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California Jobless Rate Edges Up Amid 52,000 Lost Jobs

Jan. 22
Don Thompson / Associated Press

California had gained 5,200 jobs in November before giving back 10 times that number last month. It has recouped 44% of the 2.6 million nonfarm jobs lost at the start of the pandemic in March and April compared with 55.6% nationwide.

In this June 17, 2019, file photo, a cashier di...

Californians To Vote On Banning Sale Of Flavored Tobacco

Jan. 22
Kathleen Ronayne / Associated Press

Lawmakers approved the ban in 2020, but a referendum that qualified Friday means voters will have to weigh in. In the meanwhile, the law won’t take effect. Major tobacco companies are backing the referendum in hopes of overturning the law.

A worker at the San Diego County Registrar of V...

More Than 99% Of Mail-In Ballots Accepted In California Election

Jan. 22
Michael R. Blood / Associated Press

The election took place amid the coronavirus pandemic, with the state taking the precautionary step of mailing every voter a ballot. The hope was to discourage large crowds at polling places where infections could potentially spread.

The entrance to the Richard J. Donovan Correcti...

San Diego’s Donovan Prison Has One Of Highest COVID-19 Death Rates In State

Jan. 22
By Katy Stegall

A December outbreak at the prison led to more than 700 cases and 15 deaths, according to state records.

A man receives a COVID-19 vaccine at San Diego ...

County Reports Record 79 COVID-19 Deaths, 2,847 New Cases of Virus

Jan. 22
By City News Service

A record 79 COVID-19 deaths were reported by San Diego County public health officials Friday, along with 2,847 new COVID-19 cases and 437 positive intensive care patients.

Darnell Williams (center) surrounded by volunte...

Pandemic Profile: The Man Behind 'Take What You Need Tuesdays'

Jan. 22
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

After originally feeling helpless at the start of the pandemic, Darnell Williams found a way to deliver thousands of meals to City Heights residents, drawing from his own life experience.

Supporters of President Trump climb the west wa...

Vet Groups Slowly Coming To Terms With Violent Extremists In Their Ranks

Jan. 22
By Steve Walsh

Veterans have been a target of violent extremist groups for years, but veterans groups have not stepped up the way they have with suicide prevention and other issues.

Patrons dining outside Mr. Moto Pizza in SeaPor...

Appeals Court Overturns Injunction Reopening Restaurants Amid Pandemic

Jan. 22
By City News Service

An appeals court Friday overturned a San Diego Superior Court judge's ruling that would have reopened San Diego County restaurants amid COVID-19 restrictions, finding that the judge issued "an overbroad injunction that was unsupported by the law."

San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria delivering his inau...

SANDAG Elects San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria As Vice Chair

Jan. 22
By City News Service

San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria was unanimously elected as the San Diego Association of Governments' vice-chair Friday by its Board of Directors, where he will serve alongside Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear, who was unanimously elected chair in December.

A hiring sign taped on the wall of Ocean Ice Cr...

San Diego County Unemployment Rises to 8% As 5,300 Jobs Lost

Jan. 22
By City News Service

According to the EDD, total non-farm employment in San Diego County decreased by 5,300 jobs month-over-month — from 1,424,900 to 1,419,600 — while farm employment contracted from 9,200 to 8,600.