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KAABOO San Diego planning for return in 2022

KAABOO San Diego planning for return in 2022

For 2020, the venue was moved to Petco Park downtown, before being abruptly canceled because of the pandemic.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — KAABOO San Diego announced Monday that it is planning its official return for 2022. 

“For those ticket holders holding tickets from the COVID canceled 2020 weekend previously scheduled at Petco Park, your ticket allocation remains intact and will be honored at the returning KAABOO San Diego. We appreciate the ongoing support and patience of 2020 ticket holders as we undertake the preparations for the 2022 return of KAABOO San Diego.”

For 2020, the venue was moved to Petco Park downtown, before being abruptly canceled because of the pandemic.

The KAABOO San Diego Facebook post said, the “highly anticipated return of KAABOO” would be “coming soon.” 

KAABOO’s former Chief Marketing Officer, Jason Felts, said in a news release Monday that he “looks forward to attending the event as a spectator and watching key members of my former team do what they do best.”

“Long overdue and with great excitement, I am finally able to announce that KAABOO is returning to San Diego. After much reported controversy surrounding KAABOO’s former ownership in 2019, followed by the global pandemic, I am pleased to announce that the show will go on. I know many have been awaiting updates and I sincerely apologize for the silence, which was beyond my personal control. Silent no more, I am pleased to announce that the KAABOO brand and event is in great hands and is here to stay. Although I do not run the brand or event any longer, I am thrilled that the forthcoming announcement from the festival organizers will please all past, present and future KAABOO fans,” Felts said.

Organizers said announcements of official dates, ticketing information, talent lineup, and more to be forthcoming.

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At least 3 people were wounded in a shooting outside Nationals Park

A fan outside of the stadium was one of three people wounded, according to Ashan Benedict, executive assistant chief of police for DC’s Metropolitan Police Department.
CNN journalists inside the stadium reported hearing multiple loud bangs during the bottom of the 6th inning in a game between the Washington Nationals and San Diego Padres.
Fans fled their seats and sought shelter after hearing the gunfire. Benedict said there ultimately was no threat to people inside the stadium.
“I just want to assure the public that at no time during this incident were individuals inside the stadium attending the game in any kind of danger. This was not an active shooter incident and it’s not being investigated as such. Everything took place outside the stadium,” he said.
Fans leave their seats as a shooting took place outside Nationals Park during an MLB game in Washington, DC, on July 17, 2021.
Benedict told reporters that two vehicles were involved in a “shootout” on a street outside of the stadium during the game. Police recovered one of the vehicles but the other remains at-large.
The two other people wounded in the shooting were associated with the recovered vehicle and are now in the hospital being questioned by police, according to Benedict. It’s unclear what their exact involvement was in the incident. Benedict also said those individuals were known to law enforcement.
The fan who was shot, a woman, is expected to recover, Benedict said. Police initially said in statements posted on Twitter that four people were shot.
The Washington Nationals had fans shelter-in-place inside the stadium during the immediate aftermath of the gunfire, according to Scott Fear, vice president for public safety and security for the Washington Nationals. A message on the scoreboard shortly after the shooting told fans to remain inside the baseball park, but it was later updated to say it was safe for fans to leave the stadium.
Fans take cover after apparent gun shots were heard during the game between the Washington Nationals and the San Diego Padres at Nationals Park.
“We held shelter in place for approximately 10 to 15 minutes. At that time we said fans were allowed, not that they had to, but they were allowed to exit through Center Field Gates and Right Field Gates on the other side of the stadium, because MPD had let me know that it was safe enough that they could go outside, out of the gate that way,” said Fear.
The remainder of the game was suspended until Sunday afternoon, the Nationals said on Twitter.
“The suspended game will resume beginning at 1:05 PM ET and be completed as a nine-inning regulation game,” the team said.
Game 3 of the Nationals-Padres series that was originally scheduled to begin at the same time Sunday but will instead be played at the conclusion of the suspended game, the team said.
San Diego Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. posted on Twitter his appreciation for those who responded to the shooting.
“Hope everyone is safe! Just keep the prayers up thank you everyone that help in the front line! God bless,” he said.

