Feb. 26, 2021


The Democratic-led House passed a bill that would enshrine LGBTQ protections in the nation’s labor and civil rights laws

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin III and chief of naval operations Adm. Mike Gilday visited the Nimitz and San Diego-based units

Costa Vista RV resort occupies 19 acres of upgraded tidelands. Its calling card is a pool deck that overlooks San Diego Bay and resembles something you might find at a fancy hotel

The Biden administration has started processing small groups of asylum seekers from the ‘Remain in Mexico’ program, but thousands of others hoping for refuge are not yet able to come

Multiple parents said their children wanted to kill themselves, overwhelmed by isolation and hopelessness due to school closures

The five hopefuls to replace former Assembly Member Shirley Weber discussed school reopening, police reform and other priorities

A House subcommittee hearing stressed crushing caseloads and due process delays across the country, including San Diego

A former U.S. Olympics gymnastics coach with ties to disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar has killed himself in Michigan

The San Diego Padres spring training is in full swing under the bright sun of Peoria, Arizona. The Padres have added a number of star players this offseason including Blake Snell, Joe Musgrove, Yu Darvish and Ha-seong Kim. Fernando Tatis Jr. signed a 14-year $340 million deal this week.

National politics

Unemployed who turned down jobs will have to state under penalty of perjury that prospective employers didn’t meet guidelines on mask-wearing or protective equipment

WASHINGTON - The Biden administration has fewer top government leaders in place than other recent presidents at this point in their terms, a pace that’s been slowed by a siege at the Capitol, an impeachment trial, a plague and a series of snowstorms.

A New York prosecutor has obtained copies of Donald Trump’s tax records after the Supreme Court this week rejected the former president’s last-ditch effort to prevent them from being handed over

President Joe Biden has lifted a Trump-era ban issued during the pandemic that lawyers said was blocking most legal immigration


In a bid to vaccinate 1.9 million San Diegans against COVID-19 by July, the county and local health systems have launched immunization sites throughout the region. Check out this map to find the location nearest you and schedule an appointment.

You’ll find this FAQ embedded in many of our coronavirus-related stories going forward. We’ll add updates as new information comes in


Friday, Feb. 26

San Diego News Fix
San Diego Unified schools are set to re-open on April 12. But what if teachers refuse vaccines? And what will the hybrid learning model look like?


To help local businesses and workers recover from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Union-Tribune invites you to list your business free of charge.


See more editorial cartoons from Steve Breen here.

Racial Justice Commentary

San Diego Padres Tommy Pham walks off the field after a spring training practice on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021 in Peoria, AZ.

Images from Union-Tribune staff and contributing freelance photographers


Scientists and students from the Autonomous University of Baja California have been offering free COVID-19 testing to better understand infection rates south of the border

The border with Mexico extends well beyond the desert. Tighter enforcement on land has driven record numbers of migrants to attempt dangerous crossings by water.

Some asylum seekers kept waiting across the border by Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy will be allowed to enter the U.S. while awaiting court dates

Plus, Reda’s Ethiopian Vegan Cuisine opens as delivery-only restaurant, operating as a “ghost kitchen” concept

Chef Michael Mina and Ayesha Curry’s restaurant in the Del Mar area reopened for patio dining on Feb. 4

San Diego-based New York-style slice shop will open fifth location in April at the former home of the TownHall Public House restaurant

Despite similar names, the French show is everything “Emily In Paris” is not — charming, original and award-worthy


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Describing Black Birthing Experiences in Hospitals


San Francisco, CA, December 11, 2020 – Black mothers die in hospitals at nearly four times the rate of White mothers — an appalling disparity that has persisted for decades despite state and national quality improvement initiatives, clinical safety innovations, and technological advances. This disparity persists regardless of patient income, insurance, education, comorbid conditions, or prenatal care. The fact that many clinicians, decision-makers, and policymakers continue to believe this excess incidence of death is the result of something inherently wrong with Black women and childbirth is a symptom of America’s entrenched obstetric racism.

The SACRED Birth Study to fight anti-Black obstetric racism, is designed to explore how Black mothers & birthing people experience racism in hospital settings during labor, birth, and postpartum, prior to going home.

The study is led by a Black woman OBGYN and Perinatal Epidemiologist, Karen A. Scott, MD, MPH, FACOG, at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).  Dr. Scott is an Associate Professor at UCSF with joint appointments in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Reproductive Sciences and Humanities & Social Sciences.  The SACRED Birth Study team consists of Black women-led community-based organizations (CBOs), Black women scholars, Black women activists, and co-conspirators consisting of non-Black women scholars.

The information gained from the study will help hospitals, health plans, scientists, funders, and the public better understand how racism and other forms of discrimination and neglect affect the way hospitals provide care, services, and support to Black mothers and birthing people during labor, birth, and immediate postpartum.

From now, through February 28, 2021, or until the goal of 1000 completed surveys is reached, Black mothers and birthing people are encouraged to participate in completing the survey which takes about 2 hours on the SACRED Birth Study website at  https://sacredbirth.ucsf.edu/

Contact Information

Please send media inquiries or requests to: Danielle Reid, DR and Associates, on behalf of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), 615-933-3681, info@drandassociates.com

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