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- 12/05/18--04:42: Camp Fire Survivor Reunites With Dog That Saved Him
- 12/05/18--07:10: Mueller Gives New Details on Flynn's Secretive Work for Turkey
- 12/05/18--06:13: Former Secret Service Agent Remembers Former Pres. George H.W. Bush
- 12/04/18--23:32: Paul McCartney Announces 2019 Petco Park Show
- 12/05/18--07:57: Up to 80 Sick, 1 in ICU After Bear Spray Mishap at NJ Amazon
- 12/05/18--07:21: Man Arrested After Stealing Car With Baby Inside
- 12/04/18--17:56: Special Counsel Notes Flynn's 'Substantial' Cooperation
- 12/04/18--19:18: Read Mueller's Memo on Flynn Cooperation in Russia Probe
- 12/04/18--20:51: SDUSD Sets Priorities for $3.5 Billion in Measure YY Funding
- 12/04/18--23:31: Mayor's Allocation Plan for Homeless Relief Funds Approved
- Rental assistance or subsidies, such as rapid re-housing vouchers and a flexible subsidy pool ($5.2 million)
- Services, such as outreach, housing navigation, storage for personal belongings, diversion and safe parking programs ($5.8 million)
- Capital needs that will allow the City to continue its services to nearly 700 individuals at the three bridge shelters ($1.6 million)
- Youth-serving programs ($705,000)
- Administration ($705,000)
- 12/05/18--07:37: Incoming Storm to Bring Wednesday Morning Showers
- 12/05/18--08:44: Flames Engulf Car on State Route 52
- 12/05/18--11:24: SUV, Military Vehicle Collide on I-15
- 12/05/18--09:13: New Proposals to Make Community College Free
- 12/05/18--10:40: George W. Bush Slips Something to Michelle Obama at Father's Funeral
- 12/05/18--12:13: Council Brewing Co. Set to Shutter
- 12/05/18--14:57: 'For the Sender' Holiday Show Returns to Solana Beach
On the morning of Nov. 8, Jim Sherbourne’s evacuation order didn’t come from authorities.
As the flames of the so-called Camp Fire, which became California's deadliest, raced toward Sherbourne’s house in Concow, it was his 2-year-old German shepherd, Jake, who woke him up in time to escape. But after days of breathing the smoky air in Butte County, Jake had to be rushed to a veterinarian in Concord.
Sherbourne lost his home and came close to losing his beloved dog, too. But the two were reunited Tuesday.
"He woke me up. I thought it was a bear," Sherbourne recalled. "He looked at me kind of dumbfounded, and the glow, I'd just seen the glow behind me."
Sherbourne grabbed four urns that held the ashes of his other dogs and took off with Jake and two older German shepherds.
"All my tools, my tractor, everything is gone," he said. "It doesn’t matter. These guys matter."
Sherbourne then had to give up his dogs for a brief time to a shelter in Oroville. His vet said Jake was too big to be indoors, so he was left outside for days at a time. The toxic air and pneumonia nearly killed him.
Since the Camp Fire broke out, Jake has lost 40 pounds. His vet says if Jake had not received medical care, he would have died.
"He was on many, many days of oxygen therapy," said Micki McCabe of the Sage Veterinary Center in Concord.
That intensive care isn’t cheap. Sage Veterinary Center agreed to cap the bill at $11,000.
Now Sherbourne is figuring out how he’s going to come up with the cash to pay that bill.
That’s where the nonprofit Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue stepped in. They created a GoFundMe campaign for Jake’s vet bill, and in just over two days, donations topped $11,000.
"If we can help, we can always try to help," said Susan Hsu of the rescue center.
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Jim Sherbourne is reunited with his dog Jake after the German shepherd saved him from the flames of the Camp Fire in Butte County. (Dec. 4, 2018)
Special counsel Robert Mueller's sentencing documents give more information about how former national security advisor Michael Flynn covered up his ties with the Turkish government while he worked for Donald Trump's presidential campaign and transition, NBC News reported.
The documents, filed Tuesday, say that part of Flynn's work for the Turkish government involved its efforts to have a cleric removed from Pennsylvania, where he lives. The plea agreement with Flynn that Mueller announced last year didn't get into such detail.
Turkey has demanded the United States hand over the cleric, Fethullah Gulen, since a failed coup in July 2016. Flynn started working for the nation about a month later but did not register that work with the U.S. government until after Trump fired him in February 2017.
