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Good Morning, I’m Annica Colbert….it’s Thursday, January thirteenth>>>>

san diego’s state of the metropolis deal with for 2022

Extra on that subsequent. However first… let’s do the headlines….

governor gavin newsom was in san diego on wednesday to promote his plan to accommodate the unsheltered and clear up the state in the course of.

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$14 billion of the state’s funds will go in course of reducing homelessness in the subsequent few years. the governor will be proposing the state allocate $2 billion to go on to cities to take care of the catastrophe and extra cash in course of psychological nicely being suppliers.

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“we’ve methods for speedy rehousing, for brief time period housing, for therapy on demand and an unprecedented $3 billion dedication to rebuild our behavioural well being system.”

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San Diego is experiencing report numbers of covid-19 infections and rising hospitalizations. County nicely being officers estimate that one in 20 san diegans at the second have covid-19.

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Household nicely being services of San Diego’s Dr. Christian Ramers say with rather a lot virus in the neighborhood correct now – people should take precautions.

“if 5 p.c of individuals in the county at one time are infectious you go to a grocery retailer with 40-50 individuals in it that’s rather a lot of individuals whether or not they understand it or not are capable of unfold the illness so it’s only a very very excessive danger time at this level.”

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The San Diego fire-rescue division’s arson crew is investigating a house fireside that partially damaged the home of San Diego county supervisor Nathan Fletcher and his partner, former assemblywoman Lorena gonzalez. The hurt was restricted to the entrance of the home and no person was hurt. Nonetheless, the metropolis’s metro arson strike crew is investigating the danger that the fireside was deliberately set.

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Sobering challenges and the energy and might to meet them. That was the central message from San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria in his 2022 State of The City speech closing night. KPBS reporter John Carroll has additional.

“We nonetheless discover ourselves in the midst of a pandemic.”

Mayor Gloria began his second State of The City speech talking about what’s on quite rather a lot of our minds correct now… the latest surge of the pandemic. As a consequence of the fast-spreading Omicron variant, he delivered his remarks from a just about empty Conference Middle… a developing that served as a shelter to get the homeless off the highway all through the darkest days of the pandemic.

“Greater than 1400 people and households have been linked to everlasting or long run housing. It was additionally right here that our area got here collectively to offer shelter to 1000’s of kids who arrived on our border with out their households fleeing horrific violence of their house nations. Collectively, we cared for greater than 2400 kids till they might be reunited with household or sponsors in the United States. Each of these operations had dozens of accomplice companies and nonprofits that tapped San Diego’s expertise, compassion and political will to get issues finished.”

Gloria talked about rising crime in San Diego, and he promised the police division would have the property to deal with it, whereas emphasizing equal and truthful remedy of all San Diegans.

“We are going to proceed to supply our police Division and metropolis authorized skilled the property they need to maintain you and your family members safe and reply to crime and keep criminals accountable…

And this help ought to come back with out excessive use of drive, racial profiling, or any abuse by the ladies and men who’re sworn to protect and serve. An very best metropolis can completely fund and assist its laws enforcement officers whereas moreover ensuring they honor their oath.”

Town’s big and ongoing infrastructure desires took up quite rather a lot of the speech.

“These are core programs which might be growing old, outdated, typically uncared for, and in some circumstances in peril of failing. In 2021, we budgeted practically $1 billion for important infrastructure work. That’s 4 and a half occasions the quantity we put in direction of infrastructure only a decade in the past.”

The mayor talked about new packages to lastly resolve the problem of the unhoused on this metropolis… and he promised new initiatives to assemble additional housing… and to assemble it near public transit.

He ended his half hour speech on a phrase of confidence in the future.

“That is why I’ve a lot religion in our capacity to drive change on the main points I’ve outlined tonight as a result of amid the darkest of occasions and below the most tough circumstances, we’ve seen a problem stepped up, come collectively and we triumphed. This says to me that we will and can do it once more.”

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The san diego unified faculty district has been compelled to position its covid-19 vaccine mandate on keep until further uncover.

kpbs coaching reporter m.g. perez has additional.

San Diego Unified attorneys are engaged on their enchantment to the courtroom docket ruling, closing week, that stopped the district’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate. It would require eligible faculty college students 16 and up be completely vaccinated to return to programs for the spring semester January twenty fourth. A resolve talked about solely the state legislature has authority to do that. Board Trustee Richard Barrera suggested KPBS Information the solely risk at the second is to simply maintain pushing vaccinations; he’s blunt about those who refuse.

it’s not a matter of should you’ll get COVID, it’s a matter of whenever you’ll get COVID. As a consequence of we’re testing repeatedly..in case your scholar is constructive for COVID they aren’t going to have the means to come back to highschool.”

The mandate stays on keep, until the district’s enchantment may very well be heard. MGP KPBS Information

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The Omicron surge has spared no sector of San Diego, along with public transit.

KPBS Communicate City Heights reporter Jacob Aere says many San Diegans rely upon the buses, trolleys and trains as their elementary means of transport, nevertheless they’re going to rapidly be engaged on a decreased schedule.

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System, usually generally called MTS, is an important half of life for lots of in San Diego.

City Heights resident Rosa Bolanos and her family are some of the of us who use the public transit system every day.

Rosa Bolanos | City Heights Resident

“We’re all the time on the buses as a result of we’ve to go locations. Appointments, going to meals stamp place, taking them to the physician as a result of we don’t have a automobile. Particularly low earnings individuals don’t have a automobile. We ain’t wealthy like different individuals. ”

Mark Olson of MTS says they’re seeing lower numbers of riders since the pandemic began, spherical 65-70% of earlier ridership.

For these which could be nonetheless driving, he says MTS goes by means of a staffing shortage that’s going to set off a brief lived low cost in service starting at the end of January. He says it ought to closing until a minimum of June of this yr.

