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But first, read the story of how a San Diego-based interior designer bought a hotel on the California-Mexico border during the pandemic and ended up being in charge not just of the hotel, but the entire 581-person town of Jacumba. The deal came with “80%” of the town, she told SFGate, including an old bathhouse, a defunct gas station, all the main street shops, a mountain, a pond and a sand wash, among other things.

Monterey journalist’s father killed in Boulder mass shooting

The father of Monterey County journalist Erika Mahoney is among the victims of Monday’s mass shooting in Boulder, Colo.

Mahoney is the News Director of KAZU Public Radio, the Monterey County NPR-affiliate. She announced the death of her father, Kevin Mahoney, on Twitter. The tweet has since gone viral with more than 300,000 likes. 

“I am heartbroken to announce that my dad, my hero, Kevin Mahoney, was killed in the King Soopers shooting in my hometown of Boulder,” Mahoney wrote. “My dad represents all things love. I’m so thankful he could walk me down the aisle last summer.”

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