Oct. 21, 2020


Jacobs leads among most demographic groups; Gómez leads among the youngest and most liberal likely voters

In its revised planning document, the Port of San Diego bans new hotel rooms in Coronado and Shelter Island, protects the La Playa Piers and leaves the Central Embarcadero alone

Larger parks cannot reopen until their home counties move into the least restrictive tier for COVID-19 risk, a condition that has California parks fuming

A woman pulls down her own mask, shouts “Trump 2020" and yells “f-- Black Lives Matter” at the barista

With business meetings and conventions non-existent because of the pandemic, struggling hotels are hoping a marketing campaign dubbed “Yay weekyays” will fill vacant rooms

Kearny Mesa business open for dancing despite health order ban against live entertainment

Cal State Long Beach’s Shark Lab says the number of sharks off Southern California has grown. Rather than migrating to Baja, they’re ‘sticking around.’

Have questions about how county’s case rate works? Confused about rules that determine whether we advance or fall? We’ve got answers

You’re not alone. More than 800 San Diego County residents have died of the disease. We want to help you tell their stories.


In a photo essay, we trace the trajectory of downtown San Diego, exploring how it’s changed since the coronavirus outbreak shut down much of the city in March.

Voters across the region will be called on to make important decisions during the 2020 election. Our up-to-date election page makes it easy to find information on the issues and races that matter most to you and your community.

San Diego | North | East | South


Wednesday, Oct. 21

1:30 p.m. | San Diego News Fix
Host Daniel Wheaton talks with Union-Tribune reporters about the biggest stories of the day. San Diego News Fix is also available wherever you get your podcasts.

4:00 p.m. | Together San Diego
The 11th Annual Successful Aging Expo is going virtual Oct. 24 - Nov. 13. We’ll have a preview of this free event which will feature seminars ranging from brain and memory health to relationships and financial planning.



A diversity of views and perspectives

The Community Voices Project is a forum for respectful discourse about news of the day and matters of the community that brings dozens of thought leaders together in a public dialogue, which can be a model for others.

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  • Lisa Deaderick

    Conversations about social justice issues with activists, experts and everyday people.

  • Karla Peterson

    Stories on San Diego’s community and cultural life from an award-winning columnist.

  • Michael Smolens

    Political analysis from a veteran San Diego journalist.


Stands will be permitted to be just 20-25 percent full and only in counties in the two lowest risk tiers

Relief pitcher appeared in 10 games in 2020, is due more than $1 million in arbitration

Here are some NFL players worth considering on the waiver wire heading into Week 7

VIDEO | 31:37
ImmunityBio CEO Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong discusses the company’s upcoming COVID-19 vaccine trial
Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong

The Food and Drug Administration has cleared ImmunityBio to begin testing an experimental COVID-19 vaccine in clinical trials, according to an announcement issued Thursday by the Southern California biotech.

VIDEO | 09:40
Returned: What happens when the asylum system doesn’t protect someone in danger
Nilsa Rosibel Estrada Villanueva, 24, visits the site where her brother, Yovin Estrada Villanueva, is buried to install his grave stone engraving.

“Returned” is a multi-part series launched by the Union-Tribune this year that investigates the U.S. asylum system.

Brawley doctor details the grueling path back to life after 52 days spent on life-saving machine.

The fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, may be determined by who wins the presidency in November

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the Trump administration’s appeal of a lower court ruling that it improperly diverted money to build portions of the border wall with Mexico

The Supreme Court is agreeing to review a Trump administration policy that makes asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for U.S. court hearings

Since 2017, at least 265 calls have reported violence and abuse inside California’s four privately run immigrant detention centers. Half alleged sex crimes against detainees.


What’s at stake when asylum is denied? After deportation, many Central Americans are killed by the people they fled.

For Central American migrants fleeing gang violence, winning protection in the United States can be particularly difficult

Immigration reporter Kate Morrissey shares experiences from her trip to San Pedro Sula for the third installment in a series on the U.S. asylum system

“Returned” is a multi-part series launched by the Union-Tribune this year that investigates the U.S. asylum system.

