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San Diego City and County direct $10 million for frontline worker childcare

The city and county of San Diego announced Friday that $10 million in federal stimulus funding will be directed toward expanding childcare services for workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The city will match $5 million in CARES Act funding approved by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors earlier this week for child care.

"Child care and the economy are fundamentally linked. If parents can access child care, they're more likely to enter the workforce and of course, to stay employed," San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said. "School and child care closures really put an incredible burden on working parents throughout San Diego County."

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San Diego mayor: Compliance with new beach rules bodes well for state business reopening

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer told CNBC on Friday he believes people are following the city’s new rules for beaches, calling it a positive sign as California seeks to ease up on coronavirus-related restrictions. 

“I was out there on the beaches myself last week with our lifeguards. You can walk, you can run, surf and swim right now. No sitting down. To see that compliance I think bodes extremely well for when we start to reopen our businesses,” Faulconer said on “Squawk Alley.” 

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San Diego mayor highlights in-home caregivers, invites seniors to join check-in program

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer highlighted nurses and in-home caregivers at a briefing Wednesday. Faulconer also outlined resources for seniors who are one of the groups most vulnerable to contracting COVID-19. 

In honor of National Nurses Day, Faulconer opened the briefing by thanking nurses in San Diego for their life-saving work especially in the time of COVID-19. 

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Mayor outlines resources for seniors during pandemic

Mayor Kevin Faulconer on Wednesday outlined resources available to seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Faulconer encouraged San Diego seniors to sign up for the city’s Social Calls Program. The City of San Diego Parks and Recreation AgeWell Services staff will call enrolled seniors to check in and say “hello.” The free phone call will be made Mondays through Fridays between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.

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San Diego mayor: People enjoyed the fresh air while social distancing

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer on reopening local beaches and economy amid coronavirus outbreak.

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San Diego mayor praises residents for 'doing that social distancing' after reopening beaches

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer joined "The Daily Briefing" Monday to discuss the decision to reopen beaches in San Diego County over the weekend as local governments in California begin taking tentative steps to reopen amid to the coronavirus pandemic.

"I got all the mayors to buy into it [as well as] our county public health officials," said Faulconer, a Republican. "It was a phased plan, and we said 'Let's give San Diegans the chance to do the right thing.' They did [that] this weekend. It was great to see. You had families out there. [We said] you can swim, you can surf. You can't sit down on the beach, but you can move around, walk, jog.

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Mayor Faulconer To Announce San Diego’s Reopening Plan Tuesday

San Diego beaches are now partially opened and the local economy may soon follow.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer told KPBS Midday Edition on Monday he plans to announce Tuesday the policies and procedures to safely reopen businesses since the global coronavirus pandemic forced their closure.

"If San Diegans can do the right thing, we are going to be ready to open once we hit the public health milestones and the stay at home order is lifted," he said.

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From lifeguard station, Mayor Faulconer urges beachgoers to ‘stay classy’

San Diego’s beaches played host to a number of visitors this weekend for the first time since being shuttered to the public earlier this year over fears of the coronavirus.

Among the visitors Sunday was Mayor Kevin Faulconer, who urged beachgoers to “stay classy.”

In a video shared on Twitter from the Pacific Beach Lifeguard Station, Faulconer delivered a brief public address, calling on people to follow the rules of the beach, including not sitting or congregating. Local beaches are open for swimming, surfing, paddleboarding and running, he said.

“Thank you for your cooperation,” the mayor said. “You’re doing a great job. Stay classy, San Diego.”

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Mayor Faulconer discusses his plans to allow San Diegans to enjoy more outdoor activites amid coronavirus pandemic

San Diego City leaders have announced a plan to create more outdoor space for safe walking and cycling in the community.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer was on Good Morning San Diego where he thanks all San Diegans for following the guidelines, and discuss new programs to continue reopening more and more activities.

Faulconer said next week we will begin to hear more plans to begin reopening our businesses, which is something important to all San Diegans.

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Mayor Faulconer Says Closing All California Beaches ‘Sends the Wrong Message’

Mayor Kevin Faulconer and other San Diego leaders said Thursday Gov. Gavin Newsom’s reported plan to close all beaches and state parks “sends the wrong message” to Californians who are behaving responsibly.

“San Diegans have been following the rules set by our pubic health officials and lifeguards since beaches reopened this week,” Faulconer said in a tweet. “A sudden state ban on every single beach — regardless of the facts on the ground — sends the wrong message to regions where people are acting responsibly.”

No official announcement has been made yet, but Newsom plans to announce the closures Thursday, according to a bulletin that was reportedly sent to all California police chiefs notifying them of the closures. The action follows weekend crowds on beaches on Orange County.

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