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An estimated 2,000 people took to the streets Thursday evening — the day of George Floyd's memorial service — to protest against police brutality and racial injustice. Also on KPBS' San Diego News Matters podcast: several hundred California National Guard troops were deployed to support police in La Mesa and deputies around the county after a request from Sheriff Bill Gore, Fiesta Island, Balboa Park and other COVID-19 reopenings coming early next week and more local news you need.
La Mesa city officials on Wednesday released the body cam footage from the arrest of Amaurie Johnson, an African American man who was arrested last week on charges of assaulting a police officer. . Also on KPBS' San Diego News Matters podcast: For a sixth straight day, protesters calling for an end to police brutality demonstrated across San Diego County, neighborhoods near the border and industrial areas face a persistent pollution related health risk and more local news you need.
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer is directing community police advisory and oversight boards to hold emergency meetings this week to discuss how the police department can update or change policies to better meet community needs. Also on KPBS' San Diego News Matters podcast: the family of a grandmother injured by a police projectile at Saturday's protest in La Mesa want justice, protests across San Diego continue and more local news you need.
Local protests against police brutality continued yesterday. Also on KPBS' San Diego News Podcast: The San Diego Police Department will cease choke holds as a method of restraint, members of San Diego's black community and allies called out the police response to protests this weekend, a group raises nearly $100,000 for vandalized businesses in La Mesa and more local news you need.
San Diego County officials announced yesterday that lounging at our region's shores is OK beginning Tuesday. Also on KPBS' San Diego News Matters podcast: CVS Health will open seven additional drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites across San Diego County today, parents who are wrestling with the difficult decision over whether to send their kids back to daycare and more local news you need.
Representatives of three major tourist attractions in San Diego County — SeaWorld, the USS Midway Museum and Legoland California — presented their reopening plans to the county. Also on KPBS' San Diego News Matters podcast: Law enforcement agencies across the county are not citing people for being out in public without a face covering, many daycares are trying to reopen, but they continue to struggle with a maze of confusing and sometimes conflicting regulations and more of the local news you need.
A recently renovated Super 8 motel in South San Diego will now serve as temporary housing for homeless families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Also on KPBS' San Diego News Matters podcast: valedictorians from across the county talk about what it's like to earn this honor during a pandemic, murder hornets and more local news you need.
Gov. Gavin Newsom issued guidance yesterday to churches and other houses of worship in California on how they can safely reopen amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Also on KPBS' San Diego News Matters podcast: How drastically the situation along the border has changed, San Diego police are still ticketing the city's homeless residents and more local news you need.
Some San Diego restaurants opened yesterday as the county moved forward with expanded reopenings. Also on KPBS' San Diego News Matters podcast: leaders and health officials in the South Bay are asking for help to control the surge of coronavirus cases there, the University of California became the largest public university system in the country to no longer require standardized testing and more local news you need.