Tuesday's filing didn't get into other interactions Flynn may have had with Turkey on which NBC News has reported.
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This July 10, 2018, file photo shows Michael Flynn, former U.S. national security adviser, center, arrive for a status hearing at federal court in Washington, D.C.
Former Secret Service agent Melanie Burkholder joins NBC 7 to share what it was like to serve President Goerge H.W. Bush.
You might not be able to buy love (jury's still out on that) but, if you're quick and on the ball, you may be able to buy tickets to see the famed Beatle live and in person. General admission tickets to the June 22 show go on sale to the public Thursday, Dec. 13 at 10 a.m. PST. According to McCartney's website, presale information will be "coming soon."
Macca, who dropped his latest studio album "Egypt Station" on Sept. 7 (his first since 2013's "New"), is certainly no stranger to the road but his stops in San Diego have been few and very far between: His last show in town was Sept. 28, 2014, also at Petco Park. Prior to that though? Wings at San Diego Sports Arena in 1976! Aren't you glad you don't have to wait nearly four decades in-between shows this time around? (Fun fact: He played a small, private Rancho Santa Fe gig a few years back but that doesn't really count, does it?)
If his upcoming concert is anything like his 2014 performance, fans are in for a treat. According to 91x radio host and SoundDiego contributor Tim Pyles (who wrote up a review of McCartney's 2014 show for us), the rock & roll legend played for nearly three hours and included 39 songs in his set, which covered selections from his solo career, along with songs from the Beatles and Wings.
"The sound was amazing, which is tough in large outdoor settings," Pyles said of the 2014 Petco Park show, "but I could hear every nuance and was over-the-top excited when McCartney played 'Helter Skelter,' which freakin' rocked! The selection of songs was perfect and offered something for everyone. A favorite moment was when he took off his jacket early in the show and said that would be his only costume change. Also: He shouted out the San Diego Chargers."
While we doubt he'll be showering any love on that team-who-shall-not-be-named next year, you can count on Macca being in fine form yet again. Even with Petco Park's capacity of more than 45,000 guests, the show will surely sell out extremely quick, so get your browsers ready, exercise those clicking fingers -- and good luck landing those "ticket(s) to ride."
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Sir Paul McCartney returns to San Diego in 2019.
Up to 80 employees at a sprawling Amazon fulfillment center in New Jersey were sickened, two dozen of them hospitalized, Wednesday when a can of bear repellent spray accidentally fell off a shelf and discharged, authorities say.
A total of 24 workers were sent to hospitals; the primary complaint was difficulty breathing, officials said.
Robert Wood Johnson Hospital confirmed it was treating nine patients, one of whom had to be intubated and went to the ICU. The other patients were walk-ins; the severity of their issues wasn't immediately clear, a spokesperson said.
The first dispatch call to 50 New Canton Way came in around 8:29 a.m. "Patrol you have an assignment ... for strange odor and sick person," was heard on emergency radio.
A Robbinsville town spokesman said an aerosol can fell off a shelf on the warehouse's third floor, prompting an evacuation of one wing of the facility. First responders conducted triage outside, and more than a half-dozen ambulances were said to have been dispatched to the center. The 1.3-million-square-foot facility employs more than 3,000 people.
Amazon released a statement confirming a "damaged aerosol can" released strong fumes in a contained area of the fulfillment center.
"The safety of our employees is our top priority, and as such, all employees in that area have been relocated to safe place and employees experiencing symptoms are being treated onsite," the statement said.
By 10:30 a.m. or so, the scene had cleared and employees had returned to work.
The mega-retailer sells multiple brands of bear repellent on its site in can sizes as big as 10 ounces. It wasn't clear which brand caused the issue Wednesday. At least one of the cans has a big red DANGER warning on the outside indicating exposure could cause temporary eye irritation and other issues.
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A man stole a car with a 6-month old baby inside from an Escondido shopping center Tuesday.
Officers found the stolen Mercedes-Benz at 1204 N. Escondido Boulevard with the infant in the car unharmed.
Escondido police received a call just after 10 p.m. from outside of the 99 Cent Store at 385 N Escondido Boulevard reporting the stolen car.
The man who stole the car dumped the car less than two miles north and ran from the scene, police said. He was taken into custody.
Officers then found the baby unharmed inside the car and reunited the child with its family.
