San Diego City Council approves hotel purchases for homeless housing

San Diego City Council members on Tuesday unanimously approved the purchase of two hotels that within two months could become permanent homes for 400 people now at a temporary shelter at the Convention Center.

While no one knows when the venue again will be used for conventions, ending the shelter prepares the city for when that day finally comes. The city opened the shelter in April out of fears that

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Check out three national parks near the city

Sarah Sekula, Special for USA TODAY
Published 7:00 a.m. ET Sept. 29, 2020


It would take years to explore every glacier, lake, river and stream on Mt. Rainier, but you can dive into the park’s bountiful beauty in just two minutes.

Next time you visit Seattle, be sure to set aside some time to get outdoors. It’s easier than you’d expect: There are several national parks within a few

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San Diego City Council to purchase 2 hotels for homeless housing

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego City Council took a major step Tuesday in its fight against homelessness, approving the purchase of two former hotel properties to create 332 permanent units for more than 400 San Diegans currently experiencing homelessness.

The council, which voted 9-0, approved spending $67 million for a former Residence Inn in the Hotel Circle area and $39.5 million for a former Residence Inn in the Kearny

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Traverse City Beer Week includes ‘ale trail’ tour, brew-themed prizes

TRAVERSE CITY, MICH. — One of Michigan’s best beer towns will be celebrating its craft beverage scene for an entire week this fall, albeit with a few twists for 2020.

The much-loved annual Traverse City Beer Week returns this year from November 13-20, and in lieu of big public gatherings for the event, its new main feature is a self-guided tour along the Beer Week “Ale Trail.”

Attendees will use

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City vacations take a big Covid-19 hit as travelers turn to rural areas

Around the world, cities are taking a pounding from Covid-19 as travelers are avoiding visiting large conurbations during the global pandemic. In turn, tourism numbers in metropolises have plummeted. In Madrid, tourist arrivals dropped by 63.8% during the first half of 2020.

a person in a wet city street in the rain: With Broadway closed through May 2021 and NYC's Times Square looking very different these days, many travelers are passing on the urban vacation.

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With Broadway closed through May 2021 and NYC’s Times Square looking very different these days, many travelers are passing on the urban vacation.


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City moves to sell Margaret Martin building to owners of Dunleith – Mississippi’s Best Community Newspaper

NATCHEZ — City of Natchez officials are preparing to sell Margaret Martin Performing Arts Center to the owners of Dunleith Historic Inn.

Natchez Mayor Dan Gibson announced in a Tuesday regularly scheduled meeting of the Natchez Mayor and Board of Aldermen that Natchez resident Mike Blattner and his business partners with the J Collection, a New Orleans-based hotel group that purchased Dunleith in November, would also purchase the historic building

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Inside Milind Soman and Ankita Konwar’s New York City adventure. See photos

Milind Soman sitting at a table with a birthday cake: Milind Soman and Ankita Konwar Photo: Instagram/MilindSoman

Milind Soman and Ankita Konwar Photo: Instagram/MilindSoman

Ankita Konwar and Milind Soman recently took off to the US for a vacation. The couple have been sharing snippets on Instagram, giving their followers a sneak peek of their holiday fun.


Ankita and Milind visited the New York City and shared pictures from various tourist spots around the city. The couple visited the Empire

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City of Tybee Island Deploys AI Solution to Regulate Short Term Rentals

DENVER, Oct. 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Granicus, the leading provider of cloud-based citizen engagement technologies and services, today announced a partnership with Tybee Island, GA to streamline the City’s short-term rental (STR) registration, tax collection, and enforcement with Granicus’ govService Host Compliance product suite.

A bustling beach town, Tybee Island is known for attracting tens of thousands of tourists a week to enjoy its long sandy beach, local eateries

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City launches ‘Sioux Falls Alive’ to attract tourists in fall, winter months


Sioux Falls Alive logo (Photo: City of Sioux Falls)

The City of Sioux Falls is launching an initiative to create safe fall and winter programming with the goal of engaging residents as well as attracting tourists, Mayor Paul TenHaken announced in a press release.

