San Jose vaccination clinic gets musical accompaniment

Getting a COVID-19 vaccination at the Mexican Heritage Plaza in San Jose has become a more pleasant experience. That’s largely due to a pilot program that provides live music, including Afro-Latin jazz, R&B and mariachi for people in line for their shot or waiting out the observation period after receiving the vaccine.

And while the music is entertaining, it’s serving a bigger purpose, too.

Omar Rodriguez, owner of Kooltura Marketing,

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San Diego Library borrowing plunged 90 percent during pandemic, but bounced back some

Borrowing at San Diego’s city libraries is down more than 50 percent during the COVID-19 pandemic as residents transitioned to a world dominated by curbside checkouts, electronic books and branches where browsing is not allowed.

Circulation plummeted even farther, about 90 percent, last April and May, but it bounced back to roughly half pre-pandemic levels when curbside checkouts began last summer and a dozen library branches partially reopened last fall.

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City, San Diego Unified Leaders Urge Health Responsibility Over Spring Break

The entrance to the San Diego County Administration building in this file pho...

Photo by Alexander Nguyen

Above: The entrance to the San Diego County Administration building in this file photo taken Dec. 13, 2020.

As San Diego and its largest school system gradually reopen from COVID-19 shutdowns last year, city leaders cautioned students, parents and others to avoid large gatherings like the ones occurring in Miami Beach over Spring Break.

Spring Break in San Diego Unified effectively began when schools let out

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City, San Diego Unified leaders urge health responsibility over spring break –

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) –  As San Diego and its largest school system gradually reopen from COVID-19 shutdowns last year, city leaders cautioned students, parents and others to avoid large gatherings like the ones occurring in Miami Beach over Spring Break.

Spring Break in San Diego Unified effectively begins when school lets out today.

“San Diego has some of the best outdoor attractions in the world, but it’s not an excuse

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Grant to help with deluge of visitors to San Juan Mountains

San Juan County has been awarded more than $250,000 to help address the impacts of increasing outdoor recreation in its backcountry.

Great Outdoors Colorado, which receives money from the state’s lottery, granted San Juan County $260,000 to “advance outdoor recreation, stewardship and land protection” to meet “urgent needs and priorities” in the San Juan Mountains.

“The recreation pressure in this area combined with the demonstrated impacts of unmanaged recreation make

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Column: Need Wi-Fi? How San Diego’s libraries are bridging the digital divide

Even before they shut down last March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of San Diego’s libraries were always about more than books. So when the city announced on March 14 that it would be closing the Central Library and its 35 branch libraries, staff members worked hard and fast to get their many resources to the patrons who could not get to them.

There were “Stay-In-Storytime” readings on

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La Jolla Community Planning Association approves suggested revisions to San Diego parks master plan

When the San Diego City Council took on the proposed Complete Communities initiative during its last meeting of 2020 (which also was the last meeting for five council members), most of it was approved, save for the parks master plan. Complete Communities has four components: the parks plan, a mobility choices initiative, a housing solutions plan and facilities financing.

Before the reconstituted council hears the parks master plan sometime this

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Gingerbread monolith delights San Francisco on Christmas Day

In true pop-up art fashion, a nearly 7-foot-tall monolith made of gingerbread mysteriously appeared on a San Francisco hilltop on Christmas Day and collapsed the next day.

The three-sided tower, held together by icing and decorated with a few gumdrops, delighted the city on Friday when word spread about its existence.

During his morning run, Ananda Sharma told KQED-FM he climbed to Corona Heights Park to see the sunrise when

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Outdoor businesses prep for weekend rain in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – Rain, wind, and cooler temperatures are in the forecast this weekend. San Diego businesses operating outdoors for the pandemic are making plans to stay dry.

Since the pandemic started businesses in San Diego have had to get creative to stay afloat.

Arthur Boia started PB Yogs as a way for yoga instructors to safely continue classes outdoors.

“The thing with us is we’re yogi’s so we’re

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It was still Halloween in San Diego, just a little different in 2020

With state and county guidelines in place to stop the spread of COVID-19, some traditions were prohibited this year, but kids still had fun.

SAN DIEGO — Happy Halloween San Diego! Though we’ve been wearing masks for the majority of 2020, this is one of the only days where we can make it fun! 

Since San Diego County has put some major guidelines out to stop the spread of the

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San Diegans reminded to celebrate Halloween safely during COVID-19

Halloween is not canceled it’s just a little different this year. There are still plenty of ways to celebrate safely.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, California — As San Diego County heads into a Halloweekend, public health officials are urging members of the public to practice COVID-19 protocols — including avoiding large gatherings such as Halloween parties and door-to-door trick-or-treating.

“These activities involve face-to-face interactions with people from different households,” said Dr.

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Pike and San Isabel National Forests, Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands Christmas tree permit sales move online

A harvester removes a downed Christmas tree from U.S. Forest Service land in Keystone in December 2018.
Photo by Antonio Olivero / [email protected]

The U.S. Forest Service said Christmas tree permits will be available to purchase online through Recreation.gov from Oct. 15 through Dec. 24 for the San Carlos, Leadville, Salida, South Park, Pikes Peak and South Platte Ranger Districts.

Details about designated cutting areas, specific dates and types of

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Why was Paul Rusesabagina of ‘Hotel Rwanda’ fame living in San Antonio when he was captured?

The movie Hotel Rwanda has a happy ending, with the protagonist, Paul Rusesabagina, adopting two of his sister-in-law’s daughters, symbolically and literally helping the nation’s next generation rise from the ashes.

It may require pressure from U.S. and Texas officials to make sure the real-life story doesn’t have a tragic ending.

The man known to the world as one of Rwanda’s saviors is now in need of salvation. Rusesabagina was

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Comic-Con is San Diego’s hottest ticket. How the city is mourning its loss

Colleen Rodriguez as Thor near the archway for the Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego. <span class="copyright">(K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune)</span>
Colleen Rodriguez as Thor near the archway for the Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego. (K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Deadpool wasn’t going to miss it for the world or the pandemic.

On Wednesday afternoon, the preview day of what would have been the 51st edition of San Diego Comic-Con, the bars surrounding the downtown convention center were empty, the restaurants mostly deserted, and the sidewalks devoid of the usual

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Comic-Con is San Diego’s hottest ticket. This year, the city is mourning its loss

Colleen Rodriguez as Thor near the archway for the Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego. <span class="copyright">(K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune)</span>
Colleen Rodriguez as Thor near the archway for the Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego. (K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Deadpool wasn’t going to miss it for the world or the pandemic.

On Wednesday afternoon, the preview day of what would have been the 51st edition of San Diego Comic-Con, the bars surrounding the downtown convention center were empty, the restaurants mostly deserted, and the sidewalks devoid of the usual

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