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General Atomics will Develop Nuclear Propulsion for Lunar Missions

General Atomics will Develop Nuclear Propulsion for Lunar Missions

General Atomics got a $22 million contract to design a small nuclear reactor for space propulsion. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded the contract.

General Atomics: DRACO is the First Phase of the Program

Based in San Diego, California, General Atomics was choosing for the first phase of the program. It is knowing as DRACO. This is short for a demonstration rocket for agile, flexible cislunar operations. Moreover, the project is to demonstrate nuclear thermal propulsion. That is the use of a nuclear reactor to heat up rocket fuel to generate upward thrust. In May 2020, DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office had, in fact, requesting proposals in a “broad agency announcement.” The goal is to test a nuclear thermal propulsion system in orbit by 2025 is the goal.

In use today, are space propulsion include electric and chemical propulsion. There may be other options that might be needed for the future that as exploration is beyond Earth’s orbit, DARPA has noted. “To develop novel nuclear thermal propulsion technology is what the DRACO program does intend. NTP can achieve high thrust-to-weights similar to chemical propulsion but with two to five times the efficiency unlike propulsion technologies in use today.

Monitor Cislunar Space

The volume of space between the Earth and the moon is the ability to monitor cislunar space. In fact, it will require a “leap-ahead in propulsion technology,” said DARPA.

Demonstrating a nuclear thermal propulsion system on orbit is what the DRACO program will attempt to do. There is a nuclear reactor that is going to heat the propellant to extreme temperatures before expelling the hot propellant through a nozzle to produce thrust.

There is a nuclear thermal propulsion that is “leaping forward of conventional propulsion technology. Moreover, it will enable spacecraft to travel vast distances quickly.” This statement comes Christina Back. She is the vice president of nuclear technologies at General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems.

Space Domain Awareness

“In order to maintain space domain awareness, agile spacecrafts are critical. In fact, this reduces transit times in the huge cislunar region,” Beck said in a statement.

Policies Changes To Homeless Encampment Cleanups

Policies Changes To Homeless Encampment Cleanups

Policies that govern how the city will intend to handle homeless encampments and unsheltered people’s belongings. This is according to San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria on Monday. It would be great if the homeless population got more respect and places to live with dignity.

Providing transparency and consistency to reduce the negative impacts of city sidewalk-cleanup activities are the changes that will be implemented. These involve people experiencing homelessness.

Communicable Disease Outbreak

“With compassion and respecting the dignity of the homeless population, we have to weigh it out with the city’s obligation to make sure we don’t have another communicable disease outbreak like hepatitis A. This would be among our homeless population,” Glorida said.

Solutions for Housing and Services

“Every day, as we work on solutions, that connect to folks to permanent housing, shelter, and supportive services. Moreover, these changes do apply a measure of respect and compassion. They, will in fact, reduce the trauma for those San Diegans experiencing homelessness.”

Policies: City’s Unsheltered Population

In 2017, there was a hepatitis A outbreak in San Diego. This resulted in 20 deaths among the city’s unsheltered population. Moreover, the city has an obligation to make sure its sidewalks are clean to protect against future public health threats. Outbreaks of typhus and other infectious diseases are due to unsanitary conditions in encampments.

Policies: Compassionate Approach

Moreover, Gloria said he has determined to use a compassionate approach to keep the public right-of-way clean. This provides less uncertainty for unsheltered individuals.

The changes, most of which are already in effect, include Inclement weather. Such as rain, hail or extreme cold would suspend cleanups and their ensuing enforcement. In addition, suspension of cleanups at night. This is an easier way to get personal items removed during cleanups. The city crews store items that may have personal value. These items include jewelry, photos, identification or legal documents, and they offer detailed instructions for how to get those items.

America’s Finest City Local Art Museums Merge with Creative Ambitions

America’s Finest City Local Art Museums Merge with Creative Ambitions

America’s Finest City, in a bid to create a local arts institution at what is though of the leading edge of experimentation, inclusivity, and cultural conversation of two long-established local museums, announced their merger Sunday, March 14th.

America’s Finest City Creative Merger

San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park and Lux Art Institute in Encinitas to become the Institute of Contemporary Art, San Diego.

The new ICA San Diego, launching in September, will present a diverse and boundary-pushing mix of exhibits, installations, and public programs in a combined 15,000 square feet of indoor gallery space. This will take place at both venues and with 6 acres of outdoor space at the Lux location. It will become known as the ICA North campus.

America’s Finest City Board of Directors

With a budget of $1.6 million, the new installation will be in charge of by a board of directors and will be led by executive director Andrew Utt. Utt has run Lux Art Institute since June 2019.

