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Gun Sales Increase Amid Outbreak

Gun Sales Increase Amid Outbreak

Among other popular quarantine items like toilet paper and hand sanitizer, gun sales increased this week during the COVID-19 outbreak.

NBC 7 reported on the dramatic increase in gun sales at San Diego’s Poway Weapons & Gear Range. The store’s Director of Sales Operations, Danielle Jaymes, spoke with reporters. “What you see on my shelves and my walls, that is all I have in stock,” she said.

She said their sales doubled this weekend over the previous. She compared the spike in gun sales to big shopping dates like Black Friday. The run on guns cleared out her inventory. “All my backstock of everything is gone,” she told NBC 7.

Jaymes’s experience mirrors other gun stores around the country. Lines reportedly stretched blocks from the front door of other locations. The epidemic seems to have fanned fears leading many to bolster self-defense.

Gun Sales Rise Across US

To put numbers to anecdotal evidence, reported 68 percent increase in sales for the period between February 24 and March 4 compared to the previous 11 days. Some states drastically outpaced that. Specifically, North Carolina saw a 179 percent jump in gun sales. Georgia followed closely with a 169 percent increase.

While general fears surrounding the outbreak seem to compel many to purchase weapons, so too do its cultural symptoms. A report from The Trace covered the increase in gun sales among Asian Americans fearful of xenophobic backlash.

One American of Chinese descent that operates a gun store east of Los Angeles saw gun sales increase 500 percent. David Liu, owner of Arcadia Firearm and Safety, said of his customers, “They worry about a riot or maybe that people will start to target the Chinese.”

While widespread hysteria and societal collapse seems outlandish at this point, Asian Americans report experiencing increased incidents of harassment. Misinformation and racist notions about Chinese culture fuel the misplaced backlash.

Meanwhile, China shows signs of finally stemming their outbreak. Likewise, South Korea, which discovered its first case around the same time as the US, exhibits declining numbers of new cases. Experts attribute South Korea’s success to its quick response and proliferation of testing. The United States struggles to match other nation’s testing numbers, though testing here is ramping up.

Measure B Ads Total Millions From Both Sides

Measure B Ads Total Millions From Both Sides

Measure B, a ballot initiative to permit a large-scale housing development to commence, originally passed through the San Diego Board of Supervisors 2 years ago. However, pushback led to the countywide referendum up for a vote on the March ballot. Now, developers supporting the Newland Sierra project want the public to share their vision. Likewise, opponents seek to thwart the development of land they say shouldn’t be developed.

Collectively, the two sides’ ad spend totals $11 million.

The proposed development at the center of the measure includes over 2,100 homes, with schools, retail space, hiking and bike trails. Located just north of Escondido, the project’s proponents argue it brings much needed housing to the region.

Measure B and Affordable Housing

The developers commit 62 percent of the total number of homes built to affordability. They state a desire to appeal to working-class families with breadwinners in professions like firefighting, policing, and teaching.

They went so far as to sign an agreement binding them to their commitment.

However, Measure B opponents argue their agreement fails to legally require the construction of affordable housing among the total number of homes.

Interestingly, the leading voice on the opposing side is Golden Door Properties, owners of an exclusive spa located near the area designated by Newland Sierra. The wealthy No on B supporter raised $3.3 million to fight the initiative.

Their argument essentially inverts the other side. Instead of providing affordable housing, they argue the development actually exacerbates housing prices. While the requirements regarding affordable housing remain in question, a negative market impact from the sudden inclusion of 2,135 new homes seems just as uncertain.

Still, both sides dump loads of money into digital advertising in an attempt to sway voters. Come March 3 (or earlier, if voting early), a Yes vote on Measure B is in favor of the development; a No vote is against the development.

Voting Available Early For Democratic Primary

Voting Available Early For Democratic Primary

Beginning Monday, February 3, Californians can begin voting early for the March 3 Democratic primary. County polling places open for voters to submit their ballots during business hours, and some weekend hours.

Specifically, the County Registrar of Voters located at 5600 Overland Ave opens for San Diegans to come cast their ballots. From now until the March 3 deadline, voters may take advantage of early voting services from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. Additionally, Saturday, February 29, as well as Sunday, March 1, the office maintains the same hours for those unable to vote during weekday business hours.

However, many voters plan to send their ballots via the postal service. Over 1.3 million mailed ballots went out yesterday and should arrive before Friday.

Mail-in voters receive an extra bonus this year, not included in years past: an “I Voted” sticker. Now mail-in voters can join in the fun of proclaiming their participation in the country’s oldest democratic tradition.

Officials anticipate this year’s turnout exceeding that of previous primaries. Because the field remains so contested, supporters of each candidate feel the necessity to cast their votes. In an election year many consider pivotal for the country’s future, every election merits close attention.

Primary Voting Off to Rocky Start

While California’s primary voting began this week, the state of Iowa held its caucuses Monday night, as well. In what trackers expected to be a close tally, results remain at arm’s length. The voting system employed by the Democratic National Committee contained a bug in its coding preventing full transmission of data.

