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San Diego community leaders question lack of citations for weekend protesters

Over the weekend, San Diegans took to the streets to express their frustrations over local and statewide stay-at-home orders issued last month due to the novel coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. There were two rallies: one in Downtown San Diego on Saturday and one in Encinitas on Sunday. Several community leaders are now speaking out about how the rallies played out and what they would like to see from local law enforcement.   
The concern is the lack of consistency with many asking why some people have gotten $1,000 tickets when they go out to get fresh air while protestors have been allowed to do what they want without any intervention.   
Community leaders Francine Maxwell, president of the NAACP San Diego branch, and Reverend Shane Harris with the People's Alliance for Justice are both questioning why citations were not issued citing racial bias. 

San Diego community leaders question lack of citations for weekend protesters

Over the weekend, San Diegans took to the streets to express their frustrations over local and statewide stay-at-home orders issued last month due to the novel coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. There were two rallies: one in Downtown San Diego on Saturday and one in Encinitas on Sunday. Several community leaders are now speaking out about how the rallies played out and what they would like to see from local law enforcement.   
The concern is the lack of consistency with many asking why some people have gotten $1,000 tickets when they go out to get fresh air while protestors have been allowed to do what they want without any intervention.   
Community leaders Francine Maxwell, president of the NAACP San Diego branch, and Reverend Shane Harris with the People's Alliance for Justice are both questioning why citations were not issued citing racial bias. 

Alibaba founder donates personal protective equipment to UCSD Health

The founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has sent nearly half a million pieces of personal protective equipment to hospitals in the San Diego region, much of it expected to arrive this week, UC San Diego Health announced Monday. Joe Tsai is a resident of San Diego with his wife Clara and their children. The Tsai family reached out to UCSD to help distribute equipment throughout the region to keep health care workers safe while battling COVID-19.
"Our university is privileged to play a role in assisting Joe and Clara in providing their generous donation of masks and goggles to health care institutions in the greater San Diego community and other parts of California," said UCSD Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. "This equipment is invaluable as our region prepares for a likely surge in the number of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic."  

California announces efforts to close 'digital divide' in education

Governor Gavin Newsom, First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, and California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced efforts to close the "digital divide" during this distance learning period for students of lower socioeconomic status and students of color. 70,000 students will receive chromebooks, laptops, and iPads due to the $30 million fund. You can read the full story here.

Alibaba Co-Founder Joe Tsai and his wife Clara donate 500,000 pieces of PPE to San Diego Health Care Providers 

This week, nearly half a million pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) are expected to arrive from China thanks to a donation by Joe and Clara Tsai. Much of the donated equipment, which will provide assistance in combating the COVID-19 pandemic in the state of California, will be shipped to the University of California San Diego and other health care providers in our region. To learn more on how you can help.

Sweetwater Union High School District begins distance learning

A number of districts in the South Bay and East County will begin distance learning, Sweetwater Union High School is one of the districts making the move on Monday. Teachers will have a choice of using either Jupiter, Google Classroom, or Canvas to house their lessons, assignments, and activities. 

Feeding San Diego expands Feeding Heroes programs to address hunger for military and veteran families during COVID-19 

Feeding San Diego announced today the expansion of the Feeding Heroes initiative to provide additional hunger-relief services to military and veteran families throughout San Diego County at new sites, including Dewey Elementary and Armed Services YMCA. Amid the growing need for food assistance, San Diego is home to the largest concentration of military and veterans in the country, including 143,000 active-duty service members with 260,000 military dependents.  

Assemblyman Todd Gloria hosts an interactive webinar for small business owners impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic

Assemblyman Todd Gloria, D-San Diego, will team with the San Diego and Imperial Small Business Development Center Monday, April 20, to host an interactive webinar for small business owners impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar will take place via Zoom and will focus on providing the latest information on state and federal assistance for small businesses. For more information,

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