“Sioux Falls Alive” is a collaboration between the city and Experience Sioux Falls, alongside the Washington Pavilion and ASM Global, managers of the Denny Sanford

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Historic hotel moved through streets of South Florida city

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City council to vote Tuesday on buying hotels for homeless housing

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Mayor Kevin Faulconer and other civic leaders gathered Monday to urge the City Council to vote Tuesday to purchase two hotels for housing hundreds of homeless San Diegans.

Faulconer, who was joined by City Council President Georgette Gomez, Councilmember Chris Ward and San Diego Housing Commission President and CEO Richard C. Gentry, asked that the council purchase the Residence Inn Hotel Circle and Residence Inn Kearny

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City leaders, San Diego Housing Commission push to transform hotels into housing for homeless

The city said the transformation would allow for 332 units to become housing for people experiencing homelessness.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — City leaders and the San Diego Housing Commission are looking for approval to purchase both the Residence Inn on Kearny Mesa Road and the one on Hotel Circle in Mission Valley to increase housing for people experiencing homelessness in San Diego county, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Candidates For San Diego City Council District 1 Disagree On Short-Term Rentals

A sign lays on the ground with its message in opposition of short term vacati...

Photo by KPBS Staff

Above: A sign lays on the ground with its message in opposition of short term vacation rentals, July 17, 2018.

Though it’s officially non-partisan, the San Diego City Council will stay in control of Democrats after the November election. Only two out of the five open council seats feature races between a Republican and a Democrat.

One of them is San Diego City Council District One.

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A luxury travel guide to Ensenada, a beautiful coastal city on Mexico’s Pacific Coast

Dreaming of a luxurious sunshine getaway in 2021? Then look no further than Ensenada – a pretty and diverse city that is located just 108 miles from the border with the USA, and hailed as the cosmopolitan cousin of hedonistic Tijuana. Here, you might feel as if you’re stuck somewhere between two countries, with English menus in US dollars a common site – but make no mistake, this culturally rich

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Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail in Plant City

PLANT CITY, Fla. — Travel into the woods of Plant City to experience some frighting characters. Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail is an experience like no other.

“We have 3 different trails, all three different themes, and the themes change each year,” said owner of Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail, Zach Glaros.

The 2020 trails are:

All three trails are around the same level of scary, but the Midnight Slaughter Trail is

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Shopping in St. Jacobs: an enjoyable day trip out of the city

In the early 19th century, Old Order Mennonites from Pennsylvania purchased the land that became St. Jacobs. Mohawk chief Joseph Brant had previously sold the land to speculators to raise money for the Six Nations. The village began to grow when a dam on the Conestogo River was built to provide water power for saw and woollen mills. St. Jacobs still maintains a large and visible Mennonite presence, which is

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San Diego City one step closer to paying $106.5M for hotels to house the homeless

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – The City of San Diego is one step closer to approving the $106.5M purchase of two hotels to permanently house homeless people living in the convention center.

When the pandemic hit in March, the Bridge Shelters and Golden Hall were cleared out and about a thousand people were brought into the convention center, according to the mayor’s office.

The emergency setup allowed for proper social distancing,

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Holiday Lights Festival will make spirits (and the city) bright this winter

The pandemic won’t stop Milwaukee from powering up this holiday season as the city’s annual Holiday Lights Festival announced it will flip the switch on the bright winter tradition on Nov. 19.

Running through New Year’s Day, the Holiday Lights Festival will use more than 500,000 lights to transform three Downtown parks into “Community Spirit Park” (Cathedral Square Park), “Tinsel Town Express” (Pere Marquette Park) and “Polar Plaza” (Zeidler

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The One at University City: FIU Students Complain About Apartments

Emma Haynes-Ocana, a psychology student at Florida International University, has spent the past month back at home in Pennsylvania. After a difficult couple of weeks living at the university’s newest off-campus housing option, The One at University City, she decided to move home and leave her apartment in Miami behind.

When she walked into her brand-new furnished unit in August, she noticed it was missing a dining table and chairs.

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City Council committee advances proposal to buy hotels for homeless people

A city proposal to buy two hotels to house up to 400 homeless people cleared a hurdle Wednesday with unanimous approval from the San Diego Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee.

Not everybody is on board with the idea, however. Public comments during the meeting, held remotely with people calling in, found a few Mission Valley residents had concerns about the city’s plan to convert a Marriot Residence Inn near

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