San Diego Regional Center closes in response to shooting

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SAN DIEGO -- In response to the mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, all offices of the San Diego Regional Center were closed Wednesday.

Ron Plotkin with the San Diego center says via Facebook the closure decision was made "for security for the staff, clients and services providers that frequent the SDRC offices.''

SDRC announced via its Facebook page that all offices would reopen Friday for regular business hours.

“I’m thinking about security, I’m thinking about my staff and what we need to do to be as safe as possible,"  said SDRC Executive Director Carlos Flores.

Officials from the San Diego Blood Bank offered their assistance to LifeStream Blood Bank in San Bernardino to help supply blood to victims of the shooting. LifeStream was on lockdown during the shooting and was unable to continue blood collections, impacting the Inland Empire hospitals where victims were taken, according to the blood bank.

San Diego County Democratic Party Chair Francine Busby said the shooting in San Bernardino hits close to home for many San Diegans who have ties there. But Busby said prayers are not enough in the face of gun violence.

"It is time that we acknowledge these acts as a form of terrorism,'' Busby said. "It is time that we focus attention and resources to protect American lives at home with the same determination that we do abroad. It is time for our leaders to stand up, grow a collective backbone and organize to defeat the gun lobby and bring about common sense reforms that would save lives. When our hopes are not enough, our voices and our votes are the only way to stop this madness.''

According to the facility's Facebook page, the Inland Regional Center has nearly 670 staff members and provides services to more than 30,200 people with developmental disabilities and their families in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

American Red Cross of San Diego spokeswoman Courtney Pendleton said they are on standby should they need to assist their sister chapters.

"This would include sending volunteer Disaster Mental Health responders, Health Services responders and other support positions (such as Public Affairs). It is an evolving situation, but we are in close contact with our Red Cross colleagues in the area and hope to know more soon."

The San Diego FBI is also on standby should they need to help identify the suspects associated with the mass shooting.

Rady Children's Hospital emailed their employees reminding them to be attentive, wear their badges, follow the hospital's access control policy and report unusual behavior.

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  • Hector

    All of the victims of this terrible terrorist attack were fellow employees of Syed Farrok. They worked for the San Bernardino County Health Department. Syed Farrok was employed by the San Bernardino Health Department, not the Inland Regional Center or any other regional center, so the target of the shootings had nothing to do with any California regional center. So, one has to wonder why the San Diego Regional Center would feel they have to close their operations, given the executive director of the Inland Regional Center knew well that none of his employees were involved in this shooting, since the Inland Regional Center was simply the location of where the San Bernardino Health Department had their “Holiday party” or “Christmas Party.” If anyone should be “grieving” for their loved ones it would be the families of the victims working for the San Bernardino Health Department, not any “regional center.”

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