San Diego’s homeless to transition out of convention center, into hotels by December with council approval

With the San Diego City Council’s approval, the city will convert two Residence Inn locations into fully furnished, move-in ready, apartment-style homes.

SAN DIEGO — The City of San Diego is expected to vote Tuesday on a major plan to turn two local hotels into housing for the homeless. With the San Diego City Council’s approval, the city will convert two Residence Inn locations  – one on Kearny Mesa Road and the one on Hotel Circle in Mission Valley – into fully furnished, move-in ready, apartment-style homes for about 400 homeless people.

The plan calls for many of them to move out of the San Diego Convention Center by December, where they’ve been temporarily housed during the pandemic. As of Monday, it was still housing about 1,000 people. 

“If there’s been any silver lining during this pandemic, it’s there’s fantastic work happening inside this building,” said Mayor Kevin Faulconer Monday,

Read More

San Diego man injured in Bali returns home on road to recovery

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A Solana Beach man is back in San Diego still recovering from a spinal cord injury that happened halfway around the world in Bali.

Anthony Galvan-Schaible’s journey happened during the pandemic and even though he’s back home, there are months of intensive rehab ahead.

Schaible went to Bali in February with plans to stay until April. Then the pandemic started and he had to stay.

In late July, Schaible was in a motorcycle accident that left him with a spinal cord injury. He required emergency surgery halfway around the world.

RELATED: Local man’s trip to Bali takes unexpected turn after crash

His mom flying to be by his side.

“Pretty much just got stronger and we had to figure out how to fly business class,” Schaible said before his return.

Two weeks ago, Schaible made it back home, transferred to UCSD La Jolla after three flights

Read More

San Antonio River Walk offering kayaking in famed business district for the first time in 30 years

The River Walk is paddling in new opportunities in 2020.

For the first time in 30 years, kayaking will be allowed through the River Walk’s scenic business district, where countless postcards and San Antonio snapshots have taken place.

Kayaking on other extensions of the San Antonio River, like the King William District and Mission Reach, has been a popular activity, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. You were, however, not allowed access to the world-famous business district, where the hotels and restaurants are located.

RELATED: I kayaked on the San Antonio River in the King William Historic District, here’s what you need to know

“This is a whole new route, a whole new ball game,” said San Antonio River Walk Association Executive Director Maggie Thompson.

The River Walk barges have total rights to the area, but the Go Rio Cruises are now starting boat tours at noon, giving kayakers a rare

Read More

Meet the woman behind the magazine that spotlights San Antonio’s South Side

(SAN ANTONIO) – It is Hispanic Heritage Month and one local woman is using her platform to shed light on all of the great things going on, on her side of town.

Sitting along W Mitchell Street, just off Highway 90, you’ll find a quaint coffee shop. Inside of Coffeeciando, you’ll find all of the usual sights and sounds of one, too. Including South Side San Antonio’s very own April Monterrosa.

“It’s home,” said April Monterrosa, editor-in-chief of Live from the Southside Magazine. “I don’t care where you go, if you meet someone from the southside, it’s like they’re family. It has a unique hospitable feeling, this area.”

This Latina sits inside of the coffee shop each day, working diligently to find the best parts of the area she knows so well.

“Born and raised,” she said. “I went to South San High School.”

A 10 year writing career pointed

Read More

Are buying hotels in San Diego for homeless people a good use of funds?

The San Diego Housing Commission voted recently to buy two hotels to house homeless people now living in the temporary shelter in the Convention Center.

The plan to purchase Marriott Residence Inns in Mission Valley and Kearny Mesa for about $106.5 million comes from a variety of federal and state programs. Part will be from the state’s Project Homekey fund, money set aside for specifically housing homeless people at high risk of COVID-19.

The money is still taxpayer funds and being spent at a time when there is great economic need across the region.

Q: Is buying two hotels in San Diego County for homeless people a good use of funds?

Norm Miller, University of San Diego

NO: This works out to just under $360,000 per room, so it does not appear that these are distressed sale prices. If these were distressed sales, at lower prices, it would make

Read More

It’s San Franciscans’ civic duty to buy a book from a bookstore


If there’s one word that the pandemic has made us re-evaluate, it’s “essential.”
 
The grocery store clerk is essential, the health care workers risking their lives are essential. And for the first time in recent history, it became essential to have a closet full of toilet paper.
 
Beyond basic human needs, it’s essential to support the businesses you love and the places that make San Francisco special, or they won’t be around

Read More