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San Diego boxer ready as alternate when the call comes for Olympic games

San Diego boxer ready as alternate when the call comes for Olympic games

At 20 years old, Jonathan Mansour is one of the youngest members of the USA Boxing team and is currently the #2-ranked amateur featherweight in the country.

EL CAJON, Calif. — A fighter from El Cajon is turning the Chaldean community on to a sport they typically don’t pay much attention to.

Jonathan Mansour, who at 20 years old is one of the youngest members of the USA Boxing team.  Mansour’s nickname is “Magic” and he often switches between southpaw and orthodox stances to throw off his opponent.

I got the nickname from my teammate, Jill. She said “every time you throw punches it’s like you disappear, they can’t see you no more,” Mansour said.

When asked if the nickname is well deserved, coach Kearney said, “Absolutely. He does things that are unconventional, it’s like an illusion.”

One thing you notice when you meet Jonathan “Magic” Mansour is his punch. Fans can see his punch speed along with his 75K+ followers through his training videos on his Instagram page @jonny_mansour. He’s also tall for a featherweight and uses his range to outbox his opponent.

He is currently the #2-ranked amateur featherweight in the country.  

Mansour trains at the Bomber Squad Boxing Academy in El Cajon.

His coach, Berlin Kearney said that what makes him a good fighter is that he listens. “He’s strong-headed in a good way.  Everything we tell him, he takes in and applies it,” Kearney said.

When asked what brings him back, day after day to train, Mansour said, “Honestly, the sport has truly shown me who I am. Working hard every single day, teaching me discipline, teaching me dedication.”

He has won multiple national tournaments, including Golden Gloves, and has won an international gold in Ireland.

Mansour still always remembers where he came from.  

“I grew up in a Chaldean community, there aren’t a lot of boxers…actually there are no boxers…it’s just me and my cousin, Julius. We are the only ones and we are bringing in new life and culture to our Chaldean community.”

His dad wasn’t always on board with Jonathan boxing. But he came around.

“I can’t see my son get hit so I was really worried about him. I tried to stop him a couple of times,” Jonathan’s dad said.

Dad feels differently now.

“Every Chaldean is proud of him. Our country, Iran, is proud of him. Everybody is happy with what he is doing,” he added.

Last year Mansour had earned the spot of first alternate for the Tokyo Olympics. But USA Boxing recently changed Olympic qualifying protocols and is now sending just two male fighters to the games, dashing Mansour’s Olympic dreams. For now.

“Honestly, everything happens for a reason. I’m going to continue to build my experience until 2024,” Mansour said.

Editors update: Since this story initially aired, USA Boxing decided to send four professionals to the 2021 Tokyo games. It will mark the first time ever that professional boxers have represented the USA at the Olympic games.

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Two San Diego County high school shortstops taken in the first round of MLB draft

Two San Diego County high school shortstops taken in the first round of MLB draft

Marcelo Meyer from Eastlake High went fourth overall to the Red Sox while the Tampa Bay Rays took Carson Williams from Torrey Pines at 28 overall.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — People all over the South Bay are beaming with pride Monday morning after Eastlake High School shortstop Marcelo Meyer was taken fourth overall by the Boston Red Sox in the MLB Draft. Meyer was one of the top prospects available heading into the 2021 draft.

Meyer’s family and friends gathered on Sunday afternoon at a brewery in Chula Vista. He told News 8, “It means everything to us. My family has sacrificed so much for me to be in this situation, you know to share it with them is just incredible. I knew that God was going to put me in the best situation for me. I am just super glad and honored to be a part of the Boston Red Sox organization.” He added, “You know I tried to hold my own and not cry, but you know the tears came pouring down.”

When asked about Meyer the Sox said, “He’s a big kid, he’s probably 6-3, he’s never lifted a weight before though, and he moves with such loose, comfortable action.” The GM added, “That excites us as scouts because we see a lot of runway with him going forward.” 

At pick 28 in the first round the Tampa Bay Rays took another San Diego kid with Carson Williams out of Torrey Pines High School.

Williams had committed to play baseball at Cal before being selected by the Rays however he said he’s “pretty locked in on coming” to sign with the Rays.

According to the Rays Williams is considered to be an excellent defensive prospect with a plus arm and instincts at shortstop. They described him as a “true shortstop prospect” and a “very steady-handed shortstop” with a “low-maintenance swing,” power that came on in the last year and a strong throwing arm.   

