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San Diego businesses hope to help furloughed employees

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Posted at 5:48 PM, Jan 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-17 16:33:06-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Local San Diego businesses are hoping to help government employees furloughed during the partial government shutdown.

A restaurant in the Gaslamp, the Juan Tequila Bar and Restaurant, is offering free lunch to furloughed workers Wednesday, January 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“All that is needed is a government valid ID and an appetite,” according to the restaurant’s General Manager.

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San Diego Botanic Gardens

If relaxation is more your style, the San Diego Botanic Garden is offering free admission to federal employees and contractors, along with their spouses and children from January 14 to January 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To get free admission to the garden, furloughed employees will need to show a valid federal ID or badge at the Welcome Center.

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San Diego Sockers

The San Diego Sockers are also hosting a “furloughed workers night” on Sunday, January 20. The game against the Turlock Express begins at 5:05 p.m. at Pechanga Arena.

Government employees and contractors can show their ID to get a free ticket for themselves and any child under 8.


Any federal executive branch employee in California who hosts either an Experience or three nights in their home over the three months between December 18, 2018 and March 18, 2019 will get up to $110 extra on us. Click here for more information.