San Diego City Council approves homeless storage center in Sherman Heights

first_img Updated: 10:27 PM Dan Plante, Posted: March 20, 2018 March 20, 2018 Dan Plante center_img San Diego City Council approves homeless storage center in Sherman Heights 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer’s plan to keep neighborhoods clean by providing a safe and secure place for homeless individuals to store their belongings will move forward with the City Council approval Tuesday to lease a warehouse and hire Mental Health Systems (MHS) to operate the facility.The Transitional Storage Center, located at 116 South 20th Street, will be a place for homeless individuals to safely store their belongings instead of on the streets, while they access services, look for housing, attend school, interview for a job or go to work. The Center will help reduce clutter on streets and public areas, aiding the City’s efforts to improve the cleanliness of neighborhoods. In addition to opening the storage center, the Mayor has committed to several steps that will keep the surrounding neighborhood clean and safe.“This is another big step in our plan to reduce homelessness and get people into permanent housing,” Mayor Faulconer said. “With nowhere to safely store their belongings, many homeless individuals choose to watch over their possessions on the sidewalk instead of accessing rehabilitative services. This storage facility will change that and allow folks to go to job interviews, school or a doctor’s appointment without worry. It’s also going to keep those items out of public areas, leading to cleaner neighborhoods.”To address neighborhood concerns, the City and MHS will take several proactive steps to ensure the facility is a good neighbor, including:Limit storage capacity to 500 bins.Clients by referral only for first 90 days of operation.Open no sooner than June 13, which is after the end of the local school year.Creating a Neighborhood Advisory Committee to develop relationships and partnerships throughout the community to assist with addressing concerns or issues.Providing security within a one-block radius of the facility.Conducting homeless outreach to reduce homelessness in the surrounding community.Preventing queuing around the facility.Proactively removing litter, debris and graffiti on the premises.Prohibiting alcohol and drug use on site.Reporting criminal activity to law enforcement.Providing an enhanced level of police presence to address nuisance behavior and criminal activity as necessary.Increasing frequency of community cleanups in the area by the Environmental Services Department.The Transitional Storage Center, which includes 22,000 square feet with capacity for up to 500 lockable storage bins, is part of Mayor Faulconer’s comprehensive “Connect, Support, House” strategy to reduce homelessness in San Diego. The strategy provides stability through shelters and programs, gives increased access to supportive services – such as the storage center – and creates more opportunities to end the cycle of homelessness through permanent housing.The City Council today approved $1.4 million for the operating contract, startup costs and tenant improvements.Councilmember David Alvarez, who was against the project, released the following statement after Council approved the transitional storage center at 116 South 20th Street:“Placing a Transitional Storage Facility for homeless people next door to an elementary school playground is terrible. While I strongly condemn Mayor Faulconer and the Council for forcing this facility onto the families in our neighborhoods, I am proud of the hundreds of community members that came to City Hall to fight for their community today. Because of the community’s activism the Mayor was forced to provide additional resources for security and cleaning, while also reducing the size of the facility. We will remain vigilant to ensure that this facility does not ruin our neighborhood for the many families who live nearby, our local small businesses and for the young children who attend the school across the street.”San Diego Councilmember Chris Ward (District Three) also issued a statement on the vote:“The ability to safely store belongings is a turning point for an individual experiencing homelessness, allowing them the opportunity to connect with services, find gainful employment, attend school or address their healthcare needs. I’ve been calling for such an increase since March 2017 because we have seen the success of the current facility downtown and know the need of those living on our streets. This storage facility must deliver for both the clients it will serve and the neighborhood that surrounds it. The additional neighborhood protections in place – related to increased police and environmental services – will ensure we will minimize the community impact. I will be working closely with Mayor Faulconer and community partners to ensure that the protections Council included today are upheld.” Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Mark Larson on the divided San Diego City Council

first_img KUSI Newsroom, August 15, 2018 Posted: August 15, 2018 Mark Larson on the divided San Diego City Council 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsKUSI contributor Mark Larson was in studio to talk about the divided San Diego City Council and the impact the division is having on the city. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