U.S. Marines simulating traveling through dangerous waters strapped vehicles to the flight deck of a Navy ship to combat enemy boats and other threats as a joint team.
In September, Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary, or MEU, parked light armored vehicles atop the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp during a defense drill.
The drill in the South China Sea, known as the Indo-Pacific region, was to rehearse ship security using a variety of small-arms and heavy weapons.
“Increasing the lethality of the Navy-Marine Corps Team is the priority for us. Sailors and Marines are doing amazing work and we are becoming more lethal every single day,” said Rear Admiral Brad Cooper, commander of Amphibious Force 7th Fleet.
As part of the drill, crews also fired mounted machine guns. It allowed Marine snipers to fire M107 semi-automatic sniper rifles, and machine gunners to employ lethal fires.
Sailors and Marines fired on an inflatable gunnery target commonly called a “killer tomato” while in open seas.
“We demonstrated collective combat effectiveness,” said Capt. Jim McGovern, commander of Amphibious Squadron 11. “The ability of these Sailors and Marines to fully integrate, get weapons systems on deck, helicopters in the air, and rounds down range in such a timely manner shows that we are ready for anything."
The special counsel's office is calling Michael Flynn's cooperation "substantial" and is recommending no prison time for the former Trump administration national security adviser.
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This July 10, 2018, file photo shows Michael Flynn, former national security adviser to President Donald Trump, depart the a federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., following a pre-sentencing hearing
Prosecutors on Tuesday filed a sentencing memorandum in the case of former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty last year to lying to the FBI regarding conversations about sanctions with the Russian ambassador.
The court filing provides the first details of Flynn's cooperation with special counsel Robert Mueller's team.
The deadline comes ahead of Flynn's Dec. 18 sentencing and more than a year after he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about reaching out to Russian government officials on Trump's behalf.
Read the special counsel's memorandum in full below.
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FILE - FBI special counsel Robert Mueller leaves the U.S. Capitol after a closed-door meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible connection to the Trump campaign, June 21, 2017, in Washington.
The promise to improve security at San Diego Unified School District schools and fix the problem of lead in the drinking water were the main topics of conversation Tuesday as the board met to discuss the district’s first steps after the passage of Measure YY.
The measure was the third SDUSD bond put before voters in the last the last decade and more than 60 of voters approved it.
The bond called for a property tax increase of $60 per $100,000 of assessed home value for 39 years. The SDUSD called Measure Y-Y part of its master plan to make all schools a place where students can feel safe.
Its first two priorities are campus security and fixing lead contamination found in drinking fountains at several campuses.
At Tuesday’s meeting, the school board gave its stamp of approval on the framework of what' s to be done with the money generated from the bond.
Among the first things on the to-do list is replacing two buildings at Crawford High School in El Cerrito.
“Wait, we’re getting a new school? I didn’t know that,” one student said.
The district said it isn’t building a “new school,” but the new buildings might make it seem so. The project should break ground in 2020, with a targeted completion date of 2022.
The SDUS will also begin improving campus security at all schools by adding state of the art technology like cameras and controlled entry points, new fencing, and locks.
It’ll also continue replacing plumbing at schools where lead has been found in the drinking water supply.
Sustainability is the district’s third priority. It wants to add solar panels to achieve the goal of net zero energy by 2030.
Measure YY along with Proposition S and Z will bring in a total of $8.4 billion for the district to spend on improving schools. Since 2001, the district has spent just shy of $2 billion of that total on classroom and student technology and installing air conditioning in schools.
The San Diego City Council on Tuesday approved Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s plan for allocating millions of dollars in emergency state funding for homeless outreach and services.
The mayor’s plan calls for $14.1 million in state Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) funds to be invested in programs including rental assistance and subsidies, outreach, and youth services. The exact breakdown is as follows:
The council approved the allocation plan unanimously.
“Homelessness is the issue across our state and cities are bearing much of the burden,” Mayor Faulconer said. “Our state legislators have recognized that all levels of government need to work together to help our most vulnerable residents. This funding gives us the ability to expand programs that are already working and create new programs that will help people begin to turn their lives around.”
The Regional Task Force on the Homeless will also receive nearly $20 million in HEAP funds to invest in countywide programs.
Some of it will go toward existing programs and some will help support new initiatives.
