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Video Of Barista Asking Woman to Wear Mask Goes Viral

Video Of Barista Asking Woman to Wear Mask Goes Viral

San Diego, CA – A Barista who turned down a customer for not wearing a mask is receiving massive support from the community.

A video of the customer went viral on Monday and currently has over 80,000 views. The video is from the customer’s perspective where she appears to not be very happy with being denied entry without having a mask. After publishing the video, massive support for the workers was seen flooding the comments section.

Coworkers took the side of the server stating:

“This is a minimum wage job he is trying to get through his day,” said former Starbucks partner Courtney White.

As of Tuesday night, the comments section soared to over 122,000 comments – the majority in support for the barista.

A Kickstarter Is Raising Money For The Barista

Upon seeing the viral video, one person believes that the unfortunate attempt to publicly shame the employee should be recognized further.

Yesterday, the Kickstarter raised over $8,000 worth of tips for the employee.

In a video, the employee had been thankful of the support.

“Social Distancing Karen” Is A New Trend

Since the start of the pandemic, many show opposition to wearing a mask. They continue to protest wearing a piece of cloth over their mouths to protect others.

Viral videos are popping up in a (pretty pathetic) attempt to create outrage over being cautious. From denial of entry into stores without proper safety to calling the cops, many “Social Distancing Karen’s” have opted to create more of a problem than simply wearing a mask.

The other option for many patrons is to use the drive-through. The drive-through offers a substantial level of protection for social distancing. Still, people find it necessary to attempt to spark outrage over not wanting to wear a mask.

Still, people are finding their ways into the media by acting like children.

Campgrounds Struggle For Memorial Day

Campgrounds Struggle For Memorial Day

Campgrounds have taken a massive hit due to COVID-19. With Summer fast approaching, many do not feel they will not book the necessary amount to stay open.

With so many people staying-in and hunkering down, many are not finding there way into vacations. From empty movies theaters to Seaport Village, the current stay-in-place order and the pandemic have stunted industries that rely on large public gatherings.

In places like Campland on the Bay, they have not received the same amount of reservations as the 2019 year. Due to the global pandemic, the campground hasn’t received nearly half of what they had received from the previous year.

With memorial day less than a week away, Campland typically sees 100% capacity for the weekend. This has inherently been a drastic blow to major industries such as camping and entertainment.

Campgrounds Stay Open To Help Fight COVID-19

With so many looking to use their space for travelers and campers, other grounds have used their resources to help one of Americas most hard-hit industries: Trucking.

COVID-19 has left many public rest areas closed. On top of that, workers are driving around the clock to deliver essential items to small towns and big cities. Some of these drivers head straight into the fire when it comes to delivering the right products.

For many local campgrounds, they have opened their doors to those who need it desperately, providing showers, running water, and a place to rest while drivers face overextended hours, pay cuts, and limited safety gear.

While some campgrounds look forward to providing tourists a more secluded camping experience, they have also found that many travelers are looking for safe places to stay the night and continue on their way the next day.

For some, this means business will be slow this year, for others, it means they are helping those in need.

Detention Center Rejected Donation Of Masks

Detention Center Rejected Donation Of Masks

During the pandemic, many express concern for those detained in close quarters after capture by ICE, DHS, or border patrols. Even before the health crisis, advocates drew attention to facilities used to house migrants and asylum seekers for inadequate living conditions. Now, those concerns couple with fears over transmission of covid-19 in cramped detention centers.

As a way of trying to help improve safety at one detention center, one assemblyperson from San Diego, Lorena Gonzalez, drove up with a shipment of face masks. She intended to make a donation to the Otay Mesa Detention Center.

After complaints over a lack of protective gear arose from detainees, Gonzalez partnered with immigrant advocacy organizations to make the donation. The shipment included 1,000 masks in total.

However, instead of accepting the free masks, staff at the detention center turned them away. When Gonzalez attempted to speak with officials at the detention center, guards and administrative staff turned her away.

Detention Center Features High Number of Cases

In response, both ICE and the private company assisting them, CoreCivic, stated they provide the proper care and treatment mandated by federal authorities.