San Diego ranked fourthbest large city in the country to live

first_img July 16, 2019 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego is the fourth-best large city in the country in which to live, according to a ranked list released Tuesday by the personal finance website WalletHub.WalletHub ranked cities with a population above 300,000 by evaluating their affordability, economic strength, education and health quality, quality of life and safety. A total of 62 cities were sampled for the list, with Virginia Beach, Virginia, taking the top spot.San Diego ranked 51st in affordability but ranked among the top-10 cities in education and health, quality of life and safety, and 12th in economic strength. According to WalletHub data, San Diego had the second-lowest crime rate behind Virginia Beach and was tied for first for coffee shops per capita.Joining San Diego and Virginia Beach among the top five were Austin, Seattle and Las Vegas in second, third and fifth, respectively. Rounding out the top 10 were San Francisco, New York, San Jose, Honolulu and Portland, Oregon.Detroit, Michigan, ranked last among large cities due to its dead-last ranks for economic strength and health and education quality. Memphis, Cleveland, Baltimore and St. Louis also sat in the bottom five. All five cities at the bottom of the list were in the bottom half for public safety, economic integrity and health and education quality.San Diego ranked fifth on last year’s list and fourth on WalletHub’s 2017 big cities list. Posted: July 16, 2019 San Diego ranked fourth-best large city in the country to live KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Global Citizen Festival 2016 Stars Are Louder Together

first_imgAs the 2017 Global Citizen Festival approaches, a trailer full of GRAMMY winners looks back on last year’s fest in New York City and Mumbai, IndiaPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Sep 7, 2017 – 2:05 pm Global Citizen is a growing platform for activism with celebrity-fueled outreach led by the Global Citizen Festival and its creative director, Coldplay’s Chris Martin. In the lead-up to the 2017 fest on Sept. 23, a trailer recapping the passion and celebration of last year’s New York and Mumbai, India, festival is warming hearts, heating up anticipation and encouraging all of us to take action.The full-length documentary Louder Together: A Global Citizen Documentary; New York To Mumbai will be released on Sept. 13 via Verizon’s free go90.com service. Its trailer gives a glimpse of how major GRAMMY winners are uniting behind this effort to build a people-powered movement “for a global generation that wants to solve the world’s biggest challenges.”Actor Hugh Jackman’s narration offers the focus that “it’s not about giving money; rather, time and action are the currency of this movement.”For Kendrick Lamar, his involvement is all about “the kids” who are coming up. Rihanna congratulated the Mumbai audience for making a difference in their communities — 80 percent of the seats were awarded free to people who took action. The trailer closes on India’s audience welcoming Jay Z as he strides onstage amplifying Global Citizen’s call.Last year’s participants also included Ellie Goulding, Demi Lovato, Major Lazer, Metallica, Usher, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, and a Central Park audience of 60,000.”When you bring a big festival in, then politicians become interested in being involved,” said Chris Martin. “That’s when changes start to happen.”This movement demonstrates that “a thousand points of light” can be multiplied worldwide, so catch these celebrities’ message that making change happen is about everybody, including you.See The 2017 Global Citizen Festival’s Lineup, Curated By Chris MartinRead more News Global Citizen Festival 2016 Stars Are “Louder Together” Global Citizen Stars Are “Louder Together” global-citizen-festival-2016-stars-are-louder-together Twitter Email Facebook last_img read more

