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San Diegans Prepare for Trip to D.C. to Witness Inauguration

San Diegans across the County are planning the make the trip to Washington, D.C. to witness history as President-elect Donald J. Trump is inaugurated. 

“I think the energy is going to be amazing,” said Mayra Estrada.

Estrada works as a program specialist at UC San Diego. As a first generation Mexican-American, immigration is an important issue for her.  

She first planned the trip to D.C. for inauguration in September with her sister. 

Yet, when Clinton lost the presidential race in November, the two decided they should still go. 

“It's important to be there to be the voice,” Estrada said. “It's important for us to just be present.”

A group of high school students at La Jolla Country Day School are preparing to make the trip as well. 

“I'm so excited. I can't wait,” said senior Landon Nutt.

He and 77 others will go to inauguration and the inaugural ball. The students will meet with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

For Nutt and his classmates, this is an opportunity to get broader sense of American politics.

“San Diego is a bubble," said senior Remy Reya. "La Jolla Country Day is a bubble and one of the greatest things about this opportunity is see the broader political spectrum."

Unlike Nutt, Reya does not identify as a Republican. Still, he’s using this trip as an opportunity to take in opposing views and build.

“We're all people. We're all Americans,” he said. “[We should] be able to see past those political lines that divide us and really understand each other for the people we are and not let ideology or political views tear us apart.”

Reya said he’s hopeful about the direction the country is headed in.

“I do have hope for the next four years, for the next eight years, for the rest of my life," he said. 

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