ICA San Diego Develops a Vanguard Arts Institution

The executive director Utt is bilingual and previously lived and curated exhibits in South America. He said the newly united board’s goal for ICA San Diego is to create a vanguard arts institution. This would be accessible to all and represent the San Diego-Baja region’s multicultural population.

Relevance is Key

“To be relevant is one of the core values of the new organization. This would mean you are continuously aware of what’s happening in the world around us. Whether is would be migration or social justice or related to the environment,” he said.

Incorporating Artwork to Put Relevance Into Practice

“The idea is to take higher themes and then putting them into practice: The question is how can we delve into them in terms of the artwork we are representing. Or the public programming we’re developing? Moreover, those are the areas in which we feel we are very much united in.”

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America’s Finest City Gas Prices are Spiking and can go Higher

America’s Finest City Gas Prices are Spiking and can go Higher

America’s Finest City gas prices are reported across the county are on the rise. They are currently at $3.49 a gallon here. Also at $3.69 there. In fact, they have been spotted even higher at other gas stations around the town.

America’s Finest City: Gas Prices are a Straight Up Rip Off

“Right now, everything in San Diego is going so high now. It’s just killing us with the rising gas prices,” said local resident Richard Benoit.

Gas prices in San Diego county have gone up 31 of the past 32 days according to the Automobile Club of Southern California. Now, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas in San Diego is now $3.60. In fact, that is up to seven cents from a week ago. Moreover, it’s also up 25 cents per gallon from a month ago at this time,” said spokesman Doug Shupe.

More Cars on the Road are Making the Demand go Upward

Fueling the spike is related to several things, according to Shupe. This includes more cars on the road, therefore pushing up the demand. Moreover, there are a lot of people who are actually driving a little more now. This is occurring especially with recent restrictions loosening up. In addition, to the stay-at-home order which is loosening up a little bit here in Southern California.”

The cold weather in other parts of the country is not helping in that it’s unusual. This is also shutting down gas stations but refineries as well.

Severe Winter Weather Through the Midwest

“Offline, one third of U.S. crude oil production because of grave winter weather that we saw. This is just not in Texas. Moreover, but in many parts of the Midwest,” Shupe added.

America’s Finest City: Fuel Sent Across State Lines Helps People

Shupe said California doesn’t just get gas from Texas, yet Arizona does. As a result, we’ve been sending some of our fuel across the state line to help our neighbors. Moreover, while San Diegans want to help others, times are tough, here as well.


Councilwoman Appointed to State Reparations Task Force

Councilwoman Appointed to State Reparations Task Force

Councilwoman Monica Montgomery Steppe from San Diego, California, is appointing to a nine-member task force that explores the idea of reparations for Black people in California. The California Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins, Democrat-San Diego, on Monday made the appointment.

Reparations for African-Americans

Moreover, The Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans, with a Special Consideration for African Americans Who are Descendants of Persons Enslaved in the United States, was, in fact, a result of Assembly Bill 3121. The not-so-wonderful Governor Gavin Newsom in October of 2020.

Councilwoman Speaks on Serving on the Task Force

I’m grateful to Senate President pro Tempore Atkins for this appointment to continue my ongoing work in fighting for racial equity, Montgomery Steppe said. It’s an honor to serve on this Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals.

There are barriers that African Americans have dealt with in this county since its beginnings. I think this is a critical first step to dismantle systemic racism. I really look forward to the work of the task force.

Senator Steve Bradford has also put into the task force on Monday by Atkins.

Councilwoman Talks about Black History Month

We are on the heels of a year of devastating events that underscored our nation’s ongoing struggle to gain equality and justice for Black Americans. This takes place as we enter into Black History Month. Moreover, I am honored to name my colleague Senator Steven Bradford and Councilmember Monica Montgomery Steppe to the Reparations Task Force,” Atkins said.

Historic Task Force

Dr. Shirley Weber created this new task force. Weber is California’s new Secretary of State. This occurred while she was in the assembly. The task force is a big step forward in California’s pursuit to reckon with our dark history of slavery. Then to cast light upon the shadows of systemic racism. This will continue to go on within our institutions. Moreover, as leaders, Senator Bradford and Councilmember Montgomery Steppe, will give big insight, into the work this group will produce. Thus, this pulls from both their life experiences and their careers spent in public service,” Atkins said.