Runtopias new smartwatch for runners is on sale for just 69

first_img Amazfit Bip 1:27 The Runtopia S1 tracks your steps, runs and heart rate, all for $69. Runtopia Fancy GPS watches for running are expensive, right? Probably at least $200? Yes, but take “fancy” out of the equation and you can get something for a steal.For example, the entry-level Garmin Forerunner 35 is currently on sale for $100, down from its regular price of $170. And the Cheapskate-favorite Amazfit Bip, which includes some runner-friendly features, runs just $70.Read more: The best fitness trackers for 2019OK, but the Garmin is 3 years old, and the Bip wasn’t designed with runners in mind. But here’s a wearable that was, and it’s on sale: For a limited time, you can get the Runtopia S1 GPS running watch for $69. That’s a product-launch special; it’s normally going to sell for $99.See it at AmazonRuntopia? You might be familiar with the eponymous app, a popular running tracker that includes an activity-rewards element. (“Turn your steps into prizes!”) The S1 is the company’s first GPS smartwatch.On paper, it looks pretty good. In addition to built-in GPS, it has a heart-rate monitor and water-resistant case — arguably the three most important features for runners. It can receive basic notifications from your phone, and if you bring your phone along on your runs, the Runtopia app can provide audio coaching based on your heart rate.Beyond that, you get basics like an alarm, a stopwatch, a compass and sedentary alerts. According to Runtopia, the watch should run for up to 25 days on a charge — or up to 8 hours if you use GPS. How often you actually need to recharge the S1 depends on how often and how far you run each week.Because this is a new product, reviews are few and far between. I’m hoping to get my hands on one soon, so I can see how it compares with watches like the Bip and even my Apple Watch.But my suspicion is that while “serious” runners will find the S1 too limited, it should make a fine companion for the 5K crowd — those who don’t need or want a lot of fancy features, but do want basic run-tracking.Your thoughts? Share your voice Voice-controlled sport earbuds: $69Speaking of running, I just found my new favorite sport earbuds. They fit great, sound amazing and do something I’ve never seen before: respond to voice commands. Without touching anything — phone, watch, earbuds — you can say things like “play music,” “next song” and “accept call.”origem-hs-3-redThe slick Origem HS-3 sport earphones respond to voice commands such as “play music” and “next song.” Origem Coincidentally, they’re also normally $99, but for a limited time, and while supplies last, the Origem HS-3 wireless sport earphones are $69.30 when you apply promo code CHEAPHS3 at checkout. That code should work with all three color options.See it at AmazonI’ve been test-driving these for a couple days — and pretty much loving them. They’re noise-isolating earphones (meaning you need to wiggle them into your ears to create a tight seal) with rotating ear hooks, the latter very comfortable and, for me, much easier to put on than the fixed, chunky plastic ear hooks found on most sport ‘buds.Sound quality? Fantastic. You know I’m generally satisfied with “good enough,” but the clarity and bass response here have spoiled me for lesser earbuds. I also appreciate the fast USB-C charging (10 minutes nets me 2 hours of play) and stylish, metallic-looking design.The voice commands? Awesome. Essential. Can no longer live without them. Two gripes, though: There’s no support for “volume up/down,” and the “Hello VoiceQ” command (used to invoke Siri or Google Assistant) works only when there’s no music playing.Fakespot and ReviewMeta both report some questionable user reviews (out of only 16 currently collected), but I’m here to tell you: really good product.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Review • Amazfit Bip review: You won’t believe how great a budget smartwatch can be Now playing: Watch this: Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it $79 Comments See it Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Mentioned Above Amazfit Bip (kokoda green) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See It reading • Runtopia’s new smartwatch for runners is on sale for just $69 The Cheapskate The Amazfit Bip is a steal at $70 Wearable Tech Fitness $79 Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 14 Tags News • Amazfit Bip smartwatch dips to $64 (Update: Expired) See All Garmin Apple Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors • Apple Walmartlast_img read more

