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Southern California school officials calling for more funding to reopen safely

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Superintendents from the San Diego Unified and the Los Angeles Unified School District outlined in a letter what must be done for schools to reopen in the fall. “We know how important it is to be in school, but we are in the middle of a global pandemic and the safety and security of our students will always come first,” said Superintendent Cindy Marten. Superintendent Austin Beutner of LA Unified School District and San Diego Unified Superintendent Marten said in a joint statement that more money will be needed to fulfill health guidelines not less. “When we saw the budget cuts proposed in May we realized it was a recipe for more distance and less learning we wanted to just simply say we’re not satisfied with that formula,” Marten said. While steps are being taken in the right direction like the governor offering emergency aid to make up for the deficit in proposed cuts, the funding is needed for additional staff and supplies. Vice President of the school board Richard Barrera says a budget proposal passed in Sacramento removed some of…

San Diego City Council unanimously approves sale of Mission Valley Stadium

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The San Diego City Council voted unanimously today to approve a sale agreement for the city-owned Mission Valley stadium property to San Diego State University for $86.2 million, bringing more than a year of negotiations nearly to a close. Before the property officially changes hands, the city and university’s attorneys need to finalize the purchase and sale agreement and 30 attachments. The contract details then need to be approved by the council with an ordinance — which requires two readings in open session — and then a 30- day referendum period before it can be signed by San Diego’s mayor or their designee. In short, barring any last-minute negotiations, San Diego State could close escrow and officially take ownership of the 132-acre property by late July. “As an SDSU graduate, I am elated to play a role in helping my alma mater expand its institutional footprint, enhance its educational prestige, increase our supply of workforce and student housing, and create a river park for all San Diegans,” said Georgette Gomez, council president. San Diego voters approved Measure G in November 2018,…

Retired Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher files lawsuit against the Navy and New York Times Reporter

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Retired Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher is suing the United States Navy and a writer for the New York Times for violations of rights and defamation. Gallagher’s defense team says his rights were violated when Navy officials leaked personal documents to a Dave Philipps, of the NYT, during pre-trial investigations.  They say Phillip’s articles and podcast are proof he had information protected by The Privacy Act. Due to the leaks, Timothy Parlatore, lead counsel, says the family received multiple threats including their teenage daughter. Gallagher was charged with war crimes in September 2018. Local officials and the President got involved with this case when they felt Chief Gallagher was being unfairly treated before the trial. He was found not guilty of murder last Summer. The lawsuit does not stipulate a damages amount, they say that is up to the jury to decide.  The case was filed today in the United States District Court of Southern California. Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics Tags: Eddie Gallagher

One person killed in shooting in City Heights

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – One person has been killed in a shooting at an apartment complex in City Heights, according to San Diego police. The shooting happened around 3:45 p.m. at an apartment complex near the intersection of University Avenue and Euclid Avenue. Police found a man with at least one gunshot wound at the scene, SDPD Officer Robert Heims said. The man was later pronounced dead. SWAT officers have been called to the scene as the suspect has barricaded himself in the apartment This is a developing story. Categories: Local San Diego News

Data Expert Justin Hart analyzes the coronavirus death rate for each age group

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego resident and data expert, Justin Hart, has been paying very close attention to the coronavirus data in San Diego County. Furthermore, Hart has been actively following the County’s daily coronavirus press briefings hosted by Supervisors Greg Cox, Nathan Fletcher, and Public Health Officer Wilma Wooten. While watching these press briefings, Hart posts critique of the questions our local reporters ask, saying they are “not on your side.” Hart posted a threat of tweets (below) commenting on each question that was asked by our local media at Wednesday’s briefing. He concluded tweeting, “Look, re-opening is on all of our minds… but out of the 8+ questions only 2 press people asked positive “why aren’t you re-opening x when y”… the rest were all-“tattle-tale” in nature. Given a blow torch – most of these these folks would gladly weld you inside.” But, Hart gave Kudos to KUSI’s Mike McKinnon III for calling out the difference in beach regulation between California in New York. McKinnon asked the County, “In New York the beaches are closed to swimming, but gatherings of up to…

One person wounded in shooting in City Heights

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – One person has been wounded in a shooting at an apartment complex in City Heights, according to San Diego police. The shooting happened around 3:45 p.m. at an apartment complex near the intersection of University Avenue and Euclid Avenue. The person was transported to hospital. Their condition is unknown. This is a developing story. Categories: Local San Diego News

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