HEAP is a $500 million state block grant program designed to provide direct assistance to localities to address the homelessness crisis in the state. The funds are “intended to provide immediate emergency assistance to people experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of homelessness.”
Of the $500 million, $150 million was directed to large cities.
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A cold Pacific system to the north will push its way into San Diego Wednesday, bringing with it some light morning showers before starting to downpour.
The storm system was expected to bring heavy, widespread showers and the possibility of thunderstorms and lightning along the coast through Thursday as it continues to move south from the Los Angeles area, according to NBC 7 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen.
Storm clouds developed Wednesday morning, especially in the North County, and light showers would follow at about 10 a.m., Parveen said. Precipitation would become heavier and more widespread as the day progresses and would continue into Thursday.
Ove the course of two days, areas from the coast to the inland valleys could see up to two inches of rain while the mountains may see more than that. Desert areas could see a half inch to three-quarters of an inch.
The heaviest downpours, which were expected on Thursday, may be confined to southern San Diego County.
The storm could bring snow to San Diego's mountains at elevations above 6,000 feet, Parveen said.
Some lingering storm clouds may bring light rainfall on Friday before San the storm moves east towards Arizona.
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A woman walks in the rain in San Diego on Jan. 12, 2017.
A car erupted into flames Wednesday morning along State Route 52 at the transition to southbound Interstate 15.
Caltrans cameras captured images of the flames and smoke stemming from the car fire just after 8:15 a.m. along westbound SR-52. The vehicle had pulled over to the shoulder of the freeway. Moments later, fire engines arrived.
The car fire caused some stop-and-go traffic during the morning commute.
At this point, it is unclear how the fire began or if anyone was hurt.
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An SUV and a military vehicle collided on Interstate 15 Wednesday morning and one person had to be freed from the SUV by firefighters.
The North County Fire Protection District tweeted a photo from the scene of the accident, which happened just before 6:30 a.m. on northbound I-15 at Rainbow Valley Boulevard.
In the photo, it appears a mid-sized SUV collided with the rear end of a military vehicle. The front end of the SUV was mangled in the crash. Fire officials said there were four patients, and one had to be extricated from the vehicle.
The North County Fire Protection District said 14 firefighters and CHP officers worked the scene of the collision. Motorists were advised to take an alternate route.
Details of how the crash transpired have not yet been released.
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The scene of the crash on I-15 at Rainbow Valley Boulevard on Dec. 5, 2018.
California lawmakers announced a proposal on Tuesday to make community colleges completely free.
It was just last year that California lawmakers passed the law that allowed the first year of study at community colleges to be free for new and full-time students. Now they seek to do the same with the second year.
The AB2 proposal was introduced by legislators in Sacramento this morning.
“We started two years of free community college because we know that’s the promise we want to give to our students,” said Democratic lawmaker Miguel Santiago, co-author of the proposal.
According to legislators, AB2 will benefit any full-time student, from any college across the state, but it will especially help those going through economic hardships.
The measure is supported by the president of community colleges and many officials.
The proposal will be analyzed and discussed in March 2019.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials respond to a Los Angeles-based immigration attorney’s claim that seven unaccompanied minors seeking asylum were “refused” at the Otay Port of Entry on Tuesday.
Lindsay Toczylowski, director of the law firm Immigrant Defenders, said that the seven minors presented for asylum and were taken away by Mexican immigration officials.
“So shameful. Asylum is a human right,” her post on Twitter reads.
NBC 7 reached out to CBP to asked for confirmation of the incident. While we did not receive information on what Toczylowski alleges, a spokesperson for the agency explained that the San Diego Field Office coordinates processing efforts among the ports of entry in our area. San Ysidro, a larger port of entry, supports processing for the smaller locations Tecate and Otay Mesa ports, the CBP spokesperson explained.
“No one is being denied the opportunity to make a claim of credible fear or seek asylum. Depending upon port circumstances at the time of arrival, individuals presenting without documents may be directed to a nearby facility where their processing will take place. This allows CBP to coordinate with Mexican officials and work through an established process where each individual is processed in the order that they arrive,” the official continued.
On Tuesday, NBC 7 reported the San Diego area has experienced a slight increase in families entering the U.S. illegally and turning themselves into border agents since the arrival of the most recent caravan from Central America.
NBC 7 recently reported on how officials at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry turned away a family seeking asylum in November.