Google IO has come to an end What really caught your attention

first_img Preview • Google Home Hub joins the fight to put a screen on your countertop See It Another big announcement from Google I/O 2019 is the Nest Hub Max. The Nest Hub Max is an upgraded version of Google’s first smart display, the Google Home Hub, and is the first joint product to be released by Google and Nest. Nest was purchased by Google in 2014, but have worked as separate entities since. This is the first product to be released under the joint name Google Nest, their combined smart home brand.The Nest Hub Max debuts at $230 and includes a motion detecting Nest cam, which allows you to play and pause music with hand gestures, accompanied by upgraded speakers, among many other features. Check out all the features here. 4:54 Dell Google Nest Hub See It Pixel 3A and Pixel 3A XL look familiar, but are more affordable Google I/O 2019 Now playing: Watch this: How To • Google Assistant, Android Q, Google Nest Hub Max: Google’s big plans for the rest of the year Mentioned Above Google Home Hub Google I/O is an event many look forward to every year and this year was no different. But, did it disappoint in its announcements? Or were you happy with everything that was introduced? We want to know what, if anything, specifically caught your eye at this year’s event. Or if it was something not announced that you wish was.This article only contains a few of the bigger splashes made at Google I/O 2019, so take a look at our full coverage here, and decide for yourself whether or not this year’s event lived up to the hype. Don’t forget to vote in the poll below to share your thoughts. CNET Asks Google I/O 2019 $99 See it A cheaper Pixel 3 with the same great rear camera Google Nest Hub Max: A higher-end smart display for Google Assistant Google Maps turns on Incognito Mode to stop tracking you Google Assistant is 10x faster and knows where your mom lives $99 Tagscenter_img See It Comments Best Buy Share your voice 27 Photos $99 Walmart On the software side of things, Google introduced Focus Mode for its Android mobile operating system. Focus Mode allows you to select which apps you deem distracting, and when activated, temporarily disables them for those crucial moments you need to focus. Once you are done in Focus Mode, you regain access to all those distracting applications.Focus Mode will be available on Android P and Q later this fall. Android Q, Google’s latest version of the operating system, is set to launch some time later this year. In addition to Focus Mode, and the introduction of Android Q, Google made an announcement of its milestone achievement that Android is now on over 2.5 billion active devices worldwide. That’s a lot of devices! CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Android Q beta: What’s new? News • Get the Google Nest Hub for just $67 Review • Google Nest Hub review: Still the smart display to beat $79 Google’s annual developer conference, Google I/O, has come to an end. The three-day event in Mountain View, California, announced a wide range of new products and ultimately put to bed the long standing rumors of what might be revealed. One of the biggest announcements comes in the form of hardware and the Pixel 3A and 3A XL, which are currently available for purchase at $399 and $479 respectively. The Pixel 3A is a more affordable version of the Pixel 3, though with the lower price does come with less premium features, such as no wireless charging and no waterproofing. Although, it does come with a head phone jack! Check out the gallery below for full specs. 4 Tech Industry Gadgets Software Mobile Foldable Phones Nest Googlelast_img read more

Googles First Tablet Nexus 7 Launched Nexus 7 Specifications VIDEO

first_imgAs expected, Google released its first tablet Nexus 7 on the first day of its ongoing annual developer conference Google I/O, which begun on Wednesday in San Francisco.Nexus 7 is a new tablet with a vibrant, 7″ 1280×800 HD display, powerful, portable and designed for Google Play. It comes preloaded with some great entertainment, including the movie “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” the book “The Bourne Dominion,” magazines like Condé Nast Traveler and Popular Science, and songs from bands like Coldplay and the Rolling Stones.Google Play is digital entertainment source, with more than 600,000 apps and games plus music, movies and books. It’s entirely cloud-based, which means all of your content is always available across all of your devices. Google will also offer magazines, episodes of broadcast and cable TV shows, purchase and rent movies etc.The Nexus 7 will be the first device to ship with Jelly Bean, a new version of Android. Jelly Bean uses cards to help gets the right information at the right time.”Starting in mid-July, we’ll start rolling out over-the-air updates to Galaxy Nexus, Motorola Xoom and Nexus S, and we’ll also release Jelly Bean to open source,” said Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile and Digital Content.Tablet Nexus 7 SpecificationsGoogle’s new tablet has 7″ 1280×800 HD display. It features 1.3GHz Nvidia Tegra-3 chipset, with a quad-core CPU and 12-core Graphics Processing Unit GPU, making everything, including games, extremely fast. And best of all, it’s only 340 grams, lighter than most tablets out there. It is the first 7 inch tablet with a quad core processor.Nexus 7 has 1.2-megapixel front camera with 8GB memory.Price of Tablet Nexus 7Nexus 7 is available for preorder from Google Play in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia, and starts at $199 in the U.S. It will start shipping in mid-July. It is expected to be available in India soon though the search giant has not announced it.($1=Rs.57 approximately)Google’s Tablet Nexus 7 Demolast_img read more

