City Council Votes to Buy 2 Hotels: Will House 400 Homeless in December

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Residence Inn by Marriott at Kearny Mesa is sought for homeless housing.
Residence Inn by Marriott at Kearny Mesa will house hundreds of people experiencing homelessness. Image via Google Maps

The San Diego City Council took a major step Tuesday in its fight against homelessness, approving the purchase of two former hotel properties to create 332 permanent units for more than 400 San Diegans currently experiencing homelessness.

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The council, which voted 9-0, approved spending $67 million for a former Residence Inn in the Hotel Circle area and $39.5 million for a former Residence Inn in the Kearny Mesa neighborhood —locations that are expected to be move-in ready by Dec. 31, 2020.

“Allowing people to live unsafely on the streets is not OK,” City Council President Georgette Gomez said. “Today, the council took a huge leap forward by creating 332 new apartments with supportive services for more than 400

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Chicago made it official Tuesday, adding neighboring Indiana to its emergency travel order that requires travelers returning to the city from there to stay inside for two weeks because of high COVID-19 case counts.



a person posing for the camera: In this file photo, Chicago Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady answers questions during a news conference at the Greater Western Community Development Project in Chicago, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020.


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In this file photo, Chicago Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady answers questions during a news conference at the Greater Western Community Development Project in Chicago, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020.

The Hoosier state’s inclusion on Chicago’s self-quarantine list was expected.

The city last week “strongly advised” Chicago residents against traveling to Indiana, pointing to the fact the state had already passed the bench mark of more than 15 new daily COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents over a seven-day period that warrants getting added.

“I am very concerned that Indiana is a state that is wishing that COVID were over, and it’s not,” city Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said

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City council to vote Tuesday on buying hotels for homeless housing

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Mayor Kevin Faulconer and other civic leaders gathered Monday to urge the City Council to vote Tuesday to purchase two hotels for housing hundreds of homeless San Diegans.

Faulconer, who was joined by City Council President Georgette Gomez, Councilmember Chris Ward and San Diego Housing Commission President and CEO Richard C. Gentry, asked that the council purchase the Residence Inn Hotel Circle and Residence Inn Kearny Mesa hotel properties — which could be turned into 332 permanent units for more than 400 homeless people.

Many of those people have been staying with Operation Shelter to Home, a collaborative project began by the city and homelessness service providers in April to manage more than 1,000 people experiencing homelessness at the San Diego Convention Center during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. According to city data, it has already helped find permanent housing for more than 660 people.

“These properties

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Dreaming of a luxurious sunshine getaway in 2021? Then look no further than Ensenada – a pretty and diverse city that is located just 108 miles from the border with the USA, and hailed as the cosmopolitan cousin of hedonistic Tijuana. Here, you might feel as if you’re stuck somewhere between two countries, with English menus in US dollars a common site – but make no mistake, this culturally rich destination has got plenty to offer, and attracts everyone from cruise ship passengers and drive-by tourists from California, to mainland visitors, who mix seamlessly with the seasoned locals.

But while Mexican cuisine and culture is still evident here, you can also expect to find everything from authentic French food to tasteless American t-shirts at the many shops, cafes and restaurants that line the streets. Filled with unique landmarks and people from all walks of life, it’s a foodies’ delight, with

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks at a rally during a campaign stop at the Boulder City Municipal Airport Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020.

Campaigning in Boulder City today, Vice President Mike Pence declared victory in Wednesday’s debate with Democrat Kamala Harris and said the upcoming election will decide “whether America remains America.”

Pence held a rally at the Boulder City Municipal Airport the morning after his debate with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s running mate.

“I think when you compare the Biden-Harris agenda with what President Donald Trump has done and will continue to do for America, there’s no question who won the debate,” Pence said.

Surrounded by supporters who often broke into chants of “four more years,” Pence sought to highlight the differences between the campaigns, saying “the stakes have never been higher” than the Nov.

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Although hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic as have other tourist destinations, Kyoto still ranks as a world favorite for travelers.

The U.S. travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler has ranked Japan’s ancient capital as the world’s best large city in its 2020 readers’ choice poll, which excludes the United States. 

It is the first time its readers selected Kyoto as their top choice, although it ranked second the previous year.

The top honor comes with some irony in a year when foreign tourism practically vanished, but it also offers some hope for the city’s tourist industry.

Kyoto has struggled during the pandemic as foreign tourism to Japan nosedived this year because of the virus. The number of foreigners who stayed at major hotels in Kyoto in July dropped by 99.8 percent compared to July last year.

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a small boat in a body of water: Baguio City’s famous Burnham Park now welcomes visitors from the Ilocos Region and will soon open to Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon tourists. Photo from Department of Tourism.


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Baguio City’s famous Burnham Park now welcomes visitors from the Ilocos Region and will soon open to Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon tourists. Photo from Department of Tourism.

Local tourists planning to visit the Philippines’ City of Pines in Baguio which recently reopened to visitors are advised to follow protocols before traveling to the Northern Luzon travel destination.

Baguio City, the favorite spot for visitors seeking the coolest climate in the Philippines, earlier opened its tourism facilities to city residents.

In October, the Baguio City government implemented the VISITA Baguio system as it welcomed visitors to safe travel around Baguio.

Baguio currently welcomes tourists from the Ilocos Region until mid-October and will open to visitors from Regions 2 and 3 afterward. The city government is planning to open to more tourists by November.

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More than 715,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers submitted a record-breaking number of responses, making this year’s honor especially noteworthy, said Visit/St. Pete Clearwater.

The travel magazine recognized St. Pete for its cultural arts scene and proximity to area white sand beaches.

Some many of the arts venues that highlight our city’s cultural collection are The Dali Museum, Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, Museum of Fine Arts and The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art.

A couple of popular St. Pete locations the magazine mentioned are the new St. Pete Pier and the Don CeSar hotel.

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The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts set to Expand its Portfolio With a Landmark Debut in Rajasthan’s Capital City

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