“You all need to go to the other port of entry, OK, in San Ysidro,” is what an officer said to the family in Spanish. “We are not accepting anyone here.”
Federal officials working along the U.S.-Mexico border have developed a process to ensure migrants seeking asylum are “processed in priority order and as efficiently as possible,” the spokesperson said.
He adds that before the caravan that arrived in November to the area south of the San Ysidro Port of Entry there were approximately 2,800 people without documents waiting to present themselves to a CBP officer at the San Ysidro port of entry.
San Diego immigration attorney Cesar Luna said the law is clear.
“It’s against both U.S. law and international law to reject asylum applicants,” Luna said. “Each port of entry should have designated officers trained and a sufficient amount of officers to receive asylum applicants.”
George W. Bush appeared to slip something into Michelle Obama's hands as he welcomed her to his father’s funeral. It continues a tradition: During John McCain's funeral, Bush handed her a cough drop.
A small craft brewery with locations in Kearny Mesa and Santee will shutter after five years in business, the company announced Wednesday.
Council Brewing Co. – founded by husband and wife team Curtis and Liz Chism – posted a message on Facebook alerting patrons of the brewery’s impending closure.
Council Brewing currently operates two locations: a brewery and tasting room on Convoy Court in Kearny Mesa and a brewery and tasting room in on Prospect Avenue in Santee, which opened earlier this year.
In the post, Curtis said that while they have been blessed to expand their business over the past few years, there “have been many ups and downs” as well. He said he and his wife knew 2018 would be a “make it or break it year” for the craft brewery.
Citing significant operational cost increases and “much lower tasting room/distribution sales due to over-saturation of the brewery market,” Curtis said Council Brewing Co. has taken too many losses.
“As a result, we’ve had too long of a stretch of declining sales that we can’t sustain any longer,” the post said.
According to the announcement, Council Brewing Co.’s Kearny Mesa location will close on Dec. 15 with a farewell party from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Santee tasting room will shutter a day earlier, on Dec. 14, with the Chisms there until 5 p.m. to say goodbye to their patrons. From now until closing, the brewery will sell all to-go bottles and cans for a minimum of $5 – cash only – with proceeds supporting the San Diego Food Bank.
Council Brewing Co. launched in May 2014 and has grown into a staff of 16, plus the Chisms’ little “brewery baby,” Olivia.
Liz brews the beer alongside three other brewers and handles the recipe design for all brews. Curtis runs the legal, financial and sales parts of the business.
The brewery’s website says the name Council was inspired by a town council, where people come together to make decisions, adding: "We view beer in much the same way - it brings folks together over the commonality of beer and we wanted to craft a beverage and create tasting rooms that help foster this sense of community."
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President George W. Bush might have been in mourning Wednesday at his father's funeral, but he still managed to reach out with a friendly gesture to former first lady Michelle Obama.
As Bush greeted the other living former presidents and their wives at the National Cathedral in Washington, where they were gathered for George H.W. Bush's state funeral, he seemed to slip something into Michelle Obama’s hand, bringing a grin to her and former President Barack Obama's faces.
It wasn't immediately clear what he passed her — he didn't make reference to it when he spoke for his eulogy — but it's not the first time he and the former first lady shared a moment of levity in a time of mourning.
At the late Sen. John McCain’s funeral in September, Bush and Obama bonded over a cough drop. Obama said on the "Today" show that they have become “partners in crime” at every official function because White House protocol mandates that they sit next to each other.
"I love him to death," the former first lady said of the 43rd president. "He's a wonderful man. He's a funny man."
During McCain’s funeral, Obama asked Bush for a cough drop after he passed one to his wife, former first lady Laura Bush. Obama later realized that the cough drop box sported a White House official seal, possibly making it at least a decade old.
On social media, many people commended the act of friendship between two figures from different political parties.
The duo’s relationship goes back further. In 2016, the bipartisan pair shared a hug at the National Museum of African American History dedication ceremony.
On a 2017 episode of "Ellen," Bush told host Ellen DeGeneres that his friendship with Michelle Obama took many people by surprise.
"[The friendship] surprised everybody," Bush said. "That's what's so weird about society today: [the surprise] that people on opposite sides of the political spectrum can actually like each other."
Despite the good relationship between Obama and Bush, the combination of former presidents and first ladies in the first pew of George H.W. Bush's funeral made for an awkward moment at an otherwise solemn event.
