🌱 ​New Probation Chief + 10,198 COVID-19 Cases + Added Diversity

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Rise and shine, San Diego! Here's everything you need to know to get this Thursday started off right. Here's everything happening around San Diego today.

First, today's weather:

Intervals of clouds and sun. High: 72, Low: 51.

Here are the top stories in San Diego today:

  1. The San Diego County Probation Department named Tamika Nelson to lead the County's probation department. "I'm humbled and honored by this opportunity to serve the community of San Diego as the Chief Probation Officer," Nelson said. "I'm excited to bring my experience with nurturing collaborative relationships, evidenced-based practices, and data-driven decision making to a highly motivated and innovative team.” Nelson, the first female person of color named to this position, is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, and earned her Juris Doctor from the Humphreys School of Law in Stockton. To learn more: Click into parenthesis, then click the link. (Patch Press Release Desk)

  2. San Diego County reported 10,198 new COVID-19 infections and 20 deaths Tuesday, as an "unprecedented" rate of cases and hospitalizations continue to roll in. According to state data, COVID-19 hospitalizations have more than tripled in the past 30 days, from 325 to 1,061. “The virus is everywhere in our community. We must all step up now and rededicate ourselves to the precautions that we know work." Wooten also reminded residents that the omicron variant can be dangerous or deadly, despite what she said is a common misconception. “COVID-19 testing should be reserved for those at higher risk of serious illness and people who need it the most. People should not go to an emergency department for testing with no or mild COVID-19 symptoms,” she said. To learn more: Click into parenthesis, then click the link. (Patch City News Service)

  3. San Diego County is one of the largest counties in the U.S. Most of what we know about who lives in San Diego comes from the Census. We know that San Diego County has 3.2 million people, and we know that San Diego is becoming more diverse. The 2020 Census numbers have reported that our Asian and Latino populations have been growing, while its white population has been shrinking. To learn more: Click into parenthesis, then click the link. (Patch)

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Today in San Diego:

  • Korean American Day — Westview High. (All Day)

  • Coffee and Connections — Toby Wells YMCA. (8 a.m.)

  • New Nature Play Space — Coastal Roots Farm. (9 a.m.)

  • Invasive Tree Removal — Mission Valley Preserve. (9 a.m.)

  • Keeping Congress Safe: A Conversation with Capitol Hill Police Chief Tom Manger (Online)— San Diego Oasis. (10 a.m.)

  • Meditation: The Key to Health & Peace (Online) — San Diego Oasis. (1 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • San Diego Humane Society: "Separation anxiety is one of the most common behaviors reported, affecting roughly 20-40 percent of all dogs. As a pet parent, it can be heart wrenching and even frustrating trying to address this behavior. If your "Velcro" dog feels welded to your hip, our Treating Separation Anxiety Workshop has the tools you need to help your pet feel more confident in their own fur!" Online, Saturday, Jan. 15. (Facebook)

  • City of San Diego: "Several OB sidewalks got a deep cleaning recently thanks to our Sidewalk Reset Program! City crews developed this program for sidewalks that have build-up that can’t be removed by regular sanitization efforts. Midway, Uptown and East Village areas are on deck in coming weeks!" (Facebook)

  • San Diego Central Library: "How good are your chopsticks skills? For those in need of some training, we’ve got a virtual bootcamp coming up next week! Be warned though, spots are filling up fast." (Facebook)

  • Nextdoor Neighbor, Costa Verde: "Experience the power of Breath for mental and physical health in an introduction to SKY Breath session. This will include a guided meditation.SKY Breath course has been researched and now offered at Stanford University campus also." (Nextdoor)

  • North San Diego Business Chamber: "Know a transitioning service member? Invite them to attend Operation Connect ~ FREE. Operation Connect makes the transition from military to civilian workforce easier. We connect transitioning service members to business leaders, and influential people in the community." Event Online: Jan. 21. (Facebook)

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Bettyann Pernice

This article originally appeared on the San Diego Patch

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