Thursday, April 08, 2021

CoViD-19: Reopenings Are Upon Us: Casbah Soft Opening | President Biden Reveals Smart Gun Goals | Sea World To Operate As Theme Park | Del Mar Bluff Stabilization Underway | SD STDs |

Waiting On Salud Tacos at Casbah San Diego (Taken 4.8.21)

We did it. Darren and I went to the soft opening of the Casbah. It was so good to see everyone and sneak in some hugs among our fully vaccinated cohorts. There's nice spacing of the tables on the patio and in the Razzmatazz Room, Ben was slinging behind the bar behind a sheet of plexiglass. Cynthia, Janelle, and Emily were among the food and drink runners and it was very expedient. And of course, Salud makes amazing food. Tacos are $3, 3 for $8, or $10 for a plate of 3 tacos, beans and rice. We each had two tacos and an order of shrimp ceviche ($8) and it all hit the spot. We were only there about an hour but of course, not without incident.  

It takes a really special type of person to show up at a soft opening of a business that has been closed for over a year and refuse to wear a mask and follow pandemic guidelines. The guy comes in with a lady friend, gets seats and quickly gets their drinks, and then proceeds to get out of seat to skank to the music, bounding from table to table without a mask. When Tom told him he needed to be seated and masked when he's not seated, he had to get sassy. One person out to ruin it for everyone. We settled our tab and were leaving, saying our goodbyes, and sure enough, on our way out, he was escorted out and making a huge scene about it. Mind you, there were like 30 people in the whole space. I am so stoked that the Casbah can be open in some small way, but the stress of rule enforcement there and at any restaurants, bars, and venues is momentous. It's really super simple: don't be a dick. We are a society and as a society, we are expected to conform to rules and norms, and if you don't want to comply and abide the rules, stay home. Or move to Texas or Florida. 

There was a lot of news today, particularly President Biden's goals for smart, sensible, and frankly, not enough, gun sense measures and goals. San Diego appears to have stable cases and we may actually see testing start to increase even more as many schools go back to in-person learning on Monday. Nova got her COVID test earlier this week, but I think we'll make a habit of doing that while she finishes out the school year. It's easy, free, and can help us feel some peace of mind until vaccines open up for her age group. Fingers crossed.

Stay safe out there. 

  • COVID-19:
  • Politics:
    • President Biden announced his administration will take the following actions:
      • Direct the Department of Justice (DOJ) to propose a regulation, within 30 days, to stop the proliferation of deadly, untraceable ghost guns
      • Modify multiple federal grant programs to increase available funding for community violence intervention programs
      • Publish a model extreme risk protection order (ERPO) law within 60 days
      • Direct DOJ to issue a new, comprehensive annual report on firearms trafficking
      • Direct DOJ to propose a regulation ensuring the stabilizing arm braces that circumvent the law on dangerous short-barrel rifles are subject to the National Firearms Act
      • Nominate David Chipman, a former special agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and leading gun safety expert, to be the director of the ATF
      • And all of that great news comes on top of President Biden already proposing $5 billion in funding to support community violence prevention programs over the course of eight years as part of the President's American Jobs Plan. (Source: Everytown for Gun Safety)
  • White House: 
  • News:
    • Sea World San Diego will operate as a theme park beginning on April 12th. Under state guidelines, they will operate at reduced capacity, in-state visitors only, and groups may be no more than three combined households. Until now, the park was operating under the guidance for Zoos/Aquarium/Museums which allowed for 25% capacity under the red tier. Under the orange tier, that capacity would expand to 50%. However, as a Theme Park, Sea World may operate at 25% capacity with weekly testing for employees, and other health mitigations, but may open rollercoasters and rides. All ticketing must be done online in advance, and reservations are required.  
    • SANDAG and the North County Transit District (NCTD) are leading efforts to stabilize portions of the coastal bluffs in the City of Del Mar. - SANDAG
      In February, the Del Mar Bluffs suffered a collapse south of 4th Street. SANDAG and the North County Transit District (NCTD) are working to repair this section of the bluffs, with help from $10.5 million that SANDAG received in March from the California Transportation Commission to conduct emergency repairs. Until the repairs are made, train speeds through Del Mar are reduced to ensure safety. Additionally, SANDAG, NCTD, and the City of Del Mar are urging the public not to sit, stand, or walk within 50 feet of the bluffs.
      SANDAG crews have removed debris from the site, graded the slope, and will install up to 18 support columns into the bluffs and construct a sea wall on the beach to support the upper and lower portions of the bluff over the coming months. The emergency repairs are expected to be complete by summer 2021.
      Additionally, SANDAG is studying long-term solutions to move the rail tracks off the Del Mar Bluffs
  • Other Reading:
  • Global COVID-19 Stats (JHU 4.8.21 9:21pm):
    • 133,810,743 Known Cases
    • 2,901,103 Known Deaths
  • US COVID-19 Stats 
    • CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Data Tracker
    • JHU
      • 31,001,640 Cases
      • 560,090 Deaths
    • CDC Data Tracker:
      • 74,860 New Cases/30,737,477 Known Cases 
      • 871 New Deaths/556,106 Known Deaths
      • 229,398,685 Doses Delivered/174,879,716 Doses Administered
        • Moderna 100,866,200 delivered/28,472,059 administered
        • Pfizer 114,083,385 delivered/32,808,648 administered
        • Janssen 14,449,100 delivered/4,886,336 administered
  • California COVID-19 Stats:
    • State of California Safe Schools For All Hub
    • Vaccination progress dashboard
    • Aggregate California ICU Bed Availability: 31.0%
    • R-effective: 0.80
    • 26,966,680 Doses Delivered/21,483,192 Doses Administered
    • 2,093 New Cases/3,588,152 Total Cases (4.8 new cases/100k)
    • 129 New Deaths/58,788 Total Deaths (0.1 new deaths/100k)
    • 1.9% 7-day test positivity rate
    • 2,312 COVID-19 Hospitalizations (-54 patients, -2.3% from prior day)
    • 534 COVID-19 ICU hospitalized in CA (-7 patients, +1.3% from prior day)
    • 2,277 ICU beds available (-85 from prior day)
  • San Diego County 

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