What do we know about the Omicron variant?

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Another new COVID-19 variant is on the block and it goes by “Omicron.” Dr. Davey Smith, Virologist, MD, Infectious Disease Researcher at UC San Diego, joined KUSI’s Logan Byrnes on Good Evening San Diego to discuss details of the Omicron variant. The World Health Organization has warned that the variant, which was first identified in South Africa, poses a very high risk. Dr. Smith explained that the new variant is probably as infectious as the Delta variant. Experts don’t yet know much about the new variant, but do know that the virus is continuing to evolve, resulting in new mutations in the form of new variants, the doctor said. Dr. Smith expressed that he does think the vaccine still works for this variant, but might not work as well as for the previous variants, but it is still the best option available to protect against COVID-19. Categories: Coronavirus, Good Evening San Diego, Health, KUSI

Lee Elder, first Black golfer to compete in the Masters, dies at 87

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Pioneering professional golfer, Lee Elder, died at 87 years old on Nov. 28. He is remembered as the first Black man to compete at the Masters, an event which made history in 1975. Elder was honored just this past April in at the 2021 Masters at Augusta National. KUSI’s very own Dave Scott, who is a very close friend of Elder’s, joined KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries on Good Evening San Diego to remember Elder’s legacy. Categories: Good Evening San Diego, National & International News, Trending

President Biden to reinstate Trump-era ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Americans are expecting President Biden to reinstate the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” policy, which could happen as soon as this week. Immigration Attorney Esther Valdes Clayton joined KUSI’s Logan Byrnes on Good Evening San Diego to discuss President Biden’s anticipated reinstatement of the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” immigration program. However, the policy will not be completely the same as Trump’s, said Clayton. Adult migrants enrolled in the program will be offered the COVID-19 vaccine, but cannot be forced to take it. Mexico has made known their condition for the agreement, which is that the U.S. immigration cases be dealt with within six months. The country has also asked that the U.S. escalate development programs for southern Mexico and Central America in effort to address the root causes. Categories: Good Evening San Diego, KUSI, National & International News, Politics

Court temporarily blocks San Diego Unified’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate

  RANCHO SANTA FE (KUSI) – A federal appeals court has granted a request from a 16-year-old Scripps Ranch High School student and her parents who sued to block the San Diego Unified School District’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, one day before students were required to get their first dose. The suit filed last month in San Diego federal court on behalf of the family — identified as John, Jane and Jill Doe in the complaint — stated that the high school junior’s religious beliefs — specifically her opposition to abortion — prohibit her from getting the vaccine. Paul Jonna, an attorney representing the family, has said his clients are opposed to taking the vaccines “because they were all either made or tested using aborted fetal cells.” Jonna said, “Our clients are firmly pro-life and refuse to benefit from vaccines that were made in this way, which they view as immoral — as do many other people of faith.” The district’s plan requires that all students over age 16 receive their second dose no later than Dec. 20. According to Doe’s filings, that means students’ first…

Weekend Sports Update with Paul Rudy and Burt Grossman: Chargers vs. Broncos, NFL vs. St. Louis lawsuit, and more

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – On Good Morning San Diego, KUSI’s Paul Rudy and Burt Grossman talked about the past 72 hours of sports including the game between the Chargers and Broncos, the lawsuit NFL vs. St. Louis and more. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Sports

It’s Chanukah, Rabbi Yeruchem Eilfort talks about the celebration and it’s history

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – On Good Morning San Diego, KUSI’s Paul Rudy talked with Rabbi Yeruchem Eilfort at Chabad at La Costa about what Chanukah is and it’s history. Chanukah commemorates the victory of the Maccabees over the Syrian Greek army, and the subsequent miracle of rededicating the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and restoring its menorah, or lamp. Categories: Good Morning San Diego