Plans on Homelessness, Climate Change, and Equity in the Speech Given

Plans on Homelessness, Climate Change, and Equity in the Speech Given

Plans to take decisive action on homelessness, climate change and social equity is on the agenda of the new San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria. This will take place during Todd’s first year in office. But, he cautions, the city is in a “fragile” state because of the COVID-19 pandemic and financial problems.

Plans on Issues Facing San Diego

The State of the City was used by Gloria on Wednesday to address what makes San Diegans aware of the challenges. These include what they face and his plans to address them. This is what he described as more substantive and proven solutions than the predecessor Kevin Faulconer.

San Diego has Other Priorities to Deal With

The new mayor also laid out several other priorities, including law enforcement reform, including decreasing the city’s digital divide, moving up on creating more housing affordability, and providing aid to businesses and residents most have dealt with the pandemic.

Plans to Transform the Look of the City

Moreover, transforming the look of the city in many places was a promise by Gloria. Therefore, he described creating new pedestrian promenades in downtown and Hillcrest, and helping guide “across the finish line” big projects like a Mission Valley river park. Moreover, they connect the trolley to the airport and redeveloping the sports arena area.

Plans to Getting People off the Streets

Gloria is hiring former Obama administration expert Matthew Doherty on the issue of homelessness. This is to make sure San Diego is spending its resources on proven solutions that get people off the streets. However, it will help the city move toward ending the chronic problem.

Changing the Policy for Dealing with Homelessness

There are plans, according to the new mayor, to help seek assistance from the county to shift the “first point of contact” for homeless people from police officers to mental health counselors.

In our canyons and on our beaches to provide on-the-spot assistance, we need medical professionals out on our streets, he said. We must change the status quo on homelessness, let me be clear.

No Shortcuts to Ending Homelessness

Therefore, Gloria has admitted the problem can’t be quickly or easily solved.

In fact, there are no shortcuts to ending homelessness, he said. It will take steadfast, unrelenting tenacity instead. We will deliberately carry them out through proven strategies.

Convention Center Shelter Funded through January 2021

Convention Center Shelter Funded through January 2021

The Convention Center in San Diego will shelter the homeless through at least the first month of 2021. San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria made this statement.

Convention Center Costs for Shelter Operations

Providing funding using money from shelter operations in November and December, Gloria said he’s directing staff to do this. That is if it wasn’t spent because of cost-cutting measures and other factors, as well as a state grant for funding homeless-related services.

Helping the Homeless During Pandemic

Gloria said he wants to protect its homeless neighbors from COVID-19 while keeping a spotlight on connecting them to longer-term housing. Furthermore, a temporary extension for this shelter will allow us to serve the biggest number of people in need. This includes daily health screenings and other COVID-19 protections.

Hope for More Funding though March

Gloria added that he’s proposing the city to put through more funding through March 2021, with plans to continue helping those at the shelter transition into permanent housing or into another shelter by that time.

Through January, these financial plans will have a discussion with the City Council.

Convention Center Served Almost 900 People and Nearly 50 Families

In April, the city’s downtown convention center shelter helped hundreds of people that were experiencing homelessness. This took place as the COVID-19 pandemic begin. The city said that’s Operation Shelter to Home program has helped more than 870 people and 45 families. The goal was to find a permanent or longer-term housing solution. In addition, more than 200 others in the process of finding housing.

Move people experiencing homelessness into one location. This is part of the program’s goal. They could also capably space out and centralize the staff from many city shelters during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Positive COVID-19 Tests

This month, the shelter has seen an increase in positive COVID-19 tests. These virus cases have gone up across the county and state. More than 11,200 Corona Virus got this test at the shelter for residents and staff. A total of 190 positive tests are apparent at the shelter. This includes 170 residents and 20 volunteers or staff members. This according to the city.

Awaken Church Holds Services Despite Outbreak, Health Order

Awaken Church Holds Services Despite Outbreak, Health Order

Awaken Church Defying the Public Health Advisory – Good on Them!

The Awaken Church got a public health advisory in San Diego after a COVID-19 outbreak. Moreover, services took place at the church on Sunday, November 29th, at the Balboa Avenue location. This was despite the warning from the San Diego County Public Health Department.

Now, San Diego County is still under the purple tier coronavirus restrictions. The health officials said there’s been an outbreak at the church as a result members are at risk of contracting and spreading the COVID-19 virus.   

Church Members Worshipping Together

On Saturday, November 29th, the County of San Diego issued a public health advisory for the church, but that didn’t deter the church’s members from worshipping together on Sunday, November 30th. This service was also available online.

Three Churchgoers Contracted the Corona Virus

Three people have contracted Corona Virus. As a result, health officials asked anyone who attended services there between November 15 and November 22 to quarantine for 14 days after their last date of exposure.