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack and Michelle Obama, and Donald and Melania Trump sat shoulder to shoulder in the first row.
It was the first time Hillary Clinton and President Donald Trump were in the same room — let alone within a few feet of each other — since Trump's 2016 inauguration.
At his political rallies, Trump has continued to lead chants of "Lock her up," referring to the now closed federal investigation into allegations that Clinton had misused a personal email account for government communications. Trump has also continuously accused the Clintons of colluding with “Russia and lots of other people,” NBC News reported in October, though there’s no evidence that those allegations are true.
Clinton has expressed concerns about how Trump is running the White House.
During the funeral, Clinton appeared to keep her eyes fixed on the altar before the group.
As Trump made his way to the front pew of the church, he shook hands with the Obamas but didn’t appear to acknowledge the Clintons. Melania Trump, however, did shake hands with Bill Clinton and wave at Hillary Clinton.
The Obamas were seated between the Trumps and Clintons, and Michelle Obama sat between the political rivals with furrowed eyebrows and down-turned lips. Barack Obama sat cross-legged with his face turned.
Michelle Obama’s expression only changed when George W. Bush leaned over the pew to greet them and slip her an offering. As he grabbed Michelle Obama’s hand, a smile spread across her face.
Laura Bush also came over to say hello, shaking hands with Trump and waving to Melania Trump.
Despite the general tension among the first pew's occupants, George W. Bush and Michelle Obama's moment reminded onlookers of the message sent by their cough drop exchange at the McCain funeral.
At the time, Obama noted that despite being a "simple gesture," the moment illustrated a larger lesson about how politicians should treat each other.
"[People are] hungry for what we all know: that party doesn’t separate us. Color, gender — those kinds of things don’t separate us," Obama said on the "Today" show. "And if we’re the adults and leaders in the room, and we’re not showing that level of decency, we cannot expect our children to do the same."
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Former U.S. President George W. Bush (C) leans across President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump to greet fellow former president Barack Obama former first lady Michelle Obama on Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington.
With winter on the way and the holidays approaching, San Diegans can warm their souls to the cozy coos of the "For the Sender" performers, back for another holiday show in Solana Beach.
The holiday show was inspired by Alex Woodard’s “For the Sender” book and album series.
Woodard, a singer-songwriter and author, created this one-of-a-kind project inspired by a fan's touching letter, written after her boyfriend died.
After receiving the letter, Woodard contacted his friend Sean Watkins, a guitarist for Nickel Creek. Together they co-wrote a song titled, “For the Sender.”
The song inspired an entire album and book released in 2012, titled “For the Sender: Four Letters. Twelve Songs. One Story."
Since then, Woodard has published three more album-book-combos inspired by more fan letters.
Woodard said that it's inspiring to be part of the “sender's” journey and be able to contribute to their lives.
“The people who have sent me letters have done something beautiful with their feeling of loss,” Woodard told NBC 7.
For the past three years, all of the proceeds from the holiday shows have benefited Team Red, White and Blue's (RWB) Waves of Valor, a surf camp for veterans.
The camp gives veterans with disabilities an opportunity to learn how to surf.
In 2017, RWB raised $2,800 alone.
Overall, the funds have paid for six camps over the past summers.
“It’s such a powerful organization,” said Woodard. “And it’s a cause close to everyone's heart. I hope to be able to continue to fundraise for this organization because it doesn’t take much to put on this show.”
For the seated holiday show, Woodard will be joined by fellow artists, including Sean and Sara Watkins from the band I’m With Her and legendary songwriter Jack Tempchin from “Peaceful Easy Feeling” and other Eagles hits.
To see a full list of performing artists, see Woodard's website.
The event will take place on Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Belly Up in Solana Beach.
“It’s hard to describe this show, but once you see it and you’re in it,” Woodard told NBC 7. “It’s a really different type of experience, and it becomes special to a lot of people.”
RWB's Pacific regional program manager, Dan Manrique, was among those killed at Thousand Oaks bar on Nov. 7.
The founder of Waves of Valor, Chris Merkle, one of Manrique’s close friends and fellow Marine, will be in attendance to share a few words.
Attendees can submit their own letters, where Woodard and his team will select submissions that will be performed at this show.
You can send your letter to their email at email@example.com.
Tickets start at $18 online. Reserved loft seating is available.
Guests must be 21 years or older.
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Alex Woodard at "For the Sender" event.