Govt likely to make tax holiday for startups more flexible Report

first_imgThe government is reportedly planning to make the recently-announced tax holiday for start-ups more business-friendly, as the proposal comes under fire from various quarters.While announcing a slew of incentives on Jan. 16, the government had said that the start-ups can avail a tax holiday in the first three years of their operations.However, as start-ups usually take three to five years to turn profitable, many argued over the expansion of scope of the tax holiday.The government is likely to make changes to the proposal, allowing the start-ups to avail tax holiday from a block of 10 years instead of taking it in the first three years, sources told The Financial Express.”The proposal is on the anvil. In the Budget, the government may allow start-ups to claim the three-year tax holiday from a block of years,” said a source who is currently dealing with the matter.Last month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced several incentives to improve the start-up eco-system in the country. The action plan offered a tax holiday and inspector raj-free regime for three years, exemption from capital tax and Rs 10,000 crore fund to support them.However, to avail the exemption, the start-ups are required to invest capital gains in the Fund of Funds recognised by the government. Experts said that the tax exemption measure is not flexible for start-ups.”When we talk of start-up ecosystem, it is about large sums of money and we would like the government to make the ecosystem larger, more friendly. The rollover benefit should not only be limited to the fund of funds set up by the government but they should also be allowed to put the money into other funds or alternative investment funds that are putting money in start-ups,” Amarjeet Singh, Partner-Tax at KPMG, told the daily.The government may announce more sops for start-ups in the upcoming Budget in a bid to create a business-friendly environment for them, similar to the current system in Singapore.last_img read more

Fire scare at Midnapore Medical College and Hospital

first_imgKOLKATA: A fire broke out at the emergency ward of Midnapore Medical College and Hospital on Sunday morning triggering panic among patients. No injury, however, has been reported in the incident.Some patients spotted smoke billowing out from the operation theatre at the emergency ward of the hospital at around 11.30 am. The smoke soon spread to other portions of the floor. Many patients fled the spot as the area soon got covered with thick black smoke. The power supply was disconnected immediately to avert any untoward incident. The staff members tried to douse the flames before the fire tenders reached the spot. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe hospital staff acted promptly and evacuated the patients from the building. The staff members also tried to douse the flames with the firefighting mechanism installed inside the hospital. The operation theatre was filled with smoke. After being informed, fire tenders were pressed into action to extinguish the fire.There was, however, no major damage due to the fire but panic broke out among the patients. The hospital authorities claimed that the fire might have taken place due to an electrical short circuit. The exact cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. Four fire tenders were pressed into service to douse the flames. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedHospital authorities have asked the Public Works Department (PWD) to submit a report on how and why the fire had taken place. A senior official of the hospital said all the patients were safely shifted to another building of the hospital after the fire broke out.The firefighters brought the situation under control within an hour. Normal functions resumed at the emergency ward of the hospital. The preliminary investigation also suggests that an electrical short circuit might have caused the incident. The extent of the damage is yet to be ascertained.last_img read more

Contraceptive pills may impair womens emotion recognition

first_imgWomen who use birth control pills may have a poor judgement of subtle facial expressions, which could impact their intimate relationships, according to a study. Scientists from the University of Greifswald in Germany challenged women to identify complex emotional expressions like pride or contempt, rather than basic ones like happiness or fear. They revealed subtle changes in emotion recognition associated with oral contraceptive pill (OCP) use. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe study found that OCP users were nearly 10 per cent worse on average than non-users in deciphering the most enigmatic emotional expressions. The finding raises questions over the possible impact of OCPs on social interactions in intimate relationships, researchers said. Women deciding whether to take an oral contraceptive have access to a lot of reliable information about the potential physical effects, they said. Besides birth control, hormonal contraceptives can help control acne, heavy periods and endometriosis – as well as reducing the risk of ovarian, uterine and colon cancers, the researchers said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOn the downside, the pill can increase slightly the risk of breast and cervical cancer, blood clots and high blood pressure, they said. However, the psychological effects of OCP use are less well documented. “More than 100 million women worldwide use oral contraceptives, but remarkably little is known about their effects on emotion, cognition and behaviour,” said Alexander Lischke of the University of Greifswald. “However, coincidental findings suggest that oral contraceptives impair the ability to recognise emotional expressions of others, which could affect the way users initiate and maintain intimate relationships,” Lischke said. The researchers administered a special emotion recognition task to two similar groups of healthy women: 42 OCP users, and 53 non-users. “If oral contraceptives caused dramatic impairments in women’s emotion recognition, we would have noticed this in our everyday interactions with our partners,” said Lischke. “We assumed that these impairments would be very subtle, indicating that we had to test women’s emotion recognition with a task that was sensitive enough to detect such impairments,” he said. The researchers used a very challenging emotion recognition task that required the recognition of complex emotional expressions from the eye region of faces. The results were subtle – but very clear: OCP users were less accurate in the recognition of the most subtle complex expressions than non-users – by nearly 10 per cent, on average.last_img read more