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

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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National Women's Soccer League announces San Diego expansion team

National Women's Soccer League announces San Diego expansion team

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — San Diego will be home to the National Women’s Soccer League’s newest expansion team, set to begin play in spring 2022, the league announced Tuesday.

Jill Ellis, the only two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup-winning manager and a former FIFA World Women’s Coach of the Year recipient, will serve as president of the as-of-yet unnamed San Diego NWSL team — which is owned by investor Ron Burkle.

“This is a proud and historic moment for soccer in San Diego, Southern California and the United States,” Ellis said. “The NWSL continues to grow immensely and bringing women’s professional soccer back to San Diego, an area with a rich soccer history and passionate fanbase, will have a deep and positive impact on this community.”

Ellis said she is “incredibly honored to lead this club forward as we prepare for play in this league next year. We aim to become a significant team globally, led by influential women, with the ability to attract the best talent throughout the world. I am eager to begin this project and look forward to leading this club as we build towards the future.”

The club’s name, crest, head coach and venue partner will be announced at a later date.

“San Diego is filled with an unwavering and fervent fanbase with a wide interest in soccer,” Burkle said. “We are thrilled to bring women’s professional soccer to San Diego and believe this club will be deeply embedded in this community.”

Burkle has tapped business associate Matt Alvarez to lead the project on his behalf.

“We believe in Jill and will provide the necessary investment to build a club that all of San Diego will be proud to support,” Burkle said.

Ellis, the former U.S. Women’s National Team Manager from 2014-2019, led the United States to eight tournament titles — including the 2015 and 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird, who leads the 10-team women’s professional soccer league, said San Diego “has all the hallmarks of a successful expansion club: a committed ownership group with the resources required to invest in the success of our league and our players, in a community full of soccer players and fans, in a region that has been underrepresented in our league. I can’t wait to watch it all come together.” 

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County leader pushes for program to waive youth sports fees in San Diego

County leader pushes for program to waive youth sports fees in San Diego

San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond submitted his proposal, which includes $ 10 million to waive fees for recreational youth sports.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond pitched an idea Wednesday to get pitchers back on the field. Desmond proposed a program to waive fees parents would pay to register their kids to play youth sports in the county. 

The Federal Government has allocated over $ 300 million to San Diego County, for recovery efforts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Desmond has submitted his proposal for American Rescue Plan Act funding, which includes $ 10 million to waive fees for recreational youth sports.

In other words, it would be free San Diego kids 18 and under to sign up for a sports league and play.

“COVID-19 has affected many San Diegans, especially kids who have been stuck in their home learning virtually and unable to play sports. As San Diego County recovers from the pandemic, many San Diegans are still struggling financially. Youth sports fees can cost hundreds of dollars per kid, which can put a strain on many families,” Desmond said.

Sports can add up, some sports like football can cost $ 400 for each kid. Keeping mind, the proposed $ 10 million would not cover personal sports expenses like shoes. 

Some local coaches said there are real athletic, academic, and social consequences if kids can’t afford to play sports.

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San Diego Zoo to open Komodo Dragon and Hummingbird Habitats

San Diego Zoo to open Komodo Dragon and Hummingbird Habitats

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — The San Diego Zoo will unveil two new habitats Tuesday — the Kenneth C. Griffin Komodo Kingdom and the William E. Cole Family Hummingbird Habitat — which will replace previous habitats with state-of-the- art spaces where guests can interact with some of the most powerful and delicate species on earth.

“We are thrilled to offer our guests the chance to connect with wildlife in new and exciting ways,” said Dwight Scott, executive director of the San Diego Zoo. “Both of these new destinations continue our long history of creating groundbreaking habitats that are vital in building public empathy for wildlife, telling our conservation story and enlisting help to save wildlife, here at home and abroad.”

Komodo Kingdom will offer visitors the chance to see Komodo dragons, which are giant lizards, and learn more about the species, the challenges they face and the work San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is doing to the save their species and the delicate ecosystems they call home.

As guests navigate through Komodo Kingdom, they can explore various environments from Komodo Island in Indonesia, including beach, woodland and mountain highland areas. This experience includes pools, misters, hot rocks and heated caves — all designed to recreate the dragons’ native habitat.

