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San Diego Mayor condemns Minneapolis officers over police custody death

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer Friday condemned the actions of a group of former Minneapolis police officers — one of whom is now charged with murder — that led to the death of a handcuffed black man and has sparked protests across the country.

Faulconer began his daily news conference, which has typically provided updates on the region’s COVID-19 situation, by calling George Floyd’s death “a tragedy” and saying he stood with the San Diego Police Department in condemning the officers’ actions “in the strongest possible terms.”

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Mayor and Verizon to launch 5G network as virtual health and online working surge

Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer was joined Thursday by Verizon and Rady Children’s Hospital to launch the citywide expansion of next-generation 5G wireless technology.

Developed thanks to breakthroughs made by San Diego’s own Qualcomm, the faster fifth generation cellular network will support public safety, medical care, education and commerce at a time when the demand for wireless service has never been higher. Some local hospitals have seen digital visits with patients increase more than 100-fold.

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Faulconer, LGBTQ leaders honor Harvey Milk on his 90th birthday

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer joined LGBTQ community leaders Friday in paying tribute to the late civil rights activist Harvey Milk on what would have been his 90th birthday.

Wreaths were laid at intersections along Harvey Milk Street in Hillcrest and Balboa Park. A small ceremony also was held in lieu of the annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast that typically draws more than 1,000 local residents.

Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. He holds the distinction as being the first openly gay elected official in state history. Less than a year after being elected, Milk and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone were gunned down by former Supervisor Dan White.

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Faulconer: Restaurant, retail reopenings are ‘major victory’ for San Diego

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer called the reopening of dine-in restaurants and in-person retail stores “a major victory” for the city Thursday while turning the spotlight to the region’s science leaders working to combat COVID-19.

Faulconer heralded the state’s decision from late Wednesday allowing San Diego County to move ahead through stage 2 of California’s reopening plan. The new guidelines allow for residents to return to local stores and restaurants which have made modifications to accommodate customers and employees after being closed for about two months.

Faulconer said the reopenings are about “getting accustomed to a new normal,” allowing many area workers the “opportunity to earn that paycheck once again.”

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San Diego Mayor: Won't use coronavirus first responders as leverage for funding

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer discusses protecting coronavirus first responders and accelerating reopening.

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Mayor Faulconer announces San Diego’s Small Business Relief Fund tops $20 million

Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer on Wednesday was joined by Economic Development Director Christina Bibler and a local brewery owner to detail millions in federal CARES Act stimulus funding to expand the City’s small business relief efforts.

This week Mayor Faulconer released a revised Fiscal Year 2021 budget proposal that prioritizes federal CARES Act stimulus funds for small businesses, homeless services, and childcare for frontline workers. The proposal calls for using roughly $13 million for small business relief.

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Mayor Faulconer, Supervisor Jacob announce safe reopenings ahead of Tuesday vote

San Diego County will forward proposals to Gov. Gavin Newsom's office for an accelerated reopening of local businesses and a pilot program to test reopening some establishments shuttered until Stage 3 of California's reopening plan, it was announced Monday.

County Supervisor Dianne Jacob said if Newsom approves letting the county reopen Stage 2 sectors -- such as in-person dining and retail -- ahead of schedule, some businesses could reopen as soon as this week.

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors will vote on the proposals at its Tuesday meeting, during which details of both plans will be laid out.

The announcements came as Newsom eased restrictions Monday for many California counties to reopen, citing decreasing coronavirus hospitalization and ICU rates.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said he believes San Diego County meets the state's modified criteria to reopen dining and retail businesses sooner than others, but would take it further in asking Newsom to allow San Diego County "to pilot the reopening of certain Stage 3 economic sectors, that would safely reopen businesses like barbershops and hair and nail salons."

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‘Give SD Control’: Mayor Says San Diego Restaurants Ready for Safe Reopening

Members of San Diego's restaurant industry showed off procedures Monday that local eateries are proposing to keep customers and employees safe once dine-in service is allowed to resume under the state's "stay at home" order.

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Mayor discusses measures to ensure continuous power throughout county

As parts of San Diego reopen, Mayor Kevin Faulconer on Wednesday discussed measures taken by electric utility workers to ensure continuous power throughout the county.

“San Diegans are working in new locations and on new schedules, so our utility workers are on the frontlines ensuring power keeps flowing 24/7 to homes, hospitals and reopening businesses,” Faulconer said. “Every flip of the light switch is made possible by thousands of dedicated workers who are making personal sacrifices to keep our region running during this crisis.”

San Diego Gas & Electric began enacting safety measures to ensure a reliable power supply in response to the pandemic. Grid operators have, over the last six weeks, been split up into teams, working 12-hour shifts and living onsite. Every 14 days, a new team is rotated in.

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San Diego mayor urges Newsom to let counties decide when to reopen, calls governor's plan 'not realistic'

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and County Chairman Greg Cox are urging California Gov. Gavin Newsom to give the city and county more leeway in deciding when certain businesses can reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic, arguing that some of the governor’s mandates “are not realistic” and will mean major parts of the state’s economy remain shut down indefinitely.

While acknowledging that Newsom’s stay-at-home order in mid-March helped keep the number of COVID-19 cases down and assured that the state’s health care systems were not overwhelmed, Faulconer said the current phase approach to reopening the economy is confusing and that the metrics communities have to meet before certain businesses can reopen are not feasible for large counties such as San Diego.

“Our message is clear: San Diego is ready to safely and strategically reopen,” Faulconer, a Republican, told Fox News. “We are urging the governor to let us do so.”

Faulconer added: “We need some flexibility here, not a ‘one size fits all’ policy.”

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