Christian and Jewish groups to rally against antisemitism on July 25

EL CAJON (KUSI) – Amid a rise in recent antisemitic crimes, Christian and Jewish groups from around San Diego will be rallying together against antisemitism on July 25 in EL Cajon. Mayor of El Cajon Bill Wells joined KUSI’s Logan Byrnes on Good Evening San Diego to discuss the event. Shield of David is organizing the event with a group of over 2,000 local Jewish community members, parents, business owners, and concerned citizens. Categories: Good Evening San Diego, Local San Diego News

Jon and Dee Ammon selected as 2021 San Diego ‘Nice Guys’ honorees

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – For the first time, a couple will be this year’s “Nice Guys” honorees for their work to help San Diegans improve their lives. Jon and Dee Ammon are long-time contributors to a long list of organizations and nonprofits for more than 40 years. The couple supports each other in their efforts to give back to the community. Categories: Good Evening San Diego, Local San Diego News

SDPD launches violence reduction plan to curb record-breaking rise in crime

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – In response to a rise in violent crimes, the San Diego Police Department announced a new plan to combat the record-breaking numbers. Only seven months into the year, gang violence is already up 129%. KUSI’s Hunter Sowards was outside of the San Diego Police Department’s headquarters with more on a conference taking place Wednesday. Categories: Good Evening San Diego, Local San Diego News

‘Let Them Breathe’ campaign moves forward with their lawsuit against the state

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The “Let Them Breathe” group is moving forward with a lawsuit against the state, fighting for “mask-choice” for kids in school. This comes just after California announced that each of the state’s school districts will decide how to handle mask-wearing protocols. KUSI’s Teresa Sardina was live in Cardiff with more details on this lawsuit. Categories: California News, Coronavirus, Good Evening San Diego, Local San Diego News, Politics

SD Community College District raises record $614,454 for tuition-free promise

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Fundraising for the San Diego Community College District’s tuition-free San Diego Promise has topped $2 million, with a record $614,454 contributed during the fiscal year ending June 30, it was announced Wednesday. “All students deserve access to higher education, regardless of their financial situation, and these generous donations will help even more students participate in the San Diego Promise, including veterans, former foster youth and adult learners returning to school,” said Carlos O. Turner Cortez, district chancellor. “Fundraising momentum is growing and will continue to grow as more of our region’s residents learn about the impacts this program is having on our community.” The program has opened the doors to a college education for nearly 6,500 students to date, according to a district statement. Donations to the San Diego Promise go directly to students, with no overhead costs applied. Support for the San Diego Promise has been growing steadily. The 2020- 21 fundraising total is more than $150,000 greater than any previous year’s total. In addition, a $1 million fundraising campaign culminates with a September 18 gala celebrating retired Chancellor Constance…

Padres news partnership with American Legion Baseball

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – American Legion baseball brings together the patriotic values of the Legion and youth sports so that the community contribution of veterans is not lost with our senior veterans but is instill in our youth For over three years, Tom and Peter Seidler have been key supporters of American Legion Baseballs rebirth in San Diego The Padres sponsorship of Hoover High School (home of Ted Williams Field) has been instrumental in building Legion baseball at inner-city schools The San Diego Padres are the inaugural Premier Partner of the California State Championship Baseball program. A Premier Partner is a leader in the community who promotes the growth of youth sports. Judy Leonardi is the Spokesperson for the American Legion California Baseball Program and joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss the partnership. “The California Baseball Program is proud to have the San Diego Padres on the American Legion team and look forward to their leadership inspiring all MLB teams in California to join as well,” said Leonardi. Categories: Good Morning San Diego

Court orders shorter sentence for ‘Tiger King’ Joe Exotic

DENVER (AP) — A federal appeals court is ordering a shorter sentence for “Tiger King” Joe Exotic. Denver’s 10th Circuit appeals court ruled Wednesday that the trial court wrongly calculated the sentence for Joe Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage. The zookeeper known for his expletive-laden rants on YouTube was sentenced to 22 years behind bars after being convicted for violating federal wildlife laws and a failed murder-for-hire plot targeting his chief rival. He tried to hire two different men to kill animal rights activist Carole Baskin. The appeals court say those convictions should have been grouped together in calculating his sentence. Categories: Entertainment, National & International News, Trending

Helen Woodward Animal Center brings awareness for National Pet Fire Safety Day

RANCHO SANTA FE (KUSI) – National Pet Fire Safety Day was instituted in 2009 by The American Kennel Club and ADT Security Services to help reduce the estimated 500,000 pets affected by home fires each year. The day aims to bring nationwide awareness and education to pet owners about potential risks when pets are left home alone. Throughout the month of July, Helen Woodward Animal Center is providing pet alert stickers for the windows of pet owners. The Center, along with the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Department asks that pet owners remember the following safety tips to protect their pets. Helen Woodward Animal Center PR Director Jessica Gercke joined Good Morning San Diego to share some tips and reminders for pet owners. For more information on adopting or for safety questions, call Helen Woodward Animal Center at 858-756-4117, visit the Center at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe or visit www.animalcenter.org. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News

Girl killed, two toddlers critically hurt in suspected DUI crash on I-15

BONSALL (KUSI) – A 27-year-old mother faces potential DUI charges after she crashed her car down an embankment off Interstate 15 near Bonsall early Wednesday morning, killing her 5-year-old daughter and critically injuring her two toddlers. The solo vehicle crash happened about 2:25 a.m. on northbound I-15 north of Gopher Canyon Road, California Highway Patrol Officer Juan Escobar said. A 27-year-old San Diego woman was driving northbound in a 2009 Hyundai Genesis sedan with her three young children in the car when, for unknown reasons, she veered to the right and the car overturned down an embankment, Escobar said. A 5-year-old girl and a 3-year-old girl were ejected from the car, the officer said. A 1-year-old boy remained in a child restraint seat in the car. The 5-year-old girl was pronounced dead at the scene, Escobar said. The two other children were airlifted to Rady Children’s Hospital, where they were admitted in critical condition, Escobar said. An update on their conditions was not immediately available. The children’s mother, whose name was not immediately available, suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital for treatment,…

Boston Red Sox take Bonita Vista’s Daniel McElveny in sixth round of MLB Draft

From Bonita Vista to the big leagues, the Boston Red Sox have selected Daniel McElveny in the sixth round of the 2021 MLB Draft. He will join fellow South Bay shortstop, Marcelo Mayer, in the Red Sox organization. McElveny was drafted as a shortstop, but can play any position, as long as his bat is in the lineup. Categories: All Sports Report, Sports Tags: Bonita Vista HS

San Diego women’s professional soccer team hires Casey Stoney as first coach

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego’s National Women’s Soccer League club has appointed former England player and Manchester United Women’s manager Casey Stoney as the first head coach in history, the club announced Wednesday. Stoney, 39, joins after managing Manchester United in the FA Women’s Super League since 2018. She led Manchester United to 52 wins in 77 competitive matches and secured promotion with the 2018-19 Football Association Women’s Championship title in her inaugural season with the club. “Casey is one of the most decorated, distinguished and talented English players of all time and has transitioned seamlessly in her role as a manager,” said San Diego NWSL President Jill Ellis. “She immediately turned Manchester United Women Football Club into respected contenders and established herself as one of the top managers in the league. “Casey has all of the qualities we want in our manager and she is fully committed to making San Diego NWSL a globally successful club and brand led by powerful and talented women,” Ellis continued. “We are thrilled to secure her as our manager and look forward to what she will bring…

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