Family disturbance turns into attempted kidnapping

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Police confirmed a man allegedly attempted to kidnap his grandmother early Monday morning. Around 2:30 a.m., San Diego Police officers responded to a disturbance at an unknown location in its southern division. The disturbance escalated when the suspect allegedly attempted to kidnap his grandmother and refused to exit his vehicle, according to the San Diego Police Department watch commander. The suspect was taken into custody at the scene, police said. The incident is pending investigation with the SDPD. No other information was released, including the status of the suspect. Categories: KUSI, Local San Diego News

City of San Diego mandates all employees must be vaccinated from COVID or face firing

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego City Council Monday passed an emergency ordinance requiring all city employees to be fully vaccinated from COVID-19 by Wednesday or face getting fired. The mandate will also apply to all future city employees. City contractors also must be fully vaccinated, but they have until Jan. 3 to do so. The city has not made it clear what will happen to any city employee who is only partially vaccinated by Wednesday. The council voted 8-1 to pass the mandate, with Councilman Chris Cate – – the sole Republican on the council — as the lone no vote. Nearly 200 people wrote in and dozens called in to the City Council meeting Monday, the vast majority of whom were opposed to the vaccine mandate. Many used inflammatory language, comparing the mandate to Jim Crow laws and the Holocaust. “When I hear people referencing the civil rights movement, Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. without the experience, that is concerning for me,” said Councilwoman Monica Montgomery Steppe. “I don’t equate that to this decision today. “I don’t respect those references,…

High School Football CIF Championships: Helix wins against Lincoln

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – On Good Morning San Diego, KUSI PPR’s host Paul Rudy talked with Montell Allen and Ruben Pena from SDFNL Magazine about this past week in high school football. This past week was CIF Championships, including the Division 1 Championship game between Helix and Lincoln. The winners of the CIF championship are now looking towards their State games.   Categories: KUSI, Local San Diego News, Sports

40 Hard Court Championship starts at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club

LA JOLLA (KUSI) – On Monday, KUSI’s Allie Wagner was out at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club to talk about the United States Tennis Association’s National 40 Hard Court Championship taking place Monday Nov. 29 though Dec. 5. For more information: www.LJBTC.com Categories: Entertainment, Good Morning San Diego

A new type of Christmas play at the OnStage Playhouse, ‘A People’s Cuban Christmas Tale’

CHULA VISTA (KUSI) – On Good Morning San Diego, KUSI’s Mark Mathis talked with playwright, Herbert Sigüenza, about the Dickens’ spin off classic Christmas story, based in Cuba. This play “A People’s Cuban Christmas will be at the OnStage Playhouse in Chula Vista Thursday, Dec. 2 at 8:00 p.m. For tickets visit their website: www.onstageplayhouse.org   Categories: Entertainment, Good Morning San Diego

City Council holds special meeting on COVID-19 policy for San Diego City employees

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – On Monday, KUSI’s Ed Lenderman gives us the inside on this special meeting right before the vaccine mandate deadline. Hundreds of San Diego City employees including police officers, firefighters, lifeguards, and civilian employees, face termination if they do not meet the COVID-19 regulations. This special meeting was held virtually and their agenda included a hearing and discussion of a resolution with the San Diego Police Officers association on the COVID-19 policy mandate for San Diego City employees. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News

Appeals Court orders temporary halt on San Diego Unified vaccine mandate

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A federal appeals court has granted a request from a 16-year-old Scripps Ranch High School student and her parents who sued to block the San Diego Unified School District’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, one day before students were required to get their first dose. The suit filed last month in San Diego federal court on behalf of the family — identified as John, Jane and Jill Doe in the complaint — stated that the high school junior’s religious beliefs — specifically her opposition to abortion — prohibit her from getting the vaccine. Paul Jonna, an attorney representing the family, has said his clients are opposed to taking the vaccines “because they were all either made or tested using aborted fetal cells.” Jonna said, “Our clients are firmly pro-life and refuse to benefit from vaccines that were made in this way, which they view as immoral — as do many other people of faith.” The district’s plan requires that all students over age 16 receive their second dose no later than Dec. 20. According to Doe’s filings, that means students’ first dose must…