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Coronado to host first official road race in Southern California since pandemic began

CORONADO, Calif. — For the first time since the pandemic began, San Diego will hold its first official road race.

Coronado’s Crown City Classic is back on after being cancelled last year.

More than 2,000 people have signed up for the annual event, that, like many, was cancelled last year due to the pandemic.

“Yeah. Super stoked. I’m glad everything is opening back up,” said Travis Luckhurst.

“It’s good something is coming up and we’re able to be a part of it,” said Eric Hare.

The Crown City Classic is now in its 48th year.

In 2020, when California was still under color coded restrictions, large scale in-person races weren’t allowed.

That left vendors and charities that rely on race proceeds without work and critical funding.

“T-shirt companies, medals, there’s all kinds of down the road effects this pandemic has had and now we’re open and these people can get back to work,” said Jamie Monroe, the owner of Easy Day Sports, the company behind Saturday’s race.

He says not only are businesses benefitting from it, but this race is something runners have been waiting for.

The last official road race was the Los Angeles marathon back in March of 2020.

People from all over are taking part in the Crown City Classic, including elite athletes.

“And then you’ve got Olympic trials athletes more than most years because they’re all waiting to run the first race back,” said Monroe.

The Crown City Classic takes place Saturday, at 7 a.m., followed by Coronado’s annual Fourth of July parade at 10 a.m.

That’s not a mistake, this year the parade is on Saturday the 3rd, not the 4th.

As for the race, it’s comprised of both a kid race, a 5K and 12K run.

Why 12K? It’s 7.4 miles to represent Independence Day, a day Coronado’s mayor says this town is all about.

“Our kickoff to summer. This is our kickoff to normalcy. We have a lot of things scheduled. This is gonna be a normal Fourth of July weekend as far as we’re concerned,” said Richard Bailey.

There’s still time to sign up for the race up until the day of. There’s also a virtual option for those who are unable to attend in person.

WATCH RELATED: The ‘Crown City Classic’ is back Fourth of July weekend (June 2021)

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San Diego State Senator calls on sports federation to revoke Coronado championship

Additional responses are expected at a special Thursday evening meeting with Escondido Union High School District’s board.

CHULA VISTA, Calif. — A San Diego lawmaker has called on the California Interscholastic Federation to revoke Coronado High’s regional basketball championship in response to community members throwing tortillas at the largely Latino opposing team as outrage continued Thursday over the incident.

“This intentional act was designed to be racist and should not now, nor ever, be tolerated,” State Sen. Ben Hueso, D-Chula Vista, said Thursday in a letter to the sports federation’s executive director and the leaders of its San Diego chapter. 

“Failure to impose swift and appropriate justice will become a tacit endorsement of the act itself by the CIF and violate CIF’s own principles of ethical character-building for student athletes.”

On Saturday, after Orange Glen High’s predominantly Latino team lost to largely white Coronado High in overtime, some members of the crowd threw tortillas at Orange Glen athletes.

Leticia Cazares, president of the Governing Board at Southwestern College, issued a statement Thursday, saying, 

“As Governing Board Trustees, our top priority is to protect the physical, emotional and mental safety of our community members. This is a priority that all in the education sector must share and work together to ensure our students have the best opportunities to learn and become future leaders. What transpired around the Coronado vs. Orange Glen varsity boys basketball game on June 17 is an incident that we unequivocally condemn. Hateful actions that demean and dehumanize, intentional or not, should not be tolerated in any educational institution.

“This hurtful act affected the entire community and has illuminated the deep work that still needs to be done in diversity, equity and inclusion. We are committed to this work as a Board and we applaud the swift action of the Coronado Unified School District in recognizing that change begins with accountability.

“This is a reminder that educational leaders must work together to best support our students and ensure that we lead our institutions with inclusive and empathetic values. It is a lesson our institution holds dearly as we work to improve upon our own lessons learned. We must work in unity, with resolve and take unified action towards eliminating racist behaviors in our campuses and do better for our current and future students.”

The incident has drawn censure from across California and additional responses are expected at a special Thursday evening meeting of the Escondido Union High School District’s board. 

The board called the meeting in order to take up a resolution denouncing racism and racial discrimination, and affirming its support for equity, safety and the well-being of all students.

The special meeting is set for 5:45 p.m. at the school district offices, 302 North Midway Drive, Escondido.

WATCH RELATED: Escondido Union HS District to pass racism resolution after tortilla-throwing incident (June 2021)

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SD State Senator calls on sports federation to revoke Coronado championship

Additional responses are expected at a special Thursday evening meeting with Escondido Union High School District’s board.

