San Diego will partially close some streets to encourage safe walking, cycling

Stretches of four streets in San Diego will be closed to vehicle traffic beginning Thursday to increase walking and cycling space, allowing residents to get outside while maintaining social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The initial set of streets in the “Slow Streets” pilot program are Diamond Street from Mission Boulevard to Olney Street, Adams Avenue over Interstate 805 and Howard Avenue from Park Boulevard to 33rd Street along with a street in District 4 which has not been finalized, Mayor Kevin Faulconer said.

Temporary barriers and signage will mark the closures. Faulconer said he will work with the City Council to identify additional streets for inclusion into the program.

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‘You stayed classy, San Diego,’ mayor says of residents at beaches

Most San Diego residents who took advantage of the newly reopened beaches on Monday were careful to follow the rules, prompting a “thank you” from Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

“I’m happy to report you stayed classy, San Diego,” Faulconer said at his afternoon briefing.

The mayor said lifeguards and police officers were out in force, prepared to educate residents about what is and isn’t allowed — but it was largely unnecessary.

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‘We Got Your Back’: SD Mayor Encourages SDUSD Students for Return of Graded Instruction

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and school district Superintendent Cindy Marten gave students one last message of encouragement Friday before the start of graded virtual instruction next week.

The San Diego Unified School District closed March 16 and administrators immediately began working to develop a distance learning platform to serve all students.

The district was committed to, in case students weren't to return to campuses this school year, making the remainder of the year count. Students, parents, and teachers have since been growing accustomed to their new education format, but starting Monday it's for real.

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San Diego Mayor outlines rules for reopening beaches

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer Wednesday outlined rules for reopening beaches.

According to Faulconer, when beaches reopen, social distancing must be practiced.

"Mayors from the cities of Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Coronado, Del Mar, Encinitas, Imperial Beach, National City, Oceanside, San Diego and Solana Beach have pledged to move forward in unison," faulconer said.

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San Diego mayor calls on landlords to rent units to homeless, receive incentives

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer called upon local landlords Tuesday to rent open units to San Diegans experiencing homelessness, including seniors and veterans. Mayor Faulconer was by San Diego Housing Commission President and CEO Richard C. Gentry at his daily briefing at which also included updates about the city and region's response to COVID-19. 

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Mayor Faulconer launches public-private partnership supporting arts

Continuing to take aggressive steps to deliver relief to San Diegans affected by COVID-19, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer was joined this week by local leaders to announce $1.25 million in public and private funding to help artists and nonprofits affected by COVID-19. The effort is launching with funds from the San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition, The San Diego Foundation, the City of San Diego and private donors. 

“The fact that our entire state is at home right now streaming content, reading books and listening to music proves that arts play a vital role in our society,” Faulconer said. “Budgets are so strained that government can’t help arts alone and donors can’t do it either, so we’re joining together to amplify our impact and help locals who have been hit hard by this crisis.”

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Mayor Faulconer, Supervisor Cox announce group to plan reactivation of economy

City and county elected officials on Friday announced the creation of an advisory group that will develop strategies for an eventual phased re-opening of San Diego's economy, which has been largely shuttered due to COVID-19-related public health orders.

The San Diego Economic Recovery Advisory Group will begin meeting Monday to develop a framework for reopening the region for business once it is deemed safe.

The group will consist of local "civic and business leaders," representing a variety of industries that can advise how best to safely reopen for business, and how to have the local economy thrive in a business environment so largely affected by COVID-19.

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Mayor Faulconer Orders City Properties To Fly Flags At Half-Staff For COVID-19

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer directed all city-operated buildings and facilities to fly flags at half-staff Monday to pay tribute to people who have lost their lives to the coronavirus.

"The city of San Diego is flying flags at half-staff in tribute to every American, Californian and San Diegan who has fallen to COVID-19 and in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in hard-hit places like New York," Faulconer said. "The sudden passing of so many fellow Americans from a pandemic disease is unparalleled in modern history. It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the continued loss of life and I ask that you join me by keeping the departed in your thoughts and prayers."

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SD Mayor, County Supervisors Outline $25 Million Behavioral Health Fund

A $25 million fund for San Diego area behavioral health providers to bolster their services for those struggling with mental illness or addiction was outlined Wednesday by city and county elected officials.

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SD Mayor Recruits Locals to Sign Up for State Health Corps

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer echoed Governor Gavin Newsom and other city leaders calling for locals to sign up for California’s Health Corps to help healthcare facilities bolster their staff ahead of the expected coronavirus patient surge.

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