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San Diego News Matters
21 minutes | a day ago
Over 1,000 San Diegans Dead
San Diego County health officials reported 22 deaths Tuesday, bringing the COVID death toll to 1,019. Plus: city officials say they're hoping to have housed more than 1-thousand homeless San Diegans by the end of the year, why researchers are worried that the first COVID vaccine could harm other ongoing vaccine studies and more local news you need.
20 minutes | 2 days ago
A COVID Outbreak At Church
A Kearny Mesa church continues to defy public health orders despite a recent outbreak of COVID-19. Plus: Taking a closer look at an overlooked habitat when it comes to combating climate change, a new mandate requiring California hospitals to test workers and more local news you need.
22 minutes | 3 days ago
California's Crackdown On Unemployment Claims Keeping Immigrants From Their Promised Benefits
California is combating rampant fraud in unemployment claims, But some people with legitimate claims - especially those in immigrant communities - are finding themselves locked out of their accounts. Also, city voters approved a new Commission on Police Practices -- today will be the first chance for the public to have a voice on how that commission will work... And, from our inewsource partners: Nearly three months after the Valley Fire erupted near Jamul, the people who lost homes and businesses are clearing debris off their land, negotiating with insurance companies if they were insured and applying for federal aid.
18 minutes | 6 days ago
With COVID On The Rise, County Plans For Vaccine Roll-Outs
San Diego County public health officials reported 1,052 COVID-19 infections and eight additional deaths Thursday, raising the region's totals to over 75,000cases and nearly 1,000 deaths. Meanwhile, like everywhere else in the country, San Diego is strategizing on how the county will roll out a Covid-19 Vaccine if and when one becomes available. Plus, Imperial County was among the hardest-hit in the state early in the pandemic. Now, a new surge in cases is putting the rural region to the test again.
18 minutes | 8 days ago
Hospitals Feeling The Stress Of COVID Surge
The rise of COVID-19 cases in San Diego is part of a pattern being seen statewide and that will put increasing strain on the health care system in coming weeks. Meanwhile, San Diego County public health officials reported a record 1,546 COVID-19 infections Tuesday, along with 16 additional deaths. Also, as the pandemic rages, teachers are struggling to get time off due to a shortage of substitute teachers. When more schools open for in-person instruction, school officials say the substitute situation could worsen.
22 minutes | 9 days ago
South Bay Braces For Another Surge Of Coronavirus Cases
Coronavirus cases are surging among Latino communities in the South Bay, and unemployment is on the rise there as well. While they only make up one third of the population in San Diego county, Latinos account for 60% of all cases. Meanwhile Governor Gavin Newsom gives a press conference from quarantine in his home after a family member was exposed to Covid-19. Plus, local restaurants are making plans for deliveries and take out for Thanksgiving as they struggle to survive during the Covid-19 shutdowns.
13 minutes | 10 days ago
Families Still Fighting Over Trump
Four years of disputes over President Donald Trump and his policies have fractured families to the point of estrangement, made even worse by his refusal to concede the presidency and false claims that President-elect Joe Biden’s victory is based on voter fraud. Also, A San Diego superior court judge is expected to rule on a lawsuit requesting a temporary restraining order on the state’s coronavirus restrictions shuttering indoor business operations. Plus, San Diego's cannabis industry is hoping to form a city-sanctioned business improvement district.
19 minutes | 13 days ago
California Imposes Overnight Curfew
In an effort to steam the rise in coronavirus cases, all non-essential work, movement and gatherings must cease between 10 p.m. to 5 a.m starting Saturday, November 21st. The move comes only days after the state imposed restrictions limiting business operations in those 41 counties, which have the most significant increases in virus cases. Meanwhile, Sheriff Bill Gore said four two-deputy teams will begin making "a full-time commitment" of the county's 18 cities and unincorporated areas, ensuring compliance with public health orders. Several cities have already confirmed they will send officers to assist deputies in their duties. Also, the CDC recommends against traveling during the holidays, but airlines and airports created pre-flight coronavirus testing to allow people to travel more freely.
24 minutes | 14 days ago
Another Whack At A Climate Plan
None of San Diego County's previous climate action plans survived legal scrutiny. Officials hope this time, it will be different. Plus: the county’s vaccine distribution plan, paying sick people to stay home and more of the local news you need. San Diego News Matters is KPBS’ daily news podcast made possible by our newsroom. Support our work and this podcast at www.kpbs.org/donate.
