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Staying In The Orange

It's not likely that San Diego County will be able to loosen COVID-19 restrictions — moving out of the orange tier into the least restrictive yellow tier - before June 15, according to County supervisor Nathan Fletcher. June 15 is the date Gov. Gavin Newsom has set to lift all remaining restrictions. Meanwhile, Scripps Health continues to battle a cyberattack. Plus, the TCM Classic Film Festival is on and more accessible than ever.

How To Close San Diego's Budget Deficit

Federal COVID-19 relief dollars have spared San Diego City from major budget cuts this year. But over the long-term, the city will face persistent budget deficits in the absence of new sources of revenue. Plus, why more security is being added to the border wall at Calexico. And, President Biden has announced his administration will raise the nation's refugee cap to 62,500 hundred individuals.

Slow Going on Vaccines For Teens

Vaccinations are open for those 16 and over, but shots for minors have been going slow in San Diego County. Officials are working to change that. Plus: a political stunt involving a real bear, police reform in California and more of the local and state news that you need.

Cyberattack On Scripps Health

There was a cyberattack on the Scripps Health online systems over the weekend. Details on the nature of the attack were not disclosed, though Scripps indicated it has notified law enforcement "and the appropriate governmental organizations." Meanwhile, a San Diego man sees himself released from prison under a new resentencing bill passed in California. And, how the military is changing their bases in response to the threat of climate change.

White Communities Received The Most PPP Loans

In some white and wealthy Census tracts, upwards of 99% of businesses got federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. Meanwhile, in some low-income minority tracts, fewer than 5% received funds. Meanwhile, English Learner student enrollment dropped over the past year. And, new information on how our local military members are getting vaccinated.

Cannabis And Local Politics

The Cannabis industry contributed more than $300,000 in the most recent election cycle to candidates who support looser restrictions on cannabis operations. Meanwhile, following a protest on Wednesday by community members, Escondido Police Department released video footage of last week's incident when an officer shot and killed 59-year-old Steven John Olson. Plus, we'll have our weekend arts preview.

One Million Vaccinated In San Diego

One million San Diegans have been vaccinated. That's good progress, but now officials say demand for vaccines is beginning to fail. Meanwhile, the District Attorney's office is filing to eliminate gang injunctions. Plus, new high-tech exhibits at the San Diego Zoo.

Gay Navy Pilot Leaves Service

A harassment incident during a Marine Corps Birthday Ball pushed one pilot's career into limbo, a decade after the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy ended. Meanwhile, Escondido Police have released the names of the man killed in last week's police shooting and the officer who shot him. Plus, a new book tells the story of the mysterious death of 32-year old Rebecca Zahau at the Spreckels mansion in Coronado 10 years ago.

New Homeless Population Almost Doubles In 2020

The number of people entering homelessness for the first time in San Diego county nearly doubled from 2,326 in 2019 to 4,152 between April and June of 2020. That's according to the latest report from the Regional Task Force on the Homeless. Meanwhile, the San Diego Police Department is warning about an increased presence of "Ghost Guns." And, now that the recall of Governor Gavin Newsom has qualified for the ballot, we have lessons learned from past campaigns to recall Democratic Governors in California.

Steep Drops In Student Enrollment

Student enrollment has dropped dramatically both locally and state-wide because of the pandemic. Meanwhile, California's Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered the state to stop issuing fracking permits by 2024. And, we have a recap of last night's Oscars.

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