San Diego

County Supervisors OK park usage for worship, fitness

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Wednesday to immediately open up county-owned parks for worship and fitness activities, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Supervisor Dianne Jacob made the proposal, saying it will “lend a helping hand” to both religious facilities and gymnasiums or fitness-oriented businesses unable to hold indoor services under a state order issued last month. Jacob said that restaurants have created outside dining areas on sidewalks and parking lots, in response to a ban on indoor dining, and now the county can be creative. “Sometimes, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel for a successful operation,” Jacob said before the vote. “I appreciate the board’s support on this.” Supervisors also voted to streamline the application process and waive permit fees for qualified applicants wanting to use park space. Along with implementing guidelines for religious institutions and fitness groups, Chief Administrative Officer Helen Robbins-Meyer will also report back to supervisors within 90 days about fiscal impacts caused by fee waivers, according to information on the county agenda. Last month, the Poway City Council voted to allow…

Solana Beach hairstylist wants salons to reopen

SOLANA BEACH (KUSI) – A hairstylist at Suite B Salon in Solana Beach recently wrote an Op-Ed in the San Diego Union Tribune discussing the closure of salons due to coronavirus. Kate Pauli joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss her Op-Ed. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, In Studio Guests

Solana Beach hairstylist wants to re-open because her ‘salon is cleaner than grocery stores’

SOLANA BEACH (KUSI) – The salon industry continues to face challenges as it navigates through the ongoing re-opening and re-closures due to COVID-19 regulations. Katie Pauli, a hairstylist at Suite B Salon in Solana Beach recently wrote an op-ed (below) explaining her frustration with the government orders to close. Pauli wrote, “we spent 1,600 hours learning about sanitation and client safety in cosmetology school. In our salon, we all took an additional Barbicide COVID-19 certification to ensure that we were prepared to start working safely. Barbicide is what we use to clean all tools, shampoo bowls, chairs and surfaces our clients touch; it kills HIV-1 (the AIDS virus), hepatitis B and C viruses, herpes, ringworm, staph and numerous other pathogenic organisms.” Continuing, “the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology doesn’t care if every client leaves with a bad haircut or messed-up hair color. Sanitation and safety are its No. 1 priority. I guarantee that our salons are cleaner than any grocery store, hardware store or retail shop open. But we can’t use them.” Pauli isn’t the only hairstylist in this situation. Pauli explained why she…

San Diego Census count higher than the national rate

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – U.S. Census Bureau is continuing to count every person living in the country for the 2020 Census. The self-response rates in San Diego and California has surpassed the national response rate and the statewide rate. As of July 24, California has a current self-response rate of 63.5%, compared to 62.3% nationally. Major cities, like Los Angeles and San Francisco lag both the statewide and national rates.   Data for Californian cities:• Los Angeles has a current self-response rate of 52.1%.• San Bernardino has a current self-response rate of 57.6%.• Sacramento has a current self-response rate of 65.8%.• Stockton has a current self-response rate of 60.3%.• San Francisco has a current self-response rate of 60.3%.• San Jose has a current self-response rate of 70.4%.• Oakland has a current self-response rate of 65%.• San Diego has a current self-response rate of 68.3%.• Salinas has a current self-response rate of 55.4%.• Fresno has a current self-response rate of 62.3%.• Bakersfield has a current self-response rate of 61.5%. Media Coordinator for the U.S. Census Bureau, Donald Bendz, joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss the 2020 Census data. More than $675 billion in federal funds, and trillions…

Del Mar hiring part-time deputies to enforce wearing of masks

DEL MAR (KUSI) – The City of Del Mar is stepping up its enforcement of mask wearing for people in the city. The City Council agreed to hire part-time deputies to work two days a week for the next four months to enforce the public health order. Violators may be prosecuted as a misdemeanor with a fine of up to $1,000 Categories: Coronavirus, Health, Local San Diego News, Politics

How distance learning Is going for a teacher and her daughter

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Taryn Jones, Junior at Eastlake High School started distance learning on Monday and her mother Robin Jones is an elementary school teacher. The two joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss the challenges of distance learning and how they are managing learning and teaching from home. Categories: Coronavirus, Good Morning San Diego, In Studio Guests

Colorado Rep. Ken Buck releases new book on Restoring American Greatness

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Colorado Congressman Ken Buck argues in his new book that every Americans should rediscover our nation’s unique freedom story. Capitol of Freedom:  Restoring American Greatness tells the story of how our nation’s founders carefully designed a political system that would guard against tyranny and protect individual liberty, according to Buck. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, In Studio Guests, Politics

Tropic storm Isaias whips up eastern US, killing at least 6

WINDSOR, N.C. (AP) — At least six people were killed as Tropical Storm Isaias spawned tornadoes and dumped rain Tuesday along the U.S. East Coast after making landfall as a hurricane in North Carolina, where it caused floods and fires that displaced dozens of people. Two people died when Isaias spun off a tornado that struck a North Carolina mobile home park. Another person died in Pennsylvania when their vehicle was overtaken by water and swept downstream. Two others were killed by falling trees toppled by the storm in Maryland and New York City, and a sixth person died in Delaware when a tree branch fell on them, authorities said. Isaias sustained top winds of up to 65 mph (105 kph) more than 18 hours after coming ashore, but it was down to 45 mph max winds as of 10:50 p.m. EDT Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm’s center was about 45 miles southeast of Montreal, moving northeast into Canada at about 38 mph (61 kph). As Isaias sped northward, flooding threats followed. The Schuylkill River in Philadelphia was projected to crest…

A shattered Beirut emerges from the rubble stunned, wounded

BEIRUT (AP) — Residents of Beirut —stunned, sleepless and stoic — emerged Wednesday from the aftermath of a catastrophic explosion searching for missing relatives, bandaging their wounds and retrieving what’s left of their homes. The sound of ambulance sirens and the shoveling of glass and rubble could be heard across the Lebanese capital. Almost nothing was left untouched by the blast, which obliterated the port and sent a tide of destruction through the city center. Elegant stone buildings, fashionable shopping districts and long stretches of the famed seaside promenade were reduced to rubble within seconds of Tuesday’s blast. The explosion appeared to have been caused by a blaze at a fireworks warehouse that ignited a stockpile of ammonium nitrate stored at the port since 2013. But many blamed the catastrophe on the country’s long-entrenched political class, with some saying it marked the final straw after decades of corruption and neglect. At least 100 people were killed and more than 4,000 wounded. The number of dead was expected to rise as rescuers sifted through the rubble. “Beirut is gone” said Mohammed Saad, an out-of-town driver making…

San Diego Zoo seeks federal COVID-19 funds

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – One of San Diego’s most beloved landmarks is asking for help from Congress. The San Diego Zoo has said it needs federal funds to make sure the Zoo can thrive into the future. Like businesses around the nation, most cultural institutions have also struggled to maintain a footing during the pandemic. But to date, the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park have not collected any federal dollars to support the care of their animals. Zoo Director Dwight Scott said he’s asking for congressional help for the cash strapped cultural attractions. Scott said he’s seeking relief in the form of forgivable loans through the Main Street Lending Program or for money provided by the federal Paycheck Protection Program. In the first round of PPP payments, mid-size and larger non-profits with more than 500 employees were excluded. Scott said he’s working with San Diego’s congressional leaders to revise the PPP language so that larger non-profits like the Zoo can qualify.  He pointed to the Zoo’s importance to the local economy. “Our previous number for economic impact is $1.7 billion that we’ve put into…

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