Welcome back, San Diego! I’m Andrew and will be covering the newsletter for the next few days. Let’s get this Wednesday started off right. Here’s everything you need to know in San Diego today.

First, today’s weather:

Rain and drizzle. High: 61 low: 54.

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Here are the top 4 stories in San Diego today:

  1. CHP maximum enforcement begins New Year’s Eve, lasts all weekend. The California Highway Patrol has announced that maximum enforcement will begin early Friday and last all weekend. “Ringing in the new year should be an exciting time filled with celebration and hope,” CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray said. “To help keep the roadways safe through the holiday and beyond, our officers will be out in force to deter, detect and remove impaired drivers.” Please drive safe and don’t drink and drive! (City News Service)
  2. Holiday Bowl canceled at Petco Park due to COVID-19. Just hours before kickoff, the SDCCU Holiday Bowl between UCLA and North Carolina State at Petco Park was abruptly canceled Tuesday due to COVID-19 issues within the Bruins football program. Unfortunately, sports have taken the biggest hit with this outbreak. “We are extremely grateful to the Holiday Bowl, students, fans, sponsors and the people of San Diego for their support this week,” UCLA Athletic Director Martin Jarmond said in a statement. “We are deeply disappointed for our young men in the football program that worked extremely hard for this opportunity. My heart goes out to them. The health and safety of our students will always be our North Star.” (City News Service)
  3. Poway Synagogue shooter gets second life sentence in San Diego Federal Court. John Timothy Earnest, 22, pleaded guilty in parallel state and federal prosecutions to charges in connection with the 2019 shooting that killed one woman and injured three others. He also pleaded guilty to the arson of the Dar-ul-Arqam Mosque in Escondido about a month prior to the shooting. He was sentenced to life in prison, plus 30 years. (Times of San Diego)
  4. San Diego has gotten almost twice its average December rain, and more is on the way. It has been one of the wettest months on record for San Diego, with a near ten inches of rain in many towns this December. That’s twice the average. The National Weather Service says a storm from the North Pacific will arrive on Wednesday night and deliver 1 to 1.5 inches of rain at the coast and up to 3 inches in the mountains by early Friday, which is New Year’s Eve. Stay dry friends!(The San Diego Union-Tribune)

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Today in San Diego:

  • Dirtwire, Boostive @ Music Box. (9:00 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • City of San Diego: Take your Christmas tree to one of the 17 drop-off locations available to City residents, now through Jan. 23! Both green and flocked trees (fake snow) are accepted. Do not bring tree accessories with you as they wil not accept them. (Facebook)
  • San Diego Humane Society: “Many people are ready to bring in the new year with a bang but remember fireworks can frighten pets. The Humane Society gives you tips on how to keep your pets safe during fireworks. (Facebook)
  • San Diego Botanic Garden: John was back in the Mexican Garden yesterday to talk about the garden’s favorite holiday plant, the poinsettia. Learn all about the plant by clicking the link! (Facebook)
  • San Diego County Library: “All branches will be closed on Friday, Dec. 31!” (Facebook)
  • Nextdoor Neighbor, Sherman Heights:Lost doggie on my front porch. – Scared little white and black chihuahua with a California Bear collar. Has been running around here for a few days and now is still enough I can get a photo. Corner of 25th and J.” (Nextdoor)

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Andrew Tessler

About me: Hi! I’m Andrew and I have been a Huntington resident for 7 years. I have lived in other countries and states, and my number one love is Huntington. I love health and wellness, traveling, stand-up paddle boarding, and of course going to restaurants and events throughout Huntington!

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