Conservationists have estimated that the current Komodo dragon population in Indonesia has declined due to habitat loss, increased tourism and illegal poaching. The species is classified as vulnerable to extinction on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species.

As part of San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s conservation focus on wildlife within Asian rainforests, the organization works to understand the population biology of komodo dragons, including studying births, deaths, survival rates and growth patterns.

The adjacent infinity-loop-shaped Hummingbird Habitat will offer flight opportunities to several species of hummingbirds as well as other rare birds from their native regions in North and South America. This immersive walk- through experience also features streams, cascading water, orchids and other plants reflecting the diversity and beauty of the birds’ native regions — as well as a open-water pool that guests can view from an observation bridge along the pathway.

San Diego Zoo architects have incorporated sustainable materials as an integral part of Komodo Kingdom and Hummingbird Habitat design. Both habitats include wall and/or roof panels made up of ethylene tetrafluoroethylene, a fluorine-based plastic that is created to be more resistant to corrosion.

The system is 100% recyclable, and consists of a series of custom- sized Teflon multilayered “air pillows” — which, when filled with air, provide solar insulation and reduce the need for artificial lighting.

“As a conservation organization, we believe that incorporating sustainable design criteria into our projects is central to our philosophy, and reminds all of us that conservation begins at home,” said Vanessa Nevers, associate architect for the San Diego Zoo.

“This design intent embraces our mission by simultaneously integrating the conservation of energy, water and other resources, which ultimately provides a healthier environment for staff, guests and wildlife.”

The spring openings of Komodo Kingdom and Hummingbird Habitat will lead the way for the coming debut of a completely new Children’s Zoo, replacing the original that opened in 1957. The new 3.2-acre Sanford Children’s Zoo is set to open to guests later this year.

The area will include four different themed habitat zones — Desert Dunes, Wild Woods, Marsh Meadows and Rainforest — featuring plants and animals adapted to the climatic conditions within each ecosystem.

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'Ground Floor Murals' making San Diego sports larger than life

'Ground Floor Murals' making San Diego sports larger than life

After being laid off due to the coronavirus pandemic, Paul Jimenez and Signe Ditona took to their artwork and started drawing every day.

SAN DIEGO — Have you noticed an uptick in sports pride around the San Diego community? Some of it may have to do with the Padres’ great play and star-studded roster. Another reason may be the larger-than-life murals popping up around the city. In the last year or so many iconic figures have been placed on buildings and walls around our community, produced with the brushes and spray cans of two people. 
Paul Jimenez and Signe Ditona are the artistic duo that make up the company Ground Floor Murals. After being laid off due to the coronavirus pandemic, the two took to their artwork and started drawing every day. Eventually, the pencils were traded in for spray cans and after some backyard murals for friends and family, the job offers began to pick up. 
It was not long until Ground Floor Murals painted some of San Diego’s most quintessential figures. Athletes like Tony Gwynn and Junior Seau became recognizable in City Heights. Eventually, a rendering of Muhammad Ali was added to the same gym that Tony Gwynn was painted on. They were even brought up to Los Angeles to help commemorate the late Kobe Bryant.
Just after getting on their feet, the San Diego natives were tasked with a massive project from their hometown’s baseball team. Following the first no-hitter in Padres history by El Cajon’s Joe Musgrove, the Friars asked Ground Floor Murals to capture the moment at Musgrove’s alma mater – Grossmont High School.
A short time later, the two had the responsibility of showcasing another one of the most memorable moments in team history: Fernando Tatis Junior’s iconic bat flip from last year’s postseason. El Nino’s majestic home run is now a permanent fixture of the Ocean Beach community. 
Ground Floor Murals do more than just sports figures as well. They told News 8, animals are some of their favorite things to paint.
You can follow along with the company’s meteoric rise and gorgeous artwork on their Instagram here. The Padres told our Jake Garegnani in an email that they will be, “commissioning a series of murals throughout the San Diego community during the 2021 season. ” So keep your eyes peeled for more Ground Floor Murals near you. 
WATCH: Mural of Padres no-hitter throwing pitcher Joe Musgrove unveiled at Grossmont High School 

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