June 16, 2021

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Degree of openness varies on first day of full occupancy since restrictions started in early 2020

Given California’s low coronavirus infection rates and high vaccination levels, Newsom’s move to rescind restrictions will likely ensure that the shutdowns and political missteps that helped fuel dissension fade into memories by the time voters head to the polls for a recall election, political observers say.

The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 has topped 600,000, even as the vaccination drive has slashed daily cases and deaths and allowed the country to emerge from the gloom

The veteran journalist was a local fixture in TV news in the 1970s and 1980s, as a reporter for CBS

Facing mounting debt, Western Community Energy will not reorganize. It marks the first time a CCA in California has closed due to financial pressure.

Lobbying prompts Coastal Commission to reject proposal to broaden access, uses of island’s southwestern tip

The eminent researcher pioneered work on climate change “super pollutants,” teamed with Pope Francis to raise awareness about global warming’s impacts on poorest nations

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Fearful of Republicans regaining control of the Senate next year, progressive Democrats are ramping up calls for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to step down

The Biden administration is announcing the major expansion of a program to allow young Central Americans into the United States legally

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Wednesday, June 16

11:30 a.m. | Together San Diego
Barbara Bry will talk about the The Workplace Equity & Civility Initiative and invite the community to the free virtual event Glass Half Broken: a conversation focused on shattering the barriers that still hold women back at work.

San Diego News Fix
A new watchdog report from the U-T looks at harassment claims among the region’s largest employers. The City of San Diego topped the list, followed by San Diego Unified School District, Scripps Health and San Diego County.

COVID-19 in the county

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As part of The San Diego Union-Tribune’s effort to support local journalists, we awarded six grants last year for reporting on social justice issues.
The goal of the project was to present authentic voices of the racial and social justice movement in ways not otherwise seen in San Diego media.

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Get the story behind the story. Kristy Totten interviews reporters about what matters in San Diego.

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Padres beat writer Kevin Acee and sports editor Jay Posner discuss all things Padres.

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UC San Diego graduate Lisa Nicole Flores Chandler

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MIGRANT VOICES TODAY FILM COMPETITION

The Migrant Voices Today Film Challenge showcases diverse short-form films exploring loss, separation, current political realities and COVID-19’s effects on migrants, refugees and asylum seekers on a worldwide scale.

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Arianna Chávez posts about countywide resources for food, housing, and COVID-19 issues on her San Diego Free Resources Instagram page

Latinx audiences, key to the success of “Fast and Furious,” are Hollywood’s most dependable customers. Now they’re helping movie theaters bounce back after COVID-19. Will they be rewarded?

Maya Alfaro, 18, is a graduate of Mira Mesa High School in San Diego and one of the youth artists whose work is included in the Museum of Photographic Arts’ “Darkest Nights, Brightest Stars: 15th Annual Juried Youth Exhibition”

Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday eased back on the harsh message she sent to potential migrants during her trip earlier this week to Guatemala and Mexico, saying that she is “committed” to guaranteeing that the United States will be a “safe haven” for people seeking asylum.

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved this week the creation of an Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, which will serve as a hub to connect families and individuals to available services and resources.

Amnesty International outlines how the U.S. treats unaccompanied migrant children from Mexico different from other nationalities, denying a chance to request asylum

Newly released data show that migrants were stopped 180,034 times across the southern border in May, nearly eight times the total a year ago

The two cities are collaborating on bid to become first binational region to earn world design designation

The event in Pacific Beach coincides with California’s June 15 reopening, and will highlight a different holiday each hour

Family-style pizza chain based in Newport Beach debuts second Oceanside location on June 12

More than 70 breweries will participate in the three-day, East Village festival

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