20 minutes | 15 days ago
Veterans’ Access To Mental Health Care Cut
The San Diego VA is making access to mental health care harder for local veterans, outraging therapists who say the agency’s actions are dangerous and irresponsible. Meanwhile, San Diego hospitals are bracing for a surge in COVID-19 cases that could exhaust medical staff and resources. Also, Supervisors are taking action, approving more funding for an income replacement program.
13 minutes | 16 days ago
Coronavirus Cases Surge To Record Highs
San Diego County is setting records: On Monday there were 833 cases reported, following a record high of 1,087 on Sunday and 736 Saturday. Meanwhile, business owners gathered with protestors for a “re-open San Diego rally” on Monday to protest closure of indoor business operations under the state’s “purple tier.”
18 minutes | 17 days ago
Some Businesses Prepared To Defy State Shutdown Orders
California’s coronavirus cases are surging. Health officials say social gatherings and people not wearing masks or keeping their distance are fueling the rise. Yet businesses say they are paying the price with revenue-sapping restrictions. Also, voters approved Measure E to do away with height restrictions in the Midway District. Plus, what will become of the U.S. Southern border wall once President-Elect Joe Biden takes office in January?
22 minutes | 20 days ago
San Diego Business Owners Weigh Compliance With Closure Orders
California passed the grim milestone of one million total confirmed coronavirus infections. Starting Saturday morning public health orders will require restaurants, gyms and churches to stop indoor operations after an increase in COVID-19 cases. Plus, while San Diego moved into the purple covid-19 tier, Bay Area counties moved into the less restrictive yellow and orange tiers.
22 minutes | 21 days ago
Mayor Elect Todd Gloria On The Challenges Facing San Diego
San Diego businesses are preparing for new restrictions after the county was moved into California's purple Covid-19 tier. Meanwhile, the new lockdown has some San Diegans asking why the county has regressed. Also, we’ll have an interview with the new Mayor-Elect Todd Gloria.
27 minutes | 22 days ago
San Diego Faces Increased COVID-19 Restrictions
A rise in Covid-19 cases has put San Diego in the state’s purple, most restrictive reopening tier. Meanwhile, school districts are working to keep school buses virus-free -- and we’ll take a closer look. And, in honor of Veteran’s Day, a profile of former marine Luther Hendricks who fought overseas in World War II’s Pacfic Theater while also fighting racism back home.
17 minutes | 23 days ago
Will San Diego go purple?
Today the state will release it’s weekly covid-19 metrics and, once again, San Diego county is waiting to find out if it moves into the purple tier or not. Moving into that purple tier would shutter many indoor business operations in the county. Meanwhile, a newly elected Temecula City Councilwoman sponsored a rally challenging California's COVID-19 protections. Plus, City Councilwoman Barbara Bry concedes the race for San Diego City Mayor to Former Assemblymember Todd Gloria.
17 minutes | 24 days ago
Local Reaction To Biden, Harris Projected Win
Celebrations erupted across San Diego County on Saturday after the Associated Press and other news organizations declared former Vice President Joe Biden the projected winner of the 2020 Presidential election. Meanwhile, in the East County, Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar conceded the race for the vacant 50th Congressional District seat and congratulated his opponent, former Rep. Darrell Issa. Also, once again, San Diego awaits data this week that will tell us if we’ll be moved into purple, most restrictive covid-19 tier or not.
20 minutes | a month ago
Faulconer Pushes One Final Affordable Housing Plan
With only a month left in office, Mayor Kevin Faulconer is hoping to win City Council approval for a plan to incentivize more housing in urban areas. Also, Mission Driven Finance, a San Diego based investment company, is piloting a program that would reduce rents or mortgages for childcare providers. Plus, a conversation about a new city pilot program that replaces police with social workers to help the homeless.
22 minutes | a month ago
On The Edge Of Most Restrictive Purple Tier
San Diego’s Covid-19 infection rates are, for now, past the threshold set by the state. If San Diego continues to report metrics like this for one more week, the county will be moved into the state’s most restrictive purple tier. Plus, we'll have the latest on the local election results for San Diego.
11 minutes | a month ago
Todd Gloria Leads In San Diego Mayoral Race
Assemblyman Todd Gloria is leading fellow Democrat San Diego City Councilmember Barbara Bry for San Diego Mayor on Tuesday but the race was unlikely to be called, and votes will likely be tallied for weeks. Bry said she is not ready to concede. We’ll have a review of many local races and local and state propositions.
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