Now, the Democratic Party faces a debacle while officials begin a manual count, supplanting the technology’s reporting. The app, a phone-based method for precincts to report their numbers, originally drew frustration for users’ inability to properly use it.

Now, the snafu draws criticism across the political spectrum as the influential first primary state’s results face at least a 24-hour delay.

While California’s primary historically takes a long time to tally, no such voting system will count the most populous state’s votes this year.

Cannabis Billboards Subject Of New Ordinance

Cannabis Billboards Subject Of New Ordinance

City Council passed an ordinance Monday restricting the placement of cannabis billboards around the city.

The new rules ban cannabis billboards within 1000 feet of youth centers, daycare centers, schools, playgrounds, and public parks with playgrounds. However, critics suggest even stricter rules.

In speaking with the San Diego Tribune, Scott Chipman, leader of an anti-cannabis group known as the San Diegans for Safe Neighborhoods, said, “I don’t know why the city is endorsing this kind of advertisement.” Furthermore, Chipman suggests an outright ban. He fears the city failing to establish control over the burgeoning industry.

He believes the cannabis billboards broadcast a “horrible message” to children about the drug.

Industry Complies with Ordinance Restricting Cannabis Billboards

Interestingly, cannabis companies are not only willing to submit to the new rules, but desire more stringent ones. General counsel for local dispensary March and Ash Breton Peace said he wished the city would be more aggressive. In his view, the rules don’t negatively impact business, so long as the city uniformly applies them across the industry.

He suggested hosting a public forum in which members of the community aired their concerns before City Council.

Other industry leaders applauded the new legislation, which still leaves 54% of the city’s 644 billboards available to them.

However, calls to expand the restrictions arise from critics. Specifically, they call for bans near libraries, where youth often congregate. Council President Georgette Gómez voiced support for such expansion of the ordinance.

The ordinance makes significant additions, however, to existing state law. In addition to adding parks, it allows for local enforcement of the ban as opposed to relying on state officials.

The new ordinance provides a 6 month grace period for present advertisements to become compliant. Billboard advertisements cost up to several thousand dollars a month. Cannabis companies rely on them to direct traffic to their stores.

Median Home Price in San Diego Rises

Median Home Price in San Diego Rises

The median price-tag for a home in San Diego County reached a new high of $594,455, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. That’s an increase of 5.2 percent in the median home price from last year at this time.

The rise in home prices comes as a result of lowering mortgage rates. The most popular mortgage, a 30-year fixed-rate loan, dropped to 3.7 percent last month from 4.87 percent in November of last year. Since the cost of a loan is significantly more favorable, homebuyers flood the market. From this time last year, home sales increased by 8.6 percent.

An increase in demand strains supply. A shrinking supply lifts the value of the commodity. Hence, the rise in median home prices in the region.

However, the market trend isn’t isolated to San Diego county. Market watchers observe home prices rising across southern California.

  • San Bernardino County up 6.1 percent to $350,000
  • Riverside County up 5 percent to $409,500
  • Los Angeles County up 4.5 percent to $625,000

The average across the whole of southern California rose 5.6 percent to $549,000.

Rates, and Median Home Price Impact

Mortgage rates in 2019 sit at their most favorable for homebuyers since 2011. The Federal Reserve, the federal government’s regulatory body charged with stabilizing job growth and inflation, greatly impacts rates. The Fed controls the federal funds rate, a money borrowing interest rate that influences the bond market.

In short, the Fed rate impacts how expensive money lending becomes for borrowers across industries.

With considerable volatility as a consequence of the trade war with China, the Fed chose in recent months to reduce the rate. This reaction helps maintain steady economic growth in the face of an impending recession.

However, with a general trend towards a slowing economy, and economists the world over on edge, it remains to be seen how effective the rate reduction will be. Though, for now, the impact on the housing market will continue to inspire more homebuyers to take advantage of low rates, in spite of higher home prices.

Truck Jackknifes On I-15

Truck Jackknifes On I-15

SAN DIEGO, CA — A SigAlert was issued on I-15 Wednesday night after a UPS big rig collided into a guard rail. Consequently, the truck jackknifed while on the I-15. Then, the semitrailer skidded up the Interstate while traveling northbound. Importantly, it should be noted that the alert was issued for three lanes of the freeway until midnight.

Moreover, the crash occurred around 9:40 p.m. According to the California Highway Patrol, the big rig began to veer out of control between Interstate 8 and Adams Avenue.

As a result of the accident, at least 35 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into the freeway, as reported by the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

While traffic continued to move steadily in the carpool and first lanes, the same cannot be said for the others. In fact, the Number 2, 3, and 4 lanes were blocked until around midnight, according to the CHP.

At this time there have been no injuries reported.

Friars Road Closure This Weekend

Friars Road Closure This Weekend

SAN DIEGO, CA – Expect major traffic delays this weekend as a stretch of Friars Road will be closed. The closure is part of an ongoing project in the Mission Valley area. As a result of the Friars Road closure, drivers are expected to find alternative routes for travel.

Moreover, officials from Caltrans are also alerting drivers that Friars Road will be closed in both directions. For 36 hours, the stretch between Ulric Street and Frazee Road will be inaccessible to the public. Particularly from Saturday, Oct. 19, at 5 p.m., to 5 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 21.