Mark Olson | San Diego Metropolitan Transit System

“The discount in service might be from quarter-hour to each 20 minutes, or each 12 minutes to each quarter-hour. And so we’re doing that on some key routes to principally guarantee that we will have a reliable schedule for our passengers so when a bus is deliberate to return at a selected time, it actually will come and we gained’t miss any journeys.”

Olson added that MTS is taking COVID nicely being protocols critically for riders and drivers alike. He says they’ve launched in larger buses for larger bodily distancing in high-rider areas like City Heights.

However Bolanos says that public transit has modified since the pandemic started. She says the buses and trolleys was nicer and now sees what she deems are nicely being risks for her family.

Rosa Bolanos | City Heights Resident

“In City Heights transit heart, they’re doing their job. However different bus stations, different locations with bus transit stations, they’re not doing their job. They’re letting individuals on the trolley and buses sick, coughing with no masks. Baskets, stinking up the place…. so just about yea”

She says she’s even seen people defecating on the trolley and bus.

She moreover says that the bus drivers try to implement masks carrying, nevertheless wrestle to take motion as they don’t have to methodology maskless people and hazard catching COVID-19.

Rosa Bolanos | City Heights Resident

“They let individuals with no masks on, they don’t like have individuals keep 6 toes away from us and a few bus driver gave us angle and the whole lot, it’s loopy.”

Olson says people who’ve had harmful experiences with MTS can file a criticism by manner of one of their many on-line decisions. He added that they’re in the midst of a hiring advertising and marketing marketing campaign to try to extend staffing ranges. Jacob Aere, KPBS Information.

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Developing…. Chula Vista has agreed to supply Motorola Options broad administration over info collected by manner of its police surveillance applications.

”I’ve under no circumstances seen a contract this harmful. If the Chula Vista City Council or administration or procurement of us reviewed this with the lens of defending their residents’ privateness and civil liberties, they completely failed.”

That’s subsequent, merely after the break.

Town of Chula Vista has become recognized for its aggressive use of drones and totally different police surveillance know-how. But, metropolis leaders insist they’re using these devices with out jeopardizing the privateness of law-abiding residents.

Nonetheless, KPBS’s Amita Sharma experiences that Chula Vista is giving a private firm giant administration over any info on people collected by its police surveillance applications.

Chula Vista officers bill the police division’s new “real-time operations heart” as a state-of-the-art public safety hub. Privateness advocates say it’s a Malicious program.

In late 2020…with no public debate and no aggressive bidding, the Chula Vista City Council voted unanimously to approve a contract with Motorola Options…. that …amongst totally different points … permits the agency to make use of, copy, analyze, publish and supply subscription suppliers to any info that passes by manner of its precise time operations coronary heart. THOSE info embrace dwell social media feeds, information picked up by the firm’s automated license plate readers and video captured by its drones despatched out to 9-1-1 calls.

“We’re speaking a few real-time, perpetual historical past of our lives, our most intimate moments, the place we go, who we spend time with, how we socialize. That is seeing who goes to church on Sunday and who goes to Friday prayers at a mosque. That is one thing that goes far past George Orwell’s worst nightmares.”

Albert Fox Cahn is authorities director of the New York-based Surveillance Expertise Oversight Mission.

“That is actually simply chilling….it appears like handing over Californians data wholesale to the surveillance distributors and an actual dereliction of responsibility.”

Chula Vista metropolis leaders refused to the touch upon the contract.

However in November, Mayor Mary Salas suggested KPBS “there’s at all times a priority” at metropolis hall about trampling on the privateness rights of residents with new know-how. and that council members and employees are “ever watchful of it.”

“On our workers, we’ve glorious individuals that actually have devoted their lives to this and that actually are actual college students of this. And I place confidence in their experience.”

Advocates are notably alarmed that the metropolis moreover granted Motorola Options permission to advertise any info run by manner of it’s real-time operations coronary heart, as long as it’s anonymized.

”I’ve under no circumstances seen a contract this harmful.”

Brian Hofer is authorities director of the Oakland-based privateness advocacy group Safe Justice.

“….If the Chula Vista City Council or administration or procurement of us reviewed this with the lens of defending their residents’ privateness and civil liberties, they utterly failed.”

Motorola didn’t reply to an interview request.

San Diego ACLU lawyer Mitra Ebadolahi contends the complete contract so lopsidedly favors Motorola Options that she wonders whether or not or not Chula Vista metropolis officers understood the stakes or have been merely outfoxed by the agency’s high-priced attorneys.

“Both they lack the experience to appropriately analyze and perceive the contractual phrases, during which case they shouldn’t be coming into into these contracts in any respect, or they perceive these phrases, they usually’re fortunately buying and selling away the privateness rights of their residents.”

Fox Cahn says that privateness loss is Motorola Options’s financial windfall.

“The info dealer business is a multi-billion greenback business that’s making an attempt to take the whole lot we do each in digital areas and bodily areas and switch it right into a product for the highest bidder.”

He and totally different privateness advocates want lawmakers to bar cities like Chula Vista from chopping gives with firms giving them entry to info on their residents.

“….That is one thing that police departments ought to be defending us from, not one thing that they need to be fueling.”

From privateness security to nationwide security…tomorrow we’ll inform you the way Chula Vista police just about solely buy their drones from a Chinese language producer on a watchlist for spying.

Amita Sharma, KPBS Information.

That’s it for the podcast at current. You’ll need to catch KPBS Noon Version At Midday on KPBS radio, or attempt the Noon podcast. You can too watch KPBS Night Version at 5 O’clock on KPBS Tv, and as always you’ll discover additional San Diego info on-line at KPBS dot org. I’m Annica Colbert. Thanks for listening and have an vital day.

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