“All detainees at OMDC have the appropriate personal protective equipment for maintaining their safety while detained in ICE custody,” said ICE spokesperson Lauren Mack.

However, the facility includes 111 confirmed covid-19 cases among its detained population. Of those, 67 are held by ICE. the remaining 44 are criminal inmates under US Marshal custody. Additionally, at least 25 members of staff tested positive.

Amidst the health crisis, detained migrants and asylum seekers voiced concerns over the lack of protective measures. Several stated they’ve worn the same mask for weeks. Furthermore, detainees say the facility lacks enough soap. It also lacks space, prohibiting them from practicing social distancing with at least 6 feet of space.

Officials state they’re reviewing whether they can accept the donation made by an assemblyperson.

Chase Bank Sued Over Handling Of PPP

Chase Bank Sued Over Handling Of PPP

As part of the CARES Act passed by congress to soften the economic impact of the global pandemic for American citizens, the Paycheck Protection Program lends to businesses trying to retain their workers. However, the implementation of the program saw hiccups. Among them, several small business owners complained of large financial institutions showing preferential treatment to larger corporations. As a result, several banded together to sue JPMorgan Chase for the bank’s handling of government backed economic assistance loans.

San Diego-based Rebecca Hyde-Edwards owns and operates the Hyde Edwards Salon & Spa. Though, since quarantine orders took effect, the salon ceased its operation. Hyde-Edwards laid off her 23 employees on March 17.

Then, she went and filed for a PPP loan through Chase, her usual bank. Shortly thereafter, she was told the money had run out.

This frustrated her because she discovered Chase issued loans to several large companies to the tune of tens of millions of dollars.

Lawsuit Alleges Chase Prioritized Big Loans Over Small Businesses

Among those Chase lent millions to, Shake Shack, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, and Texas Taco Cabana all received $10 million each. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse received double, a loan of $20 million.

The class action alleges Chase misled and made false representations and omissions in the processing of smaller loans. “Defendants prioritized the processing of larger loans over smaller loans and loans for which Defendants risked greater exposure in the event of a business failure,” the lawsuit reads.

Despite a second round of stimulus offering her another chance at a loan through Chase, Hyde-Edwards believes in the principal of the lawsuit. “This isn’t about blame, this is about accountability and about doing the right thing,” she said.

Chase responded to NBC 7’s request for comment with information regarding recipients of their PPP loans. They said half of their loans were less than $100,000 and 60 percent went to businesses with fewer than 25 employees.

San Diego Zoo Offers Live Webcams

San Diego Zoo Offers Live Webcams

With stay at home orders keeping most of the country – indeed, much of the globe – indoors, entertainment via the internet keeps us connected. Artists livestream concerts from their living rooms and TikTok challenges make 15 minute celebrities out of anyone. Now, the San Diego Zoo gets in on the action.

Since the animals still require care through the outbreak, workers continue to provide it. So, while the zoo still functions much the way it always does, there just aren’t people around to observe the animals. Instead, staff installed cameras at each of the most popular exhibits. Those cameras stream directly to the San Diego Zoo website.

Because of their efforts, you can still visit your favorite animals digitally.

12 different streams capture baboons, polar bears, penguins, and more as they continue their regular routines. They even provide a livecam of the butterfly exhibit.

The high quality livestreams, some of which feature corporate sponsorships, provide a front row seat to the exhibits from your living room couch.

San Diego Zoo Offers Free Classes For Children

In addition to the livestreams, staff at the zoo scheduled activities for children. They call it Virtual Mission: Spring Break. The San Diego Zoo offers a list of 101 things for kids to do, in addition to live talks and an augmented reality app allowing children to dance with a kangaroo.

The live talks involve chats about some of the animals at the zoo with experts that join the animal. The zoo hosts the chats on their Facebook page, along with other videos and clips. Among them, a mock reality show involving penguins called “Penguin Beach” chronicles the drama of the flightless birds.

More content is available on their YouTube channel, as well. Kids and adults alike have the opportunity to escape the doldrums of their quarantine by taking advantage of the San Diego Zoo’s various channels.

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.

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