- September 29, 2021
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FOX 5 San Diego
by: Kasia Gregorczyk, City News Service
SAN DIEGO – Local barbershops and nail salons are bracing for the impact of another stay-at-home order that would force personal care businesses and other industries to temporarily shut down.
Although allowed to operate indoors in California’s most restrictive purple tier, that would change under a new regional stay-at-home order announced Thursday by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The order, which is expected to take effect in the coming days, impacts five designated regions around the state, including Southern California.
Amid a challenging year navigating a global pandemic, the news is disheartening for businesses such as the Ace of Fades barbershop, which has locations in Chula Vista and Imperial Beach.
“Got really nervous because now having two shops, it’s more responsibility,” said owner Leo Barajas, who just opened the Imperial Beach shop in the past month.
Under the state’s plan, a number of businesses would need to close entirely to customers. That creates uncertainty for ones expected to close including hair and nail salons as well as barbershops.
“Not knowing if you’re going to be able to pay rent or just in general stay in business with my shops, that’s pretty scary,” Barajas said. “It does get to me. I get stressed out, but I have to keep a positive mind to get me by.”
The new rules are triggered when fewer than 15% of beds are available in intensive care units for regional hospital networks. Although no region met that criteria as of Thursday, Newsom said four of the state’s five regions — excluding the San Francisco Bay Area — will meet that threshold within a day or two.
The Southern California region lumps San Diego County in with Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties. But Barajas said he doesn’t agree with grouping San Diego with the others.
“I think we should be separated and if we are doing good as a city, I think we should be rewarded by letting us stay open,” he said.
Barajas believes he could handle a three-week shutdown, the length of the stay-at-home order laid out Thursday by Newsom. He certainly hopes it wouldn’t last much longer than that, though.
“I personally know friends of mine that own barbershops and businesses that had shut down already and I think this one is going to hurt more people,” he said.
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SAN DIEGO – Residents in the Rancho Bernardo neighborhood are ramping up the fight to keep a sexually violent predator from being placed in their neighborhood.
A group of neighbors say they’re taking matters into their own hands to stave off the proposed placement of Douglas Badger at a home 17836 Frondoso Drive. It marks the latest neighborhood struggle against Badger after elected officials and neighbors rallied against a similar arrangement in May at a supervised home in a Mount Helix neighborhood.
SAN DIEGO – Eligible students and staff in the San Diego Unified School District now will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 after a vote by the district’s board Tuesday.
In a unanimous decision, the board mandated vaccinations for all students ages 16 and older and for staff in the district as a condition of employment. Under the district’s Vaccination Roadmap, eligible students and staff must get their first shot of the vaccine no later than Nov. 29 and the second dose on or before Dec. 20, which district Board President Richard Barrera said “allows for full immunity by the time students return from winter break in January.”
SAN DIEGO – A motorcyclist was wounded by the gunfire of a San Diego police officer Tuesday in the City Heights area while allegedly leading police on a pursuit following an attempted traffic stop, authorities said.
San Diego police said two officers attempted to pull the man over for undisclosed reasons shortly before 6 p.m. The man, who was not publicly identified, didn’t stop and instead led officers on a brief chase before ditching the motorcycle near the intersection of Rex Avenue and Shiloh Road in the Chollas Creek area of City Heights to continue on foot.