland and 13 recreation centers across 38 communities. Friday, the city owns and maintains more than 42,000 acres of park assets across 52 communities. This includes 57 recreation centers, 13 aquatic complexes, three municipal golf courses, seven skate parks and 17 off- leash dog areas. “As we continue to navigate a global health pandemic, we have seen just how valuable our neighborhood parks really are,” said Mayor Kevin Faulconer. “This push to improve our parks for the next generation will create an interconnected, equitable and sustainable park system for all San Diegans to enjoy. And we want every San Diegan to have a say in what it will look like so we’re asking everyone to share their thoughts about the future of our parks.” The new parks master plan is “focused…

La Jolla Seniors get their shine

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many Senior students and athletes have had traditions taken away from them… but thanks to a local business owner / photographer, Stephanie Montion Marquez, Senior athletes at La Jolla High School are getting a photo shoot at their front door. Categories: All Sports Report, Sports Tags: La Jolla HS

Learning For All helps students succeed during the COVID-19 pandemic

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A local organization is looking to help students succeed with private tutoring during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learning For All specializes in working with students who struggle with dyslexia, ADHD and other learning disorders. Executive Director of Learning For All Rachel Herman joined KUSI, via skype, to talk more about their work. Categories: Coronavirus, Local San Diego News

Federal Judge blocks background check on ammunition purchases

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A San Diego federal judge today blocked a state law requiring background checks for people purchasing ammunition, opining that it does little to keep ammunition out of the hands of criminals and infringes on the rights of law-abiding citizens. In his 120-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Roger T. Benitez said background check requirements approved by California voters “have a severely disproportionate effect on law-abiding citizen-residents.” In the opening of his opinion, the judge wrote, “The experiment has been tried. The casualties have been counted. California’s new ammunition background check law misfires and the Second Amendment rights of California citizens have been gravely injured.” While the law’s intent to prohibit felons from acquiring ammunition is “laudable,” the judge wrote, “there is little evidence that pre-purchase ammunition background checking will accomplish the goal and the burden it places on the Constitutional rights of law-abiding firearm owners is profound.” The law that took effect last summer “defies common sense,” as “criminals, tyrants, and terrorists don’t do background checks,” and law-abiding residents would be deterred from undergoing the required checks, the judge wrote. The law…

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