CHULA VISTA, Calif. — A San Diego lawmaker has called on the California Interscholastic Federation to revoke Coronado High’s regional basketball championship in response to community members throwing tortillas at the largely Latino opposing team as outrage continued Thursday over the incident.

“This intentional act was designed to be racist and should not now, nor ever, be tolerated,” State Sen. Ben Hueso, D-Chula Vista, said Thursday in a letter to the sports federation’s executive director and the leaders of its San Diego chapter. 

“Failure to impose swift and appropriate justice will become a tacit endorsement of the act itself by the CIF and violate CIF’s own principles of ethical character-building for student athletes.”

On Saturday, after Orange Glen High’s predominantly Latino team lost to largely white Coronado High in overtime, some members of the crowd threw tortillas at Orange Glen athletes.

Leticia Cazares, president of the Governing Board at Southwestern College, issued a statement Thursday, saying, 

“As Governing Board Trustees, our top priority is to protect the physical, emotional and mental safety of our community members. This is a priority that all in the education sector must share and work together to ensure our students have the best opportunities to learn and become future leaders. What transpired around the Coronado vs. Orange Glen varsity boys basketball game on June 17 is an incident that we unequivocally condemn. Hateful actions that demean and dehumanize, intentional or not, should not be tolerated in any educational institution.

“This hurtful act affected the entire community and has illuminated the deep work that still needs to be done in diversity, equity and inclusion. We are committed to this work as a Board and we applaud the swift action of the Coronado Unified School District in recognizing that change begins with accountability.

“This is a reminder that educational leaders must work together to best support our students and ensure that we lead our institutions with inclusive and empathetic values. It is a lesson our institution holds dearly as we work to improve upon our own lessons learned. We must work in unity, with resolve and take unified action towards eliminating racist behaviors in our campuses and do better for our current and future students.”

The incident has drawn censure from across California and additional responses are expected at a special Thursday evening meeting of the Escondido Union High School District’s board. 

The board called the meeting in order to take up a resolution denouncing racism and racial discrimination, and affirming its support for equity, safety and the well-being of all students.

The special meeting is set for 5:45 p.m. at the school district offices, 302 North Midway Drive, Escondido.

WATCH RELATED: Escondido Union HS District to pass racism resolution after tortilla-throwing incident (June 2021)

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Some locals believe firing Coronado basketball coach doesn’t go far enough

The fallout continues over an incident that many are calling racist, at a Coronado championship game that ended with people throwing tortillas at Orange Glen High.

CORONADO, Calif. — There is still a lot of heated reaction regarding the firing of the Coronado High School basketball coach. Some are surprised at the firing while others say that action does not go far enough.

David Roberts was at the CIF championship game Saturday, where his former Coronado High School basketball team faced off in overtime against Orange Glen High School of Escondido, who lost by 3 points. 

Roberts said that all game long, tensions were high and tortillas brought by a fan were then thrown by other fans and team members at the mostly Hispanic Orange Glen team. 

Those were actions that the Coronado team captain Wayne McKinney apologized for.

“The throwing of the tortillas after the game and the scuffle was unsportsmanlike and inexcusable, and on behalf of the team we apologize for the action,” McKinney said.

Also at the Coronado Unified School District meeting, the board voted unanimously to fire the Boy’s Basketball Head Coach JD Laaperi.

“We are excited about the first step, which was to fire the coach because the coach is the gravity of all the incidents that happened on Juneteenth,” said Yusef Miller of the San Diego Racial justice coalition.

News 8 reached out to Coach Laaperi for a response, but he did not respond. 

“He got fired, and there’s nothing I can do about it. If people want to bring him back that’s up to them, but you know in this day in age when it comes to racial stuff, it’s very reactive,” said David Roberts, a former Coronado High School Basketball team Center, who said he won the Sportsmanship Award last year when his team also played in the CIF Championship.

While some Coronado students argue the tortillas thrown had no racial intent, others differ and say firing the coach is not enough, the students need to be held accountable and some wish for their CIF winning title to be stripped.

“This is bigger than just bad sportsmanship. That’s racist, and they need to be held accountable, so that all these other schools that think it’s funny to make fun of the team’s race, now you know what is coming and you can get in trouble,” said Maya Figure, an Orange Glen Alumni of the Class of 2019.

Activist Shane Harris calls this a teachable moment.

“That’s a good first start, I think Coronado needs to invest in a restorative justice round table, and I have already been in talks with the San Diego County Office of Education, and they have agreed to provide the space for that dialogue to happen between both teams,” Harris said.

Miller said there needs to be a policy and curriculum change.

The Escondido Union High School District will hold a special board meeting Thursday at 5:45 p.m. to bring forth a resolution denouncing racism.

WATCH RELATED: Community outraged after Coronado High students throw tortillas at Orange Glen athletes after basket (June 2021)

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