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San Diego shuts down for Day Without Immigrants

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Posted at 2:13 PM, Feb 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-16 18:30:11-05

SAN DIEGO — Though small and calm when compared with other large U.S. cities, San Diego showed its support for immigrants Thursday by participating in a Day Without Immigrants. 

Here's a partial list of businesses that chose to participate in #DayWithoutImmigrants in San Diego. 

Jayne's Gastropub in North Park announced on it's Facebook page that "We, too, are immigrants and stand in solidarity with the National Strike."

Fox Sports Grill in the Hillton Bayfront Hotel said "In support of our staff and fellow team members we will be closed to celebrate Day without Immigrants." 

 

Tender Greens, which has four San Diego locations, will remain open today but support employees choice to protest.

"We stand with our team because they're family," their Facebook post read. "We are all equally important to the complex engine that powers the American economy." 

When I called Matisse Bistro in One America Plaza the friendly voice that greeted be said the eatery would close at 2:00 p.m. in support of Day Without Immigrants. 

A photo of a homemade sign hung on the door of Café on Park in Hillcrest. It read: "Cafe on Park will be closed on Thursday, Feb. 16th in solidarity with our Latino employees."

San Diego Union Tribune's business reporter Phil Molnar also confirmed the following businesses are closed in solidarity with today's national strike: 

  • Leon Produce in University Heights
  • LGBT Chiropractic in North Park 
  • Señor Mangos in University Heights 
  • Alamilla's Mexican Food located downtown

Some businesses, like Cueva Bar in University Heights, chose not to participate. 

"Our employees want to work, and so do we," Chef and owner Oz Blackaller offered to 10News. "We all got bills to pay and as a small business there isn't much leverage to close for even one day." 

Joshua Korn, CEO of local company Culimetrics Restaurant Consulting, wrote the following post on Facebook: 

 

San Diego students boycotted school 

Meanwhile area school districts reported less attendance at public schools today thought it's not confirmed to be associated with the national day of protest. 

Escondido Union School District reported a five percent increase in absences today. 

Vista Unified School District reported similar attendance decreases. 

"Today (2/16) our student attendance in Vista Unified School District is at 91 percent and our average student attendance is 96.5 percent," Assistant superintendent Elaine Alexandres reported to 10News. 

Sandy Coronilla is a KGTV digital producer. Follow her @10NewsSandy. If you know of any other businesses participating in #DayWithoutImmigrants, please e-mail her at sandy.coronilla@10News.com