Furthermore, drivers are not the only ones who will be impacted by the closure. Bicyclists and pedestrians who live in or frequent the area will be affected by this as well.   

Caltrans officials announced on their Twitter that beginning this Saturday at 5 p.m. all lanes of Friars Road over SR-163 will be closed for construction work. However, the road will reopen in both directions on Monday at 5 a.m.

As stated by Caltrans officials, the closure will also include:

  • Eastbound Friars Rd. to northbound SR-163 on-ramp
  • Northbound SR-163 to Friars Rd. off-ramp
  • Southbound SR-163 to westbound Friars Rd. off-ramp will be OPEN, however the eastbound ramp will be closed.

For additional information and alternative routes, visit or contact Caltrans directly.

Shooting in San Diego Home

Shooting in San Diego Home

SAN DIEGO, CA – A shooting that occurred in the Lemon Grove section of San Diego has left one person wounded. The shooting took place early Monday morning. And, as a result, the man endured a severe injury. However, the victim is projected to make a full recovery. Still, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department will continue to investigate until answers are met.  

Moreover, the shooting took place on Washington Street near Vernier Drive, in a residential neighborhood. According to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, the incident began around 5 a.m.

Furthermore, once deputies arrived at the scene, they discovered a man in his mid-30s who had clearly been shot. In order to get to the victim, deputies had to force open the door to the garage. Additionally, the man suffered a gunshot wound to the leg.

Subsequently, he was rushed to Scripps Mercy Hospital where he underwent surgery. According to SDSO Sgt. Zee Sanchez, the victim’s wound was considered serious.

Moreover, authorities reported that there were other people inside the home at the time of the shooting as well. Particularly, another man, one woman, and a 9-year-old girl. However, they were all reported safe and unharmed, expressed Sanchez.

Despite detectives making a full sweep of the area, still they have not located a suspect, or a weapon.

However, the SDSO is continuing this ongoing investigation by interviewing witnesses who may know something about the shooting.

If you have any information about the shooting, contact the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

University City Homicide, Roommate In Question

University City Homicide, Roommate In Question

UNIVERSITY CITY, CA – New suspect in question after a man was found dead inside his home Monday. A homicide investigation led by the San Diego Police Department has resulted in the questioning of the roommate.

SDPD Lt. Anthony Dupree confirms a call was made around 6 a.m. to the police about a man who had stopped breathing inside a home on Bothe Avenue near Regents Road.

However, by the time medics arrived, the 56-year-old man was found dead.

It was evident the man suffered from some form of trauma to his upper body region. This incited officers to believe the man might have been murdered. The extent of the trauma is still unclear and has yet to be disclosed.

A 57-year-old woman and her 34-year-old son also shared the home with the man.

Moreover, SDPD officers believe a fight between the victim and the 34-year-old ensued, which may have resulted in a homicide. The son was taken in for questioning.

Several policemen surrounded the outside of the home. Residents of the University City neighborhood were met with shock and confusion.

In disbelief, neighbor Don Hotz expressed his dismay about the incident, “I just arrived back, and I see you know probably ten police officers out here and detectives and a couple people detained, I am saddened by it.”

Additionally, Hotz said the victim spent much of the time inside his home, but when he did see him, he was very kind. Like many residents in the neighborhood, Hotz is devastated that something like this could happen where they live.

Furthermore, lots of different people were seen frequenting the house in recent months said neighbors. At one point, the house was covered in tarps.

Contact the SDPD at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 if you have any information.

Officer-involved shooting leaves American man dead

Officer-involved shooting leaves American man dead

SAN DIEGO, California – A U.S. citizen died Monday after a shootout with law enforcement officials. Specifically, the incident occurred at the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

Furthermore, San Diego police officials confirmed the victim was a 23-year-old man. The shootout occurred between the man and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers.

Officials report that the shootout started when the man failed to stop for an inspection. Additionally, he was a northbound driver.

A CBP spokesperson reported that a man driving a white pickup truck drove up to the inspection point but didn’t stop. Additionally, the spokesperson said this happened right around 7:30 p.m.

The San Diego Police Department, or SDPD, provided further information to reporters at the scene. Specifically, their homicide division investigated the scene. SDPD Homicide stated that, “The suspect began firing a gun out of his vehicle towards the officers, then exited his vehicle and continued firing at the officers. The officers returned fire, striking the suspect.” 

Then, the San Diego Fire-Rescue crew arrived on the scene. They worked with CBP officials to try to treat the suspect for his injuries. Unfortunately, SDPD officials reported that the suspect died at the scene.

Currently, police officials are not identifying the victim. They are waiting to notify his family first. This is standard operating procedure in incidents like these.

Furthermore, the motive for the shooting remains unclear.

An American witness named Zooch Williams was in line on the Mexican side of the border waiting to cross. He said, “We hear ‘pop pop.’ Super gnarly. We are like those were fireworks, and my other buddy was like ‘Those were gunshots, and then we saw all these Border Patrol dudes running and then they were chasing someone.”

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