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Roundtable: What The American Rescue Plan Means For San Diego

President Joe Biden, accompanied by Vice President Kamala Harris, speaks before signing the American Rescue Plan, a coronavirus relief package, in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, March 11, 2021, in Washington.
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President Joe Biden, accompanied by Vice President Kamala Harris, speaks before signing the American Rescue Plan, a coronavirus relief package, in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, March 11, 2021, in Washington.
City finances get a major boost from the latest COVID-19 relief package, a look back on one year since the pandemic shutdowns began, and the superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District prepares for the scrutiny of a senate confirmation hearing.

COVID-19 Relief Saves San Diego’s Finances

Passage of the American Rescue Plan will prove to be a lifesaver for local governments across the country. That includes San Diego, which will be able to close more than a $200 million budget shortfall caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The financial assistance from the federal government will allow the city to avoid any major cuts to jobs or services as it prepares its spending plan for the next fiscal year. The San Diego Union-Tribune’s David Garrick walks us through some of the details.

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San Diego Falls Short Of The Red Tier

San Diego’s COVID-19 rates continue to decline, but are still beyond the metric needed to scale back restrictions for indoor businesses and other activity. That could change in the days ahead as the state is expected to revise its reopening tier structure. KPBS health reporter Tarryn Mento joins us with a recap of this week’s developments and a look back on one year since public health orders and shutdowns began in San Diego.

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Cindy Marten Faces National Scrutiny With Biden Nomination

The San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten is expected to get her senate confirmation hearing in the weeks ahead. President Joe Biden nominated her to be the Deputy Secretary at the Department of Education. The high-ranking position could bring scrutiny to her leadership of San Diego’s public schools, including her handling of sexual harassment and abuse cases and public disclosure of those investigations.

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