San Diego County supervisors unanimously agreed Tuesday to expand the county’s $5 million small business loan COVID relief program regionwide to small businesses operating in cities.



a tall building: The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved a measure Tuesday that supervisors hope will help provide behavioral health services to individuals when they interact with the criminal justice system. (John R. McCutchen)


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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved a measure Tuesday that supervisors hope will help provide behavioral health services to individuals when they interact with the criminal justice system. (John R. McCutchen)

Supervisors in late April established the loan program initially to help businesses in the unincorporated areas that are experiencing hardship from the COVID-19 pandemic. The program had $5 million to allocate but nearly $1 million has been loaned so far.

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At the time, only businesses in the unincorporated areas with fewer than 50 employees could qualify for loans, which can be as large as $50,000 with up to 2 percent interest. The loans have to be paid back within two years.

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By ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego County has been spared having to close businesses under California’s revised system for reopening the economy.

An outbreak at San Diego State University has caused a surge of cases in the county. But the latest weekly figures released by the state on Tuesday showed the county still was able to keep its case levels just below a level that would have required new business closures.

San Diego State has nearly 850 confirmed cases, enough to drive up rates in the county of 3.3 million people to their highest levels in months.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The start of the semester at San Diego State University was, as always, a time for students to make and renew friendships on and off its urban campus and enjoy the beach and

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“We need to keep moving forward, and not go backwards anymore,” said Ben Clevenger, owner of Eastbound Bar and Grill.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, California — Small business owners in different industries say they are determined to remain open no matter what. 

Governor Gavin Newsom could announce on Tuesday that San Diego County must move into the state’s most restrictive tier, the purple tier, which would mean many businesses would need to close down indoor operations. The tiers are part of California’s COVID-19 “Blueprint for a Safer Economy” which rates counties based on coronavirus risk level. 

Ben Clevenger, owner of Eastbound Bar and Grill, said he’s going to continue to allow indoor dining at 25% capacity, regardless of what the state has to say. 

“We’ve invested a lot of time, money, and effort into setting up our restaurants,” said Clevenger. “So with that, we’re going to stay open and we’re going

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University of California, San Diego students, staff and faculty issue open letter opposing reckless reopening plan

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Peter Ross

11 September 2020

Nearly 500 students and staff and more than 100 professors at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have signed an open letter calling on the university to cancel in-person classes, limit campus housing to those with no other viable options and cancel layoffs and furloughs.

The letter, published three weeks in advance of the fall quarter, opposes the university’s “Return to Learn” plan, under which 12 percent of courses would take place at least partially in person. The university has announced that at least 47 students, 21 staff and 184 health care workers have so far tested positive for COVID-19, even before the fall quarter begins on September 28. Thousands of students have continued to live on campus over the summer.

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Joan Green hosted many of her mobile art classes at Expressive Arts @ 32nd & Thorn Studio in North Park. Courtesy photo

San Diego artist and business owner Joan Green said she went from seeing 60 students a week in in-studio classes down to eight students via Zoom. That reduction has led to a 90% drop in revenue for her business, Green Art Labs.

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Despite this, Green said she remains hopeful for the arts industry.

“Artists have to create, so it comes through no matter what. I see the healing power of the arts, and I love seeing how the general public has connected to their own the arts during this time,” Green said. “Now with people having more down time at home, they are getting back in touch with their creative selves. I’m hopeful that

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SAN DIEGO, Aug. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer announced today that a City of San Diego selection committee has picked a proposal by Brookfield Properties and ASM Global to redevelop the Sports Arena property into vibrant destination that incorporates a mix of entertainment, housing, parks, and office and retail.” data-reactid=”13″SAN DIEGO, Aug. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer announced today that a City of San Diego selection committee has picked a proposal by Brookfield Properties and ASM Global to redevelop the Sports Arena property into vibrant destination that incorporates a mix of entertainment, housing, parks, and office and retail.

San Diego has assembled an extraordinary team with a proven track record

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Nail salons like this one in Del Mar can operate inside at 25% capacity beginning Monday. Photo by Chris Jennewein

Restaurants, places of worship, movie theaters, gyms, hair salons and other businesses in San Diego County can partially reopen indoors on Monday under new state guidelines.

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The announcement came hours after after Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled a four-tier, color-coded system that ranks the extent of the coronavirus pandemic from a “minimal” yellow to a “widespread” purple. The outbreak in San Diego County was classified as “substantial” and coded red.

“The County of San Diego is red surrounded by a sea of purple,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer, at a briefing for local media.

“Keeping up the momentum to stay on track and not go backwards in this new tier system to the

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The interior of Adams Avenue Bicycles is shown on August 22, 2020.

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Above: The interior of Adams Avenue Bicycles is shown on August 22, 2020.

Like so many commercial districts in San Diego, a lot of businesses along Adams Avenue have struggled since the pandemic hit. But not the one at the northeast corner of Adams and Hamilton.

At Adams Avenue Bicycles, owner Chuck Cofer said since COVID-19 began, business has gone through the roof.

“When COVID first struck, riding a bike was still an acceptable form of exercise, or getting out of your house,” he said.

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Cofer said that translated to all sorts of people wheeling out their bikes that had been sitting idle, and then realizing they needed repairs. Before the coronavirus pandemic, that sometimes took a day or two, a week at most. Not now.

“Currently it’s been 3 to 5 weeks pretty consistent for a

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