Photos: Marches in San Diego, across nation ask women to vote for change.

About 300 people marched in Balboa Park Saturday in solidarity with demonstrations in Washington, other cities.

Photos: Karla Ruiz MacFarland becomes the first female mayor of the border city

Karla Ruiz MacFarland, the current secretary of municipal education, steps in to fill the last year of Arturo González Cruz’s two-year mayoral term.

Photos: San Diego Padres vs Los Angeles Dodgers NLDS Series

The San Diego Padres take on the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS in Arlington, TX.

Padres practice for NLDS

The San Diego Padres practiced for the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas on Oct. 5, 2020.

Sgt. Tristan King’s social media photos have been stolen and used by others to open fraudulent accounts using his name

The report found increases in spending and jobs in the defense sector has helped stabilize the local economy

A spokesperson for the U.S. military in Afghanistan says American forces carried out several airstrikes in support of Afghan security forces under attack by Taliban in the southern Helmand province


Olive Sees Increase in Online-Only Purchases for Extended Car Warranty Solutions

Olive, a company based in Walnut Creek, CA, has seen a significant increase in online-only purchases for their extended car warranty solutions. After launching the first platform of its kind on April 27th, 2020, Olive’s online signups have increased 15% from May to June. Most used car buyers search for “extended auto warranties” but these are actually regulated as mechanical breakdown insurance (MBI) in the state of California or vehicle service contracts (VSC) in the rest of the USA.

Joining the “InsurTech” leaders in 2020, Olive has developed the most advanced end to end mechanical breakdown coverage and vehicle service contract online solution of its kind, empowering consumers with the ability to get a quote online within seconds, customize their program and purchase without having to speak with a salesperson or worry about being “robocalled”. “InsurTech” is short for “insurance technology”, which is a broad category of advancing technologies in the insurance industry.

It’s important for car owners to understand the difference between extended warranties, mechanical breakdown insurance (MBI) and vehicle service contracts (VSC), so that they can make the best decision based on their specific needs. Details of the differences can be found here on olive’s site: https://gogetolive.com/should-i-buy-an-extended-warranty-on-a-used-car/.

“If you bought a used car, truck or SUV you probably have payments but no warranty at all. Extended auto warranties (MBIs and VSCs) for used cars have become more critical as people keep their vehicles longer with longer payment terms”, says Dan Stratford, the Digital Strategist for Olive. “As the economy has become less stable, people are keeping their cars longer and looking for ways to avoid expensive repair costs. They want to feel the security they felt when they purchased a new car under warranty.”

Even more important is the fact that MBIs and VSCs are finally becoming widely available as an online quote purchase. “In the traditional world of financial services, moving to online transactions has been a long time coming,” said Stratford. “Having online quotes and next day coverage is a huge milestone for consumer choice, transparency, and touchless transactions. Of course, we still have our US based Customer Advocates helping on the phone, and a large portion of our sales still include a call. Sometimes it’s because people think our service and pricing is too good to be true, but they feel confident after speaking with one of our no pressure Customer Advocates who can answer questions, make suggestions and walk them through the purchase process,”

Getting an extended auto warranty, whether it be mechanical breakdown insurance in California, or a vehicle service contract in the remainder of the USA, can be essential for used car owners. Over the years, cars have been getting more and more complex. Cars now have tens of thousands of parts and have highly sophisticated computers controlling various functions. The previously simple task of changing the car’s oil is now much harder, and there is no way to do the car tuning without depending on the sophisticated equipment that are now found in repair shops and auto dealers. The high expense of having a car fixed can impose a heavy toll on a person’s finances.

Olive currently provides coverage for vehicles out of manufacturer’s warranty, starting with less than 140,000 and less than 12 years old. They cover most brands available in the US, including most American, European, Japanese and Korean makes and models. They provide low monthly payments, no yearly mileage limits, no waiting period coverage that can be cancelled at any time.
For more information about Olive, visit their website: https://www.gogetolive.com/.


For more information about Olive, contact the company here:

Dan Stratford
(925) 412-3141
1981 N. Broadway Suite 210A
Walnut Creek, CA, 94596


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