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Local impact of the government shutdown

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    First slowed, then stalled by political gridlock, the vast machinery of government clanged into partial shutdown mode on Tuesday 
    First slowed, then stalled by political gridlock, the vast machinery of government clanged into partial shutdown mode on Tuesday and President Barack Obama warned the longer it goes "the more families will be hurt." Republicans said it was his fault, not theirs. 

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Seniors visiting downtown's Gary and Mary West Wellness Center Tuesday kept a close watch on the government shutdown. While many won't be impacted, some, like those looking for housing, could be.

"We found out today for example social security will not verify paperwork for senior housing.  When you look around, that's exactly where they go to apply to one of these places," Brent Wakefield of Senior Community Housing said.

Mike Keller is one of those people. He's been homeless much of his adult life.

"I was referred here recently because I'm looking for housing, homeless housing. I'm a senior now," he said.

Other seniors who may feel the ripple effect are veterans.

"Twenty-five percent of the people that come here are using VA services," Wakefield said.



CAMP PENDLETON (CNS) - Nearly 1,900 civilian employees at Camp Pendleton, Marine Corps Recruit Depot and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar were affected by furloughs prompted by the federal government shutdown, military officials said Tuesday.

At California and Arizona Marine Corps installations, 3,581 employees are subject to emergency furlough, according to officials with Camp Pendleton's public affairs office.

Nearly 1,200 employees at Camp Pendleton and its air station were affected by the emergency furlough, as were 360 employees at Marine Corps Recruit Depot and 328 Miramar employees, according to Camp Pendleton officials, who said civilian employees would be given as many as four hours today to turn on out-of-office email settings, set voicemails and otherwise secure their work space.

Public safety employees and employees that provide necessary utility services are exempt. Military pay was not affected.

Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton will remain open, as will its seven branch clinics, officials said.

"We have had to furlough some of our civilian staff, but in the short term, the shutdown will not affect our ability to continue to provide quality health care to our patients," said Capt. Mark Kobelja, the commanding officer. "As always, we remain committed to the health and well being of our patients and staff and will continue to do whatever is needed to take care of our nation's heroes and their families."

Camp Pendleton officials said that because of the federal government shutdown, base personnel and residents "may experience degradations in services and support from base agencies." That included the pass and ID office and base commissaries, which will try to sell off perishable goods Tuesday but be closed on Wednesday.

At Miramar, commissaries will close at 4 p.m. Tuesday, a base official said.



SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The Cabrillo National Monument and recreational facilities in the Cleveland National Forest were closed today due to the shutdown of the federal government.

All visitor facilities at the monument at the tip of Point Loma, including the Visitor Center, lighthouse, military history exhibit, tidepools, bayside trail, bookstore and all of the park grounds, will remain closed until the government reopens, spokeswoman Bonnie Phillips said.

Park programs and special events were canceled, which puts the facility's Oct. 12-14 centennial weekend activities in jeopardy. Field trips over the next two weeks that were to involve 400 schoolchildren will not take place, she added.

The Cabrillo National Monument, which provides sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, San Diego Bay and Coronado, is one of 401 locations closed by the National Park Service. Phillips said it gets around 800,000 visits annually.

About 30 employees of the park have been furloughed or had their jobs affected in some way, according to Phillips. She said a few employees will remain on duty to provide security and respond to emergencies.

The U.S. Forest Service announced that recreational facilities and campgrounds in the Cleveland National Forest areas of San Diego County are closed because of the shutdown.


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