Awaken Church Took a Rare Step to Ask Congregation Members to Take Measures to Stop the Virus

Health officials said they took this unusual step at Awaken Church. This is because they were not able to identify and notify everyone that got exposed to COVID-19. Also, it seems that they were able to ensure proper measures to stop the virus from spreading.

God will Provide Deliverance from COVID-19

“I know we’re in a season of COVID and masks and restrictions and threats and cease and desists orders and crazy election results. Still, God wants you to know I am the champion of this world. You stay with me [then] you’re invincible. You’re unstoppable. So, let’s pray,” one of the church’s staff members said during the live-streamed service at the Awaken Church on Sunday morning.  

Business Owners Unite to Stay Open if County Moves to Purple Tier

Business Owners Unite to Stay Open if County Moves to Purple Tier

Business Owners Need Better Solutions

San Diego County should come up with greater ways to stop the spread of the Corona Virus. Rather than forcing them to close, according to business owners.

Business Owners are Saying the Closure Would be Permanent

Dozens of business owners said they would not close down again if Governor Newsom or San Diego County officials made them close. But now, many of them are saying the closure is permanent.

530 new COVID-19 Infections, Region’s total Cases Were 58,636

Because San Diego County public health officials give details of 530 new COVID-19 infections on Thursday, November 5th. Therefore, this raised the region’s total to 58,636 cases. The county was waiting on Tuesday, November 3rd whether it would sink into the dreaded purple tier. This would be of the state’s four-tiered COVID-19 reopening.

Dread Purple Tier

The “Purple Tier” could force restaurants, churches and gyms to close all indoor operations. Plus, retail businesses can only operate at 25% capacity.

As of Thursday, no new death were total.

No new deaths were reported Thursday. The total fatalities related to the illness in the San Diego remains at 904.

Unadjusted New Daily Corona Virus Case Rate

State officials reported Wednesday that San Diego County had an unadjusted new daily coronavirus case rate of 8.7 per 100,000. The adjusted case rate dropped to 7.4 per 100,000, above the baseline of 7. This qualifies the state for the purple, or most restrictive tier of the reopening plan. Last week’s unadjusted case rate was 7.8 per 100,000.

“It would take a significant change in trajectory,” Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said Wednesday of avoiding purple.

Reopening Plan Guidelines

According to the reopening plan, a county has to report data exceeding a more restrictive tier’s guidelines. Therefore, it is for two consecutive weeks. This would be before being moving to a more restrictive tier. A county then has to be in that tier for a minimum of three weeks. This is before it may move to a less restrictive tier.

Social Workers to Get Gun-Safety Training to Protect Children

Social Workers to Get Gun-Safety Training to Protect Children

Social workers that work in child welfare in San Diego County will receive specialized training regarding firearm safety regulations. This is in an effort to reduce the potential for gun violence among local families. The announcement came on Monday, October 19th.

Social Workers get Training at San Diego City Attorney’s Office

The training will be available to all 800 child welfare service staff through the San Diego City Attorney’s Office. They will cover gun violence restraining orders, San Diego’s Safe Storage of Firearms law, and other related state laws and measures.

More Than 600 Firearms Have Been Removed

The gun violence restraining order program has removed more than 600 firearms from dangerous users since it started in 2017. What this order means is that it remove guns from people who are threats to themselves or others.

The Safe Storage of Firearms Ordinance Offers Major Protection to the Most Vulnerable

The Safe Storage of Firearms Ordinance is a law according to the City Attorney’s Office that has been effective in preventing suicides and unintentional injuries/deaths among children, according to City Attorney’s Office. This law took effect last year. It requires that San Diegans keep firearms in locked containers. They should be disabled by a trigger lock if they are not in the immediate control of authorized users.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, officials have said the training is especially relevant. This is due to many residents who are experiencing stress related to staying in quarantine. As a result, gun sales have also jumped in the first three months of the pandemic. This is according to the City Attorney’s Office. They said 110,00 Californians have bought new guns between March and July.

Social Workers Aid in Helping The City Attorney’s Office with Pandemic-Related Stressors Families Face

San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott said the stressors that come from the pandemic increase. Children who attend school at homes where parents’ focus is on other responsibilities. Therefore, protecting families from gun violence has never been more critical. The city attorney’s office goal is to prevent what Elliott calls “unthinkable tragedies.” In turn, ensure the safety of the social workers that look into the well-being of San Diego’s children during COVID-19.

The trainings will take place virtually October 27, November 10 and December 1.

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